Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome author Jessica Jefferson

Hello, Jessica, congratulations on your book release!

Let's hear a little about it.

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.

About the author:
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 and read more of her random romance musings.

Please 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.

What is your favorite genre to read?
  • I love to read historical romance. Historical romance combines two things that I enjoy immensely – history and HEA. I love the dynamic between a hero and a heroine, and I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Some call the genre predictable - I think of it as comforting.

How do you research for your stories?
  • I’m fortunate that there’s so much available for regency writers. It’s a very well documented time period in history. One of my favorite books is “What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens Knew”.  It’s a great book for those who want to know the nitty-gritty of the period. Everything else I need I tend to use the Internet for.  Every book is different, so the research needs are different. If there’s ever a subject I can pull on people I know to get information, I do that first. In my recent release there’s a bit about horses, and fortunately I have many friends that ride, so it was very easy to ask them for information.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
  • I have many, and they change. One of my very favorites is Dougless from A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. She’s so funny and strong, and manages to have a great love story.I just love a sassy heroine!

Please tell us about your new book.
  • Taming Miss Tisdale is book two in the Regency Blooms series.  It’s about Miss Tamsin Tisdale, a fiery hoyden who is sent away from London till she can, in a sense, be ‘tamed’.  While in the country, she meets Mr. Marc Winston—a gentleman she believes to be genuine and nothing like the Society men she’s used to.  Only, Marc isn’t the honest man she thinks he is.  His secrets not only jeopardize his relationship with Tamsin, but his place in Society as well.

Very interesting. Thanks so much!

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a $50 Amazon gift card  
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