Friday, June 20, 2014

Taming Miss Tisdale VBT

Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?

Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate.

Then the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.
Were those ... breasts?

Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image.

He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon.

Yes, those were most certainly breasts.

And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.

“Oh, thank goodness I found you!”

This was no mirage. She was indeed very real.

And very loud.

Jessica, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I write historical romance.  I’ll read most anything, but love writing regency.  I make my home in north-central Indiana. I used to live a lot closer to Chicago, and I’m still a little traumatized from the move (it’s only been ten years).  I like to think that I live in “almost Chicago”, but in all reality I’m closer to Ohio than Illinois.  I used to work two full time jobs – one in healthcare, the other as mother to two girls – ages 8 and 3. Now, I’m a full time writer and mother, with a dab of healthcare here and there.

How did you get started writing?
I’ve always been a writer in one way or another – speeches, newspapers, newsletters.  I actually went to college to be an English teacher, but life happened and somehow I veered into healthcare.  But even with that, I was doing education or writing presentations so writing has been a part of everything I’ve done.  A couple years ago I just decided to go for it and write a book.  It was out of nowhere, and I told nobody what I was doing, but somehow that book managed to sell, and was published.

What was the inspiration for your book?

I have a fairly large family. My father has three daughters from a first marriage, and then he and my mother have four children – three of us are girls. My mother is also one of five girls with only one brother. There’s a special dynamic with sisters – they’re your best friend, and worst enemy.  I thought that alone was enough to base a series on.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I’ve been working on a contemporary that could be New Adult.  I just love that time in life when all the world is your oyster.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
No comment

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
 The next book in the series is about the sister, Lilly.  She’s the ugly duckling in a family of great beauties, and finds herself desperately in love with an unattainable man.  It’s about love, loss, and finding love again…then loss…then love.  Or something like that.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Pink?  I don’t know, I love them all!

Favorite movie?
Gone with the Wind is pretty high up there.  Dead Again – that’s a good one too.

Book that inspired you to become an author?
Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
Flying.  I hate doing it, so the idea of conquering that fear is tempting.

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Oscar Wilde, Oprah, and Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair.

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
I think Lilly is a lot like me.  I was someone who always depended on my personality rather than looks and I see a lot of myself being written into that character.  It’s a bit like therapy actually.

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Author Information:
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her website and read more of her random romance musings.

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