Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NBtM: Author Interview & Giveaway - Chasing the Other Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

 
 

Chasing the Other Tisdale

by Jessica Jefferson 

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BLURB: 

She’s the other sister… 

Overshadowed by the beauty of her older sister, Lillian is better known as the other Tisdale; unremarkable and unsure how she will ever deliver on the promise of her family's name. 

He’s a rake in need of reforming… 

Will Colton leads a frivolous existence, embracing notoriety instead of managing his family’s fortune. Determined to forget his financial burden and his father’s growing resentment, he maintains a lifestyle dedicated to pleasure and self-indulgence. When Will is invited to the Tisdale estate for an extended holiday, he never expects to become friends with the forgettable Lillian. But when a family secret comes to light, he must choose between leaving London and protecting the honor of one woman or staying and risking the reputation of another. 

Upon his return, Will finds the girl he left behind has come out of the shadows and into her own. Lillian’s finally the center of attention, and not all of it good. With his own reputation in tatters, can a reformed rake lure her out of the hands of London's bachelors and back into his own arms? Can he escape his past and reclaim her heart, or has he lost her forever?
 

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EXCERPT:

When Lillian Tisdale dreamt of that magical moment when she would fall in love, she never imagined that it would be so sudden, so complete, or so… 

Literal. 

Lilly, as she was more commonly known, sat cradled in between a large branch and the massive trunk of the hundred year old willow tree near the pond at Brightly, her family’s ancestral estate. She set her sketch book and charcoal pencil down on the branch and took a moment to appreciate the scenery before her. Brightly was noted for its lush gardens and rolling green hills, and she found it impossible to imagine any other property in England being as lovely. 

This was her favorite tree, had been for years, and one of the only places she could disappear to when she felt the need for a respite from her three sisters and older brother. She relished the quiet of her hiding place, the silence disturbed only by the soft wind skimming the pond, the rustling of the leaves in the oak groves, and the occasional coo of a nesting bird. 

“You naughty minx!” 

Lilly startled, the unexpected sound of a man’s voice coming from out of nowhere. She steadied herself against the branch in front of her, knocking her sketchbook onto the ground in the process. She sighed, doubting the book would survive the fall intact. She’d spent the last of her pin money on that sketchbook and wouldn’t be able to afford a new one for at least a month. Her parents, for all their wealth, were sticklers when it came to their children’s allowances. 

“You’re a wicked, wicked man, Mr. Colton!” 

This time, the voice was distinctly female and the name she mentioned sounded familiar...
 

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Let's learn a little about author Jessica Jefferson!

 
What is your writing environment? 

I have an office that I moved to this year.  It has a great window, but I have to purposefully position myself away from it since I’m the type that gets easily distracted.  Squirrel!
 

Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?
 

My perfect hero is flawed.  I love men with issues (but only in book form).  Dane from Lord of Scoundrels is one of my favorite heroes, second only to Outlander’s Jamie Fraser.  I love him!

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?

I finally read the Outlander series this year.  I love Diana Gabaldon’s style and her gift for setting a scene.  Not to mention her ability to create the most adored characters ever. 
What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I want to write an Erma Bombeck style commentary on life. I use a lot of humor in my writing and I would just love to write something just for the sake of fun.


Top 3 things on your bucket list?
 

Visit Europe – but I’m deathly scared of flying, so that ocean poses a big problem for me.  I want to take our family RV to Colorado and do some quality hiking, and the one thing that has been on my bucket list since I was younger is run a half-marathon.  Unfortunately, that would involve starting to run.  Still working on that one.
 

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
 

My husband and an ex-boyfriend.  How’s that for inspiration?  My husband and I were friends for a while before we ever dated and I always wanted more.  The ex-boyfriend comes in because I had one of those guys that I had a crush on and he really didn’t notice me until I was older, so both those real experiences were what really inspired this story.
 

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
 

In the garden my heroine Lillian tells my hero Will that she just wants to be desired as a woman, not looked at as just a friend. I put a lot of my real life experience into that so it was easy to put to paper.


What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

The first book in my new series is coming May 6th.  The series, Ribbons and Rogues, is all about a spoiled group of debutantes that own London’s ballrooms.  I’ve always been so into wallflower books, and one day I thought – what about the other girls?  I took the idea of a celebutante during Regency times and ran with it!  Book one, Going Rogue comes out May 6th from Soul Mate Publishing.


What do you like to do when you are not writing?
 

I love to be outdoors, especially camping. My family loves to hike, well, I do, but my family is kind enough to accompany me!


What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
 

When I was younger my dad worked for the prison system.  So, we lived in “prison housing”, houses on the prison grounds.  Inmates would mow our grass and take care of things.  Since I was a little kid, I was amongst the company of some pretty hardened criminals.
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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.
 

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Chasing the Other Tisdale, Compromising Miss Tisdale and Taming Miss Tisdale from Soul Mate Publishing, available now on Amazon!


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Giveaway: 
 
Jessica will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour HERE
 
 

14 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your comments. I love regency romances and this one really sounds good.

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  2. The scorching hot cover is what I like best about the post.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love this cover artist!

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  3. The thing I like best is the excerpt and giveaway, thanks!

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  4. Thanks so much for the interview. It was a lot of fun!

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  5. Great excerpt, sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia

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  6. Enjoyed reading your interview

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  7. Great excerpt, thanks for this giveaway!

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