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Monday, May 5, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle

Buried Under Romance is please to welcome Gina Conkle for an interview, for her soon to be released Meet the Earl at Midnight!  

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About The Book:
It's going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty 

The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

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Now, let's welcome Gina Conkle for an interview. :)

Thanks Mary for hosting me on your beautiful blog. I’m really happy to be here.

Q: Please tell us how you got on the road to becoming a romance novelist.

A: The seed was planted in 5th grade when I read Gone with the Wind. I wanted to write stories. About twelve years ago my path started with writing Norse Jewel, a Viking romance. I wanted to publish but it wasn’t until 2 years ago I asked: Is this going to be a hobby or a profession?

I started writing almost every day, established a website, and started looking for an agent. The big realization was I had to start doing and being what I wanted.

Q: As your Midnight Meetings series is set in the Georgian era, what aspects of the Georgian era do you find more fascinating than others, say, the Regency period?

A: I love the mid-1700s, specifically 1760s – 1780s, but let me tell you the differences!

Try this analogy: the Georgian era was to the Regency period what the Wild West was to America’s Gilded Age.

There were changes like the Bow Street “thief takers” forming in 1749 because prosperous London spiraled out of control.

Then, England’s Canal Craze changed the landscape much like railroads did in America. Cook’s expedition kicked off The Age of Wonder in 1768, and tensions simmered with the pesky, independent minded colonists.

You could say the Regency’s glitterati enjoyed the fruits of Georgian grit.

But, those are all science and history nerd reasons. We don’t read romance for that do we?

I’m finding men with queues very sexy. They need unraveling.

In Meet the Earl at Midnight, Edward’s queue is messy. In The Lady Meets Her Match, Cyrus wears his queue wrapped in black silk down his back. The third book features a debauched rogue, and his queue, like his life, is in constant disarray.

Both eras have refinement but, the middle Georgian era comes with a veneer of imperfection which appeals to me very much.

Q: How did you spin your remake of Beauty and the Beast in Meet the Earl at Midnight?

A: The story takes a scarred, reclusive man who doesn’t want to be saved. Edward doesn’t think he needs it. Science is his passion, not people. Lydia comes along with her own set of plans, seeking something she wants badly. Before long, you’ll ask: Who’s doing the rescuing?

Q: What do you love the most about Edward and Lydia?

I loved Lydia opening a new door for Edward - her brand of intelligence and talent. In doing that, she takes him away from facts and logic into a feeling, passionate place. I also loved the seesaw between the two: Lydia baffling him and Edward challenging her.

Q: Science is an integral part of Edward and Lydia's lives; what are their aims and goals for it?

A: Edward wants to move medical science forward. I ran across a pamphlet written by colonial surgeon, Dr. John Jones, about the need for advances in medicine. I applied some of his thinking to Edward’s mindset. Lydia brings a new level of partnership to his work.

Q: Finally, what is coming next for you?

A: I’m working on dual series at the same time: the Norse series, Viking romance, and Midnight Meetings for my Georgian side.
In chronological order:
The next book out is Norse Fire (Dec. 2014), with Brand a rough-souled, lone wolf warrior who must work with a feisty slave to save the kingdom. Then comes Norse Wolf, with Addis, a bad boy Viking hero who finds himself at the mercy of a tender-hearted healer (Mar. 2015).
Then, The Lady Meets Her Match features Cyrus, a self-made man dubbed England’s King of Commerce. The wealthy commoner meets Claire at a masked ball, but all is not as it seems. He soon discovers this is one Cinderella who doesn’t want her shoe back. (Apr. 2015)

Mary: Thanks for the interview opportunity, Gina. I love the idea of revamping fairy tales, and can't wait to read your Viking romance novels too. ^_^

About The Author:
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read
everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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  1. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the invite to be on your blog and for the great interview questions. Georgian or Regency??? A great question that is coming up now and again. Have a great day-

    1. Thanks for the interview, Gina! :)

  2. Great interview ladies! Thanks! :-)

    1. Hi Glenda, Thanks for checking out the interview.

  3. I love smart heroines!

  4. Looks great Thank you for the awesome giveaway.



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