Myths and Tales of Love from the Ancient World
As a eunuch in the Ottoman Imperial Harem, Olin has already lost his home, his freedom, and his manhood. His only wish is for a painless death, until he meets Dark Star, a beautiful odalisque who promises to give him his deepest desire. He scoffs at her offer, not believing her claim to possess a jinni in a bottle. But when Dark Star is accused of witchcraft, Olin rubs the bottle in desperation and is astonished to find she’s told the truth.
Olin becomes the jinni’s master to save Dark Star, but it's not enough. In the complex world of the Topkapi Palace, where silk pillows conceal knives, sherbets contain poison, and jewels buy loyalty, no one is safe. As each wish brings unintended consequences, Olin must risk his life, his body, and his sanity to break the bonds that tie them all.
As an odalisque in the Ottoman Imperial Harem, Rose Spring has a very comfortable life. She is much happier than she would have been in a French convent, but despite being surrounded by silk, jewels, and delicious food, something is missing. What she wants is a lover. What she finds instead is kismet.
"The Odalisque's Wish" is a companion short story about the world inside the Ottoman Imperial Harem.
The celebrated beauty of Roman princess Psyche has enraged Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. As punishment, Psyche is left naked on the beach to be sacrificed to a monster. When the monster arrives, he marries her on the condition she never see his face. Consumed by curiosity, Psyche breaks her promise and her husband banishes her from the palace.
Psyche begs Venus for another chance at love. Unmoved, Venus demands Psyche perform three impossible tasks. If Psyche succeeds, her husband will return. If she fails, she will be condemned to death. Can Psyche satisfy Venus and win back her true love?
The marriage of Zeus and Hera, king and queen of the gods, has always been stormy. Eventually something has to give, for not even divine will could be tested so long and so cruelly without a reckoning. When Hera comes to Zeus' chambers, he suspects her passion is too good to be true. Soon, Zeus is bound and helpless at the mercy of his passionate and willful wife. When the king of Olympus finally becomes free, he vows that Hera's punishment will be legendary.
Reviews of The Jinni's Last Wish
“Hauntingly sensual, The Jinni's Last Wish is an erotic fever dream that lingers long after the last page.”
—Mia Hopkins, author of Thirsty
"Vividly imagined and achingly beautiful, this is the closest you'll get to an Ottoman harem without a time machine."
—Jessica Cale, Editor of Dirty, Sexy History