Peggy has been a listed author with LoveRomanceReads since before our official 'open' date! I've loved watching her author journey over the past year - she's won awards, garnered fabulous reviews, and continued to publish new books. She's also a joy to work and chat with. I'm super excited she's here with us today! Welcome, Peggy!
Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hey Everyone! My name is Peggy Jaeger and I hail from New England. I write contemporary romance and RomComs, kinda steamy ( not erotica!) and my tagline says it all: I write about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who just can not live without them.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
The road was almost destined, I think. As a lifelong diarist, I have been writing almost every single day since I was 8 years old. I had several short stories published when I was a teenager and then adult and when I worked in Nursing, several trade articles on patient care and the profession of nursing. When I had my daughter in 1989 I started writing for “mommy” magazines and parenting mags. I have always lovedlovedloved the romance genre, though, and in 2014 I stated writing the book of my heart. Less than a year later it was published by The Wild Rose press after I won a contest the publisher, Rhonda Penders, judged.
What are you working on now?
So many things it makes my head spin! Book 2 in my DotComGirls series from Limitless publishing; Book 3 in my Match Made in Heaven Series for WRP, book 2 in PRIDE OF BROTHERS also for WRP, and I am tooling around with another SanValentino Christmas story.
Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
DIRTY DAMSELS (DotComGirls book1) Was released on July 2 from Limitless. It is a RomCom about a one night stand gone wrong – but not really in a bad, bad way.
What is the most challenging part of writing romantic suspense?
My first Rom Susp, for WRP, A PRIDE OF BROTHERS, book 1: RICK, will be published this year. The most challenging thing I think about writing in this genre is keeping the pace ramped up so you avoid saggy middles and dragging plotlines. You need to make things happen fairly rapidly to you h/h so that they are always on the move or climbing the next obstacle, and for a little gal who usually writes “funny” it was hard to keep putting my characters into troubling situations.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
A ridiculous amount! I have at least 20 reference books on my desk at all times – encyclopedias, baby naming books, medical terminology books. For the real life life stuff, I took pistol shooting lessons when I wrote A SHOT AT LOVE so I would know exactly how it felt to hold and fire a gun. For COOKING WITH KANDY I learned how to cook a seven course meal in order, including the table setting! My husband still loves that book best because he got some great food out of it! For CHRISTMAS and CANNOLIS, I followed a professional baker around for a few days to get the feel of what a day in the life was like. I went to trapeze school to learn what it was like to be a circus performer.
Do you have any work experience involving the elements of romantic suspense (such as working in law enforcement or in the military)?
Not a whit!!! It all comes from the imagination and a lifelong love of television crimes shows and Agatha Christie books!
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author
Contemporary romance is my fav genre and my fav author is Nora Roberts. I would read the phone book if she revised it. She is tied with her doppelganger, JDRobb who writes the futurist crime series IN DEATH.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
The most important thing I learned when I was first published was that in this day and age you need a solid social media presence. Facebook, Twitter, a blog, etc. are all necessary to get your name and brand in front of new readers. And once you have that platform established, you have to visit/post/share/friend/like every single day. In the publishing business of the moment, you are hot for 1 second. If you do not keep your name and books in front of people, if you are not consistently promoting “your brand” you will not have people buy your books. My first book was published when I was 55 years old and NOT social media savvy. Thankfully, I have a daughter and a best friend who were, and still are, so they helped and guided me through everything I needed to do. Even if you are just thinking of writing a book, start now and grow that platform.
City, suburb, or small-town? Small town
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? YES!
Alpha, beta, or both? BETA
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers (every friggin’ time!)
Leather, lace, or silk? SILK
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cake
Any last words before we say goodbye? Just that I want to thank you for being such a wonderful author supporter and for giving authors a platform to meet new people and garner new readers!
*Blushing* Awww, thanks. You're very welcome.
July 2, 2019
Rom com ~ Modern fairy tale ~ Contemporary ~ One-night stand ~ Opposites attract ~ Corporate romance
When I first saw Cynderella all covered in soot in that sexy maid uniform, I knew I wanted to be her Prince.
She’s a smart and savvy businesswoman who’s built her cleaning company from the ground up. But now that Dirty Damsels was booming, I’ve been hired to arrange a hostile takeover.
But the temptation of having her was too much to ignore...
We ended up spending one night together—a night neither of us will forget. Now, I want more. I need more. I want to spend every night, skin-on-skin, with my beautiful Ella.
Problem is, when she finds out who I really am, she’ll never forgive me.
More about Peggy
Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.