Now Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited: The Queen’s Lioness, A Steamy Romance of Ancient Egypt

 

A Queen’s most trusted companion. Egypt’s most notorious thief. Swept together by fate and tempted by forbidden desire.

The royals of the ancient world have gathered in the glittering white city of Memphis for the coronation of a new Egyptian pharaoh. Whispers and gossip abound, speculating about a mysterious masked thief, the arrival of a seductive Nubian princess, and most of all, the woman they call the Lady Sekhmet – a beautiful handmaiden who rescued their Golden Queen from certain death.

Sekhmet resents her growing fame and does her best to dodge the sensual temptations of court life, even going so far as to distance herself from her former lover, the Queen. Instead, she spends her days honing her battle prowess. The notorious assassination attempt left her scarred and determined to never again be so vulnerable.

Alone in a ransacked temple under the glow of moonlight, Sekhmet finds herself forced into a tenuous alliance with the enigmatic and dangerously seductive masked thief. The connection between them is as electric as it is forbidden, and far too strong for either to resist. Together, they must embark on a series of adventures to uncover the deeper conspiracy that brews at court, restore a priceless relic to the crown, and save Egypt herself from sabotage.

 

Grab your copy today or read for free in Kindle Unlimited!

 

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!

Now Available: Valley of Queens (Isis & Anubis Book 2) A tale of cuckoldry, romance, and lesbian experimentation in Ancient Egypt

Valley of Queens by Amelie Bliss

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND KINDLE UNLIMITED.

(Sequel to Another Man’s Queen)

He calls her Isis – goddess of love and moonlight. As the mistress of the crown prince of Egypt, the Greek-born beauty has finally found happiness in her exotic new home, despite the best efforts of her jealous husband.

As the ancient world gathers in Karnak for the yearly procession of Opet, Isis is left to her own devices while her lover performs his royal duties. Under the blazing Egyptian sun, she finds herself missing him terribly, starved for his touch and passion.

She is drawn to the nubile beauty of her innocent young handmaiden, whose eyes follow her everywhere she goes with open admiration. Alone in a tent in a mysterious new city, the two women may not be able to resist temptation much longer.

Without the protection of her prince, Isis must confront the violent rage of her brutish husband and answer a mysterious summons from the Egyptian queen. With only steamy, stolen moments with the prince to sustain her, Isis embarks on the parade route knowing that the path she chooses may change her life for good.

Now Available: The Blacksmith’s Bargain – An erotic story about an innocent princess, a burly blacksmith, and a unicorn

Blacksmith's Bargain

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND KINDLE UNLIMITED.

There’s a unicorn in the forest and Princess Adaline will do anything to catch it, even if it means sneaking out of the palace grounds under cover of twilight.

When her midnight caper is interrupted by the burly village blacksmith, she makes him an irresistible offer – a single night to play with her lush, untouched body – in exchange for his silence and his help

Domination, Desire, and Domesticity – A Woman’s World in Ancient Egypt

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Here they exchange the ancient boomerang of love. Or whatever that is.

People have this super macho mental image of the ancient world – a place where women were chattel and men fucked around at their leisure, often with hairless boys drenched in olive oil. So slippery.  

Certainly, there have always been places in the world where that’s true.  Hell, that’s going on right now in some of the more unsavory corners of the globe.  The chattel part – boys drenched in olive oil feeding each other pitted figs is totally okay with me.

Anyway, I’m just saying the assumption is merited, but it’s a mistake to believe that just because our ancestors were from a more primitive time that all of them had the emotional intelligence of a half-eaten, olive-oil-smeared fig.

Romantic love was revered by the Egyptians. It appears so frequently in their art that even primitive, middle class tombs often depict departed spouses embracing again in the afterlife. Can you imagine being so devoted to someone, so wholly enchanted by their presence, that even in death, you intend to find and keep them?

It was the ultimate culture of passion and romance – the perfect setting for a heroine to get swept off her feet (and into a bed … or onto the floor or against a wall or … hm).  In fact, there’s a wealth of truly naughty Egyptian art out there that dates back to several thousand years BC.  A particular favorite is the one where the guy’s penis is so huge that it has basically decided to play the “you’re flying!” game with the woman he’s trying to bed.

Yeah, that one.   Absolutely love the “good job!” pat on the head she’s giving him.

This devoted, sexually-charged Egyptian comprehension of love and lust existed in stark contrast to their neighbors, the Greeks, whose men didn’t wed until they were around 30, and then only did so out of a sense of duty and to women around half their age.  Presumably with a full range of options still happening on the side.

I know where I’d rather live.

So, with this knowledge, garnered from an undergraduate course many moons ago on anthropology and gender, sprang the concept for Another Man’s Queen – a story about a woman who knows she deserves more than some absentee Greek douche bag.  I mean … remove his battle prowess and it kind of sounds like college, doesn’t it?

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Do you think he does that 360-rotation thing with his bird head? I bet he does.

Our heroine, the Grecian beauty Isis, is not the only woman featured in this story.  We also meet the pharaoh’s wife, a dominatrix queen with an assortment of obedient pets.  Though she appears briefly, she raises an interesting question – would such a thing have been allowed?

Well, yes and no.  Married women (outside of the royal family) had a title – “Mistress of the House.”  They held equal political standing with the men in Egyptian society and just as much of a say in who their life partners were. Oddly, there exists no record, through several thousand years of Egyptian anthropology, of a wedding ceremony. Presumably, once you chose your partner and began living with him or her, that was that.

Yep. Right in the butt.

Due to this no-nonsense approach to matrimony, adultery was pretty severely frowned upon for women.  Because some dudes had lots of wives. So long as they could provide for them. Seems unfair, but I get it. Pragmatism.

Though, now that I think about it, some dudes also possibly had husbands. Not sure what the rules of adultery were for them, but they almost certainly existed.

But I’m getting off track. The point here is that we’re not re-inventing the sexual wheel here in our innovative 21st century paradise.  Sex, love, butt-stuff, it’s all been around for eons.

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Sweet Sekhmet, could he be any more attractive?

Chances are very good that women enjoyed a bit of BDSM at the dawn of the world, and the odds that a miserable bride imported from Athens with some unromantic ass-wipe of a husband might be considered “not quite” married by an Egyptian – a product of a culture that actually sought mutual attraction and affection. Maybe it’s not a coincidence that their pantheon of gods is substantially less rapey and wife-murdery than the one on Mt. Olympus.

In fact, the more I research Ancient Egypt, the more I kind of hope I accidentally touch a statue in the Brooklyn Musuem and end up transported there for a one-night fling with some sexy, Thebian courtier.

A girl can dream.

Another Man’s Queen is available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

The Princess goes Commando – The History of Underpants

Loincloths and bloomers and kilts, oh my.

Underwear1913I have a timeline saved on my computer of underwear technology. No, you can’t see it.  I just want you to know it’s there.

Ever think about the research that goes into writing a historically accurate sex scene? Probably not, because you are a fun person with a life and hobbies. Besides, your good friend Amelie does that stuff for you.

In OathboundI got around the question of underthings by having our fair princess stripped of everything but her chemise during her fainting spell. Her historically accurate underthings were a question for another day. But in reality, she probably was never wearing any to begin with. Medieval women liked to feel the wind in their bits. Kept them alert in the absence of Pornhub.

Oathbound and my upcoming title, The Blacksmith’s Bargain, take place in an unidentified medieval time period and a mysterious unknown kingdom.  Those ambiguous details gave me quite a lot of flexibility in the panty drawer because the evolution of underwear – particularly women’s underwear – has had a long and varied past.

Men (of course) have generally covered their junk. Starting around the 13th century, all the guys sat around a campfire and decided they should protect the family jewels with a primitive (but not much different than ours) version of boxer shorts called braies.  Women had no time for campfire genital discussions what with the butter churning and the 19 consecutive pregnancies a piece, so they were still free balling (as it were) for the next few centuries.

03It wasn’t until almost 500 years later that knickers were introduced into the picture. Corsets, bustles, bum rolls, and stockings all predated the simple idea of a pair of shorts to keep us womenfolk from making impulsive decisions with our nether regions. And it’d be another 400 years before bras came into play.

Boring, you say? Uninteresting? Well, it sure is important when a knight or a blacksmith is playing striptease with your fair damsel. I do take some liberties, of course. They were called “drawers” for the longest time, but that’s not a very sexy word, so my progressive medieval peoples have a leg up on terms like “knickers” and “panties.”  I’m sure Chaucer would forgive me.

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I have no idea what freaky shit is going on here, I just want to keep you guys on your toes

As it is, I appreciate the easy-access approach to historical lingerie. I’ve returned to the ancient world this week while I start crafting the sequel to Another Man’s Queen. 

Loincloths and shendyts were de rigeur in the courts of ancient Thebes, but to be frank, Isis and Anubis spend more time out of their clothes than in them, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Now Available: Another Man’s Queen – An Erotic Romance set in Ancient Egypt

Another Man's Queen

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND KINDLE UNLIMITED.

No married woman should attract so much attention. She is a pale jewel in the glittering court of ancient Thebes, the obsession and desire of every man save one – her new husband.

She does her best to avoid the electric connection she feels with the pharaoh’s eldest son – a charismatic prince whose Sahara-colored eyes seem to see right through the farce of her marriage, and into her secret desires for his touch.

His intentions are clear. He intends to make the exotic, blonde foreigner his own. While she strives to maintain propriety, she can’t help but meet his gaze every time they cross paths.

He calls her Isis. To him she is a goddess of the night, a symbol of beauty and love. He tells her the truth about her husband’s indiscretions. He promises passion, romance – and most appealing of all – revenge against her despicable spouse.

How long can she resist the allure of his touch? Perhaps in the arms of the Egyptian prince, she will finally capture true love … and her husband’s undivided attention.