Fiery Fairytale Giveaway!

Update: Congrats to Loopy Librarian! You’re Lila DiPasqua’s winner. Please contact me with your snailmail info and I’ll see that Lila gets it.

One of the loveliest things about RWA Nationals and the Romantic Times Convention is meeting other writers. The camaraderie is immediate and the energy of those new friendships inspires great creativity all around. Today I’d like to introduce one of my new friends–Lila DiPasqua. I think you’re going to love her ! Welcome, Lila. My blog is now yours.


Hi Mia!  Thanks so much for having me on your blog!  I’m here to talk about the very first romance I ever read—Cinderella.  Yup, you read that correctly.  :)

I think the reason I love historical romance novels is because of fairy tales like Cinderella.  Who doesn’t love an underdog story!  Especially one that has a handsome Prince.  A castle.  Dazzling footwear (albeit breakable ;)  And the best part of all—a happily ever after.

The beloved genre of fairy tales all started when a 17th century French writer, Charles Perrault, (creator of THE TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE) first wrote down folklore that had been passed on verbally for centuries.

And Cinderella was among one of his most beloved tales.

My upcoming release, A MIDNIGHT DANCE (Berkley Sensation) is the third installment in the Fiery Tales series (steamy, yet romantic, retellings of classic fairy tales!)  And it’s my version of Cinderella.  There’s a strong, smart destitute beauty.  A sinfully sexy, carnally-gifted “Prince Charming”.  Oh, with a healthy dose of scandalous behavior. *smiles*

Believe me, I know there have been many retellings of Cinderella, but there has NEVER been a retelling like quite like A MIDNIGHT DANCE.

Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.


Once upon a time there was a woman whose life was in cinders. Her story has been retold many ways, many times, throughout the realm. Throughout time. Her family’s wealth was gone, as were their elegant home, and their prestigious theater.  They were as lost to her as her girlhood dream of marrying a man she’d loved from afar. A man who was well beyond her reach.

A man she’d dubbed her Dark Prince, for he was tall, dark, and oh so handsome. But her opinion of him had soured. No longer did she believe in a happily ever after.

Yet one night, at the stroke of midnight, the stars aligned.

Destiny stepped in.

And she came face-to-face with her Dark Prince.

But she didn’t arrive before him as she’d dreamed all those years ago. She was not in a golden-colored gown, but in humble attire, not in a gilded carriage, but in a rickety cart, as worthless as a pumpkin, driven by two men, as meek as mice . . . carrying wine mixed with a special potion . . .

What’s in the wine, you ask?  Well, Sabine Laurent is definitely a damsel in distress.  But she’s not waiting for someone to rescue her.  She’s taking matters into her own hands.  Knowing she must come up with the funds to pay the Crown taxes, she plans on drugging our hero and stealing a fortune in silver.  It’s a desperate plan.  But, then, desperate people must resort to desperate measures.  She’s not above using her acting skills, posing as a common harlot named Elise, and enlisting her eclectic—and rather eccentric blended family/friends—to help her in this mad scheme.  The only appeal about this crazy plan—she’ll be stealing from Jules de Moutier—whom she blames for her predicament in the first place.


A Fiery Tale

Lila DiPasqua

Berkley Sensation


August 2011

ISBN: 978-0425241981

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

If you’re looking for something fresh and different, if you love fairy tales, historical romance, a hot hero, a clever heroine, sizzling sexual tension, scorching hot love scenes and delightful secondary characters—if you want an exciting read with intrigue and twists—I hope you’ll check out A MIDNIGHT DANCE.


“A MIDNIGHT DANCE is a sexy fairytale that will make you swoon. Jules de Moutier is the prince charming all women dream of.” Fresh Fiction.

“Wickedly passionate . . . a sensual treat.”  -Sylvia Day, national bestselling author

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Lila DePasquaBIO: Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley. She lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. To learn more about Lila and her books, visit

QUESTION:  What is your favorite fairy tale retelling/remake?  (Book or Movie) One random commenter will win a copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE. Giveaway open worldwide.

54 thoughts on “Fiery Fairytale Giveaway!

  1. One of my favourite fairy tale retellings is A Happily Ever After of Her Own by Nadia Lee. It is a modern mash up of Beauty and the Beast and it is very witty and funny :-)

    Congratulations on the very anticipated release of A Midnight Dance Lila, I am so glad you decided to write a full length retelling of Cinderella! That is my favourite fairy tale and can’t wait to see your fiery and steamy take on it ;-p

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. devi says:

    i love the new remake of a fairytale called beastly. Beastly was a remake from beauty and the beast. What I like the most is this movie was told from the beast point of view instead of belle. The most interesting part is to see the beast grow up to be a nice guy from a bad guy and how he tried to help others in need.

    1. Rose May says:

      Did you ever read the book? I never got to see the movie, which actually looked pretty good, but I hated the book. It was really unimaginative and it stuck so closely to B+B I didn’t feel I was reading a different story at all.

  3. Heather F says:

    My favorite remakes so far have been the Cathy Yardley books. Enslave which was a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, Crave which was a re-telling of Snow White, and Ravish which was a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. I loved all three!

    1. I’ve heard great things about her books. Thank you for sharing! :)

  4. Robin D says:

    Hmm… I think I’ll agree with the Princess and the Pea done by Carol Burnett! Loved it!

    Your story looks great!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Thank you, dear Robin!

  5. Linda says:

    When Beauty Tamed the Beast….Yay Eloisa James!!!

    1. Another vote for When Beauty Tamed the Beast! Thanks for sharing, Linda!! :)

  6. June M. says:

    One of my favorites seems to be a fave for alot of people, When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    1. A very popular pick in the group, June. You’re in great company! Glad you stopped in to chat with me. :)

  7. Chelsea B. says:

    Let’s see. I loved the books Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase, The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, and Beauty by Robin Mckinley; which are all some-what retellings of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite fairy tale :-)
    And I loved the movies Beastly, Red Riding Hood, and Every After, all wonderfuly wonderful movies! :-)
    I can’t wait to read your new book, Lila! You have a fantastic writing style!

    1. Hi Chelsea, What a lovely thing to say! Thanks so very much! I’m delighted you stopped by. :)

  8. StacieDM says:

    I’m with Gemma. I loved Snow White: A Tale of Terror. It’s a horror story more than a romance but it does follow the basic premise of the story. I grew up with the Disney version and the twisted remake knocked my socks off.

    1. Kathy says:

      I will definitely have to look for that one!

  9. When I was younger one of my favorite movies was Hey Cinderella which was a retelling of Cinderella with The Muppets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie. Now as I’ve gotten older my favorite has switched to Ever After. See the trend here? I love Cinderella.

    1. I’m thrilled to hear it, Danielle! :) Great to see you here!

  10. My favorite retelling of a fairy tale is the Cajun version of Red Riding Hood – Petite Rouge by Mike Artell. I use it often in story time. I also loved the book Ella Enchanted (the movie not so much).

    1. I’m not familiar with the Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood. I did have a lot of fun writing my own version in AWAKENED BY A KISS. (Little Red Writing) *smiles*

  11. Gemma says:

    I’m going to be different and say my favourite retelling(though really it stuck to the Grimm brothers dark tale) was Snow White:-A Tale of Terror with sigorney weaver and Sam neil.

    It was really dark. The nice twist was the dwarves. They were really different.

    I did like Tangled too though!

    1. Hi Gemma, I still haven’t seen Tangled and I so want to! It looks fabulous. :)

  12. Janie Mason says:

    There’s an old musical adaptation of Cinderella called THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE that I loved. The costumes and location were breathtaking. Richard Chamberlin was the prince (which back in the 70’s was decent casting). Other than wishing the prince was a bit hunkier, it’s still a favorite of mine.

    1. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by to share!

  13. Na says:

    My favourite fairy tale re-telling is BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen, which re-rells Sleeping Beauty.

    I also like Jane Eyre, the movie. It’s not quite a re-telling but I see glimpses of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in it.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Na!

  14. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Lila,

    Your book sounds delicious!
    I liked Ella Enchanted–Cinderella with a devious magical twist.

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara. I’m delighted the book appeals to you! Thanks so much for stopping by to share. :)

  15. I love all your.books .my wife and I try to see who can find your newest release befour the the other . I would love to sunrise her .she is the best .

    1. Tommy you are one very sweet man. I love what you said about your wife! (And what you said about my books, too *smiles). Best of luck in the giveaway. Thank you for stopping in! :)

  16. Deb says:

    I like Beauty and the Beast retellings. Emily May’s Beauty and the Scarred Hero is good and Christina Brooke’s upcoming new one, Mad About the Earl, sounds good.

    A local high school put on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last fall and WOW! It was so professional. Lots of talent in Solon, Iowa.

    I also liked the movie The Prince and Me. A Minnesota girl meets a handsome man who happens to be a Danish prince. It was a cute movie and I also liked it because I’m of Danish descent. :)

    1. I never saw that movie, Deb. Sounds very cute! Thank you for stopping by to chat with me! :)

  17. catslady says:

    I too enjoyed Beauty and the Beast but my favorite was a TV series in 1987 – 90 with Linda Hamilton. But I also like all versions. To see beyond the superficial to the inner self – true love.

    1. Oh, I loved that series!! Hope you’ll like my version of Cinderella. She, too, sees beyond the superficial in A MIDNIGHT DANCE. ;)

  18. Kathy says:

    Well, I have a feeling that Lila’s retelling of Cinderella is going to be my new favourite but I’d have to go with Ever After as well. It’s one of those movies that you can just watch over and over again.

    1. I totally agree, Kathy (about Ever After). Thank you for the lovely comment about my upcoming book. :)

  19. Rose May says:

    My favorite is When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James!

    My high school had put on Beauty and the Beast, and it was the first time I’d ever done stage crew/show stuff since 6th grade or some such thing. I remember the total immersion in the magic of being backstage and the magic of the show. I absolutely love Beauty + the Beast retellings.

    1. Sounds like it was a wonderful show! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  20. Lisa Wolff says:

    Ohh, I have to agree–Ever After is a favorite of mine! I love Cinderella and every time I see that movie playing on TV I end up watching it! When she picks him up…that is totally hilarious :) Glad your book is out soon Lila, been looking forward to it for a while now :)

    1. Thanks for the lovely comment, Lisa! That part in Ever After was definitely hilarious. :)

  21. I haven’t read it, Michelle. Retelling fairy tales is great fun. I hope you’ll check out mine. It might pull a giggle or two out of you. :)

  22. Laura T says:

    Oh, I thought my answer would be the first to mention my particular favorite, but Michelle beat me to it…

    I read Eloisa James’ “When Beauty Tamed the Beast” about six months ago and LOVED it so much I added it to my Keeper List.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat with me, Laura! I’m going to have to move When Beauty Tamed the Beast up in my TBR pile. :)

  23. I absolutely loved reading Eloisa James’s “When Beauty Tamed the Beast”!! I know it wasnt exactly like the Disney version (which I also love) But, that book was hysterical!!

    1. Sorry, Michelle. My response to your comment landed in the tread instead of here. (It’s Monday…lol) Hugs!

  24. Amelia Grey says:

    My favorite is Disney’s cartoon of Beauty and the Beast. I love it, I have it, and I watch it! Romance stories don’t get any better than Beauty and the Beast.
    Amelia Grey

    1. I agree, Amelia! It’s was wonderfully redone by Disney! :)

  25. Leanna Morris says:

    I have always loved The Princess and Pea, done by Carol Burnett.
    This book sounds like a fairy tale I’d love!

    1. Mia says:

      That one was hysterical. I still remember the song “A princess is a delicate thing… delicate and dainty as a butterfly’s wing…”

      1. Darn, I love Carol Burnett—but I don’t remember that one. I wrote my own version of The Princess and the Pea in my last release–THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED. Only I stuck diamonds under the mattress because that’s way sexier then squished peas. :)

  26. Ren Puspita says:

    My favorite fairytale re-make is from movie Ever After. I love that movie and almost crying when watch it, lol. I never read fairytale remake at book, so I’m looking forward to read Lila’s books :)

    1. Mia says:

      I enjoyed that one too, but the prince wasn’t quite “princely” enough for me. He needed saving more often than the Cinderella character and when she needed him most, he let her down. However, the heroine was a great testament to “girl power!”

      1. Hi Ren & Mia! I LOVED Ever After! I loved it that she brought out the best in him and in the end, made him a much better man. :) Plus, the part where she picked him up and carried him, totally cracked me up! LOL Thanks for stopping by to chat with me!

        1. Mia Marlowe says:

          Very true, Lila. If there’s one thing we women love, it’s fixing a man who needs improvement!

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