Spotlight & Giveaway: The Captain’s Frozen Dream by Georgie Lee

Posted August 7th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 25 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Georgie Lee to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Georgie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Captain’s Frozen Dream!

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by. Also, a big thanks to Harlequin Junkie for having me here today to talk about my newest release The Captain’s Frozen Dream!

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

The Captain's Frozen DreamAn Arctic explorer and a fossil hunter must overcome their pasts and the rumors that threaten to destroy them in order to find love and their happily ever after.

Please share your favorite line or quote from this book:

My favorite quote from the book is when Conrad sees Katie for the first time after his miraculous return from the Arctic. It speaks to the hope of love with her which carried him through a very difficult portion of his life.

‘Katie?’ In the dark hours of the long winter aboard HMS Gorgon, when the sun had lain hidden beneath the horizon, months away from shining on him and his crew, he’d dreamed of this moment, of seeing her again. It was all he’d thought about during the long walk across the ice and snow, and in the ship coming home. It was the one thought which had guided him since disembarking in Portsmouth this morning. He’d sent his lieutenant, Henry Sefton, ahead to London with Conrad’s official report so Conrad could set off in search of her. He hadn’t expected to stumble upon her on the London road, or for her to be more beautiful than he remembered.

Please share a few FUN facts about this book…

  • The word “dinosaur” and the study of dinosaurs began a lot earlier than I thought. Starting in the late 1700s, people began putting together ideas about rock strata and dating fossils and other very modern sounding ideas. I tried to incorporate those discoveries and the sense of wonder they offered in the novel.
  • I was also surprised by how early Arctic exploration began. John Barrow, the Second Secretary of the Admiralty was instrumental in sending many exploration missions into uncharted territory, including the Arctic. I loved incorporating Barrow and other real historical events and people into the narrative.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Conrad Essington is a Royal Navy captain who is loyal to those under his command and care. He will do anything necessary to help them survives in the biting cold of the Arctic, or in his fiance Katie Vicker’s case, the biting cold of London Society.

Katie Vickers is a fossil hunter and accomplished artist. She wants to make a name for herself in the male dominated scientific community. She once thought Conrad was lost in the Arctic but when he returns she must learn to trust him to help her regain her reputation and find success.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I had a great deal of fun researching the early fossil hunters and geologists and incorporating real historical figures like Etheldred Benett and Dr. Gideon Mantell into the story.

I also read a lot of books on Arctic exploration including Shackleton’s experiences as well as those of Franklin’s lost expedition. I am amazed at the hardships and the difficult conditions those early explorers faced.

The First kiss…

Conrad and Katie were engaged to be married before he left for the Arctic and was presumed lost. This is their fist kiss after he returns.

He crushed her to him, his mouth meeting hers with the demanding fervour of a man too long denied. Katie surrendered to the want in his kiss, arching against his body, giving herself up to the heady pleasure swirling between them. She parted her lips to accept his seeking tongue, returning each silken caress with one of her own. She wasn’t sure she could ever love anyone, even Conrad, again but his sincerity captured her as strongly now as it had the first time they’d kissed in this room.

Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

The scene where Katie realizes Conrad isn’t dead was difficult to write because of the conflicting emotions Katie experiences. She is amazed to discover he is still alive but wounded by the fact that he left her to face the harsh world while he was gone. Here’s a snippet from that scene.

She stopped to face him, further accusations silenced by the sight of him moving through the grass. He isn’t dead.

Her heart leapt in her chest, but the pain of everything she’d suffered since he’d left trampled her joy. If only he’d come back before all the troubles had begun. ‘I waited for you for over a year, I won’t wait any longer.’

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why?

If this book was made into a movie, the moment Conrad first sees Katie after an absence of 18 months would be absolutely crucial. This is the moment he’s dreamed of, the one that got him through the toughest parts of his journey. Here is a snippet form the scene.

The glare of the sun behind her blotted out all but the roundness of her hips beneath a dark-green dress and the light ringlets of blonde hair framing her face.

‘No, not at all.’ The familiar melody of her voice more than the waver in her words slowed Conrad’s steps. It drew from somewhere deep inside him a happiness and comfort he hadn’t experienced since he’d stepped aboard HMS Gorgon and set sail in search of the Northwest Passage.

She started cautiously down the hill towards him, entering the shade of the tree. The shadow freed her from the overpowering sun and brought her cheeks and fine nose into focus. Her brilliant blue eyes stopped Conrad and he stood in awe as she approached.

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I want people to read this book and see how much love can help people survive the most difficult trials of their lives.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m currently working on A Too Convenient Marriage. This is the story of Justin Connor from A Debt Paid in Marriage and it will be released February 2016. On November 1, 2015, my Christmas novella, The Viscount’s Christmas Kiss will be released in the It Happened One Christmas anthology. The Christmas anthology is available for pre-order now http://amzn.to/1KenIQu The other authors and I will be doing a pre-order giveaway. Please join my mailing list at http://eepurl.com/Llefz to receive more details when they are available.

 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: I will give away one ebook copy of A Debt Paid in Marriage to one lucky person who signs up for my mailing list between August 8 and August 16, 2015. To sign up for the mailing list please visit my website at http://www.georgie-lee.com or go to the sign up link at http://eepurl.com/Llefz. I will email the winner once the contest is complete. The contest is open to both US and international entrants.

 

To enter Giveaway Post a comment to this Q: I read a lot of books on Arctic exploration for this novel. I don’t like to be cold and I would never consider climbing a mountain or braving an expedition, unless it was on a well stocked cruise ship. What about you? Do you prefer your cold from the warmth of the Lido deck or are you willing to get in the snow and get cold?

 

Excerpt from The Captain’s Frozen Dream:

England—October 1st, 1820

‘No, let go of me.’ A woman’s strained voice carried over the rolling hills of the West Sussex countryside.

Captain Conrad Essington kicked his horse into a canter, and as he crested the rise in the road he spied a gig beside it, the horse grazing lazily on the tall grass. Up a gentle hill, just beyond the shade of a wide ash tree, a man and woman stood together. The setting sun blazed behind them, turning them into little more than silhouettes. The woman tried to walk away, but the man grabbed her by the arm.

‘Listen to me,’ he demanded.

She twisted out of his grip. ‘No, I won’t hear it.’

‘Can I be of some assistance?’ Conrad slid off the hired horse and flicked the reins over the animal’s head.

The man let go of the woman and offered a dismissive wave. ‘I assure you, we’re fine.’

Conrad continued up the hill, not so easily dissuaded.

‘And you, my lady?’ The brown grass crunched beneath his boots, releasing the sharp aroma of warm, dry earth. Conrad pulled in a lungful of air. Even with the nip of autumn in the air, after a year and a half in the stinging cold of the Arctic, this was paradise. ‘Are you well?’

The glare of the sun behind her blotted out all but the roundness of her hips beneath a dark-green dress and the light ringlets of blonde hair framing her face.

‘No, not at all.’ The familiar melody of her voice more than the waver in her words slowed Conrad’s steps. It drew from somewhere deep inside him a happiness and comfort he hadn’t experienced since he’d stepped aboard HMS Gorgon and set sail in search of the Northwest Passage.

She started cautiously down the hill towards him, entering the shade of the tree. The shadow freed her from the overpowering sun and brought her cheeks and fine nose into focus. Her brilliant blue eyes stopped Conrad and he stood in awe as she approached.

‘Katie?’ In the dark hours of the long winter aboard HMS Gorgon, when the sun had lain hidden beneath the horizon, months away from shining on him and his crew, he’d dreamed of this moment, of seeing her again. It was all he’d thought about during the long walk across the ice and snow, and in the ship coming home. It was the one thought which had guided him since disembarking in Portsmouth this morning. He’d sent his lieutenant, Henry Sefton, ahead to London with Conrad’s official report so Conrad could set off in search of her. He hadn’t expected to stumble upon her on the London road, or for her to be more beautiful than he remembered.

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Book Info:

Can he salvage her reputation?

Trapped in the Arctic ice, intrepid explorer Captain Conrad Essington was driven on by thoughts of his fiancée, Katie Vickers. Finally home, he’s ready to take her in his arms and kiss away the nightmare of that devastating winter.

Except the past eighteen months haven’t been plain sailing for Katie, either. With Conrad believed dead, and her reputation in tatters, Katie has relinquished all hope of her fiancé ever returning to save her. Now he’s back, can the dreams they’ve both put on hold at last come true?

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Meet the Author:

Georgie LeeA lifelong history buff, award winning author Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books, and to sign up for her newsletter.
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25 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Captain’s Frozen Dream by Georgie Lee”

  1. marcyshuler

    I don’t like extreme heat or extreme cold. It was fascinating reading accounts of Shackleton’s adventures though. I signed up for your newsletter.

  2. glam009

    I like the cold and love to have snow and enjoy it!! and then go inside and take a hot chocolate, stay in bed!!! extreme heat don´t like it…

  3. Mary Preston

    I’m not adventurous, but love reading about it. I’d prefer to just view the cold from the inside.

  4. Leanna

    I lived the first 35 years of my life in Minnesota. I hate the cold. I live in Texas now and love the hot weather. I have to go to Minnesota next week and I am not looking forward to their weather. 70 degrees is cold to me now.

  5. debby236

    I prefer the cold from the Lido deck myself. I used to like to go out in the snow but those day are history. I am already on your newsletter.

  6. Georgie Lee

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and for signing up for the newsletter. Glad to know I wouldn’t be on the Lido deck alone. I enjoy exploring, but not being cold.

  7. Kermitsgirl

    I’m definitely more comfortable on a cruise ship…but I hate being hot! I’m such a hot person by nature, so I prefer colder climates and winter time. I’ve done some mountain climbing and looots of hiking in my life, but nowadays, it’s all cruise ships for my vacations 🙂

  8. Chey

    I live in Northwestern Ontario. It can be -40 in the winter. I can live with it but I wouldn’t go somewhere cold for vacation.

  9. taswmom

    I love the cold and cannot deal with heat, but I do understand there are varying degrees of cold. Still, if I had the proper attire, I would love to make the trek. Then again, my husband and I have do talked of an Alaskan cruise for several years now.

  10. Glenda

    I’m not a snow person. I can handle short term cold weather but do not like the snow. If I can relax by a pool or on the beach I can deal with any heat. 🙂

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