Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reluctant Debutante by Wendy May Andrews @goddessfish @WendyMayAndrews

Welcome!  It’s great to host you today on your tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.  Thanks for sharing this Q&A with my readers!!  Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Everywhere! I love to travel. We have an eclectic taste in travel destinations – we love cities, mountains, and beaches. Two of my best trips were a research trip to England last summer and a hiking trip to California last fall. I still haven’t been anywhere in Africa so I suppose that would be my dream destination. I would love to see the animals in their natural setting that you can only see in a zoo here in North America. And there are some amazing mountains to hike in Africa, too, so I think it would be a destination that has it all.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

I was attacked by a dog when I was ten. It was a huge Bull Mastiff owned by my neighbor. I actually knew the dog but he was in a foul mood for some reason and attacked me when I walked by him. It felt like he came out of nowhere, bit me, made me fall down, and then started chewing on me. Thankfully, my big brother was with me and managed to scare the dog off me. That dog was chained up so we were able to get away. I ended up needing stitches. It happened really fast but I think that was the most physically scary experience of my life.

What book are you reading now?

This is too hard to answer. I’m an avid reader so can quite quickly finish a book. But a recent book I read and really enjoyed was “The Night They Came for Til” by Rebekah Lee Jenkins. It was the debut book by a friend of mine and I was amazed at what an amazing job she did. Really kept me riveted until the end and then disappointed that it was over. That is how every book should be.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I don’t love reality tv unless it’s about home renovations or house shopping. My husband and I enjoy police dramas like Blue Bloods. I’m also insanely fascinated with Designated Survivor – I’m always SO upset when the episode ends and I have to wait another week to find out what’s going to happen! Now we’re waiting for the next season… We also enjoy Madam Secretary and Elementary. I also like Grey’s Anatomy.

What is your favorite meal?

Anything cooked by someone other than me J I am the chief cook and bottle washer in my house and I get pretty bored of my own meals so anything cooked by someone else is very exciting. My mother’s cooking is fantastic, so I love it when we visit my parents. My husband is also pretty good about taking us out when I’m completely fed up with cooking. But I’m not very fussy so if I didn’t cook it, I’ll be happy.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I love to go for long walks – anything over six kilometers will make me particularly happy. And reading a good book will put me in a wonderful, relaxed frame of mind. I also enjoy watching television or playing board games with friends.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Definitely a morning person. I can hop out of bed and get right to work but come ten o’clock and my brain starts to zone out.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

Georgette Heyer was the best Regency writer I have ever read. She is why I write regencies myself. My aunt introduced me to her books when I was 13 or 14 and I read nearly everything she wrote. She was prolific and absolutely amazing.

What would we find under your bed?

Besides dust bunnies?? Currently my winter clothes are in a vacuum sealed bag under the bed to keep them dust free and out of my closet. There also might be a book or ten under there…

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

This is embarrassing but McDonald’s is my favorite restaurant. My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up so we almost never ate out. It wasn’t until I was dating my husband that I really experienced eating out on any sort of level. But I’m a simple girl and hate wasting money. And their fries are my personal little weakness. Really I could eat their fries at least once a day and be happy. Of course, that might not be healthy for me but my taste buds would love it.

What makes you happy?

Good friends, good food, good books, a walk in the park, mountains, stars, sunshine, commendation, visiting my parents, a walk on the beach, a good review, math, mowing my lawn, flying…I could probably go on all day… I’m fairly easy to please.

You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

       A trip to Arizona with my husband and parents. My parents would love to travel but don’t want to plan it for themselves. I would love to surprise them with a really amazing trip and the Grand Canyon is on my dad’s bucket list.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

       You will never have this day again, so make it count.

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.

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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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Wendy May Andrews said...

Thank you for having me, Laurie!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them both :)

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!