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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

S.E.R's Welcomes Sylvia Day!! Author Spot and Giveaway!

I recently read my first Sylvia Day book, and it was Bared to You.  Let me tell you, it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!  5 of the 6 of us ladies here at S.E.R's have read this scrumptious treat and we all loved it! In fact it received 5 out of 5 stars from all of us. 

As I stated in my review, it wouldn't be my last.  I went right into Seven Years to Sin, and it was FANTASTIC!  It's a historical romance, that is beautifully written, and had everything I love, lovable characters, a great story, and very steamy hot. 

So, we were all pretty stoked when Sylvia Day agreed to stop in and share with us, and you.  She has also put together a very generous giveaway for you all. I'll admit I'm kinda jealous.

                               Please welcome Sylvia Day! - Rhonda

 I’ll be honest. I’m the worst person to ask about my books. I can’t describe them or really do them justice. After all, it took me 100K + words to tell the story in the first place. :)

I’m also terrible at answering the question, “Where do you come up with your ideas?” I never have a clue. What usually happens is that a scene will pop into my head and I’ll end up writing a whole book around that one snippet. I couldn’t tell you where the scene snippet came from (although I can tell you where I was at the time it came to me--usually in the shower or while driving!). I’m always envious of authors who have fabulous stories about their inspiration and the birth of their stories.

All that said, I can tell you where BARED TO YOU started, because it began with another book of mine, SEVEN YEARS TO SIN.

SEVEN YEARS TO SIN is a Regency-set historical that tells the love story of two abuse survivors. Jessica is the survivor of child abuse so vicious she bears physical scars and is deaf in one ear. Alistair was emotionally abused and turned to prostitution as a way to survive and establish value for himself. For numerous reasons, I wasn’t able to delve into the aftereffects of abuse as deeply as I would’ve liked, so I continued to think about Alistair and Jessica after I turned the manuscript in to the publisher. For months afterwards, all through the end of 2010 and early 2011, I thought about how I’d expand upon the story if I could. I realized the historical time period had limitations I didn’t want to work within, so in my mind’s eye I transplanted Jessica and Alistair to modern-day New York.

Eagle-eyed readers of both books may notice that Gideon and Eva look remarkably like Alistair and Jessica. That’s because at the time I started BARED TO YOU, it was still Alistair and Jessica I was thinking of. Some things translated over--Gideon is a self-made wealthy man, just like Alistair; Eva is affluent and attends balls/galas, because Jessica was a peeress in her time; Eva and Jessica are both twenty-four. However, Gideon is twenty-eight while Alistair was twenty-two, because there’s no way Eva would’ve looked twice at a twenty-two year old man! There are other correlations that built the framework of BARED TO YOU, but you get the idea.

I started writing. (Or re-writing, as the case may be.) But a funny thing happened as the story unfolded. It took on a life of its own--it took on Eva’s life. She’s such a vibrant woman that she quickly assumed control of the storytelling. I’d begun the story in my usual third-person point of view, but I kept slipping into Eva’s voice. (Or Eva’s voice slipped into me!) I had to stop writing and reevaluate. What was happening?
It became clear that Alistair and Jessica’s story was complete the way it was. They were in love and happily married, and had absolutely no desire to have their story hijacked by a doppelganger couple. Besides, the new story I was writing was darker and completely its own.

So while BARED TO YOU’s genesis was in SEVEN YEARS TO SIN, they aren’t the same story at all nor do they have the same characters. Gideon and Eva are far more deeply damaged. Their pasts were brutal and their love for each other is totally unique to them.

Bared to you Review 

Sylvia Day has put together a very generous giveaway. 
She has included for two lucky winners:

1. A signed copy of Seven Years to sin, and to this winner S.E.R.'s will throw in a ebook copy of Bared to You (Kindle or Nook)

2. An ebook copy (Nook or Kindle) of Seven Years to Sin
and a Romantic Times tote with multi-author promo swag, and some books. 
*Please note: By entering the Rafflecoptor, you must be willing to give us your mailing address if you are selected as the winner.

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helpmerhonda72 said...

I want to know about Cary. A lot of the time the BFF in a novel can be annoying, but Cary wasn't. In fact he seems to have his own story going on. I loved him by the way, and look forward to knowing more about him. Is there a reason you made him a bi-sexual male?

andieleah said...

I wanna know what's on your tbr list...what authors do you have to read?


Carin said...

I have Sylvia Day on my list of Authors I love to read, thanks for the interview!

Elena said...

Welcome to our Blog Sylvia!

I'm with Rhonda on the Cary Question. His character has a lot of potential and I wanna see him bloom. Will There be more of his story to tell in the book?

And besides answering the mysterious Cary question for Rhonda and I. Can we have a small tiny wittle sneak eak to you next novel of 'bared to you'? Pleeeeeeease?! LOL!

Great post Ladies!

GraceDZ said...

I love Cary! I want him to have is HEA.

Sylvia Day said...

Cary actually started out as a girl. It wasn't until I got to Chapter 6 that I realized Cary was a man who liked both men and women. That may sound crazy, but every author's creative process is unique to them.

I wish I could say I was totally conscious of the direction my stories take, but in all honesty I feel more like a narrator than a creator. The characters are really running the show in my books. If I try to get them to do something I came up with, they give me fits and I have to step back and let them tell me what their story is.

The fun part of writing like that is that it's all new and surprising to me, too. I never know where we're going until we get there. :)

helpmerhonda72 said...

However you come up with the ideas, it works! Do you have any plans for Cary outside of this series?

Sylvia Day said...

I love Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, Shelby Reed, and J.D. Robb. I also adore Thea Harrison, Maya Banks, Lora Leigh, Lauren Dane, Jaci Burton, Rhyannon Byrd, Emma Holly, Shayla Black, Sasha White, Saskia Walker, Shannon McKenna, Lisa Marie Rice, Karin Tabke, Shiloh Walker, and more! I love reading. :)

Sylvia Day said...

Cary's story is tightly intertwined with Eva's. Those two are the closest to family that either of them have. There's a deep trust between them, because they know the best and worst about each other and love each other anyway.

Cary acts out his self-loathing in front of Eva deliberately, knowing she can help him as no one else can and that she won't think less of him or turn away from him. That's one of her core strengths--unconditional love, which is something both Cary and Gideon need.

So yes, you'll see more of Cary and his story as Eva's story continues. Her friendship with him is one of the foundations of her life. When he's shaky, so is she and vice versa. She can't be happy if he's not.

Skye Warren said...

Wow, I love this interview. I think I've read a couple of Sylvia Day historicals and they were hot! But I haven't read Seven Years to Sin and it sounds fabulous. I have Bared to You on my kindle, but now I'm thinking I should read Seven Years first. Damn, they both sound great. And Bared to You's cover is awesome.

/end rave :)

helpmerhonda72 said...

Sylvia, I love that about Eva and Cary's story.

You answered a lot of questions about Eva and Gideon in your post. I assume more Gideon's past will be revealed in the next book.

helpmerhonda72 said...
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helpmerhonda72 said...

Skye, both books are excellent. One doesn't take away from the other. I've read both and I saw the things that Sylvia is talking about, but they are different. Just pick one and read! LOL! xoxo

Leigh said...

I just started reading Bared to You, my first Sylvia Day book, 2 nights ago, and eagerly finished it at 4 a.m. today. I loved it, and can't wait to read more about Gideon and Eva. Now after reading this blog post, I am definitely interested in Seven Years to Sin.

Susan T. said...

I haven't read any of Slyvia Day's books. After reading this post that is going to change. Looking forward to reading Bared To You.


Missy V said...

Need something to get me out of my reading block, maybe one of Sylvia Day's books will do it for me or maybe not who knows...

Thanks for the give away!!!


Melissa said...

I have just recently learned about Sylvia and her amazing books. I have only read 2 or 3 but they were amazing and I just wanted to let Sylvia know that she has a new adoring fan to go with all of the others! I am hooked!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!


Sylvia Day said...

Skye, Leigh, and Melissa,

I'm thrilled you enjoyed the books of mine that you read. :)

Sylvia Day said...


I hope you enjoy SEVEN! :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Briefly "met" you at RomCon last year. Can't wait to read Bared to You! I think I'm adding Seven Years to my wishlist as well!

Sarah said...

Thanks for having Sylvia today!

AprilAlvey said...

I Love Your Books I Cant Wait To Rad This One. butterfli262002@yahoo.com

Diane D - Florida said...

I love your books Sylvia and have read most of your historicals, which I really loved. I'd really love to be in with a chance to win these.

Thanks for this amazing opportunity. :-)

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

I've been a fan of Sylvia Day's for years. I look forward to adding to my list of her books. I'm going to have to rearrange my TBR list to add a couple more titles.


Susan W. said...

I haven't read any of Sylvia Day's books but I added them to my To Read list. Both Seven Years to Sin and Bared to You sound like heart wrenchers. Thanks for the giveaway!


marulett said...

Great post!!! I looooved bared to you, can´t wait for the next book to come out!

drgnys30 said...

Can't wait to get reading your work...you are a new author for me and am excited to jump in!

Robin said...

Both Bared to You and Seven Years to Sin look great!


marybelle said...

Such a fabulous giveaway thank you. I do love Sylvia Day's books.

Sylvia Day said...

Carin, AprilAlvey, Diane D, Lynn, marulett, marybelle --

I'm so happy to hear that you've enjoyed my books! That means a lot to me. :)

Sylvia Day said...

Missy, Melissa (Books and Things), Susan W, drgnys30, and Robin --

I hope you enjoy my books. Thank you for giving them a try! :)

bas1chs said...

I have heard such great buzz about Bared to You! I look forward to reading it soon.

Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) said...

Bared to You was my first ever Sylvia Day read and it was phenomenal!!!!! I can't wait to devour your entire collection ♥

Hesperia Loves Books

Jane said...

Congrats to Sylvia on the new release. I've had "Bared to You" on mind since I read the awesome reviews.

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