RedVelvetandAbsintheLgRead my short Gothic erotic romance ‘Bitter and Intoxicating’ in Red Velvet and Absinthe. Edited by Mitzi Szereto, foreword by Kelley Armstrong.

Émile beheld the rough lines of age and labour in the hand before him. The network of passing years bisected by a scar and punctuated by torn cuticles threatened to entrap him in a labyrinth of wanting. If only he could capture the essence of that hand, the person it belonged to, in a drawing.

Note: this story was subject to a one year exclusivity clause — I may seek independent publication for it at some point.

© Sharon Maria Bidwell, all rights reserved.

Lie back and relax and listen to the wind howling outside your window as you read these stories in the flickering light of a candle, the absinthe you’re sipping warming your body like the caressing touch of a lover’s fingers…

The supernatural – it has always evoked excited shivers, both fearful and sexual whilst Gothic literature is ever popular. Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers a collection of unique and original stories that conjure up the atmospheric and romantic spirit of the Gothic masters and mistresses, but takes things further by adding a generous dosage of eroticism to the brew. Full of paranormal thrills and chills, this is the ultimate erotic romance!

Explore the world of Red Velvet and Absinthe, edited by Mitzi Szereto, foreword by Kelley Armstrong on the main WEBSITE.


I loved “Bitter and Intoxicating”. I devoured it in one sitting. It skews perfectly with my own sensibilities, especially IN THE BLOOD. — Rick Reed, Author.

Writing quality: Certainly doesn’t disappoint, perfect typography and grammar. Overall very well-written; I couldn’t have done better with editing and structure. Complaints: Really none at all *grin* erotica is my favorite genre once again. Stories I liked: Favorite is ‘Bitter and Intoxicating’ by Sharon Bidwell, by far! Hot hot hot! — caffevitale

This was an interesting tale, filled with passion, fervor and artistry both in the descriptive use of the words and the subject matter. Vampirique Dezire