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.
EXCERPT: A MIDNIGHT DANCE (out August 2011)
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
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.
Praise for 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
BIO: 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 www.LilaDiPasqua.com
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.