Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ 3 Wishes by Peggy Jaeger

Please welcome Peggy Jaeger author of 3 Wishes.

Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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3 Wishes

by Peggy Jaeger

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I didn’t have the happiest of childhoods. I know that sounds stereotypical nowadays, but in the 1960’s I was the only kid with divorced and second-marriage parents. It made me a bit of an oddball socially, and my mother’s second marriage was not the happiest. I used to escape into the bathroom as a 6-year old and write stories about families who never shouted, weren’t verbally abusive to one another, and who truly loved and supported one another. Those stories stuck with me and now I writer romantic fiction centering around families.
2. How did you come up with ideas for your book?

Since I love strong women and supportive families, my newest work, 3 Wishes, centers around a loud, raucous and loving Italian family and what happens to them when life intervenes. When the Wild Rose Press put out the call for books about Valentine’s Day, Chloe San Valentino and her family sprang into my mind fully formed. It took me less than 2 weeks to write the first draft. I based it on the Italian step-family I grew up with, only I made them nicer. And more supportive. And way funnier!
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I lived everyday from the age of 6 until I left for college with the family dynamics of a dysfunctional family. I know firsthand how emotions and dramas rule this type of family’s world. I used that knowledge, and instilled what was missing with my own upbringing: humor.
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I am a severely neurotic and nervous gal. I’m that girl who laughs inappropriately in serious situations, and who you’d find in the corner of a large group trying to just fade away from view. Having said that, it makes me a great observer – which I use in my writing.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

After 3 Wishes Is released on 2/8/16, the fourth book in my MacQuire Women Series, THE VOICES OF ANGELS, will hit the stands on 3/11/16, so I’m gearing up for a marketing blitz with that one now. I must tell you, all this promotion is exhausting! Fun, especially when I get to “meet” either in person or virtually, new people, but exhausting none-the-less.
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Oh gosh, I can’t choose between Francesca “Frankie” San Valentino in 3 Wishes, or Serena MacQuire Cleary in my MacQuire books. They are both extremely strong, forceful personalities and mothers who are family oriented and would do anything – and I mean ANYTHING – for their loved ones. I would love to have a mother who made me her world, fought my battles for me and with me, and who loved me unconditionally like these two women do their families. Who wouldn’t?

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

This is an amazeballs questions! I love it. Okay, let’s see. For Chloe San Valentino I would need to have a sit-down with Zoey Deschenel to play Chloe. She’d be perfect! Matt D’Amore would have to be Chris Pine. Francesca would need to be played by Susan Lucci ( think Erika Kane on steroids!!!) What a fab cast!
7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

No, I don’t and the reason is because of that neurotic and anxious personality I told you about. I would never submit any work to my editor if it was first critiqued by others, with comments and changes and recommendations. My stories are mine. I don’t want anyone else influencing them before my editor sees the work.
8. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

In 2013 I was downsized from my job and simultaneously going through the worst menopause mothernature ever gave a woman. I was the definition of a hot mess with too much time on my hands. I couldn’t sleep from the hot flashes and wasn’t working, so I started using all my extra time to write a story that had been swirling around in my head for a while. In three months I had a manuscript so I decided to enter a romance contest to see if I was on the right track, or if I was going to be derailed! I had nothing to lose if the work bombed, and everything to gain if it was good. I won my division, and the judge was the publisher of the WILD ROSE PRESS. She asked me to submit the full manuscript and within 6 months I had a contract. So you could say – in a very convoluted way – if I hadn’t been downsized or going through menopause, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you, mothernature??? LOL
9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice –which I have printed and framed next to my desk- was from an agent whom I submitted to. She wrote “ I am going to pass on this work because I do not feel I am the right agent for it. But…please don’t let this rejection stop you from submitting elsewhere. You are a strong and wonderful writer and I feel I will one day be seeing you at a book signing. Remember, it only takes 1 “yes” to change your life. “

Worst advice – also from an agent. “I wouldn’t quit my day job and I would consider going to school to learn the mechanics of acceptable writing.”

I laugh every time I read this because she spelled mechanics as “mecahics.”
10. Do you outline your books or just start writing? I am a dyed in the wool plotter. This must come from my background in Science. I like everything orderly, and thought out to provide for any deviations or problems.
11. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

All the women (Mothers) in my books are good cooks. I have over 100 dog-eared and well-loved cookbooks in my house. Food, to me, signals love in so many ways. Cooking a nourishing, well tasting meal for the people I love brings me great joy.
12. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Two, that I can never decide between: Gone with the Wind and Pride and Prejudice.
13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

My next “project” is book 4 in my MacQuire women series, The VOICES OF ANGELS. It is a pre-quel to my debut novel SKATER’S WALTZ, in which I tell the story of Tiffany Lennox’s mother, Carly MacQuire Lennox and her love story with news broadcaster Michael Woodard, who would become Tiffany’s stepfather. This book releases on March 11, 2016
14. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Dianne Lane and Hugh Grant
15. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Chloe thinks Matt is married and father through a series of miss-communications. The black moment comes when, after a hot and heavy make-out session, she realizes no matter how much she is attracted to him, she can’t be the cause of another woman’s heartache. She leaves Matt, standing at the emergency room entrance of a hospital, as she is driven away in a taxi, staring out the back window at him, tears water-falling down her face. She finally finds the one guy she can devote her life to, and he’s taken.
16. What is your favorite reality show?

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Those bi-atches are RICH!!!
17. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It’s a little like being an historian – you have to record all the events that lead up to your heroes and heroines getting together, and make it an exciting ride, not another boring and dry history book.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Jus thank you for having me today and your questions were fabulous and thought provoking.

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BLURB:

 

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.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

At about five minutes of ten I was almost ready to turn the Closed sign on the door when it opened. I heard Janie’s breath hitch and turned from where I was sweeping up. Staying open late is always a risk, with the thought thieves will invade 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 robbed.

 

About six foot, his hair was 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 I couldn’t see, but 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 pulling 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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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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.

 

Website/Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

 

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Jaeger-Author/825914814095072?ref=bookmarks

 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmj122687/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1526

 

 

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7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ 3 Wishes by Peggy Jaeger

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 2, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Peggy Jaeger
    February 2, 2016

    Christine – thanks so much for hosting me. Your questions were fab and I may have to steal some of them for my own blog interviews!

  3. achristay
    February 2, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour. Steal any questions you like. 🙂

  4. Rita Wray
    February 2, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview.

    • Peggy Jaeger
      February 2, 2016

      Rita, thanks for stopping by!

  5. Ree Dee
    February 4, 2016

    I enjoyed the entire post. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Peggy Jaeger
      February 5, 2016

      Ree Dee thanks and thanks for stopping by today.

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