Now Available: The Bathhouse Scandal – A Steamy Medieval Romance

Reviews are pouring in for The Bathhouse Scandal. Grab your copy today!

 

The Bathhouse Scandal, A Damsels in Undress Novella

Five smart and sizzling stars.
– Melanie S.

This is a happy-ever-after that will put a smile on your face. Well written with a good deal of steam I know you will love it too. 
– Crystal Crossings

Wonderful story and dazzling characters …
– LaydeeTaye

The Bathhouse Beckons!
– Rosario Barrera

Another Triumph!
– Diego K

 

 

Princess Portia has an impeccable reputation. Well, except for what happened in the Bathhouse. With many years since the Bathhouse Incident behind her, she has forged an image of herself as steady, reliable, and perhaps a bit frigid.

On the night she is to choose a royal groom at the kingdom’s glittering winter ball, the man who nearly ruined her all those years ago comes crashing back into her life, sending the nobles into a frenzy of gossip and speculation.

Max de Chalons has returned from exile and is the same as ever: glib, amusing, and wickedly handsome.

As the two rekindle their childhood friendship, rumors swirl of a forbidden affair, a murdered Viscountess, and a dastardly noble bent on winning Portia’s hand at any cost. Can they escape this web of scandal, blackmail, and intrigue? A steamy tale of plotting and passion unfolds around them, pulling them back to their childhood follies and the place where it all began.

Trysting Techniques: Secret Passageways

Metaphorical passageways. It’s the theme of the day.

There is this really unfortunate habit that every generation seems to pick up. Along with going through that whole “kids these days are ruining everything” nonsense phase as adults, humans of every era seem to believe that they invented sex.

Of course, I get it. We don’t want to think about our grandparents as young and horny, and we’re so desperate to believe that we are the young, invigorated, sexy, clever generation who has really, finally figured out what it means to get down and dirty.

We all know you banged. It’s fine. We wanted you to.

I’m here to tell you all that ain’t so. The sex has always been good. Since caveman times. It’s just that during periods of puritanical value systems (and questionable methods of birth control), things had to be a little more discreet. So let’s talk about sneaking around and getting naked!

Medieval Europe was all at once a place of relentless brutality and fairy tale romance. Courtly love (and the entire concept of chivalry) was an answer to taming warriors into something that could function in society between battles. This was a lesson we didn’t learn again until after the Vietnam War, so take note, because boy was the “code of chivalry” approach ever effective!

While historians speak mostly of platonic courtship, sonnets and flowers and so on, I prefer to be a little more realistic. And my realism says: platonic my eye. You don’t build up that much sexual tension every day in gardens and courtyards and sumptuous palace rooms without the dam eventually bursting.

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Girlfriend, at least you went out in style.

Now, one couldn’t really go around and boink random courtiers in full view of the palace, of course. Ye Olde Tinder was still in development, literacy was about as sparse as writing materials, and occasionally you’d have to deal with a psychotically possessive spouse getting in the way of your fun (looking at you, Kitty Howard).

That’s where the foundations of Europe come into play. The medieval castles that dot the European countryside by the thousand are not all unique structures, erected from nothing but dirt on the ground.

No, quite to the contrary, many of these castles were erected over the existing infrastructure of old Roman ruins.

Madame du Barry, presumably watching yet another wall in her room pop open and reveal a half naked king.

The Romans really knew what they were doing architecturally and while the full splendor of their erections (heh) might not have survived the centuries, the bones absolutely did.

So of course, kings and nobles alike wanted to make good use of that, and not necessarily in a public way. These ruins provided a unique opportunity to build facades around them, allowing no one but the architect and the owner to know the secrets hidden within the walls of a new castle.

Secret passageways have a lot of great uses: espionage, panic rooms, and of course clandestine routes to funky town.

Most famously were the secret passageways of Versailles, which Kings Louis (several iterations) used to meet their many, many mistresses. This was not an idea that sprang into the genius mind of the Sun King on its own – rather, it was a tried and true tradition of royal life for many centuries ahead of time.

You have to admit, it has ambient appeal.

In my new book The Bathhouse Scandal, Princess Portia makes healthy use of an ancient passageway that links her bedroom to the secret structure beneath the palace grounds.

She mentions tales of ghosts that roam the halls of the palace where she grew up, and the moaning wails within the walls that convinced her of their existence as a child. Perhaps what she was hearing wasn’t so much spiritual as it was sensual.

And she’s about to get in on that action. Keep your eyes peeled for The Bathhouse Scandal, coming to Kindle this Friday!

 

Coming Soon: The Bathhouse Scandal, A Damsels in Undress Novella

Available Friday, July 27, 2018. Pre-order here.

The Bathhouse Scandal, A Damsels in Undress Novella

A scandal that nearly ruined her. A reunion that sizzles with heat. Secrets, seduction, and intrigue that will change them forever.

Princess Portia has an impeccable reputation. Well, except for what happened in the Bathhouse. With many years since the Bathhouse Incident behind her, she has forged an image of herself as steady, reliable, and perhaps a bit frigid.

On the night she is to choose a royal groom at the kingdom’s Winter Ball, the man who nearly ruined her all those years ago comes crashing back into her life, sending the nobles into a frenzy of gossip and speculation.

Max de Chalons has returned from exile and is the same as ever: glib, amusing, and wickedly handsome.

In the days that follow, the two rekindle their childhood friendship. Rumors swirl of a forbidden affair, a murdered Viscountess, and a dastardly noble bent on winning Portia’s hand at any cost.

Can they escape this web of scandal, blackmail, and intrigue?

A steamy tale of plotting and passion unfolds around them, pulling them back to their childhood follies and the place where it all began.

A Blissful Return

That’s right! Your eyes do not deceive you. It is I, Amelie Bliss, risen from the probably-dead! And really, I can explain.

Long ago, in that glimmering erstwhile year of 2015, when Obama was still in office and Bitch Better Have My Money was at the top of the charts, I started a noble endeavor – to write smutty but romantic novellas as fast as I everloving could.

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(We were all so innocent)

And I did! That summer, I put out a new novella every two weeks, and if I do say so, each one was better than the one that came before it. I had found my calling. My truth. My passion!

Aaaand then life slapped me in the face with a long, boring crisis of the medical variety. While some people do get their jollies from biopsies and pharma cocktails and being cut open with teeny tiny knives, it has never really been my bag, and I found my ability to write pretty damn hampered by the drag of it all.

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(My Actual Medical Team)

I won’t say I’m totally better, because I’m not. But I’m back in a place where I can write again, and as long as I can I will.

So, for Blissers who were invested from the start, blog enthusiasts, and any rando who happens onto this post, let me lay out for you what’s on the horizon, because there’s some exciting shit a’brewin’

1. Upgrades to the Current Library

(It’s all porn. All of it.)

All my current work is getting a face lift. Some of the covers are being polished up (slight font adjustments), but the real magic will be happening inside (ain’t that always the way?) with some pro formatting.

BONUS: Several books will be getting bonus chapters (of nothin’ but pure steam). These will be listed for free for all of my mailing list subscribers!

2. A Proper Launch for The Ringmistress

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(For the record, I wrote this exact relationship 3 years before the film came out)

My last book was published as all of my personal dramas were leaving the ground. Sadly, I did not give it the love it deserved. There was never an announcement, no ARCs, and predictably, it launched with a fizzle. This is a real shame, because it is the intro to a series I am still very excited about and the heroine is probably my favorite of all the ladies I’ve written. So we’re doing this again, properly this time

BONUS: A brand new cover with a much sexier portrayal of my beloved Zadie 

3. A New Damsel in Undress

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(We all know what’s happening here from the waist down)

Prickly Princess Portia wraps up my trilogy of a line of royal ladies in medieval times who find themselves in the most delightful sorts of trouble. Portia’s story is a little longer than her mother’s and sister’s, but is still in bite-sized novella form.

BONUS: Fan favorite Princess Adaline and her beloved Blacksmith return for several cameo scenes within.

4. Bundles!

With the long awaited conclusion of the Damsels in Undress trilogy, I can finally package up the three for a tidy discount. I will be doing the same for the Isis & Anubis duology, so keep an eye out for those if you don’t already own your own copies.

BONUS: These bundles will give me the chance to try something I haven’t yet experimented with – print editions! If you want physical Bliss, hang tight, it’s on the way.

5. Sekhmet’s Seduction

Image result for sekhmetIf you read Valley of Queens, you likely remember the heroine’s sultry little handmaiden. She’s getting her own book, set around the ascent of a new Pharaoh in the ancient city of Memphis. Poor dove is surrounded by sensual temptations, including the Pharaoh’s brooding little brother, a seductive Nubian princess, and worst of all, the masked thief who has been raining havoc on the coronation.

BONUS: This work will be my first full-length novel! That means a full-length, full-girth experience of nonstop adventure, chemistry, romance, and sexy encounters!

6. Coming Soon …

There’s a lot in the works for the future. Cirque de Femme will be introducing its Snake Charmer and a new series focused around an enchanted forest, full of temptation and danger, is just around the corner.

BONUS: Join my BookSprout list for FREE advance copies of my newest works in return for your reviews!