My Guest, Mr. Burns!

Mr. DiPasqua:  We’ve got another great RH today, everyone!  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Burns to the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  Mr. Burns, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Burns:  Monica Burns and she writes erotic historical and paranormal romance.

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. Burns: Since 1986 I’ve been in the IT industry. I’ve worked in the private and public sectors, and currently I work for the State of Virginia. I’m the household geek and my wife calls me Tim Allen a lot because of all the home repairs I’ve been doing over the past 25 years. I even grunt while doing the work. When I can, I play golf and my wife was very kind to me in 2008 when she presented me with a round of golf at Pebble Beach while she was doing her conference thing in San Francisco.

Mr. DiPasqua: Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?

Mr. Burns: I smiled at her and said hi while stocking at Kroger. She then started coming through my check-out line and after 6 (NINE! Monica interjects) months I got the nerve to ask her out. She was the first girlfriend I had that could carry a decent conversation, very intelligent, not afraid to speak her mind, and I just knew I could stop looking for anyone else.

Mr. DiPasqua: That’s a great story!  Hi, there, Mrs. Burns! Glad you clarified that for us. :) Mr. Burns, 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. Burns: Unfortunately, I wasn’t with her when she got the call from her agent, but I know I was very thrilled for her and I am still very proud of her accomplishments.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Tell us, Mr. Burns, 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. Burns: I’d say B

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Burns: She might disagree but I think I was Prince Charming. We had dinner, went to a movie and then we went back to her apartment. She will deny it, but she kissed me goodnight and when I left she thought she wouldn’t see me again. (There he goes again with that ridiculous story about who kissed who, when)

Mr. DiPasqua:  Now, I’m not taking sides here, but she did go through your checkout line for 6 or 9 months…Clearly your charms were working for you! Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
a) Baseball
b) Basketball
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.

Mr. Burns: Golf ball. I love to play and watch it. If I die first, I will be cremated, and she has to figure out how to spread my ashes over Augusta National’s Amen Corner (where the Masters are played).

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Burns: I guess since I first met her in 1983 but more so when she really got serious about writing in 2002. Being married to a romance author is not what the guys at my office think it is. Where she gets some of her ideas is beyond me. I have pointed out places in her books to her, and she says NO!!!

I do a lot of the household chores so she can write, but her stress level can get really high. When a wife is under a deadline, take the kids and run far away. No joke, run fast and far. The slightest noise or simplest question (What do you want for dinner?) and she blames you for losing train of thought.

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. Burns: At the office I just smile and grin. But our friends know it’s not me, and I am ok with that.

Mr. DiPasqua: Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?

Mr. Burns: She says I’m most like Garrick who’s the hero in her book Pleasure Me. He’s younger than the heroine Ruth. I happen to be almost five years younger than she is. But if I were older, my heart probably couldn’t handle the stress.

Mr. DiPasqua:  It’s been a lot of fun talking to you, Mr. Burns! Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release.

Mr. Burns: Well, she’s got two books coming out soon. Love’s Portrait, which is a reissue of one her older books, will be available sometime in September. She’s got info on her website somewhere (NOT somewhere, Monica interjects *banging head on desk* HERE ).

She couldn’t make up her mind which one she wanted me to tell you about, so I picked Inferno’s Kiss because the guy on the cover carries a sword, and I know how much she loves swords (She collects them. I’ve no idea where she gets that from either.) She said this is the third book in her paranormal series. I know she won a big award for the last one. She was really excited about it. Got two pyramid trophies and a couple of pins to add to her shelf.

Inferno’s Kiss by Monica Burns
Book 3 in The Order of the Sicari series
Penguin/Berkley
ISBN – 978-0425243145

Coming October 2011

The laws of desire…

Dante Condellaire, heir apparent to the Sicari Lords, knows that being a true leader means sacrifice. For Dante it was relinquishing all erotic pleasures. But he never expected his willpower to be tested so fiercely by Cleopatra Vorenus, expert assassin of the Order, and daughter of the man he is positioned to succeed.

The rules of battle…

Cleo prefers working alone—until she meets Dante who shares her goal: to destroy a Praetorian stronghold where Sicari women are imprisoned for devious purposes. Bringing the mission off without a hitch pumps up more than their resolve. It sets off a sexual spark too combustible to ignore.

Are all made to be broken.

As their attraction flares like an inferno, the stakes are raised. So are the risks. Before the mission is over, Dante and Cleo will be plunged into a dangerous conspiracy where a traitor threatens the very foundation of the Order, as well as the fiery bond between Dante and Cleo—warriors and lovers now torn between duty and desire.

PreOrder Links
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Excerpt Link
Read the first three chapters of Inferno’s Kiss

Bio
An award-winning author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.
Picture – http://www.monicaburns.com/images/My%20Photos/MonicaBurnsC09.jpg

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Mr. DiPasqua: This is a wonderful couple.  Let’s hear your responses to Mr. Burns, folks!  :)