Friday, January 3, 2014

Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson


1. Do you have any phobias?

A few.  Flying is probably the worst.  I usually medicate heavily prior to boarding.  Real medication, not just a vodka/tonic.  I’m talking Valley of the Dolls caliber stuff.   My oldest child flew to Florida with us last year and it was the best flight I’d ever had.  Something about having my daughter with me made me feel  confident in the flight.

2. Ever broken any bones?

There was an incident with some fingers, but nothing serious like a femur or anything.

3. Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

I read my books out loud in a british accent.  Is that weird (said with accent)?

4. What is your favorite quote and why?

“And all men kill the things they love, by all let this be heard.  A coward does it with a kiss, a brave man with a sword.”  Oscar Wilde – The Ballad of Reading Gaol.  It’s beautiful.  It’s about a horrific subject,  but there’s something so lyrical about the piece that the meaning doesn’t seem to matter.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Vanilla.  Which is so unexpected of me.  I’m a pretty creative, wild person – yet I choose vanilla.  Perhaps it’s a comfort thing?

Jessica Jefferson


Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?


James tapped his finger to the cleft in his chin.  “So, I am to assume that you need financial prosperity, respectability, honor, and security virtually overnight?  That is your dilemma?” 
Duncan chuckled at the absurdity of the situation.  “In so many words, yes.”

He shrugged.  “Should be simple enough.”

Duncan laughed outwardly now.  “Simple?  You call that simple?” 

James arched an eyebrow.  “Such a quandary is hardly original to noble men like us.”

“How do you figure?”

“Your predicament is nothing new.  Men of our station have been combating that very issue for years.  And the solution is hardly novel.  I’m quite surprised someone with your acumen hadn’t thought of it earlier.”

“Clearly, I am ignorant, so please-enlighten me.” 

“You need to marry.”

Duncan deflated.  “Is that all?”

“Well, you couldn’t just marry anyone.  She must be rich, but not noveau riche.  And her family must be prominent.  She needn’t be from a ducal house necessarily, but with rivaling status in its age and reputation.  And since you’re such a cad, your wife will need to be the picture of morality.  We’re talking the personification of righteousness-no skeletons in the closet, no relatives from the other side of the blanket, no scandals amongst third cousins.  The gossip rags must have nothing on her or her family.”

Duncan felt his nostrils flair.  “Yes, simple indeed.  So, where exactly do you suggest I find this rich Lady Madonna?”

A slow smile crept up James’ face.  “You’ve already met her.”

Confused, Duncan thought for a moment.  Then he smacked into the great stone wall of realization at just what it was his friend was implying.  “Miss Tisdale?  You’re suggesting I marry Miss Tisdale?  The Miss Tisdale who you just finished telling me is waiting for the perfect husband–who no doubt has far more prestige and fortune than I?  You’re cracked.”  Duncan turned and started walking back towards the curtain.  


Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago.  Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel.  Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.    

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous.  Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read.  She invites you to visit her at and read her random romance musings. 

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My Review:  December 2013   ~ Review Copies ~

Compromising Miss TisdaleCompromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank the author Jessica Jefferson for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were well defined. Jessica is a new to me author and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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  1. Last day of the tour. I've enjoyed following you and finding out more about you and your books. I laughed when you said you read your books out loud with a British accent! Gotta be good. Has anyone ever walked in on you while reading? Also, what about the dialog of the WIP? Do you ever speak the words out loud, just to heard what they sound like and if the words flow properly?.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Lol! I've never tried to read out loud in an accent before…though occasionally I'll mimic movements of characters while I'm reading them. =P Must try the accent thing. ^_^ Thanks for sharing with us, beautiful cover! Best of success with this book. Blessings!

    cloud.weaver.girl AT gmail DOT com

  3. I've been following u ;) I so want to read this book, it's the blending of my two fave genres. Here's hoping u had a very successful tour!

  4. You read out loud with a British accent? Is your accent any good? I think that's too funny.