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Friday, 13 April 2018

VBT, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Can't Stand the Heat by Peggy Jaeger

GENRE

Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them.


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“I wish you’d do that more often,” he said, his hand circling her upper arm as he turned her, slowly, back to face him.

“What? Leave?”

He stared at her a beat, the line between his brows deepening. “Smile.”

Flabbergasted, she stood, rooted.

“More specifically,” he added, “smile at me. You do at everyone else. From Dixon, to his son; the crew. Even Melora. Everyone, but me.”

“I—“

His grip tightened a little as he pulled her in closer, their torsos almost touching.

“Why? Why can you show everyone else that little piece of yourself, but not me?”

 “I…I don’t know how to answer that,” she said. “I know I was thrust on you without you wanting me here. I know you don’t like me, I—“

“That’s not true. I didn’t want to like you,” he admitted. “There’s a difference. You’re a producer. A bottom line watcher.  An annoying necessity. Liking you goes against the grain.”

At that she did smile, because she knew it was true.

“See now,” he said, as he slid his other hand up her arm to settle on the back of her neck, fingers curling up into her hair to hold on. “When you do that? When you smile at me like that, so openly, so…freely? I can’t think about anything else.”

A gentle tug and he had her head pillowed in his spread palms as he bent his own down to hers.

Through her glasses she watched the fine whiskey in his eyes blend with the ink of his pupils as they dilated.

 “I haven’t been able to think clearly about anything for the past few days.” His mouth was a whisper from hers. His gaze skimmed from her eyes to her mouth and back again in one slow string of heat. “Except for this.”

She thought she’d be prepared for the feel of his lips on hers again. After all, she’d done little else but reminisce about their texture and taste for days. But she was wrong.

So wrong.

Nothing could have ever prepared her for the way the slight pressure he placed on the back of her neck as he brought her closer sent a shiver of such carnal delight down her spine she almost hummed. Or the way his breath, warm and full, felt as it washed over her cheeks. And she certainly wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions he released within her when he quite expertly parted her lips and deepened the kiss, pulling at her very soul.

No, nothing in her life had equipped her with how to deal with Nikko Stamp’s kiss.

So she simply let go of all thought, fear, and concern, and surrendered to it.

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Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
This is a great question! When I was a kid I used to wish I was Eloise and could live at the Plaza Hotel. Her life seemed so much more fun and full than mine did. And the thought of having maid and room service was intoxicating! As a woman in her 50’s now, I sometimes wish Nora Roberts ( my favorite writer). You might think it’s because she’s such a mainstay in the industry that her name is instantly recognizable all over the world, or because she’s uber-rich from having so many of her books published in just about very language. While those are valid reasons, the real reason I’d like to be like her is because of her amazing work ethic. She can deliver a fully formed manuscript in 45days  because she treats her career like just that: a career, a job. She sits at her keyboard every day for 8 hours and refuses to let anything distract her. I really want to be her because of that.

What did you do on your last birthday?
I went for trapeze lessons with my daughter. We are both at an age where we don’t give each other presents anymore for occasions. We treat each other to experiences. This year we took a trapeze class in NYC together. What a rush. I think next year we’re going skydiving.

What part of the writing process do you dread?
Marketing. First, last and always. I hatehatehate talking about my work and myself, I really do. I’d rather sit at my laptop all day long and just write and let someone else worry about the business of selling my books. But, those days of million dollar advances and 60 city author publicity tours are over for 99% of writers, so if you write a book and want people to read it, you have to hawk it, talk it, and push it everywhere you can. So. Not. In My Comfort. Zone.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writers, don’t be mad at me. I don’t. I have never once in all my years writing NOT been able to write. Maybe it’s because I see the entire book in my head – like a movie – before I ever put a word on the page. I always know where I am going and how I am going to get there. And I’m never at a loss for ideas. In fact, sometimes I think I have too many ideas and not enough time left to write them all down. I can attribute this to starting my career later in life than the norm. I was 55 when my first book was published, so I had 5 decades of thoughts, ideas, and character arcs behind me and holding me up, just waiting to be told.

Tell us about your latest release.
Book 3 in the Will Cook For Love series is titled CAN’T STAND THE HEAT. If you’ve read books 1 and 2 then you will recognize that this is cousin Stacy’s story. If you haven’t read them, don’t worry. This book can be read as a stand alone.

Stacy is at a crossroads in her career. She has produced her cousin Kandy’s cooking show for 3 years and after it ended, spent another 2 executive producing two other food shows. Now she wants her own show and has developed a concept she’s presented to the network’s programming head. He tells her he’ll green light her show if she does one favor for him: executive produce a new food competition taking place for the next 2 months in Montana. Stacy agrees, but first gets it in writing that her show will be her reward for the favor.

Before she knows it, Stacy is at a Montana cattle ranch and under the leadership of director Dominick Stamp – who’s legendary for his temper and his my-way-or-the-highway leadership style as well as his talent.

Forced to deal with one another, Stacy and Nikko butt heads more than teenage rams.

Here’s the backcover blurb:
In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .


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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes 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 topics of daily 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.

Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.








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19 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. thank you so much for hosting me today and for introducing me to your readers and followers!

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  3. I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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    1. Nikolina - thank you for being such a supportive tour follower. It's been nice seeing you at the stops!

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  4. It's been a great tour!

    --Trix

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  5. I've really enjoyed following the tour for Can't Stand the Head and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

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  6. I loved the excerpt. I love that he adores her smile that much. That was beautiful.

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    1. Sabrina - thank you!!!!! and thanks for stopping by today

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  7. I always enjoy Peggy's books. She never disappoints. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Misty - #blessyou for saying that! Thanks for stopping by today

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  8. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Daniel - it is, but I'm biased. Heehee!

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    1. Rita - me too!! Hee hee Have a great weekend

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  10. Trix - it has. Thanks for being so supportive!

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  11. Victoria - thanks for being such a faithful blog tour visitor!!

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  12. OOohhhh, that excerpt is swoony! :D Really enjoyed it & will have to check this book out!

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