Category: Monica 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
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

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

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Romance over the years has had numerous virgin heroines who fall in love with handsome rakes. When said rake falls in love with the young miss, she reforms him and they have their HEA once they overcome several different obstacles. While these types of plots are still popular, other heroines have arrived on the romance landscape. Kick-butt heroines capable of saving themselves as well as their man. Then you have the experienced heroine who sometimes has almost as jaded an outlook as the rake she falls in love with. Then you have the unusual exception to the rule.

The virgin hero. Yep, the hero who’s not yet experienced a woman in the most intimate of ways. These type of heroes aren’t found too often in romance, and I think it’s primarily because they’re difficult to write. At least I’m praying that why! *grin* A great many of the most popular heroes in romance books (or at least the ones that get the most air time!) are either alpha males or those bordering on alphas. So when faced with writing a male virgin, an author walks a fine line making the reader believe the hero isn’t a wimp and yet is inexperienced. There have to be believable reasons for a hero’s virginity.

I know for me, I would never have considered writing a virgin hero if it wasn’t for my editor. When I was chatting with her at a conference in 2009 about the next historical I had to write for Berkley, I asked her if writing an older woman, younger man romance would be okay with her. Her face lit up and she nodded her head vigorously and exclaimed, “Can you make him a virgin?”

My initial gut reaction (inside of course, since this was my editor) was No! Oh HELLL NO! Instead, I responded with a skeptical, “Uh, well I guess so.” Now if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I like to please people. Pleasing readers is very important to me, and pleasing my editor is maybe a notch higher because she’s the one who gives me new contracts so I can keep pleasing my readers. So I trucked home wondering how in the world I was going to write a male ALPHA virgin. How does one make a male virgin appear confident in his manhood and yet vulnerable at the same time?

Well, I think you have to have a good reason to explain why he’s not experienced. Coming up with a justifiable explanation for my hero’s virgin status took me two months, but it works. Baron Garrick Stratfield has a physical disfigurement that he believes will make any woman, even a whore reject him. But Garrick’s not without an ego, and he doesn’t want society to view him as anything but a man’s man. So he comes up with an elaborate scheme. He has a mistress in name only, and he’s made it a practice to become an exceptional kisser. So much so that women in the Marlborough Set perpetuate the image that the Baron is a wonderful lover, simply because what woman wants to admit that all she got was a kiss while another woman got the deluxe seduction.

Now for my inexperienced male virgin, I wanted a woman who was experienced in the bedroom. Originally I thought making the heroine a widow would work nicely. But I’ve a fondness for courtesans (Kismet). They accept themselves for who they are, and the successful ones are never ashamed of the way they make a living to survive and thrive in a world where men are the masters. So when Ruth Attwood showed up on the page, I wasn’t really sure who she was. She had a title, and yet I knew she wasn’t a widow. Ask me how long it took me to figure that one out?

Turns out she’s a legitimate peer, but her father threw her mother out of the house when Ruth was a baby. So when her mother dies and she’s homeless, what’s a girl to do? Being the mistress of a peer is infinitely better than working in a brothel. Ruth has held a prominent place in society by virtue of the men she’s lain with for year. Now, she’s feeling her age, because her lovers keep dumping her for younger women. When Garrick comes to her with a proposition, she tells herself that she’s only a few years older than him. But even that “small” difference is enough to convince her that any involvement with him is foolhardy. Still, he’s quite persuasive, and she reluctantly agrees to a friendship. Something that becomes much more as events happen in the book.

Putting these two characters together was difficult and yet exciting. I enjoyed how I was able to have Ruth provide a quiet harbor for Garrick to learn what pleasure is, and I loved how Ruth was given the chance to learn that age is meaningless when you love someone. I’m really looking forward to readers getting their hands on this book. I think it’s uniquely different, and I’m eager to see what everyone thinks about the story and its characters. As an author, every book I write is special, but this one hit home primarily because I AM an older woman married to a younger man. My husband and I have been together 27 years and we’ll celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next June.

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Pleasure Me by Monica Burns
Berkley Sensation
ISBN – 978-0425238790
Coming March 2011

A courtesan afraid of true love…
And a gentleman ashamed of his true nature.
Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.

Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder.

QUESTION: So what do you think of older women with younger men in romances? What about virgin heroes? Are you older than your significant other? Let’s talk age and men.

One lucky commenter will get a copy of ASSASSIN’S HONOR and ASSASSIN’S HEART. 

Thanks so much for joining in the PRINCESS BLOG PARTY, Monica! She has generously opened up her giveaway WORLDWIDE!

I have Assassin’s Honor, Assassin’s Heart and Kismet on my TBR pile.  I’m spending December reading to my heart’s content!  I can’t wait to read these book….and Pleasure Me sounds just as delicious. :)

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