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Roaring Brook Twp. author debuts historical romance novel during First Friday Scranton on March 3

Roaring Brook Twp. author debuts historical romance novel during First Friday Scranton on March 3
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From a press release:

Cecelia Mecca, a Scranton native and resident of Roaring Brook Township, is launching her debut historical romance novel, “The Thief’s Countess,” at Library Express at The Marketplace at Steamtown on Friday, March 3.

After successfully launching a prequel novella, “The Ward’s Bride,” in February into the Top 20 in three of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases,” Mecca will introduce her first full-length novel during a book reading and signing event to coincide with First Friday Scranton and will launch her novel officially on March 1, 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 Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State University after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in English from the University of Scranton. Although her interest in medieval literature was sparked as a student, it would be more than 20 years before she combined her love of both medieval studies and the romance genre to publish her first novel.

“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 20 years ago, ‘The Thief’s Countess’ is both a dream come true and a lifelong goal achieved,” Mecca said.

With more than 30 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 [sitting]… 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 (300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton). For more information, visit or follow Mecca on Facebook and Twitter.