Kiss the Earl (Geek Girls, Book 3)
by Gina Lamm
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Regency Time Travel Romance
A modern girl’s guide to seducing Mr. Darcy
When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she’s pulled through a magic mirror and into the past…straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.
Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he’s agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.
Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella’s finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he’s such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist…
Geek Girls Series by Gina Lamm
Hi there and happy tax day! *groan* I hear ya. It was murder this year. BUT, let’s talk about something happy instead! KISS THE EARL is finally out in the wild, and the lovely Reading in Pajamas blog has asked me here to chat with you! So that’s a good thing, right? Bonus, we get to wear PJs. I’m ALL. ABOUT. PAJAMAS. Sunday in my house is sacred because it’s Pajama Day. I stay in them all day long, and have at least one nap. Since our successful IVF cycle this January (we’re expecting twins!) I try to stretch pajama day naps to 2 a day. Heh. Got to get the rest while I can, right? Hey, I’m napping for three!
I’ve been asked to talk with you a bit about what inspired me to write the Geek Girls series. Since the original arc is now complete at three books (bittersweet!!) it’s kind of interesting to look back on that now. It was so long ago when the original idea struck me! I think it was 2011? Gosh, time flies.
I’d just read Stephen King’s ON WRITING. I was in the middle of querying my very first full length novel. I’d sold a couple of shorter works to small epublishers, but I still hadn’t been able to sell DRUID’S MARK, my first book. (Yeah. It totally wasn’t ready.) I’d gotten a few serious nibbles on it, and I was prepping for my very first writer’s conference.
Getting the chance to sit down and talk face to face with agents and publishers was exciting, but also nerve-wracking! This was my chance, I thought. BUT, I’d sent DRUID’S MARK off to a publisher after doing some revisions they’d requested. I thought there was a great chance it would sell to them. So what could I do? Wasting the chance to pitch was not an option. If that book sold, what could I pitch?
So, I thought about ON WRITING. Stephen King (who I’ve been a fan of since I was 12 and read DOLORES CLAIBORNE for the first time) said “write what you like.” Which is a little different than the usual writing advice, which is “write what you know.” So, while driving home one night, I started listing things in my head that I liked.
The first one? Regency romance.
The second? World of Warcraft. Yup, the computer game with the Orcs and Elves and all sorts of magical creatures.
The idea of somehow mashing the two together to create a story was born right there, and then it became a time travelling geek girl who meets an aristocratic hero and falls in love despite the hundreds of years between them. So I wrote, and I wrote, and I busted my booty to get it done before the conference. It worked. And Sourcebooks loved the idea, and after some tweaks, I had my very first full-length novel contract.
I love this series. I learned so much through writing it, and I had a ton of fun. It’ll always be dear to my heart. And now that KISS THE EARL has finally arrived, I can look back and smile.
I hope you get the chance to check out the series, especially KISS THE EARL! Thanks so much for having me today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gina Lamm is an escapist. To escape her regular life in rural NC, she read romance novels, fantasies, and horror tales. When she’d read everything she could get her hands on, she turned to writing. And when those books turned into novels, she realized she was finally living her dream.
Though she adored theatre enough to major in it for two years at a women’s college, and though she loved bellydancing enough to teach it for several years at a local community college, crafting stories is her true passion. Unless she’s being creative, she’s not happy.
With seven published works, and three more contracted, Gina—who also writes as Regina Cole—has proved herself adept at several genres within the romance world—contemporary romance, paranormal romance, time travel Regency romance, and erotic romance, to name a few.
She’s a happy wife, an infertility warrior-goddess, and a fiercely loyal friend. When not writing, she enjoys fishing, playing with her dogs, hanging out with her family, and playing World of Warcraft. Badly.
She’s represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.