The Knight’s Scarred Maiden (Lovers and Legends)
A maiden for the mercenary
Mercenary knight Rhain is living on borrowed time. With a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he has accepted his fate—though first he must get his men to safety.
When he rescues mysterious and deeply scarred Helissent from her attackers, Rhain soon wishes he wasn’t marked for death. He can never be the man she deserves—his scandalous lineage alone dictates that—but Rhain can’t resist the temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly is…
Lovers and Legends A clash of Celtic passions
Author Nicole Locke first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly). If she isn’t working on the next book in the Lovers and Legends historical series, she can be reached at:
Going Back In Time
The Knight’s Scarred Maiden is a story between a dangerous mercenary and a scarred maiden who rescues him. But there’s more to this tale than that.
There’s cooking and baking as well.The heroine’s family died in a tragic fire. Burned severely on the right side of her body, Helissent was healed with honey and herbs. When the innkeepers adopt her, she helps bring in patrons by baking honey cakes and more savoury fare. Her love of baking and cooking weaves its way throughout the story. She compares her struggles to failed bakes, and thinks of people like ingredients. She also talks in baking terminology, which confuses many a discussion.
On the run from a vengeful warlord, the hero Rhainstops at an inn and tastes Helissent’s cakes and food. Her love for it all weaves around him as well. Though it risks his life, he stays.
To truly understand the importance of food for Helissent, or why the cakes would be so good that Rhain would risk his life, I tried some of her recipes.But this story takes place in the 13th Century. These are medieval recipes.
I made sweet desserts like herb fritters, apple fritters, and honey cakes. I made raston and trencher bread. I tried to re-create the banquet scene. There was fish with sorrel sauce, fennel soup, almond chicken with raisin sauce.
Along the way, I made mistakes. But that helped, too. Helissent is a heroine who perseveres no matter the stakes. When a sauce went bad, she simply did it again, and so did I. She wouldn’t have given up making trencher bread, and I didn’t either.I even invited people over to share in the banquet. People’s pleasure of the food explained why a woman so alone in the world would find joy sharing her fare.
After my fifth attempt at honey cakes, I understood why Rhain would risk his life for something so seemingly insignificant as a cake. Because when they’re baked just right,they’re delicious. And this is a man who doesn’t expect to live very long.
He’s also a man, who finds Helissentremarkable and brave. Baking would require Helissent to be constantly around an open fire. Yet, it was a fire that killed her family and destroyed her home. A fire which scarred her body and made her skin tender to heat and touch. However, for the innkeepers who adopt her and for her own self-worth, she continually risks those flames. Is it any wonder why she would risk her life and face the warlord who intends to kill the man she loves?
So you see, there is somuch more to this story than tragic pasts and vengeful warlords. There is also Medieval food and falling in love…