Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle

Please welcome Gina Conkle author of Waiting for a Girl Like You.

Gina Conkle will be awarding an Amazon Kindle Fire 7” to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Waiting for a Girl Like You

by Gina Conkle

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

The shocker about Waiting for a Girl Like You is the real-life inspiration. Let me be clear: I never worked in a brothel. But, I met someone who moonlighted in one. She had a day job. That’s how we met. Her true life story shocked me. This was over a decade ago, pre-50 shades. She moved away and we lost contact, but the seed of a story idea stayed with me.

 

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Two Georgian romances are releasing this year, but it looks like Vikings, Vikings, Vikings. News about my Viking romance is coming.

 

As to hot contemporary romance, I have a two book idea in the works. Maybe I can write those on the weekend!?! I have a talk with my agent about this new area. We’re going to see how this subgenre fits in with my historical brand.

 

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I’m not. I tried twice before I was published but the dynamics never quite gelled.

 

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

Brian, my husband, encourage me to submit Norse Jewel (the first I ever wrote) to Entangled Pub. At the time, our family was at a cross-roads. Brian wanted to quit his job and start his own business. I was deciding to go back to work (biotech or elementary school teacher were my past professions). Brian surprised me and said, “I think you’re a writer. I think you should write.”

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best is ask yourself this: “Is your writing a hobby? Or a profession?”

 

Answer that honestly and make your actions follow. There is no right or wrong answer. There’s simply your answer.

 

The other advice: Get in a rhythm and keep writing. Don’t wait for inspiration. Honor your writing schedule.

 

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just start writing. Usually there are people talking in my head. It has a movie feel and the more I put what they’re saying and doing on paper, the clearer the movie becomes. I get to a certain point and then I start asking deeper story questions (and do my version of plotting).

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I did a deep dive last summer in a blog series called “How to Eat Like a Viking” where I grew certain veggies and cooked Viking foods. I made my cheese, mead, breads, etc.

 

This summer I’m doing something similar: “Eat Like a Georgian” where I’ll recreate Georgian era foods. My husband travels to Europe for work and he brings back interesting books for me. Because he know I’m a history buff, he brings me historical cookbooks (modern day works reflecting on the past complete with history tidbits and recipes).

 

  • Do you have an all time favorite book?

It’s a tie. I love Josie Litton’s “Dream of Me” (from her Viking trilogy). I also love “Wolf and the Dove” by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

 

  • Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! Secrets in Amber (Forgotten Sons series). I started this Viking romance series back in 2012 but had to put it on the back burner. As I mentioned above, more of the hot contemporary romance (the two related stories) are also in progress…weekend projects!

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Brian and I love “Fixer Upper.” If I’m working and lose track of time, he’ll come and get me, saying something like, “Where’s my ‘Fixer Upper’ buddy?”

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I love getting lost in a bigger world! Forgotten Sons series is planned that way (9 Viking romances in all). I want to create a Forgotten Sons world on my website, but the writing comes first. Moving forward the Kissables series will be 2 very hot related stories. In Waiting for a Girl Like You, these are 2 unrelated romances. Most of these will be long novellas or category length.

 

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BLURB:

 

(Two stories in one Book)

Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart
Bookstore clerk Abbie is off-the-charts nervous her first night moonlighting in a sex-for-hire job. If she only kept her mouth shut…but nothing goes as expected, including the intense blue-eyed surfer who walks through her door. Mark wants to work out a few kinks —and leave the lifestyle for good. Past mistakes still haunt him, but sweet Abbie turns Mark’s plans upside down, and two broken hearts discover honesty is the hottest aphrodisiac.

Anything But Safe
Former trophy wife Jennifer wants to thrive again, but when her new life hits a speedbump, her unlikely hero is rough working man AJ. The woman he rescued is out of his league, but the two together are magic. Jennifer smooths his hard edges, and when she’s with AJ, her true, quirky colors show. A surprise threatens to derail the two who quickly learn…love is anything but safe.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Waiting for a Girl Like You

 

“I don’t know what Mrs. Smith told you but when she said ‘fresh face’ that was code for I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve never done this before. Any of it. Not sex for hire. And certainly not BDSM. Much as I want to bolt, I need the money. So can we get this over with?”

 

Another dry chuckle. “You know how to get a man going.”

 

I glared at him through my bangs and hugged myself tighter. Music pulsed from the room next door, but I couldn’t say what the song was. Did they need a sound track to get going? The frazzled side of me surrendered to how little I knew about sex. Despite standing bravely, I was small and adrift on an unknown sea.

 

Surfer Man stepped within touching distance, his blue eyes on the verge of grey, lit with a strange mixture of hard shell and tender patience. A faint line traced the left side of his mouth like contempt came easy.

 

“First rule,” he said evenly. “You only talk when spoken to.”

 

“Then what am I supposed to call you?”

 

The question startled us both. I was throwing out the no names rule and for good reason. Something dawned on me. With the closed door, it was just the two of us. This square room was my island. Control could go either way. Surfer Man’s mouth opened, but an adrenaline rush took over and my hip cocked sideways. In the world of fight or flight, my body tensed with its version of fight.

 

“Oh, let me guess. You’re going to say Call me master or some crap like that. I work at a bookstore. I’ve read those please spank me Mr. Billionaire books.”

 

I liked a few of them. Reading the books was one thing. Living them was another.

 

One side of his mouth curved up. “Maybe you should tell me how you really feel.”

 

I exhaled slowly, blowing bangs off my forehead. No sense in telling him what I really thought. Talk about a mood killer. No man wanted to hear me say this place is for losers who can’t find a girl. Yet, this guy was no loser.

 

“Real billionaires don’t look like you do in those jeans of yours.”

 

He chuckled, his blue eyes flaring wider. “I’m no billionaire.”

 

Oh, but you are one hot man. Thankfully my filter worked and I kept that to myself.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Gina Conkle writes Viking and Georgian Romance with a new dip into hot Contemporary Romance. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

 

Social Media Connections:

Website ~ http://ginaconkle.com/

Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/GinaConkleWriter

Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/ginaconkle

Pinterest ~ https://www.pinterest.com/gloveshistory/

Newsletter for Free Reads ~ http://ginaconkle.com/join-ginas-mailing-list/

Buy Links for Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle

The book will be on sale for $0.99.

Amazon ~ https://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Girl-Like-You-Kissables-ebook/dp/B01N3LCLJB

BN ~ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/waiting-for-a-girl-like-you-gina-conkle/1125155995

Kobo ~ https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/waiting-for-a-girl-like-you-1

FREE BOOK! Listening to Her, free on Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/pVnGx

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Gina Conkle will be awarding an Amazon Kindle Fire 7” to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/159e56fd30/

 

 

 

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6 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. ginaconkleromance
    April 4, 2017

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for hosting me on your blog.

  3. achristay
    April 4, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Victoria
    April 4, 2017

    I love the cover & enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Ally Swanson
    April 4, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  6. Lisa Brown
    April 5, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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