Winter Blogfest: The Christmas Season by Peggy Jaeger

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The Christmas Season

The Christmas season is one I’ve always approached with a little bit of dread, a tad of expectation, and a whole bushel full of hope.

The holidays weren’t the happiest of times during my formative years. Family strife, mental illness and poverty reined freely in my home, so Christmas, with its ultimate message of hope, was often a time when I felt pulled and pushed in two different emotional directions, hope not one of them.

Whenever I read holiday themed books or watched Christmas subject movies, my favorites were always the stories with big families, who – even if they were going through tough times – always stuck together and proved that loved conquered all.

Since I now write adult romance, those happy holiday themes are what run through my books as well.

My favorite family to write about, the MacQuire/Cleary clan, celebrate the holidays much the way I wished my own did when I was a kid. The Cleary house is always filled with noise – 3 rambunctious boys and a girl trying to keep up with them all – makes for a lot of chatter and commotion. But it’s a fun-filled hub-bub that has their parents happy in the knowledge their kids all get along, like, and love one another.

Early Christmas morning, before the dawn breaks, finds the kids sitting on the staircase, trying to be quiet, anxiously waiting for the time their parents awake and allow presents to be opened. Every few minutes, Dennis will move down a step, trying to get closer to the bottom one, intent upon being the first to sprint when the all clear signal is given and get to his presents the fastest.

Serena Cleary will be found in the kitchen for most of the day. First, the breakfast strata will be served, eaten quickly, the table talk about all the news gifts Santa left them all this year. Then off to Mass, after which Serena will again be whipping up a hearty, warm lunch to fill the kids’ bellies and send them off to do outdoor winter activities before the rest of the extended family arrives for dinner, which, once more, Serena will cook.

Late afternoon sees the arrival of Carly Woodards’ family, stepson Cole Greer and Olympic-figure-skater daughter Tiffany Lennox part of the mix. More presents, more delicious food and dessert will be devoured in the music room, listening to Moira Cleary play. Taking a break form the long, arduous classical pieces she practices daily, she’ll delight them with sing-along Christmas carols and songs.

When bedtime rolls around, bellies and hearts filled, the kids will sleep peacefully, content in the knowledge they are loved and adored. What child wouldn’t dream of a Christmas such as that?

FirstImpressions_w9816_2_85%20copyFamily Practice Doctor Clarissa Rogers’ first impression of Padric Cleary is biased and based on gossip. The handsome, charming veterinarian is considered a serial dater and commitment-phobic by his family and most of the town. Relationship shy, Clarissa refuses to lose her heart to a man who can’t pledge himself to her forever.

Pat Cleary, despite his reputation, is actually looking for “”The One.”” When he does give his heart away, he wants it to be for life. With his parent’s marriage as his guidebook, he wants a woman who will be his equal and soul mate in every way.

Can Pat convince everyone – including Clarissa – she’s the only woman for him?

About the Author: 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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  1. Thanks for having me !

  2. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. What a great sounding story, love the cover.

  4. fun way to celebrate

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  5. The cover is beautiful! You are a “new to me” author and I’m looking forward to reading your books.

  6. Hi Peggy, Enjoyed reading and highly recommend First Impressions. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2016. 🙂

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