Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publish Date: August 7, 2012
Order From: Amazon
Synopsis: The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.
Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.
His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).
His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.
Author Bio (from Goodreads): Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.
Interview: Q. How did you come up with the idea for The Wicked Wager?
I tell myself stories sometimes to fall asleep. Counting sheep never helps, since I am terrified of numbers. So one night last year I was telling myself a story, and instead of falling asleep I started laughing. My husband was seriously alarmed at seeing me cackle away in the middle of the night for no particular reason. I was so entertained that I decided to write the plot down. It soon grew to be a full length novel.
Q. Is there a message in The Wicked Wager that you want readers to grasp?
I wrote the book to entertain. The only message is to be a little mad, a little ridiculous, and drink life to the lees.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
Yes. I would redo the entire book. There is always room for improvement.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing The Wicked Wager?
The hardest part was writing the romantic scenes between the couples. Every time the hero would try and kiss the heroine, she would end up smacking him. It took me a few tries to get the two to kiss each other.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing The Wicked Wager and what was it?
I did learn a lot. The more you write the better you understand the craft. I had to brush up my grammar and learn all about squinting modifiers and whatnot. I know a lot more now of what is needed to make a story flow and how to sketch out characters. I also realized what my strong and weak points are as an author.
Q. Did you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
Nope. I like complete silence when I am writing. I hate being disturbed.
Q. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, I was ten and read the Faraway tree by Enid Blyton. I loved it so much that I decided to write an ode to the author. I have been writing ever since.
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This is a hard question. I love so many authors, but I think Lewis Carroll stands out most vividly in my mind at the moment. I love the way he created an entire loony world in a relatively short novel. Each of his characters are so beautifully crafted that they come alive and leap of the pages. Most of all I like the fact that his books are entertaining from the beginning until the very end.
Q. Tell us your latest news.
I am working on a new novel called ‘Penelope’. This one is a humorous regency romance about a country bumpkin who arrives in London along with Lady Bathsheba (her pet goat) in order to catch a man to marry. After that I will be working on a mystery series.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the book, and if ‘The Wicked Wager’ makes you laugh even once, then I have succeeded in my goal.