You guys, I'm really excited! Romance author Gina Lamm has dropped by Lady Scribes today to reveal the cover for her upcoming novel, The Geek Girl and The Scandalous Earl. (I love that title- isn't it fun?)
Gina hasn't visited Lady Scribes before and I wanted to ask her a few questions, so we can all get to know her better. Also, because I am honing my reporter skills in case this writing gig doesn't take off. Watch your back, Babs.
|Ms. Lamm. Doesn't she look as sassy as her heroine?|
Gina, inquiring minds want to know: who came up with that awesome title? And can you give us a short overview of what Geek Girl is about?
Well, I came up with the first title on my own. It was Geek Girls Don’t Wear Petticoats. And while my editor loved it, she wanted a title that mentioned the hero. What followed was lots of desperate begging to my crit partners and beta readers for help with a new title. Between the, I don’t know, six of us, we made a pretty good list, and The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was my favorite. Fortunately, it was my editor’s favorite too!
Here’s a wee blurb for your pleasure!
Jamie Marten is a sporadic songwriter and self-professed geek who’s shamelessly addicted to online role-playing games. It’s easier to pretend she’s a kick-ass heroine than to actually be one. When she’s sucked through the mirror on an antique bureau and dumped into a Regency England bedchamber, her modern day problems—runaway boyfriend, flighty muse, and bad gaming mojo—suddenly seem insignificant.
Micah Axelby, Regency England’s Earl of Dunnington, wasn’t in the market for a new mistress. He’d just dismissed one crazy bedmate. Naturally, when a nearly-naked woman shows up in his bedroom speaking of Angry Birds and time travel, he’s furious. The ton’s gossip mill will make him out to be the harbinger of harlots, and that could make his proposal to a proper young miss difficult.
Jamie’s odd name, sailor’s mouth, and tendency to thoroughly screw things up frustrate Micah at every turn. But a meddling, magic-wielding housekeeper is determined that Jaime is his lordship’s perfect match. Micah wants an amiable wife, Jamie wants to go home, and one bitter ex-mistress wants Jamie dead. When a haughty earl and a geeky girl meet, butt heads and fall in love, it’s anything but a typical romance.
Wow, that sounds fun! And totally different from anything I've read before, which is always cool.
I know you started your career as Regina Cole, writing something much sexier than Geek Girl. Do you plan to continue writing as Regina? If the answer is yes, what drew you to write something so different?
I actually started writing everything as Gina Lamm. My first release was a paranormal erotic short called One Night To Fly, which is under that name. When I wrote Dear Addi, I initially put Gina Lamm on it. But when it started getting hotter and heavier during the editing process, I began to think about it. Geek Girl had already gotten me an agent, and it had an editor very interested indeed. If I had a pen name on something, I wanted it to be my erotic romance instead of my mainstream. So I contacted Ellora’s Cave and Regina Cole was born! Her world moves faster than Gina Lamm’s, so it seems like she’s been around longer. J I write a lot of different genres, but it’s got to have relationships and an HEA. I don’t do sad endings.
Yeah, me neither. In fact, I hardly read anything but romance anymore, because I love a Happy Ever After so much. And, really, what's wrong with that?
What was your favorite part of writing Geek Girl? Your least favorite part? Anything bizarre that you had to research, and got you on the FBI watch list? Should we start collecting bail money?
My favorite part had to be smashing together two of my favorite things: MMORPGs and Regency England. It was so weird, they had nothing to do with each other, but they fit together like peanut butter and chocolate.
My least favorite part? The “black moment.” I don’t want to give too much away, but I totally bawled like a fricking baby when I wrote it. And when I re-read it. And when I edited it. And now that I’m thinking about it... *sniff* But don’t worry! Happy Endings!!!
The most bizarre thing I had to research is probably strychnine poisoning. It’s a pretty dramatic way to die, and gives a lot of wonderfully heinous symptoms. But if the FBI is listening, nope, totes not interested in poisoning. (All bail money can be sent c/o Olivia Kelly…)
*Holds up hand solemnly* I promise to use all money sent to me for bail...and that Coach purse I have my eye on. Er. Anyway.
Do you have plans for Geek Girl to be the beginning of a series? What can we expect from you in the future? And will the covers be as fabulous as the one for Geek Girl? Because the look on the heroine's face is priceless!
Hehehe, I know! Sourcebooks’ cover department did such a phenomenal job! I couldn’t be happier. There is a sequel on the horizon, featuring Jamie’s best friend and her search for her own perfect love. Look for Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes in fall of 2013. And I sure hope the cover rocks it like this one!
Ha! I love it- Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes. Verra nice.
Now we will play my favorite game. I'll ask you questions and you will reply with the first answer that pops into your head. Ready?
Umm. Keep it clean, girl.
(Really? Do I have to?)
See? I know you, Gina. ;)
Favorite color? All of them
Favorite food? Fried chicken. (What? I grew up in the South.)
Mountain climbing or scuba diving? Mountain climbing. Drowning scares me.
Train, car, bus or plane? Trains seem romantic, but I’m sure they’re not. Plane.
Skiing in Switzerland or shopping on Rodeo Drive? I sprained my knee skiing. Let’s shop.
Football or Hockey? Football. I used to be a cheerleader. (Weird, I know.)
Wild party or quiet night at home? Quiet night at home, unless the wild party is with my Heart of Carolina Romance Writers girls!
Do you like your Philly Cheesesteak with American cheese or Provolone? (Think carefully here.) Can I have both? There’s no such thing as too much cheese.
(A girl after my own, cholesterol-clogged heart!)
Dresses or pants? Pants.
Scandalous, rakish, handsome earl or...oh, wait. That's a silly question! Totally. C’mere, Mr. Darcy!
Gina, thank you so much for dropping by Lady Scribes and revealing the cover for The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl! It's been fun to have you and we hope you come back when the next one comes out...
Thanks so much for having me, Liv! The Lady Scribes rock.