Launch News: Thief’s Countess is Coming!

First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of The Ward’s Bride. With more than 50 positive reviews and more downloads than I could have imagined for a first release, I want to thank each and every person who read, shared and supported the novella.

With less than one week until the launch of The Thief’s Countess, my debut romance novel, I have a few fun items to share.

First, the trailer.

Next, a giveaway.

Enter to win The Thief’s Countess Book Launch Prize pack including a signed paperback, ribbon bookmark and TC keychain. Thanks for sharing with your friends too. (Are you sometimes tempted not to share to give yourself a better chance to win? I’ve NEVER done that!)

And finally, launch details.

The Thief’s Countess will be released March 1st exclusively to Amazon. If you do not wish to purchase a paperback or do not have a Kindle, there are still a few other ways to enjoy the book. You can read on your computer using Kindle’s Cloud Reader or on your electronic device using the Kindle app. But if you prefer to skip both, simply purchase the ebook on Amazon and email your receipt to to receive the format of your choice.

See you on launch day! Join me live every Monday for #MedievalMonday Q&A + Giveaway on Facebook. Next Monday will be a special broadcast since it…LAUNCH WEEK!!

Press Release: Cecelia Mecca Author Launch Event

Date: 02/17/17
Contact: Cecelia Mecca, (570) 840-2018,

Local romance author launches her debut novel on First Friday.

Roaring Brook Twp., PA – Cecelia Mecca, a Scranton native and resident of Roaring Brook Township, is launching her debut historical romance novel, The Ward’s Bride, at Library Express at the Marketplace at Steamtown on March 3, 2017. After successfully launching a prequel novella in February into the top twenty in three of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases,” Cecelia will introduce her first full-length novel during a book reading and signing event to coincide with First Friday in Scranton.

“I’m overwhelmed by the support and excitement around the launch. Having started research for the book as a student at the University of Scranton more than twenty years ago, The Thief’s Countess is both a dream come true and a life-long goal achieved.” Mecca will launch her novel officially on March 1, 2017 exclusive to Amazon.

Set in 13th century Northumbria along the Anglo-Scottish border, both the prequel and first book in the Border Series explore a tumultuous region using divided loyalties as a backdrop for romance. Mecca earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State University after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in English from the same school. Although her interest in medieval literature was sparked as a student, it would be more than twenty years before she combined her love of both medieval studies and the romance genre to publish her first novel.

With more than thirty reviews and an average 4.8 rating, the prequel novella became an instant favorite with historical romance fans. “The author writes romance hot enough to melt and sensual enough to make you go weak in the knees. An enchanting story with technicolor, that weaves a web of sensual suspense,” says Kristina Finskas. Another Amazon reviewer states, “I was glued to the pages, instantly. I read it in one setting…Filled with plenty of action, a secret or two, romance, intrigue and love. Ms. Mecca manages to bring this Novella together for an enticing, captivating and seductively intriguing story.

Digital copies of both the novella and full-length novel can be purchased on, and paperback versions can be purchased on and at Library Express in Scranton. Mecca can be reached via her Facebook page,, Twitter, or through her website at on via her media page at

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Becoming a Published Romance Author with My First Historical Romance Novel

Just a few updates over here. I’ve discovered a new Game of Thrones trailer that was sneakily released in December. I have a new favorite TV show. And it feels like I’m missing something.

Oh yes. I’m officially a published romance author!!

The Ward’s Bride, a prequel Border Series novella, was released and the early reviews are making me gitty. This might be my favorite:


5 of 5 stars from KF- “Get ready for an adventure of history, romance and sizzling hot sexyness!! This review contains some spoilers for the story. I have read my fair share of historical romance novels in my life (total madwoman for this genre) and this author rapidly became my new favorite! There was something different and refreshing in her style of writing, that made it impossible for me to put this book down until I had reached the very last page. I live for books like this, that make me forget everything around me and just whisk the reader off somewhere else entirely. A book so good it leaves you slightly out of breath when it’s finished…!”

To be honest, the whole thing it a bit surreal. CM Insiders have already received their free copy. I launched a Medieval Monday Q&A Giveaway which was a ton of fun. (Every Monday I will plan to answer questions on Facebook Live submitted from various channels and give away a fun prize to one medieval fact finder.) It’s been a bit of a whirlwind.

About The Ward’s Bride

The special edition prequel novella set along the 13th century Anglo-Scottish border includes “chapter upgrades,” a concept I’ve been asked about quite a bit this week. Similar to DVD extras, these upgrades can be found throughout the book at the end of some chapters offering additional inspiration and history about events, people and places in the book. If readers prefer not to interrupt their reading, they can also grab all upgrades at the end.

The upgrades are available for the first three weeks of the book launch. And then they go bye-bye. Grab your copy on Amazon or other retailers before February 27th for .99 to get the special edition novella.


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Although I plan lots of signed paperback giveaways including a mega-giveaway at my book launch event at Library Express in Scranton, PA on March 3, 2017 as well as to CM Insiders and Border Ambassadors, I’m also running one on Goodreads now so feel free to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Thief's Countess by Cecelia Mecca

The Thief’s Countess

by Cecelia Mecca

Giveaway ends March 08, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Whew! So much more to tell as I gear up for the debut novel release March 1st. The Thief’s Countess is a true labor of love which I started more than twenty years ago. And it’s almost here!! I am truly living a life-long dream.

Your turn. What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Share in a comment below.

Surprise! It’s a Border Series prequel cover – Introducing The Ward’s Bride

I love cover reveals! The amazingly talented Kim Killion brought Sir Adam Dayne from the Border Series prequel to life (Well, kind of. Wouldn’t it be amazing if she really could make him pop out from the book?) I’m beyond excited since this will be my very first published novel, coming out even before The Thief’s Countessthis February.

And the best news? It will be a free novella for historical romance fans with a love of all things knights and castles. Become a CM Insider for the latest scoop and follow me on Facebook to be notified of its release.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about The Ward’s Bride cover with this tweet or FB post.

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Best Period Dramas If You’re a Historical Romance Fan

I’ve mentioned some of my favorite medieval TV shows to get your Game of Thrones fix, but what can you watch if you’re looking for historical fiction on the tube? Luckily there seems to be an explosion of period dramas in the past few years. Historical romance on screen is scarce, but if you’re like me, the appeal of the genre extends beyond the HEA on TV.

Check out now:

Victoria, Masterpiece PBS

 The Crown, Netflix


Not British but:

Vikings, History Channel


No castles but:

Peaky Blinders, Netflix


Oldie but goodies:

The Tudors, Showtime (Netflix)

The White Queen, Starz


Watch out for:

The White Princess, Starz


Did I miss any of your favorites?


Romance Sneak Peek Giveaway

Get ready for 15 hot new romance novels including The Thief’s Countess from yours truly! I’ve teamed up with fourteen romance authors offering sneak peeks of their upcoming books . . . no strings attached. Just click this link or the graphic below to download your previews.

Looking for additional romance giveaways?

Check out a list of all my ebook giveaways on and be sure to follow along on Facebook with exclusive giveaways on there as well. And if you have a favorite romance title, especially a historical romance one, feel free to leave a comment on this post so I can consider for a future giveaway.



Celebrating The Thief’s Countess with an Instafreebie Giveaway

With the release of The Thief’s Countess cover and it’s free preview, I am officially in the world as a romance author. As I mentioned on my Facebook page in a live video, this is a dream twenty years in the making. You can read a bit more about that on an Everyday Life Perseverance on the Path to Publishing.

To celebrate, I’ve partnered with twelve other romance authors for an instaFreebie Giveaway to help fill your e-reader with free books and previews including my own sneak peek. Enjoy!

Welcome Insiders: Getting to Know You

Thank you for declaring your allegiance.

Whether you joined for a free book preview, the promise of a free novella, to be notified of future projects, for fun giveaways or because you love historical/medieval romance . . . thank you.

In addition to researching my favorite time period and creating stories with alpha males and strong women for them to clash with, my favorite aspect of being a romance writer is interacting with readers. To get to know you a bit better, mentally mark your answers to each “This or That” and leave a comment introducing yourself and/or your answers below.

Taking a stab at this myself, I will start with the trick question and answer, both! And while I’d love to head to Scotland to actually find Sam Heughan in person, if I was forced to choose, I am an Anglophile at heart. Answer: England. And as evidenced by the location of the “seat” of the Border Series, the one location that pops up in each book, Kenshire Castle, I think it’s obviously that I just love the ocean, especially as a setting for my stories. Which brings us to another impossible choice. The deep brooding eyes of a hero like Jon Snow, or the piercing, enigmatic ones of alpha-male Tommy Shelby.How could I possibly decide? Passing on this one too.

Who came up with these questions anyway?

OK, now it’s your turn to weigh in. Leave a comment below and let me know what brought you here, how you would answer each “this or that” (including the trick questions).