New Release: Vanilla With A Twist by Peggy Jaeger

Let's celebrate the release of a new Contemporary Romance.

Vanilla With a Twist, a story of the Clean and Wholesome variety by Peggy Jaeger, published today.

"There's never a wrong time for ice cream." —Tandy Blakemore, owner VANILLA WITH A TWIST

Peggy Jaeger is one of the Romance Gems Authors. You can catch her blogging there on the 27th of each month.

Inspiration for Vanilla With a Twist

I'd had a small town romance running through my head for a few weeks about a single mother but I couldn't quite figure out where I wanted to put her geographically or what career to give her.

When The Wild Rose Press put out the submission call to its authors for their new summer series,  One Scoop or Two, about anything that involved ice cream as the theme, I knew the story I'd been thinking of would fit perfectly into this. I made my heroine, Tandy Blakemore, the owner of an ice cream shop in the Seacoast region on New Hampshire and ran with the story.

What Is Your "Brand" of Romance?

For the most part, I write full-length novels about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can't live without them. I'm a big believer in the notion that laughter can make anything better, so most of my novels have an element of Romantic Comedy mixed into them.

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Vanilla With a Twist

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?

Excerpt from Vanilla With a Twist

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.

Takeaway Truth

Looking for a scrumptious read? Try Vanilla With a Twist by Peggy Jaeger.


  1. Joan - bless you , dear friend, for the shoutout about the book!!!!

    1. My pleasure, Peggy, even though I found myself buying ice cream at the supermarket later that day. *LOL*

  2. Looking forward to this book! Love the title and cover, too!

  3. Kara - thank you. I think this is one of my fav covers!!!