Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire

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Desire, Danger, Damsels and Dragons

In Thrones of Desire, erotic story-spinner Mitzi Szereto has created a timeless place where lust and legend abound, where adventure, passion and danger entwine. Romantic chivalry is alive and well in these mythical kingdoms, but so are secrets and hidden yearnings as the battle for flesh rivals the battle for power. In editor Mitzi Szereto's own words, "You'll find it all right here: corrupt kings, lusty queens, handsome princes, virginal ...

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Overview

Desire, Danger, Damsels and Dragons

In Thrones of Desire, erotic story-spinner Mitzi Szereto has created a timeless place where lust and legend abound, where adventure, passion and danger entwine. Romantic chivalry is alive and well in these mythical kingdoms, but so are secrets and hidden yearnings as the battle for flesh rivals the battle for power. In editor Mitzi Szereto's own words, "You'll find it all right here: corrupt kings, lusty queens, handsome princes, virginal princesses, randy knights, wicked sorcerers, kickass heroines, vengeful witches, mysterious shape-shifters...and we're definitely not short on a few dragons either!" Inspired by the television series Game of Thrones, these imaginitive, steamy tales transport the reader to romantic and dangerous realms.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book would be a wonderful read for anyGame of Thrones fans looking for a more erotic alternative, or fans of the fantasy genre in general. These little bites of adventure are perfect for people who like a little bit of variety in their naughty books, and for those whose attention spans prefer short bursts. Any curious reader of alternative fiction should give it a read as well."
—Ask Miss Annabelle

"If you love fantasy writing, this book is for you... These are fantastical stories of myths and knights, with a sexy element."
—Hedo Vibes

“The sensation of jumping from one fantastic world to the next is wonderful. The authors of several of the stories have taken great care to add minute details of setting without being overwhelming. They realize that short stories can only give a glimpse, and they want to make sure that glimpse shines."
—Uncustomary Book Review

"We are able to connect with the world in which they live, lose ourselves in the story line and also get to enjoy some good sex in the meantime."
—Tracy Riva

"Mystical lands of lust and legend set the scene for these fourteen tales that include the story of an ailing knight who, delirious with fever, dishonors the young beauty nursing him back to health—much to her delight!"
—After Dark

"A daring collection that will delight fantasy fans looking for stories with lots of sex, instead of just a few sex scenes."
— Portland Book Review

"Set in fantastical lands, full of knights, kings, dragons and druids, let this collection appeal to your inner adventurer."
— Dork Adore

"Each story is thick plot and setting, allowing you to really feel like they are part of bigger worlds even though you are only getting a small taste of them."
—Fox in the Flowers

"I enjoyed reading each and every story. Almost every one got my blood pumping and in a good way. So if you love dragons, wizards, warlocks, or just anything to do with magic. With some hot erotic stories around them then this is the book for you."
—Romance After Dark

"It's as good as the blurb promises and just as hot as it sounds! Thrones of Desire is every fantasy geek's wet daydream!"
—For the Love of Reading

"Anytime you can throw a knight in front of a dragon for the love of a woman, you have my undivided attention!... These are fantastical stories of myths and knights, with a sexy element."
—KissinBlueKaren

It took me back to a mystical time where lords ruled and dragons flew around freely. This anthology could easily be considered appealing to both genders... Thrones of Desireis a very lovely compilation." - Batty for Books and Loving It

"Mitzi Szereto has done a top-notch editing job as each story seamlessly flows into the other. The stories range from lonely women tending to wounded soldiers to fierce female Dragonmeisters strutting around half-naked and generally being awesome. There are elements of magic, forbidden love, bitter sexual tension, violence, death, good versus evil, myth and folklore. Something for everyone, unless you are in anyway prudish… My favorite stories in the collection were "At the Sorcerer’s Command" by Kim Knox, "In the Kingdom of Roz" by Madeline Moore and "Eyekeeper" by Aurelia T. Evans. These three were very different stories but seemed to involve the broadest range of fantasy elements. They all flawlessly determined recognizable genre, believable characters and rich plot, which is something I always find extremely admirable about short story writers. Thrones of Desire is a fantastic collection of erotic stories that carry a severe hotness warning and definitely require recuperation intervals. Digest this collection at a slow pace or you are sure to suffer a swordplay (*wink*wink*) overload!"
–Open Book Society

"It's as good as the blurb promises and just as hot as it sounds! Thrones of Desire is every fantasy geek's wet daydream!"
- For the Love of Reading

"A long day behind you, a soft bed beneath you, and a glorious book of erotic tales held out in front of you...how could you go wrong? With Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire, you are certain to get turned on before you turn the lights off."
—Dr. Chelsea Holland

"It’s a book I didn’t want to put down. It’s a book that I didn’t want to take my eyes off of, and MOST important, it’s a book that, at the end of every story, I wished it would just continue on-and-on. That’s how amazing the writers are. If you like the fantasy genre and like your erotica with some heavy plots mixed in, Thrones of Desire is most-likely going to be the best erotica book you’ve ever read."
—Pop My Cherry Reviews

"It's fantasy in the epic tradition, but with lots of steam! You'll find dragons and warriors, kings and queens, heroes and villains, sorcerers and secrets—it's got it all!"
—Romance Junkies

"Allow yourself the pleasure of being one to read this new anthology of fantasy and eroticism that brings together that world with sex. Even though these stories are basically by women and for women, as a man I really enjoyed the collection as I am sure you will."
—Reviews by Amos Lassen

"Sexier than Guinevere and Sir Lancelot’s indiscretions in Arthurian mythology, hot, passionate and magical to boot."
—Killer Aphrodite

"A good book for the Dungeons and Dragons crowd." - Night Owl Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573448154
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 811,810
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog, “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a Web TV channel, Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the “quirky” side of London.

Her books include the controversial Jane Austen sex parody Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death; and the Erotic Travel Tales anthologies. A popular social media personality and frequent interviewee, she has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and Europe and lectured in creative writing at several British universities. She divides her time between England and the USA.

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Thrones of Desire

Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire
By Mitzi Szereto

Cleis Press

Copyright © 2012 Mitzi Szereto
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781573448154



Lydia stood in the middle of the cell. The floor under her bare feet was nothing but dirt and hay and dust mixed with disintegrated rat droppings. She had since removed the cloth belt from between her legs where it held her skirt up away from her feet like pants. It was easier to creep around when skirts could not snag on corners, but she was not creeping now. She had been caught, betrayed by a man who should know better, sentenced to burn by the king whose coffers she pilfered, and shut away in the castle dungeon to await her execution at dawn.
The sky through the window slit revealed stars. She could not yet smell the morning fog, and she still smelled ale and sweat on the breeze, which told her evening was still upon the city.
There was a moldy pallet in the corner, next to a bucket. Lydia used neither, simply stood. Her clothing was ordinary and her face was smudged with dust. But something was different; something was wrong. It was a feeling in the gut, like looking into a forest and knowing there was a creature staring back, something silent and unseen. She smiled, the curve of her lips almost imperceptible.
The woman whom the king called Witchthief waited.
After the bell tower chimed ten, the warden entered. He could not look her in the eye, but his strong, narrow jaw was set, his fists inadvertently tight. He bore marks of distress and distraction—there were deep circles under his eyes and his stubble smudged his cheek like charcoal.
“Good evening, Hann,” she said.
He bowed slightly. The gesture was automatic and somewhat mocking. “Lydia.”
“You have had a good evening, have you not?” Lydia asked. “Very lucrative.”
He shut the door behind him. His keys clinked in the lock. “Where is the rest?”
“You ‘rescued’ the bag when Micah alerted the king I was digging through his treasure room.” Lydia stepped forward. Her left ankle dragged behind a bit, laden as it was with an iron shackle that attached her to the wall. “You failed to inform me that Micah kept a Scrying Glass in there.”
“I have been told that an artifact was also removed,” Hann interrupted. The timbre of his voice was official now. Cloaked in his profession, he found the fortitude to meet her eyes.
“Is that what Micah told you?” Lydia’s expression remained placid and slightly bemused.
“The king ordered me to search you for any additional items stolen.”
“I am sure it will be such a chore.” Her smile became perceptible.
“Damn it, Lydia, where is the Oculum?” Hann shouted, grabbing her by her arms. When he shook her, he made her chains rattle. She just laughed, the low, husky sound vibrating over his flesh.
“Search me.” She peered up at him through her dark eyelashes.
“Words cannot describe how glad I am you will burn on the morrow,” Hann said. He pulled at the ties of her bodice, spreading it open before him with nothing but her light chemise underneath. As her skirts moved and brushed against her legs, the clink of metal on metal was more apparent. She could no longer cover it with the sound of her shackle. When Hann heard it, he raised an eyebrow.
“Really, Lydia. What did you think you were going to do with the treasure? Bribe the ferryman to take you the other direction?” Hann asked. Slowly, he slid the bodice down and loosened the final ties so that the material of her dress slid down her legs. There was a heavy clink as the full pocket-lined skirts fell to the stone floor.


Continues...

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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Hot as a Dragon’s Blood – Eric Del Carlo
Of High Renown – Janine Ashbless
At the Sorcerer’s Command – Kim Knox
Silver – Anna Meadows
In the Kingdom of Roz – Madeline Moore
Key to the Queen’s Elixir – Jo Wu
Here There Be Dragons – Ashley Lister
Flesh and Stone – Sacchi Green
Saints and Heroes – M. H. Crane
Escape – Mitzi Szereto
Eyekeeper – Aurelia T. Evans
The Widow’s Man – Nyla Nox
Jericho – Megan Arkenberg
The Last Sacrifice – Zander Vyne

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  • Posted November 3, 2012

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    Swordplay *wink* *wink* for all!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vicki

    The initial questions I need to ask myself after reading sexy books are: A) Do I need a cold shower? And B) Will this fire-engine red blush ever go away? In the case of Thrones of Desire; I believe I shall be spending the next week in my freezer and buying a thick pale ivory foundation from this day forth.

    The title of this book, and perhaps even the conception itself, is something that has most likely been born from the kinky corners of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire bandwagon. That is not to say that George R. R. Martin doesn’t dish out his fair share of kink – but even his Santa Clause beard wouldn’t hide the inevitable mischievous flush. Thrones of Desire is a collection of short stories from various established authors, all of whom are well respected wordkinksmiths in the fantasy/high fantasy/erotic genres. The caliber of writing is nothing short of superb and although the collection is quite literally story after story of sexy olde worldy frolics; there is no repetition or mediocrity.

    Mitzi Szereto has done a top-notch editing job as each story seamlessly flows into the other. The stories range from lonely women tending to wounded soldiers to fierce female Dragonmeisters strutting around half-naked and generally being awesome. There are elements of magic, forbidden love, bitter sexual tension, violence, death, good versus evil, myth and folklore. Something for everyone, unless you are in anyway prudish…

    My favorite stories in the collection were At the Sorcerer’s Command by Kim Knox, In the Kingdom of Roz by Madeline Moore and Eyekeeper by Aurelia T. Evans. These three were very different stories but seemed to involve the broadest range of fantasy elements. They all flawlessly determined recognizable genre, believable characters and rich plot, which is something I always find extremely admirable about short story writers.

    Thrones of Desire is a fantastic collection of erotic stories that carry a severe hotness warning and definitely require recuperation intervals. Digest this collection at a slow pace or you are sure to suffer a swordplay (*wink*wink*) overload!

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by: krissygirl Book provided by: Publisher Review origi

    Reviewed by: krissygirl
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romance After Dark, a Romancing the Book site




    When I first saw the cover of the book I knew that I was in for a real treat.
    If you love short erotic tales then this is the book for you. In a way all the stories go together and in a way they don’t. You will have to read the book to completely understand where I am coming from.
    I enjoyed reading each and every story. Some I understood and some I didn’t. Almost every one got my blood pumping and in a good way. I just got so into every story and hated it when I came to the end. There are some that will always be my favorite.
    The way that the book was written and how every story was put in a certain order brought out the best in each one. I could never have such an imagination. I could just imagine myself with a sword and fighting along. I could really imagine myself with the men. Some of the way that the authors described them just made me want them to be real. I loved that I could really imagine them in my head.
    The sex was just so wild in some of them and some was a little tame. So there is really a story in here for anyone’s enjoyment. Me personally, I love the really hot sizzling one’s. I will be the first to say that I will be reading this book again.
    So if you love dragons, wizards, warlocks, or just anything to do with magic. With some hot erotic stories around them then this is the book for you.
    I was really hoping that this book would never end, but they don’t work like that. I will be waiting for the next erotic read that will just make me break out in a sweat. So just bring all the sex that you can.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    Maybe not the most erotic book of erotic short stories I've ever

    Maybe not the most erotic book of erotic short stories I've ever read but still gets a big WOW! from me. It's a book filled with magic, a trade paperback loaded with adult-sized Grimm fairy tales.

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