Saturday, April 11, 2015

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: The Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle

Today we’re sitting down with historical romance author Gina Conkle! Gina’s latest book, The Lady Meets Her Match, came out this week (April 7th). To celebrate we’re participating in the “Ask Gina Spotlight Tour”, take it away Gina!

Q. If you were sent back in time to the Georgian era for a week and you could only bring one thing with you, what would it be?

A. My bed. I like my tempurpedic mattress and pillows. 

An Excerpt:

Cyrus removed his fine blue coat, the slide of cloth on cloth an inviting sound to her benumbed senses. 
“You’re not warming up sufficiently.” He leaned in and wrapped his coat over her shoulders, his deep voice like an intimate connection. “Someone needs to take care of you.” 
She shuddered when his breath tickled her ear. His warmth and nearness was just as heavenly as what he draped around her. She could tell he found her refusal more amusing than deterring. Cyrus closed the coat in front of her, his body heat palpable inside. The collar’s woven broadcloth brushed her rain-misted cheeks, his pleasant scent on the cloth. The coat was part of an expensive, well-tailored ditto suit: identical blue fabric with spare gold trim on the coat, waistcoat, and breeches. 
“I’ll ruin part of a perfectly good suit.” But she pulled the coat tighter, greedy for the snug feel. 
He added more coal to the blaze. The inferno’s orange light danced across white cotton stretched over his shoulders. Muscles moved under the fabric, mesmerizing her while he built a hotter fire. And then there was his offer to waive her rent and give her a loan, an offer apparently free of unique requirements. His act of generosity pinched her conscience. 
How dare he be so…nice. 
“About the rent, the loan, I cannot accept your kind offer.” She cleared her throat, trying to sound competent. “I’ll find a way.” 
Ryland glanced at her but said nothing to counter her refusal. Instead, he dropped to the floor, kneeling before her. Without asking her leave, he removed one shoe and then the other, and set the soaked footwear against the hearth’s ash pan. 
“What are you doing?” Her words, like her body, went slack, all of her too worn down. 
His head bent close to her knee. One hand, large and warm, curled around her ankle, rubbing life back into her foot. A big, masculine palm moved under the arch, creating delightful friction. She pressed her lips together, holding back a moan of pleasure. 
“I would think a land steward’s daughter would know wet clothes are hazardous for one’s health.” He flashed a devilish grin. “You ought to remove your wet clothes, cover yourself with something warm and dry.” 
Such as covering myself with you.

21863729The Lady Meets Her Match 
(Midnight Meetings #2)
by Gina Conkle 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402294301
Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle...

Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all...

Don't miss the first book in the Midnight Meetings series!

Gina Conkle, a history nerd to the core, loves castles and museums. Her motto is “the older and moldier, the better.” When not enjoying relics, she lives in the present, dabbling in organic gardening at her home in San Diego, California. She lives with Brian, her husband and favorite alpha male, and their two boys. Visit her at

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  1. Beauty and the Beast! Love it!

  2. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite, too. I like the theme of looking beyond exterior appearances and seeing the person inside.

  3. My favorite fairy tale has always been Cinderella. I especially enjoy the Disney version with the singing animals.


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