Guest Author & Giveaway: Lila DiPasqua featuring Awakened by a Kiss

Tuesday, August 24

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The majority of historical romances are set in England...sometimes Scotland, but very rarely in France.  I have to wonder why that is, since when I think of romance I think Paris, and the French language which is so incredibly sexy that just about any man speaking it becomes attractive.  So when I was provided with the opportunity to read Lila DiPasqua's debut collection of stories in Awakened by a Kiss,  all set in France, I eagerly crossed the channel for a change of scenery.  And let me tell you, Lila's Frenchmen definitely live up to their reputation as legendary lovers and I am now desirous for more historical romances set in France....after all it is the land of  l'amour :)  Hello, they even have a kiss named after them! I rest my case.

Lila DiPasqua is my guest today to share some insight into the life, times, and world in which her stories take place and what makes them so steamy and sexy.  Read and enjoy!

Once upon a time, fairy tales were born…It was a decadent, wicked time…

Long before the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, there was a 17th century French lawyer and writer by the name of Charles Perrault. He did something no one had done before.

He wrote down forklore that had been passed on verbally for generations and added 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 the renowned salons of Paris – places of enlightenment, where the aristocracy and the literati (poets, dramatists, grammarians) gathered to discuss and debate history, religion, politics and literature. After all, these were stories that had been popular with the illiterate. The intellectually and socially elite felt it was beneath them to acknowledge Perrault’s tales.

But fairy tales have an appeal and magic of their very own. In short order, the genre of fairy tales took off and fairy tales soon became a highly fashionable subject of conversation at every salon in the city.

But just what was Perrault’s world like? Well now, Perrault lived in a time that was as elegant and refined as Regency England. And it had all the things we find in fairy tales: a king, a queen, princes and princesses (the king had a brood of illegitimate children that he legitimized), palaces, distinguished lords, and ladies in sumptuous gowns, ballrooms and balls.

Add a healthy dose of salaciousness and you have the reign of Louis XIV!

You see, the King at the time, Louis XIV, was a lusty monarch. He loved sex. His glittering court was no different. The pursuit of sinful pleasures was a pastime. Sex, an art form. Men didn’t have “a” mistress. They had multiple mistresses and would refer to certain ones as “favorites”. It was the responsibility of those at court to keep up with the King’s preferences.  Any favorite mistress of the King was treated like the queen. Everyone rose when she entered a room, whether the King was by her side or not. No one dared sit, until she sat. Her royal treatment would continue as long as the King favored her.

The only thing Louis XIV adored as much as women, was dance. He threw elaborate masquerade balls and established the first school of ballet. Oh, and let us not forget his most majestic creation of them all! He commissioned the magnificent Palace of Versailles! Louis XIV did everything on a grand scale. He wanted and got a palace fit for the most powerful monarch in all of Christendom!

My debut historical romance novel AWAKENED BY A KISS is a Fiery Tales collection – steamy re-tellings of three classic fairy tales – Perrault’s tales, to be precise – and I gave them my own steamy spin. The tagline for AWAKENED BY A KISS, “Once upon a wicked time…” is truly fitting. I couldn’t help but set the book in Perrault’s lifetime, in the very time and place where fairy tales were born!

And yet, as I wrote my take of Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood, I couldn’t help but wonder just how much did Perrault tweak and twist the original tales he immortalized in print? How true did he stay to those stories that had been retold over and over again? I suppose, we’ll never know.

Step into Perrault’s world. . . It was a magical time. A decadent time! And allow me to introduce you to my first sexy rake – Adrien d’Aspe, illegitimate son of the King, and delicious bad boy. Read a juicy excerpt of AWAKENED BY A KISS here.

Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…

Sleeping Beauty --- Sleeping Beau --- Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…

Little Red Riding Hood --- Little Red Writing --- Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother's house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger…

Puss in Boots --- Bewitching in Boots --- Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he's every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her…

A Bonus Excerpt just for Musings readers.  
For your reading pleasure here's a little bit more from "Sleeping Beau"

Taking advantage of her unbalanced state, Adrien clasped her hand in his and stalked toward her rooms with her in tow.
“Madame! Madame . . . wh-what should I do?” the servant called out.
“If you don’t let go of me, I’ll scream,” Catherine threatened.
“Go ahead.” He reached her door, wrenched it open, and pulled her inside.
“Madame . . . ?”
“It’s all right, Odette. I’ll take care of this,” she said, just before he shut the door. He’d called her on her bluff. She wasn’t about to scream. Or make a scene. If she wasn’t scheming, she was lying to him.
She was always playing games.
Well, he had a game for her. One that would overwhelm her senses, break down her resistance. Only, he wasn’t going to resort to drugging her—as she had him. But he was going to take control—a control she’d snatched from him that night.
His game was one he’d mastered a long time ago—seduction.
She narrowed her eyes. “What do you want?”
He stepped closer. She stepped back into the door. A crack in her façade.
“I want you to scream,” he reiterated, his tone matter-of-fact. “I’m going to make you come, and I want to hear you scream out your pleasure.”
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Congrats Lila on your wickedly sexy debut!  If you'd like to learn more about Lila and her sensual fairy tales you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and her Yahoo Group Newsletter.  I can't wait for the next collection of fairy tales in The Princess in His Bed which comes out in just a few months (Nov 2010).

To celebrate the release of AWAKENED BY A KISS, Lila is giving away TWO signed copies of her debut collection to two lucky commenters, as well as bookmarks to anyone who would like one. You can request a free bookmark by emailing her.  Here's how you can enter to win the books....
Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer this question:  Tell me what you love about fairy tales. (good for 1 entry)  
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & Canadian addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
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  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!

 p.s. don't forget that every meaningful comment you make from Aug 1-Sept 4th will earn you an entry in the "Feel the Heat" giveaway.  Click the link for full details.

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stacey August 24, 2010 at 2:38 AM  

What I love about Fairy Tales is the Good looking males and the Happy endings
I'm a Follower Via GFC


debbie August 24, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

In the original grimm's fairy tales, they didn't always have a happy ending. In fact, some were downright morbid. I liked that they were different than the fairy tales we have today.
I am a gfc follower.

Dani August 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

I'm all about the HEA. I know a lot of the original versions were pretty grotesque in parts, but my favorites are the disney-esque versions - even if not disney I just crave a good HEA. I'm a GFC.

Tore August 24, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. What I love about fairytales is that there is always a happy ending and the men look good. Please enter me in contest.

Carol L. August 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

I love the complete fantasy of it all, even in the more morbid ones.
Fairy tales are just that, reads to entertain us and I love all those gorgeous men. :)Also very interesting info regarding Perrault.
Lila, I have this book on my TRL and can't wait. Please enter me.
Carol L.

I'm a GFC follower

Bethie August 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

I love fairy tales because they are always a little bit scary, yet they always have a happy ending.
I follow on GFC

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Lila DiPasqua August 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

Good morning everyone! I'm so happy to be here chatting with you. :)

Hi Stacey -- Those are two excellent reasons to like fairy tales. :)

Hi Debbie - You're right about the Brothers Grimm stories. Even Perrault's stories had a dark twist to them. Thanks for sharing! :)

Hi Dani - The HEA is definitely the best part of any tale. :) Thanks!

Hi Tore - You can never go wrong with a story that has a good looking man and a HEA! :) Thanks for sharing!

Hi Carol L. - Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I'm so glad you found the info on Perrault interesting. And I'm delighted by your interest in AWAKENED BY A KISS. Hope you enjoy the book. I had a lot of fun writing it. :)

Hi Bethie - Too true. Many of the originals were definitely scary. They say that the story of Bluebeard may have been the first serial killer story. And, thankfully, it too had a happy ending-- of sorts. :) Thanks for stopping by!

alba August 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Hi Lila
I have always loved fairy tails, They are so Magical with a little bit of scariness.
Love the HEA.
I like the idea of the adult version of my long time favorite stories.
looking forward to reading Awakened by a Kiss.putting it down on my TBList.
I am GFC
Have a good one

Danielle Gorman August 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

Ooh, great except Lila. You just make me want your book so much more! What I love about fairy tales is that almost anything can happen. Nothing is off limits. I also happen to love the romance and the HEA in fairy tales. It's always so romantic.

throuthehaze August 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

I like fairy tales for the HEA!
I am a follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Lila DiPasqua August 24, 2010 at 4:54 PM  

Hi Alba -- Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by and sharing! :)

Hi Danielle - Glad you liked the exclusive excerpt. Great answer to the question. :)

Hi throuthehaze - Definitely a favorite of mine, too. :) I think Cinderella must have been one of the first "romances" I ever read. The ending is just perfect!

Estella August 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

I love the fantasy of fairy tales!

kissinoak at verizon dot net

Ivy August 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

Awakened by a Kiss sounds amazing...You've picked some good ones to "retell".
The fairy tales I love don't always have a happy ending....I just love the magic & the fact that there's always a lesson or cautionary tale in the story.

Robin K August 24, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

I love fairy tales for the magic they have. I am a sucker for happy ever afters and knights in shining armor!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Scorpio M. August 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I love fairy tales for the same reason I love romances. The bad will be overcome by good or love!

GFC follower.

Lila DiPasqua August 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

Hi Estella - So do I! :)

Hi Ivy - Thanks so much for your lovely compliment! I like the morals/lesson to the tales, too! :)

Hi Robin - Ah, Knights in shining armor...very nice indeed! :)

Hi Scorpio - Well put! Thanks for sharing. :)

LilMissMolly August 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

I like fairy tails because they take me away from my dull life. It's pure escapism.
Lvsgund @
GC Followe

Misusedinnocence August 24, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

I love the whimsy of fairy tales. :)

I follow on gfc.

Lisa R/alterlisa August 25, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

I thing I love is that though the road to love may be bumpy there is generally a HEA

I follow on GFC

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Virginia C August 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

In fairy tales, the improbable becomes possible. An unwanted urchin can become a princess and have her own HEA with a handsome prince. Pumpkins can become coaches. A lovelorn Beast will be transformed into a much-loved Prince. Fairy godmothers make wishes come true. In fairy tales, you can BE the character of your dreams, but you must BElieve!

US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Armenia August 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

Just wanted to drop by and congratulate Lila for hew debut release.

No need to enter me, I won a copy and will spend the weekend reading it. Have a great weekend.

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