Feature Friday & Giveaway with Jessica Jefferson
Welcome Jessica! Please read on to learn about Jessica, her books and enter the Giveaway.
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.
When she’s not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch “Real Housewives of New York” and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.
Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.
SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS
When Wilhelmina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance.
George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation and fortune is at risk.
A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?
Now for the Questions!
What inspired your current release?
I have always loved the idea of second chances. That’s a theme that shows up a lot in my books. I was intrigued by the idea of a couple torn apart, forced together again.
Have you ever seen the movie Before Sunrise? I thought a book that focused a lot on the dialogue and a personal interaction would be a neat twist.
Any quirky writer’s habits you want to share?
I have more quirky habits then I’d like to admit. I have to have music. Every one of my books has its own playlist. That’s pretty normal as far as habits go. But, I am unable to write without reading my book out loud. I try and use an appropriate accent as needed, which makes me sound like Madonna when she was English. Do you remember? She was with Guy Ritchie and had an accent for like five years. Yep, that’s me.
How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
It’s hard to celebrate because I have to start another just as soon as the other is finishing up. But, I do take one night to get a good meal with my husband and buy some cheap champagne. I just love the bubbles.
Now for the “Fast Five” bonus round…
As a reader, what was the first romance book to deeply impact you? What about it touched you?
Paradise by Judith McNaught. The story was awesome and I connected with the heroine right away. I have a paper copy that is falling apart, but I still read it.
What one thing about you would surprise your readers?
I returned back to the world of day job last year and I work as a consultant in healthcare improving efficiency and deploying strategic initiatives. Doesn’t sound nearly as much fun as romance writer.
Morning Glory? Or Night Owl?
Night Owl all the way. I just work so much better at 1 in the morning, which is totally at odds with my role as mom of two kids and day job consultant.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 18 year old self?
Forget about him, no boy is that important. Get your head in the game, do better in school and travel every chance you get – with your best friend, not a boyfriend. Oh, and you’re not fat!
Coffee? Or Tea?
Coffee – two Splenda. Lots of it.
Give three words that describe you.
Wired. Fun. Loud.
Ok, that was Six, but who’s counting…
Enjoy a sneak peek of SECOND CHANCE MARQUESS
“Are you accusing Kitty of going after your brother for his money?”
“She wouldn’t be the first.”
Willie set her jaw firmly, just as she always had when she was angry. “A decade later and you’re
still following your father’s example. You still think the worst of women, don’t you?”
“I’m simply waiting to be proven wrong.”
“You were,” she said quietly, almost too low for him to hear.
“Once, Willie, and even that’s debatable. Every woman after you has fulfilled my lowest
She looked away, a pale blush spread across the creamy pale skin of her chest. “Mrs. Turner,” she
reminded him, facing him once again. “Kitty’s not like that. She doesn’t need his money.”
“Both your parents are gone and last time I knew, you hadn’t a penny to your name. How can she
not need my brother’s money?”
“Because I make sure she’s taken care of. I’d do anything for that girl, no matter how silly or
naïve she is. She’s still mine to take care of.” She jutted her chin proudly, just as she always had. George
had to remind himself that this was no longer the stubborn, hopeful young woman he once knew, but a
strong, experienced widow standing before him.
“Mr. Turner left you comfortable then?”
“My finances are none of your concern. We are doing quite well considering our circumstance.”
He found that hard to believe. “Beg your pardon, Mrs. Turner, but a vicar and a viscount are two
very different things. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll need to get on the road soon. I heard mention that there
might be a great deal of rain coming, possibly snow, and I doubt the weather will hold off much longer.”
He turned his back to her and continued gathering the necessary items from around the study.
“I can’t allow you to go by yourself,” Wilhelmina protested, ignoring his less than subtle hint that
their discussion had ended. “There’s no way I could possibly trust you to address this situation fairly after
the unwarranted judgement you’ve already made regarding Kitty’s character.”
“It’s only unwarranted if it’s not true and that remains to be seen, now doesn’t it?”
“I won’t let you do it, George.”
The use of his given name stopped him cold. He took a deep breath, then turned to her, arms
folded across his chest. “What exactly do you propose I do then, Mrs. Turner?”
“Take me with you.”
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