Have you ever had one of those: Everything-Goes-Wrong-Days? As in kids are late
for school, you burned dinner, and the house is a wreck just as guests popped by
for a visit? When this happens, I need something to just get by. Most likely
itís a cup of tea, some chocolateÖa piece of cake.
And I donít need it because itís something nice, but unnecessary. Itís because
right then I need something normalócenteringóand then I can get on with
whatever is left of my day.
In THE KNIGHT'S SCARRED
MAIDEN, Rhain and Helissentís story is about honey cakes. And theyíre not
unnecessary for them either; in fact, the cakes give them their happily ever after.
Helissent is a baker. She compares her lifeís struggles to failed bakes, and
thinks of people like ingredients. She also talks in baking terminology, which
confuses many a discussion. I loved discovering how she thought.
But the cakes mean something else for her as well. Helissentís family died in a
tragic fire. Burned severely on the right side of her body, she was healed with
honey. When the innkeepers adopt her, she brings in more patrons by learning to
bake honey cakes.
Then you have Rhain, who irritated a few people in the mercenary business and
now has a powerful warlord after him. On the run with his band of mercenaries,
he stops at an inn and tastes some cakes. Though it risks his life, he
Because he was introduced in an earlier book, Rhain was already a fully
developed character when I started his story. But since his life was in such
turmoil, I needed to find something to center him.
Maybe I was hungry that day, but I used honey cakes, and thatís when Helissent
arrived on the page. In the beginning, I didnít appreciate the importance of her
baking nor fully understand how such a normal dessert could be so significant
for both characters. It inspired me to cook Medieval, and bake a lot of honey
cakes and apple fritters. I even tried some of Helissentís more savoury recipes.
Then I understood as I fed my family why cakes were important.
Itís because of the saying, Itís the little things in life that count. Thatís
certainly true for Rhain and Helissent. And I think itís true in real life, too.
Nicole 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
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 fateóthough 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
deservesóhis scandalous lineage alone dictates thatóbut Rhain can't resist the
temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly isÖ
Lovers and Legends A clash of Celtic passions
[Harlequin Historical Romance, On Sale: August 1,
2017, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780373629442 / ]
2 comments posted.
Hello Cynthia! My DH is exactly the same, and loves it if I bake anything at all. My kids, however, have watched too much Great British Bake Off. Critics!...but they'll eat it all the same.
(Nicole Locke 8:42am August 10)