The Reluctant Debutante
by Wendy May Andrews
GENRE: Historical Romance (Regency)
The Duke of Wychwood seeks retribution from the Earl of Pickering. When he finds out the earl has a beautiful young niece, the duke thinks to involve her in his feud, but is shocked to discover he is attracted to her.
The orphaned niece of the earl, Lady Victoria, serves as governess to four of his children and is made to feel like an interloper in her own home. A chance encounter with the duke affords her the opportunity to enter Society, but to take it means risking what little security she has.
Revenge and love don’t sit well together, to have a future can they learn to give up the past?
chapter 3 – first sparks
Victoria was beginning to feel quite miserable. She was soaked from head to toe, most of her body immersed in the water. Her heavy skirts were feeling like lead weights as they pulled her towards the current. Her boots were slowly sinking into the sludge on the river bottom. And the gorgeous stranger was now looking at her appraisingly.
“Can you reach my hand?”
Victoria felt a shiver slither up her back at the sound of his deep voice as he leaned down for her.
Wishing there were some other way, Victoria looked at him then up and down the river once more. Unfortunately, the riverbanks had not changed in the last few minutes and there was still no way to get up the bank on her own. Turning back to the stranger, she gritted her teeth and stretched out her hand.
Bryghton was struck by the young woman’s beauty. Her remarkable eyes held so much expressive emotion. He could tell she was scared and embarrassed but she had the wit to realize she had little choice if she wished to be rescued from her precarious position. The duke knew that not too much farther downstream the river deepened considerably.
The feel of her cold little hand in his large, warm one sent a strange sensation through him, but he knew this was not the time to be distracted. Despite her slight frame, her soaking clothes were weighing her down considerably, and effort would be required to get her out. In a similar gesture to hers, he too gritted his teeth and yanked on her arm.
With a plop, and after a swift scrabble up the bank, Victoria landed on the edge of the river next to the impeccably dressed, handsome stranger. Blushing again, she offered a shy, hesitant smile as she pushed herself to a seated position.
Interview with the Author:
- How long have you been writing?
I wrote a fair bit while I was in school but settled quite comfortably back into only being a reader after I graduated. While my love for books used to cause some family members to joke that I would be a writer some day, it never occurred to me that it might actually happen. And I never would have actually written that first book if not for a dare from my husband.
2. How long have you been a published author?
The first book I wrote was published in 2010. I started writing it in 2008, it took me about a year to finish it and then almost another year to find a publisher.
3. What titles do you have available?
All seven of my published books are sweet, regency romance.
Tempting the Earl
The Duke Conspiracy
The Governess’ Debut
The Debutante Bride
The Countess Intrigue
The Reluctant Debutante
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
I love the idea of the first meeting. I thought, what if you saw someone and were instantly attracted to them, only to find out that they were connected with your enemy. That is the introduction to my new release, The Reluctant Debutante.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
My next book doesn’t yet have a title. It had a title, but I want that title for a different book so this one needs a new name. But titles are my weakness so I’m a little sad about it. It’s a great title. I wish I could use it twice 😀 But that would be ridiculous so I’m just going to have to work on it…
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I was introduced to the works of Georgette Heyer when I was a young teenager by my favourite aunt and the rest is history. She writes the best regencies out there. She is why I write regencies myself. That is my favourite genre to read and write. But I love words so I will read pretty much anything, including the cereal box.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
First draft writing is pretty much like day dreaming – utterly relaxing and an absolute pleasure. Then the work begins with editing. But first draft writing is what keeps me doing this J
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would love to write a book with my husband. I think we would make a great team if I could just get him to sit down and give it a bit of thought. It would be such a fun experience. I’ve mentioned to him several times that we should right a mystery or a thriller. He likes the idea but hasn’t actually managed to take the time to give it any real thought yet.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
My website: https://wendymayandrews.com
I love to hear from readers J
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Best-selling author, Wendy May Andrews, has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but it took her some time before she was willing to share her stories with anyone other than her mother.
Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favourite travel companion. Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.
She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website (wendymayandrews.com), on twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
Website & Blog: http://wendymayandrews.com
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