Historical Fiction
THE EMPEROR’S ASSASSIN

THE EMPEROR’S ASSASSIN

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.

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The Impaler’s Wife

The Impaler’s Wife

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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Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady

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.

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