Brie Baggio thinks she’s ready… for marriage, kids, the whole shebang. She’s pushing forty, and even though she’s the Senior Anti-Aging Ambassador at Los Angeles’s hottest med spa, Botox can’t paralyze that nagging feeling that it’s now or never. But when she witnesses a wild act of public sex, Brie tears her marriage plans apart and composes a sexual bucket list of scenarios she wants to experience before she settles down. She has life yet to live, lessons to learn, and someone to find—herself—along the way. Sexy, smart, chock full of pop culture, Conquest is the it-series of the year. Help Brie cross each item off her list.
1. An Older Man
2. A Younger Man
3. A Teacher
4. Her Boss
5. A Woman
6. A Stranger
7. A Threesome
8. In Public
9. Make a Sex Tape
10. Dominate a Man Until He Cries
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Conquest is about a single woman, pushing forty, feeling that it’s-now-or-never pressure to get married and have kids. And she gets her chance, but she won’t settle. Through her friends, she sees the other side--the monotony of marriage, the exhaustion of parenthood—so she composes a sexual bucket list and decides to go out with a bang.
What inspired you to write it?
Conquest started as a fictional excerpt in my novella Book Club and it was so much fun to write that scene, I decided to write the whole book.
What were the last two books you read?
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.
Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
Where do you write?
I write at the kitchen table while the cat tries to lay across my keyboard. He’s just not concerned about my productivity.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?
I wanted to be an ad exec, and I did start out in advertising, but then I realized what really grabbed me about the ad game was the storytelling, so why not just break off and write my own?
Steam Bijou is the alter ego of author Jaime Boust, whose work ranges from literotica to anonymously submitted business plans to her favorite failing local retailers. Her fiction includes Book Club, Conquest by her alter ego Steam Bijou, and the forthcoming serial Night Life--a series about a thirty-something mother who, disillusioned by the monotony of motherhood, starts a high-end prostitution ring. The similarities between Ms. Boust and her anti-heroine are startling, minus the prostitution.
Jaime received her formal education at the University of California at San Diego and her informal education on the streets of London, the hills of San Francisco, the sewers of Paris, and the suburban wilds of Oakland. These days you'll find her dodging traffic in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids. Many things have been said of her: idea machine, portmanteau enthusiast, cutthroat croquet player, national champion cheerleader, world's spiciest cook. Believe them all.
Amazon (Conquest: Episodes 1-3)
Amazon (Conquest: Episodes 4-6)
Amazon (Book Club)