Jessica Jefferson has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to spread the word about her new release, Taming Miss Tisdale. As part of her book tour she will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Today, Jessica was gracious enough to answer a few questions so we could get to know her better.
What draws you to historical romance (both to read and write)?
I find comfort in knowing that there’ll always be a happy ending for my characters. It’s the reason I read historical romance – it’s like your favorite pair of flannel pajamas. I write what I enjoy. There’s something about the regency period specifically when the roles of men and women appear to be so cut and dry on the surface, yet there’s an almost heightened drama in the dynamics between the genders. It’s a complicated simplicity.
If you could time travel where and when would you go back or forward to?
I’m a big Edwardian period fan. Blame it on the BBC.
Describe a typical day in your life as an author.
I did recently make writing my official day job, so I’m still working on creating a typical day. I generally spend an hour on social media, a whole hour writing, and probably six hours staring at my blinking cursor and blank screen. I’m learning how to write on command, instead of waiting for the mood to strike. It’s been a difficult transition, but I’m getting better.
What do you like best about your heroine Miss Tisdale?
She’s plucky. I like women who are independent and strong, but still have vulnerabilities. I don’t think my heroines need their heroes to complete them, I think they choose their heroes because they complement them so well.
What’s next for you?
I’m still working on my next book in the Regency Blooms series. It’s about the sister, Lilly Tisdale, so I’m taking the reader back in time a bit. I love the site where I blog at now – Embracing Romance.com. It’s a group of historical romance authors and I just adore these women. The site really encourages a lot of interaction with the readers. Recently we started a daily trivia contest – Romantic Pursuit. It’s just fun to be a part of something like that.
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?
Now, enjoy this excerpt:
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.
Author bio and links:
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 at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.
http://www.JessicaJefferson.com and www.embracingromance.com
Follow me at https://twitter.com/authorJessicaJ/
AMAZON Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Miss-Tisdale-Jessica-Jefferson-ebook/dp/B00K5Y8W7Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401396150&sr=8-1&keywords=taming+miss+tisdale
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