Friday, August 04, 2017

Nicole Locke - Birthday Giveaway and Release!

I’m celebrating this month.

First off, it’s my mum’s birthday today. To say how grateful I am for her in my life isn’t enough. Happy Birthday, mum! Love you lots. Really do.

I’m also celebrating the release of Rhain and Helissent’s story: The Knight’s Scarred Maiden.

Let me tell you a bit about it.

Mercenary knight Rhain wanders the lands, fights for coin, and is haunted by his past. Then in a wreck of an inn, he tastes a cake made sublime with honey, and rescues a woman he wants more than any sweet. But with a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he’s merely a dead man awaiting the sword.

Helissent’s family died in a tragic fire, and she bears the scars for all to see. When she’s forced from her home, she bargains with her cakes for the traveling mercenaries to take her to a different town, even though, disfigured and shamed she survived when her family didn’t, she knows she’ll never have a better life.

Along the way, both Rhain and Helissent reveal their pasts, and begin to long for a future. But with the enemy pursuing them both, is it too late?

There’s so much to this story. A fun fact would be that the heroine, Helissent, is a baker. She compares her 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.

So I had the bright idea to try a few of her Medieval recipes. Let’s just say I had a few failed bakes of my own, and I shared my misadventures at the Harlequin Blog:
If you want to follow the Blog Tour from August 1st to August 25th, where I talk more about the story, what's on my desk and even in my closet, the schedule is here:

Now, to celebrate the release, I’m giving a signed copy of The Knight’s Scarred Maiden to one randomly chosen person who comments to this post.

The question is: How do you like celebrating special occasions?

The contest is internationally available and I’ll keep the comments open until August 22nd when I announced the winner!


Karen M said...

Hi, Nicole. In my family, we usually celebrate special occasions with a gift and or a meal at a favorite restaurant.

Debby said...

We celebrate as much as we can. Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday. She chose jambalaya for her birthday dinner.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

traveler said...

We celebrate with a very beautiful family dinner at our house with the little ones who enjoy the memorable occasion.

petite said...

Celebrations are so important and meaningful. We always celebrate with a family feast which is unforgettable.

Deanne Patterson said...

Depending on what the celebration is we celebrate in different ways. For some things we go out to a special restaurant to celebrate. With 12 children and much celebrating over the years we have taken to having quiet family celebrations at home now then reading and relaxing.

Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

dstoutholcomb said...

Happy Birthday to your mum! Happy Book Birthday to you!

Celebrations should have cake or cupcakes. With family and friends if possible.


Di said...

I enjoy it when the family can get together, have a meal and have lots of time to talk about anything and everything. And if we have tim we enjoy some games like Trivial Pursuit.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Mary Preston said...

Special occasions are even more special when you share them with loved ones. Good food, good wine, good company.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

It's just the 2 of us, so we go out for a meal. My birthday was breakfast! And we're so old that we've quit giving gifts except for Christmas Santa gifts. Should I mention that we're at the downsizing stage of life!