I’m happy to welcome award-winning romance author Peggy Jaeger. Today, Peggy shares her writing journey and new release, Today, Tomorrow, Always.
Thank you so much, Joanne, for hosting me on your wonderful blog today.
Writing careers are as varied and different and plentiful as there are stars in the night sky. Writers come to the craft from every direction, at every time in life, and through all avenues, myself no different. I was a lifelong diarist and non-fiction writer before I ever got a fiction book published by a traditional publisher. I had a great deal of personal and professional success with published articles on the nursing profession during my time as a registered nurse, a head nurse, and a nursing care coordinator, but nothing in the fiction arena.
From a career in nursing I entered another field in my thirties as an ophthalmic technician and worked as such for over 20 years. In that time frame I also had many trade articles on contact lenses, kids with contact lenses and the elderly wearing contact lenses all published in various journals and magazines of optometry and nursing.
In my fifties, while undergoing severe menopause insomnia, I decided to start writing a story that had been swimming around in my head for several years. That little story, written during the hours of 1 am and 4 am every day for 3 months, became the first book I ever had published.
That was 2015 and four years on, I’ve never looked back. With the release of my two newest books, TODAY, TOMORROW, ALWAYS ( 12.4.19) and A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: RICK (1.13.20) I’m up to 20 published works and all but one are from traditional publishers.
I’m 59 and looking forward to what my life is going to be like in my 60’s. If it’s anything as rewarding as my first 5 decades were, then I have an amazing life ahead of me!
Lawyer Cathleen O’Dowd wants to break free from her boring image. Widowed young, she’s toed the good-girl line but now wants a little fun and laughter in her days…and nights. Living in a small town, though, she can’t do anything that would tarnish her professional reputation.
Mac Frayne’s tragic past has turned him into a sullen loner. In town to write a book on the city’s founder, his plan is to get it done, then head home to his solitary existence.
When circumstances force them to work together, their opposing personalities clash, but the sexual attraction between them is palpable.
Can a simple affair with an end date be just the thing to brighten up their lives?
His expression changed from wide-eyed with excitement to something entirely different. Something deep and dark and—gulp—wild.
He repeated my name, and before I could blink, a pair of strong arms wrapped around my waist and a torso I knew was as solid and defined as a redwood tree flattened against the front of me.
He dipped his head, those dreamy eyes dark now with desire, and zeroed in on my own like a laser pointer. Hypnotized by the naked need facing me, I took a breath—a physical and a mental one—and pushed up on my unshod toes until my lips pressed against his.
For a nanosecond, Frayne stilled. The notion that he didn’t want this blew across my mind. A beat later and the thought died as his arms tightened and he pulled me fully against his body.
And then kissed me back.
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Dearly Beloved, the first book in the series, I eagerly awaited this installment. From the start, I rooted for Cathy and Mac, the delightfully flawed, older protagonists, who are instantly attracted to each other. The scenes with Nanny Fee and Cathy’s sisters add humor and even more drama to the storyline. Ms. Jaeger excels in the writing of second chance romances and multi-generational tales.
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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!
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, she 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’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”
Where to find Peggy…
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Peggy – I loved reading your story of how you came to write romance. It’s so interesting to me to see different paths to publishing. Best of luck with your newest release and may your 60s hold many more books!!
Karilyn – thank you! It’s always fun to see how people come to where they are and what they do in life, isn’t it?
Love your positive outlook, Peggy! You are an amazing woman.
CB – bless you dear girl!
Wonderful post. Love your energy, your positivity, and, lady, you productivity!! 20 books? In awe, here! Keep up the wonderful work and the fabulous outlook. Hugs, 🙂
Haha. Barbara – it’s easy when you don’t have alife! hee hee
A wonderful post! 20 books is quite an accomplishment, and yes, you have even more amazing experiences on the horizon. Wishing all the best for you, personally and professionally!
Judith – thank you! I must say If I’d started on the fiction journey earlier in life I might not be where I am today. Things happen the way they are supposed to happen, unfold the way they are intended, so who am I to think any different! hee hee
Our publication journeys are fascinating to me. We each follow our own path, and somehow manage to get there, and even meet great fellow authors along the way!
Jennifer – it’s so true. Each of us has different journey a unique perspective and story to tell about how we got to where we are. I wouldnt trade my life before I was published for anything and I can’t wait to see what the next 50 years brings!
I love this !
Charlotte – sniff sniff! thanks.
Joanne – thank you so much for hosting me today for giving me the opportunity to tell your readers my twisted story to publication. Hee hee. I think no one should ever give up on a dream. If you want to paint, write, climb a mountain or swim with dolphins, if that is your dream, you must pursue it. I fully believe God puts those dreams in our hearts and it is our duty to figure out how to achieve them. I am eagerly looking forward to see what is next for me in my publishing career and I am doubly eager to see when YOUR next book is coming out!!! Thank you again and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year to you and yours.
Peggy, I’m honored to feature your journey. You are an inspiration to all of us. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and all the best in 2020. 🙂