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

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 21 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Gina Conkle to HJ!


How to Fall in Love

Gina ConkleLove and romance are tricky endeavors, aren’t they? Lots of humor, conversation, and hot kisses are required. Some people go gracefully into happily ever after. Then there’s Edward and Lydia. They stumbled into love with a long tease, aggravating for them at times (but fun to write!).
In Meet the Earl at Midnight a little wit and tenderness goes a long way, but before Edward and Lydia found their happy ending, relationship milestones had to be met.
Here are four steps on the way to falling in love, snippets that took them from soft to sizzle.

MTEAM1) The all-important “first meet” …at midnight this can go so many ways~

“Please. This need not be unpleasant.” His voice lulled her. “I promise I won’t bite.”
“Meaning sometimes you do.”
A muffle of low, masculine laughter floated from his collar. “Only on a full moon.”
His quip surprised her much like a clue revealed. Still, this midnight meeting defied reason, best she use caution. When she didn’t move, his hand dropped to his side.
“Very well then. Why not take off your cloak?” he coaxed.
“How like a man,” she said, eyeing him from the safety of her hood. “Get a woman naked, first. Solve a problem, second.”
That earned her another low masculine chuckle.
“Now, now,” he chided. “I’m not asking you to undress, only that you remove your cloak. As you informed all, you are wet and soggy.” Lord Greenwich motioned to the blazing hearth. “You could stand here and warm yourself…dry your damp skirts.”

2) Sometimes a girl has to go braless, or corset-less, for the right effect~

He grinned. “You’ll make my trip up here worthwhile.”
Lydia’s eyebrows scrunched together as she remembered something took Lord Greenwich from his work.
“Why did you come here in the first place? You said something about making amends to me.”
His hand rested on the door jam. “I was going to take you on a tour of the estate’s art gallery, but we’ll postpone that for after dinner. I need to meet with Mr. Ryland, and I saw the way your eyes lit up at the mention of a bath. Enjoy your respite, and you have your things to settle.”
He glanced at her bodice and one side of his mouth hitched up. “And you won’t have to roam about corset-less.”
Her arms covered her chest in a loose X. “And I was beginning to believe you’re a true gentleman.”
“Dangerous notion.”

3) If the man you’re with is brilliant, dazzle him with a talent of your own~

(In this scene, she just offered to help with his botanical research)

Lord Greenwich stared ahead as he appeared to consider the notion but shook his head in the negative.
“Your talents are legendary I’m sure, but I must refuse the offer.” His voice slowed, dropping an octave. “I’m very selective about who touches my varietals.”
“I’m sorry to hear that.” Lydia licked her lips, her mouth quirking over his playful innuendo.
His eyebrows snapped together from that simple movement with her mouth. The dangerous brigand was back and his gaze traced her face, eyes to mouth, catching a moment on her lips and back again to her eyes.
“To be fair, the flora in my greenhouse requires very explicit and unique attention. They’re like demanding, high strung ladies from foreign courts…except they’re blessedly quiet.”
Her head tipped back with laughter. “I shall remember not to talk too much, my lord,” she said, squeezing his forearm. “But, I’ve failed to appease on two of my three atonements. I’m close to a perilous end.”
He shook his head and his face pulled in a melodramatic frown. “I expected better from you.”
“No, you expected something of a sensual nature.”
Lydia said the coy words hoping to throw him off-guard with directness. The simple fact: her confidence melted under the heat of appealing male fixation. Lord Greenwich, when not focused on his work, turned into something of a dangerous flirt with his subtle humor and dark eyes — not the jovial type of man a woman could easily maneuver with a smile.
His body tensed beside her when she dared name what lurked between them; yet, his lordship’s steps were steady.
“I could be tempted.”
(Her next suggestion knocks his 18th century socks off — quite a surprise)

4) If all else fails, a dose of bare skin can be conducive to interesting conversation~

Edward delivered Lydia to a delicate white chair, bending deep with her as she took her seat. He dipped low and close such that his warm breath fanned the top of her bosom, and some of her hard-earned decorum slipped. A rash brigand’s smile crossed his face, visible to her alone, and the spoons dropped in her lap with a rattle.
No matter, the voices of the countess and Mr. Bacon floated in the background, engaging in social chatter. Edward set a hand on the back of her chair, a move that was possessive and claiming, and she wanted to sink into him. His lordship’s sculpted lips twitched as he looked pointedly at the sliver of dark space between her breasts as if he would like very much to explore what he could and couldn’t see.
“I find that I’d like to continue our discussions tonight, if that meets with your approval,” he said for her ears alone.
His voice vibrated over her skin, and her body turned putty-like. When she responded, her voice kept their quiet, intimate thread.
“You mean such as we had last night? Your talking with a woman for no particular reason over no particular subject.”
One corner of his mouth hitched up at that.
“Exactly the kind of discourse I had in mind.”

I hope you enjoyed a little time with Edward and Lydia. Please stop by my website for more.

Cheers to you, Reader! ~Gina

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About Gina:

Gina’s 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.




21 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle”

  1. conniefischer

    Hi, Gina! I am so intrigued by your novel and cannot wait to read it. The cover says so much to me. It looks like the inside of a large indoor garden in Paris. Beautiful! Congratulations!

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Connie,
      Thanks so much! It was fun to write and yes, I love the cover. The cover artist did a wonderful job capturing the romance. There is a giant greenhouse in the story. I hope you enjoy Edward and Lydia’s tale. Take care and thanks for checking out the spotlight here.

  2. Kate I.

    Hi, Gina! Congratulations on the recent release of the first Midnight Meetings installment. I like that the relationship between Lydia and “Enigma Earl” first begins to blossom via witty banter and that they then cultivate the developing affection toward their HEA. Best wishes for every future success!

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Kate,
      I LOVE banter in books. There’s something about that back and forth between hero and heroine that keeps me entertained and wondering “Ok, when is *it* going to happen?” Thanks for your well wishes, Kate. Have a great day!

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Rita,
      There’s certainly a lot of banter and back and forth between Edward and Lydia. It was fun to explore all the cast of characters in Meet the Earl at Midnight. I hope you enjoy their romance, and thanks for stopping by the blog today-

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Glenda,
      You’re welcome! I am happy to share the book love. Thanks for checking out the spotlight.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Marcy,
      Thanks for putting Meet the Earl at Midnight on your wishlist. I hope you get to Edward & Lydia soon.
      Take care and I appreciate you letting me know your interest in the book-

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Sharlene,
      So glad you liked the excerpts. There’s nothing like a woman setting a snarky man straight, is there? 🙂
      Have a great day-

  3. Cathy P

    Hi Gina! I also enjoy some humor in my books. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Cathy,
      There definitely were some quirks in this book between Edward and Lydia. I am so glad you’re looking forward to reading their story, and you’re welcome about the giveaway. I LOVE books and love sharing book stuff.
      Take care-

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Kathleen,
      I appreciate the kind comment. The story really flowed with lots of fun moments. You’re welcome about the giveaway, and thanks for stopping by the Meet the Earl at Midnight spotlight.
      Have a great day-

  4. Cari White

    Hi, Gina, LOVE humor in my books. The excerpts are intriguing and promise humor, romance and more! Looking forward to reading it.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Cari,
      There’s lots of snarky humor from Edward. He can be a bit bossy at times, but Lydia gives as good as she gets with him. I hope you have fun with Edward and Lydia falling in love and thanks for stopping by the spotlight. And thank you for your kind words about the excerpt.

  5. Justine

    LOL at the botanical seduction! It reminded me of another book I read, so I’m game to read about another couple and plants.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Justine,
      Inspiration for “a man and his varietals” came from an old Clint Eastwood movie (can’t remember which one). An old guy reminds the lead female character that men can be very touchy about who handles “their vehicles” and that got me to thinking about other subtexts and…voila! Snarky Edward was flirting big time with Lydia in the only way he knew how. I hope you enjoy their story and thanks for stopping by the spotlight and letting me know your thoughts. Take care-

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