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A #BestBook Review from @LASR for BAKED WITH LOVE

I’m not gonna lie…when I woke up the other day and found the email from Long and Short Reviews about BAKED WITH LOVE   concerning the review on their site, I was worried. This was the first professional review for the book, and considering it’s still in the preorder stage, I was concerned a bad review would effectively kill sales.

Hey. I’m a writer. We live and die for reviews and sales.

When I first clicked on the the link my heart sank because the very first thing I saw next to the book copy was 1 star.

1 star.

Think about what that means to an author to see 1 little star next to a book review and then multiply that feeling by a quadrillion and then square it and you know how I felt.

But then the review page opened and I saw that the 1 star had the words BEST BOOK written inside of it.

Okay, say what?
My eyes slid down to the start of the review and by the time I got to the end I couldn’t see my computer screen clearly any more because tears of joy clouded my vision. To mis-quote Sally Field, “She liked it! She really liked it!”

In fact, I venture to say, she loved it. Loved the entire Match Made in Heaven series, in fact.

Here’s the review:

I’m just going to be blunt and get right to the point. This is the best series I’ve read in a long time. It’s right up there with the Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan and the Mackenzie Family series by Linda Howard.

When reviewing, there are many components in a narrative that I’m looking for. How developed and relatable were the cast of characters? Did the plot maintain my interest and flow at a reasonable pace with unexpected twists while keeping its realistic integrity? How was the chemistry between the hero and heroine? Did they receive their happily ever after? Were there any loose threads? Particularly from my point of view I want to laugh and feel a book glow for hours after finishing the book. It’s a bonus if I can add another hero to my list of book boyfriends. When I’m reading a series I want to feel that “coming home” sensation. The heartwarming feeling of being reunited with cherished friends and family.

It’s not often I can claim that a book meets all my criteria for what I consider a best book or best series. It is my honor to claim Baked with Love by Peggy Jaeger hit all my feel good spots. The Match in Heaven series has left a lasting impression on me. Yes, each book can be read as a standalone but I would not recommend it. The three together put any Hallmark show to shame. I’d like to see the series put into a movie.

I wish the characters were real and that I could meet them. I want to go stay at their inn. I’m a huge fan of Peggy Jaeger after reading several of her books.

The romance in this story is between Maureen and Lucas. I was waiting to read their story and I’m thrilled it was worth the wait. I can’t rave enough about how much I loved this book and the series. It’s a perfect Christmas present for your friends who love to read romance. This book will join my others on my book keeper list.

See why I was crying now??? That line about putting any Hallmark show to shame just about did me in!! In a good way.

She’s reviewed all the books in the series and has given me great reviews on each one. But a BEST BOOK review? Well, that was one that made me realize that maybe, just maybe, I was starting to get the hang of this writing career!

Here are the other reviews from L&SR for A Match Made in Heaven:

Dearly Beloved

Today, Tomorrow, Always 

And you can preorder BAKED WITH LOVE, which releases 12.9.2020, here: BWL

Also, because writers live and die for reviews AND sales, if you want a PRINT copy of the book now, instead of waiting for December, I’ve got copies at a very reduced price available at my website store, here: PJBS Just follow the instructions on the page.

Until next time, peeps ~ A-still-floating-on-air Peg

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#HolidayRomComs on Sale for just #99cents !

Do you love books that make you laugh? Cry? Wish you were one of the characters?
Me, too!! Hee Hee

I ask those questions because if your answer is “Hell, yeah!” I’ve got a great sale going on right now for you.

All of my San Valentino Holiday RomComs are on sale for 99 cents – the ones from Wild Rose Press,

and my newest indie edition, MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA ( which I’ll just say is getting amazeballs reviews across the board!)

Here are the links to purchase:

A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 

CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS 

MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA 

And just FYI – if you like PRINT BOOKS instead of ecopy ( and who doesn’t?), I’ve got another great sale going on at my website store. Check it out Peggy’s Book Store

My prices are the lowest you’ll find for my print books!! Some of the offerings have never been in print before, they’ve been digital only. But for the holiday season they’re being offered in print, so take advantage of this great sale, especially if you have a romance reader on your holiday shopping list.

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#ReleaseDay for Amber Daulton’s new Deerbourne Inn Novella HARMONY’S EMBRACE

WIld Rose Press sistah, AMBER DAULTON, has a new addition to the Deerbourne Inn series and today’s the release day!!! Check this out: Isn’t the cover gorgeous?? ( And hot, LOL!)

Harmony’s Embrace

 

Blurb

Reuniting with the man who broke her heart has never felt so right.

Divorced dad Birley Haynes is too busy raising his children and running his family’s music academy to start a relationship. Then Harmony Holdich, his high school sweetheart, returns home to Willow Springs, Vermont for Christmas and falls into his bed. She brings light and fun back into his life, but he can’t brush aside the threatening incidents around his workplace.

Harmony hadn’t expected a complication like Birley, especially so soon after the death of her unfaithful husband. With her life a mess, she plans to move across the country and start over. All she can offer him is a fling, but her heart yearns for more.

When the threats rise, how will Birley keep his children safe and convince Harmony to give love another chance?

 Excerpt:

He sighed heavily. Snapping at her wouldn’t convince her to stick around. “Have you thought about me over the years?”

Her bottom lip trembled, then she sucked it between her teeth. “Of course I have. High school was a long time ago, and our dreams clashed. You wanted a laidback life, even though you cut loose with Susannah in college. I wanted big-city living, and I got it. I like it.”

“So a rich-ass condo means that much to you? You want a new job slaving away five or six days a week for some major corporation until you’re exhausted?” He silently cursed. Not only did he slave away at his job, he was growing more tired of it by the day.

Good job, man. Way to control your temper.

In the back of his mind, he’d always believed he and Harmony would find one another again. Susannah and Claude didn’t compute. How crazy was that? Did he marry someone so different from himself because, subconsciously, he didn’t want the relationship to work?

A frown creased her brow. “I don’t need or want expensive things, but I like to work, to feel useful. My dream home is a little yellow bungalow with a big yard in a suburb.” She rocked in the chair as though she longed to jump up and run out the door. “I don’t want to argue. Let’s finish eating and hit the slopes.” She polished off her chips in a handful of loud crunches.

“What did you expect?” His throat constricted. “We’ve never hashed this stuff out since Susannah and Claude were always stuck up our asses. It’s time we deal with it.”

She scowled, then finished her grinder.

Birley gritted his teeth. Why had he been so stupid all those years ago? He’d wanted her to attend the University of Vermont with him, but she balked at another lengthy stint in school. He never should’ve walked off, leaving her crying on the porch of her parents’ house. She wanted time to think about her future—they’d only graduated from high school that morning—but her refusal didn’t mean she’d stopped loving him.

Too bad he hadn’t realized the truth at the time. She’d hurt his pride and broken his heart. Nothing mattered but hurting her in return. They avoided each other for the rest of the summer, then he headed off to the university.

God, how he’d missed her. She’d continued to work for her uncle while earning her accounting degree at a local community college and later moved to New Jersey for her job. Any chance of repairing their relationship had left with her, but by then, he was with Susannah.

Birley ate the rest of his sandwich, which slid down his gullet like cardboard. “No matter what you decide, I’m happy you’re home now.” The hope in his chest deflated. He stood and tugged on his gloves. “Let’s hit one of the blue squares. You okay with that?”

She nodded and followed him up. After they threw away their trash, they left the lodge.

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A little about Amber:

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

Follow Amber here:

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A Sale, an award, and a new endeavor… all in one week!

 

Lot’s of stuff going on here in Chez Jaeger.

First, you probably saw yesterday’s post about my on-line holiday store. If not, here’s the link: BOOK STORE

I’m really excited to be able to offer some of my print collections at a discounted price, especially during this holiday season, so check it out.

Second, TWP has generously put my 2 San Valentino ebooks on sale for 99 cents, to coincide with Mistletoe, Mobsters, & Mozzarella also being on sale. I love that!!

A kiss under the Christmas Lights and Christmas & Cannolis are on sale NOW! MMM goes on sale next Wednesday, 12.18.2020.

And last but not least, this happened the other day:

The book that finaled was DIRTY DAMSELS ( the first book in the DotComgirls series that I now call THE UPTOWN GIRLS Series.)

So, you see, I’ve been busy!!

Hee hee

Happy Holiday shopping, peeps ( and I hope it’s thru my website! LOL) ~ Peg

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Something new – and for a limited time.

With the advent of Covid, our shopping lives have changed, drastically.

On-line shopping has grown even more important for getting our daily needs. The 2020 holiday shopping season is going to be unlike any other, of that I’m sure.

Because I know people are struggling with making ends meet right now, but still want to read books and give them as presents, I wanted to make it easier and cheaper to do that, so, today, I’ve opened my own bookstore here on my website ( for a limited time) in order for people to order my books at a reduced price for themselves or to give as gifts. Here’s the link to the page: Peggy’s Book Store

I’m offering several of my books, directly from me, at a lowered price. Instructions on how to order are on the page, so just give it a once over, see if any of the books are for you, or that you’d like to gift a romance reader on your holiday list! These are the books available. Prices and instructions for ordering are on the webpage, but they are all reduced  and less than amazon and other retailers – AND these are all PRINT BOOKS.

Happy Shopping, peeps ~Peg

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#CoverReveal for BAKED WITH LOVE ( A Match Made in Heaven, bk 3)

Well, I’ve been teasing about it for about 2 weeks now!!!

I’m so excited to show you the youngest O’Dowd sister Maureen’s cover for BAKED WITH LOVE...ta da!!!!

OMG isn’t it gorgeous!!!

Graphic designer and artist Diana Carlile has done it again. She’s designed all 3 of the covers for this series and each one is more beautiful than the last!

Here’s a little about BAKED WITH LOVE, which gets released on 12.9.2020, just in time for  your Holiday shopping!

Innkeeper Maureen O’Dowd lives to cook and bake, spoils her family and friends, and is an expert at keeping secrets, especially about the man who’s held her heart for years.

Police Chief Lucas Alexander is dealing with an aging father and a moody teenage son, and he’s in love with a woman who only wants to be friends.

How can these two fiercely private people reveal their feelings for one another without destroying the friendship they already have? And if they’re successful, will another secret, if revealed, drive a wedge between Maureen and Lucas that can never be repaired?

I truly can not wait to see what readers think about these two and the twisted way they get to their HEA.

If you haven’t read the other two books in the series yet, let me make this easy….

Dearly Beloved

Today, Tomorrow, Always

I have many Writer friends who are helping me reveal the cover today so I’m off to thank them and help them promote their blog posts about BAKED WITH LOVE.

*** Be sure to check tomorrow’s blog post ( 11.12.2020) because I’ve got something very special planned for this holiday season for you! You won’t want to miss it because it’s going to make your holiday gift giving sosososo much easier this year!

And check out this amazeballs Book trailer Nancy Fraser produced for the book:

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SWEET SENTIMENTS – a One Scoop or Two delicious pairing!

It’s so exciting when a publisher does something – just because! – that makes your day. Recently, THE WILD ROSE PRESS paired several of the One Scoop or Two books up into print anthologies, and I was blessed enough to be one of the authors who had their book put into this format!!

Vanilla with a Twist was my addition to the One Scoop or Two series and now it’s paired with WRP sistah AMEY ZEIGLER’s book, SUMMER OF SUNDAES. Both are in this lovely print version, titled SWEET SENTIMENTS. You can only purchase the book from the WILD ROSE PRESS – or from me ( I am offering a discounted price!!!!) I have copies that I am selling direct to readers who want them. Just reach out to me via Facebook Messanger at Peggy Jaeger, Author

Here are the blurbs for both books:
VANILLA WITH A TWIST

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.
Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.
Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

SUMMER OF SUNDAES

After dropping out a semester short of college graduation, Bailey Madison inherits the management of her family’s struggling ice cream shop in Seward, Alaska. When Kingsley Tours needs her prime location to expand their business into the Last Frontier, Bailey must use her wits and creative ice cream recipes to save her shop.

Usually carefree and self-centered Brahms Kingsley must prove to his father he can buckle down and lead Kingsley Tours as the company grows. But how can he close Bailey’s shop when she still holds a place in his heart?

Brahms must choose between pleasing his father and earning the love of a woman he never forgot.

Get both books for the price of 1!!

And just as an FYI – books make GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS to the romance reader on your list!!! Heehee

 

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A new #DeerbourneInn novella by Roni Denholtz: Meet Me At The Inn

 

My friend and writing sistah RONI DENHOLTZ, is the latest WRP author to have a book in the DEERBOUNE INN series. MEET ME AT THE INN is the second Deerbourne Roni has penned!

Here’s why Roni decided to do a second book in the series:

“At the end of “Enchanted Vermont Nights,” Tarren is dumped by her boyfriend, Chad, who attempts to go back to his old girlfriend, Tarren’s cousin Brianna.  I felt sorry for Tarren when I finished that novella, and decided she deserved a happy ending, too!  So I wrote “Meet Me at the Inn!”

Just look at the gorgeous cover:

 

Blurb

Actress Tarren Reilly is still smarting from being dumped by her former boyfriend–whom she stole from her cousin.  Reeling from the pain she has caused, she agrees to a fake relationship for publicity reasons.
Country singer Clint Jackson has wanted Tarren since they first met,  Together, they visit the Deerbourne Inn for the Thanksgiving holiday, where he plans to suggest they take their phony relationship to the “friends with benefits” level.
Both Tarren and Clint are dealing with personal issues from prior entanglements.  As they draw closer, can Tarren and Clint deal with their pasts and turn a pretend relationship into the real deal?

Excerpt  

   “We should enjoy a comfortable night at the inn.”  She replaced the phone, meeting his eyes.  “Everyone thinks we’re sleeping together.”
   It popped out of his mouth.  “We could be.”
   Tarren stared at Clint as a shimmer of excitement swept up her spine.
    They could be?  Yes, they could be sleeping together, but–
    “What I mean is,’ Clint continued, his eyes gleaming, “everyone thinks we’re a couple, for real.  We’re already friends.  We could be–friends with benefits.”
A little about Roni Denholtz

Roni Denholtz is the award-winning author of 20 romance novels and novellas; 9 children’s books; and over a hundred short stories and articles. She lives in beautiful northwest New Jersey with her husband and adopted dog.

She has volunteered with school organizations, her local animal shelter, and served as President of New Jersey Romance Writers. She collects girls’ series books like the Nancy Drew mysteries. She enjoys traveling, photography, and most of all, reading!

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FALL SALE: The Storms of New England by Kari Lemor

Every once in a great while a series comes along where you just have to one click the next book before it’s even released because you have been waiting in anticipation for it to drop!!!

That’s the way I feel about KARI LEMOR’S series THE STORMS OF NEW ENGLAND.

And guess what? The collection is on sale right now!

GET ALL FIVE BOOKS FOR UNDER $11

PRAISE FOR THE STORMS OF NEW ENGLAND

“The author writes beautifully, drawing the reader into the hearts and minds of the characters.”

“This played like a Lifetime movie in my head.”

“I am now in love with the Storm family and can’t wait for the next book to be released!”

 

💖99c ELUSIVE DREAMS- An injured Marine, an introverted loner, two orphaned children needing a home. Can they create a perfectly imperfect family? (marriage of convenience, girl next door)

💖99c TRUE DREAMS – A recovering addict in search of a quiet life. An innocent optimist seeking fame and fortune. Can she see beyond his past to heal his damaged soul? (boss/employee, bad boy/virgin)

💖STOLEN DREAMS- An uptight perfectionist. A bohemian free spirit. Can she convince him a walk on the wild side is good for the soul? (opposites attract, friends with benefits)

💖BROKEN DREAMS – A new single dad. An unconventional nanny. A little boy in his own world. Can she show them that family is more than an image? (single dad/nanny, special needs family found)

💖99c FORGOTTEN DREAMS – Ten years ago he left her to join the navy. Now he’s back ready to pick up where they left off. Can the magic of Christmas open her heart up enough to trust him again? (sweet Christmas reunion novella)

https://www.karilemor.com/storms-of-new-england

 

Elusive Dreams

“I have to know you’d be okay with marrying me. It wouldn’t be a traditional marriage, obviously. I wouldn’t expect anything from you…you know…in that way. It would be a marriage of convenience, in name only.

Her tongue poked out as she glanced at the floor. “You really want to marry a freak?”

“You really want to marry a scarred, impotent soldier who can’t walk?” There, he’d said it, and the world hadn’t ended. And she hadn’t walked out or looked at him with pity in her eyes. That’s what he dreaded most. The pity.

True Dreams 

Jim’s words of putting it in the past and moving on rang through his head. Maybe he should try. Ask her out on a date. Easy, right? Baby steps.

“I’m hot. How’d you like to get ice cream before we head home?”

Sara chewed on her lip. “I didn’t bring my purse. Are you paying? I’ll pay you back later.”

“My treat.”

Jumping to his feet, he took her hand and hauled her up. They were going out for ice cream, and it was his treat. Could that count as a date? He thought it could. Even if she didn’t know.

A little about the author, Kari Lemor

Kari Lemor has always been a voracious reader. One of those kids who had the book under the covers or under the desk at school. Even now she has been known to stay up until the wee hours finishing a good book. Romance has always been her favorite, stories of people fighting through conflict to reach their happily ever after.

Writing wasn’t something she enjoyed when young and only in the last few years began putting the stories that ran rampant in her head, down on paper.

Now that her kids are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create character driven stories of love and hope.

She lives with her husband in a small town in New England dreaming of warmer weather. But only if it’s near the ocean.

You can connect with Kari here:

WebsiteFacebookReader Group-The Lit Lounge –  TwitterInstagram: GoodreadsBookBub: Amazon Author page: Pinterest:

 

 

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#SundaySnippet 11.2.2020 An oldie, but a goodie – and it’s on sale!

So, since my WILL COOK FOR LOVE series is on sale over at KOBO,   I figured today’s snippet should be from one of those books. I love all three of them but my favorite Laine sister is Gemma, so I’ve chosen a little something from A SHOT AT LOVE for today.

It’s the second book in the series and tells the story of Gemma, a fiercely independent, commitment-phone photographer and Ky Pappandreos, a family-centered FBI agent ordered to protect her when she witnesses a mob assassination.

This is a little scene about awareness, when Gemma sees Ky as something more than a bothersome addition to her usually ordered life.

Dressed in similar sweats to what he’d worn the morning before, his body bathed in gleaming sweat, Ky pummeled one of the suspended bags. His hands were wrapped with white gauze, his arms toned and taunt as he executed each strike with perfect precision and technique.

Gemma stopped on the final riser and watched him batter the bag, fists moving with swift, defined actions, the jabs fast and hard, the recoils even faster.

Shoulders raised, elbows tight, hands balled and up blocking his cheeks and jaw line, he threw a right jab, left, then two rights, all aimed high, and a final forward thrust left, lower on the bag, his knees bending to give him balance.

Gemma wanted to race back to her room, grab her camera and capture the scene before her.

Kyros Pappandreos was the epitome, the very definition of a natural born fighter. Distinctly male, uniquely the warrior, his body moved with the grace of a panther, the stealth of a tiger stalking its prey, and the accuracy of a cobra striking. There was something so sensual, so primal, so animalistic about him, she knew she had to photograph him just this way.

She’d capture him in slow motion first, his tight fist connecting with his target, the sweat of exertion flying from his forehead. Then, she’d move to rapid fire, the image blurring with the speed of his hits. A pugilist, enigmatic, tough, and hard bodied, the bulging muscles and corded sinew in his arms distended with his action, outlined and bathed in the shiny moisture pouring from him.

Ky repeated the moves in the same series of strikes three more times before dropping his hands to his thighs.

He swiped at his forehead with the back of his hand, his breathing hard, but not labored, and turned.

Intrigued? I hope so. If you are the entire series is on sale at Kobo for just $2.99 each. Happy reading, peeps.

Until next time ~ Peg

 

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