It’s a pleasure to welcome a fellow Wild Rose Press Rose, Peggy Jaeger to the blog today. Peggy’s latest release — out June 6 — is a prequel to her Christmas book, due out in November. This novella, SANTA BABY is all about a special, surprising and unexpected Christmas gift. Let’s take a look 🙂


It’s Christmas Eve morning in the tiny New England town of Dickens.

Santa’s arrival is imminent, and a hint of snow is in the air.

Amy Dorrit is just about to open her popular diner for the breakfast rush when she discovers an abandoned baby on her back doorstep.

Amy knows she should call the authorities and turn the infant over to them, but she just can’t. Thoughts of her own abandonment as a baby flood through her and she wants to keep the little one out of the hands of the authorities until the mother – hopefully –returns.

But will the mom come back? And if she doesn’t, what is Amy prepared to do about the baby who has, already, claimed her heart?


“What in the name of all that’s holy are you holding, Amy Dorrit?”

Willie Jackson stood at her office door, a lit cigarette dangling from a corner of his mouth, his leather jacket hanging open and his eyes as big and round as his county-famous blueberry pancakes.

“What does it look like?” Amy dug around in the carrier searching for a bottle, pacifier, something, to soothe the baby’s cries. “Lose the cigarette. It’s a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s hungry.”

He lifted those shocked eyes to Amy’s face. “Girl, you been keeping secrets from ol’ Willie?”

“Oh for Pete’s sake. Are you nuts, William Jefferson Jackson? It’s not my baby. I found it at the back door when I came downstairs.”

“Whose is it?”

“No idea.”

What is it?”
Holding the small bundle like a football in one arm, she shoved the piece of paper she’d found at him. “Same answer. I haven’t looked yet. Here, read this. I found it tucked inside the blanket.” Once he had it, Amy placed her pinky finger over the baby’s lips. It immediately rooted, then latched on to suck.

 “I knew it. It’s starving.”

“ ‘I’m sorry,” he read aloud, ‘but I can’t take care of her—’ well, we know it’s a girl –‘I have no job and no way to hold on to one with a baby. Please forgive me for leaving her like this, but I saw how kind you were yesterday and I know you’ll take care of her like I can’t.’” Willie scratched his head. “Well, shit. We got us a real abandoned baby, here, Ames ol’ girl.”

“Don’t curse in front of her.” She shot him an annoyed glare, her left eyebrow inching up her forehead to her hairline.

“It ain’t like she can understand me. She’s a baby, fer Chri-” Her other eyebrow followed its twin. “Er, pity’s sake.”

“I need something to feed her with.” She glanced around her office. “Can you get me one of the cake decorating bottles? The ones with the plastic tip? I think that’ll work.”

“What’a’ya gonna feed her? Frosting? You ain’t got no mother’s milk and you can’t feed her coffee creamer.”

“Dam-I mean, drat. You’re right. I can give her a little water to hold her over until I can run out and get her some formula.”

“Shouldn’t you call the police? I mean, she’s been abandoned, ain’t she? You can’t just keep her.”

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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.

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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Incredible, isn’t it, that three and a half months have passed since the beginning of the Spring ’21 Medieval Monday Excerpt Tour? But it’s true. Today is the 14th and final excerpt snippet of our exchanges. We’ve had fantastic new authors join the fantastic core writers this round and I’m certain you’ve found some new books to enjoy and authors to follow. Our authors are working on books to be out soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for our next Medieval Monday round, to give you a chance for a sneak peek at new books–as well as some old favorites. Bidding farewell to the Spring visit today, I’m happy to welcome one of our new authors, talented Celeste Barclay, whose current book is an exciting tale of a Viking Warrior. Here’s a look at Leif, Viking Glory Book I

You can find the final installment of my The Lady of the Forest at Celeste Barclay’s blog:

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Fate brought them together. Free will binds them.

After months at sea, Leif Ivarrson wants nothing more than to revel in the comforts of home. Yet when word arrives that a new threat has invaded their land, Leif is forced to take up his sword once more. Tasked with rescuing a jarl’s niece, Sigrid, from this malicious enemy, Leif departs on a journey that will alter the course of his fate. 

Since she was a young girl, Sigrid Torbensdóttir’s visions have been both a blessing and a curse. Now a grown woman and powerful seer, she knew enemies would come for her, eager to exploit her gift. Yet her visions taught her that fate could not be denied or ignored. As she had foreseen it, the heroic Viking would save her and sweep them both up in the raging storm of inescapable destiny. 

Drawn together by the will of the gods, Leif and Sigrid battle to save their people from a rival tribe’s scramble for power. Will their blossoming love survive the tests of war and family? Can a match created by fate withstand the machinations of man?

Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?

Set sail for adventure in this steamy Viking romance sure to leave you breathless! Norse lore meets passion and intrigue in Leif, written by Celeste Barclay! 

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“That isn’t the case at all. You must remember I have an advantage, and it’s not one I want to abuse. I have known you since I was nine even if we’d never met before. It feels like I’ve grown up with you. I’ve not only seen the events of your life, but I’ve often felt them too. It’s not a question of whether I wish to wed, but more of whether you would want to wed me knowing I’m already well acquainted with you when you know nothing of me. Will you wed me because that’s what fate has foretold?”

“I would have us become better acquainted. There’s something that draws me to you. I feel it, and I believe it’s the will of the gods and something unique to you. I don’t know how to describe it, and I don’t yet understand it, but neither do I want to ignore it. However, this development will infuriate my father. His warning to stay away from you was explicit.”

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Our Springtime blog exchanges are nearly over. This is the penultimate post and I’m thrilled to welcome one of the group’s newest members, Daryl Devoré  . Her fascinating medieval fantasy pits a disillusioned knight against a power sorcerer’s creation of three powerful dragons to save a heroine who’s been shunned for her own powers. Here’s a tantalizing look at the The Last Dragon by Daryl Devoré .

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TagLine – A prince. A sorceress. And a heart-breaking secret.


What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.

A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls. 

Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child – dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain. 

Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.

Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead. 

Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?

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After dismounting, Hawkyns led both horses inside and showed Derry a small bench. With relief at being out of the cold rain, she sat.

Hawkyns tended to the horses. He moved effortlessly and did not settle until they had been watered, fed and had a warm bed for the night.

Chores complete, he sat next to her. She tried to still the trembles, but she was too chilled from the storm. He rubbed his hands along her arms, trying to create heat.

“We cannot have a fire to warm us, but I can make a bed in the hay. Uh…” He seemed mystified. Relief poured over him as she answered the question he did not know how to ask.

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