Thursday, May 8, 2014

Get Lost with the Enigma Earl at Midnight.





It's going to take a beast to tame this beauty…


The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.


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Gina Conkle, a history nerd to the core, loves castles and museums. Her motto: “the older and moldier, the better.” When not enjoying relics, she lives in the present, dabbling in organic gardening.  Gina married her favorite alpha male, Brian. The two live with their boys in San Diego, CA.

Jillian: Lydia, since we know Lord Greenwich is a somewhat of a recluse, can you tell GLIAS readers how the moniker Lord Phantom came about...or the Enigma Earl?
Lydia: He’s covered from head to heel in leather...cloak, boots, and gloves. Long known as brilliant, the earl rarely goes about Town. When he does, his lordship wears a black tricorn pulled low and his collar flipped high. You might glimpse a sliver of topaz eyes and the top of a blade straight nose.
People whisper about his black carriage dashing about Town, the curtains drawn. You know it’s him because of the crest on the door. Some think he’s diseased. Others think he’s mad.

Jillian: Lord Greenwich, let’s play first impressions. What were yours of Lydia?
Lord Greenwich: Pretty, green-eyed brunette with corset issues...namely she didn’t wear one when we first met. Given that she was abruptly awakened at midnight, that can be overlooked. Not that I’m complaining…Lydia can be saucy for someone who needs to be in my good graces.

Jillian: And Lydia, what did you think about Lord Greenwich?
Lydia: At first I thought he was a highwayman, a well-educated one that is with his cultured voice. He was a tad arrogant, but surprisingly gentlemanly.

Jillian: Lord Greenwich, I can’t imagine it’s easy to romance a young woman who would rather remain unmarried. How exactly did the wooing get done?
Lord Greenwich: Now you’ve digging at my Achilles heel. But, I figured out a few things with Lydia.

  1. A man must be ready to converse with a woman at all times and not have an explicit problem to solve or facts to debate. I think it’s called idle chatter. With Lydia, conversation was scintillating.
  2. Court her with art, taking an interest in her talent.
  3. Treat her as an equal because her mind is as fine as the rest of her.
  4. Rescuing her mother helped.

Jillian: Lydia, did you steal that first kiss, or did he?
Lydia: He did.

Jillian: Lord Greenwhich, I have to ask: Did Lydia discover the man behind the beast?
Lord Greenwich: Yes. There was a lack of undergarments involved in the journey, but no one’s complaining.

Jillian: Thank you both for the interview. Your story is indeed, a fairy tale come true.


Gina has a question for commenters: The Midnight Meetings series is loosely based on fairy tales. What’s your favorite fairy tale?  For international commenters, Giina is happy to send an ARC. For Canada and US only, here’s a rafflecopter (Nook Glow Light) giveaway. Please remember to leave your contact information along with your comment to qualify for the giveaway.

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Gina! I had fun at your FB release party and am really looking forward to reading your new book.

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. I didn't see the question. LOL My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

      Marcy
      bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    2. Hi Marcy,
      Glad you had a good time at the party. I learned new things about a man's iliac. Hmmm... :-D Good to know you are a Beauty & the Beast fan. I heard somewhere that animated feature was Disney's most popular. Something grabs me about Cinderella. My mom likes to inform me I like Cinderella so much because I was a teenage martyr about all the chores my parents made me do! LOL Happy Reading Marcy!!

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  2. Welcome to GLIAS !! Judging fairy tales on their modern-day movies...ENTANGLED !! I love the kickass heroine!

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  3. Hi Angi,
    Thanks for the welcome! With Entangled as your favorite, then you must like Rapunzel. Entangled was great. I loved how they made the heroine a bit goofy and the hero was on the skinny side. Thanks again for having me on GLIAS!
    Gina

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  4. Cinderella

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi bn100
      Cinderella is my favorite too (Beauty & the Beast being second).
      Thanks for stopping by today.
      Gina

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  5. Hi Gina! My favorite fairly tales are dark and obscure. Not the kind of stories Pixar or Disney can do much with. The way fairy tales should be. The origin/reasoning behind of many of these tales is really fascinating!

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    1. Hi Jill,
      Yes, I have some of the Grimm books and those are dark. I recently read an eye-opening take on Red Riding Hood. So many ways these tales can go. Thanks again for hosting me here today!

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    2. You're welcome, Gina. ;) Jill

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  6. I love beauty and the beast. I love how sweet belle is.

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    1. Hi May,
      The movie was spectacular, wasn't it? I got a kick out of Gaston giving some buff but brainless balance in the movie to the Beast and his size and nature. Thanks for stopping by and letting me your favorite fairy tale. Have a great day-
      Gina

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  7. I like that in Cinderella no matter how bad things were, better comes. In Beauty and the Beast, she learns it isn't the outward but what is inside us that makes us beautiful. I went to see the production of Beauty and the Beast and I was like a child watching it! AWESOME!

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  8. Hi Kathy,
    How are you doing? To see a live production of Beauty & the Beast would be great...live theater when well done takes your breath away. When I was a little girl and my mom started me on Disney's "golden books" I loved Cinderella the best. The Little Mermaid won a soft spot on my heart (both the Disney version and the real Danish tale). Maybe loving the Danish tale was foreboding to my Viking love? LOL! Thanks for stopping by today Kathy. Take care-
    Gina

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  9. FYI, there's a new French version of La Belle et la Bete. Trailers look amazing!

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    1. Wow! That is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing that. I watched two trailers in French and one with English subtitles. This is a must see.

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  10. I love Cinderella stories. There is nothing like the rags to riches stories. Great giveaway, entering under the name of Virginia

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  11. Agreed! Cinderella is my favorite wih Beauty & the Beast a close second. My next book in the Midnight Meetings series is a twist on Cinderella...what if she doesn't want her shoe back? I'm glad you like the giveaway. I love promoting books and reading. Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your favorite fairy tale-Gina

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