The Mystical Conch Shell of the Sea has been stolen, and it's up to Selliki, the selkie, to get it back. Selliki sets across the continent of Alethereia to find Arnhem, and Gabrael, the Mage she loves. Selliki knows no union between a selkie and a human have ever had a happy ending, but neither can ignore their feelings. Each night, they experience terrible, real dreams that show how doomed their love is.
The final war between Arnhem and Speica is threatening the entire world. Lucifer has aligned himself with Speica and wants nothing less than to bring about the Apocalypse before it's time. In the last batttle, cowardice is revealed, promises are broken, and many people die. Trolls fight icthyocentaurs, dwarves arm up against the Drow, angels against demons. Only one kingdom will prevail; that is, if the world doesn't end.
When we think of marriage, we first think of love. Two sides of the same coin.
But this was not the same way of thinking back in the Middle Ages.
Women had no choice in who they married. Oftentimes, they married a total stranger, a man they had never met before they walked down the aisle.
The idea of arranged marriages is foreign to some of us today, even though it is still common practice in some parts of the world today.
I already mentioned that women had no choice; however (typical male-dominated society), there were some cases in which the man could decide his bride.
Sometimes, love found the couple after they were married as backward as that sounds to us. Many times, even if they did not grow to love each other, lasting friendships bloomed.
Marriage was done at a young age – the girls as young as 12, the boys 17 – and for financial, practical, or dynastic reasons.
The feudal relationship between a knight and his liege lord was the model for courtly love as well as the code of chivalry. The knight swears the same obedience and loyalty to his courtly lady that he would his liege lord. This ideal is taken from bards’ songs and hardly ever practiced. After all, most knights would not be submissive to their lady! However, his love for her was a source for inspiration, for courage, and power, to do great deeds, in order to win her favor, to be good enough for her.
Oftentimes, the knight fell in love with a married lady. Remember, most marriages were not born out of love. Courtly love was a means for the knights to show their affection despite the marital state of the lady. The most famous instance of this occurrence is Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.
Personally, as much as I love the Middle Ages, I'm so glad I can choose whom to love and I married a knight in his own right.
Is there a time period other than now that you would rather live in?
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Nicole has always been fascinated with the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. She devoured books about chivalry and knight, love and romance, she even had a Renaissance themed wedding.
Throughout her research, she wondered if there were any female knights, knowing how women were treated back then. To her surprise, she uncovered information about an entire order of female knights - the Order of the Hatchet in Catalonia. These brave women protected their town of Tortosa from Moor attack. Along with their new status, the women were exempted from taxes and preceded over men in public assemblies.
This inspired her to write about a young girl who wishes to become a knight, citing these brave women.
Currently, she is residing in Pennsylvania with her loving husband and two adorable sons. She is an Infinite World of Fantasy Author (IWOFA) and a member of Classic Romance Revival (CRR).
Her debut novel - WOMAN OF HONOR (Desert Breeze Publishing, April 2009) is the first in the Kingdom of Arnhem series, the story of the young would-be female knight. Book II - KNIGHT OF GLORY further explores the medieval fantasy land of Arnhem.
CHAMPION OF VALOR will be released May 1st, 2011.
She has also sold numerous short stories for inclusion in various anthologies including the print anthologies: Bloody Carnival, Mertales, Daily Bites of Flesh, and Daily Flash.
She loves writing, reading, horses, collecting swords, and going to the Pa Renaissance Faire (dressed in Renaissance garb, of course!).