Taming Miss Tisadale with me today.
What inspired you to write this novel?
Tamsin was a younger sister of my first book’s heroine. Readers really responded to Tamsin. She was so much fun and the complete opposite of the first book’s heroine, so naturally I chose her as the heroine in the next book in the Regency Blooms series.
Are your characters or plots based on anyone or experiences in real life? Or are they completely fictitious?
If only my life were that exciting! There is a small amount of inspiration from real life. I like to take things I’ve experienced and then add those elements to the stories. I think I do a lot more of that in the upcoming Chasing Miss Tisdale then I did in Taming Miss Tisdale or the first book.
There is so much readers can relate to in your book. I love the way you incorporate the strength of today's women in Tamsin.
Who is your favorite character in your book?
I love Jason. He’s the hero’s best friend, and I just love his personality. He’s charismatic and sarcastic, and everything the hero is not. The epilogue is written from his perspective, which would lead the reader to believe that there might just be more to his story coming up. He does in fact reappear later in the series in a major role.
Yipee! Jason is my favorite character too! I love playing matchmaker with side characters of the books I read:)
If you stepped into your hero/heroine’s shoes, would you react the same way they did to adversity?
I don’t think so. I think my heroine is a much braver soul than I. She doesn’t bend to the will of Society, and that says something about her character. I think everyone likes to think that when faced with adversity that we’d all do the right thing. But in books life is a lot more black and white than grey as it is in reality. I think that’s part of the reason readers appreciate heroes and heroines –they almost always do the right thing, the brave thing.
What are your feelings about sequels? Is this a possibility for your novel?
This was the second in a four book series. I’ve left open the possibility for more books, but I’ve only ever been certain of the original four that were planned.
What is your favorite time of day to write?
Whenever I have time. I keep a notebook in my purse so I can write when inspiration hits me. All I need is some quite, maybe a little mood music, and then I’m good to go!
Who is your favorite author?
I love Kathleen Woodiwiss. She wrote these sweeping dramas that lasted for hundreds of pages. I’ve reread every book probably a dozen times. Is the writing perfect? Not at all. Is the plot plausible? Hardly. But this woman could tell a story like no other. The heroines are always tiny slips of females with major attitude and are strong despite their physical appearance, and the men are always the most alpha type heroes imaginable, and she always includes the quintessential villain. Yet, each story she wrote was fresh and just hooked me from the first page. I recently found out there was one book that I hadn’t read and it totally made my year.
What genre do you like to read the most?
Historical romance. There’s always a happy ending. There’s something comforting in the formula (man meets woman, man loses woman at one point, everyone gets together at the end).
Fast & Furious questions:
- Favorite Ice Cream? Vanilla.
- Favorite Song or Band? Led Zeppelin
- Favorite Super Hero? My mom.
- Favorite Princess? Diana. (for real)
- Favorite flavor of lip balm? Plain.
- Food you can’t stand? Sushi
- What annoys you? Boy bands.
- Jeans or Sweatpants? Sweats!
- The day is not complete without… Reading.
- One Word that best describes yourself…Amusing!
I LOVE that your mom is you Superhero! A big shout out to all Superhero Moms!
I was reading Taming Miss Tisdale last night. When the Indiana Pacer game came on I couldn't put my Kindle down! Tamsin and Marc captured my attention and at the end of the night, both Taming Miss Tisdale and the Pacers were winners. (I watched the highlights of the game.)
Thank you, Jessica for being here with me today!
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The blurb about Taming Miss Tisdale
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 accepts the type of existence Society dictates she must follow 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, but 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. But 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?
Enjoy an excerpt from Taming Miss Tisdale
The young men exchanged worried glances before reluctantly dropping their makeshift weapons and taking off back down the alley toward the street. Marc kept a watch on them till the last of the boys finally turned the corner and were completely out of sight. When he turned back around, he found her on the ground beside the animal. Her gown, an ugly woolen thing soaked through with rain, was soiled further by the animal rubbing itself against her.
She didn’t seem to mind, though, holding the creature close, cradling its head on her lap.
As endearing as the sight was, Marc found it impossible to control his anger any longer. “What business did you have chasing after those young men?”
She stopped stroking the dog, obviously taken aback by his harsh tone. “What do you mean? I was rescuing this dog from those heathens. Who knows what would have happened to him had I not intervened? And what business is it of yours to become involved?”
Heathens. Ironic choice in words.
“I chose to become involved because of the very real possibility of you being harmed. This isn’t the type of thing a woman should be handling on her own, if at all. You should have let somebody else chase down the boys and remedy the situation!” Marc couldn’t believe how worried he’d been. He could hear his pulse pounding and tremors of anger shot through his limbs. He wanted desperately to find a wall to lean against and take a few moments to regain his breath.
Right after he’d wrung her neck.
“Well, if not me, then who else? Was I supposed to let them beat the poor thing to death, while I stood around and waited for someone more competent, more male, to come along and set everything right?”
Her words were spoken so acerbically, he knew he’d hit a nerve.
“Better the dog than you. Those boys could have been dangerous.” He pulled his coat closer to him. “And it’s freezing out here! Don’t you have something more to cover yourself with? This is October for God’s sake. This far north, that’s considered winter. You should have a cloak, or a cape, or a bonnet, or whatever it is that you women wear to keep yourselves warm.”
Her nostrils flared. “My apologies, Mr. Winston. In the midst of jumping out of my carriage and sprinting after that band of hoodlums, I completely forgot my pelisse and reticule. If only I’d known my attire would be such an issue for you, I would have dressed accordingly. But be assured, I am not made of sugar, therefore I will not melt from a l-l-little r-r-rain.”
Her teeth were chattering so violently that she barely got the last words out.
Marc watched as she tried to swipe a few curls away from her eyes. The disaster she was calling a dress was practically hanging off her, it was so wet. Her whole body trembled and she looked little better than a drowned rat . . . or that creature she was declaring to be a dog.
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