I'm thrilled to welcome back to The Romance Dish historical author Lila DiPasqua!! We always have a wonderful time when Lila visits and today is bound to be no exception. Lila rewrites classic fairy tales with a fiery twist. And let me tell you, Lila writes fiery very well indeed!! Her latest release, UNDONE, is based on the old tale of Rupunzel. Please join us as Lila tells us about UNDONE and discusses keeping secrets.
Excerpt from UNDONE:
Once upon a time there was a woman who was shut away in a tower. It was said, she’d been there for years. Rumored to be a prisoner of her own making. No one knew much about the mysterious beauty. Or the secrets she guarded. It was certain she’d live out her days cloistered. Yet one day, out of the forest, they say her prince appeared. One look at the lovely enchantress, and he was enthralled. Upon hearing her ethereal voice, he was undone . . . What happened next, you ask? Well, he scaled the tower and rescued the beauty, of course . . . Was that the end? No, my dearlings, that was only the beginning.
And what was to follow was stuff of fairy tales. . .
For those who know me, you know I’m a historical romance author who writes scorching retelling of favorite fairy tales. My latest, UNDONE, is inspired by Rapunzel.
I have a beauty in a tower – so to speak—with beautiful hair (though not long enough to climb :) She has a stunning singing voice, too. You see, Angelica has been hiding from her past in a convent for ten years. She’s been keeping secrets a very long time. And she has every intention of maintaining it that way.
But along comes our hero, Simon Boulenger. Upon seeing her attacked, he does the heroic thing—and rescues her. But this sexy privateer thinks he’s done her a great service. He hasn’t. He’s placed her in great danger. There is one man who can ruin her life, and Simon has inadvertently put her within striking range of this man.
My favorite kind of romance novel is the kind where the heroine brings out the best in the hero–and vice versa. It’s because of Simon that Angelica learns to really experience life. To let down her hair. It’s because of Angelica that Simon sees himself as more than a commoner. But it takes time and trust before either can reveal their painful secrets.
And no matter how much Angelica wants to pull away from Simon, the attraction these two characters feel for each other is intense. Utterly magnetic. Tall, dark and dangerous, (and a knee-weakening set of sinfully gorgeous light blue eyes), Simon is one carnally-gifted, bad boy historical hero no woman can easily resist. :)
I’ve been told by a number of readers that I made them cry or tear up in this emotional, steamy retelling of Rapunzel. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
So dear reader, what was the last book you read or movie you watched that made you cry?
One random commenter will win a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE, my spicy, romantic retelling of Cinderella AND a signed copy of Delilah Marvelle’s ONCE UPON A SCANDAL. (Giveaway open WORLDWIDE.)
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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.