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Who knew the ancient world could be so downright… arousing?
Like uncovering a sexy diamond in the rough, LEGENDS OF LUST, EROTIC MYTHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD reveals the fiery passions lying dormant behind your favorite mythological stories. This adults-only, debut collection of the fourteen steamiest erotic short stories by Autumn Bardot is an explosion of sexy, nasty, and romantic retellings that will take your love of myths to a whole new level.
Odysseus, a mere man, becomes a god-like master of the tease in the eyes of the sex-starved and eternally lustful goddess, Calypso. The tale of Amazonian queen, Hippolyta, and Theseus gives “love-at-first-sight” a whole new meaning that will enthrall your senses. The encounter between Vishvamitra and Menaka takes them to explosive new levels of bodily nirvana. And Gilgamesh, the mighty god-king, sends temple prostitute Shamhat to tame a wild man, but instead he teaches her something about man’s most primal instincts… and is not left wanting.
Run wild in your personal Elysian Fields of pleasure with this spicy, irreverent peek into the sensual world of our most beloved gods, heroes, fairies, and shape shifters from every corner of the earth.More info →
The year is 1464, and young King Matthias controls Hungary, his family, and the fate of the world’s most notorious political prisoner, Prince Vlad Dracula.
Ilona Szilágy, the king’s cousin, is young and ambitious. Dracula is determined to marry into the Hunyadi family. It is love at first sight…but the king has other plans. The Impaler Prince, however, never takes no for an answer.
This begins Ilona’s journey into the treacherous world of court intrigues, family betrayals, and her husband’s dark desires. Eager to become Vlad’s trusted confidant, Ilona soon discovers that marriage to man tortured by his past comes with a price.
Woven throughout is a peek into the life and times of one of the world’s most enigmatic and maligned rulers…the man before the legend.
With Bardot’s decadent period detail and a cast of gritty evocative characters, The Impaler’s Wife offers a fierce yet sensuous glimpse into the violent 15th century.
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"Prostitution required the violation of my body. Piracy required my soul. The first enslaved me. The second set me free. "
Against all odds, a prostitute becomes the most powerful pirate chieftain in the South China Seas. Sold into slavery by her parents, Xianggu works on a floating brothel for ten years before a midnight pirate raid changes her life. Determined to rise above her lowly status, the fearless young woman embarks on a journey requiring beauty, brains, and brawn.
Red Flag boss, Zheng Yi, is captivated by the spirited Xianggu and soon makes her his wife. This begins her adventure into the violent world of sea banditry. But Xianggu must do more than learn to wield a sword, sail a ship, and swim across a bay. She must become indispensable to Zheng Yi or risk losing everything, even her life.
In 18th century China, when men made and enforced the rules, the Dragon Lady lived by her own.More info →
Coming October 1st
Unfettered by responsibility, Locusta, the daughter of a vintner in the Roman province of Gaul, enjoys the indulged childhood of the elite. Concerned with only the day’s amusements, she rides gentle ponies, reads Ovid, and learns the herbal arts from her handmaid. A family problem compels Locusta to go to Rome, a decadent and treacherous city where she has little desire to remain.
Despite attempts to keep her herbal skills a secret, the Roman elite soon discover Locusta’s talents. And use them for their own nefarious purposes.
Thrust into a world of depravity, scandal, and murder, Locusta’s life changes forever when a young Emperor Nero requires her expertise. Caught in an imperial web, it’s a profession she must embrace or die.
But sometimes love has a different agenda.
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During a sandstorm in the ancient lands of Saba, a powerful jinni in hiding gives birth to a daughter. An intelligent, curious child, Bilqīs does not inherit the super human physical gifts of her mother, a being born of smokeless fire, and yet deep within burns the courageous spirit of her fearsome parentage. Her rite into womanhood, however, reveals a sexual hunger that may be her undoing.
Tragedy forces Bilqīs to leave her home and travel to the city of Ma’rib where she seeks revenge upon the king. Danger lurks around every bend and corner for a young woman with only her wit, courage, and body as her weapons. Bilqīs soon masters the art of seduction and finds it the most pleasurable method to achieve her goals.
But fate intervenes, and what begins as a quest for vengeance becomes a mission to make the land of Saba the wealthiest kingdom in ancient history. Bilqīs, the enigmatic Queen of Sheba, battles prejudices, jealousy, corruption, and her own unquenchable hunger for carnal pleasures.
But it is only after meeting King Solomon that Bilqīs discovers her greatest battle is not with others but within herself.
With a host of unforgettable characters and unbridled sensual escapades, Confessions of a Sheba Queen is an erotic and triumphant retelling of an indomitable woman succeeding in a man’s world.