Before then, Saint Patrick's Day might have gone by but I still have a brand new collection of delicious and evil short stories to promote.
Here's an excerpt from "Rogue vs.
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“I want you to steal the Heart of Aphrossi,” the elegant veiled figure lounging on a luxurious divan asked Nai.
Her name was Madam Esqetti and she was rumoured to be the most powerful individual in Bollinbrocco’s infamous pleasure district. So powerful that even the notoriously corrupt ruler of Bollinbrocco, Lord Vingsloteni, reputedly stayed out of her affairs. This was the first time Nai had met her. Her face was obscured by a black veil and she wore an elaborate—and expensive—gown of overlapping velvets. Nai could ascertain nothing about her age or beauty. His first impression yielded no impressions. That meant he’d assume the rumours were true and treat her as someone not to be trifled with.
Two bare-breasted beauties had greeted him at the entrance to Madam Esqetti’s legendary bordello and led him up to this opulent room on the top floor. Curtains of exotic fabrics, held in place with chains of precious metal, decorated the walls. Rare furs and plush cushions were positioned around the room. The bare-breasted beauties had left him alone with the infamous Madam, at which point she’d made her request.
“Okay,” he answered.
Madam Esqetti laughed. “Most thieves would baulk at such a task.”
Nai gave her a rakish smile.
“I’m not most thieves. I’m the best thief.”
“They said you weren’t short of confidence,” Madam Esqetti said. “I hope your abilities match your bravado. Weakling failures are of no use to me.”
She produced a roll of parchment and unfurled it on top of a small table. Nai guessed it was plans to the Temple of Aphrossi. He listened as she gave him information on guard numbers, patrols and other defensive measures he’d need to overcome. Nai was impressed with her thoroughness. He listened to her proposed plans, stopping her occasionally to interject his own suggestions.
“Aren’t you going to ask me why I want the Heart of Aphrossi and what I intend to do with it?” Madam Esqetti asked him once they’d gone through the plan.
“No. I’m interested in only the gold you’ll give me for bringing you the Heart of Aphrossi.”
“You’re not curious at all?”
“Not at all.”
“How very professional.”
“There is one additional thing I require for this task...” Nai said.