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Friday, April 27, 2012

Guest Author Post: A Rather Cursed Palace by Lila DiPasqua *Book Giveaway*


In my steamy emotionally-charged retelling of Rapunzel, UNDONE, there is a very special palace that plays an important role—Vaux-le-Vicomte.
And I’m convinced it’s cursed.
I’ve personally been to this incredible 17th century masterpiece. Vaux was built by a man named Nicolas Fouquet.
He was the third most powerful man in Europe at the time. He was King Louis XIV’s Finance Minister and well, he kind of got himself into trouble by dipping his hand in the Crown Treasury.  He sort of forgot the country’s money wasn’t his own personal wealth.  Not good.
I loved reading about Fouquet!  I loved visiting the opulent home that aided in his downfall.  There’s enough written about Fouquet to make conspiracy buffs reel. I *knew* I had to make him my villain in UNDONE. And I knew, my hero, was going to be the man to help bring this powerful, rather untouchable man down.
Simon Boulenger, is tall, dark and dangerous. He’s bent on knocking Fouquet off his influential post.  But this is no small feat.  Simon is a commoner, who has been trying to become ennobled so he can stop privateering for his country and enter the King’s official navy as an officer (only nobles were allowed to be officers).  His character is actually based on two real privateers (both of whom are mentioned at the end of the book in my Author’s Note.)
UNDONE is all about what happens after the hero rescues the beauty from the tower. Little does Simon know, he’s just snatched out of hiding a woman who not only is beautiful and difficult for him to resist, she’s also someone rather close to none other than Nicolas Fouquet. His attraction to Angelica is a terrible distraction to Simon from his perilous mission. All he wants to do is show her the depth of his desire and give in to his every wicked fantasy he has of her.
In my Fiery Tales world, you can expect one carnally-gifted hero, one smart, savvy heroine. And scorching hot love scenes. In this Rapunzel inspired story, you can also expect to perhaps shed a tear or two as this is the most emotional story I’ve ever written.
 

 So without further ado......
The Beautiful VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. 
(Translated it means, "Like the Viscount".)  


Does Vaux look familiar?  It should. The movie, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, where Leonardo DiCaprio played a yummy Louis XIV, was filmed at Vaux.  Why?  It's a lot cheaper than actually renting the palace of Versailles. Vaux is certainly opulent enough to fool the viewer. 


So, Vaux still doesn't ring a bell?  How about this little tidbit: Vaux-le-Vicomte was the very place where Eva Longoria and Tony Parker held their elegant fairy tale wedding reception.  Yup, I know... That didn't end well, did it? As Nicolas Fouquet would likely attest, NEVER throw a party at Vaux.  It's rather unlucky for both the host and hostess (days after Nicolas Fouquet’s first and only extravagant party at Vaux, he was arrested for embezzlement of funds, tried and sent to prison until the day he died.


When rumors of Tony Parker's infidelity hit the news, Mrs. Fouquet would have certainly understood how Eva must have felt. 


 Here she is.  This painting hangs in the sitting room of Mrs. Fouquet's private apartments in Vaux.  It depicts her clipping the wings off Cupid—so that love would never leave her but be hers forever. Unfortunately, Fouquet was terribly unfaithful to his very young, most enamored wife.
Did any of you see THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK?  I can't be the only one who drooled over Leonardo DiCaprio!  *smiles*


Question: What’s your favorite period movie?  


Giveaway Time: One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE my steamy retelling of Cinderella, and a signed copy of Sarah MacLean’s awesome book—A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME.  Giveaway opened WORLDWIDE until Wednesday, 5/1.


UNDONE
A Fiery Tale
Lila DiPasqua
HISTORICAL ROMANCE
April, 2012
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.

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50 comments:

Ren said...

I love The Young Victoria, The Duchess, Ever After (Dougray Scott, *le sigh*) Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre (Michael Fassbender is absolutely delicious as Mr. Rochester) The Libertine (Johnny Depp, yum) I'm sure there's a host of others that I'm missing :)

Ren said...

Do Shakespeare in Love count? I love that movie. I think my love for Joseph Fiennes, grow from there, LOL!

My name also Ren. But I'm different from the blogger above :)

CrystalGB said...

Undone sounds great. Love the cover. I like The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask, Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

Desere said...

Hi Lila,

The man in the iron mask is undoubtely my favorite, I cannot get enough of Leonardo DiCaprio,(wipes drool away) I have reseen it so many times that after 15 I lost count !

I am very glad to hear I am not the only one lol

Thank you for the lovely giveaway !

Desere

Crystal C said...

I cannot wait to read Undone!! It sounds great!

My favorite movie time period is anything in the Midevil or Victorian times!! ((I sometimes feel I was born in the wrong time))

Crystal

LS said...

I am not really a movie person but would love to read either book

Tif said...

My favorite period movie has to be Gone With the Wind. The first time I watched it I fell in love with Scarlett & Rhett. And the cover to Undone kind of reminds me of that Era with her long flowing dress.

Lovely giveaway! Thanks sooo much!

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Ora said...

It's so hard for me to pick a specific time period. I love the Georgian, Regency and also the Victorian periods, however I also love reading Scotish romances regardless of the period, probably has something to do with fierce men in kilts.
I loved Undone. I can't wait for Three Reckless Wishes. You always do a remarkable job of retelling of fairy tales. I love how you take certain aspects of the tales and then let the characters take a life of their own in shaping their story.

Lory Lee said...

Lady Jane (stars Helena Bonham Carter) is one of my favorite period movie because it depicts how good leader she is. Nearly cried during the execution when she said "What shall I do? Where is it?". She was only 16 years old. :(

Julia said...

I liked Man in the Iron mask and I remember watching it just because of Leo. I really enjoyed Young Victoria. Oh the chemistry!

This was a super interesting post! Thanks for the contest!

Brianne said...

My favorite period movie right now is Sophia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." I really enjoyed how the movie had beautiful cinematography while incorporating more modern music to make the characters seem more realistic.

Laura said...

Last of the Mohicans is my favorite movie, making it also my favorite period movie! The Firth/Ehle version of Pride & Prejudice is a close second.

Thanks for the give away!

Mary said...

I like the "man in the iron mask" also but I actually prefer the older version, not that Leonardo was not good but I like the other version also. The book looks very "interesting" and I would love to have a chance to read it....... :)

regencygirl01 said...

Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens

May said...

Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice

Betty Hamilton said...

I have to choose Gone With The Wind. I remember my grandmother holding my hand as we walked to the movie theater to see it. I couldn't have been more than 5 or 6. I can't imagine how she got me to sit that long! The first book that I stayed up all night to read (under my blanket with a flashlight!!) was also Gone With The Wind!!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I just plain love period movies, just to see the costumes, background, furnishings for homes, etc.. Watching them makes me glad I don't have to clean all those floors, rugs, dishes!! No wonder there were so many servants..!!
Have you ever notice, when discussions of 'reincarnation' come up... everyone was someone famous... no one was the cook, tweeny, shepherd, etc..

Tracey said...

My favourite period movie has to be the recent remake of Pride and Prejudice.

Anonymous said...

The Young Vicotia and Braveheart. I LOVE HISTORICAL FILMS. When you read you have in your mind a pictures of a place, time or atmosphere that is in print...when you see a film you can verify/update your ideas. A whole new demention is added........

Anonymous said...

tyandnoahsmom@hotmail.com ********The Young Vicotia and Braveheart. I LOVE HISTORICAL FILMS. When you read you have in your mind a pictures of a place, time or atmosphere that is in print...when you see a film you can verify/update your ideas. A whole new demention is added........

Kim said...

I like watching Gone With the Wind and Sense & Sensibility.
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Carrie said...

Gah, I've watched practically every movie Leo has ever been in. I'm obsessed. Not only is he beautiful but he is one talented actor. I have a thing for historical movies/dramas. If I'm not going for a period series, then it would have to be Gone with the Wind.

qt_pi_24_7@hotmail.com said...

My favourite period movie would have to be either northand south

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

For MOVIES, I think I'd prefer modern times, urban fantasy instead of historical. But for books, I think the B.C. or 13-1800s are all very romantic! :D

Thanks for this giveaway!

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Erica said...

I love the Gwenyth Paltrow version of Emma. I can watch it again and again.

Ericajmcfarland@gmail.com

Adria said...

I don't know why The Man in the Iron Mask didn't become a huge success, I adored that film (at the time I was a huge Leo fan, being a teenager then, now I think he's a fabulous actor who happens to be cute). Every time it's on tv I HAVE to watch it even though I have it on dvd.

Period movies are my absolute favorite type of movies so it was hard to pick a favorite, but I have to say Pride & Prejudice (cause Keira Knightley was amazing as Lizzie), Sense & Sensibility and King Arthur (The one with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley). Those are my 3 top favorites but I could go on and on about period films.

Thanks for the giveaway.

catslady said...

I've loved Leo in everything he's done and The Man in the Iron Mask was a great movie. I don't think I have a particular favorite because I enjoy most historical films. Have to say what a gorgeous cover you have and your books sounds like something I would really enjoy.

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Amy2read said...

Love the movie The Man in the Iron Mask especially since it's filled with such amazing actors like Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Gerard Depardeiu. My favorite period movies would have to be Braveheart, The Patriot, Gone with the Wing, and The Princess Bride.

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Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Lila. I really like Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. I just saw the newest adaptation of The Three Musketeers. The movie was pretty bad, but it's visually beautiful.
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Lila DiPasqua said...

Hi everyone!

I'm so thrilled to be back here on Babbling about Books and More. :)

I've been reading your movie suggestions and smiling and nodding. So many of my own favorites have been mentioned! :)

Ora--Thanks so much for the compliment on UNDONE! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the book, and my Fiery Tales! XO

Julia--Thank you for the lovely compliment on the post!

catslady5--Thank you for the compliment on the cover! I love it, too. :)

I'm so glad to see so many Leo/Man in the Iron Mask fans here!

Hugs,
Lila xo

Lila DiPasqua said...

@Jane--Oh I've got to agree with your comment on the latest version of The Three Musketeers. Thank you for your good wishes!

JessS said...

Umm, I can't think right now! But definitely Ever After and any of the Jane Austen ones (though the BBC Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice massive beats the Kiera Knightly movie). Thanks!

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Vita said...

Sense and Sensibility has already been mentioned, but I have to agree that it's a fabulous movie, from the great screenplay by Emma Thompson, to a terrific cast, to story full of (minor) heartbreak and romance.

I cry at the near death of Kate Winslet every time!


Vita
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Shanzii said...

I didn't read all of the comments, so I'm not sure if anyone said this, but definitely Braveheart! It's got everything, love, heartache, fighting, sexy men in kilts!? What's not to love!?

Anonymous said...

Hi Lila, speaking about the curse of the castle, oh my it's scary:(. Hmmm i love movies about heidi, anne of green gables , waterloo, and gone with the wind, arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

bn100 said...

I like Pride and Prejudice.

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Robin said...

The Man in the Iron Mask and Lady Jane are favorites.

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Kaetrin said...

I love The Man in the Iron Mask with Richard Chamberlain (and the Cinderella one he was in too) and The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews. :)

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Tina said...

Hi Lila, congrats on Undone. I can't wait to read it. My favorite movies are Pride & Prejudice, Ever After, Gone With the Wind and The Three Musketters .
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Lisa said...

I rarely get to choose the movies around here, but how about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Possibly not so accurate, but Johnny Depp? Please! Also, as already said, I have a fondness for P&P.

Dot S.(ladeetdareads.wordpress.com) said...

I love EMMA, the one starring Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller. Truly the best version from BBC.
I can't wait to read UNDONE!!

Jeanne M said...

Hi Lila!

Yes, I did see The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio in fact my husband and I watched it together - both times! Sometimes once is just not enough!

My favorite movie was Don Quixote (the musical). I actually read The Ingenious Genltemen Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes when I was in High School and fell in love with historical romance with ever sentence I read! I consider Cervantes as the very first romance writer and with every historical romance I read I thank him once again!

When my then "future" husband and I first heard the song The Impossible Dream from the musical Don Quixote we both loved it so much we decided to have the song played for "our song" for our first dance as husband and wife when we got married a few months later!

To this day each year on our anniversary we play the song and dance together just one more time! This year we celebrated our 42nd anniversary and that's my own personal fairy tale come true!

Tore said...

I love Everafter and the First Night. They are awesome movies. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these books. Tore923@aol.com

marybelle said...

Has to be THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, but I am looking forward to the new Musical film version of LES MISERABLES.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i love all of the jane austen adaptations. thank you for the contest!!

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June M. said...

I am not really a movie watcher much. I would much rather read than watch a movie. One that I used to enjoy watching was Robin Hood.
June
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Thank you for the giveaway!

erin said...

Thanks for a fantastic post and giveaway!

Ok... call me cheesy but I really liked Ever After with Drew Barrymore. Maybe cuz I was still a teen when I saw it and the romanticism of the Cinderella retelling pinged my blossoming romantic lil heart, I don't know :)

Nicola O. said...

Man, I'm showing my age here but I can't believe no one mentioned Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and John Malkovich was so gorgeous and sexy and shocking.

Also GWTW, but that's sort of my answer for everything. :-)

Eli Yanti said...

i love romeo and juliet and ever after :)


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KB/KT Grant said...

Hi all! The winner has been picked!

It's Tina. Lila will email you for your mailing address.