Hi everyone! Thanks so much, Sophia, for having me here. I’m beyond excited to be blogging here today, because GEEK GIRLS DON’T DATE DUKES arrives tomorrow. To. Mor. Row. You can push me over with a chopstick, that’s how excited I am.
I’m not sure how eating implements relate to my mood, but just trust me on this one
Because I’m sure you’re curious about the book, I’ll give a little bit of backstory. This is the second title in the Geek Girls series, and it follows Leah, a theatre and Renn-faire aficionado, on her journey through time to find her perfect love. Since Leah is a bit of a love-story fiend as well, she’s pretty sure how things are going to go. She’d arrive, meet her titled gentleman, fall in love, have a happily-ever-after. But things don’t exactly go as she plans.
Since time travel is a big part of the Geek Girls series, I thought I’d share a little bit about my version of it here. For time travel, you always need a mode. HG Wells had a time machine. The Doctor has his T.A.R.D.I.S. And my geek girls? They have an antique Chippendale mirror and a mischievous matchmaker named Mrs. Knightsbridge.
This is the original image on which I based the bureau in THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL. It’s a true antique, dated around 1760. Which is a bit before the Regency period, but hey, it’s fiction. 😉 Mrs. Knightsbridge has a bit of magical talent. She doesn’t like to brag about it, as you know if you read GGSE. With a little bit of convincing from Leah, Mrs. Knightsbridge turns these mirrors into a portal that can take Leah to meet her perfect love.
Writing time travel isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely fun! Mashing modern culture and conveniences with historical leanings and trials makes for a cacophony of mishaps and misunderstandings. Leah does have a hand up on her predecessor, Jamie, because she’s studied a good bit of history for her theatrical roles and cosplay habits. But study doesn’t equal experience, for sure. And Leah has her burdens to bear. In order to meet her assumed “perfect love,” the Duke of Granville, she gets a position as a chambermaid.
And without Mr. Clean or Scrubbing Bubbles, Leah realizes she’s in way over her head.
Time travel is such a powerful literary device. Because we, as readers, love to lose ourselves in story world, and traveling with a character we can relate to into a situation that happened in the far past, or even the future? That’s wild, and exciting, and altogether fun.
I hope this little taste has given you an idea of what I think about time travel, and a little bit about GEEK GIRLS DON’T DATE DUKES. Please, if you have any questions, let me know below. And don’t forget to look for GGDDD on store shelves and online tomorrow!
Thanks again, Sophia. This was a blast!
Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm
Series: Geek Girls, book #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on September 3, 2013
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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.