My Guest, Mr. Grant!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Welcome back to the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  We have another great lineup this week!  Another week of fantastic prizes!  And only 5 days until our grand finale on Friday!! 
Please help me welcome our special guest at the ball.  Today we have Mr.Grant with us.  Mr. Grant, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Grant:  I’m married to Donna Grant and she writes historical paranormal romance. The best books ever.  :) 

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. Grant:  I suppose first and foremost I would call myself a husband and father. I am a salesman and amateur (very amateur!) triathlete.

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

Mr. Grant:  We met in a Business Communication class in college when I was just out of the Marine Corps. I knew she was the one at the end of our first date when I received the best goodnight kiss in the world!

Mr. DiPasqua:  The power of a kiss!!  ;)  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. Grant:  I was in my car working on the road when she called to tell me about it. My reaction was that I had to pull over, I was so excited!

Mr. DiPasqua:  It’s definitely a thrilling moment.  Mr. Grant, can you tell us–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. Grant:  He has some of my personality traits, but looks completely different than I do.

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. Grant:  I would say I was more Prince Charming than anything else. I was raised in the south, and believe me, chivalry is not dead down here!

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. Grant:  It actually depends on whom I am speaking with. If I’m talking to my wife, it’s obviously a gathering of lords and ladies. Anybody else, we’re probably talking football.

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL. 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. Grant:  I’ve been a RH for about 10 years now. The best advice I could give a new RH is to expect the unexpected. One day, you come home and the publishing gods have been kind and all is well. The very next day, the universe has exploded. When your wife is under deadline, do everything you can to make her life easier, dishes, laundry, kids, etc.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Ah, the roller-coaster life of a RH  :) 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. Grant:  I’m a jokester, so I usually tell everyone that I am not her husband, I’m her research assistant! Then I tell them I am also the cover model on all her books!

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

Mr. Grant:  I would say that although none of them resemble my appearance, all of them have various parts of my personality.

Mr. DiPasqua:  One final question, Mr. Grant: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?

Mr. Grant:  Her next book is book 5 in her bestselling Dark Sword series.

The Dark Sword series captures all the power, passion, and magic of Scotland’s legendary warriors—sworn to fight for victory, in battle and in love…
HE CAN FEEL HER MAGIC
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…
CAN HE FREE HER SOUL?
Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day…

Kathe Robin from RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 Stars and said “Grant’s newest Dark Sword novel skillfully melds history and legend in a quick moving story. It’s an adventurous, sensuous and highly moving romance that is impossible to put down.”

To read and EXCERPT and find buy links, visit: www.DonnaGrant.com/shadowhighlander
GIVEAWAY: Giving away UNTAMED HIGHLANDER and it’s open WORLDWIDE.

RULES:
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.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party, Mr. Grant. You’ve been a great sport! Okay, folks, let’s hear your responses! ;)

  • Great interview post Mr D and Mr. Grant. I love The Dark Sword series and I’m now trying to catch up in the series. Donna is such a nice person and she creates worlds we want to escape to. And let’s not forget how the Cover Gods have loved Donna’s books. :)
    Carol L
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  • I love love Donna Grant’s novels!!! Even since meeting her at an RT conference in 2007 I’ve been a avid fan. Her Dark Sword series is fantastic and I’m so looking forward to Shadow Highlander – woowee ;o)

    OMG the covers are so incredible HOT good to see that you have be managing this Mr Grant.

    Rita from South Africa
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  • Mr Grant

    You sound like a fantatic romantic Hubby with a great sense of humour I need to look up these books and order them I love Scottish stories.

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Ora

    I would like to thank you for your service to our country.
    When you say the heros have some of your personaility traits, which ones exactly?
    Are you excited about football this season? Do you prefer college or professional? Which teams and/or colleges?

  • Whoo Hoo, Mr. Grant! Southern Chivalry is a thing of beauty, and very romantic. Very. I’m Virginia from VA–so I know what I’m talking about ; )

    “The best goodnight kiss in the world” was the start of something great for you both, including a second career for you as a research assistant! What has been your biggest surprise in your life as “RH”?

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  • I agree with BiteMeAsh – that is one hot cover! The book sounds great! Happy Monday everyone!

  • Ivy

    I love the humor Mr. Grant & being from Ga. I know chivalry isn’t dead back home. Miss it.
    I have a friend that’s told me about your wife’s books but I haven’t had the pleasure yet. The covers are gorgeous though! Y’all have a great day..

  • Oh, what a great interview; I really enjoyed it.

    And I agree, those book covers are wonderful.

    I’m a follower (booklover0226)

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • Cynthia Collins

    Mr. Grant,
    Your wife is in my top 10 romance writers of all time. I am attempting to be a published author one day and I appreciate having a husband who no longer bats an eye at the weird questions and thoughts I have (I use him as my weapons expert!). He was also a Marine (1833). So glad you’re such a supportive husband, so she can keep sending out these fabulous books!

  • LOL, I saw this interview and I had to laugh…

    This was one of my favorite ones

    “One day, you come home and the publishing gods have been kind and all is well. The very next day, the universe has exploded. When your wife is under deadline, do everything you can to make her life easier, dishes, laundry, kids, etc. “

    LOL :) Smart man! Donna is extremely sweet from talking to her online and her paranormal books are amazing :D LOVE them! I like to tell my fans on facebook about them often *grins*

    Was already a follower
    + added facebook for 5 ;)

    This is such a cute idea having the guys get interviewed and a glass slipper :) really love the thought that went with this!

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  • First of all I have to say that I love your wife’s books! I had the pleasure of meeting her when she came to Pasadena TX for a signing. Her books are at the top of my book list and I count down the days until I can get my hands on the next book. :) I recommend her books to anyone who will listen to me talk.
    As for my question, I know each of the warriors have their own different powers if you could have super powers for a day what would you choose?

    Thanks,
    Lucy :D

  • New GFC follower and stalker of Donna’s and a member of Donna’s Dolls. I love her Highlanders and I most def see some Marine characteristics mixed in. Great interview.

    dukediva32@yahoo.com

  • Awesome interview and as someone said earlier, thanks for your service to our country. Great idea, Lila! Thanks for giving us such a fun topic – the RH. Congrats, Donna! Your books always rock.

  • A very enjoyable interview! I have to ask – Did Donna have you try on a kilt during your recent trip to Scotland? :)

    Michelle

    mmcmichael79@googlemail.com

  • May

    Oh wow… :) You know your wife is the one because of a kiss? That’s so romantic! :) Love your wife’s books… btw. :)

  • Hello there Mr Grant,great interview. I do adore your wife’s books and the covers are amazing for the Warriors.
    irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

  • Hi Mr Grant and Mrs. Grant,

    welcome to this interview room ^^

    I really like your highland story and especially the cover, with six pack lol

    Congratulations for the new book release ^^

  • I love the front cover!

    elizabeth_14@hotmail.co.uk

  • Great Interview, Mr Grant. I totally think you are the cover models on all the books! Especailly being an Marine, who better than you to model!

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  • Mr. D and Mr. Grant, what a HOOT! This was quite possibly one of the most enjoyable interviews I have read in a long time.

    Perhaps when I interview Donna next month I should have Mr. Grant in tow!

    I have almost all of Donna’s books, so quite obviously I am a fan.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Love the interview and LOVE Donna. She is such an amazing person on top of an amazing author. I am happy to hear she has an equally amazing man keeping her warm at night.

    Thank you Mr. Grant for being here today and for your service to our country :)

    Great idea Lila…love the interviews!!!

    leaghchristensen at yahoo dot com

    p.s. don’t enter me for the Untamed Highlander giveaway, I already have it signed :)

  • Wonderful blog ~~ and having met Mr. Grant and Donna together, I have to say he is so awesomely supportive and a perfect southern gentleman!!

    What a neat idea to focus on the Husbands!!

    I adore that pic of you and Donna ~ and that she puts a little of you in all her heroes, whom I love!!

  • What a delightful interview ! Very well done to the both of you I really enjoyed it.

    My question is for both of you, having a wife who is a writer, lets say the following happens, it is your anniversay and you have made special plans to take her out on the town but then suddely her editior calls with emergency “revisions” (I am sure this almost never happens but hey this the world of reading is filled with what if’s lol) that needs to be done right away. What would your reaction be to your wife saying I am sorry we will need to reschedule our eveing out I need to do these revisions first?

    Thank you for a briliant giveaway and for the chance to win this brilliant sounding book !
    Best
    Desere

  • Great post Mr. Grant! I love your wife’s work. She’s the only author I know that has druids right now and feeds my fixes!

    Does she bounce name ideas for her heros with you? I know I have some friends that I bounce the ideas of names with. Usually I find like two or three I like. So I ask them “Which you like better?”

  • I loved reading the interview. It is great learning more about Donna. :-) I love her books. It is also nice to learn where she got some of her inspirations for her heroes. :-)

    I am a follower. :-)

    Larena
    lrwirum@q.com

  • Hi Mr. Grant! *waving*

    Great interview! I love the picture of you and Mrs. Grant – just reinforces your comment about “the best goodnight kiss in the world”.

    Where have you competed as a triathlete? What inspired you to become one? How do you like to unwind?

    Mrs. Grant – why historical paranormal romance? Why not just historical romance or paranormal romance? How did you decide to combine them?

    Mr. Grant – thank you for your service. You have my respect and admiration.

    Karen C
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  • Na

    Thank you for a great interview Mr. Grant! I would say a great kiss is a pretty good indicator as to whether a person is the one. It means there is chemistry and that is something that is very important for characters in stories. It’s good to know your personality influences a lot of the traits in your wife’s character. I think sense of humour is one of them. I’m looking forward to meeting Donna’s highlanders.

    Cambonified[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • So, that was you on the books, not Paul Marron and Jimy Thomas? Hubba hubba! ;)

    I have a cousin who does triathlons as well. Do you pefer one of the three events? Which part of the triathlon do you perform best?

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  • Hello MR G your wife is a Wee Gem love her. Dark Sword series Quinn being my fav followed by Broc I knew was a good guy.
    Good luck with your triathlon.
    I know you were in Scotland recently was there a place town Village that if you could or want to Live ,Stay?
    I follow on FB
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    GFC
    Ann/alba

  • Thank you for serving our country as a marine. Hubba hubba! I loved your interview and your sense of humor, Mr. Grant. If the greatest kiss in the world let you know she was the one, what made her think that you were the one? Also how long did you date and how did you propose?

  • Great interview Mr. Grant! Your wifes cover are awesome and I do love me some highlanders. I think its great when a man helps with the household chores, I wish they all did. Do you read all of your wife’s books?

    lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

  • Carol – You’re right, the cover gods have been kind to Donna’s books. It’s a really good thing she can use me on all her covers. :D

  • Rita – Thanks for being such a fan of my wife’s. I do try to keep her inline and manage the situation, but its very difficult at times. lol

  • Helen – Yes, you do need to order these books! :)

  • Ora – Serving my country has been my greatest honor.

    Some of the traits such as honor, courage come directly from my service in the Marines.

    As to football, I am excited that we’re going to have a season, and I prefer Pro over college. Of course the Dallas Cowboys are my team. :)

  • Virginia – the biggest surprise being an RH is how my friends look at my differently knowing what my wife writes, and how they come to me for “romantic” advice.

  • Ivy – The covers are great, but the books are better. You need to read them. :) Enjoy!

  • Cynthia – Semper Fi!

    I’m also my wife’s weapons expert, battle scene coordinator, and sounding board. Tell him to keep up the great work.

    Ooh Rah!

  • Chelsea – The publishing gods are fickle. You never know what you’re going to get from one day to the next.

    And don’t even get me started about reviewers. :D

  • Lucy – I’m so glad you love her books, and I was also there at the Pasadena signing. :)

    To answer your question, I think the power I’d like to have is teleportation. To start with, I get really tired of driving sometimes, and beyond that I could really rule in triathlons!

  • Michelle – Actually, no. Because I already own a kilt and wear it every year to our Renaissance Festival every year, as does our son. :)

  • May – Thank you!

  • Eli – Posing for the cover was great, thank God for airbrushing. lol

  • Sherie – Of course Marines can do anything. ;)

  • Lizzie – Sure! I’d love to be a part of the interview.

  • Leagh – Heard so much about you from Donna, and I can’t wait to meet you, Leagh. You’ve been a great help to her.

  • Melissa – Can’t wait to see you again. Thank you for everything you do for Donna!

  • Desere – My reaction to this situation is simple. If Donna feels the need to get those revisions out immediately, I would order a pizza, pour a glass of wine, and relax while she does all the work. :)

  • Raonaid – No, not really. Donna is very adept at naming her characters, which is not one of my strong suits.

    Just ask her how she feels about our son’s middle name that I came up with. :)

  • Larena – Thank you!

  • Karen – I usually compete in the Houston area, but sometimes in the Hill Country of Texas as well.

    I was inspired by my high school swim coach who was an Olympian.

    We unwind every night with a glass of wine in our wine room.

    Donna here! Hi, Karen! First, I love historical and I love paranormal, so its a natural mix for me. Hopefully you’ll see some historical romances (without the paranormal) soon. :D

  • Na – You’re right sense of humor is key. Donna says that one reason she married me is that I keep her laughing.

    And you *really* need to meet her Highlanders. :D

  • Sheree – Glad you asked. The part I like the best is my best performing part, and that is the cycling portion.

    I’m pretty good on the swim, but my run in terrible (but getting better!).

  • Ann – We loved Scotland. We stayed mostly in the Highlands and loved every minute.

    I really liked Grantown-on-Spey since that’s part of my heritage. Maybe one day we’ll have enough money to buy Castle Grant. lol

  • Cathy – Donna says she knew the moment that she saw me walk into the class, so I’ll stick with that. lol

    We dated for for a year and a half before our wedding.

    I proposed on Valentine’s Day, after getting her father’s blessing. I did the traditional on-one-knee by the water.

    Thankfully she said yes. lol

  • Virginia – Absolutely I read all of Donna’s books. I think every husband whose wife writes should read their books.

    It lets you know all their dirty little secrets. :D

  • BTW – I signed in as Donna, which is why her picture is up and not mine.

    She’s prettier than me anyway. :D

  • I loved your interview and can’t wait to pick up one of your DW’s book! She has been on my wish list for awhile now! Thanks for sharing with us today!

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  • Di

    I’ve actually got Untamed Highlander in my TBR pile. It’s always fun to read a book when you’ve learned more about an author.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Mr. Grant –

    As soon as I saw your photo I was awed. Oviously you have one of the few perfect heads. I should know all the men in my family have one too! The rest of the men in the world have to have long flowing locks to hide their flaws!

    Donna must base all her heros on you. Who else could be the basis for a hero than a former military man. I should know since my husband served during Vietnam and then in the Navy Reserves, my older son was also a Navy man and my younger son is a graduate of The Citadel! Yes they all have perfect heads like you!

    Donna has fierce “fighting” heros in her books that she obvously based on you. Which one of her heros do you think she most captured your character?

    Mr. D – Once again a great interview and letting us get a glimpse of the man inspiring the author.

    PS: Mr. Grant please let Donna know I love her books and to keep them coming?

  • Amy

    Thanks for the interview and the sweet photo! I have Donna’s Dark Sword series on my “to read” list because I love stories featuring sexy Highlanders and Scottish warrior men.

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  • Johanna – Always good to hear Donna’s books are on a wish list. Hope they move to “read” list soon. ;) You won’t be disappointed.

  • Di – The things I could spill about my wife…but I’m not. lol

  • Jeanne – It’s hard to say which one of her heroes she most captured me. I think maybe Lucan since he’s the one who always walks the middle line with his brothers.

    Bald is beautiful. lol. I keep asking Donna when she was going to have a bald hero on her cover. I always get “the look” in response. :D

  • Amy – if you love Highlanders then Donna’s series will be right up your alley!

  • Medieval Highland stories were the first romances I ever read and are still my favorites. Ireland and Scotland have such a mystical feel to them adding a paranormal element to the stories fits rather well.
    I have one of the books in this series on my TBR mountain. I’ll have to dig down and get it. I haven’t read a good Highland book in a while.
    I went to your wife’s site and have been reading the excerpts for the books. I will definitely be finding which one I have and get the others. They sound great.

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  • Wonderfull answer I am sure your wife is blessed to have such a understanding husband!

  • How many times have you watched an entire Jane Austen flick – without falling asleep? Be honest.

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  • Thanks so much for being part of the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party, Mr. Grant! It was a pleasure reading and learning stuff about you. By the way, I totally adore your wife and her fabulous books! :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

  • Mr Grant, do you have a favorite book of Donna’s?

    I, for the life of me, can’t figure out why I haven’t picked up the Dark Sword series. But I loved her Druids. And I’ve had the pleasure of hosting Donna on my blog a couple times of the years. :)

    Jen
    GFC follower as Romancing the Book
    admin.bookblog AT gmail.com

  • Don’t enter me to win as I have a copy that I am reading to write a review for one of the sites I review for (loving it!) But a great interview, loved your answer to when you get asked the inspiration for the hot and heavy scenes =) Original.
    Hope Donna’s books continue to gain popularity!

    Lexi

  • You sound like a great RH! And your wife’s books look excellent!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • I’ve been meaning to start reading her Dark Sword series. It sounds awesome!