A Shot at Happily Ever After by Gina Conkle
Note from Åsa: I’ve actually never met Gina, but feel like she’s a long lost friend. At RWA nationals last year, people kept telling me that I had to look her up, because she too writes about Vikings. When I finally did, it turned out we are represented by the same agent *and* write for the same editor. Gina has been amazingly generous with advice and encouragement during my publication journey and I can’t wait to actually meet her this summer at the RWA conference in NYC.
Here’s how Gina met her husband, so not the story I expected. 🙂
You get a pool shot that ends in a 3 minute Vegas wedding the next morning.
Right about now you’re thinking, “Whoa! What happened?” Well, let me tell you…
Brian (the bad boy) and I worked together at a staid biotech company. When he came on board, anyone with estrogen went ga-ga over him. I steered clear for that reason and because he was too wild for this quiet girl. But, he kept asking about me and making genuine overtures of friendship. When he found out I was into running, he suggested we go running together once a week…a friendly co-worker kind of thing on Mondays. Then, he invited me to a 10K race for which I wore no make-up, sweated profusely, and was tomato red when crossing the finish line.
You’d think a man would run for the hills. Instead, he asked me out on a date. Four months later he asked me to marry him: once at an intersection after a bad movie, the other time across a pool table at dive bar (as if once wasn’t enough!).
That fateful night, Brian positioned himself to shoot the 8 ball. He paused and said, “If I make this shot, we’re going to Vegas. Tonight.” Of course I said yes and gave him some clearance. He made the double bank shot and looked at me, waiting. I nodded because he couldn’t hear my “yes” for the awful heavy metal music blaring. Off we went for a midnight ride to Vegas.
For the record, I passed on Elvis marrying us and the drive through wedding option, but I proudly wore my $5 Circus Circus wedding ring for two years.
I’m glad to say our love has baked happily for almost 21 years now, producing two teenage boys with more decades of love and fun ahead.
Gina Conkle writes Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. She 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. She welcomes connecting with you here: http://ginaconkle.com/ where you can join her newsletter or connect on twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
Posted on February 22, 2015, in Auth: Asa Maria Bradley, Auth: Special Guest, Real-Life Romance and tagged Bad Boy, Gina Conkle, Meet the Earl at Midnight, Midnight Meetings, Pool Bet, The Lady Meets her Match, Vegas Wedding. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.