GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SERIES: Will Cook for Love
Questions for Peggy
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
I’d actually love to be my heroine, Gemma Laine. She works in a great profession – photography – and she’s proficient in martial arts and guns. I love that she’s considered the Warrior of the sisters, the one who always had everyone else’s backs. She’s so bad-assed, with that take no prisoners attitude she possesses, that I just know actually being her would be very empowering.
Q2: What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?
Getting the grappling and the gun demonstration scenes correct. Readers who study martial arts or who are gun enthusiasts themselves, are able to pick out everything that’s “wrong” or incorrect about a narrative. Luckily, I was a long-standing karate student ( as were my daughter and husband) and I recently learned to shoot, so both those things helped with the scenes’ credibility. But I still struggled to get it just right.
Q3: If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?
Hands down ROARKE from the InDeath series. Not only is he God-like handsome; not only is he as rich as Croesus; he’s also proficient in just about everything he tries, so I know we wouldn’t be stranded for long. Although now that I think about it, that wouldn’t really be a problem since I’d be with him!!!
Q4: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
Well, I’ve always been a writer ever since I was given my first lock and key diary when I was 6. Instead of writing about myself I made up stories and wrote them in the diary because I thought my life was so boring. But I can truly say the time I knew I was going to be able to take my writing desire somewhere was when I was in Nursing school and got three articles I’d written about nursing life published in major trade magazines.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better – please keep answers short):
a. Coffee, tea, or other? Other – Diet Mountain Dew
b. Music preference? 80s and 90s Rock
c. Favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz because there really is no place like home.
d. Dog, cat, or other? Both
e. Favorite author? Nora Roberts/JD Robb. Since they are the same person, I can’t distinguish between the 2!
f. Favorite actor/actress? Bette Davis/Cary Grant
g. Favorite television show (past or present)? I Love Lucy
About the Book
Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!
Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .
With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .
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Read an Excerpt
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.
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First of all just let me say, I’m a huge Peggy Jaeger fan. I love her warm, fuzzy characters and Ky and Gemma did not disappoint in A Shot At Love.
The story is engaging with just the right amount of suspense sub-plot that definitely doesn’t overshadow the romance. And, of course, the idea of being stuck in a cabin with a sexy man doesn’t hurt one bit.
This book is part of the Will Cook for Love series. I missed the first book. Needless to say, I’ve already downloaded so I can catch up. All books will be stand-alone and well worth the read.
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About the Author
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 is 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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Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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Follow the Tour
This is a month-long review tour. Please feel free to visit the previous stops for more reviews and even more chances to win in the drawing.
September 25: Christine Young
September 26: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
September 27: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
September 28: The Reading Addict
September 29: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 29: Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader – review only
October 2: Danita Minnis
October 3: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
October 4: Hearts and Scribbles – promo
October 4: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
October 5: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 6: Fabulous and Brunette
October 6: Two Ends of the Pen
October 9: Independent Authors
October 10: K.T. Castle
October 11: It’s Raining Books
October 12: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
October 12: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 13: T’s Stuff
October 16: Queen of All She Reads
October 17: Readeropolis
October 18: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
October 19: Mixed Book Bag
October 20: Long and Short Reviews
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Peggy today. I look forward to having her back again soon. Oh, and seeing her next week in Manchester, NH, at the Fall in Love with New England reader/author conference.
Please come back next week for even more authors, books and giveaways.