The novel “The French King’s Mistress” is an exciting, erotic adventure of power, passion, love, intrigue and death. The beautiful courtier Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), 20 years older than the French King Henry II, turns a ne’er-do-well royal into a great French king. Combining wit, bodice-ripping passion, heart-pounding wars and jousting, it’s a must-read.Historically, Diane (1499-1566) was one of the great beauties and minds of her time. Throughout Henry’s reign she held court as the queen of France. At age 15 Diane wed the wealthy Louis de Breze, 39 years her senior. When he died, she came to the French court as a lady-in-waiting to the wife of pleasure-loving King Francois I. There, she came to know Henry II since the day of his birth.Diane became Henry’s mistress while he was still dauphin in 1536. Under Diane’s tutelage Henry proved himself as a skilled swordsman, hunter, rider and military campaigner. She did so while battling the intrigues and dangers of the French court.Henry was forced to wed Catherine de Medici, daughter of famous Florentine bankers at age 15. Catherine came to love Henry during the years she was forced to living in relative obscurity although she was the queen of France. During this time she plots to kill Henry’s mistress, Diane, in this white-knuckle adventure-thriller.Despite Diane’s holding such power over the king, her status depended on the king’s welfare and his remaining in power.Victoria Veritas is also the author of “Egypt’s Erotic, Esoteric Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut,” an erotic drama of love, power, mysticism and death. The novel tells the story of Egypt’s most powerful female pharaoh who lived 3,500 years ago and was a wife, mother, queen, high initiate, co-ruler and usurper of the throne in a licentious court.