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Five Historical Facts I Learned While Writing the Midnight Meetings Series by Gina Conkle

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on January 18, 2018
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Five Historical Facts I Learned While Writing the Midnight Meetings Series by Gina Conkle

  (pssst…there’s a surprise ahead!) Georgian England was a place and time of excitement and wonder. Lots of changes going. Lots of money flowing around England. Lots of crime and inventions. But, you know what interests me? The little things about daily life during the period of the four King Georges—not *gasp* the fashions. I know. That’s sacrilege for a historical romance reader since most people want the gorgeous gowns....

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Guest Author, Emily Murdoch, with a Special Offer

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on January 16, 2018
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Guest Author, Emily Murdoch, with a Special Offer

  Have you ever wanted to work with an author to craft a story?   Regency author Emily Murdoch is offering just that if you support her Kickstarter campaign to launch her new eight book Ravishing Regencies series. If you pledge £19/$25 to her Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get eight ebooks, a signed paperback, an exclusive limited edition bookmark AND a digital surprise! There are rewards for just £4/$5, and opportunities to name...

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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on January 11, 2018
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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

  Oh, the naughtiness of a quickie wedding! Early Georgian England teemed with elopements, creating scores of under-aged brides and pesky bigamists. During that era, people could marry wherever and whenever they wanted, as long as a clergyman presided over the ceremony. By the 1740s, fast weddings in England became a booming industry thanks to shady clergymen in London’s Southwark ward. Because of those few bad apples, people called for...

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How to Enjoy London Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on January 4, 2018
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How to Enjoy London Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

    The Georgian era was a fascinating shift from pastoral to urban living. The economic boom brought scientific advances. Much of the populace elevated themselves to a better place in life—especially the merchant class. Entertainments abounded. Life’s little luxuries were affordable. People enjoyed a diversity of products pouring into London on a regular basis. In researching the Midnight Meetings series, I came across many...

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How to Stock a Kitchen Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on December 28, 2017
in 18th century, Food history, Georgian Era, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, How to Feast Like a Georgian, Romance, The Lady Meets Her Match
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How to Stock a Kitchen Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

  England’s flourishing economy under the four King Georges (1714 – 1830) spilled over to the kitchen. Culinary delights were in demand. The number of pastry chefs and confectioners increased by almost 20,000 from the late Georgian period to middle Victorian era. Recipe books abounded. Inventors tinkered with refrigeration as early as 1755. The first gas stove was developed in the 1820s (and patented in 1826). Was cooking then the same...

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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Mulled Wine + Naughty, Sexy Pudding by Gina Conkle

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on December 21, 2017
in 18th century, Christmas, Christmas Romance, Georgian romance, History Thursday, How to Feast Like a Georgian, Meet a Rogue at Midnight, Meet My Love at Midnight, Midnight Meetings series, Romance
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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Mulled Wine + Naughty, Sexy Pudding by Gina Conkle

My Midnight Meetings series books work their way through 1768, heading toward Christmas Eve in the novella, Meet My Love at Midnight and a light dip into Twelfth Night in Meet a Rogue at Midnight. Part of the fun has been researching what Georgian England ate and drank during this festive time. One interesting fact was naughty pudding–once outlawed under Cromwell’s rule. Puritans and Quakers alike considered the dish “lewd” and...

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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Christmas Past by Gina Conkle

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on December 14, 2017
in Christmas, England, Food history, Georgian Era, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, How to Feast Like a Georgian, Midnight Meetings series, The Lord Meets His Lady
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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Christmas Past by Gina Conkle

  Georgian Christmases were a gorgeous celebration of pastoral England. Christmas was truly a season, beginning on Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th) and ending on Twelfth Night (January 6th). Parties, balls, and family get togethers marked the time. Feasting flourished—especially during the holidays. But one must look at England’s past to understand this period of the four King Georges. Why limit the fun to one day? The Twelve Days...

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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Delicate Muffin Pudding by Gina Conkle

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on December 7, 2017
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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Delicate Muffin Pudding by Gina Conkle

    Christmas pudding was one of the most controversial foods in history. Really! The harmless dish is most often associated with desserts, and it also comes as heartier fare in blood puddings. But did people hotly debate the morality of pudding? Yes. The popular Christmas treat was served up readily in Medieval England. Christmas then took on Mardi Gras proportions. Think an excess of everything. Gambling. Sex. Drunkenness. Fun games...

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Buy The Lord Meets His Lady, Get Meet My Love at Midnight *FREE*

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on December 1, 2017
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Buy The Lord Meets His Lady, Get Meet My Love at Midnight *FREE*

  Here’s how it works: Step 1) Order The Lord Meets His Lady – Amazon  B&N  Kobo  iBooks  GooglePlay Step 2) Take a screen shot of your order with the book title          Step 3) Fill out the form below and you’ll receive your copy of Meet My Love at Midnight     Lady Isabella is off-limits for thief taker, Jack Emerson. Other women practically draw maps to the their bed chamber windows when he...

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Warm Your Winter Morning with My Holiday Giveaway

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on December 1, 2017
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Warm Your Winter Morning with My Holiday Giveaway

  This giveaway is open internationally.   Have you already reviewed my books on these retailers?  Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, or GooglePlay. Grab your review link and paste it to the correct entry link below (doesn’t have to be Amazon…that link is there for convenience)       a Rafflecopter...

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