My Guest, Mr. Hoyt!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Our month-long ball is winding down.  I hope you’ve learned a lot from the many RHs we’ve had here.  As you’ve seen, they truly love and support your favorite romance authors.  We’re the guys who see firsthand the passion and hard work our wives put into each book they write for you, their fans. :)

I can’t wait until tomorrow!!!   It’s my turn to put on the dancing shoes!  I have my answers all ready, as well as my surprise!  I only hope that I can do as great a job as all my guests so far.  Oh and get ready to see my wedding photos!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  A blog party in celebration of a book release, hosted by an RH with all RHs as guests has never been done before.  Remember, you saw it here first!   I’m glad to have brought you something unique.   And unique is a wonderful way to describe my DW’s books.  There’s never been a historical romance like A MIDNIGHT DANCE.  If all the great reviews haven’t convinced you to try this book out, I hope the desire for something fresh and different will motivate you to check it out.

Folks, we’re down to our final RH!  And he’s a VERY special guy!  His DW happens to be one of Lila’s favorite authors, and in fact, her fabulous quote graces the cover of A MIDNIGHT DANCE.  “Lushly erotic . . . and deeply romantic.”  Lila is giving away this New York Times bestselling author’s ENTIRE BACKLIST (every book signed!) once Lila reaches 3500 likes on her FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

Please help me give a warm welcome to Mr. Hoyt! Great to have you here!  Kindly tell everyone who you’re married to and what she writes.

Mr. Hoyt:  I’m married to Elizabeth Hoyt, who writes historical 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. Hoyt:  I’m a trophy husband! No, honestly I’m an archaeologist, working as a consultant on projects that require archaeological review. So that makes me…both a scholar AND a businessman.

Elizabeth Hoyt: Oh, dear God. This is why I explain what Mr. Hoyt does for him at dinner parties. Mr. Hoyt is a private archaeologist specializing in the Midwest. Businesses and towns—and sometimes the state and federal government—hire him to do basically an archaeological impact survey when they build things. For instance, if you’re planning to build a wind farm, Mr. Hoyt will do a survey to make sure you aren’t disturbing a thousand year old Native American cemetery.

Mr. DiPasqua:  While the archeaologist gig sounds fascinating; I’d like to know what I have to do to become Lila’s trophy husband. ;) Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?

Mr. Hoyt:  We met in a cornfield in southwest Wisconsin. We were on an archaeological dig—I was the wise, but rugged Teaching Assistant, she was the serious, but nubile young undergrad.

I have to say I never saw it coming—it just happened. EH: This makes me sound like a tornado—and not in a good way! ;-)

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL That does sound like an interesting story!  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. Hoyt:  I was at home and Elizabeth was visiting her folks. I got an excited, very confused call. My first reaction was: Hurray! My second to ask how much her book had sold for. My third was to be surprised at how little it was after all her hard work.

Mr. DiPasqua:   LOL…I guess this is when you figured out that the trophy husband gig would have to wait a little while!  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. Hoyt:  d.

EH: *eyeroll* Mr. Hoyt just asked which book I last published: “Was it that Mickey the pirate guy or the goofball younger brother? (Griffin in Notorious Pleasures)” THIS is why Mr. Hoyt does NOT write my back copy!

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. Hoyt:  I was Prince Charming until I suggested that we go Dutch—when the bill came. Up until that point I had made all the right moves—suggesting a Thai restaurant Elizabeth had wanted to try and presenting her with yellow tulips (which turned out to be her favorite flower!) However, let me point out that the woman later married me, so she obviously got over the splitting-the-bill gaff.

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. Hoyt:  d. And I state with modest pride that I can—and have—spelled “soiree” correctly when asked by Elizabeth.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Spell checker…I have to add that to the list of things an RH can do to be supportive…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. Hoyt:  I have been a RH since Elizabeth’s first book came out in 2006, so six years. We’ve been married 23 years. A smart RH brings his wife chocolates when she’s under deadline and learns how to cook dinner.

Mr. Hoyt’s Fabulous Vegetarian Chili

2 cans black beans
1 can chili beans
2 cans chopped tomatoes
lots and lots of garlic
1 large chopped onion
½ jar salsa (hot or sweet for different chili results.)
salt & pepper
chili powder (amount to taste)

Simmer everything for 3-4 hours. Serve over cooked pasta with sour cream (or yogurt), green onions, and grated cheese.
Mr. DiPasqua:  That’s a great recipe.  Mr. Hoyt, you’re on to something here… I think the first duty of the new RH support group is to create a recipe book, so that we can all save our families from…“Scrambled eggs and hot dogs again??  That’s 3 times this week!!” 

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. Hoyt:  “Why, from me of course!”

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

EH: tempted here to go with the “goofball younger brother” but Mr. Hoyt handed me the answer on a silver platter by observing that he WASN’T like that “goofball scarred naturalist.” That would be Alistair Munroe from To Beguile a Beauty, and in many, many ways Mr. Hoyt is indeed like him—but with two working eyes.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party! It’s been a real pleasure having you both here!  One last question, Mr. Hoyt: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?

Mr. Hoyt:  Elizabeth’s next book is Scandalous Desires (“that Mickey the pirate guy”) on sale October 18, 2011.

Can a pirate learn . . .
River Pirate ‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the King of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets—with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.
That the only true treasure . . . 
Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she’s finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. But this time she won’t be the only one paying the price for his sins.
Lies in a woman’s heart?
When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.

GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away Elizabeth’s To Beguile a Beauty and my question is for the guys: What’s your favorite recipe when it’s your turn to cook? (Oh, okay. For the ladies: What’s the best thing your guy cooks?) GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE.

To win you must:

1. Asnswer Mr. Hoyt’s question, ask a question of your own, 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:  This has been a lot of fun!  Many thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt . . . and to all of you who have been here each day! DON’T MISS TOMORROW’S POST! ;)  Folks, let’s hear your responses!