Historical Western Romance author Andrea Downing is joining us
today in My Writing Corner. I had the pleasure of meeting Andi in person recently at the Women Writing the West Conference in Golden, Colorado.
She likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK. She eventually got married there and raised a daughter. She taught, edited a poetry magazine, and wrote travel articles and spent a short time in Nigeria before returning to New York in 2008.
She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming. She and her family often vacation in the West and, so far, she and her daughter have visited some 20 ranches. Her first book, Loveland, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards. Lawless Love, a short story, was part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards.
Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and came out in October, and Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, comes out in the next few months.
Here is a blurb:
Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?
Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.
But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.
I was already a big fan of Andrea's because of her great characters, and Emily is another strong, memorable woman. Here are five things you should know about her:
Emily Darling, Heroine of Dearest Darling
1. Born in the city, she wants to live in the country.
2. She’s small of stature but big of heart.
3. She was raised as a debutante, but is willing to work as a housekeeper.
4. Destined for an arranged marriage, she is holding out for a man of her choosing.
5. She is strong-willed and adventurous and wants to experience EVERYTHING (and I do mean everything!)
Dearest Darling is already getting good reviews. Here are the buy links:
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=5842
Thanks, Andrea, for being today's guest, and good luck with Dearest Darling!