My Guest, Mr. Day!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Welcome back to A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog party!  I hope everyone had a great weekend. Get ready for another fun-filled week of more great RHs!

But before we start, the winners have been announced over on The Season Blog.  Berkley, Lila’s publisher, gave away 30 copies (THIRTY!!) of A MIDNIGHT DANCE on the release date of the book last Tuesday.  Make sure you check to see if you won!

Today, we have another great RH, folks!  Please join me in welcoming our special guest—Mr. Day!  Mr. Day, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Day:  Sylvia Day. She writes historical romance, sci fi, 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. Day:  Not a scholar. I am always learning new things though. I read everything I can get my hands on. I watch all the educational programs on Discovery etc. Anyone watch Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman? Love that stuff. Athelete? no no no. The only way you’ll get me to run is if there is something with big teeth and claws chasing me. Not a businessman. Artist? Does woodworking count?

Mr. DiPasqua:  Morgan should teach high school physics…That show is awesome!  Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”? 

Mr. Day:  Sorry folks, it wasn’t some romantic location or chance encounter. We actually worked in the same business back in 1997. What convinced me she was the one? She told me she was of course. And she’s always right. Seriously though, about a month after we started dating I made a trip to Georgia to move my mom out to California and the whole time I was gone I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I realized on that trip that I was totally in love with her. Sappy, I know.

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Day:  Uhhh. Can’t remember where I was… Is that bad? I was very happy to hear she sold her first book. Hmmm. A little history here- I didn’t even know she was writing until several months after she started. She would disappear for hours pecking on her computer keyboard. I didn’t want to bother her, so I left it alone for a long while. Then my curiosity got the better of me and I sneaked up behind her and asked what she was up to.

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Day:  “A” of course. [murmurs of “bullshit” were heard from the gallery]

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL…I didn’t hear anything :) 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. Day:  None of the above. I was not feeling at all well that evening and had a slight fever. But I toughed it out and I think I did well for an infirmary candidate. I spent the rest of that weekend sick in bed. Did Prince Charming ever get sick like that? I think not.

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Day:  I’m leaving this one alone… Ask Sylvia

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. Day:  Wow… 13 years now. Advice: Leave her alone, leave her alone, leave her alone! When she needs to vent, you’re it, man. Sorry, dude, just sit back and take it. It’ll all be over in a minute. You’ll find that she will be staying up later and later at night writing. It’s gonna happen, so just relax and let it happen.

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. Day:  I’m smirking right now. ‘Nuf said

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL…That time I did hear something :) Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality? 

Mr. Day:   Sylvia pleads the Fifth Amendment.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Since you’re married to a romance author, I’m sure fans want to know—what do you consider a romantic evening? Dinner and a movie? A quiet evening at home? The back seat of a Chevy under the stars? (Folks, we’re guys. You know I had to add that last one.) What do you think your wife’s answer would be to this same question? :)

Mr. Day:   Spending the evening on a beach in Jamaica (clothing optional)… Woops, wrong beach. That really happened. They said they had a nude beach… it just wasn’t that particular beach.

Mr. DiPasqua:  I hope it wasn’t the family beach ;) Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. You’ve been a great sport! One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release.

Mr. Day:   Syl’s got a new historical coming out at the end of the month:

SEVEN YEARS TO SIN

August 30, 2011
978-0758231741

The longer the resistance…

Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, proper Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a licentious scene no innocent young miss could imagine. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she’d held her silence regarding scandalous Alistair Caulfield, and walked down the aisle as expected. But through years of serene, unremarkable marriage, Caulfield’s image remained burned into her imagination, fueling very illicit dreams…

…the sweeter the reward

Alistair ran far from the temptation of the prim debutante with the fire of passion in her eyes–all the way to the West Indies. As a successful merchant, he has little in common with the rakehell youth she knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years’ worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk–and the certainty that surrender will consume them both…

And she’s launching a new paranormal series on October 4th, the Renegade Angels.

Tip: You can always find out what she’s up to her on her WEBSITE:  and she’s on Twitter  and Facebook, too.

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Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks for the great interview, Mr. Day! This was a lot of fun! Now, let’s hear your responses, folks!  :)

  • Those of us of a *ahem* certain age had Morgan Freeman to teach us to read. Right on, Easy Reader!

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  • Whoo Hoo great answers Mr Day

    I must try your wife’s books they sound very good

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  • I’m just hoping it wasn’t the family beach too. I’m still laughing.

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  • A guy that finally admits to being the source for hot and steamy scenes, kudos to you. ‘smirk’

    Your wife’s paranormal series sounds great, can’t wait!

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  • Hi, Mr. Day! Morgan Freeman could probably teach any subject and convince you with ease that it was something you’d always wanted to learn! Since you are a serious reader, what are your favorite genres and authors? What is your favorite book from childhood? Were you a comic book collector?

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  • Ora

    It may be sappy when you realized Sylvia was the one, however it proves that the old saying ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’ is true.
    I am curious, how did Sylvia react when asked her what she was up to?
    I recently discovered Sylvia’s books. I actually was browsing the the bookstores and Pride and Pleasure caught my eye.

  • I too hope it wasn’t a family beach.:) Great answers, Mr. Day! Especially ‘smirking’. Love that.:) Renegade Angels – wow. I’ll be looking for the start of that series in October!

  • Ivy

    Enjoyed the interview….I’m from Ga. too….Wrens, right below Augusta. Have you lost your drawl?
    I love Sylvia’s books and I’m looking forward to her new Angel series…

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  • I love the “She’s always right” comment. So true, Mr. Day, so true! And the one time I stumbled upon a nude beach there were LOTS of elderly people around. It was a bit frightening.

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  • Great interview! :) I love Mrs. Day’s work. Shes a wonderful, talented author. Mr. Day, do you read your wifes books? Do you two celebrate when she gets another book published?
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  • Good morning, Mr. Day and Mr. DiPasqua! Loved your interview, Mr. Day! My DH says I am always right also, but I know that deep down he doesn’t think so. Lol! Sounds like you are a great RH. Loved the fact that you didn’t know she was writing for several months, and had the guts to stand behind her and ask what she was doing. Also loved your answer about balls, smirking, and taking the 5th Amendment. You have a great sense of humor!

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  • What a cool idea! I love this interview.For as much as romance is about men, it’s so cool to see those behind the author. ;)

    I freely tell everyone that there’s a bit of my husband in every hero I write.

    (And I’m just stopping by for moral support. Don’t enter me in the contest.)

  • Thanks for the great interview. And just for the record, I think woodworking totally counts.

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  • Great interview!
    I love Mrs. Day’s Books! I hope Mrs. Day played doctor a little during that first date.
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  • Mr Day you totally rock, like you style of answering ;o)

    I love Sylvia Day books! Ever since I was fortunate to go to RT convention in Houston 2007 I’ve been hooked ;o)

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  • This is such a great idea, I’ve always been curious about the support system behind my favourite authors (and sylvia is one of them!).

    Looking forward to reading more interviews

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  • Hello Mr. Day nice to have you here. You wife’s new books sounds like an awesome read and I love historicals. My husband is also into the history and Science channels. You said you read everything, do you also read your wife’s books?

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  • Na

    Hi Mr. Day, I really like that your not-yet wife told you she was the one. A very gutsy move that paid off. It’s good to know your marriage has been going on 13 years strong. Wishing you both many more years and many more books from your wife. Thank you for coming to the ball.

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  • What a great interview. I love Sylvia’s books.

  • Great answers, thanks for the chuckles. Its great to see what a great relationship you two have :) I actually to discovered your wife when Pride and Pleasure caught my eye and looking forward to her upcoming historical

  • What a awesome blurb from your wife next book! I just have to know what Lady Jessica that was so licentious! LOL! I’ll be adding yet another book to my growing wish list! Thanks for sharing with us today!

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  • I swear Through the Wormhole is on all the time in my house.

    I love your wife’s books. Thanks for the interview.

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  • Di

    Mr. D – while Sylvia is busy writing, and you are busy leaving her alone, how do you occcupy your time? Out with the boys? Cooking & cleaning? Woodworking (ues it is an art) – what do you make?

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  • Have you read any of Sylvia’s books?

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  • Mr. D and Mr. Day – Great interview and great answers!

    Mr. Day – Could you please call my husband and explain to him that when I’m reading Sylvia’s new book Seven Years to Sin to have your mind set of “Leave her alone”. He has a bad habit about wanting to talk about the Red Sox when I just get to the really good parts of her books! This is not only distracting but he should realize it means I’ll be turning off the air conditioning in the middle of the night and throwing a heavy quilt over him.

    He also takes my Kindle so he can read a book about the history of baseball he down loaded and charged to my credit card to prevent me from reading scenes with Sylvia’s male characters. This can be very irritating and instead of a home cooked meal he might get Chef A Roni for dinner instead. What would you suggest I say to him to prevent this from happening again?

  • LOL I’m sure Prince Charming got sick every once in a while too :) Great interview!!

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  • May

    You RHs ar all so funny. :) Glad to hear that you two have been happy married for so long and that romance exists in real life too. :)

  • Great job answering Mr. D’s questions, Mr. Day!

    My husband is also a big fan of the Discovery, Nat Geo, and History Channels. We have not seen Through the Wormhole, but agee with everyone about Morgan Freeman.

    What is the most romantic vacation that you and Mrs. Day have ever taken? Will she agree with you or have something else in mind?

    I have only read Mrs. Day’s paranormal romance books, but must say that I love the blurb for her new historical – added to the TBR list.

    Thanks for a fun post gentlemen!!

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  • Sorry I’m late with this. I just got home from work.
    Thanks to everyone for your comments.
    Marybelle, it was an adults only resort beach so no trouble of that sort.
    Virginia C , I mostly read nature stuff when I was a kid. In high school I discovered My all time favorite author Terry Brooks(I have all his stuff and all of the covers are completely thrashed)
    Ora, she had that deer caught in the headlights look when I asked her(chuckle)
    Ivy, I have lived all over the country and I pick up accents like catching a cold. I catch myself speaking with that southern accent when I’m talking with my sister who moved to southern Cal 12 years ago (from Ga) and refuses to lose it even a little.
    Virginia, I have read all of Sylvia’s books except for the series she’s writing now. She runs them by me to critique and check for punctuation and spelling errors before she sends them out to anyone else.
    Di, Sylvia does most of her writing late late late at night after I’m asleep. I read a lot,and go to a ballgame occasionally. I’m slightly but not really ashamed to admit I’ve become seriously addicted to Farmville. (again… I was out and it sucked me back in) someone save me pleeeeaaaaassssee?

  • You make a lovely couple. Nice location for a wedding/reception. I have one of Sylvia’s books on my TBR shelf, I’ll have to get to it soon. Nice for her that you are a supportive husband. Getting out of the way and/or listening to her vent are sometimes the best sort of help she could ever have.

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  • Amy

    Thanks for sharing the lovely wedding photo! Mr. Day sounds really funny and naughty LOL! LOL @ his smirk when asked about the love scenes in the books.

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  • hi mr. day,

    how long have you both married ^^

    yeah, i want the book of seven years to sin is look gorgeous ^^

  • *waves* to everyone! Hi all! Mr. Day, it’s such a pleasure to have you here! I’m a huge fan of your wife’s books.

    It was so much fun reading your interview! :)

    Hugs, all!
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  • Great interview! Your wife’s books sounds really good :)

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  • A great interview Mr. Day,I love your wife’s books and can’t wait for October to start her new series Renegade Angels.You’re an avid reader but have you ever wanted to write ? Thanks Mr. D for another great interview.
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  • The idea of going to a nude beach has always been appealing, but I don’t think I could actually let it all hang out.

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  • Jane,

    It was late at night and dark outside. Hence our inability to find the nude beach sign… *blushing*

    Sylvia

  • Jane, we discovered a side effect from drinking rum… it makes your clothes fall off.

  • Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Day!!! It was great fun :)

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  • lmao loved this ok so from what i gathered since you didnt share what you did your a international man of mystery…also a sense of humor and when asking Mrs Day bout the ball question i can only imagine what was in your head but my mind works differently. all and all awesome interview

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  • Mr. Day said, “Jane, we discovered a side effect from drinking rum… it makes your clothes fall off.”

    LOL!!!

  • I guess liquid courage comes in the form of rum.

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  • oh and im from the U.S.

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