$50 Gift Card Giveaway & Excerpt for The Scorpion’s Empress by Yoshiyuki Ly

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | |

Today I have something a bit different than the usual fare. The Scorpion's Empress is a lesbian erotic romance by indie author Yoshiyuki Ly. At first glance, it's not my thing and then I read the blurb. I'm intrigued by Raj's reign over lowtown and how she helps them. Why bother with those in power that don't help their people? She sounds like an empress I can support and I'd actually be invested in stopping the plot against her. Plus, the paladin playing sub? I'm so game. I love when the stereotypes are thrown overboard. Ly sounds like she know what she's doing and there's plenty to check her out before you commit.

I hope you enjoy this break from regular programming and good luck!

Genre: Erotic Romance, Lesbian,
Age: Adult
Format: Ebook, 156 pgs.
After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled Empress of the city's oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion's Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl's loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the Empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head,

Videl's loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her Empress.

This promise of adventure—I hadn't felt it properly in years. Women for me have come and gone, literally. The beginnings were never like this. They hadn't looked at me with such controlled, respectful want. Like a gentleman. Like a knight—a true paladin. They hadn't held their hand out to me, not giving a damn about everyone staring at us. They hadn't asked me to dance as Satya sang such a haunting, romantic song about uncertain longing.

And then she spoke again: “I'm assuming another rule is that I don't get to learn your real

That was way more than anyone else had managed to do.

I leaned in to whisper in her ear, “The name's Raj. You're not allowed to tell no one. Promise me."

“I won't betray your trust. I swear that on my honor. I really like your name. It suits you, all the power you have. Tell me whenever I have permission to call you that. I'd like to earn it.”

She guided me over to the dance floor. The crowd parted to make room for us. They whispered to each other as we passed by; they saw how entranced I was, no matter how hard I fought to

hide it. I watched the seriousness turn over as shadows across Videl's beautiful face. Serious, but soft, somehow—she had a perfect balance of the two almost all the time.

About the Author:

Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. She lived there until moving away to college. In high school, she began writing fanfiction as a serious hobby. Her pen name is representative of her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that is reflective in her work. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in philosophy, she spent her free time reading the works of Virginia Woolf, Soren Kierkegaard and Simone de Beauvoir. She then spent the next years honing her craft to become a published author.

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  1. Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for the giveaway! :)

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. It's outside my usual genre too, but does sound well-crafted!


  4. Thank you for the excerpt.

  5. Awesome excerpt - thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks everyone, I'm glad you liked it!

  7. Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!


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