Monday, November 26, 2018

Peggy Jaeger on Inspiration and Her New Book DEARLY BELOVED

 I am so happy to welcome my fellow Rose from The Wild Rose Press to my Book Corner on this special Tuesday. Award-winning contemporary author Peggy Jaeger  is a prolific author and, frankly, I wondered how she comes up with all her fabulous story ideas.

Here's what Peggy said.

Inspiration for stories comes from every angle of a writer’s life.

A few years ago my daughter went to 2 of her sorority sister’s weddings, both taking place in Vermont. None of the brides nor grooms hailed from the state, but both couples wanted an experience that was easy to plan and that would be fun for their guests.

Both couples chose different venues, but what was similar was that each wedding took place in an all-inclusive arena. Their guests all stayed in the same location as the reception and the actual ceremony occurred.

This got me thinking. One stop weddings, where everything is in the same place was a great idea for a number of reasons, not the least of which, your reception guests could party all they wanted and no one would worry about anyone driving home!

I wanted to write a story about a wedding like that, but then I wondered what kind of person would be able to run such an all-encompassing business. The idea to have it a family-run business is what finally solidified A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN in my writing brain.

I took 3 sisters who collectively formed a one-stop-shopping bridal business. One sister is the planner, one is the Officient (for the non-religious ceremonies) and one owns the inn where the reception occurs and the guests stay. I invented a tiny town in New Hampshire and named is HEAVEN and which resembles my own hometown. I added a few problems along the way in the family department, sprinkled it heavily with a lot comedy courtesy of a 93 year old political and social activist grandmother, and added some very intriguing love interests for the sisters, and A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN came to fruition.

Book 1, DEARLY BELOVED, tells the story of Wedding Planner Colleen O’Dowd. She’s so stranger to heartache, but she still believes in a happily every after for her brides – and herself. She just needs to find the man to provide her with it.

How about a peek at DEARLY BELOVED?


Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she's worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He'll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.


I stared at him for a moment, mulling over how I wanted to ask him what I’d been dying to ask since we’d been in my office.
Finally, because there was no other way to get around it but bluntly, I said, “I feel like we need to discuss your father. Come to a decision about where he fits in the wedding.”
When the warmth in his expression shifted to ice, a weaker-willed person might have stopped there. Since I’m not weak and my parents have always told me I have a real problem with knowing when to quit, I pushed on. “It seems to me as if Isabella wants him to be included. Whether in a father-of-the-bride role, or simply as a guest, I really do think she’d like him to attend, but, for whatever reason, she’s reluctant to press you on it.”
Did I say ice? What’s colder than ice? Because whatever it is, that was the expression floating in Slade’s eyes right then as he glared at me.
Warning bells blared in my head, but that thing about me not knowing when to quit? Yeah, it’s real.
“I think Isabella’s afraid of upsetting you if she tells you how she feels or asks your permission. She loves you so much and respects your opinion.”
“You don’t know anything about my sister. Or me.” He lowered his hands from his hips, kept them fisted at his sides. “Or our relationship with our father.”
“True, but I get the sense—”

He barreled over me as if I hadn’t said a word.
“You’ve been hired to do a job, Miss O’Dowd. I suggest you do it and keep your thoughts about my family to yourself. You’re a wedding planner, not a family counselor.” His voice dropped a level, deepening as it became softer. The cadence became clipped, the tone more...lethal.
If this was the way he acted in business, it was a wonder he hadn’t been convicted of corporate homicide yet.
“Look, I’m not asking simply to be nosy,” I said, my voice rising in opposition to his. “I really do have to plan all this out. There’s still the rehearsal and the dinner after it left to deal with. Then there’s the reception seating. Plus, if he is included, I’ll need to make sure he has a room, a tuxedo, and find out if he’s bringing a guest.”
“What aren’t you understanding about this, Miss O’Dowd?” Slade asked, taking a step toward me. If he’d thought to intimidate me with his height, he’d miscalculated. Retreat wasn’t a word in my lexicon. I simply lifted my chin and stared right back at him.
“I understand a lot more than you think, Mr. Harrington. About all sorts of things. Arrogant and pigheaded men included.”
When he continued to stand like a plank of wood in front of me, his mouth turning down and creasing the sides of his jaw, I knew—knew—I should stop.

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Love the sound of the new book And the series, Peggy. Best of luck with each and every one of them.  

More about Peggy:

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 was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

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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  1. Welcome, Peggy. I love the sound of Dearly Beloved and the idea for the entire series. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing the release on my blog today.

  2. Barbara - #blessyou Thank you so much for hosting me and introducing DEARLY BELOVED to your fans and followers. I love my Wild Rose SISTAHS so much! hee hee.

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    1. Neither can I, Jennifer. Doesn't it sound terrific? thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a great premise for a series! Love the humor you instill into your stories. Can't wait to read this one!

    1. I enjoyed hearing about her inspiration for the premise too, Laura. Thanks :)

    2. Laura - #blessyou. laughter is the one thing that can unite us all the time, I think!

  5. Still reading Dearly Beloved--travel and family don't leave me a lot of free time around Thanksgiving--but I'm enjoying it immensely! Just the kind of lighthearted, love-filled story I crave this time of year.

    1. Your words are wonderful recommendations for the book, Sadira!

    2. Sadira- I love that description because that's what I was aiming for: lighthearted and love-filled! thanks oodles!!! hee hee

  6. Loved where you got your idea for the series, Peggy. Inspiration can spark at any time, right? Wishing you all the best!

  7. Hi Mary! The origins of story ideas are so fascinating! I really enjoy hearing about those inspirations, too.

  8. Great concept behind this latest story, Peggy. Best of luck with sales.

  9. Nice interview Peggy. Best of luck on your new book!