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Giveaway Interview MEET THE EARL AT MIDNIGHT by GINA CONKLE @GinaConkle @SourcebooksCasa


Book Description

 May 6, 2014
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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I call this the “Why not come here and find out?” excerpt…


She cleared her throat trying for seriousness. “Let me assure you, my lord, that today’s behavior is most unusual for me. I am not a snoop.” She emphasized the not with all starch.
“Words, Miss Montgomery, mere words. You’ve been full of assurances and light on action since I met you last night.” He crossed his arms over his chest; pale sunlight filtered through clouds and touched him everywhere.
Not toying…flirting? At least his version of flirtation.
“I’m in your home, aren’t I? Awaiting your pleasure.” The prim fold of her hands knocked any salaciousness from her words.
“True.” He nodded. “But there is an axiom in science, a law of nature if you will that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I think that applies here…call it a consequence to one’s behavior.” Then, his gaze flicked over her head to toe. His eyebrows pressed together as if something bothersome came to mind.
“Is something wrong, milord?”
“Come here.” He spoke with his lordly, commanding tone.
Warning bells went off in her head. 
            Lydia rooted to the spot. “I…what do you want?” 
            “For you to come here.” One side of his mouth slid up. “In fact, I’d find it refreshing if you did whatever I asked the first time I issued a command.”
            “Wha…” Eyes rounding, Lydia couldn’t finish the word in her indignation.
            “Please.” He added, tipping his head in gentleman’s fashion.
            His high and mighty lordliness had the upper hand, but he softened the advantage with that please.
            “What are you going to do?”
            “Why not come here and find out?” Eyes sparkling, he challenged her.





About the Author

Gina is a lover of history, books and romance, which makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance...that's where she gets the eye roll. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver. Find her at www.ginaconkle.com.


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PLEASE WELCOME GINA TO BOOKHOUNDS 

1. Do you have a secret talent? 


Yes, when I take the time, I’m a great cook. My husband calls those my “big production meals.” Sometimes they’re fattening and bad for you, and sometimes I can pull off healthy and something that tastes good (no easy feat with my teenage sons).



2. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book? 

Most of the time I listened to ambient music with rainfall in the background, but I listened to Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” a few times. “Clair de Lune” makes me feel this story.



3. What was the easiest thing about writing this book? 

Understanding the characters and their passions. Then the fun came with their banter…so unexpected. Some great scenes weren’t planned but simply happened: 1) the 3 atonements proposition 2) the “offer you can’t refuse” from Lady E. to Lydia and 3) the following scene that resulted in the “egg and spoons” scene



The other easy thing was some of the opening scene lines just rolled onto the page. They were quirky, insightful, and made me smile.



4. Is there a word you love to use? 

Sliver came up with this story.



5. Any real or imaginary pets? 

In this story, none. In real life, I have two rescue mutts, Jefe (Spanish for “boss”) and Oriville who I like to call Mr. Bossy Pants. Funny that you mention “imaginary” because there is a black draft horse named Agnar in my first Viking novel (Norse Jewel). We’re moving this summer, and I informed my husband I’d like to have my own Agnar if we end up with lots of land. We’ll see what happens.



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16 comments:

  1. Thanks Book Hounds for hosting me!
    Gina

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  2. Love "love"! Such a loving word :)

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by the blog.
      Gina

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  3. I love fast paced and smart dialogue and this looks awesome!

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    1. Hi Patty,
      Thanks so much! It was a blast to write and see things unfold between Edward and Lydia.
      Gina

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    1. Thanks! It was a fun book to write and developing the series has been a lot of fun too. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  5. Well, my favorite word might not be a word! But, it's crapola, my husband makes fun of me every time I say that!!!!

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    1. LOL! Martha, that works. I'm sure it helps to get the feelings out at the right time. Thanks for sharing!
      Gina

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  6. Lately it seems my favorite words are "Awesome" and "Really".... Sadly, not always in a complementary way. :-):

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    1. Hi Glenda,
      I can picture you saying those words at choice moments when things aren't going your way. Here's hoping more does go your way, and thanks for checking out the interview and excerpt. Have a great day-
      Gina

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  7. I try not to overuse words - I like variety.

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    1. Hi Di,
      A good vocabulary is a treasure. Variety is the way to go.
      Thanks,
      GIna

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  8. Great interview! I don't have a favorite word that I use, but I like the sound of perturbed and discombobulated. :)
    I can totally relate with you on having teenage boys.
    Loved the excerpt!

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    1. Hi Tina,
      Thank you! Sliver is used more in my writing than in day to day conversation. I think you have some good words going there. I'd imagine with teenage boys you experience "perturbed" and "discombobulated" more than a few times! :-)
      Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I appreciate you letting me know. Have a great rest of the week-
      Gina

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  9. I love the word toodles. I just find it a lot of fun to use. I think it's playful.

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