Challenge of the Century

thebargain1Are there eras in history you love? Times and places that you think, “If only I could go back in time, I’d go to…”

If time travel were possible, I’d go back to Viking times or the 1700s, in particular the mid-eighteenth century. 

Captain Cook’s 1768 expedition was the start of The Age of Wonder. Freedom and opportunity begat economic prosperity for the man or 9781400031870_p0_v1_s260x420woman who grabbed it. Place of birth played a lessor role for people hungry to improve their circumstances. Even birth control played a key role in the 18th century.

Bargain series shipThe French practiced a variety of birth control measures, while England tended to play loosely with bed sport. The result was a worrisome decline in the French populace by the 18th century while England, to some minds, became overcrowded. There are tales of the poor hauled off English streets and shipped to the colonies where labor demands were high, but the populace low.

I wonder…if France had been more prolific, would Americans be speaking French?

Since we can’t go back in time to answer for ourselves, books, movies, and television take us there. Books (fiction and non-fiction) have always been my sanity for brain happiness. Movies come next because they let you slip back in time with a visual vacation.

And television? I admit, I tuned out for a lot of years because not much appealed to me. Now, we have History Channel’s Vikings and AMC’s Turn which dovetail nicely into my favorite eras. Then, a friend alerted me to an upcoming BBC remake of Poldark and I’m ready to dive into another series. 

Feast your eyes on this!

Now you tell me where in time would you visit? And why?


As you might imagine, I write Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. I like writing as much about the common man as kings, chieftains, and nobles. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about my upcoming Georgian romance The Lady Meets Her Match:

Conkle’s intense second Midnight Meeting historical (after Meet the Earl at Midnight) immerses the reader in Georgian London, where a wealthy businessman encounters a woman determined to be an independent business owner. Cyrus Ryland, England’s “King of Commerce,” is enthralled by the woman he finds in his study during a masked ball. Claire Mayhew has decided to copy Cyrus’s signature and use it to lease a coffee shop, an arrangement not available to women. Then she escapes into the night, leaving behind a simple brown shoe. When Cyrus locates Claire, he is surprised by her tenacity and desire to retain independence. Their frequent meetings simmer with enticing foreplay as both Cyrus and Claire reveal their innermost secrets and must decide whether to build a future together. A mystery subplot adds an element of intrigue, and Conkle’s eloquent writing makes every scene shine. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Apr.)

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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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9 Responses

  1. ki pha

    I’ll love to go back in time to well, Victoria. Why? It was the changing of the century plus I want to meet mathematician/computer engineeress, Ada Lovelace. Oh and I want to be able to be there to alter time and keep the steam engines going. That is so that I can go to the alternate world of Victorian Steam Punk!

    But I really love that quote on your cover Gina. “What if Cinderella doesn’t want her shoe back?” Ha! It makes me laugh all the time. =D

  2. Ally Broadfield

    There are so many times I want to visit. I need to be able to time travel. 🙂

  3. Barbara Monajem

    I should want to go back to the Regency era, because it might help me write better books. However, I’d really, REALLY like to go back to Roman or Anglo-Saxon Britain, or maybe England around the time of the great plague in the 1300s. Why the plague, you ask? I know, it sounds horrific, but ever since I read The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, I have wanted to travel back in time as her main character does. (I also want to be invulnerable and also have superpowers, so I can become invisible or beam myself back to the future anytime I like.) I would also like to meet Charles II (when he was still relatively young), so I’d have to go back to London in the 1660s for that — hmm, more plague, and fire as well. Again, this is because of a book I loved — The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman.

  4. Violetta Rand (@ViolettaRand)

    Great question Gina–as you, I love my Vikings–11th century to be exact. BUT… I’d love to see ancient Egypt and the first century, Roman occupied holy lands. Then there’s revolutionary America and the Highlands. Looks like my time machine will be busy. 🙂

  5. dholcomb1

    I’d love to go to Regency England–as long as I can have my indoor plumbing. lol.

  6. Alyssa Alexander

    Hm, 18th Century Scotland, but only to look for Jamie Fraser! Otherwise…Regency for my books (though I’m with Denise and the whole plumbing thing), Queen Elizabeth I’s court (I’ve been fascinated by her since I did a major research project in high school), and ancient Greece and Rome. Also Egypt, right around the time of Cleopatra (another fascinating research project in high school.) And Paris to meet Marie Antoinette, before the whole Terror and beheading thing. 🙂

  7. hollybushbooks

    Send me to Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress! To witness the birth of a nation would be unbelievable. But boy, would I miss aspirin and penicillin and indoor plumbing and take-out food and toilet paper and microwaves and . . . .

  8. Glenda

    I don’t have one time period, I need a TARDIS or other time travel device so I can visit them all. 🙂