Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Lila DiPasqua (& Giveaway)

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!

Today for FWW I have Lila DiPasqua and the lovely ladies at RRFTLOR have Sophia James!


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


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. :)

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?
3. Debutante or 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?
9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky)
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.

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  1. It depends on the story. Sometimes I like stories with virgin heroine and sometimes with fallen woman.

    PS: This book sounds good :)

  2. I prefer virgin heroine since I want to read the fantasy of a women getting it "right" the first time!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  3. I don't mind as long as the heroine is smart... (Okay to be naive... but not dumb!)

  4. It really depends on the story. I am a "romance junky".

  5. Hi Lila,
    Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to have a signed copy of any of your books but I do love Jules.

    Heroine preference - it all depends on the story. Sometimes, she needs to be innocent about the way men are and other times, it's fab to watch a seasoned expert weave a man around her little finger with her talents. ; )

  6. thanks for the great post!!! I don't really have a preference... as long as the story flows well :)

  7. I have no preference. As long as there's a connection between the Hero and Heroine, steamy love scenes, and a great story, I'm in ;)

  8. I like a happy medium.


  9. I think I do prefer a virgin heroine more often than a fallen woman.

  10. It doesn't matter to me if the heroine is a virgin or not. I like her back story to match her timeline and her character. It's more important to me that she is intelligent and able to stand on her own two feet.

  11. I think I do enjoy virgin heroine stories more, but I'll read anything romance. :)

  12. It does not matter to me as long as she is strong, intelligent and of decent character. No spoiled, egotistical chits in my heroines, please. Str

  13. I prefer a virgin heroine tho a lot really depends on the author's writing. The important thing is to be able to connect to & feel the connection between, the hero & the heroine.

  14. I like virgin heroine that do to a scandalous situation became a fallen lady. She has wit, brain, humor, courage, everything!

  15. A fallen woman. There can be this great backstory giving her more character, more life experiences. The how/why/when make her so much more compelling.

  16. A fallen woman. There can be this great backstory giving her more character, more life experiences. The how/why/when make her so much more compelling.

    1. I prefer a virgin heroine. My favorite books are were there is a marriage. To me it is much more interesting since more time together as husband and wife. Thanks for an opportunity to win!!

  17. Hi everyone!

    Thanks so much for having me here. And thank you for all your answers! As an author, I found them really fascinating. So glad you stopping in to share! :)


  18. I would love to read either if it's written well, but possibly I prefer a virgin heroine. That being said there is a book with a fallen heroine which I read this year that I adored!

  19. Can I say both? Each have their own story with their own pasts that shape who they are. Both choices of heroine have been wonderful reads for me.

  20. i like the idea of a virgin heroine, that's just 1 main reason why i read historical novels...there's no mention of many lovers...a one and only.

  21. I like fallen woman. They're independent, intelligent, looking out for themselves. They don't need the love or support of a man to get through life.
    When they find a soulmate it's a struggle for them to let go of their independence and accept that they are lovable.

  22. OOPS! I forgot to include my e-mail address.

    johns lake at usa dot com

  23. It really doesn't matter to me, but I enjoy to see virgin heroines to grow as long the story develops, fallen woman are more independent and I like that.

  24. Although it really doesn't matter to me, I will love either if they are well written, if I have to choose I would go with fallen women. They tend to be more spunky, know what they like, don't run so much, and I love it when they can teach the hero (especially if he is a rake) a thing or two.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. I do love both, but a virginal heroine story can be a lot of fun. It's all in the chase.

  26. Hi Lila!

    Your question seems like it should be such an easy one to answer but like the wonders of the world sometimes things don't appear as they seem!

    Has a woman actually "fallen" if circumstances or lies influenced her actions? Sometimes a question can be asked as if to appear the answer should be one way or the other but as in real life all depends on the circumstances.

    Because of the way I "look at the world" and as I've reached my "more mature" years I find I'm much more tolerant about finding out all the circumstances before making any judgements. Whether it's because of my age or circumstances I've lived through I found that many times things aren't often as they appear. When I'm reading I always go into a story with a completely open mind and try to look from the perspective of ALL the characters both the main characters and secondary characters and to also keep my my open to what is still not known.

    I don't judge the characters in the books I read any differently than I do in real life. I guess the only way I could answer your question honestly would be to ask "Do you judge characters in a book the same way as you judge the people in your own life?"

    I guess your not surprised that I like to read books with virgins and with fallen women in historical romances because after all just look at history! Since Eve there's always been both! In fact thinking about it if Eve hadn't been "fallen" we wouldn't be here at all!


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