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Celebrating Spring with a Free Ebook

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on March 27, 2018
in Free ebook, FREE reads, Georgian romance, Meet a Rogue at Midnight, Midnight Meetings series
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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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Guess which books are on sale for 99 cents? These two!

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on March 20, 2018
in 99 Cent Sale, Norse Jewel, Norse series, To Find a Viking Treasure, Viking romance
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Guess which books are on sale for 99 cents? These two!

  It’s springtime and that means it’s time to celebrate with a Viking romance sale.    Norse Jewel – Wolf-eyed Hakan wants a quiet farmer’s life. The warrior buys a Frankish thrall to keep his longhouse and clever Helena thaws his icy heart. Old loyalties demand Hakan take up his sword…but will it be at the cost of true love? Amazon     B&N To Find a Viking Treasure – The adventure...

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Exciting News!

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on March 16, 2018
in Award Finalist, bad boy heroes, excerpts, Norse series, Romance, To Steal a Viking Bride, Viking romance
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Exciting News!

To Steal a Viking Bride   2018 New England Readers’ Choice Finalist Romance Short Story Category       A dark-eyed warrior grabs Eira at her betrothal feast, and a shocking secret is revealed. The shield maiden must decide—marry the powerful Viking, Steinar, or claim a second chance at love with Gunnar, the low-born, raven-haired Viking from her past.                                              ...

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Who Would You be in Viking History?

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on February 17, 2018
in Jarls Kings & Leaders series, Viking history, Viking romance, Viking women
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Who Would You be in Viking History?

  Taking a different turn in Viking history for another look at the women who shaped the Norse world. This post is different. It’s something of a Cosmo-esque quiz. Read about four real Viking women, consider their character traits, and see which one matches your personality the best. Further down is the reveal with a brief bio. Then you tell me in the comments who which true historical woman you identify with. Have...

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Putting His Best Foot Forward: A Story of Rollo the Walker by Gina Conkle

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on February 15, 2018
in France, Jarls Kings & Leaders series, Normandy, Rollo, Viking history
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Putting His Best Foot Forward: A Story of Rollo the Walker by Gina Conkle

  Bend or Stand?   Today’s post takes you back to Normandy with a funny, but true tale of humor and diplomacy a la Viking style.   Thanks to History Channel’s Vikings, most people know Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking raiders pillaged Paris to the bone. He and his massive army camped out on the Seine River, conducting raids from 845-846. Yes, that’s right. He gave monasteries, villages, and the citadel of Paris a...

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When a Chieftain Breaks the Law by Gina Conkle

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on February 8, 2018
in Gina Conkle, Iceland, Jarls Kings & Leaders series, Viking history
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When a Chieftain Breaks the Law by Gina Conkle

  When you say “Viking” and “Chieftain” in the same sentence, images of powerful men come to mind. You might also conjure a “wild west” style of lawlessness. This perception is well-earned in some cases. Yet, Viking history and their sagas presents a more nuanced picture. One case in point takes us to Iceland. Last week  shared the true tale of Audr the Deep-Minded, an amazing female leader in...

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Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

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on February 1, 2018
in & Leaders blog series, adventure, Book of Settlements, History Thursday, Iceland, Viking history, Viking women
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Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   This month we’re turning back to the Viking Age with the Jarls, Kings, and Leaders blog series. The first outline I did looked like a Who’s Who of Viking men. And that was my problem. The line-up didn’t feel right. We won’t neglect the men, but I’m not going to start with them.  So, we’re starting with the heart and soul of this series. With Viking women. Get cozy and warm because we’re turning...

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

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on January 25, 2018
in Georgian Era, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, Marriage of Convenience, Midnight Meetings series, Romance
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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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Five Historical Facts I Learned While Writing the Midnight Meetings Series by Gina Conkle

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on January 18, 2018
in Georgian Era, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, Romance
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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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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on January 11, 2018
in Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, Midnight Meetings series, Romance
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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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