Good Morning! I’m pleased to host Jessica Jefferson and her latest release, historical romance 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.
I’m glad you joined me today, Jessica! Tell us a little about yourself.
Jessica: 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.
Sounds like y0u keep busy! When did you start writing?
Jessica: I’ve been writing since I was little. Little stories for my friends, newspapers. I became a little more serious about it in middle school. It wasn’t till I was much older that I seriously considered writing romance as a viable option.
It’s awesome that you kept at it. That shows a definite love of writing. What does your writing area look like?
Jessica: I have a fairly nice office. But I’ve learned the only way I can write with my children at home is if I adapt and write wherever they are. So, my writing area is a laptop and a portable desk.
I know the feeling! What is your typical writing day like?
Jessica: There’s a lot of staring at the blanks screen. I’ve had the good fortune to make writing my full time career now so I’m getting better at writing on demand, but I have a long way to go.
Not too many are lucky enough to accomplish that. What do you like to do besides write?
Jessica: I love being outdoors. I’m a big hiker. We often camp as a family. Recently we’ve purchased an RV, so I’m not sure it’s really camping anymore.
It’s still camping! Camping in comfort is still camping.
Pick one word to describe yourself: Loud
Favorite animal: my dog, and English bulldog named Petey
Favorite comfort food: Chicken and Noodles
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Autumn
Favorite book: Paradise by Judith McNaught
Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do? That was my dream job, I didn’t have a back up dream job …
Best vacation ever: Tour of Europe
I just finished reading Paradise a few weeks ago. Awesome book! Thanks for taking time to talk to me. Now let’s talk about Taming Miss Tisdale!
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.
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 http://www.embracingromance.com
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