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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 →
Coming April 3, 2019
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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Coming August 2019
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.
After her husband’s death, Xianggu wrestles control of the Red Flag fleet. Despite betrayals, Mandarin treachery, and foreign foes she builds a pirate empire with more than 400 ships and 40,000 people under her command. She also establishes rules safeguarding the women on her ships.
Amid the famines, feuds, and fighting, Xianggu must battle ancient prejudices and jealous men. In 19th century China, when men made and enforced the rules, the Dragon Lady lived by her own.More info →
Coming later this year!
A young herbalist finds herself forced into a world of decadence and corruption when Nero commands her to become his personal poisoner. The Emperor’s Assassin chronicles the life of Locusta of Gaul, a shadowy historical figure whose poisonous deeds remain only conjectures.
Locusta is not only a survivor, she is a complex and strong woman who embraces her cunning, sexuality, and herbal knowledge to thrive during Nero’s treacherous reign. Ordered to leave her pastoral life, Locusta is swept into a world of Roman intrigue, scandal, and murder. At a time when defying an Emperor meant death and treason lurked behind every corner, Locusta must embrace her profession or die.
As she journeys from the vineyards of Gaul to the Imperial palaces of Rome, Locusta discovers the importance of friendship, the consequences of dangerous knowledge, and the cost of freedom.More info →
In 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. 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 on 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 began 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 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.