So much research goes into an author’s work, something we as readers don’t always see. Which is why we were intrigued by Cecelia Mecca’s chapter upgrades, where she supplements her story, in this case her historical romance The Thief’s Countess, out March 1, with the research behind the prose. Interesting, right? Let’s take a peek! Here’s a page from The Thief’s Countess:
Leaning slightly on the balustrade overlooking the hall, she gestured to the activity below. “These people, Sir Geoffrey, many of whom who have been in our family’s service for years, counted on my father for their well-being.” Sara warmed to her topic. “The hundreds of knights sworn to service and those beyond these walls who’ve lived here for generations now rely on me.”
“Which is exactly why I need to be moved closer to your personal quarters,” Sir Geoffrey said. “My uncle is in your father’s debt. As an extension of that debt, I’ll give my life, if necessary, to protect you.”
Just as she was starting to think him noble, he added, “But make no mistake, I’m not happy about it.”
“Be that as it may, Sir Geoffrey, perhaps it’s best you move on and allow Kenshire to defend itself.”
For the second time that day, Sir Geoffrey grabbed her hand and forced her to face him. She should have pulled her hand back immediately—propriety dictated it—but she did not.
“We are here to stay,” he insisted. “Unfortunately my uncle has asked I guard your person as he assists with the gatehouse fortification.”
He had a battle-hardened face, the evidence in a faint mark extending from his cheek to his lower jawbone, a scar she hadn’t noticed before. His hand, calloused and strong but also warm and protective, held hers tightly.
“In that case—” Sara finally pulled her hand free. “We’ll make the best of a situation neither of us desires.”
“Aye.” His voice was low, reverberating.
“I’ll ask for your things to be moved to a chamber closer to my own.”
“The empty one across the hall.”
Startled, it was Sara’s turn to narrow her eyes at him.
“I’d ask how you know the chamber is empty, but I have a feeling you’re privy to more information than I would like.”
Why did he look guilty?
“You’ve already made arrangements to sleep there.” It was stated as a fact rather than a question—she didn’t expect a response, nor did she receive one. Disliking the turn of their conversation, she nodded her head and quickly walked away. She’d speak to Peter, the traitor, in the morning. The high-handedness of men never ceased to amaze her.
But Peter’s misguided loyalties would have to wait. For now, other thoughts occupied her mind.
And here’s the chapter upgrade detailing some historical background.
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