So the last re-release of Ivy Morris Mysteries is one step closer to being done. I present to you the new cover. Isn’t it fabulous?!?!
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This is the last batch! Congrats to all the authors and may your Valentine’s Day be awesome!
A Romantic Comedy
During the day, Megan surrounds herself with water lilies and goldfish in the ponds she creates. At night,
memories of her lying ex-boyfriend are a reminder she can never again trust a man.
Jason embraces his career as paramedic firefighter, even though ugly experience declares his profession a greedy mistress. During quiet nights at the station, he wonders if this bachelor existence is all he’ll ever know.
Then Jason meets Megan and sparks fly, chased by flashes of anger when Jason, battling a raging
apartment fire, stands up Megan on their first date. Is St. Valentine powerful enough to bring these two strong-willed people together?
A Romantic Comedy
Hot Stuff takes on double meaning when klutzy Kate is faced with rookie cop Dallas looking for a stolen lawn statue. In her quiet, crime-free Wisconsin village, Kate has her hands full writing slogans for candy hearts and keeping her kleptomaniac brother with Asperger’s Syndrome inside the law. Even her grandmother’s famous snickerdoodle cookies can’t ameliorate the crime when a stolen lawn statue turns out to be a drug dispenser. Will Kate rise above her concern of what Dallas’s uniform represents and admit the charming Texas rookie is the man of her dreams?
Meghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence and her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.
On Valentine’s Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually–or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.
Which one is For Keeps?
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Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.
When ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter’s night in the middle of the blitz she’s infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn’t he know there’s a war on?
Guy’s just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He’s very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it’s really possible to fall in love in only one night – especially when there’s no guarantee of tomorrow.
Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.
Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?
Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?
A Romantic Comedy
Aspiring choreographer and dance teacher, Simon West is walking along the hall in the college where he teaches when he gets knocked over by klutzy, two left feet, accounting professor Veronica Cooke. Simon wants to get to know the beautiful woman who ran him down, but how will she react when she finds out his alter-ego is a super sexy cowboy at an upscale exotic dancing male revue and that he makes ends meet by taking off his clothes?
Welcome, Peggy, on your release day!
What genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended? I write Contemporary romance.
What inspires you to write? Since I was young, I’ve felt every person should have their own Happily Ever After in their lives. Since I was raised in an extremely dysfunctional family, it was a dream of mine ( and a goal!) to grow up and give myself that HEA — And I did!
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing? Nope. I’m one of those people who need the house to be empty, the tv off, the radio silent and the door to my office shut in order to get the words from my head to the page. Anything – anything – can be a distraction for me, even a fly in the window.
Do you come up with the plot or characters first? Characters, always. I see someone and BANG – I want to write his or her story. Or, actually, the story I imagine for them.
Do you have a favorite book of yours? The Little Engine that Could. Best book ever about Self actualization and meeting a goal ever written in my opinion.
Who would you consider an influence on your writing? From a professional standpoint, I admire Nora Roberts tremendously. Does she influence my writing? Only in the fact that when I met her and said I had a secret desire to write romance, she said, point blank, ”Then get your butt in a chair and write.”
Tell me something quirky about yourself. My left eye is waaaaaay smaller than my right eye because I’ve had 2 retinal detachments with surgical correction and bilateral cataract removal surgeries. Because of all that manipulation, and the fact that I fell out of 4 story window when I was a baby and crushed the left side of my face, my eyes look really, really, bizarre in photographs.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books? That love is the one emotion we all feel, deserve, and desire.
What’s next for you? I’ve got one book in galley edits that is due out in Spring 2016 and I just sent my editor a Christmas novel for next year ( 2016).
Do you sing in the shower? Good gravy, no! People would think someone was being decapitated in our house!
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/Peggy-Jaeger-Author-825914814095072/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Her current titles, available now, include SKATER’S WALTZ and THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and FIRST IMPRESSIONS books 1 through 3 in her 6-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press.
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.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
3 Wishes – Candy Hearts, releases 2/8/16
Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her 30th birthday, she just might get her three wishes.
Staying open late can be a risk, with the thought of being robbed always a threat at the end of the day.
If the guy standing at the door, glancing around the shop, was a thief, then Dio mio, I wanted to be held up.
About six foot, he had hair the color of a deer’s pelt, with autumnal golds and browns shot together in a glorious patchwork that grazed the collar of his jacket and curled a little at the ends. He wore a faded brown bomber jacket over a shirt, and he had shoulders almost as wide as my doorway. A pair of well-worn jeans covered his mile-long legs, and the fabric on the stress points at his knees was practically white.
“We’re about to close,” I heard myself say. “Can I help you?”
It was at that moment he looked over at me.
His face could have been sculpted by Da Vinci or Michelangelo. A broad, smooth forehead housed naturally arched eyebrows I knew some of my gay guy friends would have paid a fortune to have on their own faces. His cheeks were carved from marble, high, smooth, and deep. And his mouth—mother of God—his mouth. Full, thick, beautiful lips sat perfectly over a chin with a dent you could shove a button into and have it stay put.
“Sorry,” he said. Those fabulous lips pulled up a little shyly at the corners. “I got stuck at work and couldn’t get here until now. I’ll be quick. Promise.”
So here’s the thing: the guy was gorgeous. But even if he’d looked like a frog with raw antipasto smothering his face, I would have dropped to my knees when he opened his mouth. Warm honey, a shot of raw whiskey, and a little hot puff of smoke wafted from his mouth like a fine and rare brandy being decanted.
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In Heather Ridge, Virginia, myth has it the lucky recipients of the two FIND ME candy hearts distributed each year are soul mates.
Too afraid of seeing her one-time trusted friend, good-hearted Lyse Haynes refuses to go to her high school class reunion. But when she receives a second invitation containing the elusive candy heart, she takes an overdue vacation to pursue the dream of finally finding her soul mate.
Ice cream creator Cooper Schmidt plans to take his product nationwide. His marketing team proposes the perfect destination for his next store. Unfortunately, it belongs to the father of the woman he’s harbored feelings for since high school. He uses her belief in myths and mails her the candy heart to entice her to Heather Ridge, in hopes she will convince her father to sell.
There’s just one problem. After ten years, his old feelings tumble forward, stronger than ever, and Lyse has a decision to make—discover who has the candy heart companion or follow her heart.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gorse fairy, Flora Hawthorne is up to her neck in flowers, chocolate, and all things romance. She has no time for love, until she comes face to face with her own personal Cupid and the sparks fly!
Looking to settle down, Cupid Tharin Terize wants fairy Flora Hawthorne to be his valentine, not just for one night, but for the rest of time. Now, all he has to do is convince her.
Tate Campbell liked his life. Running his bar kept him busy and paid his bills, and a relationship with anyone wasn’t on the horizon. He sure wasn’t expecting a Valentine surprise, especially one who looked like a fallen angel—with a broken-down car.
Dace Robinson’s career as an ER doctor left little time for relationships. Valentine’s Day was just another day on the calendar, albeit one filled with annoying decorations and sad reminders she had no one special in her life.Until the night car trouble compelled her to seek help in a biker bar, and the handsome owner claimed Dace as his woman – she had no idea how sweet Valentine’s Day could be.
A Romantic Comedy
Alone on Valentine’s Day, Leo Rankin attends the library’s Blind Date With a Book event hoping for something he can take to bed with him that night, and finds himself competing against Gerri Webb for the last remaining book. Wild child Gerri is not his usual type. Yet he feels an immediate, sizzling attraction and agrees to share the book and its accompanying bag of candy hearts.
The whole idea of a Blind Date With a Book is to go off genre, so Gerri doesn’t mind when their flirty conversation suggests they unwrap each other rather than the mystery book. When a candy heart advises, “Ask Me,” she asks Leo back to her apartment. She never expects button-down Leo to hit all her buttons, but by the next morning she fears her heart’s in danger. Can one night spent off genre translate to real life?
Broken-hearted and bitter, Brenna Jones plans to spend Valentine’s weekend at her parents’ cabin, reading romance novels and devouring heart-shaped candy. When her truck hits a snowdrift and plows into a bank—during a storm, no less—her plans take a drastic detour. Eric Buchanan, the playboy jerk from her past, comes to her aid. He’s her only option for reaching safety.
Eric can’t wait to escape his parents’ latest attempt to set him up. He’s given up on happiness, knowing he blew his chance at love a decade ago. When his snowmobile ride turns into a harrying escape from a blizzard, he discovers Brenna stranded in the storm. After he ensures her safety, he plans to explain the misunderstanding that tore them apart. Can a secluded cabin help Eric convince Brenna to be his love?
For wedding stylist Misty Morningside, mixing business with pleasure is a professional no-no. That is, until she runs into wedding photographer Adam Wright at a Valentine’s Day event. Dare they set aside business for one night of pleasure?
In 1905 New York City, affluent Millie Moore wants to be outspoken like the suffragettes she admires. She also wants to rid herself of an annoying and controlling suitor. For a well-brought up young lady whose mother fears her impending spinsterhood, speaking her mind is an uphill battle.
When Raymond Wilson sees Millie at a rally, it’s love at first sight. Not wanting his stutter to ruin his chances, he enchants a little candy heart to do his talking for him.
For Millie, Raymond is a breath of fresh air. And maybe, just maybe, someone she could love. But for her social-climbing suitor Guy Elliot, he’s a threat to his plans. And Raymond isn’t the only one who knows something about magic. Now the ante has been upped and Millie is the prize…
Allison McCall, supervisor in the Romance and Proposal Department of Cupid Corp., firmly believes rules are meant to be followed, yet her own love life is unfulfilling.
Preston Carlyle, Allison’s former boyfriend and one of her more creative agents, believes rules should be broken occasionally to give true love a chance. Only, he’s having a hard time convincing Allison and Cupid his techniques are working.
From the disastrous paperwork and the frequency of Allison’s visits to Cupid’s office on Preston’s behalf, she fears her position and his job are in jeopardy.
But when she finds out he’s requested a transfer to the Holiday Security Agency, Allison decides to prove she cares for him…even if it means breaking a few rules.
Welcome Heidi on the eve of your book release!
What genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended?”
HWK: I tend to blend Fantasy and Romance. Occasionally I’d write Science Fiction. I’ve got a soft spot for escapist fiction with HEA.
“Marry Me” is definitely a blended genre book. ‘Fantasy Romance’ is probably the best way to describe it. It’s got magic and smooches. Historical Fantasy Romance, maybe? My story takes place in 1905 New York City. Our Hero enchants candy hearts to do his talking for him. But most of all, it’s got smooches.
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?
HWK: Goodness, no! I’m a musician in one of my other lives. Whenever I hear music, I get drawn into it, so I find sound a bit of a distraction when I write. As for ‘getting in the mood’ for writing, I’m to the point where all I have to do is sit down and say, “Today I am going to write.” (Took me a while to be able to do this. Years, actually.)
Do you have a favorite book of yours?
HWK: My favourite? You’d ask a mother which child’s her favourite? (Not saying she doesn’t have one. *whistles*)
My favourite of my books is a fantasy trilogy I’m currently shopping around. It’s based on the Greek Adrasteia myths mixed with a dash of colonial Americana, and a god who won’t take no for an answer. Doesn’t hurt that he looks a lot like Richard Armitage.
Who would you consider an influence on your writing?
HWK: My writing mentor Anne Wingate, author of the Deb Ralson series (and a whole lotta other books). She once told me, “Why on earth are you studying biology when you should be writing books?” She’s terribly embarrassed she said that, but she was terribly right. Writing books are my passion. How does a Crime author come to mentor a Romance author? Easy. We both love Sci-Fi.
Tell me something quirky about yourself.
HWK: I’m a polymath. While I got my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, my Master’s will be in science. When I’m not staring at the stars (or calculating Jeans mass for clouds of cold atomic hydrogen), I’m composing music. Alas, most of my other artistic pursuits have been pushed to the side so I have more time to focus on my writing career. But there will always be the stars and there will always be the music.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books?
HWK: I want people to escape. I want them to leave their mundane lives behind, with its sorrow and poopy diapers and the short end of pay week, to escape into the worlds I’ve created. Books were my lifeline as a child, a kind of emotional First Aid. I want to be able to give other readers that same method of escape. Life can really suck. Thank goodness we have books.
What’s next for you?
HWK: I’m currently exploring options for hybrid authors. Currently, all my books are commercially published. I love the teamwork of commercial publishing and I love how indie publishing offers authors a greater sense of control and timing. I’m currently working on a Regency Romance novella I plan on getting indie published.
Meanwhile, I have a ghost love story and an arranged marriage story earmarked for a small press. I’ve got that full-length Fantasy series on the query train, where some agent will fall deeply in love with it. Then she’ll have to negotiate a fierce battle between some random penguins before it hits the world like a virus. Maybe then I’ll learn the punchline to the joke “Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling and Heidi Kneale walk into a bar, and the bartender says…” Until then, I’ve got some inventory in need of revising.
Do you sing in the shower?
Of course. I was trained as a coloratura Mezzo-Soprano. We get the coolest roles.
Bio:Heidi Kneale is an Australian author of moderate repute best known for her escapist fiction–especially Fantasy and Romance. She lives in Western Australia, near the ocean. Like most humans, she’s got a family. She also associates with the World’s Most Boring Cat. When not writing novels, she composes music and stares at the stars.