Scandalously Ever After . . . by Delilah Marvelle!

I wanted to shout out a huge thank you to my oh-so talented doppelganger, Lila DiPasqua who not only shares my passion for history and writing, but has a similar first name and shares the same birthday as I (seriously!!!). I’m so thrilled to be part of her Princess Blog Party and after reading Awakened by a Kiss, I am sooooooo ready for more.

So let’s get this party started, shall we? Please raise your hand for me if you grew up on fairy tales. Hey now. I expect every single hand to be raised. Be it Disney based or Grimm based or Hans Christian Anderson based or Charles Perrault based, they all had one thing in common. No matter how dire the circumstances, true happiness and true love would always find a way. A beautiful sentiment, wouldn’t you say? Even in my 30’s, I’m still in hot pursuit, though not of my prince — for I was fortunate to not only find him but keep him — but of trying to write the ultimate fairy tale in the guise of a historical romance. I dream of writing about the awe and magic of what I felt when I read my very first fairy tale. Only now that I’m an adult, that awe and magic includes WAY more. Like scandal. And sex. Lots of it. What is better than scandal and sex? The research and its unexpected findings while trying to write my historical tales. I am utterly astounded at unearthing things no reader would ever believe, but I weave them into my stories all the same because I find them utterly fascinating. Allow me to give you an example of the bizarre sort of deconstruction I like to do when it comes to my stories. I’ll use the story of the Frog Prince as an example.

What is fascinating about the Frog Prince Tale is that the author of this tale knew something most readers didn’t. That a frog CAN turn into a prince in real life. How, you ask? There are certain frogs, like the Bufo Marinus, which secrete a toxin that wards off predators. When licked (or kissed, as is the case of our princess) it causes the burning of one’s skin and eyes and can lead to hallucinations. So sadly, the heat rising through the body of our princess had nothing to do with passion or love whatsoever. And the prince didn’t actually exist. But the frog did!! How is THAT for a fairy tale? All that really matters, though, in the end, is that our princess lived happily ever after. Even if it was with a frog. Are you in any way disturbed by this twist? Or intrigued? If disturbed, don’t read my books. If intrigued, the Scandal Series is just the series for you. Only I write about people. Not frogs.

QUESTION:  So my question to you today is this, what is your favorite fairy tale and why?
My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. Why? Because I grew up with a wicked stepmother and can relate to the poor girl. Seriously.

I’ll be giving away two signed copies of Lord of PleasureEach signed copy will include a $5 gift card to Starbucks.

Thanks so much, Delilah!  I’m delighted you round off our PRINCESS BLOG PARTY! Totally loved your fairy tale post. :)  Her giveaway is for those in the US *ONLY*.  Comments by those residing outside the US will not count for Delilah’s giveaway but will count for mine. (See the NOTE in the pink box below for details).  So feel free to join in and comment, regardless of where you live!!

Please indicate if you’re outside the US in your comment.

To win Delilah’s giveaway you must:

1. Answer Delilah’s questions below in your comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. You must reside in the USA.

* Winner will be announced on Tuesday Nov. 2nd, 2010– selected at random from the commenters of this post.

NOTE: The more you comment on the posts during the month-long PRINCESS October Blog Party, the more points you earn toward winning a signed copy of the next in the sexy Fiery Tales series, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED…plus SIGNED copies of Nora Roberts’ BLACK HILLS and Eloisa James’ A DUKE OF HER OWN!  You *must* be a follower/subscriber (through GFC) of this blog to be eligible to win!


Ways to increase your odds of winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.