Rapunzel may not be in a tower, but she is a prisoner – of sorts.
She is queen and a widow, and an invading army is approaching the castle. The enemy covets the mountain of gold buried under the fortress, and many of the queen’s subjects have fled.
As a bitter wind sweeps over the castle walls and whispers to the queen, a stranger arrives at the gate begging to be allowed in. She’s injured, but Rapunzel recognizes the woman’s face from her visions and her name from ancient tales.
Is she a spy?
Or an enchantress?
The queen has Irmela locked in the dungeon, but despite the danger, her majesty cannot resist the stunning woman, and she traipses into the damp freezing recesses of the castle to interrogate her.
Irmela has a dark history but she and Rapunzel are connected as though a web of invisible thread draws them together.
While burning oil, brimstone and hot sand rain down on the castle, the queen is in turmoil. She battles not only an enemy and her family’s disapproval but also her own pride.
She’s torn between duty and love and tells herself that giving her heart to an immortal is foolhardy.
But the ever-present wind, never willing to do Rapunzel’s bidding, might – after centuries of being its own master – offer her and Irmela its support.
This novella is a complete story and the characters get their happy ever after.
Snow White, or to use her proper name, Princess Bettina, has fled her husband’s castle with trusted servants after marauders invaded her home.
Klara is a sorceress living in an enchanted cottage deep in the forest.
When Bettina not only stumbles upon the home, but also unlocks Klara’s inner sanctum, she opens more than a door. And when the enchantress snubs her, the princess is at first confused and then enraged.
The women’s destinies are entwined though at first neither understands how nor why. But when Bettina becomes ill, it leads to both questions and answers, and as the princess discovers, everything begins and ends with magic.
An ancient spell, a slumbering wizard, enemies both immortal and human and a ruby ring send Bettina on another journey that comes full circle.
One she never expected.
One that is full of promise.
This 20,000-word novella is a complete story, and the characters get their happy ever after.
Dubai. An ancient city perched on the Gulf is both exciting and mysterious to Liv, a young woman about to attend a conference.
Immersing herself in the centuries-old practice of gold-trading, Liv is fascinated by a stranger as the woman haggles with shopkeepers. Through subterfuge, Liv is thrown into conversation with the woman, Leena, and when Leena extends an invitation, she accepts.
But the trip through traffic and over highways starts a journey that is anything but a means of getting from A to B. While Liv stares out of the car at the water in the distance, her companion chats about superficialities but her fingers are determined to coax, arouse and ignite a hunger deep within Liv.
Liv relishes the attention as desire overcomes propriety, and while the blurred scenery rushes past and the car speeds to its destination, Liv races toward her release.
Three ancient Middle Eastern cities with centuries-old secrets.
Three veiled mysterious women.
Three visitors eager to savor the sights and sounds of a fascinating city.
None are innocent. None are naive. None are unsophisticated.
Underneath their cloaked appearance, the veiled women sizzle and smolder as they await their opportunity and when it presents itself, they ignore discretion in favor of lust. Raw, primitive, unbridled lust.
They coax and tease to get what they want, and they relish each second of their frenzied encounters in restaurants, cars and dark alleys even though they risk being discovered.
The stories in this bundle are:
Hot & Heavy in Istanbul
Steamy & Salacious in Morocco
Dirty & Delectable in Dubai
Morocco. Marrakesh. Mint tea.
Thea sits in the old city sipping her favorite drink surrounded by memories when her reverie is interrupted by a stranger wearing an abaya, a headscarf and huge dark sunglasses. As the woman takes off her glasses, Thea imagines removing her clothing and much more.
Thea and the woman, Sumeya discover they have interests in common, but as they wander through the narrow alleys of the medina, Sumeya does not wait until they are hidden from sight to take what she wants.
A Moroccan home with a courtyard, fountain and cool tiles underfoot is the setting for their final frenzied, yet steamy, tryst where Thea discovers the delights that a long flowing cloak has concealed from the rest of the world.