My Cinderella story is not like Disney’s version—well, maybe just a little. 😉
Ever wonder why Disney set their Cinderella movie in France? Or why the popular movie EVER AFTER, a Cinderella retelling with Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott (one yummy Prince Charming!) is set in France?
It’s because this most beloved fairy tale originated in France! (As well as many others!)
Seventeenth century French writer, Charles Perrault took folklore—stories that had been retold verbally for centuries, and put it down on paper, adding morals to his tales.
He was the father of fairy tales and the creator of THE TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE.
My version of Cinderella, A MIDNIGHT DANCE (Berkley Sensation), is set in the very time and place when fairy tales were born—when Charles Perrault actually wrote Cinderella. I adore this time in history! Probably because it’s soooo much like the Regency set romances we all love to read, you won’t be able to distinguish the two. It had lovely ladies. Distinguished lords. Elegant gowns and balls. Theater. Scandal sheets….and plenty of scandalous behavior to fill those pages! *winks*
In A MIDNIGHT DANCE I took the elements that we all love about Cinderella, a handsome Prince Charming, an impoverished beauty, a ball, a glass slipper, a fairy godmother, a step-mother and step-sisters and gave it a fresh, unique twist.
This Cinderella is out for revenge against Prince Charming.
Our cinder-girl, Sabine blames her family’s fall from grace and her losses on Jules de Moutier and his powerful family.
Sabine was once the daughter of a prominent playwright. She’s lost her father, her lovely home, her father’s prestigious theater and worse still, her beloved twin sister, Isabelle. Though it’s been five years, Sabine is the only one who thinks Isabelle is still alive. Sabine is in dire straits and desperate. She, and what’s left of her eclectic family—that includes the balance of her late father’s acting troupe—an eccentric bunch!—face debtor’s prison.
To save them from this fate, she intends to steal a fortune from Jules. All she has to do is pretend to be a harlot named Elise, seduce the rake and feed him the tainted wine. Easy, right?
What she didn’t count on was her attraction to her old girlhood flame was still very much alive, despite her contempt for Jules. You see, she had a mad crush on him as a fifteen year old girl and would worship him from afar as he, then nineteen, attended her father’s theater. Today, Jules de Moutier is even more devilishly handsome . . . and a lot more carnally talented. *winks*
A MIDNIGHT DANCE is steamy, fun, romantic; did I mention steamy? *smiles* (There’s serious chemistry between Sabine and Jules). And there’s plenty of intrigue, unexpected twists and a surprising villain—to keep you turning the pages. . . until the romantic climax. (Some have reported to gasp in shock on the very last page.)
If you’re tired of the same old historical romances and want something different and fresh, I hope you’ll step into my Fiery Tales world—in A MIDNIGHT DANCE.
To read a scandalous excerpt of A MIDNIGHT DANCE click HERE: http://www.liladipasqua.com/amidnightdanceExcerpt.htm
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.
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…
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QUESTION: Have you ever read something you weren’t sure you’d like and loved it? If so, what was it? For me, I never thought I’d love romances with vampires until I read Angela Knight’s books.
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. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She has been to four continents so far. To learn more about Lila and her books, visit www.LilaDiPasqua.com