Mr. DiPasqua: Only 5 days until A MIDNIGHT DANCE--a steamy and romantic Cinderella retelling---hits the shelves! I've got something very special planned on the release date. So Mark August 2nd on your calendars! In the meantime, treat yourself to a free EXCERPT. Some say it's scandalous. I say it's hot . . . and fun!
Please join me in welcoming today's RH to my A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. I'm happy to have Mr. Marvelle here! Can you tell us who you're married to and what she writes?
Mr. Marvelle: I am married to the marvelous Delilah Marvelle. She 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. Marvelle: I am no scholar, yet was able to work hard and earn a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. That degree helped me find successful employment in the high-tech industry. I've always been involved in individual and team sports and love to play soccer and workout. I also enjoy rare opportunities to snowboard, play bad golf, etc.... I also volunteer as a firefighter in my community and run a robotics program for grade school kids. I hope/dream to go into firefighting full time.
Mr. DiPasqua: Firefighter? Every romance readers dream. :) Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was the one?
Mr. Marvelle: My wife and I met at a Halloween party. I was dressed as a Russian soldier and Delilah was dressed as a Victorian Vampire. What impacted me the night I met her was a combination of my attraction to her beauty and the way she interacted with people ...especially me! I'm a low key guy with an adventurous personality and Delilah captivated me.
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. Marvelle: It was frustrating to have been out of state for work-related training when I got the call from her that she had sold her first book. I really wished I could have seen all the hysterics I heard over the phone. Regarding my reaction, I had always believed she would get published so there was no sense of surprise. I had watched her receive years of rejection letters, so for me it was more a sense of being grateful that the industry was finally giving my wife that opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream.
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. Marvelle: Option “d” really sets me up, doesn't it? But seriously, I actually don't read her books because I don't read any books outside of my engineering and firefighting. However, she always discusses her books with me as she is creating them to ask for my feedback and share in her ideas. So I know indirectly that the heroes in my wife's books, not just the last one, are almost “a”. For example, in her last book my wife took some of my insecurities as a basis for the hero ...like not wanting to bring attention to oneself and leading a regimented life.
Mr. DiPasqua: Really, "d"? I didn't see that coming. :) 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. Marvelle: None of the above. There were several weeks between our first meeting and our first date. We talked a lot on the phone and wrote many letters to each other, so when we went out on our first date I was focusing on trying to slow things down between us given that we hit it off so well. I was more like George from It's a Wonderful Life who stayed away from Mary because he knew it would anchor him permanently to a way of life he didn't think he was ready for. I've always been adventurous and lived for the unknown and it was the first time in my life I realized the uncertainty was gone. It was unnerving and unexpected, so I tried to fight it because once I made those formal steps in our relationship, I knew it would be my life.
Mr. DiPasqua: Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.
Mr. Marvelle: Option “d” as the result of Delilah constantly verbalizing her stories and research.
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. Marvelle: I've been married to Delilah for 17 years and she received THE CALL 4 years ago. So I've only been officially Mr. Marvelle for 4 years. Here are 4 constructive pieces of advice:
1) Don't focus on the money. Investing in your wife's passion is the pay out.
2) Recognize that your wife will depend on more than you.
3) Be prepared that having your wife write romance books in general push people's comfort levels.
4) Regarding your wife being under deadline, be aware of what makes your wife productive. Delilah uses her time more efficiently when she can have a few days alone as opposed to several consecutive days of 4 or 5 hours of work. That's when I step in and give her that time by helping out with the kids and making breakfast/dinner. Makes a huge difference for all of us knowing she is getting things done.
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. Marvelle: “Damn, I can only hope it's from me.”
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL!! Which character in your wife's books would you she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. Marvelle: Delilah has always told me that there is a bit of me in all of her heroes. She says she takes different aspects of me with different heroes.
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. Marvelle: For me, a romantic evening is being completely alone with no interruptions from the outside world. I remember while celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Central America we sat at night at the end of a private pier along the Caribbean Sea watching a huge lightning storm in the distance. It was amazing. For Delilah, a romantic evening is good food and dancing.
Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Marvelle: The cool thing about her upcoming release (FOREVER AND A DAY in January 2012) is all the research she did with regards to early 19th century New York City and London.
The Book Blurb:
Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.
Georgia Milton, the young head of New York's notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her reticule from a thief. But she's not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed....
GIVEAWAY: I'll be giving away Delilah's THE PERFECT SCANDAL only open to US residents.
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1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment below---We're men. We can take it. So fire away! :)
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4. You must be at least 18 years of age.
5. 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: Don't forget to return tomorrow. There will be another RH you don’t want to miss! Now, let's hear your comments or questions! :)