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England and Scotland and Ireland…Oh My!

It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to visit the castles that I read and write about. A trip to the English and Scottish countryside, as a medieval romance author, was truly magical. Even more so since my family took a Disney Cruise around the British Isles ensuring the kiddos even enjoyed themselves on the ship after a long day of castle and history hunting.

Some of the highlights including standing with one foot in England and the other in Scotland in the very place where the Border Series takes place: Northumberland, England. We also visited the Scottish Highlands and the castle which inspired Kenshire Castle in The Thief’s Countess, Bamburg.

With only a brief stop in Dublin, I, unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to discover much of Ireland, and the cruise did not visit Wales, but our time in the English countryside including the inspiration for Hogwarts, Alnwick Castle, as well as some amazing towns such as one of my favorites, Salisbury, was truly a dream come true.

The video below hardly does such an amazing trip justice, but it’s a small taste of a most spectacular place on the planet that I hope to someday visit again.

 

Border Series Book 3 Title & Blurb Reveal

This September, our first Scottish hero in the Border Series will meet his match in a book-smart but sheltered Englishwoman looking for love in the most unlikeliest of places. Travel to the Tournament of the North where English and Scottish knights battle for glory, love, and in same cases, their lives.

Without further ado, I give you Border Series Book 3 coming this Fall:

 

Is this the next story you expected?

 

Top 6 Medieval Romance Novels

A fan of medieval romance for more than twenty years, I’ve racked up quite a collection of paperbacks and ebooks. And while modern authors like Monica McCarty and Kathryn LeVeque have filled large shoes of those that came before them in terms of quenching the thirst of medieval romance readers like myself, I still sometimes return to my reading roots.

These are six of the best medieval romance books than I can happily read over and over again.

Are there any here you haven’t read? Head over to Amazon to try one out. Fair warning, these links are affiliates:

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

The Prize by Julie Garwood

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsey

The Black Lyon by Jude Devereux

Which are your favorite “old-school” medieval or historical romance novels?

 

Finding New Romance Reads on BookBub {Video Tutorial}

Before becoming an author, I had not previously heard of BookBub. Now that I understand the power of a BookBub deal, I can see why it’s so popular! Their editors are extremely selective, so while there are many free book and sites with discounted romance novels out there, they typically offers high-quality books like the series starter I nabbed today, For the Love of Duke by Christi Caldwell.

New to BookBub? Here’s a quick tutorial on how to sign up including an extra fun tidbit. (Hint, you can follow authors like yours truly to get new release alerts!) What’s that? You’d love to follow me on BookBub? That’s great. Here’s the link. Shameless plug over, on to the video:

The Lord’s Captive: An Enemies to Lovers Medieval Romance

From Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey to A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, I’ve always loved a good enemies-to- lovers historical romance. When Bryce made an appearance in The Thief’s Countess, I knew immediately his story would be told next. And who better to help melt his icy demeanor than the sister of his greatest enemy?

Part of the appeal of this series to me as an author is exploring divided loyalties of real people in two soon to be warring nations. And while the 13th century was a relative time of peace between England and Scotland, along the border, peace was always tenuous. The idea of an English hero and Scottish heroine will be exactly reversed in the next book, but for the time being, I hope readers enjoy Bryce and Catrina’s story in The Lord’s Captive.

 

Pick up a copy of The Lord’s Captive on Amazon. And if you read in Kobo, Nook or iBook, grab the Kindle Reader to delve into this historical romance novel I very much hope you will enjoy! Of course, I’d love to hear from you. Just click any of my social buttons in the top right corner of this post and be sure to sign up as a CM Insider for additional Border Series scoop

Rounding Up Current Romance Giveaways

So many giveaways, so little time! The next book in the Border Series, The Lord’s Captive, is coming June 6th. To celebrate, there are a few active giveaways with more to come. The following list also includes group giveaways I am currently participating in as well.

The Lord’s Captive Paperbacks

The Lord’s Captive: Book Launch Giveaways

  • #1: Facebook-only contest
  • #2: Win a Historical Romance Bundle (Coming 6/1/17)
  • #3: Win a Border Series Bundle (Coming 6/4/17)

Group Giveaways


Sneak Peeks of Upcoming Giveaways

 

Facebook-exclusive signed paperback + book swag coming 5/30 at 8:00 pm.

 

Favorite Historicals Giveaway #2 coming 6/1/17.

 

The Lord’s Captive Giveaway #3 including a signed paperback, tee, tote & more!

  

Signed Paperback Giveaway on Goodreads

He captured her for revenge. She stole his heart in return.

If you’re on Goodreads, head on over and enter to win a signed copy of The Lord’s Captive, Border Series Book Two, up for grabs in a new giveaway that starts today. Available June 6, 2017 on Amazon, this second book in the Border Series follows the brother of our Thief’s Countess hero. If you’re a fan of the historical romance friends to lovers theme, The Lord’s Captive is the book for you. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lord's Captive by Cecelia Mecca

The Lord’s Captive

by Cecelia Mecca

Giveaway ends June 05, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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COVER REVEAL: The Lord’s Captive, Border Series Book Two Coming This June

Thanks to USA Today’s Happily Ever After, The Lord’s Captive cover is now out into the world, and I could not be more excited.

 

I’d love to know…what you think of the cover? I’m completely biased but think it’s pretty amazing. If you think so too, click the link below to retweet, and thanks in advance for sharing.

Border Series Book Two: Title/Blurb Reveal

The cat is out of the bag! Today on Buried Under Romance the title and blurb for the next book in the Border Series of medieval romance novels was revealed. I’m thrilled to announce the release of The Lord’s Captive on June 6, 2017.

If you read The Thief’s Countess, you met Sir Geoffrey’s handsome but stoic younger brother. Sir Bryce Waryn is definitely not looking for love when he finds it in the unlikeliest of places.


Official Blurb

The Lord


Sir Bryce Waryn has dreamed for years about the day when he will finally liberate his home from the Scots who killed his parents and stole his brother’s birthright. Now that day is finally upon him, only his brother has abdicated the title of lord of Bristol Manor to him. Bryce should be celebrating, but something unexpected stands in his way—the sister of the Scot who held Bristol. In the chaos of the raid, Lady Catrina Kerr was injured and left behind. Bryce takes her captive, hoping to exact an even more satisfying revenge from his enemy, except the fiery beauty is far more compelling than he would like…

The Captive


Raised by three elder brothers, Lady Catrina Kerr knows a thing or two about stubborn men. But Bryce is more strong-willed than all of her brothers combined. He’s also maddeningly handsome, brave, and kind—but no matter how compelling her captor, she’s intent on escaping him. Only then will she be able to protect her brothers. But as Bryce’s plan escalates and her feelings for him intensify, she finds herself facing an unthinkable choice between her family and the man who has captured her heart.

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