Celebrating Spring with a Free Ebook

Celebrating Spring with a Free Ebook

  Happy Spring! My publisher is celebrating by offering one of my books for FREE!     If you haven’t read the 4th installment of the Midnight Meetings series, now’s your chance to get it free of charge. A pretty nice deal. So this post will be short and sweet. Enjoy Jonas and Livvy’s love story.   Grab your copy of Meet a Rogue at...

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Surprises I Encountered while Writing The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

And one more thing about those Georgian marriages…   Bigamy was a problem in Georgian England. The Marriage Act of 1753, passed into law March 1754, was supposed to put the kibosh on illicit elopements and the trickier problem of bigamy. In pervious centuries, most brides and grooms married in their home parish. A select few married by special license.   By the Georgian period (defined by the four King Georges who reigned from...

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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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

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

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

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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