Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3 Wishes by Peggy Jaeger ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)



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.


Did you know that chocolate has been referred to as “the food of the gods” since the time of Montezuma? Or that Christopher Columbus enjoyed the chocolate he discovered in the Americas so much he brought it back to Queen Isabella of Spain and introduced it to the Spanish Court? The aristocracy was so enamored with the taste of the treat and its aphrodisiac properties, it quickly became the next big thing in Europe.
In 1861, English candy maker Richard Cadbury created the first ever heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day, beginning the association of Valentines heart boxes with chocolate candy.
Like most people (and all women!) I love chocolate. From the taste, to the consistency, to the way it gives me a rush of pleasure when it meets my taste buds. As I was writing 3 WISHES I wanted to know more about this addictive little piece of heaven, since I made my heroine a chocolatier and knew she would need to be up on all things chocolate-related.
This is just a taste (!) of what I learned:
Scientists have discovered a link with the chemical phenylethylamine found in chocolate to human feelings of excitement, attraction and physical pleasure. (I could have told them all that without the cost of the research involved!) The “high” you experience when you eat a piece of chocolate comes from a little rush of endorphins, the pleasure receptors in your brain.
According to HolidayInsights.com, women buy 75% of most of the chocolate sold during the year while men make 75% of the purchases on Valentine’s Day. Second to jewelry, chocolate is the most given present on February 14.

My heroine, Chloe San Valentino, is a chocolatier. The true definition of this craft is: a person who makes confectionaries from chocolate. Chocolatiers are different from chocolate makers, who make their creations using cacao beans mixed with other ingredients. Who knew? Chloe is a slave to her confections and her shop is very successful year round, not just on the day of love. She fell in love with chocolate making when she was six years old and has devoted her life to creating new and exquisite tastes and confections.

To be a chocolatier, one must master the art of working with chocolate to not only make mouth watering desserts, but be able to craft pieces of art-for-eating with it as well. Chloe has a specialty business where she caters her desserts for wedding engagements, baby showers, etc and her chocolate art pieces have been highlighted in several prestigious food magazines.

I will tell you this and not be embarrassed in the least at admitting it: I wrote 3 WISHES in 2 weeks and gained five pounds. Why? Research. And by research, I mean I ate every kind of chocolate I could get my hands on, trying to learn about them all so Chloe’s “voice” when she spoke of it would sound true-to-life and expert.

Devoted to my job, much?

Happy Valentine’s day!



The man had been a hunk-a-doodle when he’d been in my shop. Right now he looked like sex on a candy stick. Tall, lithe, wide shouldered and narrow hipped in his scrubs. He was every fantasy I’d ever had about what my man would look like. He stood in the doorway of the waiting room and stared at me.

And I stared right back.

“I assume she’s your mother,” he said, hooking his thumb in the general direction behind him.

I nodded.

He grinned and my toes curled up at the tips.

“She’s a force to be reckoned with.”

I winced and replied, “She means well.”

Even to my ears it sounded more like a weak question than a declaration.

His grin spread and I swear my girlie parts quivered.

Quivered.

When he came toward me, eating up the floor with his long stride, a hot bead of awareness burst from somewhere deep, deep down inside me.

♥ To be released February 8 ♥
     




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.




     


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61 comments :

  1. thank you so much for the chance to win :)

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    1. Lisa - your welcome. Thanks for stopping by

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

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  3. What is the hardest part of writing a book for you?

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    1. Sherry - honestly, it's getting it published! i have no issues or problems coming up with stories. But finding a publisher was the hardest thing ever/

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    1. Kim - thank you. All the Candy Hearts covers ( all 40) were designed by RJ Morris from the WIld Rose Press. She did an amazeballs job!

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and fun facts.

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    1. Thanks Rita They were fun to find, too!

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  6. I love stories with wishes :) I love reading on to find if they get their heart's desires :)

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    1. Judy - those are wonderful words to a romance writer! thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Should there be a dating site for people looking for other people with mismatched eyes? MakeAHazel.com or something?

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    1. Richard - maybe! Heterochromia Irides is a pretty uncommon condition so it might make it easier to find people similarly afflicted. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Enjoyed the excerpt and the fun facts, sounds like a great book and series, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Eva- you're welcome.Thanks for stopping by today.

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  9. This sounds like a fun read. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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    1. Jeanna - it is! But I'm biased, lol. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's day

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  10. Thanks for all the fun facts about chocolate. It's amazing how little I know about a food I love so much.

    From the synopsis and other information in this post it sounds like I better have a supply of chocolate with me when I read 3 Wishes.

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    1. Jo-Anne - I gained 3 pounds writing the story!!! Happy Valentine's day and I hope you like the story

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  11. Awesome excerpt, thank you for sharing! The Fun Facts were FUN and I might have indulged in a little chocolate!

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    1. BETTY - the best part of chocolate is that you can indulge any time you want : when you're sad, happy, premenstrual, post menstrual! menopausal, tired, cranky, or just craving! Love that.

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  12. I'm all for anything to do with chocolate.

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    1. Sonya - me too! Have some on Valentine's day!

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    1. DJ It is, but once again, I'm Biased! thanks for stopping by

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  14. What made you choose this genre to write in?

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    1. Judy _ i love to read contemporary romance so it just made sense to write "what I know: the here and now." Happy Valentine's day

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  15. So, I guess my three wishes would be an Amazon gift card, a Kindle Fire, and your book. (Oh, and candy. Darn, that's four wishes.)

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    1. Richard - what's that saying? "Be careful what you wish for." LOL

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  16. What is your favorite book of all time. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Joseph- hands down, Pride and Prejudice.

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    1. Chiara - again, I'm biased, but I think it is! Happy Valentine's day

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    1. Anna - you are more than welcome! Thanks for stopping by

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  19. I absolutely loved the excerpt and the Fun Facts!

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    1. Ree Dee - aw, thanks! I have to say, finding out all abt chocolate only made me love it more

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    1. Beth - oh you are welcome. Good luck. The kindle fire is courtesy of the WILD ROSE press so make sure you enter the contest

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  21. I love that your hero is a chocolatier! :D That's so awesome. I don't know who my hero would be.

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    1. Maranda - lol. It;s the heroine who's the chocolatier - but it doesn't matter because....CHOCOLATE!

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  22. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  23. Thanks for the chance and for sharing fun facts :).

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    1. Mandala - you are most welcome. Good luck

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  24. Sounds like a fun and yummy Valentine's Day story! I'd love to find a hero who knew the importance of a little chocolate in a woman's life!

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    1. Meredith - you got that right! Have some on Valentine's day!

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  25. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Madonna ( great name, BTW!) you are most welcome. Happy Valentine's day

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  26. Thank you for the giveaway - & I tweeted.

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    1. Beth - you're welcome and THANK YOU for the tweet. Good luck with giveaway.

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  27. Thank you for the giveway and excerpt. I tweeted again today.

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  28. Perfect timing for this book! Would Valentine's Day also be your favorite day of the year? Thanks for sharing the fun facts!

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    1. Sue - no, actually Christmas is... and I've got the sequel to 3 WISHES coming out this holiday season!! Happy Valentine's day

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    1. Kirsten - i think it is, but I am biased, to be sure! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Valentine's day

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