During the course of my writing process, I tend to think up incredible amounts of ultimately useless background information. Maybe this is because I’m a pantser and since I shun outlining, I have to dream up a more complete picture of the world I am creating or maybe it’s because I simply think way, way too much. Whatever the reason, there are millions of details that go through my head that never make it to the final draft.
My chosen insanity for Knightly Desire was creating a pantheon of gods to inhabit Brant and Gabrielle’s world. Not that it was all for nothing, the gods do that play a significant role in the story. Gabrielle is acolyte of Ison, the god of health and healing, and she lives in his sanctuary among the chaste sisters on the edge of the wilds. Avia, the goddess of marriage and fertility, also found a place in the story. But they are only two of the many gods I dreamed up.
My favorite god, who sadly did not make the final cut, is Pylan, the god of wine and madness. He is an incarnation of Dionysus, a brother to Bacchus. Pylan taught the people the making of wine and spirits, and the ecstasy that accompanies their decadent consumption. But intoxication has a price, and there is always as much joy as there is madness during his spring festival.
Since it is spring now, I thought I’d share with you the traditional recipe for Pylan’s feast. Of course, Gabrielle and Brant would have to prepare everything from scratch, but luckily for us, we have modern conveniences like already-made wine. Yay! So indulge and be merry! Drink to excess on a crisp spring evening, just as the sun goes down, with your friends and lovers close by.
- 1 bottle of blueberry wine
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup Chambord (or any black raspberry liqueur)
- ½ cup Absolut Kurant (or any berry flavored vodka)
- 2 cups soda water (or Sprite if you prefer it to be sweeter)
In a large pitcher, place the wine, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vodka, and Chambord. Mix well. Cover the pitcher and let it all marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the soda water and ice cubes.
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A routine mission turns disastrous when knight Captain Brant and his men encounter a renegade mage. Injured and near death, Brant is brought to a nearby sanctuary of the god Ison, where the chaste sisters heal all those in need.
He is given into the care of Gabrielle, a talented healer. She is young, vivacious, bold—and a mage. She is everything wrong for him, and yet their desire can’t be denied.
Brant lives for his duty. Gabrielle belongs to a god. The lust-filled passion between them is powerful—and forbidden. But their erotic bond cannot be ignored, no matter the consequences.
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