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TAMING MISS TISDALE by Jessica Jefferson
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?
Jason looked bored. “Get to the important part, Grayson. Was she beautiful?”
Again, Marc was ill-prepared to answer such a question. Taken individually, that large mouth, those plump pink lips, her long nose, red hair, and freckled skin—nothing about her was spectacular by any means. But together, all those odd pieces and parts, which seemed so ordinary at first glance, fit together to form the picture of a particularly stunning woman.
“Yes,” he answered quite simply. No need to give Jason any more fodder for discussion by rambling on like some sort of awful poet.
Jason grinned from ear to ear. “Well, that is quite eventful, indeed.” He swept a crumb off his jacket sleeve. “Does this original have a name?”
Marc stopped suddenly, his coffee halfway to his lips. “Name?”
Jason laughed. “Yes, her name. This unique creature has to have a name. Diana? Aphrodite? Venus, perhaps?” Then Jason stopped laughing as realization spread over his face like a mordant rash. “You don’t know her bloody name, do you?”
Marc set his cup down on the table and stared at it. “She never volunteered the information and I never bothered to ask.”
How would you describe Miss Tamsin Tisdale?
One word - Hoyden.
What about your characters surprised you while writing the Taming Miss Tisdale?
How much I loved the “bromance” between Marc and his best friend Jason. The scenes between those two men are actually some of the most entertaining scenes in the book. I ended the book with a epilogue written from Jason’s perspective because I knew after writing it, that he needed his own book. I completely fell in love with him.
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?
Not much in this one. Tamsin is more who I wish I was, rather than who I actually am.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Taming Miss Tisdale to write and why?
The chapter with Jason and Marc having their morning meal. It really shows Marc’s personality and that idea of infatuation at first sight. It’s a cute scene.
If Hollywood were to make a movie based on your book, who would you like to see play the main roles? Why?
Could I have Julia Roberts play Tamsin, but the version from Mystic Pizza? I love the spunky redhead in any movie!
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write historical romance? If so, please describe that reader.
My ideal reader is…me. I’ve read historical romance since I was pretty young, and I still love it. It’s a genre that really spans all age groups.
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
Time management. I’m so busy and it’s hard to take a hobby and make it into a career. I’m either writing too much and neglecting my family, or not writing enough and neglecting my career. How do I balance a job that I do from home with my home life?
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you, in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
I love all books by Judith McNaught. She wrote great historical, and wonderful contemporaries. She is my ultimate inspiration.
If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past. I think I’d do very well in the Edwardian era. But only if I could be a duchess!
What project are you working on now?
I’m working on the next installment in the Regency Blooms series. It’s the story of Lilly and takes the reader back to the first marriage in the group. Lilly is the ugly duckling who falls in love with an unattainable man. It’s probably my favorite so far.
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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