My Guest, Mr. Sloane!
Mr. DiPasqua: I can’t believe that it’s Friday again…As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!! A MIDNIGHT DANCE will hit the shelves on Tuesday, and it’s been already getting amazing reviews. (Lila, I’m so proud of you, honey).
Today we have another RH with us! I would like to welcome Mr. Sloane to A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. Mr. Sloane, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. Sloane: I’m married to Stefanie Sloane, the amazing author of the Regency Rogues series, including The Devil in Disguise, The Angel in My Arms, and just released The Sinner Who Seduced Me.
Mr. DiPasqua: Your wife’s fans would like to know the RH (Romance Husband) behind the author better. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Scholar? Athlete? Businessman? Artist?
Mr. Sloane: Yes I am… that is to say I am a gainfully employed experiential designer, who happens to have a BFA in Fine Art and is passionate about sports and athletics. Stefanie and I have surprised both our parents and ourselves by being employed in our fields of study for more than 18 years.
Mr. DiPasqua: Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?
Mr. Sloane: It’s a funny story, actually. We met in college our sophomore year. Stefanie had a crush on a friend of mine but was pretty shy, so I agreed to set them up on a date. Not long after, she had the opportunity to repay me. Her brother was unable to attend an upcoming REM concert, so she offered the ticket to me. REM could have played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I wouldn’t have noticed. Stefanie sang along, danced, and convinced me to do the same. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her—and haven’t ever since.
Mr. DiPasqua: What a great first date!!… Where were you when she got THE CALL from her agent/editor? What was your reaction when she told you she’d sold her first book?
Mr. Sloane: I was at work when Stefanie received the call from her agent that Ballantine had made an offer. She sent me an instant message—while still on the phone, talking about the details. And she was emailing her mom too, so she was a little pre-occupied. I congratulated her, hit the neighborhood green grocer for champagne and flowers, and toasted her in high style once I got home. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, but not an unexpected one. Stefanie has always done exactly what she’s set out to do, so I knew that it was only a matter of time before she realized her dream of being a published author.
Mr. DiPasqua: Tell us, Mr. Sloane, is the hero in your wife’s last book:
a) Just like you;
b) The opposite of you;
c) You wish it were you;
d) More like Mr. May in the NYC Firefighter calendar.
Mr. Sloane: Other than their occupation, education, upbringing, noble blood, and physical appearances, they are just like me.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL …On your first date with your wife, were you most like:
a) Prince Charming;
b) Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c) The Artist formally known as Prince;
d) Prince, the family pet.
Mr. Sloane: If you asked Stefanie, she would probably say Prince Harry. I wasn’t exactly what she had in mind—in other words, I was wild and somewhat unpredictable—but clearly irresistible. I can say this because she agreed to go on a second date, though only after I spent a fair bit of time convincing her that technically, the concert was our first date.
Now I’ll tell you what I think: I was Prince Charming—while secretly wishing I was the artist formerly known as Prince—and hoping I would never be Prince, the family pet.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL! Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.
Mr. Sloane: Right now I am thinking about baseball, next month I will start thinking about football. However, more and more I find myself thinking about dancing with my wife.
Mr. DiPasqua: You’re a romantic guy, Mr. Sloane. How long have you been a RH? (Romance Husband). What advice would you give new RH’s about what you’ve learned being married to a romance author? What should a new RH do or not do when his wife is under deadline?
Mr. Sloane: I have been preparing for it all my life and living it that last four years. My only advice is, don’t give advice. When your wife is on deadline, stay out of her way except to feed her and hydrated her. The most important thing you can do is keep the kids out of sight and out of mind, by any means necessary. Good luck!
Mr. DiPasqua: Okay, you know I have to go there . . . What’s your response when asked, “So where does your wife get the inspiration for her love scenes?” (Usually by a guy smirking.)
Mr. Sloane: Stefanie has used the word “muse” and my name in the same sentence, so I proudly bear the burden around the water cooler where my co-workers tease me mercilessly. I know they’re secretly jealous, but I’m not about to give them any pointers. I never kiss and tell.
Mr. DiPasqua: Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. Sloane: I like to think that the good qualities in all of Stefanie’s heroes have something to do with me. Of course, employing such logic means that I have to claim the bad qualities in her villains as well. Hmmm.
Obviously I need a little perspective to honestly answer this question so I will ask the expert. Ok, according to Stefanie, James Marlowe, the hero in The Sinner Who Seduced Me, is a lot like me. The title seems to fit to, in light of my having stolen her away from my friend. What can I say? You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party, Mr. Sloane. One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?
Mr. Sloane: The Sinner Who Seduced Me, the third book in Stefanie’s Regency Rogues series, just released this past Tuesday. Romantic Times magazine called it “captivating and clever” and a novel that will “charm and delight.”
Mr. Sloane: GIVEAWAY: I know that once you read The Devil in Disguise, you’ll want more. So today, I’m giving away all three books in the Regency Rogues series. The contest is open to all, WORLDWIDE. I don’t care where you live—you deserve the best. And the best is what my wife writes.
To win you must:
1. Ask a question or leave a comment below—We’re men. We can take it. :) Remember: the more you comment, the greater your chances at winning the GRAND PRIZE.
2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).
3. Must be at least 18 years of age.
4. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY.
Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.
Thanks again for chatting with me, Mr. Sloane! That’s a fantastic giveaway. Now, folks, let’s hear your responses! ;)