Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Launch: Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta


Earlier this past spring, I received an email from a woman who, upon searching for bloggers who like the Victoria magazine, found links to It's A Beautiful Life in her search list.

You can appreciate, at first glance I thought it was spam, but a closer look indicated the email was legitimate. It turns out Gina Holmes is in book publicity and her company was getting ready to launch a new book Born of Persuasion by new author, Jessica Dotta.

Now the most fascinating thing is that Ms Dotta -- also a great fan of Victoria -- used the gorgeous photography from past magazine issues as her inspiration when she created scenes in her new novel. Here are some snippets of description from the novel with matching photos.

Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by the intricacies of society that existed in England from the Regency through the Edwardian era. She writes in a manner that blends past and modern fiction techniques. She lives in the Nashville area and works as a freelance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel, Born of Persuasion, releases September 2013.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area‚where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write or work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler‚ but the dog insists it's a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says it's no mystery to her as to why the dog won't cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can't win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate. You will find Jessica's book here: Website | Facebook |Amazon

Aside... I never met Ms. Holmes prior, but in our e-conversations about Jessica's book, it turns out Gina and I have a mutual acquaintance. I live here in Canada, Gina lives in southern Virginia, and here we both know the same woman who happens to be a fellow writer. How's that for small world?

Wishing you a beautiful day,


  1. An interesting device to use for creativity and inspiration...looking at Victoria magazines that is. I do love "it's a small world" stories. All the best to Dotta on the launch of her first novel!

  2. Dear Brenda - thanks for sharing your new found author. The book looks delightful - need to put this on my winter list of reading! Hope you have a great week end.

  3. PS... I'm in the middle of reading Jessica's novel. It's a page turner. If you like Victorian Gothic mysteries, you'll enjoy this book.

    Jessica, great work!


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