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Monday, March 19, 2018

Can't Stand the Heat by Peggy Jaeger 💕 Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Contemporary Romance)



With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .

Advice for writers
by Peggy Jaeger

I’ll be honest: I hate getting advice. From anyone. Especially unsolicited.
But….

There are some things I wish other, more experienced, writers would have told me when I got my first publishing contract. This is the one time I would have gladly accepted any advice and run with it. I started on this journey later in life than the norm. My first book was published when I was 55. I had five decades of ignorant bliss behind me when I signed that first contract on the dotted line. Oh, how I wish I could go back to that day with the knowledge I have now.

So, in no particular order:

~ Writing a book is the easy part. SELLING it is where the hard work begins.
In the olden days, like twenty years ago(!), publishing houses had publicity teams and marketing divisions devoted to getting the word out about your book. 50 city book tours and signings at major retail bookstores were the norm. The expensive norm. Not so any more. Production costs, the elevated costs of print copies, salaries, have all forced that publicity blitzkrieg to go the way of the dinosaur. Now, the AUTHOR is the one in charge of their own publicity and book promotion. Most of us who are just starting out don’t have the financial luxury to hire a publicist, so the work of selling, promoting, and marketing the book falls to the writer.

~Have a visible social media presence before your book is released.
Social media rules the world. If you don’t have a social media presence you can’t reach new readers. You’ve got this great book, and aside from the 50 or so people who know and love you, no one else knows about it. Before the book is birthed to the world, have your website up and running, your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Triberr, and any other cyber networks you feel confident about being part of, available. And use them. Don’t just think that because you now have a website that traffic is going to automatically and magically appear on it. You must provide something the public wants to see in the form of blogs, or a newsletter, or even promotions and announcements about when your book will be available. And you not only have to post/blog, you have to do it often. One and done doesn’t cut it. I have a writer-friend who likens Twitter to a drive by shooting. Blink and you miss it. Post. Post a lot. Post at different times and posts different things. If you keep sending the same message over and over, pretty soon people will just glaze over it and not engage at all with anything you are trying to promote.

~Devise a marketing/promotional plan
The moment I had my publication date and my book cover, I started thinking about how I was going to promote the two so that I got pre-orders and dredged up “noise” about the book before it was released. My beautiful daughter is a marketing specialist, as is my best friend, so I picked their brains raw and instituted every single one of their suggestions, then evaluated how they worked so I would know what to keep and what to toss with the release of book 2. Write your plan down. Use a spreadsheet if you’re comfortable with them, or write it out longhand in a notebook you refer to often. Any way you can keep track of what you are doing, how it is paying off for you ( in the way of clicks, shares, likes, and most important, SALES) and what you want to keep or discard for the future.

~Marketing and promotion don’t stop the day the book is released.
There’s an old writing adage that the number one thing to do after you have your first book published is to write your next book. This is true. You don’t want to be a one-trick-wonder. This is your career now, so you need to devote yourself to it. But, while you are writing book two, you need to keep promoting book 1. Facebook parties, Goodreads, even your newsletter, are all ways to find new readers. And new readers will buy your next book if they like the first one. But they will never buy your first book if they don’t know what it is or who you are.

~Don’t be shy.
You need to become a salesperson. Your own biggest cheerleader. The general attention span of an adult is less than twenty seconds. If you are not engaging them, enlightening them about why your book is something they need to read, then they will pass you by and go to the next person, who is doing those things.





“I wish you’d do that more often,” he said, his hand circling her upper arm as he turned her, slowly, back to face him.

“What? Leave?”

He stared at her a beat, the line between his brows deepening. “Smile.”

Flabbergasted, she stood, rooted.

“More specifically,” he added, “smile at me. You do at everyone else. From Dixon, to his son; the crew. Even Melora. Everyone, but me.”

“I—“

His grip tightened a little as he pulled her in closer, their torsos almost touching.

“Why? Why can you show everyone else that little piece of yourself, but not me?”

“I…I don’t know how to answer that,” she said. “I know I was thrust on you without you wanting me here. I know you don’t like me, I—“

“That’s not true. I didn’t want to like you,” he admitted. “There’s a difference. You’re a producer. A bottom line watcher. An annoying necessity. Liking you goes against the grain.”

At that she did smile, because she knew it was true.

“See now,” he said, as he slid his other hand up her arm to settle on the back of her neck, fingers curling up into her hair to hold on. “When you do that? When you smile at me like that, so openly, so…freely? I can’t think about anything else.”

A gentle tug and he had her head pillowed in his spread palms as he bent his own down to hers.

Through her glasses she watched the fine whiskey in his eyes blend with the ink of his pupils as they dilated.

“I haven’t been able to think clearly about anything for the past few days.” His mouth was a whisper from hers. His gaze skimmed from her eyes to her mouth and back again in one slow string of heat. “Except for this.”

She thought she’d be prepared for the feel of his lips on hers again. After all, she’d done little else but reminisce about their texture and taste for days. But she was wrong.

So wrong.

Nothing could have ever prepared her for the way the slight pressure he placed on the back of her neck as he brought her closer sent a shiver of such carnal delight down her spine she almost hummed. Or the way his breath, warm and full, felt as it washed over her cheeks. And she certainly wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions he released within her when he quite expertly parted her lips and deepened the kiss, pulling at her very soul.

No, nothing in her life had equipped her with how to deal with Nikko Stamp’s kiss.

So she simply let go of all thought, fear, and concern, and surrendered to it.


   



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

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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38 comments :

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

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  2. LIsa- you're welcome. Thanks for stoppin by today.

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today and allowing your readers a little glimpse at my book.

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  4. I like the sound of not only this book, but the Cook for Love series. Sounds like my kind of reading. How many books do you plan in this series and can each be a stand-alone or is it really necessary to read each book in the series?

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  5. Karen - you don't have to read them in any order. The same people show up in the books but one is not reliant on the other. As far as how many more do I have, I have 4. It's just a question of if my publisher wants them! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Rita , I'm biased, but i think it is!! haahaa Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Victoria, thankyou and you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by

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    1. Karen, I think it is. Hee hee, Enjoy your day!

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  9. I can't wait to read this ! Thanks for sharing it.

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

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  10. Lol your book is hilarious and sexy all at the same time!I want to keep reading and laughing.... Oh I really need to laugh! Desperately! Thank you for the giggles and for doing this generous giveaway!

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  11. Siddhi Shailendra NigamMarch 19, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Great blurb and cover! Congratulations! And thanks for the giveaway ♥️

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    1. Siddhi - thank you and good luck. Thanks for stopping by today

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  12. Elizabeth RobinsonMarch 19, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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    1. Cali - thanks! Thanks for stopping by today

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  14. Love the sound of this one!

    --Trix

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    1. Trix - thanks!!!! andt hanks for stopping by today

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    1. it is, but I'm biased. Hahaha Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Sounds like a great heartwarming story, looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Nikolina - it is!! thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. Kim - I may be biased but I think it is! hehahahh. Thanks for stopping by today

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  18. Oh this sounds so good! I think these two will be pretty funny at the beginning! I love when they do not really get along at first.

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    1. LauraJJ - Yeah, opposites attract is usually a pretty good beginning! thanks for stopping by today

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  19. Very nice. Thanks so much for hosting.

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  20. I love your incorporating food into your love stories. I was a foodie before it became popular, and everyone had to be on the Food Network or Cooking Channel. Food is so unique and a great avenue to express your creativity and new ideas. Plus, you can learn a lot about someone by learning about what their tastes are!

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  21. Food and love go great to gather.can't wait to read them.

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