Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself
This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine. Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!
Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley as well as self-published novels.
She is best known for her acclaimed Fiery Tales series.
To learn more about Lila and her books, visit www.LilaDiPasqua.com
Hi Lila, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!
It’s my pleasure to be here! Thank you for having me.
1. What makes “fallen women” special to you as an author?
Oh, I love a fallen woman. A fallen woman is much more interesting! A woman who has had a past is a lot more fun to write about. A MIDNIGHT DANCE, (from the Fiery Tales Series) is my Cinderella retelling. Sabine Laurent, my heroine, is a fallen woman. Or rather, she becomes one. You see, she has no choice but to steal the treasure of silver from her childhood crush, Jules de Moutier, a man born into the aristocracy. When the book starts, Sabine is all grown up, and her feelings for Jules have soured. She blames him and his family for her family’s misfortunes. Playing the part of a prostitute is the only way to gain entrance into Jules’s heavily guarded came. But things don’t go exactly as Sabine plans . . . And Jules is not as easy to resist as she believed he would be.
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…
Book Trailer for A MIDNIGHT DANCE.
2. If Hollywood optioned your book into a movie, who would play the lead characters?
To play Sabine, I’d pick Scarlett Johansson. She’s beautiful, blonde would capture Sabine’s spunky and clever personality. To play Jules, I need an actor with dark hair and sexy dark eyes. I’m going to pick Eric Bana. Who can resist that man? Seriously. ;)
3. If you could trade places with any fallen woman (real or fictional) who would it be and why?
Mae West. There was a woman before her time who wasn’t afraid to be herself. There are so many wonderful Mae West quotes. Here’s just one: “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” *winks*
4. Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?
Charles Perrault—Creator of The Tales of Mother Goose.
Hans Christian Andersen – Another author of wonderful fairy tales!
Jane Austen – Who wouldn’t want to invite her over for dinner?
William Shakespeare – I would have been his groupie had I lived in the sixteenth century.
Oscar Wilde – Come now, is there anyone more interesting and entertaining than this man was?
5. Which two authors would you write an anthology with and what would it be about?
There are so many wonderful historical romance authors out there I’d love to write an anthology with. I could never name just two. It would definitely be about, well, historical romance. The steamy kind. :)
1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin Widow
5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Both—See my hero Simon in UNDONE (my most recent release—a retelling of Rapunzel. *grins*
8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Present
10. Writing or Reading? Unfair! I can’t do one without the other. :)
11. Paperbacks or e-books? I would have said paperbacks until I fell in love with me e-reader. Though I’d never want to see print books disappear.
12. Plotter or Pantser? Yes. (Sorry, but I’m a mix of both. :)
13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer:
Do you prefer a virgin heroine, or a fallen woman in your historical romances? Or do you have no preference at all?
One random lucky commenter will win a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE.
Giveaway open WORLDWIDE.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with the answer to the question Lila posed..
Giveaway is open until October 13th, 2012.a Rafflecopter giveaway