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!
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Whether you joined for a free book preview, 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.
So I previously asked different questions in case you’re confused by the comments below. And these are MUCH harder for me since I obviously love them all. But I’ll give it a shot. If forced to choose, it would have to be Sir Adam’s inspiration as well as Toren’s (surprise!) from yet unnamed book two in the Border Series. And while I can’t wait to travel to the English-Scottish border where the Border Series take place this summer (on a Disney Cruise…so excited), I will have to choose a castle by the sea.
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).
The following historical romance novel recommendations are based on the premise you’ve already read or watched Outlandar by Dianna Gabaldon and/or A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
Full disclosure . . . A Song of Ice and Fire happens to be one of my favorite book series of all-time so I’m extremely biased. However, if you’re a historical romance reader like myself, there’s a decent chance you’re looking for a quicker read or new authors recommendations.
Outlandar fans who haven’t read The Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty are missing out. I have nothing else to say on that matter.
Moving on, do you still think about Robb Stark? (For the record, Jon Snow is 100% not dead for good. I know this because I’m willing it to be. *Update* I was right!) Check out The Ransom by Julie Garwood. It’s by no means as bloody as Game of Thrones, but with a violent medieval element and plenty of bad guys, it’s a winner. And since it’s a romance novel, the HEA is firmly intact. AKA no Red Wedding.
Work with me on this one. While Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsay is not set in Birmingham, nor is it about a street gang, you may be wondering how Peaky Blinders fits in. Early 20th century England may be very different than it’s medieval counterpart–I’m a sucker for medieval–but the two have one very important element in common. No one writes the alpha male like Ms. Lindsay, and no character on television is more of one than Tommy Shelby. It may seem a stretch, but I’m willing go out on a limb for this one.
Have you read any of these books or series? What recommendations would you give for historical romance readers and fans of the above mentioned shows? Find me @CeceliaMecca on Twitter or on Facebook to let me know what you think.