Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Aloha to Gina Conkle and THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH

Today we’re sitting down with historical romance author Gina Conkle! Gina’s latest book, THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH, comes out this April. To celebrate we’re participating in the “Ask Gina Spotlight Tour”, take it away Gina!

Q. Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

A. I love two specific eras in history and focus much of my non-fiction reading on those periods. People “show up in my head” and when they persist, I write down their story. Some are on notebook pages in a folder. Some are partially written stories. Some are published.

Let's see what characters jumped from her head to the pages in THE LADY MEETS  HER MATCH:

Finding 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 his study during a grand ball enflames his curiosity. They share one dance, but when the clock chimes midnight, she’s nowhere to be found. So Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is.

Claire Mayhew is risking it all by forging Ryland’s signature. But the maddening man won’t lease properties to an unmarried woman. He stands in the way of Claire’s dream: running her own business. The midtown property fits her plans perfectly—a place to live as an independent woman of commerce. When she sneaks into his study and forges his signature, she never expects to be attracted to the stodgy bachelor. But if he finds out who she is, all of her dreams could go up in smoke…

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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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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.

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  1. Congrats to my fellow San Diegan Gina on her newest book release!

  2. I like the fairytale of Cinderella the best. Ever After is my favorite Cinderella movie, although I do like the new Cinderella that is showing at the movies right now.

    1. Hi Cathy, I saw the newest Cinderella and it bumped Ever After from the #1 spot for me. I loved, loved what Kenneth Branagh did. Now I want the DVD! Thanks for stopping by here today

  3. Welcome Gina! This is another great release~

  4. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. It stresses the importance of inner beauty & I love that :D

    1. Hi,
      Beauty & the Beast is my close second. My book, Meet the Earl at Midnight, is a loose Beauty & the Beast romance. As far as movies and remakes of Beauty & the Beast, I want to get the newest French version of "La Belle et La Bete." Have you seen that one?! There's trailers on You Tube. Now, I'm waiting for it to come to the US market.

  5. Cinderella stories are amazing to read.

    1. Hi Debby,
      I think the rags-to-riches appeal of a kind-hearted young woman grabs us. She stays kind-hearted no matter what happens to her. I always liked that about Cinderella and when I was a little girl, I loved that she could talk to animals. LOL! No talking animals in The Lady Meets Her Match. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the book.

  6. Thanks SOS Aloha for hosting me on your blog!

  7. Beauty and the beast :) Congrats to Gina on her new release! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I too have to go with Beauty and the Beast - this sounds like a wonderful read.

  9. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite.

  10. Love the excerpt! :D
    Congrats on the new release, Gina!

  11. My favorite fairy tale is probably Aladdin, though I do enjoy most of them. Cinderella was a favorite as a kid and Beauty and the Beast has a special place in my heart.

  12. I like the fairytale The Beauty and the Beast or The Princess and the Pea :)