Secret Realm’s New Year Blog Hop

Posted by on January 9, 2016 in Blog Hop, Facebook Events, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, historical romance, Midnight Meetings series, The Lady Meets Her Match | 44 comments

LadyMeetsherMatch_selectWelcome! What better way to start 2016 than with romance and giveaways? In this blog hop post, you’ll find:

1. The Romance ~ The Lady Meets Her Match excerpt

2. The Giveaway ~ A $25 Amazon e-gift card

3. The Author ~ More information about me, Gina Conkle, and how we can connect

 

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What if Cinderella doesn’t want her shoe back?

 

Rough-around-the-edges Cyrus Ryland rose from humble origins to become England’s wealthiest citizen and most eligible bachelor. Called the King of Commerce, he thinks nothing of marriage until he hosts a masked ball and discovers an alluring woman hiding in his study. After one dance the lady vanishes, leaving behind a single shoe. The hunt is on, but finding her is only half the battle.

Claire Mayhew wants her hard won independence…a mid-town shop of her own. She resists the scorching attraction with Mr. Ryland — her new landlord, but Cyrus isn’t a man who gives up easily.

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An excerpt in which Miss Claire Mayhew finds herself in a peculiar position with a shirtless Mr. Cyrus Ryland:

 

“Are you flirting with me, Mr. Ryland?”

     “That would be a skill I’ve not mastered.”

     If he read her right, he was closing in on the hunt for the elusive proprietress. What did he need to do to finally snare her?

     She moved around to face him, her hair brushing his bicep. Her pink mouth opened as though she’d give him a retort, but her jeweled gaze dropped to his navel, dawdling a long stretch on the indent surrounded by a whorl of brown hair. When she looked up, he met her hungry, fascinated stare with a silent challenge.

Go ahead. Touch.

     The light in her eyes wavered. She read his invitation, her slender nostrils flaring when she took a deeper breath of him. She fought their attraction hard, her fair face tilted up to his, fine boned and flushed.

The high tip of her nose and set of her pale pink mouth told him his shop girl’s defensive wall was well in place, but she was like a LadyMeetsherMatch_selectmoth drawn to a candle lantern, bouncing against the glass. What was her self-imposed barrier?

The proper midtown woman stepped back, pulling her cloak about her. “You know, I’ve figured some­thing else about you.”

“Yet another observation?” A light chill swept his exposed torso. “Pray tell.”

He grabbed his shirt off the barrel where his clothes draped. He slipped his arms inside the linen, steeling himself for the worst.

Miss Mayhew’s heavy-lidded stare followed the twitch of his muscles. “You welcome a woman speak­ing her mind as long as she heeds your words…toes the mark you set.”

“Exactly.” He donned his waistcoat, securing a few buttons. “None have found fault with how I conduct matters. And for those women I’ve shared a—” He paused and slid an arm through his wool coat, searching for the right word. “—connection with…they did not leave unsatisfied.”

Her mouth pinched when he finished the arrogant proclamation, and Miss Mayhew’s jeweled gaze flickered elsewhere. Brashness worked for a freehold farmer climbing to his current place in life, but would do little to win the heart of one independent proprietress.

     Her heart?

     He fixed one sleeve and then the other, his brows pressing in a firm line. Was her heart what he wanted?

Find the book ~

Amazon USA  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo  ~  iBooks  ~  GooglePlay

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The Prize ~ 

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Answer the questions at the bottom for random drawing (winner announced Jan. 18th)

Increase your chances to win! Post one answer per question (multiple comments okay)

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19129_255294294601511_2017641803_nI write Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. I’m 100% history nerd and romance addict. My love of castles and old places —the older and moldier the better— means interesting family vacations. When not going places, you’ll find me delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and reading. 

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Questions to win the…

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1. The Lady Meets Her Match is loosely based on Cinderella. What’s your favorite fairy tale?

2. What was Claire Mayhew’s occupation?

3. What do you think Cyrus was doing to make him take his shirt off?

4. From the excerpt and story description, do you think Cyrus is a nobleman? Or a commoner?

5. What was Cyrus Ryland’s nickname?

 

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  Thanks for stopping by!

 ~ Gina

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44 Comments

  1. 1. Cinderella, is my favorite fairy tale!
    2. Claire was a business woman
    3. Cyrus was teasing her and flirting with Claire!
    4.Cyrus is a nobleman
    5. His nickname…RY

  2. 1. Cinderella. 2. Proprietress. 3. He felt a chill so he put his shirt back on. 4. Nobleman. 5. King of Commerce. Thanks for awesome chance at this giveaway.

  3. 1. Beauty and the Beast.
    2. Proprietress of a shop in Mid-town.
    3. Changing his clothes.
    4. A Commoner.
    5. King of Commerce.

  4. Favorite fairy tale – Cinderella. I love that excerpt & can’t wait to read the book!

  5. Claire was a shop keeper.

  6. I think the reason Cyrus had his shirt off – he washing himself off.

  7. Cyrus is definitely a commoner who has made a fortune for himself.

  8. Cyrus was called the King of Commerce.

  9. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale

  10. 2. Claire is a shop girl.
    3. Boxing ??
    4. commoner
    5. King of commerce

  11. Cinderella. Owner of a MidtOwn Shop. I think he was trying on clothes. Noblemen. King of Commerce.

  12. 1. Beauty and the Beast
    2. Claire is a shop girl.
    3. Flirting with Claire
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  13. Cinderella, Proprietress, Washing up, Nobleman (well deserved), King of Commerce

  14. 1. Beauty and the Beast
    2. Shop keeper
    3. Working in his warehouse
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  15. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

  16. Claire is a shopkeeper.

  17. What’s your favorite fairy tale?

    The Princess and the Pea

  18. I’m going to guess that Cyrus and Claire met by chance at a warehouse and he was shirtless so as not to get his clothes soiled while moving about some of the goods.

  19. Cyrus was born a commoner.

  20. Cyrus is called the King of Commerce.

  21. What was Claire Mayhew’s occupation?

    housekeeper

  22. What do you think Cyrus was doing to make him take his shirt off?

    He’s been working on something, causing him to sweat so he took it off to do a quick wash down so he wouldn’t smell horrendous.

  23. From the excerpt and story description, do you think Cyrus is a nobleman? Or a commoner?

    A commoner

  24. What was Cyrus Ryland’s nickname?

    The King of Commerce

  25. 1. CINDERELLA
    2. SHOPKEEPER
    3. WORKING
    4. COMMONER
    5. KING OF COMMERCE

  26. 1. The little mermaid.
    2. Proprietress (shop owner)
    3. Moving goods into shop
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  27. 1. Thumbellina and Rapunzel.
    2. Shop owner
    3. He seems to have been changing his clothes- or getting dressed for some reason- explained in the exerpt.
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  28. Answers above.
    Another favorite fairy tale is ‘Princess And The Pea’

  29. Cinderella
    Proprietor
    Working
    Commenor
    King of commerce

  30. 1. Snow White
    2. Shopkeeper
    3. Changing his clothes
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  31. #1. Cinderella
    #2. Shop girl
    #3. Changing his clothes
    #4. He started off as a commoner
    #5. King of Commerce
    Thanks! This was fun!

  32. 1. Cinderella
    2. Shop keeper
    3. Working
    4. Commoner
    5. King of Commerce

  33. Q: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
    A: Sleeping Beauty

  34. Q: What was Claire Mayhew’s occupation?
    A: Proprietress

  35. Q: What do you think Cyrus was doing to make him take his shirt off?
    A: I think perhaps Claire walked in on Cyrus washing up.

  36. Q: From the excerpt and story description, do you think Cyrus is a nobleman? Or a commoner?
    A: Cyrus Ryland rose from humble origins: he is a commoner.

  37. Q: What was Cyrus Ryland’s nickname?
    A: Cyrus was called the King of Commerce.

  38. 1) Cinderella

  39. 2) Proprietress

  40. 3) washing

  41. 4) Commoner

  42. 5) King of Commerce

  43. The post has closed. The winner of the Secret Realm Blog Hop drawing is Dee Foster!

  44. Dee Foster, you won!! The drawing was today and your comment was taken from the random drawing. An email is on its way (I just need you to confirm the email for the e-gift card).
    Congrats!
    Gina

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