Lila DiPasqua’s twist on Cinderella – A MIDNIGHT DANCE

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?

Ah, no.

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:


Lila DiPasqua

Berkley Sensation


August 2011

ISBN: 978-0425241981

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…




GIVEAWAY: One random commenter will win their choice of AWAKENED BY A KISS *or* THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED *or* A MIDNIGHT DANCE! Giveaway open WORLDWIDE.  Contest runs through Saturday, October 15th.

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

This Post Has 95 Comments

  1. YES! I never wanted to read, then I was bullied into reading the Twilight Saga, and I loved it. Then my sister wouldn’t leave me alone about reading Nora Roberts and many others… That was only about 3 years ago, now I read everyday without fail. I love to read now! =D

  2. I read mainly historical romance and fantasy. Like most of the readers her I wasn’t sure about PNR but I saw a review of Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound & decided to give it a try.
    I’m now actively looking for more recommendations on PNR bks & authors!

  3. Hi Lila,
    I can’t wait to read A Midnight Dance, badly. 🙂
    I never thought I’d ever get into Futuristic stories. Then I stumbled on The In Death Series with Eve Dallas and her GORGEOUS husband Roarke. I’ve been hooked ever since.
    Thanks for this chance Lila.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. For me it was paranormals. Not interested. Don’t waste your breath–I could have cared less. Then I checked out Brenda Joyce’s Dark Embrace from the library. Whoa. Same sorta scenario with my life-long hate of asperagus. A coworker recently convinced me to try it again. Now I LOVE it with a passion! Just allowing yourself let go of self-set boundaries opens a person to some pretty awesome freefalls of new experiences.

  5. Hi Eli—Sounds like a great series! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Hi Morgan–Thanks for sharing! Isn’t it fantastic when that happens? 🙂

  7. Hi Danielle G.–YAY! So glad to hear that! Especially since I write Historical Romance. hehehe. 🙂

  8. Hi May–Yay! Another fan of Historical Romance! Thanks for stopping by to share with me. 🙂

  9. Hi Spav—Julia Quinn could convert anyone. LOL I love her books! Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. 🙂

  10. Hi Lora–Thanks for the lovely comment about my book! I loved reading how you fell in love with Harry Potter/Twilight books. That’s the kind of reader-story that makes every author smile. I’m so glad you stopped by to share with me. 🙂

  11. Hi Sue P.–I’m delighted you stopped in to share with me! Thanks so much! 🙂

  12. Hi Ole—Done! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  13. Hi catslady–Oh, as an author, your comment makes me smile! I love it when a reader is willing to give something different a try—well, probably because I write them unique and different. LOL 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

  14. Hi Na—I love Karen Marie Moning! Thanks for dropping in to share! 🙂

  15. LilMissMolly–Ghost stories are great! Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. 🙂

  16. Hi Karen C.—I’m so glad you enjoyed my post! Thanks for dropping in to share your thoughts with me. And thanks for the recommendation of the book! 🙂

  17. Hi Lexi—Awww, thanks so much for the wonderful compliment on Jules and A MIDNIGHT DANCE!! What can I say—the man is good with his hands…and other parts. *winks* I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the book recommendation, too! I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

  18. Hi Robin D—Thanks for stopping to share! 🙂

  19. Hi Linda—I know exactly what you mean. I was the same way! Glad you stopped by to share. 🙂

  20. Hi Carol L.—Thanks so much for your interest in A MIDNIGHT DANCE. I’m delighted by it. 🙂 And thanks for the book recommendation. I’m compiling quite a list here. 🙂

  21. Hi Julie—Oh wow! Well said!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. I never thought I would love paranormal until I got introduced to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters – really amazing series ;o)

  23. Every time I tell myself not to read any more books with vampires, I STILL get sucked in (pun intended)! Is this lack of discipline that I can’t stop myself from picking up a vamp book if it has a hot cover? Ack.

  24. I have to admit that I did not think I would like romances, but I picked up Georgette Heyer, and then Lisa Kleypas, and now I quite love them!
    Another one is Jane Austen- her books were on my bucket list from when I was little, but I never thought that I could love them because they were old, and old-fashioned right? ha!

    I love the premise of A Midnight Dance, Cinderella out for Prince Charming’s blood- sounds interesting.

  25. Thanks for the post and giveaway!
    I never thought I’d like Regency historical romance until I read Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series. Now I am completely addicted to Regency historical romance and constantly seek out new ones to read!

  26. Hmmm…yes it WAS his hands *cough* I was thinking of when I said Jules was talented.

  27. For me it was paranormal YA books.Then my niece made me read the first book in the House of Night series and I was hooked.

  28. I used to read just historical. I got hooked on paranormal romances with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series. I also like time travel romances. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  29. I cant wait to read A Midnight Dance!!

  30. I love Lila DiPasqua…and her books! Unlike most, she writes the best, sexiest french men…yum

  31. I recently read Leslie Parrish’s Cold Touch. Not sure I would like paranormal books but it was the best book I read all summer.

  32. Hi Lila,

    I was at the library a couple of months ago looking for new releases in Historical Romance. Sadly, there was nothing there that I hadn’t alread read. However, there was a new release called “Sex and the Single Vampire” by Kagte McAlister. I definitely do not like vampire books but, for some reason the word “sex” jumped out at me. I thought “what the hell” I’ll give it a shot. To my surprise, I actually did enjoy the book but, wouldn’t read any more vampire books again.

    I would love to read “Awakened By A Kiss”.

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity Lila.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

  33. I never thought I would read the Twilight series but my BF loved them so I gave them a shot and now I can’t wait for the next movie now 🙂

  34. Ooops, sorry, that should have read Kate MacAlister.

  35. jim butchers “dresden files” saw the tv show thought i’d give the books a try and really enjoyed them as well as his codex alera series

  36. These books sound fantastic!

  37. western romance….I never was sure about them, but I discovered Linda Lael Miller and now I love them

  38. I never thought I’d enjoy YA — but did read one [quite a while ago] and did enjoy it! And passed it on to a friend…

  39. I would not have thouht I would love PNR untill I read After Midnight by Teresa Medeiros! A wonderful vampire regency! Thanks for sharing with us!

  40. Waving Hi Lila, Love your FIREIE TALES,My true choice read is Scottish Highlanders Historical But I switch it up A lot I am so glad I did with you or I would have missed out on a truly Amazing Author & 3hr away Neighbor.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

  41. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. My sister-in-law had to talk me into it and get me past the 1st 40 pages.

  42. before, i love paranormal books better than HR…but after i read amanda quick’s books i really love how miss quick’s writes..there is mystery, grumpy (but handsome hero)and a very stubborn heroine…love it so much ^^

  43. I’m a historical Romance girl but a friend dared me to try Suzanne Brockman’s Seal series and it was fantastic. I realised then how much I was missing by sticking only to one genre. Now I read everything. Some I like some I don’t but at least I give them a good go. Having said all that my first love will always be Historical Romance.

    Where would we be without fairytales and folklore? Pretty bored I reckon.

    Thanks Lila

  44. hmmm, such a tough question for me.. i love almost all genre.
    i never heard about Richard Montanari’s novels before.. but after i randomly pick The Skin God at bookstore, i’m surprised. i really love the stories, then looking forward for the #1st book..
    love this series ^^

  45. Congratulations Joanne!

    You’re the winner of a Fiery Tale of your choice from Lila.
    Please check your email.
    Thanks to everyone for joining us. Hope to see y’all again.

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