Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chasing the Other Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson Less than Glam Life & Giveaway

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?

The Less than Glamourous Life of Romance Writer Jessica Jefferson:
I remember taking my mom’s Danielle Steel novels off the bookshelf and deliberately looking at the back cover. The woman in the picture was gorgeous. In fact, as the years went by it seemed she had actually perfected the concept of reverse aging, looking better than ever with every new release. And it wasn’t that she was a lovely woman—she was just so glamourous! Ms. Steele (because that’s how you refer to a legend) would be sitting on some fabulous piece of furniture wearing the kind of jewelry that should come with its own security guard.
That was how I thought writing would be. I imagined that after I was picked up by a publisher that it would be only a matter of time before I was flown out to New York and whisked away to some Manhattan apartment decked out with my very own fabulous white upholstered furniture.
And now a little over a year after the release of my first novel, I find myself still in my house. No white furniture, no expensive jewelry.
The life of a romance writer, especially one so new to the writing world, is not nearly as glamourous as I thought it would be. I wake up to get the kids ready and they don’t really care if I’m a writer or not. Those kids just want pancakes, end of story. I throw around words like “deadline” and “promotion” and they just stare back at me with big blue eyes that scream “we don’t get it”. They just want breakfast, no matter how stressed out I may be.
I put on what I consider to be my uniform—sweat pants and a college tee, and drop off the kids.  When I get home, I take care of my needy English bull dog (allergy medication, ear drops) and guinea pigs (the kids promised to take care of them). After the house is made quiet, then I can get to work. I sit down at my desk with a fresh cup of coffee (and by cup I mean at least a 20 ouncer) and whatever I can scrounge up for breakfast. Then I wait for inspiration to hit.  Sometimes it takes longer than others, and in those cases I find it helpful to obsessively check Facebook and shop on Amazon.  I’m sure inspiration is only a click away.
My furniture is not white. It’s made of an indestructible fabric of unknown origins. Usually, I turn to housework to help get in the spirit of writing.  I’ll find something for dinner and start on that, procrastinating under the guise of “waiting for the muse.”  The muse hits about an hour before the kids need picked up and I type furiously trying to make my day’s goal.
The fanciest jewelry I put on is one of those loom bracelets my three year old gives me before we leave in the morning.

He didn’t try and crawl out of the hole he’d so easily dug for himself. Rather, instead of making an already awkward situation worse, he smiled. It was a cavalier sort of smile—one that she just knew he’d used hundreds of times before to get him out of this sort of trouble. Women were undoubtedly willing to forgive him most transgressions just by a flash of this winning grin.

Lord knew she was.

She’d never before met anyone so handsome, so charming, so…

A bolt of pain shot up her arm, as if God himself was punishing her for having such immoral thoughts.

“Enough,” he said. “We need to get you in front of a doctor. The sooner, the better.”

“Good idea,” she agreed. “How do you suggest we go about doing that?”

“First, we’ll need to secure your arm.”

She nodded. “You mean fashion a sling? I’m sure there’s something around here that we could use as rope. Perhaps ivy? There’s a great deal of it about the estate.”

His hand flew up to his chest. “What do you take me for, some sort of bushman? For heaven’s sake, I’m from Grosvenor Square, not some jungle. I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of how to go about accomplishing something like that.”

Lilly bit her lip. She’d never make it being jostled about without something to steady her arm. “Did you have something else in mind, then?”

Mr. Colton started removing his jacket. “I thought I’d use my shirt. I’ll rip some strips off of it and make the sling out of that.”

“Your shirt,” she repeated, suddenly questioning if she’d indeed suffered a head injury along with her broken arm.

He tossed the jacket to the ground behind him. “Yes.”

She was confused. “But then what will you wear?”

He was unfastening his waistcoat. “Nothing, I suppose .”

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 www.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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  1. I like the similarity in the covers of your books. Whose idea was that?

  2. loved the excerpt!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  4. I like the hot cover the most!

  5. Most of all enjoyed the "The Less than Glamourous Life of Romance Writer Jessica Jefferson" part!

  6. I like the blurb. Sounds like a good read.

  7. Her Less than Glamorous commentary was interesting. To me, it reads just like if she was starting a small business with the same home life. I never really thought about about writing as a small business, so it's interesting to get that peek into her life and finally have it click.