Out of all the geisha, only Mineko´s strangeness was hidden from the world.
Mineko was the geisha who could not feel pain. She was the geisha that no man could hurt, no matter how hard they tried. And not only was Mineko unable to feel physical pain, she was also unable to feel the emotions of love and longing and need. Until she met the Samurai who became her lover; the man who—just as she was—was owned body and soul by Mineko´s master, the terrible yakuza Akira.
As her desires were awoken by Ken, her Samurai lover, Mineko begins to dream of another life, one of freedom.
In this, the second in the “Secrets from the Hidden House” series, the terrible mysteries that lie at the heart of the Hidden House are revealed. Past and present twist together, each secret deeper and darker than that which has gone before. The enigma that is the Hidden House unfurls the petals of its history here, in Mineko´s story.
The story of the Geisha Who Could Feel No Pain.
This is the second story from the Hidden House, but is also a stand-alone novel.
About the Author
INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website, indiamillar.co.uk. You can find all books by India Millar here.
Mattie Sharpe, L.A. teen and Dragon Knight, finds herself back in Cavernis with Artorius and the gang. Only problem: Sarug is back! Enlisting his “friends” from Hell, he wages a war that makes Attila the Hun look basic. Will Mattie and Eli finally get together? Or will the hunky naga Feizel pull them apart (before Sudha does)? Filled with humor, action, and dragons, Mattie’s saga continues!
A War for Dragons is Book 2 in the Cavernis Trilogy! Check out Book 1, A School for Dragons, here.
About the Author
AMY WOLF is an Amazon Kindle Scout winner for her novel The Misses Brontës’ Establishment. She has published 38 short stories in the SFF press, including Realms of Fantasy (2) and Interzone (U.K.). She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s program and has an honors English degree from The University of London. She started her career working for the major Hollywood studios, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. and was a Script Reader for MGM & Joe Roth. Amy now lives in Seattle. She has one adult daughter currently terrorizing L.A., 2 horses, 2 dogs, and a bunny. Find all books by Amy Wolf here.
When one of the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting is killed in the Forbidden City, she orders Inspector Gong to find the killer. Unfortunately, as a man, he is forbidden from entering the Inner Court. How is he supposed to solve a murder when he cannot visit the scene of the crime or talk to the women in the victim’s life? He won’t be able to solve this crime alone.
The widowed Lady Li is devastated when she finds out about the murder of her sister-in-law, who was serving as the Empress’s lady-in-waiting. She is determined to discover who killed her, even if it means assisting the rude and obnoxious Inspector Gong and going undercover in the Forbidden City.
Together, will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to find the murderer before he – or she – strikes again?
About the Author
Amanda Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since 2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.
Soriana can’t escape the man who first taught her to love, and though Ranneth keeps his distance, she still can’t deny the passion forbidden to them both. King Trenor is a doting husband, but what she needs is a man who understands her worth and the threats of war hedging in from the west. A visit from a foreign delegate and a journey to secure an alliance with their neighbors up north has Soriana striving to prove herself, but being the key to peace between the two nations may ask more of her than she’s willing to give. And as she continues to fight the passion she still can’t deny, she realizes that sometimes even the hidden battles leave scars.
The Queen’s Lover is Book 2 in the Queen of Oran Trilogy. Check out Book 1, The Queen’s Training, here.
About the Author
Noelle Riches studied English Literature at the University of Guelph only to realize she much preferred the heart–racing stories she read between lectures. She has taught English in Japan and made chocolate in Vancouver, but it wasn’t until she started a job in the health and wellness field in Toronto that she returned to her first passion—writing. She now lives as a foursome with her husband, son, and cat in Guelph, Ontario where she teaches her son English, feeds her husband chocolate, and tries to put all the love stories bundled up inside her onto paper. Visit her website: NoelleRiches.com
Anjali Chinak, a strong-minded daughter of a Khmer detective, is shocked by the horrible attack on her Eurasian friend, Esmè Laurent, who happens to be the governor’s daughter of Siem Reap, Cambodge. When the man Anjali is secretly in love with is charged with the brutal crime, she has only days to find the real perpetrator before he is put to death. Could it be the same man who has wreaked havoc in other Southeast Asian countries? Anjali is certain that the killer is a member of the royal family, but investigating them could put her own life at risk. As Anjali finds herself getting closer to the truth, she learns that the world is uglier than she could have ever imagined.
About the Author
SAMBATH MEAS was born in Pailin, Cambodia at a time of civil war. Having survived the effects of the Vietnam War, the Khmer Civil War, and the Khmer Rouge regime, her parents decided not to stick around for another phase of mass killings. Her family, like thousands of other Khmers, fled to the Cambodian-Thai border. After being displaced in refugee camps for two years, Chicago became their new home. Meas graduated from Loyola University of Chicago. She has worked in the legal industry for over 19 years and contributes to the richness that is Chicago literature. In her spare time, she helps novice writers to get started with their stories. Learn more at SambathMeas.com. Find all books by Sambath Meas here.