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Historical Romance Inspiration: Clave Castle in The Earls Entanglement

On a vacation to England last summer, one of the highlights was a visit to Bamburgh Castle, the inspiration for Kenshire Castle, the seat of the Casier and now Waryn family in the Border Series historical romance. A highlight of that trip, Bamburgh was both a stranger and a friend. Having toured it virtually many times before, I knew the layout well. But seeing stone walls on a computer pales in comparison to the real thing, and the first time I saw the beach where Sara and Geoffrey have their first intimate moment, I was nearly brought to tears.

Leaving Bamburgh, our driver lamented that we did not have time to visit Lindisfarne. “Besides,” he said, “the tide will make driving impossible, and that is really the best way to get there.” As it turned out, Lindisfarne is an island, accessible by land only during low tide or by boat.

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Photo Credit: Chris Combe

Fascinated, I remembered this unique castle when it came time to search for inspiration for our hero’s inheritance in ‘The Earl’s Entanglement.” The idea of Garrick and Emma ‘stuck’ together during high tide was too enticing to ignore. A bit more digging uncovered another English castle accessible only during low tide. Unlike Lindisfarne, raided by Vikings in the 9th century and later becoming a monastery, St. Michael’s Mount offered additional images inside the castle since it is still used as a residence to this day. Clave Castle, a mashup of both Lindisfarne on the east coast and St. Michael’s Mount on the west, is the perfect romantic setting for a forbidden historical romance about an earl in two countries who falls for a beautiful Englishwoman nearly the same time as he prepares to marry another.

Find out what happens when the tide turns Clave into an island while our hero makes the decision between following his heart or loosing his inheritance and maybe even starting a war. The Earl’s Entanglement is coming to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on February 22, 2019. Get a new release notice and put it on your Goodreads TBR list to be notified of the special launch price.

The Thief’s Countess (Series Starter) Sale

Grab your hot coco and start a new historical romance series this winter. The first book in the border series is on sale until Manday, January 15, 2017 for just .99 making it the perfect time to jump into the Border Series. All book updates, sales and progress can be found on my Instagram account. And if you visit, be sure to let you know you’re a reader so I can be sure to follow back. Happy reading!

The Thief’s Countess is .99 all week!

Starting today, the first book in the Border Series is just .99 on Amazon. Be transported to a time of knights and castles with The Thief’s Countess, a tale of divided loyalties (and love of course). Set in 13th century Northumbria along the Anglo-Scottish border, The Thief’s Countess is my debut novel more than twenty years in the making.


A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…

SirGeoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.

With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling, unwanted men. As if that weren’t enough, her father’s deathbed request was for two lawless border reivers to serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man she thought nothing more than a thief is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.


If you like strong female heroines, alpha male types, and sizzling romance, you’ll love the first full-length installment of the Border Series. Transport yourself to the medieval world of Waryn and snag your .99 medieval romance today!


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 info@ceceliamecca.com 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!!