Monday, November 4, 2013

Compromising Miss Tisdale Blog Tour! (+$50 Amazon Giftcard)

Title: Compromising Miss Tisdale 
Author: Jessica Jefferson
Series: N/A 
Pages: 245
Publisher: N/A
Date Published: N/A 
Format: eBook
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

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?

~~~A Gentleman or a Rogue~~~
By: Jessica Jefferson 

As long as there’s been romance, the inevitable choice between gentleman and rogue has existed.

Currently, the question presents itself as good guy or bad boy? This theme is ever present in contemporary literature as well as the stage and screen. Dirty Dancing, Dangerous Liasons, Luke and Leia, Sandy and Danny, Johnny Depp and whomever he’s playing opposite of—the examples could go on forever!

Both the gentleman and the rogue come equipped with different packages. Think your typical four door family sedan with easily washable upholstery that gets decent gas mileage versus a two-door Italian sports car with leather interior and satellite radio. The gentleman holds the promise of tomorrow. He is stability, security, and all that is good and right with the world. He is honest and trustworthy, and with him you can be rest assured that you’re safe.

Now the rogue, on the other hand, has almost none of those things to offer. He does not think about tomorrow, but rather for the moment. With him, you never know if you are truly safe. You’re always left on edge, never knowing what to expect. Excitement fills the void that the lack of trust creates—and isn’t that what the appeal is all about? He’s unpredictable, and when you’re with a rogue, you become unpredictable by proxy.

But that fly-by-the-seat-of your pants lifestyle is only fun for so long. What’s great about my genre, and really, I’d argue most any romantic outlet, is that the rogue eventually transforms into the gentleman. Women want the element of danger, but that danger has to hold a promise. The promise is love and trust. Women will always love the bad boy, but only because we hope to change him, to win him over. We really don’t want rogues, but rather rogue converts. The gentleman holds no appeal since he’s already what we’re looking for – there’s nothing to build upon. We want a project, not a finished product.

Gentleman or rogue? I believe my heroines will choose rogue every time.

~~~Try an Excerpt!~~~
She had stumbled upon the library.  A fire in the hearth threw a faint glow over leather lined volumes that filled floor to ceiling book shelves.   Lavishly upholstered plush arm chairs sat upon Aubusson rugs scattered throughout the room.  A settee was positioned across from a giant stone faced fireplace where a shirtless man sat warming his hands.

Shirtless man?

Ambrosia blinked.

 Certainly, her eyes were playing tricks on her. 

Then the shirtless man turned his head, his eyes meeting hers.  

It wasn’t a hallucination-he was real.   She hadn’t been expecting to find a partially dressed man, and he obviously wasn’t expecting to be found.   It was but a moment before the man’s expression began to soften and a wicked smile slowly crept across his lips. 

 A smile that stole the breath right from out of her. 

 Every gently bred fiber in her body screamed to turn around and run straight out the door.  Hundreds of years of proper English rearing had produced a base instinct to flee when in the presence of an unknown male (especially one with so little clothing).  But then he stood up, cautiously, the way one does as if not to startle a deer.  Standing, he was clad in nothing but buckskin breeches, the dim light from the flames playing over the sculpted muscles and sinew of his shoulders and chest. 

Breeding be damned, her feet simply refused to budge.  
~~~Meet Jessica!~~~
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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  1. You got me thinking about which I prefer - the gentleman or the rogue. I like both at different times.

  2. I really enjoyed the excerpt and looking forward to reading the book.
    Thanks :)

  3. Thank you for having me. I loved writing about the concept - gentleman or rogue. I love that paradox where the rogue reforms, and in the book I'm currently finishing, Taming Miss Tisdale - gentlemen who "go rogue".

  4. Love the excerpt Jessica! The synopsis sounds awesome! : )


  5. Excellent post, Jessica! I highly recommend the book and easily read it in two sittings. I loved Duncan and like to think of him as a sensitive rake on the mend.

  6. While I try to steer clear of rogues, you make an interesting argument!


  7. I liked what you said about rogues. I love the thought of him changing his ways. Not some women trying to change him. I my eyes you can't change someone they have to want to change for it to happen

  8. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  9. Loved the excerpt! I like having a blurb and/or good description of a book, but a good excerpt can make the difference between just being interested in a book and absolutely having to have the book!

  10. Great excerpt. And I agree with Felicia, someone has to want to change for real change to happen.

  11. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  12. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com