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Are you ready to FALL IN LOVE NEW ENGLAND?

Well, I already love New England since I call it home! hee hee

But, are you ready to Fall in Love New England? You might think there is something wrong with that sentence: missing comma, or the word with left out.


The title refers to the FALL IN LOVE NEW ENGLAND: READERS MEET AUTHORS conference being held this October 15-16.

Do you love to read romance books? Ever wanted to meet any of the authors you love? Looking for a girls’ getaway weekend that doesn’t involve plane travel or passports??
This is the conference for you, then.

Over 4o Bestselling and Award winning romance authors will be spending the weekend with readers, doing workshops, having a Halloween party, and generally just enjoying post-quarantine revelry – with Covid restrictions in place!! There’s even a book signing -open to the public- where you can get your favorite author’s newest release, autographed and personalized! Christmas will be here before you know it and books always make great gifts.

Please come join me – and all the other wonderful authors who’ll be there.

Click on the above highlighted link to get you tot he FILNE website, where all the details are listed.

Happy Days, kids ~ Peg

Oh, and one more thing: Several authors have pre-order forms available for you so if you are coming tot he conference and want to make sure you get the one book you want, you can order them ahead of time and they’ll be available for pick up at the signing. Here’s the form for my books:

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A KINDLE VELLA giveaway and promotion…

I’ve joined with 11 other VELLA writers to give you a chance to win a $170 Amazon giftcard in this amazing giveway.

Just click on the following link to enter: VELLA Scroll down.Follow the instructions and enter to win! Easy Peasy.

If you are new to VELLA, here’s a little about VINDICATION, my current episodic story ( new episodes are listed every monday-wednesday)

Someone is murdering teenage girls in Washington, DC. The FBI’s special division, the SPCD – the Sexual Predators of Children – has been working the case for the past 6 months. When a Senator’s daughter goes missing, the team, lead by Tucker Petrie, has to call on retired profiler – and his past partner – Kella O’Brian. Reluctantly, she rejoins the team and they search for a link to the girls who have been abducted, then killed.

Start reading today here:

ONE FINAL NOTE: you DO NOT have to sign up for my newsletter like the promo says because my newsletter is now defunct. You can enter and just like the read pages listed. Mailchimp corrupted my recent newsletter and it was just easier to delete the account.


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On becoming a Grandparent…

Happy Grandparents Day 2021.

I’m not a grandma yet – still have about 3 weeks to go before the blessed event – and it is a blessed event! There’s something so magical about your baby having a baby. I simply can’t wait to be a grandmother – much like I couldn’t wait to be a mom.

Back then, when I was 29, having a baby was an exciting, and in some instances, fearful time.

Becoming a grandmother at 61, I find I am experiencing the same emotions of excitement and fear. The fear is founded. Anything can go wrong during a birth, even if the woman is healthy and hale, as my daughter is. But I don’t want to dwell on the fear today. I want to express the excitement – and if I’m being honest with myself – a little self indulgence as well.

When my daughter told us she was pregnant I screamed, fell to my knees, and started sobbing, uncontrollably. Why? At the time I hadn’t a clue in a cardboard box, but it was such an emotional release I don’t think I stopped smiling for a week afterward.

Now, with the arrival date imminent, I think I can understand why I reacted the way I did.

First, I was so happy for my daughter and her husband. They were supposed to get married in a huge to-do in May of 2020 and had to -of course – postpone the wedding because of Covid. The huge reception ( 400 people) is still on tap for May 2022 now, but they wanted to be married, so in a small church ceremony with only a few family members, they wed a year ago, today, so Happy Anniversary to them.

Both of them are over the age of 30 and I knew they both wanted children. I thought they were going to wait until after the reception, but they figured, “why not now? We’re married, legally, so…”

I truly can not wait to be a grandmother. I’m thrilled I’m still young and healthy enough to experience having a baby that isn’t mine but that is related to me and be able to hold it in my arms, play, feed, and cuddle it whenever I want.

I truly can not wait to see how my daughter is going to be as a mother. We all think we will never say/do the things our own mothers did – that classic mother/daughter angst dynamic — but in the long run, we find ourselves doing and saying if not all the same things, many of them. It will be interesting in coming years to possibly hear things come out of her mouth she swore she’d never say as a mother because I said them, or do things she vowed never to do, again for the same reason.

Since I didn’t have a great role model for a grandmother – too strict, too mean, alcoholic – I intend to be the antithesis of that for my grandchild. I won’t say I’ll be indulgent because I respect my daughter’s rules and requests on things ( like no sugar, junk food, etc) but I will be loving, caring, strict with a smile, and of course, present. My grandmother never was present even when she and I were the only people in a room. In truth, she didn’t like my mother much so that trickled down to me since I was her child.

Family dynamics will kill you every time, kids.


Not me. I WANT to be in the child’s life. I WANT to experience the things my grandmother never wanted to because she couldn’t be bothered. I ALREADY love this child and I haven’t even met it yet. I WANT to do all the things I loved doing with my own daughter and which I know she loved as well. I want to be a positive influence on the child, impart whatever wisdom I can ( and have) and I want the child to know and experience love. Complete, all encompassing love.


Happy Grandparents Day to all the GP’s out there already, and those like me, the soon-to-bes.


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2nd Annual FALL INTO A BOOK Giveaway – 9.24.2021 – mark your calendars!

I’m so excited to be part of this amazing event!

Over 225 (!) authors will be participating in a giveaway event that lasts the entire day – 9.24.2021~

Just click on over to the Facebook group any time during the day, scroll through the posts, comment on them and you’ll be entered to win whatever prize the author is giving away!

I’ll be giving away Amazon gift cards and ecopies of my newest books!

What have you got to lose? Absolutely nothing, right?

Here’s the fb link: IsntItRomanticBookClub

See you on the 24th, kids!

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How to resolve conflict in your stories? THE CONFLICT THESAURUS!

This new addition to the wonderful Thesaurus series drops on 10.12.2021 and it couldn’t come sooner for this writer!!! Jam filled with all kinds of conflicts your characters can get into plus the resolutions to solve them, this book is a game changer for writers.

As a writer, Do you struggle to come up with ideas for conflict? If so, this blog post goes into the best source for conflict that will work with your story:

Here a just a few tips you’ll find between the pages of this book:

*** buy links coming soon

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I’m celebrating 14 years with Long and Short Reviews! #Entertowin

14 years in business/together is a reason to celebrate. BIG TIME!

Long and Short reviews is having their 14th anniversary and are giving presents to their readers instead of the other way around!!

Join the Scavenger Hunt and enter to win a $100 Amazon GC along with other fabulous prizes.

My book, BAKED WITH LOVE, is featured today.

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SANTA BABY is celebrating Long and Short Reviews’ 14th Anniversary.

14 years in business/together is a reason to celebrate. BIG TIME!

Long and Short reviews is having their 14th anniversary and are giving presents to their readers instead of the other way around!!

Join the Scavenger Hunt and enter to win a $100 Amazon GC along with other fabulous prizes here:.

My book SANTA BABY is featured today.

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7 days until BALANCE releases!

It’s so exciting to think that in one week my newest NYCromance releases into the book reading world!
This absolutely never gets old!

When I wrote WOKE last year, I just knew when it was finished I needed to give Aurora’s BFF, Phillipa, her own HEA. She’d survived an emotionally abusive marriage and was just too young to give up on love. Finding her a man who could love her and see beyond her wealth was, I’ll admit, a struggle. But in Decker Madina I found a hero any woman – wealthy or not – would want in their life.

I’m so happy to be sharing their story with you IN JUST 7 DAYS!!! Hee hee

Have you pre-odered your copy yet so you’ll have it on 9.1? No? Well, here, let me help you do that:


She’s a wealthy socialite who survived an abusive marriage.
He’s a hardworking guy raising his son and caring for his widowed father.
They come from different worlds, but it’s said…opposites attract.
Can they find the balance between their two lifestyles to make their love work?
Or will their differences tear them apart?

Life and love are a balancing act.

Early Reviews for BALANCE:

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One week until BALANCE hits the shelves ( and Kindles,LOL)

I’m always excited when a new book is about to be released. They really are like a writer’s babies – hard work goes into birthing them and then we want everyone to love them as much as we do, LOL.

I have to admit, I lovelovelove the story of Phillipa Doubletree and Decker Madina and I sincerely hope you do, too!

Divorced socialite Phillipa Doubletree is forging a life of her own for the first time at the age of 37. With her abusive marriage behind her, she’s learning how to trust again, is managing her own life and finances, and reconnecting with her oldest friend. Phil’s not ready to jump into the dating world yet, and the thought of being in a relationship gives her hives.  Her marriage left too many emotional scars and she’s liking this free and easy single girl life.

But it would be nice to know she’s still desirable to a man.

Physician’s Assistant and widower Decker Madina is single-parenting his son and caring for his aged and sick father. With a mountain of work and family obligations, skyrocketing medical bills, and a job that’s taking an emotional toll, Decker wishes he could carve out a little time for himself, enjoy the company of a woman, and maybe even get married again.

These two come from different worlds and want different things. But it’s said opposites attract. Can they find the balance between their lifestyles to make a relationship work? Or are their differences too much for an everlasting love?

Preorder your copy here: BALANCE


Enter the Goodreads giveaway here: BALANCE

Check out the early reviews: BALANCE

Life and love are a balancing act.

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Cover Reveal for My Only One from Charlotte O’Shay

My wonderful writing friend, multipublished and uber-talented CHARLOTTE O’SHAY is releasing her first indie book – MY ONLY ONE – on September 21, but you get to see the fabulous cover today!


My Only One, Book One of the Fortunato Family series, is a friends to lovers, romantic suspense that’s chock full of feels.

We grew up in side-by-side New York City tenements. Shane was my first friend, my first crush, and when he enlisted, my unforgettable heartbreak. When fate brings us back together after ten years, I’m in a world of danger. But I’m not a kid anymore and I know what I want. Shane and I have a second chance at forever and there’s no way I’ll lose him again.

Brilliant, beautiful, bound for success, Esme was the girl next door and a temptation I had to resist. I was too old for her, but I couldn’t forget her. When we meet again after ten long years, she’s caught in the crosshairs of a deadly drug kingpin. But I wear a badge now. Nothing will stop me from protecting the woman who claimed me—heart and soul—so long ago. I’ll keep Esme safe or die trying.

Time’s running out for Esme to pay her father’s debt to the cartel.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon US or Apple gift card:

Open to US residents only. You must have an active Amazon US or Apple account. 

Runs August 23 – September 7, 2021.

Winner will be drawn on September 8, 2021.

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