~ GINA LAMM ~
Welcome to UTC! We are thrilled to have you for our Historical Romance event, Gina! Your Geek Girls series is unique in that it does something special with its historical aspect. Care to explain it to readers who haven’t yet come across your books?
I’d love to!
The Geek Girls series isn’t just Regency romance, it’s Regency time travel romance. You get to experience this beautiful era through the eyes of a modern woman, and there are plenty of aspects of life back then that don’t usually make it into romance novels. I had a ton of fun researching the day-to-day life in that era and imagining myself or my friends being forced to live that way. It’s a fun twist on a typical Regency romance!
What scene in your books did you have the most fun writing?
In The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, one of my favorite scenes is the heroine convincing the hero that she’s not crazy, she is, indeed, from the future. She pulls her smartphone from her pocket and shows him how to play Angry Birds. He’s fascinated with it, and with her. I giggled while I wrote it, and I giggle when I think of it now. 😉
For Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes, I’m pretty sure it has to be the stable scene. Avery, the hero, isn’t a duke or an earl, he’s a valet, and he has to sneak after the heroine in order to see her! They rendezvous in a stable, and, well, you’ll have to read it to see why I love that one so much. 😉
How wicked awesome would it be to have your own duke, earl, or viscount! If you could chose only one, which of the three would you pick and why?
I’d pick the valet!! LOL. Seriously, I know authors aren’t supposed to have favorite heroes. But if I have to pick, I’m going to go with Avery, the valet and hero from Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes. He’s so strong, but so broken, and he’d do anything for the heroine. He’s like a junkyard dog—he’s been kicked so many times that he’s wary, but he’s still in need of so much love. Sigh. I ADORE Avery.
Since it’s Historical month at UTC, we want to know why you love the era in which you write in and perhaps share with us one or two of your favourite books that explore that time period.
Oh gosh, the Regency. I don’t know why it’s such an appealing time period, but it so very much is! The balls, the rules that seem made to be broken, the dashing heroes in beautiful clothes? I love it all. My sister and I used to gobble up those little Signet category-length Regencies. I have to say my favorites are definitely Catherine Coulter’s and Julia Quinn’s Regency romances. I love the Bridgertons so very much, and I’m all about the Sherbrookes as well!
Care to share a weird or quirky habit of yours while you write?
I can (and do) write anywhere. When I’m stuck, I’ll actually type out a chapter on my phone. I’ve scribbled pages onto sticky notes. Once I even dictated into my phone’s voice memo feature while I was driving! When the muse rides me hard, I’ve got to get the words down. And when the muse isn’t interested? I beat her into submission and get the words down anyway 😉
What’s the best way to get unstuck when writing a particularly difficult scene?
A lot of times a change of writing scenery will help. I’ll get off my laptop and onto my tablet or my phone. Just having a different screen to stare at will make my brain work differently enough to jog it loose, usually! Or I’ll go and watch a movie or TV show in a completely different genre to shake my brain-marbles loose.
What are some of your hobbies aside from reading and writing?
I love knitting, cooking, and most recently, running! I’m training for my very first 5K on March 1st, and I’m excited about it!
I’m also a former bellydance instructor, and I still love dancing. I’ll bust out into a shimmy at a moment’s notice, so fair warning! I mostly do tribal fusion style.
Another of my favorite things is going fishing with my family. I’m a daddy’s girl, and it’s always kind of been our thing to go out on the pier and catch dinner!
And other than that, I spend my time geeking out on anime, online roleplaying games like World of Warcraft, or console games like Final Fantasy. And that’s me in a nutshell!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and being part of our historical romance event!
Thanks so much for having me here at UTC! It was a lot of fun 😉
THE STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER…
An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.
Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…
Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.
Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can’t be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels.
Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville’s household . . . as a maid.
Domestic servitude wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, but she’s determined to win her happily ever after. Even if the hero isn’t exactly who she’s expecting.
Book # 3 is coming out August 2014!
Ms. Lamm is giving away one signed copy of Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes
to a lucky US maiden.