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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson (Guest Post)


Buried Under Romance welcomes Jessica Jefferson back for a personal guest post, where Jessica talks about how she revealed her romance writer status to people at her day job. 

**Jessica Jefferson will be giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Certificate, to visit the other stops of this tour, please click here.


About the book:
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?


Buy from Amazon
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Jessica's guest post: 
MY WORK REVEAL
I’ve always been a closet writer. 

I was a pretty fat kid, so I didn’t do much that required physical exercise.  Instead, I opted to read and write stories.  And I never really told anyone I wrote, I just did it. 

I eventually tried majoring in English in college, but of course, the best of intentions are sometimes set off course by life’s little events.  In my case, it was frat parties and binge drinking that may have sidelined my early writing career. I went onto be a nurse and eventually took a position in the hospital that puts me in a role that works at improving processes by looking at things like quality and productivity. 

Riveting, I know.
  
I strive to be taken seriously.  I’m a bubbly, chunky girl, with big teeth, and a high voice.  It’s hard out there for a girl like me.  I would have made an awesome kindergarten teacher if it wasn’t for my tremendous aversion to other people’s children.  Naturally, the idea of confessing my new career to the masses was less than exciting.  Would directors still trust me and listen to me if they know in my spare time I get paid to sit around and think up exciting new ways to refer to the male member? Nothing about “bodice-ripper” says upward mobility to me.
   
How was I even supposed to bring up the subject?  Personally, I find it difficult to work it into most conversations.  Writing romance is hardly something you bring up at the water cooler.  It’s not as if I can share my hero’s latest escapades without infringing upon a half dozen Human Resource policies.   

Eventually, the burden of secrecy became too great (I can’t keep anything to myself) and I simply announced it one day on Facebook.  And, it wasn’t as big a deal as I thought it would be.  People are curious, and they may ask questions, but for the most part it’s been business as usual. I come to work each day, same as I always have, and it’s as if nothing has changed.  I do share some of the funnier aspects of being a writer, and once in a while someone will tell me they visited my website.
 
Telling my work about my second career as romance writer was a huge relief.  It’s good to know I’m taken just as seriously today as I was a few months ago. 

Which isn’t saying a lot.        
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Excerpt: 
Duncan spun her around the room with a grace that was unprecedented, despite her extensive experience.  She was suddenly very aware of her own awkward steps.  Ambrosia raised her eyes to look into his, taking note of just how many lines crinkled at the corners when he smiled – which was often.  He smiled much like her sister Tamsin – unadulterated, as if no care in the world can dampen their spirits.  She was often jealous of her sister’s easy joy, but as she basked under the light of his, she too felt a bit more carefree.   

And that was what attracted her to this wicked man - the expectations of society, of her family, and herself were made lighter by proxy. 

The music coming from the orchestra drowned out the other couples and the spinning made her feel as if she were in some sort of inebriated state, despite only indulging in only two cups of ratafia.  Ambrosia was by no means a dainty woman, but in his arms she felt as if she were light as air.    


Duncan appeared cheerful, but not nearly as heady as she felt.  “I hope you find my dancing agreeable.  It is somewhat an area of pride for me.  When I was younger, my uncle insisted I learn to dance well, and years later I am eternally grateful for the skill.  In fact, I’ve been told many times that it is certainly the best thing I do . . . on two feet.”  The gold flecks in his eyes flashed with the wicked innuendo of his statement. 
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Previously I reviewed Compromising Miss Tisdale on this blog (review here) and now I had the opportunity to learn more about how Jessica came about as a writer. I think you're doing great, Jessica! :) Perhaps you've taken a while to get to the writing stage, but you've made it to this fun job as a romance writer and I really appreciate your books! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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 jessicajefferson.com and read her random romance musings.
Follow me at https//twitter.com/authorJessicaJ

**Jessica Jefferson will be giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Certificate, to visit the other stops of this tour, please click here.
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64 comments:

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Great that your work as a nurse led to romance reading which led to romance writing. Book sounds entertaining!

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  2. Your reveal had me laughing. I have nursed & been a kindergarten teacher.

    Amazon thanks

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  3. thanks for the giveway:))

    amazon please!!

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  4. I really enjoyed your comments. This sounds like such a fun story. I love regency romances.

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  5. I loved this book and can't wait to read more!

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  6. Interesting post...Did any of your coworkers read your books? Did they want to talk to you about them? Having just gone through Harassment training at work, I can firmly say that you should DEFINITELY not be talking to coworkers about different names for the male member! LOL.
    I'm a kindle girl.

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  7. Nice post and excerpt
    Amazon

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. Hi Jessica!

    I loved the excerpt from Compromising Miss Tisdale and would love to get a gift card for Amazon if I'm lucky enough to win!

    I can to smile when you said that you are "a bubbly, chunky girl, with big teeth, and a high voice. It’s hard out there for a girl like me." Growing up I had the opposite problem! I'm undertall and never looked my age! I guess you'd call me "petite" but believe me it's not all that geat to be :"little"! I think the only advantage was when I was a Senior in High School but could still get onto the ski slops as "under 10'




















    Hi Jessica!

    Duncan and Ambrosia's story sound like it will be so much fun to read and I loved the excerpt from Compromising Miss Tisdale and would love to get an Amazon gift card if I win!

    I had the opposite problem then you did! In stead of being "a bubbly, chunky girl, with big teeth, and a high voice. It’s hard out there for a girl like me". Instead I was under-tall and skinny! Believe me being the shortest girl in your class isn't a lot of fun! After all when you're in High School what basket ball player or member of the football team is going to ask someone out who is about 4 1/2 feet tall? Right before I left for college I finding hit the 5 feet, 2 inch mark and still have to search to buy clothes in the "Juniors" department at 65! Believe me, finding something "age appropriate for an office isn't easy!

    Ambrosia and Duncan sound like a couple who will really be fun finding out more about and I loved the excerpt!
























    Hi Jessica!

    I loved reading the excerpt from Compromising Miss Tisdale and if I'm fortunate enough to win I'd love a gift card from Amazon to be able to get it!

    I loved when you said that you were "a bubbly, chunky girl, with big teeth, and a high voice. It’s hard out there for a girl like me" ! had the opposite problem except that I was petite and under-tall growing up (okay to be honest at 66 I still am!). Believe me it's just as hard out there for an under-tall skinney old person as well as it was way back in High School and the boys in my class used to pat me on the head! Do you know how hard it is to buy clothes that are age appropriate from the "children's department"? The good news is that it made me learn how to sew a lot of my own clothes (which may be a lost art today!).

    I guess because of that I became a "fiesty person growing up and it's of course having only sons (and a husband) I taught all of them early that I might be short but a force to be reckoned with!

    I've learned over the years as I'm sure you have to that the important thing is what we are inside of ourselves and not how we look or are preceived by others that the important! .

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  9. Thanks for the review. I would like amazon.

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  10. Amazon would be great.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. I would love the amazon card! Thanks!!

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  12. Hi thanks for the giveaway. If I win I would like the Amazon card please.

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  13. B&N card please. Thank you for the opportunity, & for introducing me to yet another author. :)

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  14. If I'm lucky and my name get's drawn, I'd love an Amazon gift certificate!

    Love you book!! Thanks, Jessica!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I would prefer the Amazon GC.

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  16. I would love to have the Amazon GC. thank you.

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway. Amazon please.

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  18. I would prefer the Amazon GC. Thanks so much!

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  19. I really love historical romances and I really liked this review. your reveal at work was really enjoyable to read. I would like the Amazon GC please. Thank you for the giveaway

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  20. Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson sounds interesting and delightful, I will have to add this to my wish list...the good thing is that you, Jessica, are writing!

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  21. Amazon - good interview
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  22. thanks for the opportunity - Amazon Card

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  23. i want to win AMAZON GC
    thx u so much ^^

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  24. thanks for the opportunity I liked the book excerpt it lets me know if I would be interested in the book or not

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  25. I liked learning more about Jessica - she's an author I can relate to.

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  26. I really love historical romances and I really liked learning about Jessica. If I win, I would like the Amazon GC please. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. I loved the excerpt the best. Then learning about the author . I like to know about what goes in their minds :)

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  28. I really liked the cover of the book and the excerpt, it sounds amazing! Thanks for the post and giveaway :)

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  29. What I liked best about this post, is that it has made me want to read the book. If I'm lucky enough to win, then I would like an Amazon gift card please.

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  30. I like that she has introduced some humor in the stories. They sound like very interesting books. I like amazon. :)

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  31. Jessica's Reveal!! I think many of us have passions of our own that we don't know how to channel and the fact that she pursued it and is embracing it is going to set and example to many. Well done Jessica and keep up the good job because you book sounds really good =D

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  32. I really loved the guest post. Candid, humorous and entertaining. Thanks so much for sharing it and the excerpt.

    brooke811 at ymail dot com

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  33. I was also a chuncky kid with a high voice! thanks for sharing

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  34. This sounds like an entertaining read, looking forward to it.

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  35. This sounds like such a fun story. I love regency romances.

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  36. I liked the author's post. It's always nice to learn a little more about the authors.

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  37. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway

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  39. Thanks for the chance to win! I love stories that reveal the personal side of an author.

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  40. I like the book synopsis. I love regency romance!

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  41. I like the your author mini biography. You sound like you have a great sense of humor!

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  42. I like the cover

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  43. It sounds like a great read.i look forward to reading it thank you for the nice giveaway too

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  44. looks like a great read thank you for the giveaway

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  45. Leslie RodriguezJune 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I love the book. Sounds great. I love these historical romances.

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  46. Sounds very interesting! Great post! Donna @ BookPforLife

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  47. this looks like a great book thank you for the giveaway

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  48. thank you for the giveaway the book looks great

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  49. the excerpt and cover are great

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  50. giveaway always suck me in

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  51. well i love the giveaway, learning about authors i havn't read yet, and reading all the great posts, thank you so much

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  52. Duncun sounds great and the excerpt is good looks like a really good book, thanks for the giveaway

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  53. Sounds like a great romance writer and story!

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  54. Sounds like a good book, and I'm adding it on TBR list!

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  55. Duncun sounds like a guy I would like to meet, and read about!! :) thanks for the giveaway

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  56. It sounds like it has a lot of intrigue and would keep my attention. Sounds like a nice story with background history too.

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  57. Seems like the perfect book for the summer!

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  58. I love when romance has the real history in the story. It makes it seem like I am in the moment and I learn things too.

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