Lila DiPasqua’s secret connection to Vaux le Vicomte, a most magnificent palace. With giveaway.

 

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?

Giveaway: One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE my steamy retelling of Cinderella, and a signed copy of Sophie Jordan’s WICKED IN YOUR ARMS: Forgotten Princess. Giveaway opened WORLDWIDE. Contest ends @12 am est on 5-18-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 


UNDONE

A Fiery Tale

Lila DiPasqua

Historical Romance

April, 2012

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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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: http://www.liladipasqua.com/amidnightdanceExcerpt.htm

A MIDNIGHT DANCE

Lila DiPasqua

Berkley Sensation

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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…

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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

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