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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE by Wendy May Andrews, a Historical Romance (Regency) available now from Sparrow Ink.

Wendy will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post
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The Reluctant Debutante
by Wendy May Andrews


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GENRE: Historical Romance (Regency)

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BLURB:

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?


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EXCERPT:

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.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Titles are my weakness! I would rather write the whole book than try to come up with a title. I will usually sit down with my brainstorming friends and they help me come up with ideas and then my husband will pick when I’ve narrowed it down to three or so. But this book was actually fairly easy to name. The Reluctant Debutante really tells what the story is about – Victoria is very reluctant to enter into the social fray of Society.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?

My cover artist is Victorine Lieske of Blue Valley Author Services. I absolutely love it! I had a great deal of say and control over this cover. I wanted it to have the feel of my heroine looking into the aristocratic life and hesitating. I didn’t want her looking at the reader because I want my readers to be able to imagine for themselves what she looks like. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I’m always so disappointed if a cover has someone on it that I don’t find particularly attractive. I think it’s better to leave it up to the reader, so I prefer my covers not to have a face completely visible.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I think the hero’s mom is one of my favorite characters ever. She plays a fairly minor role but I just love her combination of hardness and softness. She’s a duchess so she’s a very powerful woman, but she is always motivated by love for her family. And I found her single-mindedness to be hilarious.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

My heroine’s uncle is the villain of the book. He is weak and wicked – a terrible combination.

If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?

This is too difficult to answer. It just recently released and I did my very best to make it fantastic so at this point I wouldn’t change anything about it. But give it time and there will probably be more than one thing…

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

I have a brother who is three years older than me. Apparently I was his constant shadow until he started school. Because I was crestfallen when he went to school without me, my mother spent a lot of time with me, including reading to me. Because I have a very active imagination, reading is a wonderful activity and I took to reading quite avidly, learning to read before I even started school. I also have an aunt who is an avid reader and she generously shared all her books with me. She introduced me to the works of Georgette Heyer and my love for Regencies was born.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I have a website, wendymayandrews.com, I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (all under WendyMayAndrews) or you can find me directly on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-May-Andrews/e/B002W42H3A

What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?

I have another Regency (not yet named) coming out this fall. It’s with my editor right now. I’ve also started writing two new series. One is set in 1855 American mid-west. The other is a new Regency series. I’m really excited about both of these new series. I can’t wait to share them with readers. I hope to start releasing them early next year.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell everyone you know about it ☺ And write a review. Writers love getting reviews from people who’ve enjoyed their books.

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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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Wendy will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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29 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks for following along on the tour 😁

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  2. Thanks so much for interviewing me :-)

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win and awesome interview.

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  5. I liked the interview, thank you.

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  6. What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  7. What are some of your favorite books? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  8. What books are you looking forward to reading in the near future. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  9. You mentioned travel inspires your stories, what travel place/adventure inspired this book?

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  10. Who is your favorite book villian. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  11. I hope that Victoria gets her happily ever after.

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  12. Poor Victoria, what an embarrassing way to meet someone for the first time.

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  13. What's your favorite book/show/movie?

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  14. Were there alternate endings you considered?

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  15. What's your writing process like? How do you come up with your ideas/characters?

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  16. How many hours a day do you write?

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  17. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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  18. Is there an author you really admire for their writing style, characters, plot, etc?

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  19. What is your ultimate top career goal when it comes to your writing?

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  20. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

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  21. What was your hardest scene to write?

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  22. How do you select the names of your characters?

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  23. Do you have any advice for those that would like to be published?

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  24. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

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  25. Do you ever get writer's block? If so what do you do?

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  26. What did you edit out of this book?

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