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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BATTLE EAGLE: PREVIEW

It's now just under two months until BATTLE EAGLE (Book #3 The Warrior Brothers of Skye). The novel is available on pre-order from Amazon, but while you patiently await for it to be delivered to your Kindle on May 31 2018, here is a scene from the novel for you to enjoy!
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Excerpt from BATTLE EAGLE:
 
She caught up with him, just as he entered the stone arch that led towards the broch.
 
"Donnel!"
 
He ignored her, and so she reached out and grabbed his arm, pulling him up short. "Donnel--wait!"
 
He turned, his dark eyebrows rising in surprise. Not for the first time, Eithni was struck by just how handsome he was. The plaid breeches and leather vest he wore showed off his tall muscular body. His chiseled features, beautifully molded mouth, straight nose and long eyelashes were breathtaking. All three of the brothers--Galan, Tarl, and Donnel--were attractive but, to Eithni, Donnel was the most striking. Only, bitterness had cast a harshness over his features.
 
She had set eyes on Donnel mac Muin for the first time nearly two years earlier, at Tea and Galan's wedding. He had been married then; his lovely wife Luana heavily pregnant. Even so Eithni had been captivated by The Eagle warrior. How she had wished to find a man so handsome for herself.
 
But that was before she had returned home to Dun Ardtreck--before Forcus.
 
"You can't keep doing this," she gasped, out of breath from running after him. "It won't bring her back."
 
His mouth thinned, and his gaze narrowed. "What?"
 
"You have to let your anger go. Talor needs you."
 
His expression turned thunderous."We've had this conversation before, Eithni. I don't need to hear this again."
 
She put her hands on her hips. "Clearly, you do. Talor has just lost his uncle--a man he sees as a father.
 
Did she imagine it, or did Donnel flinch at that?
 
Headless she pressed on. "Mael is on her own now. She needs your help."

She saw a dangerous light ignite in those slate-grey eyes then. All three of the brothers had the same eyes, the color of a stormy sky.

 
Donnel stepped forward, leaned down, and pushed his face close to hers. "I never thought you to be simple-minded,"he growled, "but today I swear you have the brains of a goose. Heed me, woman. I do not wish to see the lad. Stop meddling and leave me alone."
 
He turned then and strode off, crossing toward the steps leading up to the broch.
 
Eithni did not follow him.
 
She dropped her hands from her hips, the fight going out of her. She suddenly felt shaky and close to tears. Confrontations were never easy for her at the best of times, but Donnel's grief had given his temper a vicious edge. He had left her badly shaken. Eithni inhaled sharply and dashed away a tear that rolled down her cheek.
 
Enough. Don't let the man get to you--don't waste tears on him.

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Release date: May 31, 2018.
 
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Author interview: Cecelia Mecca

Five minutes with Cecelia Mecca!

I know many of you love Cecelia Mecca's border series ... so here's an exclusive interview with the author herself. For those of you who haven't discovered Cecelia yet, she writes bestselling Historical Romance novels set on the Anglo-Scottish border during the 13th Century. I hope you enjoy the interview!

1. Tell us a little about the setting for the Border Series. Why the Anglo-Scottish border? Why the 13th Century? I've been a fan of medieval England for as long as I can remember. When starting my own series, I chose a period of relative peace to give the characters a chance to focus on their relationships. As I read about the borderlands described by some as the wild west of the middle ages, the idea of divided loyalties piqued my interested, and the Border Series was born.

2. Which of your heroes could you fall for the most—and why? I'm actually quite fickle and am a little bit in love with every hero as I'm writing him, so my current favorite hero is Tristan, Lord of Saxford whose story is coming out this summer in a secret collaborative project with two other Scottish romance authors.

3. Tell us three things about you that readers might be surprised to learn.I tried out for Survivor twice, ran fifteen half-marathons (and one full) and am not so patiently waiting for 'Winds of Winter.'

4. You’re working on The Warrior’s Queen at the moment … what excites you the most about this story? Finally giving the hero, Graeme deSowlis, chief of Clan Scott, an HEA of his own. He is a fan favorite and has been spurned twice. Once by Catrina from 'The Lord's Captive' who he thought he would marry since childhood, and again by Lady Emma from 'The Earl's Entanglement' prompting a plea from my editor to "give this poor guy a break." I had already begun his story when I read her comment so it gave me a chuckle.

5. How many more Border Series novels can we look forward to? What direction are you planning to take after that? The sixth book in the series comes out this May with seven and eight to follow later this year. With the help of the Border Ambassadors, my Facebook reader group, I'm currently working out the details of a brand new series which will make its debut in early 2019.

6. If you could go back in time for just one day—where would you go and how would you spend the day? I would go back to 13th century Bamburgh Castle, Northumbria, the inspiration for Kenshire Castle in the Border Series, to see how closely my vision of the middle ages aligns with reality. Although a highly romanticized view of the time period, the series is filled with nuggets of historical detail, and I take great pains to ensure accuracy so I would happily go back with a notebook for a one-of-a-kind research session.


About the Author

Cecelia Mecca is the author of the bestselling Border Series medieval romance. A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, transporting readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. Her first series, set along the Anglo-Scottish border in 13th century Northumbria, turned Cecelia from educator to full-time author. The Border Series, including series starter, ‘The Thief’s Countess’ is known for its focus on well-developed characters and their steamy relationships leading to a satisfying HEA.

Cecelia lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.


Find out more about Cecelia Mecca's novels at: 
www.ceceliamecca.com
Check out Cecelia's latest release: The Earl's Entanglement
Check out Cecelia's next release: Ladies of the Stone

 

BATTLE EAGLE is available on pre-order!

You've all been so enthusiastic about BARBARIAN SLAVE that I got to work straight away on the third book in The Warrior Brothers of Skye series: BATTLE EAGLE. The novel will be released on May 31 2018, but it's already available on preorder.

Bitterness has made him cruel—only she can save him.

Eithni believes herself too damaged to ever find love, and Donnel vows he will never love again. Can they find their way out of the darkness together?

A healer upon Dark Ages Isle of Skye, Eithni
enjoys her life with the tribe of The Eagle. However, the scars of the past—and harrowing memories of the man who stole her innocence—make it impossible for her to find happiness.

The 'Battle Eagle', Donnel, is a warrior of renown. Only bitterness has soured his character. He lost his wife in childbirth and now can't even bear to look at his son. The infant is a reminder of the woman he loved and lost. These days Donnel is intent on wreaking vengence upon the world.

Although cowed by his anger, Eithni challenges Donnel about his bitterness. She's determined to bring father and son together—even if he rejects her help. The Gathering of the Tribes upon the isle that summer changes Eithni and Donnel's lives forever. A chain of events brings them together, forcing them both to change and to open their hearts. But is love enough to heal the wounds of the past?


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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

BLOOD FEUD: on sale now!

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Galan’s heavy tread stopped behind Tea, and she felt the weight of his gaze settle upon her.

“Tea,” he spoke her name softly, his powerful voice a low rumble. “Are you awake?”

Tea ignored him, feigning sleep.

“I know you’re awake—you’re not breathing,” he continued, a faint edge of amusement creeping into his voice. “You’re a poor mummer.”

Irritation surged through Tea. She rolled over and fixed him in a hard glare.

He met her gaze, his own steady, before favoring her with a slow smile. “That’s better.”

“What do you want?”

“We have not spoken all day—it’s time to break the silence between us.”

“I have nothing to say to a Dun Ringill dog.”

Galan gave a heavy sigh and shrugged off his cloak before unbuckling the heavy leather vest that covered his strong torso. “Your insults become repetitive, wife. Surely you have better names for me than that.”

Stinking pig turd. Maggot spawn. The insults rose within Tea but she choked them back. He was deliberately baiting her, and she would not give him what he wanted. 

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Travel back in time--war, heartache and epic love in Dark Ages Scotland. Make sure you don't miss out on your .99 cent copy of BLOOD FEUD. It's only on sale for another two days!



Thursday, 8 March 2018

A quote to live by

Beautiful quote I'm using in BATTLE EAGLE (Book #3 of the Warrior Brothers of Skye). The novel is about loss, regret, and enduring hope.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

BATTLE EAGLE is underway!

I'm currently around 35% into the first draft of Book #3 of The Warrior Brothers of Skye series—BATTLE EAGLE.

I'm loving writing this book, perhaps even more so since we met the hero and heroine back in BLOOD FEUD, Book #1 of the series. It's about time I told Eithni and Donnel's story!

Readers have been really enthusiastic about this series so far, which makes Book #3 even more exciting to write. This is an emotional roller-coaster of a book though, and wrenching at times to write. Both characters are damaged, and will have to undertake quite an emotional journey in order to find love. Get out your tissues!

The cover is now ready and I'm excited to share it with you here. The warrior is exactly how I picture Donnel ... dark and brooding!

Here's what BATTLE EAGLE about:

BITTERNESS HAS MADE HIM CRUEL—ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM.

Eithni believes herself too damaged to ever find love, and Donnel vows he will never love again. Can they find their way out of the darkness together?

A healer upon Dark Ages Isle of Skye, Eithni enjoys her life with the tribe of The Eagle. However, the scars of the past—and harrowing memories of the man who stole her innocence—make it impossible for her to find happiness.

The 'Battle Eagle', Donnel, is a warrior of renown. Only bitterness has soured his character. He lost his wife in childbirth and now can't even bear to look at his son. The infant is a reminder of the woman he loved and lost. These days Donnel is intent on wreaking vengence upon the world.

Although cowed by his anger, Eithni challenges Donnel about his bitterness. She's determined to bring father and son together—even if he rejects her help. The Gathering of the Tribes upon the isle that summer changes Eithni and Donnel's lives forever. A chain of events brings them together, forcing them both to change and to open their hearts. But is love enough to heal the wounds of the past?

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BATTLE EAGLE should be ready for release mid-2018.

Scottish folklore on the Isle of Skye: The Old Man of Storr

The Old Man of Storr (Wikipedia image)
While researching a setting for BATTLE EAGLE (my current work in progress, Book #3: The Warrior Brothers of Skye), I came across The Old Man of Storr—a unique stone formation on the north of the island.

Actually, this landmark has some fascinating stories attached to it, which have inspired me! I have my characters going to a Gathering of the Tribes here.

I'll get to the folklore in a minute, but first, some detail about what this land mark actually is.

Situated off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye is known for its beautiful scenery and unique land formations.The 160ft tall pinnacle stands below the 600ft cliffs of the Storr itself. The spectacular ridge of hills (the result of a massive landslip) that runs for about 30km, form the backbone of the Trotternish peninsula in the north east of Skye contains one of the islands most recognisable landmarks, the Old Man of Storr (in Gaelic ‘Bodach an Stòrr’).

Giants, brownies and fairies

Brownie (source: Wikipedia)
There are plenty of tales attached to The Old Man of Storr. One story goes that the Storr is the thumb of a giant who then became buried in the earth after his death. Another version of this is that while fleeing from attackers two giants—husband and wife—made the error of looking back and turned to stone.

Another story features a brownie. In this tale, a man saved the life of a brownie but never asked for anything in return. The pair became good friends and after the man died (of a broken heart following the death of his wife), the brownie carved two stones, one became the Old Man of Storr, and the smaller one his wife.

The brownies, fairies (or the Fair Folk as they're named in my books) are often found in Scottish folklore. The are both beautiful and terrifying, and often trick humans. In this story, the fairy folk offer an elderly man the chance to always have his wife with him. Previously, the man would walk up to the top of a hill with his wife, but she is now too old. The old man accepts but it is a trick and the fairy folk turn both he and his wife to pillars of rock, ensuring that they would indeed always remain together.

Find out more about these fascinating stories on The Haunted Palace Blog.