As many of you know, I’m a historical romance author who writes fairy tale retellings. And I like to give readers something different and fresh.
I set my books when fairy tales were born. When Charles Perrault, the father of fairy tales (creator of The Tales of Mother Goose) first scribed Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc. During this elegant and most scandalous time period, (*winks*) a magnificent palace was built, Vaux-le-Vicomte, by the third most powerful man in all of Europe, Nicolas Fouquet.
You know what they say—the bigger you are, the harder you fall! After reading about Fouquet, I just *knew* I had to make him my villain in UNDONE.
UNDONE is part of my Fiery Tales series. It’s steamy. It’s powerfully romantic.
It’s inspired by Rapunzel.
And it’s so emotionally charged, I’ve received more than a few emails from readers who have told me it’s made them either tear up, or cry. 🙂
Simon Boulenger, the hero in UNDONE is tall, dark and dangerous. He’s bent on knocking Fouquet off his influential post. But this is no small feat. Simon is a commoner, who has been trying to become a titled gentleman so he can stop privateering for his country and enter the King’s official navy as an officer (only nobles were allowed to be officers). His character is actually based on two real privateers (both of whom are mentioned at the end of the book in my Author’s Note.).
UNDONE is all about what happens after the hero rescues the beauty from the tower. Little does Simon know, he’s just snatched out of hiding a woman who not only is beautiful and difficult for him to resist, she’s also someone rather close to none other than Nicolas Fouquet. Simon’s attraction to Angelica is a terrible distraction from his perilous mission. All he wants to do is show her the depth of his desire, and give in to his every wicked fantasy he has of her.
In UNDONE, the palace of Vaux-le-Vicomte plays a part. But did you know that I have some cool connections to Vaux?
Yes, I promised that I would reveal some cool tidbits about Vaux—and me!
First cool tidbit:
I have an email written to me personally from Count Patrice de Vogüé! It’s true! Who’s that, you ask? He’s the man who currently calls Vaux-le-Vicomte his home. I’d written to the staff at Vaux to ask some research questions. I never expected the response would come from the actual count himself! What a delightful man! His English was perfect….and he colored the background of his email a pretty pink! When I realized the email was from the count, I called my dear hubby and all my friends! *grins*
Okay, second tidbit:
The roof on Vaux is made of slate tiles. Every one hundred years, the state tiles must be replaced. The cost is enormous. And the Count and Countess are in a constant struggle to keep Vaux in the black. It’s very expensive to run such a large estate and maintain the vast grounds. They had to find funds for this very necessary renovation. So, they got an idea.
They decided to sell the old over-one-hundred-year-old slate tiles removed off the roof of Vaux in their gift shop to tourists. And they sold like crazy!! It’s a little piece of history!
Though I’ve been to Vaux twice, Mr. DiPasqua, my dear hubby, has been there three times. On a business trip to France without me, he stopped into Vaux during their roof reno. He purchased one of these slate roof tiles for me. Oh, but that’s not all! For an additional charge, you could purchase a new slate, carve whatever message you wanted on it, and it would be placed on Vaux as part of the new roof!
This is what my darling carved in my tile. It now sits on Vaux’s roof and will remain there for another one hundred years!!
It was so sweet of DH! — Just one of the million things he does that makes me love the man. 🙂
Question: Is there any place you ever visited that captured your heart? Or is there someplace you’d absolutely love to visit someday?
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A Fiery Tale
Inspired by the tale of Rapunzel, Lila DiPasqua offers a new steamy, emotionally charged historical romance in the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series . . . Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning . . .
Maintaining her ruse as a commoner, and trusting no one has kept Angelica safe. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger lands her right where danger lies. Now, this sinfully handsome man with arresting blue eyes and a polished manner thinks he’s saved her life, when in fact he’s placed her in great peril. She’s intent on keeping him and everyone else at arm’s length. Yet, the smoldering attraction between them is difficult to deny. And impossible to ignore . . .
As commander of a number of privateer ships, Simon Boulenger dresses and speaks like an aristocrat, and has obtained wealth. But he is still not a noble. Or an officer in the King’s Navy. His lifelong dream to elevate himself from his station of birth and attain a respectable place in society is dead. Worse, he’s ensnared in a deadly scheme, and must get out. But how is he to stay focused on his dangerous mission when the mysterious beauty has him utterly intrigued? He can’t afford the distraction any more than he can resist the carnal hunger she stirs. Simon soon discovers that she’s not only a passionate soul mate, but a woman born into privilege. A woman he can never have. But they’re in too deep. Their hearts are at risk . . . as well as their lives.
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