Guest Author: Peggy Jaeger

_There's never a wrong time for ice cream._ _Tandy Blakemore, ownerHappy Mother’s Day

My newest Wild Rose Press release, VANILLA WITH A TWIST, is my first foray into writing a teenage pregnancy into one of my romance stories.

My inspiration for the story was a girl with a past, unwed pregnancy and I wanted to explore how something like that can impact someone who lives in a small, isolated community.

Tandy Blakemore got pregnant at barely 16, the baby-daddy an day worker her father hired to help during calving season at the family dairy farm. Before Tandy ever knew she was pregnant, the boy was long gone. When you grow up and live in a small town, everyone knows everything there is to know about you and your secrets become the possessions and gossip of the populous.

Tandy kept the baby, finished high school and then stayed on the farm. Once her grandmother and mother died and Tandy saw her future as only a housemaid to her father and brothers, she decided to leave her home and take her 8 year old son with her. Through a small inheritance left to her by her grandmother, Tandy was able to set herself up in business and take care of herself and her son financially.

Her son and her business are everything Tandy has in her life. Just making ends meet is a daily struggle, but Tandy’s determination to make it on her own and keep her baby are her guiding force.

On this Mother’s Day, when I haven’t been able to see my daughter since Christmas due to the social isolation guidelines, I am convinced more than ever that Tandy’s story is a common one to many women. Single parents who take the responsibility of their children heavily, and who do everything in their power to ensure their families are cared for and loved.

Tandy Blakemore is a strong woman, a loving mother, and a women I could see myself being friends with.

Happy Mother’s Day ~ Peggy Jaeger

VANILLA WITH A TWIST By Peggy Jaeger

perf5.000x8.000.inddRelease date 5.20.2020, Format: ebook only, Sweet contemporary small town romance

Blurb:

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.

Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.

Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

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Excerpt:

For a few moments, she regarded him with a look his mother would have called insightful. The corners of her eyes narrowed, she dipped her chin a hair, and she pulled her mouth into another appealing pout he was tempted to kiss.

“I bet,” she said after a long, drawn-out sigh, “you were the kind of kid who took apart clocks and fans and vacuum cleaners to see how they worked.”

“It was more washing machines and lawn mowers and anything with a motor, but yeah. I was.”

She shook her head, her own lips forming a lopsided grin. “Your poor mother.”

“She survived.”

Tandy rolled her eyes and shot her hands to her hips. “So it’s working again?” She thrust her chin at the ice cream machine.

“For now.”

“Okay, well, I can live with for now. And you think you know the real reason it’s been acting up?”

“I definitely do. But like I said, the water to the machine needs to be shut off to fix it.”

“Okay. Well, we close at nine.”

“I’ll come back a little before then. Get things ready. Is that okay with you?”

“I guess it’ll have to be.” She bit down on the inside of her cheek as her brows pulled together. “And you’re sure you want to do this?”

“If I weren’t, I wouldn’t offer, Tandy.”

Why her reluctance to have him help was such a turn-on was something he considered while he waited for his ice cream.

Author Bio and Social media links:

peggyheadshotPeggy 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??!”

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