Monday, June 8, 2020

Ice Cream and Romance by Peggy Jaeger #Romance #IceCream


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...and romance! Tell us about it, Peggy.

Who doesn’t love ice cream?

I know it’s a food group for me, so when the call went out to the Wild Rose Press authors about a new series that centered around ice cream, well I just knew I had to get in on the ground floor.

The ONE SCOOP OR TWO series is a group of novellas in all genres of romance from sweet to sexy and erotic, contemporary to historical, paranormal to fantasy. There are currently 12 titles out in all those categories, my own VANILLA WITH A TWIST, included.

VANILLA WITH A TWIST tells the present day story of Tandy Blakemore, a thirty something gal who owns an ice cream parlor in the Seacoast community of New Hampshire. Running her own business, being a single mom to a teenager on his way to college, and weaving her way through financial setbacks make up the bulk of Tandy’s days. She’s got no time for herself, and certainly no time for men. She wouldn’t know what to do with one if presented with the opportunity.

When a vacationing engineer strolls into her shop on the day her most important machine goes on the fritz and the line is out the door for her ice cream, Tandy does what she never does and accepts his offer of help. Thus begins a friendship that grows to something much more.

I loved writing about ice cream and I have to be honest, a lot of research went into getting this story as perfect as could be from a taste viewpoint. Hee hee. But what I really loved was watching the friendship between these two lonely people bloom into a lasting love. And I didn’t give away the plotline, because this story is at its core a romance. The one rule of romance? A guaranteed Happily Ever After ending. And since this one has ice cream, that doubles the pleasure for the reader and the writer!


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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Excerpt1 – short:
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.

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 where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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  1. Brenda - thanks so much for hosting me today and introducing VANILLA WITH A TWIST to your fans and followers!!

    1. It's always a pleasure having you, Peggy. Your latest sounds like fun!

  2. This is a great story. Gotta love Vanilla 🍦

    1. Hee hee. It goes with everything, doesn't it, D.V.??

  3. Enjoyed reading and highly recommend VANILLA WITH A TWIST. Best of luck with sales, Peggy :)

  4. I love ice cream, and the premise for this entire series. Good luck with the book.

    1. Jennifer - thank God that even during a pandemic we can still get ice cream!!! i don't care if meat is being rationed, but my ice cream? Don't come for that!!

  5. Like you said...who doesn't love ice cream?