Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome our guest bartender, Cecelia Mecca, today!
Thirsty Thursday With Cecelia Mecca
In ‘The Chief’s Maiden’ our heroine, Lady Juliette, is quite sheltered. In fact, the only inn she’s ever visited is the famous hangout for both Englishman and Scots alike– The Wild Boar. Whether at Kenston House, the smuggler’s den, or The Anvil Inn, owned by two of the most dangerous innkeepers along the border, the ‘Border Series’ heroes and heroines nearly all order the same drink.
“A mug of ale, if you please.”
Of course, ale is not the same as beer. A non-carbonated cousin to the drink we all know and love, ale is a distinctly medieval thirst-quencher. So we have two options:
- Make your own ale. Start by boiling and cooling malt and then add honey, brewer’s yeast, and your favorite flavorings. Cover, ferment, and strain. Two days later, voila!
If you’re feeling less than ambitious, as I am, to make the more authentic brew, head to your favorite inn, bar or refrigerator, crack open a bottle of beer, and use your imagination. After all, you are a romance reader– you got this.
Check out The Chief’s Maiden by Cecelia Mecca
A Scottish chief. An English maiden. Their forbidden love threatens to destroy them both.
The Scottish king gives Toren Kerr a dangerous but important mission—kill the English Warden. The man’s rumored corruption threatens to destroy the fragile peace along the border, and Toren reluctantly agrees to do his duty. When he travels to England to participate in the Tournament of the North as a cover for his mission, the last thing he expects is to find love, but he’s immediately drawn to a beautiful, mysterious Englishwoman. . . only to discover she’s the warden’s daughter.
Books are Lady Juliette Hallington’s escape from her sheltered life. Tales of romance are her favorite, and they’ve convinced her there’s only one reason to marry: love. When her protective father agrees to send her to the tournament with no guardian other than her married best friend, she recognizes her chance to avoid an arranged marriage. But after meeting Toren, Juliette begins to realize real life is more complicated than tales of love—and the very thing she wants most might consume everything she holds dear.
The Scottish king gives Toren Kerr a dangerous but important mission—kill the English Warden. But when he travels to England to participate in the Tournament of the North, he’s immediately drawn to a beautiful, mysterious Englishwoman. . . only to discover she’s the warden’s daughter. Lady Juliette Hallington longs to escape from her sheltered life. But after meeting Toren, Juliette begins to realize real life is more complicated than tales of love—and the very thing she wants most might consume everything she holds dear
Cecelia Mecca is the author of medieval romance.
A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, in debut novel The Thief’s Countess. With alpha male types and strong female heroines, Cecelia transports readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles.
She 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.
Visit Cecelia Mecca: Website