#CyberMonday Bookish Event from NN Light #cybermonday2022 #romancebooks #99centssale

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Bookish Event. Today, my Holiday romance SASHA’S SECRET SANTA is featured here: SSS.

After a terrifying incident derails Sasha Charles’ career and confidence, she moves back to her hometown of Dickens to heal, reorganize, and start over.

The only problem? The paralyzing panic attacks that plague her whenever she thinks about going back to nursing. Sasha is mentally, and emotionally stuck, and has no idea how to move forward.

Steve Caldwell is the new Director of Services at Dickens Memorial Hospital. After witnessing her save the life of a local resident in Dorrit’s Diner, he knows Sasha would be perfect for the new trauma center he’s planning. When she refuses his job offer outright, he sets out to change her mind.

But Sasha has thick, protective walls erected around her so Steve must first break through them. With patience and kindness, he does. As the two grow closer, each begin to have second thoughts on what their futures should look like, until idle, small town gossip threatens to derail their budding relationship.

With the imminent arrival of Christmas, will Steve be able to convince Sasha he has her best interests at heart?

Check out all the book deals and enter the giveaway to win a $20 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/black-friday-book-deals

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On watch and patrol. I am safe.

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#sundaySnippet MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA #romcom #holidayromance #Family

COntinuing with my holiday romcom theme, today’s snippet is from my last SanValentino book MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA ( and don’t worry – by LAST I didn’t mean the final one. There are a few more planned, this was just the last one published!)

And just FYI, MMM is only #99cents across all digital media now until 12.31.2022, so if you’re a kindle reader or a nook reader, or even a kobo reader, the price is the same. Plus, you can order the print version from me via my website bookstore for a deeply discounted price.

Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.

Adding insult to injury, the investigating detective is the one guy she’s never been able to forget. After seven minutes of heaven in the back seat of his car when they were teenagers, Tony Roma skipped town without so much as a thanks for the memory.

Just when Madonna thinks the present situation can’t get any worse, Tony is ordered to go undercover at the deli to ferret out a killer. Forced to work together, she vows to keep their relationship cool and professional. But with the sexy, longing looks he tosses her at every turn, Madonna’s resolve is weakening.

With Christmas drawing closer and Tony’s investigation taking an unexpected turn, Madonna is at her wit’s end. Can she really be falling for him again? And will he wind up leaving her brokenhearted and alone like the last time?

SNIPPET

One look in the den and I felt like history was repeating itself because Giacomo’s twins were face down on the carpet, lying on top of one another, their limbs all twined together, grunting baby noises coming from deep down in their little bodies. Rocco, or maybe Carlo, was on top, unintentionally smothering his brother whose face he was sitting on, smashed flat into the carpet and making breathing impossible.

My brothers, engrossed in the game playing on television, were clueless to the potential disaster right in front of them.

I’d learned long ago yelling at them served no purpose. They were all masters at the art of ignoring me.

I made my way to the babies and, silently, lifted Rocco – or maybe Carlo – off his brother with one hand, the other flipping Carlo – or maybe Rocco – so he was supine. His little face was pale, his lips ringed with blue, but he took a huge breath, startled once, and then let out a bloodcurdling screech sounding remarkably like the wail his father had made back in his own baby days.

All five pairs of male eyes turned to me at the sound. Not one of them moved from their comfy positions.

“Hey, Donna,” Giacomo said. “Everything okay?”

“Marvy,” I mumbled, hoisting a boy onto each hip, one of them silent, the other screaming like he was spewing out a lung or being dismembered. “I’m bringing the boys to their mother,” I said, wincing from the earsplitting shrieking. I wouldn’t be surprised if my left ear went deaf before the night ended.

Giacomo toasted me with his beer and said, “Thanks, sis,” his attention already focused back on the game.

In the kitchen, I handed the screaming baby over to his mother and told her how I’d found her sons. It wasn’t my job any longer to discipline or try to guide my brothers. They had wives for that now. And from the look of abject fury on Margaret Rose’s face I knew Giacomo would be getting his comeuppance later on when they were home.

I didn’t feel an iota of pity for him.

With the fratricidal wannabe glued to my hip, I went back to the dining room and finally opened the wine bottle single-handedly.

Here’s the link to my online store order form if you’d like to gift this little treasure to yourselves or anyone else this holiday season: ONLINE ORDER FORM.

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I think it’s time to get her a nicotine patch…

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Toadstool Bookshop appearance 12.4.2022 #booksigning #holidayromancebooks

So excited to announce I’ll be at the TOADSTOOL Bookshop in Keene next Sunday, 12.4. from 2-4 pm signing books and talking about all things Christmas romance related.

I would love to see you!!! If you’re out holiday shopping, stop by, sit for a while and chat and, of course (LOL) buy a book for yourself or someone on your holiday romance reading list.

here are the deets:

KEENE ~ Hosts local romance author Peggy Jaeger!

Sunday, December 4th at 2pm

Peggy Jaeger

She will be at the Toadstool presenting her Christmas titles along with her 2022 book releases!

I’m a #contemporaryromance writer who writes #RomComs about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If I can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, I’ve done my job as a writer!

#Family and #food play huge roles in my stories because I believe 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, I bring all topics of daily life into my 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 I longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through my books, I’ve created the families I wanted as that lonely child.

As a lifelong diarist, I caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit me at peggyjaeger.com where I’m blogging about life, writing, and stuff that makes me go “What??!” daily.

I’m a social media junkie! You can visit me at all these sites any day and I’ll probably be there.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Pinterest :https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggyjaeger_author/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/peggy-jaeger

Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/PeggyJaeger.Author/?ref=bookmarks

You Tube : https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peggy+jaeger

Event date: 

Sunday, December 4, 2022 – 2:00pm

Event address: 

12 Emerald Street

Keene, NH 03431

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#SmallSaturday an NNLight Bookish Event #small2022 #Readromance #books

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Bookish Event. Today, my Holiday RomCom FIXING CHRISTMAS is spotlighted here: FC

Christmas has never filled writer Abra Charles with undiluted pleasure. If you’d been left on a doorstep on Christmas Eve morning, you might have a few issues with the holiday as well.


Abra’s avoided her hometown of Dickens for the past twenty Christmas seasons, but now she’s returned in an attempt to get her writing mojo back. Twice-divorced and with her third engagement ending in heartbreak, anger, and blackmail, Abra is now six months behind on submitting her current book. She hopes renting Copperfield House and immersing herself in solitude will cure her writer’s block and get her life back on track. The house she rents isn’t helping her achieve her goal, though, as one thing after another breaks, collapses, or floods.


Colton Bree, Dickens’ very own Mr. FixIt, can’t help but wonder if the new resident of Copperfield House is cursed. After being called to repair a broken window, he’s then needed to fix an exploding coffeepot, an overrunning toilet, and a washing machine that has a mind of its own. Bree doesn’t mind all the unexpected repair jobs, though, because the sexy renter is something to look at despite being a little neurotic and a whole lot of snarky.


Can Abra get her book done with all the distractions and craziness of her life, the biggest distraction being the flannelled hunk with the bedroom eyes and scowling yet oh-so-kissable mouth?

Or will Dickens’ Mr FixIt have to step in and save the day and in so doing, fix Christmas for Abra forever?

Check out all the book deals and enter the giveaway to win a $20 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/black-friday-book-deals

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Photo of the day, day 330

I looked up from working to see this. Not sure if she is swimming, stretching, or playing deaddoggie. Either way, you can really see her weight loss in her tummy now! Maybe I should pose this way in pictures so my tummy looks concave. Something to ponder today…

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#BlackFriday Bookish event via NN Light. #99cents #blackfriday2022 #onlineshopping

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Bookish Event.

Today, my SanValentino romance MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA is spotlighted, here: MMM

Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.

Adding insult to injury, the investigating detective is the one guy she’s never been able to forget. After seven minutes of heaven in the back seat of his car when they were teenagers, Tony Roma skipped town without so much as a thanks for the memory.

Just when Madonna thinks the present situation can’t get any worse, Tony is ordered to go undercover at the deli to ferret out a killer. Forced to work together, she vows to keep their relationship cool and professional. But with the sexy, longing looks he tosses her at every turn, Madonna’s resolve is weakening.

With Christmas drawing closer and Tony’s investigation taking an unexpected turn, Madonna is at her wit’s end. Can she really be falling for him again? And will he wind up leaving her broken hearted and alone like the last time?

Check out all the book deals and enter the giveaway to win a $20 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/black-friday-book-deals

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#truth

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Happy Thanksgiving! #thanksgiving2022 #givethanks

As the banner says, there is always something to be thankful for.

Please remember those who don’t have the luxury of family, friends, health, home, and food today. Those forgotten in nursing homes, abandoned in mental health facilities, our veterans in VA hospitals, the homeless, and our Americans fighting overseas. Every one of them would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Remember them as you sit down today with those you love ( maybe only tolerate a little) and enjoy this wonderful day.

Be thankful. Be grateful. Be kind.

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Photo of the day, day 328

Got this little gem at Pier 1 before it closed down. Original price: $239.00

Going out of business price: #$39.00

#Score

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Crikey! We have a lot of Christmas decorations!!

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#holidayshopping2022 #onlineshopping Gift a book for the Holidays from @peggyjaeger

Since the pandemic I have shunned in-person shopping as much as I can, opting for home delivery when it’s available – or other online ways to get what I need.

This holiday season is no exception for me. The thought of being crammed into a mall with coughing kids and grumpy shoppers is not my idea of undiluted pleasure.

If you’re like me ( yay!), have a romance book reader on your Holiday list – or even if it’s you, and want to get them something special, take advantage of my 2022 Holiday book store this year. All the books listed are in print, $11.00 a piece – a sizable discount even from the ‘Zon, and shipping/handling is cheaper than the post office.

Why am I doing this? Simple – I want to make it easy for people to get my books without spending the horrible markups you see in retailers and online distributors. With the economy still in recovery mode, this is the very least I can offer to my readers.

Interested?

Check out the order form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17Ve1YnqXBl034ujM-Ygq7Af2-03AApZwABtGygzMBIE/edit

and visit my author page here to see blurbs for the books offered: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B00T8E5LN0

Happy Holidays, kids, from one romance reader to another.

This is just a sample of the dozens of books available:

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Photo of the day, day 326

Edited, from my end. Now off to Magnolia for their approval. Hope they like it!! LOL

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#KindleUnlimited An N.N. Light Bookish Event, #KU #readromance #holidayromance

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event.

My holiday romance SASHA’S SECRET SANTA is featured today, here: SSS.

After a terrifying incident derails Sasha Charles’ career and confidence, she moves back to her hometown of Dickens to heal, reorganize, and start over.

The only problem? The paralyzing panic attacks that plague her whenever she thinks about going back to nursing. Sasha is mentally, and emotionally stuck, and has no idea how to move forward.

Steve Caldwell is the new Director of Services at Dickens Memorial Hospital. After witnessing her save the life of a local resident in Dorrit’s Diner, he knows Sasha would be perfect for the new trauma center he’s planning. When she refuses his job offer outright, he sets out to change her mind.

But Sasha has thick, protective walls erected around her so Steve must first break through them. With patience and kindness, he does. As the two grow closer, each begin to have second thoughts on what their futures should look like, until idle, small town gossip threatens to derail their budding relationship.

With the imminent arrival of Christmas, will Steve be able to convince Sasha he has her best interests at heart?

Check out all the kindle unlimited books and enter the giveaway to win a $35 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/kindle-unlimited-bookish-event

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Photo of the day, day 325

Looking longingly at daddy’s supper because she is on a diet and he is no longer allowed to give her stuff from his plate.

Poor pup.

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#SundaySnippet CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS #romcom #holidayromcom #holidayromance

So today, another snippet from one of the books available in my 2022 Holiday Book Store on this website.

CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS is the third San Valentino book I wrote, and I know you’re not supposed to say this, but it’s my fave in the series for so many reasons!!!

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

Ten pairs of eyes glared at me from all corners of the table. Some were wide-eyed; some were narrowed. All of them were filled with varying levels of emotions ranging from shocked ( Ma) to suspicious (my brothers) to pleased (my sisters-in-law).

“Regina.” Ma threw her napkin on the table and slammed her cutlery next to her plate. “What is your father talking about? What man spent the night at your apartment?”

“It’s not like it sounds, Ma. It was late and we were talking, and then we both just fell asleep—”


Holy Madonna.” She made the sign of the cross and closed her eyes, hands clasped together as her lips moved silently in prayer.


“Where?” ’Carlo asked.


“Where what?”


“Where did the two of you fall asleep? In your bed?”


Another finger cross from Ma. This time she kissed her fingertips afterward and threw a prayer up to the Lord.

“I don’t think you get to ask me that question, ’Carlo. I’m thirty-two years old, and you’re my brother, not my father.”

“What I am is suspicious,” he spat back. “How come we didn’t know you were seeing a guy? Why you keeping him a secret?”

“First of all, what I do in the privacy of my own home”—now Ma was rocking back and forth as she prayed—“or don’t do, is none of your business. Second, I’m not seeing anyone, so the fact that it’s a secret is null and void. Stop with the third degree, GianCarlo. Use it on your own kids, ’cause like I said, you’re not my father.”

“But I am,” Pop said, his tone hard and filled with anger, “so answer it. Where did Irish sleep last night?”

“Irish?” Petey exclaimed. “What the hell kinda name is that?”

“Language, Pietro,” Ma said, awaking from her spiritual coma to chastise her son.

There are so many things I simply adore about my family. The unshakeable connection and love we all have; the fact that we live close to one another; our shared faith and sense of tradition. But the one thing I do hate is the antiquated morality system they adhere to. Girls don’t have sex with men before marriage, plain and simple. Of course, since the one and only time I’d done just that, I’d wound up pregnant and forced to get married, my parents’ concerns made sense.

To them.

I was almost fifteen years older, much wiser, and a full-fledged adult now, but I was still treated like an ignorant bambina who had to be protected from wolves and scoundrels. If my father had his way, I’d be married right now to one of his goombahs, eight months pregnant with probably our seventh child, and in the kitchen making gravy.

So many times over the years, I’d wanted to smack him on the back of the head much the way he smacks us, and say, “Wake up! It’s twenty-first-century America, not eighteenth-century Sicily.” Wanting to do something and actually doing it, though, are very different beasts.

So.

I don’t get mad often, especially with my family, but I was tired, overworked, emotionally drained, and royally pissed off right now, so the anger bled through my usual calm.

I rose from my chair and threw my napkin down on the table like my mother had.

“You know what? I’m done. I’m done with you all treating me like a child. I’m not one of your underlings, Pop, who needs to be kept on a short lease and told what to do every minute of the day because you don’t have enough trust to let them act on their own. And”—I glared at my brothers— “I’m not five years old and unable to defend myself against bullies and bad guys. You don’t have to hold my hand so I can cross the street and not get hit by a car.” I grabbed my plate and walked to the kitchen. “I’m done with you all thinking I can’t make a wise and appropriate decision with my life,” I added over my shoulder. I placed the dish in the sink and called out, “I’m done with the checking up on me, the second-guessing me, and the way you all think you have a right to manage my life.”

I yanked my coat off the hall tree and yelled, “I’m a thirty-two-year-old grown-ass woman who owns and manages her own business and her own life. I don’t need protectors, handlers, or any of you telling me what to do, who to see, or how to conduct myself. I’ve been on my own a long time, and I think I’ve done a great job with myself, even if you all don’t.” I shrugged into my coat and wound my scarf around my neck. “If I want a man to spend the night or not, it’s none of your damn business. Deal with it.”

I may have screeched that last part.

I slammed the door behind me and sprinted down the stairs of the brownstone, my ungloved hand waving in the air for a passing cab.

As an exit line, I think it was a pretty good one.

So…what do you think? hahah. If you want to read the whole book, it’s available in my online store here, with all the other San Valentino Christmas romcoms: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17Ve1YnqXBl034ujM-Ygq7Af2-03AApZwABtGygzMBIE/edit

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Photo of the day, day 324

She’s sitting there with that smile on her face, waiting patiently for me to think she deserves a treat. The treats, as you can see, are directly above her on the counter. I think she thinks if she sits here looking all pretty and nice under them, the natural thought will be that she gets one.

Smart dog.

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#KindleUnlimited an N.N. Light Bookish Event, #KU #readromance #rafflecopter

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event.

Today, my first PNR book MERRY’S GHOST is featured.

YOu can read the feature and the excerpt here: MG

When writer and paranormal investigator Chase Seacort comes to spend a few weeks at a friend’s Hampton getaway, all he wants is to be alone, finish his current book about East Coast hauntings, and try to put the horrid events of his past year behind him.

All thoughts about a quiet respite alone vanish when he meets his quirky, gorgeous neighbor. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty captivates him with her perpetual smile and free and easy personality.

Merry June lives a quiet life in her beach house, devoting herself to her two loves – art and photography. Once she discovers Chase’s identity, she can’t wait to introduce him to her great-grandaunt Davinia. But Davinia rarely shows herself to others.

You wouldn’t either if you were a ghost trapped between this world and the next.

With Chase’s help, he and Merry investigate the mystery that’s kept Davinia’s spirit prisoner in the house for over 100 years, and in so doing discover a history of infidelity, heartache, and murder.

When a face from Chase’s recent past puts Merry’s life in danger, he must fight two battles for the woman he’s come to love – one on the spiritual plane and one in the physical world.

Check out all the kindle unlimited books and enter the giveaway to win a $35 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/kindle-unlimited-bookish-event

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Not too spoiled. That’s my pillow, kids.

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Photo of the day, day 322

Brazenly walking across my street. They have no idea what’s coming up in a few weeks….

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#teaserThursday It’s Witch o’clock somewhere…

So, the third book in my ROMANTIC HAUNTINGS series from Magnolia Blossom Publishing is almost ready to send to the editors. I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek at my character images for Genevieve Gordon and Declan Wolffe, my heroine and hero.

Gigi is a tenth-generation witch, real estate agent, and all-around great gal. I actually gave her lavender eyes just like Liz Taylor and they’re a plot point in the book. Gigi’s vowed never to marry because explaining her status and abilities to a would-be-husband is daunting to say the least and might prove catastrophic in the long run. The only man who’s ever known what she is Declan Wolffe, her first and only love. The problem is, Declan left town at 18 leaving her brokenhearted and in the emotional dust without so much as a backward glance.

But now Dec’s back in town.

Declan’s family life was anything but exemplary. His father was an abusive alcoholic, his mother a schizophrenic who never sought treatment. The town viewed Dec as less-than, something he always hated. When he left at 18 he made a promise to himself that one day he would return a success. And he has.

And he wants Gigi back in his life.

The problem: She’s made her own promise to never let any man stomp on her heart ever again, and that includes her first love.

Sound good?

I hope so, hee hee. More details to come once I have a publishing schedule, but for now, here’s a little snippet I wrote about these two meeting up again:

IT’S WITCH O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE

A sudden kerfuffle behind her had heads turning. The City Council members all shifted and glanced over her shoulder at something in the back of the room.

The noise level rose and Gigi, along with every other person in the room, tried to see what was causing the commotion. From the doorway into the chamber she could see a tall man with shoulders almost as wide as the door, standing and regarding the room.

From her vantage point she couldn’t see his face, only the outline of his body and the fact he wore dark sunglasses. He was huge, though, that much she could tell. Well above six feet.

A wave of sound swelled around her until it became a tsunami of words she couldn’t discern with any clarity.

The man moved into the room and Gigi was stuck at once by his command of the space. Those standing in the aisles moved out of his way as he stalked – there really was no other word for it – toward the front.

There was a familiarity to that strut, but she couldn’t for the life of her think what it was.

Short hair outlined his face, dotted with streaks of stark silver at the temples. His skin was deeply tanned, giving an indication he spent a great deal of time out of doors. A fawn-colored sports jacket covered a jet-black collared shirt open at the neck, sans tie. As he moved through the crowd, and even though she couldn’t see his eyes behind the glasses, she had the unmistakable impression he was staring right at her.

Her heart rate kicked up a little as a sixth sense of awareness shot through her.

Harlan Peters banged his gavel to quiet the rumbling room. When the noise hushed, his voice rang out. “Sir, you are interrupting a town business meeting. Who are you and what business do you have here?”

“My apologies,” the man said.

The voice was hauntingly familiar, too.

He stopped just shy of the podium where she stood, his attention focused on the panel at the front of the room.

“I meant no disrespect, but I thought it might make a difference if you heard from me in person,” he said. “It is, after all, my proposal you’re voting on.”

A collective gasp ran around the room.

“You’re Weber?” Peters asked.

A smile as recognizable now as it has been twenty years ago lit the man’s face and made Gigi’s lungs empty of air.

“Weber’s the name of my company,” he said, “named after my—”

“Mother,” Gigi finished.

Turning to her, the man removed his sunglasses and she found a pair of eyes she’d thought never to see again in this lifetime.

With a nod, he said, “Hey, Genny,” a corner of his mouth dipping down on one side in a smirk that still snuck into her dreams. “Long time.”

“Not nearly long enough,” she said to the first boy she’d ever kissed.

And the one who’d shattered her heart into a million irreparable pieces.

Anger crashed through her and before she could get a grip on the escalating fury the ceiling lights flickered and then two bulbs directly above them simultaneously exploded.

And just in case you haven’t read them, here are books 1 and two in the series, MERRY’S GHOST and THE HAUNTING OF WILTON JUNE

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Photo of the day, day 321

A prop plane flew by when I was taking pix of her and I was able to capture her glee as she heard and saw it.

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#KindleUnlimited an N.N.Light bookish event, #KU #readromance #rafflecopter

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event.

Today, my sweet romance CHANCE ( LAST MAN STANDING) is featured here: CHANCE

Chance Miller, divorce lawyer extraordinaire, knows the whole happily ever after dream is an urban myth. He deals with miserable and wedded warring couples every day and swears staying single keeps him sane and happy. His friends and family consider him the last single man standing and fear he’ll never find someone and settle down. But Chance relishes his carefree status and unencumbered lifestyle and has no plans to change anything.

If only his relatives would stop trying to set him up with their version of the perfect woman.

Fredrika Poole already experienced her one great love, and the widow can’t read any future romance in her tea leaves. She’s content to bake, run her business, and care for her daughter.

When Chance meets Freddie and discovers her marriage thoughts run on the same road his do, he realizes she’s the answer to his prayer for keeping the relatives at bay. But the pixie barista has a way of making Chance question everything he’s always thought about love, marriage, and wedded bliss.

Will his last man standing status go unchallenged? Or will Freddie be the one woman he wants…but can never have?

Check out all the kindle unlimited books and enter the giveaway to win a $35 Amazon gift card: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/kindle-unlimited-bookish-event

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Photo of the day, day 320

That’s the moon, kids. I took this the other day when I was walking Maple at 6:15 am. One side of the street was lit from the rising sun, this side lit from the moon. Pretty neat, no?

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#KindleUnlimited An N.N.Light Bookish Event #KU #readromance #rafflecopter

I’m so excited to be a part of @NNP_W_Light’s Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event.

Today, my book DIRTY DAMSELS is featured. Here’s the link to the feature: NNLIGHT

What if Cynderella had a one-night stand with a man named Prince?

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

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Photo of the day, day 319

This pic really shows off how much weight she’s lost. Le sigh… I can help my dog lose weight; why can’t I help myself. LOL

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I tried capturing the full moon through a window. Didn’t go like I wanted…

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#Sundaysnippet A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS #holidayromance #holidaytbrlist

To celebrate the opening of my 2022 Holiday website book store, every Sunday I’m going to post snippets of the books available to purchase in the store.

Today is an oldie but a goodie. From my first SAN VALENTINO holiday book, A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

With Christmas just a few weeks away, Gia San Valentino, the baby in her large, loud, and loving Italian family, yearns for a life and home of her own with a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. The single scene doesn’t interest her, and the men her well-meaning family introduce her to aren’t exactly the happily-ever-after kind.

Tim Santini believes he’s finally found the woman for him, but Gia will take some convincing she’s that girl. A misunderstanding has her thinking he’s something he’s not.

Can a kiss stolen under the Christmas lights persuade her to spend the rest of her life with him?

            He came toward me and I could see every ripple of muscle, every action and reaction of his gait, every blink of his eyes, as it happened. Detailed, distinct, delicious.

            The bright sun shone low due to the hour, but it haloed around his form, bathing him in light.

            He looked like an angel.

            A dressed-all-in-black angel, but an angel, nonetheless.

            “Need some help?” he asked when he was within a foot of me.

            I still hadn’t moved, my fingers cemented around the ladder rungs. I couldn’t feel them anymore. Merda, I couldn’t feel anything I was so numb from just looking at him.

            But I could hear. My blood, as it river-rafted crazily through my temples; my heart drumming like a heavy metal band in my chest.

            And his voice. Mio Dio, his voice.

            When I was six I had a terrible chest cold. Wheezing, choking on phlegm, unable to cough anything up. The doctor told mama to keep me warm and hydrated and the cold would ride itself out in time. Nonna Constanza, ancient even when I was a kid, scoffed and prescribed her own old-world remedy. She sat me in her lap, cooing to me with her singsong voice and held a tiny shot glass up to my lips coaxing, “Tu bevi, Gia bambina. Tu Bevi.”

            Drink, Gia baby. Drink.

            She tilted the glass back into my mouth and I did. I drank every drop.

            I don’t remember much after. Daddy told me later I slipped into a mini-coma for about sixty-two hours, bombed out of my head from the anisette nonna had dosed me with.

            But this is what I do remember. The amber-colored liquor slipped down the inside of my mouth to the back of my throat and onward into my belly, tasting of melted marshmallows and warming each place it touched like a million little hits of heat popping everywhere inside me. When it reached my tummy it settled and dug in, filling my senses with the sweet flavor of mama’s Sunday morning caramel rolls and sugar.

            That’s what his voice sounded like: warm and sweet, thick, delicious, and soothing.

            My entire body relaxed when I heard it. My paralysis flew and my frozen-in-place digits melted.

            He’d held my stare the entire time, never wavering, never becoming distracted by something else. He looked straight at me; just me. Like a missile dead-eye-aimed for a target.

            “Here,” he said, moving in closer, so close I could make out the actual color of his eyes now. I’d thought they were dark and from far away and they were. But seeing them now, face-to-face, I spotted little flecks of yellow and slivery shards of gold mixed into the center and surrounded by a ring of deep, rich, mink.

            If his voice was warm and soothing, his eyes were hot enough to singe, and mama mia, I wanted to be burned.

Honestly – I love this book and this family sosos much!

To order the book directly from my bookstore, click this link: WEBSITE BOOKSTORE

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Photo of the day, day 317

Tiny train crossing.

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Guess where I am?

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Nature’s beauty is so awesome!

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A visit with author JUDITH STERLING & a sneak peek at her new book TRIP THE LIGHT PHANTASMIC #Gothicfiction #newrelease

I love when author friends come to visit me and bring me word of their new books. Judith Sterling has a brand new series out – THE GOTHIC GWYN MYSTERIES – and she’s here today telling me all about book 1, TRIP THE LIGHT PHANTASMIC.

I’ll let her explain the plot and give you a little sneak peek!

Judith….

Trip the Light Phantasmic

(The Gothic Gwyn Mysteries, Book One)

By Judith Sterling

Gwyneth Camm has just inherited her great-aunt’s house in Salem, Massachusetts, along with an extensive collection of gothic romance novels. As a PhD student who prefers “serious” books, Gwyn has always avoided pulp fiction. Now, in honor of her beloved Aunt Ethel, she gives one of the gothics a try…and promptly falls asleep.

When she wakes, she finds herself inside the story, thrust by forces unknown into the heroine’s role. There’s magic afoot, and the only way back to her own life is to play her part and solve the mystery.

When fiction becomes fact, anything can happen…

I stepped out into the crisp, fresh air of an autumn evening and inhaled deeply. To my eyes—and lungs—the terrace was Heaven, illuminated by electric lights whose glow reached partway down a wide stone staircase. Darkness hid the rest of the grounds and whatever else lay beyond.

I turned to my savior as he closed the doors to the dining room. “How can I thank you enough?”

“By telling me the real reason why you wanted to leave.” He closed the distance between us. His broad shoulders looked sturdy, dependable.

“I’m not sure you’ll like it.”

“I still want to know.”

“I’m sensitive to cigarette smoke. I was okay with it for a while, but then I had to get out of there.”

He performed a little smile. “You sound just like…”

I held my tongue, expecting him to elaborate, but the wait was wasted. “You were saying…”

He shook his head as though shaking off a memory. “Never mind. Why didn’t you tell the truth?”

“I didn’t want to seem rude. But I suppose I did anyway.”

“You’ll have to forgive Mother. She’s had her share of tragedy.” He took a deep breath, then sighed. “She was once a prima ballerina…world-famous. Until she married my father. They were happy for a time. Then she had an accident and was paralyzed from the waist down.”

“How horrible.”

He nodded. “Being confined to a wheelchair is…difficult for her, perhaps harder than for most.”

Out of nowhere, an icy gust swiped me. I shivered and rubbed my bare arms.

“You’re cold.” He removed his jacket and placed it around my shoulders. Though haunted by the smell of smoke, it infused me with his warmth and an odd sense of intimacy. He lingered behind me.

“Thank you.” Twisting around, I looked up into his finely chiseled face and detected a hint of interest.

His pupils expanded. “It’s the least I can do.”

Oh yeah? What more could you do if I let you? Best not to think about that.

A slight movement at one of the windows caught my eye. Penny, the maid, watched us from inside the house. Before I could acknowledge her presence, she dropped the curtain, hiding herself from view.

Okay. That was interesting.

Edgar followed my gaze. “What is it?”

“We had an audience.”

“Oh?”

“Penny was watching from that window.” I pointed to the one in question.

“Ah, Penny. I’ve known her a long time, and she’s a curious girl. Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me if she had company.”

I turned to face him. “Meaning?”

“This house has many eyes, and they’re always watching. You’d do well to remember that.”

Dude, you just upped the creep factor by half. “I’ll try.” I doffed his jacket and handed it back to him. “Thanks for this. I’m going now.”

“Where to?”

“My room. I know it’s early, but—”

“You’ve had a long day.”

You have no idea. “Yes. Should I go back through the dining room?”

“Better not. Roland will still be smoking. Go through the drawing room, over there.” He indicated the other set of French doors. His eyes held understanding, and if I wasn’t mistaken, regret. “Good night, Gwyn.”

“Good night.”

Get your copy here:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BKRG9KG9

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BKRG9KG9

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0BKRG9KG9

Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0BKRG9KG9

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trip-the-light-phantasmic-judith-sterling/1142591372

Apple https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6444068184

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/trip-the-light-phantasmic

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63119659-trip-the-light-phantasmic

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/books/trip-the-light-phantasmic-the-gothic-gwyn-mysteries-book-1-by-judith-sterling

Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Through gothic paranormal mystery (The Gothic Gwyn Mysteries), medieval/time travel romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) and young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), she loves to whisk readers away from their troubles and remind them of the hidden magic all around us.

Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.

You can conncet with Judith here:

Website – https://judithmarshallauthor.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/judithsterlingfiction/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16291161.Judith_Sterling

BookBub –  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/judith-sterling

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01MT3KB7L

The Wild Rose Press – https://www.thewildrosepress.com/bookauthor/judith-sterling

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Photo of the day, day 314

Last swim of the year…for real this time. It got cold finally.

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upside down alligator pose

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Action shot

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#Releaseday for SASHA’S SECRET SANTA #dickensholidayromance #smalltown #slowburnromance

Bet you thought this day would never come, huh, since I’ve been talking about it FOREVEH!!! LOL

I am so happy SASHA’S SECRET SANTA is finally available. Did you preorder it? If so, thank you from the bottom of my writer’s heart!!! Hopefully, it’s on your Kindle right now! I’ve also made is available in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a subscriber…enjoy!

The early reviews on the story have been amazing and OH MY GOSH i want to cry happy tears at them!

InD’Tale Magazine says SASHA’S SECRET SANTA is a …”delectable holiday-themed book wrapped with emotions and finished with a big red bow on top!” And it was awarded a CROWNED HEART!

Mistress of Reviews says that …”this installment of a Dickens Holiday romance delivers all you could want in a love story.”

An Amazon reviewer said: “Sasha’s Secret Santa truly delivered all the feels. This was a captivating read that had me running the gamut of emotions but left me feeling warm and fuzzy at the end!”

Can I just say….wow!!! I am truly humbled. I hope you enjoy the book, too, and if you do, please let me know! My little ego needs recharging every now and again and the best way is when a great review gets posted.

Enjoy!

And then there’s this review from NN LIght’s Bookhaven that just about did me in, emotionally!!! These tears are such happy ones!

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Photo of the day, day 311

She’s mad because I ran out of “cookies” on the walk and now she has no car treats. Le sigh….shamed by a dog.

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#SundaySnippet from tomorrow’s release of SASHA’S SECRET SANTA #dickensromance #smalltown

So tomorrow is finally the day SASHA’S SECRET SANTA releases into the Holiday book reading world and I am uber excited!!!

Today’s snippet is a short one ( thankfully, right?!!LOL) and shows a little playfulness between Sasha and Steve. To set the stage, they are at the Dickens official start to the holiday season – the community tree lighting.

Enjoy!

The distinctive blue in his eyes was almost crystalline from the sun’s momentary appearance through the cloud cover. Sasha found herself envying those eyes. When he honed his gaze in on her, his total attention focused on her face, as if there were no one else around them, her recent thoughts pushed through to the front of her mind again.

Maybe, just maybe, he did…find her attractive, in a she’s-a-woman-I’m-a-man kind of way.

Maybe, just maybe, he had asked her to meet him today because he wanted to spend time with her; get to know her.

And maybe – and she really hoped this one was true – he wasn’t just spending time with her because he wanted to recruit her for the hospital, but because he enjoyed being with her.

Sasha’s breath caught when he leaned in a little closer, so close the warmth of his exhale drifted across her cheeks and made her knees go a little wobbly.

“Yeah, I do,” he said. His lips twitched before he added, “I think, in another life, I was just a…small-town boy…living in a lonely world.”

Her laugh came quick and free and felt so darn good she could have cried. “Did you catch a midnight train to Dickens?”

His own laugh, deep and rich and oh-so-alluring caused several heads to turn toward them, questioning expressions covering them.

“No, but it would make a good story, wouldn’t it?”

“But a better song.”

He shook his head, that charming grin going full wattage.

Honestly. A girl could be blinded by the power and intensity of that small lifting of a pair of lips.

“Gorgeous to look at, smart, sweet, and knows the lyrics to one of my favorite songs from my favorite 80s band. Sasha Charles, where have you been all my life?”

His words, said with a laugh, did more to raise her spirits than the notion of sleeping in past four-thirty in the morning ever could. Thinking quickly, she replied, “Right here in Dickens…waiting up and down the boulevard.”

Steve slammed both hands against his chest, heart-level, sighed loudly and dramatically, and then closed his eyes. “Best day ever,” he said, shaking his head.

Get your copy here, and remember – it’s on KU too! SASHA’S SECRET SANTA

And don’t forget all the other books in the Dickens Holiday Collection: Dickens series

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It’s starting…

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not too spoiled. What other dog uses a pillow?

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Photo of the day, day 308

So since I was on clear liquids 48 hours prior to my colonoscopy and had to do the dreaded prep, I wanted to make up for it post-test. Hubby and I went to Longhorne and I had twin lobsters and mac n cheese. I think I may be the only person in town who goes to a bonafide steak house and orders fish. Or in this case, crustaceans.

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Taken at Fall In Love New England 2021. Wanda and her mom were a bee and a keeper while I was trying to be Nefrititi. Wanda made me several coasters with pics of us at the party. So cute and thoughtful.

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Pre-colonoscopy… I don’t usually post pictures of myself or my face, but since we’re still required to wear masks in the hospital I figured, why not? Hee hee

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THE SHERIFF & THE PSYCHIC Now available on all Digital platforms! #PNR #WesternRomance #WesternPNR

I’m so excited! Today is the day THE SHERIFF & THE PSYCHIC goes into worldwide distribution across all digital platforms. If you have a Kindle, a Nook, read under Kobo, or iTunes, you can now have this little gem for your very own!!

Here’s the universal Link to all media: TS&TP

And a little about my very first ( but not last) Cowboy PNR romance!

Police Psychic Silvestra Coeltrain comes to Renewal, OK to visit with old friends and to heal. After a year in which she was tested physically, mentally, and psychically, all she wants to do is sleep, fish, and bask in the tranquility of the sleepy town.

Sheriff Caleb Blackbear doesn’t understand the feelings he’s quickly developing for Renewal’s newest visitor. She responds to his kisses with a passion that equals his own. But she’s an enigma, filled with secrets and evasions, and he’s a suspicious man.

When several of the local ranches begin losing cattle to a mysterious illness, it’s Silvestra who claims the animals are being methodically targeted and killed. As Cal’s investigation zeros in on who and what could be slaying the animals, the murder of a prominent rancher’s daughter – and Cal’s former lover – complicates things. With Silvestra’s life now in danger, Cal is determined to keep her safe at any cost.

But can he?

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One week countdown! SASHA’S SECRET SANTA #holidayromance #smalltown #medicalromance

Seven more sleeps until this little darling makes its debut in the Holiday book-reading world! I can’t wait to share SASHA’S SECRET SANTA with you all!

The tiny town of Dickens has become a fan favorite and in the 2022 Holiday season, we have several new authors who have contributed stories to the series. You can find the completed list here: DICKENS HOLIDAY ROMANCES

In Sasha’s Secret Santa, Sasha Charles, Amy and Andy’s middle adopted child, returns home.

After a terrifying incident derails her career and confidence, she moves back to her hometown of Dickens to heal, reorganize, and start over.

The only problem? The paralyzing panic attacks that plague her whenever she thinks about going back to nursing. Sasha is mentally, and emotionally stuck, and has no idea how to move forward.

Steve Caldwell is the new Director of Services at Dickens Memorial Hospital. After witnessing her save the life of a local resident in Dorrit’s Diner, he knows Sasha would be perfect for the new trauma center he’s planning. When she refuses his job offer outright, he sets out to change her mind.

But Sasha has thick, protective walls erected around her so Steve must first break through them. With patience and kindness, he does. As the two grow closer, each begin to have second thoughts on what their futures should look like, until idle, small-town gossip threatens to derail their budding relationship.

With the imminent arrival of Christmas, will Steve be able to convince Sasha he has her best interests at heart?

I hope you enjoy this addition to the series. I’d rate it 4 flames for sexy!!!

And don’t forget my other Dorrit’s Diner additions:

Angel Kisses and Holiday Wishes

Santa Baby

And FIXING CHRISTMAS

Dickens is the best place on earth to be for the holidays ( or any other day of the year!)

Enjoy ~ Peh

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