Sylvia Day Interview + giveaway

When Mel and I went to RomCon we met a new to us author Sylvia Day. She is one of the nicest people we’ve met and her books are fabulous. She has a new book that just came out Seven Years to Sin which is an amazing historical,  and she has a new paranormal series Renegade Angels the first book A Touch of Crimson which comes out Oct 4th and a contemporary anthology, Men Out of Uniform, with Maya Banks and Karin Tabke in October as well. She is one very busy woman.

We are super excited to have her on the blog today. So without further ado we turn it over to Sylvia to answer some of your burning questions.

TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

SD:Michael Hauge. He teaches some phenomenal writing classes and his “Six Stage Plot Structure” changed the way I write books.

TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?

SD: I’m a bit goofy.

TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go, a place on your bucket list?

SD: I want to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.

TBRG: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?

SD: Lisa Kleypas, Shelby Reed, Nalini Singh, J.D. Robb… I have about two dozen more writers whom I adore and read voraciously, but I’d be here awhile listing them all. Anyone curious about my reading habits can check out my Goodreads profile. I’ve been tracking my books there since I bought my Kindle a year ago. Presently, I’m reading Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb

TBRG: If you weren’t writing and keeping us in books (thanks for that by the way), what would you be doing?

SD: Traveling, watching big dumb blow ‘em up action movies, reading, going on trips with my kids, having girls’ weekends with my friends.

TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?

SD: I can’t write to music. There are songs that remind me of certain scenes or characters, but I don’t listen to them when I’m actually writing.

TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?

SD: I honestly have no idea. There have been times when I just sit down and think, “Come on… I need an idea.” And there it is.

TBRG: Are you a planner or a fly by the seat author?

SD: Totally a pantser. I have no idea where the story is going until it gets there.

TBRG: You are a very versatile author you write in all three genres and have books coming out on all three in the next month, when do you sleep?

SD: Honestly, I can’t function without sleep, so I make time for it. If I need a nap, I’ll take one. I find time to write by sacrificing time doing other things. It’s just that simple. Something has to give and rarely is that my writing time.

TBRG: What do you want us to know about each of these books?

SD: For what it’s worth, I think Seven Years to Sin is my best historical ever. I’m very proud of it. It follows the passionate, emotional journey of two people who find just what they need in each other. A Touch of Crimson is the launch book in a new paranormal romance trilogy about angels, lycans, and vampires. Although each book features a different couple, there is an overarcing storyline. It’s set in the same fictional universe as my Marked series and the couples have fierce, sexy relationships. My novella in Men Out of Uniform is part of a mini-series of novellas about deputy marshals. They’re so much fun to write. Each of the novellas so far (I’ve written three, although one won’t be out until next summer) feature tough, kickass deputy heroes who have deeply tender and highly erotic relationships with their women.

TBRG: What do you love most about being an author?

SD: Everything… except the deadlines and bad decisions made by other people that negatively impact my book(s).

TBRG: What do you love most about each of these heroes and heroines?

SD: In Seven Years to Sin, Alistair is man who doesn’t believe he’s worthy of the heroine, but he does believe he can make her happy. Instead of turning away from her, he pursues her, laying out all of his faults and past transgressions so she can make an informed decision about being with him. I love that about him. Jessica is a woman who appears perfect on the surface, but she’s suffered in her life. She accepts Alistair for who he is, totally and completely, and when push comes to shove, she realizes what he’s known all along–that she can him happy in return, and she’ll fight for the right to do so. We posted our review of this book yesterday.



In A Touch of Crimson, Adrian is forbidden to fall in love. He’s punished other angels for the same offense–it’s what he was created for. When he falls for Lindsay, instead of angsting and beating himself up for it, he owns his feelings for her. He won’t belittle them by thinking of them as a mistake. He loves and he accepts that he loves. Lindsay’s returning love for Adrian is purely selfless. She will sacrifice everything–her happiness, her life, her soul–to keep him safe. That depth of love is a revelation for Adrian, who realizes he has a lot to learn from the mortal he’s fallen in love with.



In “Taking the Heat,” my novella in Men Out of Uniform, Brian has been in love with Layla most of his life. They were together once, but he let her get away, a mistake he’s bitterly regretted. When his career as a deputy marshal throws them back together, he’s determined to find a way to right his past wrongs, and reclaim the only woman he’ll ever love. Layla, however, makes him work for it. 🙂

***okay now for the really cool news we have one copy of Men out of Uniform to give away to one lucky commenter. Just tell us if you have ever read Sylvia, and if not which one of the genres she writes in you would like to try her out in.  Contest rules apply. Contest will end on Thurs Sept 9th***



…the national bestselling, award-winning author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres — contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy — under multiple pen names:three! A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

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  1. TrishJ

    Have not read any of Ms. Day’s books but A Touch of Crimson sounds awesome and I love military hero books. I would love to win a copy of Men out of Uniform. Will definitely check out Crimson.

  2. Book Savvy Babe

    I recently read Seven Years to Sin, and I loved it! I would love to read her paranormal series, and anything else she writes for that matter. Thanks so much for the contest! Book Savvy Babe

  3. Janon

    I met Sylvia last your at Authors After Dark in NJ. I was excited this year to see her again at RomCon. My favorite book so far by Day is The Stranger I Married. I haven’t read any paranormal books by her yet, but am very excited about A Touch of Crimson, it sounds awesome. I’m a huge historical romance fan, so I will be reading 7 Years very soon.

  4. amyt865

    I have Seven Years to Sin on my TBR and plan of reading it soon. I enjoyed Ask For It and look forward to more of her historical romances.

    Would love to win the Men Out of Uniform book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Ferishia

    I have not read any Sylvia Day books yet, but I’m most excited to read her new Angels series!

    I was also an awesome honor to sit with Sylvia Day and Karin Tabke during the Mythos Dinner at AAD! 🙂

  6. Shawna

    I’ve read just about everything Sylvia has written. I adore her historical romances. Until Seven Years to Sin, my favorite was The Stranger I Married. Alistair is such a beautiful man for a relationship. He’s open, honest, and owns the decisions he’s made in his life. What is more attractive than that?

  7. Johanna Jochum

    I have not read Sylvia Day yet but would love to try any of her genres. I love reading a bit of everything! Historical, paranormal and suspense are my favs!

  8. Amber Kuehn

    I have read Sylvia Day books, but cannot for the life of me name one now. (I read to many and its hard to keep them all straight, but I recognize the name, so I know I’ve had her books and read them)

  9. Diane Sallans

    I haven’t read any of Sylvia’s stories yet, but I’ve seen some of them mention on websites & blogs. I’d love to read ‘Men Out of Uniform’; anthologies are a great way to try authors I haven’t read before.

  10. margaret whelehan

    I have not read any of ms day’s books. But i would love to win the contest.

  11. Lisa B

    I have not read Sylvia but i am willing to read any genre. Reading above which genre’s she writes i wouldn’t mind trying all them out. I have found i like genre’s i never thought i would.


    Lisa B

  12. Jennifer Lin

    I haven’t read any of Ms. Day’s titles but I’m looking forward to her latest!

  13. Bonnie

    I love Sylvia!! She is a FABULOUS author, and an awesome person :0) I’ve read all her books (inc her Livia Dare book – YUM) except Seven Years to Sin (and ok, I’m not done with A Touch of Crimson yet, I confess – although its not because the book isn’t AWESOME) so hearing Sylvia say that Seven Years to Sin is her fav of her historicals – now I HAVE to get that book!!
    Don’t enter me in the contest, I just wanted to have a fangirl moment…LOL

  14. TBRG (Post author)

    For those of you that haven’t ever read her you should correct this immediately 🙂

  15. MichelleKCanada (@AnotherLookBook)

    I have only read 1 book “All Revved Up” and it was a short read. I’d the love the chance to read this new book though.
    I am just getting into UF so I’d like to try out that genre of hers.

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway and excellent interview.

    MichelleKCanada @AnotherLookBook
    another_look_book_reviews at hotmail dot ca

  16. Raonaid Luckwell

    Actually I feel bad because I have never read a Sylvia Day book yet.

  17. Kim in Hawaii

    Spasibo for the fun interview! And Spasibo to Sylvia for her military service – go RomVets!

  18. Na

    I haven’t read any of Sylvia’s books but I know I want to read Seven Years to Sin. I love stories that are both passionate and emotional.

  19. Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!

    All of Syl’s books are a treat!

    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!

  20. rachael kennedy

    i havent read any of syvias books yet buyt have a few on my TBR wishlist pile
    including seven years to sin
    and i love historicals and supe romances (were / vamp / shapeshifters) 😀

  21. Julie K

    I have read everything that Ms. Day has written. Of all of her books, my favorite was all three of the Marked series.

  22. Jane

    I’m a fan of Sylvia’s books and my favorites are “Ask For It” and “Eve of Darkness.”

  23. Spav

    I haven’t read any of Sylvia’s books yet, but I’m really looking forward to A Touch of Crimson.

  24. Biki

    I haven’t read her books yet but I’m really looking forward to A Touch of Crimson

  25. jeanette8042

    I’ve read Sylvia’s Marked series!

  26. aurian

    You review of Seven years to sin already wetted my appetite, but I fell in love with the Angel Cover.
    Her Marked series are on my shelves, but still haven’t read them.

  27. Chele Blades

    i have read (&enjoyed) several of her historicals…would love to read about men in (&out) of uniform…w/3 of my fav authors you can not gor wrong
    thanks for the give-a-way

  28. Robin K

    I would love to try all of her genres 🙂

  29. Emily Tardy

    I’ve read some exerpts, but not yet a full book… I love all romance books, after reading a little about Seven Years to Sin, I really want to read it. =D

  30. Haley Whitehall

    Another great interview. What a diverse author! I think all her books sound interesting and the covers are awesome. I will have to add them to my reading list. I will also look into Michael Hauge’s writing classes. Thanks for the tip, Sylvia.

  31. infinitieh

    I kept thinking I must have read Sylvia’s books at some point… I’m looking forward to A TOUCH OF CRIMSON and MEN OUT OF UNIFORM so contemp and PNR, I guess.

    cgnemesis [at] yahoo [dot] com

  32. TBRG (Post author)

    I’ve finished Seven Years to Sin and have Pride and Pleasure in my TBR pile..I’m saving her Marked Series to my wish list tonight.

  33. Monikarw

    never read any of her books! but I’d like to try the historicals and of course the men out of uniform! that cover’s just yummy!:P LOL

  34. RachaelM

    I have not read any of her books yet, but I do have a few on my wishlist. I would read paranormal romance first but I also like other genres as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Men out of Uniform.

  35. Karin Anderson

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but after RomCon I have wanted to get my hands on ‘Touch of Crimson.’ I would love to read her romantic suspense, paranormal romance and urban fantasy books the most, but any will do. I have also been wanting to read Karin Tabke (purely because we share the name Karin…selfish, I know).

  36. Linda MF

    I have read the Georgian series 🙂 I love her time period books, and I know Seven Years to Sin will be just as great – Thank you for the giveaway

  37. Karen Schmidt

    I have not read any of Sylvia’s books yet but love both contemporary and historical stories. I think I will enjoy reading either.

  38. Wendy Mitchell

    I recently read Touch of Crimson for review and it made my top 5 best of 2011. It is a phenomenal book and I was greatly impressed by Ms. Day’s gift of storytelling. I have become a rabid fan and constantly search for works, old and new alike.

  39. Vanetta Quintana

    OMGOSH! I know! I met her in NYC in June and I can’t wait for the next two books to be released! and specially with the anthology with Maya Banks! I have been counting the days down for MONTHS!

    Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  40. Phyllis Lopez

    I love Sylvia’s books! I think I am one of her biggest fans!! My daughter Vanetta turned me on to your books!! Thanks daughter!!

  41. Jeana

    I love to read and read just about anything that catches my attention.I’ve got a couple of Sylvia Day’s books in my tbr pile and I would love to read all of them.

  42. Bronwen Evans

    I’ve read a very old book of Sylvia’s – Ask For It and I loved it.


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