03 November 2010

Guestpost: THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED….Where did you get your ideas for that?

THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED

A Fiery Tales Collection
By Lila DiPasqua
Berkley (Sensation)
ISBN: 978-0425237007

OUT NOW!

Inspired by “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling, and “The Princess and the Pea,” Lila DiPasqua spins three sexy tales that give new meaning to the term bedtime story…

The Marquis’ New Clothes: To save her cousin, Aimee de Miran must retrieve a jeweled ring from the most sinfully seductive man at court, the Marquis de Nattes. But to search his considerable wardrobe she’ll have to get very close to the notorious rake…and soon she finds herself very close to him indeed, with his clothes—and hers—utterly forgotten…

The Lovely Duckling: Reputed for his carnal skills, Joseph d’Alumbert prefers amorous encounters without emotional entanglement—until a quick-witted lady stirs tender feelings and hot desire. Emilie de Sarron suffered burns to her body as an infant, and keeps her scars—and her heart—well hidden. But Joseph is determined to peel away her inhibitions, one slow steamy kiss at a time, to reveal the beautiful swan inside…

The Princess and the Diamonds: Princess Gabrielle can’t sleep at night. There is something hard in her bed. No, not just the stolen diamonds tucked under her mattress, but the handsome Marquis on it….whose carnal talents she can’t resist. But he threatens her secret mission, and worse, she stands to lose far more than the diamonds---her heart is at stake….

“…Strong-minded heroines you can relate to, breathtaking carnally gifted male leads…DiPasqua writes with a comfortable elegance and grace, and in turn, crafts a sexy collection that readers will love.” – Fresh Fiction.

“Ripe with steamy affairs, these lusty stories are hot enough to warm the coldest winter night.” – Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt of THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED – http://www.liladipasqua.com/princessbook.html

Read an excerpt of AWAKNED BY A KISS— http://www.liladipasqua.com/awakenbook.html




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 http://www.liladipasqua.com/

Guestpost: THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED….Where did you get your ideas for that?

I get asked this question a lot. The short answer is: I get ideas for my stories from a variety of places. I’ll hear a conversation on the train. Or see a commercial on TV that will trigger something in my imagination. Oh, and then there are history books. . . They’re a great source of inspiration, too! Suddenly, I’m seeing characters forming in my mind and bits and pieces of scenes playing out in my head!

As for my November historical romance release, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED (Berkley Sensation), I’d like to share with you how it all came about.

You see, last year my agent landed me a two-book deal with Berkley. It was the summer of 2009. In fact, it was the day before the RWA National Conference in Washington D.C. I flew down to Nationals and got to meet my agent and editor in person for the first time.

It was all so incredible! I was reeling and totally on cloud nine.

I knew that while I was at the conference, I was going to be having a meeting with my fabulous editor to discuss what to do for book two. Book one, AWAKENED BY A KISS (out now!), was already done. My editor loved AWAKENED BY A KISS so much, there were practically no changes to it from the version my agent submitted – that included the title! What you find on the shelves when you pick up AWAKENED BY A KISS – with the exception of one scene my brilliant agent convinced me to drop and about five sentences added here and subtracted there–is the book I wrote from start to finish. Originally.

So, there I was at Nationals, knowing that I’d have to toss out some ideas to my editor. She wanted three more fairy tale retellings (Fiery Tales) in the next book (just like AWAKENED BY A KISS). Which fairy tales should I pick for THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED? And how was I going to twist the fairy tales to make them my own?

On the plane to Washington, I already knew I wanted to do The Emperor’s New Clothes. And, no. I wasn’t going to have my hero parade down the street naked and have people laugh at him (like in the original tale). Definitely NOT sexy. :) In my mind’s eye I could see Adam de Vey, Marquis de Nattes forming. He was very smart and very sexy—tall, dark and oh so wickedly handsome. He loved the finer things in life; he had a penchant for expensive clothes and beautiful women. And an abundance of both!

That’s when Aimee de Miran popped into my mind. His perfect match. A countess, a widow. And the only woman Adam couldn’t have. Why? A couple of reasons, actually. First, she was married to his good friend—that is until 3 years ago when Aimee’s husband passed away. Second, she doesn’t like him. At all! She believes he’s as big a womanizer as her late husband had been. Her husband had broken Aimee’s heart with his infidelities. Another libertine is the last man she’d ever want. Throw in a newly arrived wardrobe for Adam, accidentally drop an important ring into his pocket and add a desperate Aimee who must seduce this master of seduction in order to get close enough to search his pockets and locate the ring. . .and well, let the fire and fun begin!

On my next blog stop, I’ll talk about my inspiration for The Lovely Duckling (my Ugly Duckling story!). Check my blog at http://liladipasqua.blogspot.com/  to see where I am tomorrow! Trust me, this is one story you want to hear. My inspiration came from the most incredible women. :)

Question: What are you favorite story lines in a romance? Enemies to lovers? Marriage of convenience? Secret baby? A Cinderella tale? Maybe an Ugly Duckling story? Let’s talk romance!

One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of AWAKENED BY A KISS or THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED---winner’s choice! GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE.

47 comments:

  1. I love when they go from enemies to lovers. the Cinderella theme is another goodie. :) I love.loved Awakened By A Kiss. I love Lila's writing and she's an auto buy for me now. So, Please enter me for The Princess In His Bed.See you on the next stop Lila :)
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

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  2. Oh! I'm so glad to see this guest post because this is another book that I recently put on the pile!

    I, like Carol, enjoy enemies to lovers themes. There's something sexy about love and respect stemming from prejudice and hate. It's usually fear of the unknown which I think parallels so many real life situations. But, of course, I like the fairy tales - not necessarily real life! I like to be swept off my feet, which makes this series really intriguing to me! So, I guess Cinderella stories are fun too!

    As for dislikes, don't ask me why because I have no basis for my personal feelings, but I just don't like to read romance stories centered around children and married couples. Isn't that horrible? LOL! I think it's because I can get that in real life if I want. In my 'get-away' books - I want pure fantasy! You know, the hot mystery stranger! :P

    Thanks for the opportunity!!

    amongthemuses@gmail.com

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  3. There are no bad story lines. As long as there is action, intrigue, humor, sex/romance and a happy ending. Always a happy ending, then it can be a great read.

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  4. I have to agree with the enemies to lovers theme being one of the best. Sparks flying everywhere...but I also like the marriage of convenience themes. Maybe cuz that's so the complete opposite of how my own (late) marriage! And as I've gotten older I've become more and more drawn to single mother with kids getting a second chance at love everlasting. Fairytale retellings is a genre that I've not really read any of yet, but have been reading about on blogs like this quite a lot lately, so I need to get on the boat!

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  5. @ Carol -- Those are two of my favorites as well! Thanks so much for the lovely compliment! I'm so glad you enjoyed AWAKENED BY A KISS!

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  6. @ Tanya --Thanks so much for the interest in my book! Oh and I loved your answer! :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  7. krazymama_98 --Well put! I'm with you on this! Gotta have a happy ending! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  8. @readinrobin -- You're right. There is that delicious built in conflict with enemies to lovers! I hope you'll try one of my books. It's fairy tale retelling at a whole different level. ;)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  9. Love how you get ideas. Makes sense.

    My answer? Beauty and the Beast actually. Hmm... maybe that is more enemies to lovers, then. ;) I do have to have some sort of HEA, tho. Life doesn't always have them, so I need 'em in my books! :)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I agree with the ladies up above in their comments. There is no bad story lines except the secret baby ones don't care much for those! I love most of em! I love enemies to lovers, Cinderella tales, and Beauty and Beast stories! I love the stuffy or nerdy hero type books too! Its all good!
    Thanks for sharing today!

    evjochum@aol.com

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  11. I love enemies to lovers as they say there's a very thin line between love and hate!
    In case you haven't noticed i'm stalking you Lila :P

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  12. I do enjoy the enemies to lovers storyline, marriage of convenience is okay too and I like the rags to riches storyline.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  13. I also really enjoy a good enemies turn lovers storyline, the fiery dialogues that can bring *fffeewww* Sizzling :))

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  14. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds like so much fun! This was a great guest post. :)

    buckeyegirlreads at gmail dot com

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  15. I'm also not a secret baby fan.
    I love the enemies to lovers. I love it when the hero and heroine are fighting and bitching at each other until the lights come one...hehe!!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

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  16. It sounds great, I like fairy tales rewritten. For my historical romances, I often like the marriages of convenience that turn into love and passion. But often they hate each other as well in the beginning.
    Aurian.

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  17. For me I just like it when my characters already know eachother. I like them to have some sort of past. May it be friends to lovers, enimies to lover, reconciliation, or past loves. I just want them to know eachother.
    Lila, I can't wait to read this and now I super curious about the ugly duckling story.

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  18. It's been a while for me, but I do enjoy reading the marriage of convenience story lines.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  19. I love Cinderella and Ugly Duckling stories the most :-)

    smaccall@comcast.net

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  20. @Melissa--I so agree! A HEA is a *must* for me, too! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  21. @Johanna--You know, I'm not a big fan of secret babies, either. It's a personal thing, definitely. :) Thanks for chatting with me!
    Hugs,
    Lila

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  22. @ Elizabeth---I'm thrilled you're here!! Please keep visiting me on my tour. I love it! And, I really like enemies to lovers, too. :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  23. @Linda Henderson-- Definitely great choices! Thanks for stopping by to share with me. :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  24. @Leontine ---LOL. Well put!! And thanks for having me here on your blog! :)
    Hugs,
    Lila

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  25. @A Buckeye Girl Reads--Oh, thank you for your lovely comment! Glad you stopped by. :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  26. @Valerie---LOL! It's definitely a popular story line, isn't it? So much fire and natural sizzle the whole enemies to lovers. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  27. @Aurian---Thank you for the nice comment! And I agree with your remarks about historicals/marriage of convenience. :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  28. @Danielle--Thanks so much! And I'm delighted I've sparked your interest in The Lovely Duckling. ;) Two out of three stories in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED have a hero and heroine who know each other already. :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  29. @Tracey D--That is a great story line--especially in historicals. It lends well to an enemies to lover tale. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  30. @Sarah--Yay! Fairy tales! Two of my favorites. I have the Ugly Duckling in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, and I've got my very own Cinderella story coming out next year with Berkley.

    One hot historical romance with a devilishly handsome rake and a strong smart heroine...determined to find her prince...and make him pay. :) A MIDNIGHT DANCE will be out Aug. 2011.

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  31. Great guest post! And I enjoy enemies to lovers. Not so much secret babies. LOL

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  32. I enjoy the enemies to lovers and on story lines.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

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  33. My favorite is enemies to lovers then I like marriage of convenience. I really enjoy all kinds of romance stories mainly it depends on what kind of mood I'm in when I'm reading.

    sstrode@scrtc.com

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  34. I am a sucker for marriage of convenience and ugly duckling tropes, definitely.

    abbydillon16@yahoo.com

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  35. I'm much more of an enemies to lovers and the marriage of convenience story. I think that when the hero and heroine are at odds, it adds more spice to the story...and their romance..

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  36. Lila is a new author to me but from the interview her books sounds interesting.

    So please include my name in the giveaway.

    Thanks

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    I am a Follower via GFC

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  37. @ames--Secret babies are losing terribly! :) I do like enemies to lovers, too! :)

    @Estella-- You're definitely in good company there! Thanks for sharing. :)

    @Sherry --I like your answer! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    @Rosie Hong --Yay! A vote for Ugly Duckling! Hope you like my Emilie and Joseph. :)

    @Zeee --well put! I agree. Lots of that kind of think is found in my books. :)

    @Carol T--Thank you for the interest! I'm so delighted you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Hugs,
    Lila

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  38. Hi Lila. I love when they don't like each other or one does and one doesn't. Always makes for a fun story. Don't enter me as I just won on your site.
    Sue B

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  39. I'm a sucker for beauty and the beast themes!

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  40. @Sue B--*waves* Great to see you here! Your stuff is in the mail! And I love that storyline too! :)

    @mrsshuka - Can't go wrong with that classic! :)

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  41. I like forced marriage scenario. The heroine agreed to marry the hero for some reasons and fall in love in the process. Ah, on second thought, it can be turned around.

    My Darcy Mutates

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  42. One of my favorite story lines is friends to lovers, right after the enemies to lovers stories. :)

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  43. I do like enemies to lovers because the tension is the story can be great.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT Com

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  44. I love reencounter story lines. They have been X years without seeing each other and one day they meet up again by chance.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I hope I'm in time!

    I like friends to lovers or second chance at love best I think.

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  46. Reunited lovers and ugly duckling storylines are among my faves. I am just now beginning to adore the friends-to-lovers theme.

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

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  47. Hi Lila and Leontine, I would definitely choose the "enemies to friends" theme - it would have to be some pretty deep emotions and connecting for them to make it to their HEA! Gosh, I love reading romance! Period. Thanks for hosting Leontine, and thanks for visiting with us Lila! Allison (cadnac AT gmail DOT com)

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