Celebrate with me!

Celebrate with me!

I just received some great news! Meet a Rogue at Midnight (Midnight Meetings, book 4) won the 2018 Beverley Contest, romantic novella category (published). The contest was established in honor of the late historical romance author, Jo Beverley. Jo Beverley was one of the reasons I fell back in love with romance. I’d had a long hiatus from reading romance novels (college, having to work two jobs for stretches of time, returning to school...

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

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

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 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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