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Monday, April 10, 2017

Waiting For A Girl Like You Book Tour Interview + Giveaway


Waiting for a Girl Like You
by Gina Conkle

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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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 One:

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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Interview

What inspired you to write this story?

Thanks for hosting me on your blog. The inspiration for the first novella, Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart, came from a conversation with a friend many years ago. She revealed a wild, moonlighting job that she did on a call-in basis. 

The other story, Anything But Safe, started from a mash-up of events. I was listening to a lecture of classic romance conflicts when a parking lot encounter from years back came to mind. I took that seed and started writing the story on a plane and finished it in three weeks. I tabled it and came back years later, revising it for publication.


What was your favorite part to write? 

I loved writing Abbie’s reaction to Mark (their first meet in an illicit brothel). Nervousness gets the best of her. He’s setting the rules and she responds honestly:

“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.”


What was the hardest part to write? 

The sex scenes. All of them. Because this is a steamy romance (not erotic) those scenes still have to move the story forward, reveal something about the characters, and be part of the over-arching conflict. Plus, I wrote Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart in first person, something I hadn’t done before. The result, I think, is more powerful.

I played it safe in Anything But Safe and went with third person storytelling. Interestingly, I don’t think the impact was quite as strong.


How did you come up with your characters?

They show up in my head. The people who keep talking and don’t leave me alone are put into words.


Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it? 

I have two Georgian romances coming this year (continuations of the Midnight Meetings series). 

Meet a Rogue at Midnight, book 2.5 releases October, 2017
The Lord Meets His Lady, book 3, releases December, 2017

Next year you’ll see more Viking romance with a new series, Forgotten Sons. Look for more hot contemporary romance like Waiting for a Girl Like You in 2018. To tide you over, try my free hot contemporary romance, Listening to Her: 
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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.

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GIVEAWAY

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


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