Fairy tales are one thing…but Fiery Tales are quite another! by Lila DiPasqua
Thanks so much for having me!
For those of you who don’t know me, I write wicked & witty a historical romance for Penguin/Berkley.
And I’m the odd one on the block.
Yes, it’s true! When other new authors have landed on the scene with historical romances set in England or Scotland—I picked 17th century France.
“Why, Lila?” you ask? Well, it’s because my Fiery Tales series is about…well, fairy tales. Retellings of three classic fairy tales in each book, to be exact. Yes, you get three sinfully seductive rakes inside each novel—–both AWAKENED BY A KISS (out now) and my newest release, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED!
I know what you’re thinking; that doesn’t explain the setting. Seventeenth century France? Really?
Yes, really. Here’s why. I love history. I love Regency England, and I love fairy tales. How do these connect? Allow me to explain.
Long before the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, 17th century French lawyer/writer Charles Perrault did something no one had done before. He was the first to write down folklore and add morals to his stories—stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard, to name a few. He was the creator of THE TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE!
At first, his stories were frowned upon. Especially by those who attended those renowned 17th c. salons of Paris—places of enlightenment, hosted by the women of the upper class, where the aristocracy and the literati (poets, dramatists, grammarians) gathered to discuss and debate history, religion, politics and literature. After all, these tales had been popular with the illiterate. The intellectually and socially elite felt it was beneath them to acknowledge Perrault’s fairy tales.
But fairy tales have an appeal and magic of their very own. They’re wonderful, timeless and rather irresistible (sort of like the rakes in AWAKENED BY A KISS and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED *winks*).
In short order, the genre of fairy tales took off and soon became a highly fashionable subject of conversation at every salon in the city.
But just what was Perrault’s world like? Well now, it was just as refined as Regency England. I kid you not! Full of decadence, you had distinguished lords and lovely ladies who lived in city mansions and sprawling palatial country estates. There were spectacular ballrooms and elaborate masquerade balls. Theater—and plenty of scandalous behavior. All those elements you love about the Regency period are found in the time and place when the genre of fairy tales was born!
“But, Lila, will I really be able to connect with this different time period?” Of course! THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, has “strong- minded heroines you can relate to” and “breathtaking carnally gifted male leads”. (Fresh Fiction)
I’ve written something that will feel familiar to historical romance readers, yet at the same time offer them something different and fresh! Dare to step into the world of fairy tales? Be prepared to be scandalized!
Once upon a wicked time. . . I hope you enjoy these fun, sensual stories.
Oh, and watch for my first full-length Fiery Tale—A MIDNIGHT DANCE—out August, 2011!! A sexy retelling of Cinderella, as it’s never been done before!
A MIDNIGHT DANCE
Historical Romance/Aug. 2011
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.
Matching wits and wiles with a man of Jules de Moutier's seductive skill is not as easy as Sabine Laurent supposed. Soon, she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince...
Read an excerpt of AWAKENED BY A KISS—
About the Author:
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. Her novels, AWAKENED BY A KISS, and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED are featured in Doubleday as well as Rhapsody Book Clubs. To learn more about Lila and her books, visit www.LilaDiPasqua.com
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