Celeste Barclay

Celeste Barclay, a nom de plume, lives near the Southern California coast with her husband and sons. Growing up in the Midwest, Celeste enjoyed spending as much time in and on the water as she could. Now she lives near the beach. She’s an avid swimmer, a hopeful future surfer, and a former rower. Before becoming a full-time author, Celeste was a Social Studies and English teacher. She holds degrees in International Affairs (BA), Secondary Social Science (MAT), and Political Management (MPS). She channels that knowledge into creating rich historical romances that bring the steam.

A Saint at the Highland Court: A Friends to Lovers Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 7)

A Saint at the Highland Court: A Friends to Lovers Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 7)

A lady-in-waiting left behind…

Over the past two years, Blair Sutherland has watched her sister and friends marry and leave King Robert the Bruce’s royal court. Her parents have promised her a love match, but none of the courtiers who hang on the king’s coattails interest her. Just when Blair wonders if she’ll ever find the love the other ladies have found, her childhood friend, Hardwin Cameron, arrives at court in need of guidance. With more purpose to her days, Blair’s loneliness no longer weighs so heavily upon her. But while Blair offers her assistance, she finds it hard to pay attention when the boy she used to race is now a man who’s a constant distraction.

A warrior never meant to be laird…

Hardwin Cameron was the last person likely to inherit the Cameron lairdship, but he’s watched one man after another in his family die until the title is thrust upon him. Amidst his grief, Hardwin struggles with the duties expected of a laird when he was never trained for such responsibilities. Thrust into a role that was never meant to be his, Hardwin is forced to make an appearance before the king. When he arrives, Hardwin can’t believe his good fortune when he runs into Blair, a friend among wolves. The girl he used to tease is now a woman, and Hardwin can’t deny his attraction as they work side-by-side to prepare him for his new role.

A romance blossoms between childhood friends, but it’s put to the test when enemies approach the Camerons from every direction. Affected by the deaths of the clan’s leaders, neighbors assume the Camerons have weakened. Can Blair and Hardwin protect their new relationship while battling those who would tear them and Clan Cameron apart?

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His Highland Pledge (The Clan Sinclair Book 4)

His Highland Pledge (The Clan Sinclair Book 4)

Old enough to love, too young to wed...

Sixteen year old Magnus Sinclair did not realize when he stumbled upon thirteen year old Deirdre Fraser he was meeting his soulmate.  Three years of meeting at Highland Gatherings and Royal Hunts, along with countless letters, build an unbreakable love between Magnus and Deirdre, and they secretly pledge themselves in a handfast.  When Deirdre’s parents discover their daughter’s actions, she is whisked away to become a lady in waiting to the queen as her parents’ status grows within the royal court.

A boy grown into a man determined to never surrender his love again...

Seven years of separation have not lessened Magnus’s love but have made him taste the bitterness of rejection.  Sent to court as the Clan Sinclair’s representative, the last person Magnus thought to find is Deirdre Fraser, and the last thing he thought to learn is she will soon be betrothed--to a man other than him.

A girl grown into a woman willing to disobey to regain her lost love...

Deirdre has served the royal court ever since her parents pulled her from Magnus’s arms.  She has been a dutiful daughter and dutiful companion to the queen, but she never let go of her love for Magnus or her hopes that they would be reunited.  Stunned to find Mangus walking past her, Deirdre’s heart calls to him despite her parents’ political ambitions.

Caught between expectations and desire, Magnus and Deirdre must work together to find a way to finally build their life together.

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A Beauty at the Highland Court: A Star-Crossed Lovers Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 8)

A Beauty at the Highland Court: A Star-Crossed Lovers Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 8)

Arabella Johnstone has been held to an impossible standard her entire life. While her beauty surpasses any of the other ladies-in-waiting at King Robert the Bruce’s royal court, the pressure to always appear perfect is growing to be too much for Lady Arabella. Scrutinized for any flaw in appearance or behavior, Arabella struggles with the unattainable expectations placed upon her by her family and those at court. When she can no longer withstand strain, she turns to a reckless, self-destructive habit to cope. Can Lady Arabella accept help when it comes from a man she longs for but can’t accept?

When your sisters’ friend is all you want…

Lachlan Sutherland has admired Lady Arabella Johnstone for years, but she is his sisters’ friend. Every visit to Stirling Castle is sweet agony for Lachlan when he spends time with Arabella. Charmed by her saucy sense of humor, her kindhearted devotion to his sister Maude, and her mentoring of his sister Blair, Lachlan finds himself drawn to the engaging and intelligent young woman. But when he discovers Arabella’s secret, he’s certain he can no longer ignore his love for the beauty. Can Lachlan prove to Arabella in time that he loves her for more than her pretty face?

Lachlan and Arabella have denied their intensifying attraction for one another, both cautious of ruining Arabella’s friendships with Lachlan’s sisters. As their forbidden love grows with time, neither can imagine their life without the other, but Arabella’s father has set in motion plans that will keep them apart. With her life spiraling out of her control, Arabella finds solace in whisky. Lachlan is determined to prove to Arabella that her beauty is far from skin deep. Can these star-crossed lovers fight for a future together? Or will others’ expectations become an insurmountable barrier?

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His Highland Surprise (The Clan Sinclair Book 5)

His Highland Surprise (The Clan Sinclair Book 5)

A confirmed bachelor with no intentions of settling down...

Tavish Sinclair cannot imagine life with only one woman, not when so many catch his eye.  As the third son of Laird Liam Sinclair, he has two older brothers and their children ahead of him for the lairdship.  Tavish is stunned when his father informs him the king has arranged his marriage to a woman from the most notorious clan in Scotland, and one he has never met.  Drawn as much to her intelligence as her looks, Tavish is unprepared for his spunky bride-to-be when she goes toe to toe and head to head with him at every turn.  Can he protect Ceit from herself as much as the dangers that lurk at court?

A spirited lady-in-waiting with no plans to change...

Ceit Comyn is the niece of one John Comyn and the cousin of the other, making her a member of the most despised clan in the country.  Sent to the royal court as a peace offering to mend torched bridges, Ceit is forced in the king's services just as her uncle would control her for the same purposes.  She has no interest in marrying a rogue, but when the kind-hearted and honorable warrior champions her, she may discover he's more saint than sinner.

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A Sinner at the Highland Court: A Marriage of Convenience Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 9)

A Sinner at the Highland Court: A Marriage of Convenience Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 9)

Lady Madeline MacLeod left Robert the Bruce’s royal court five years ago because of her vanity and spitefulness. Prepared to take her final vows now, a royal summons to return to the Highland court leads Madeline to a marriage of convenience. Temptation in the form of a handsome Highlander makes Madeline question whether she’ll return to the sinner she was. Will giving into her desires for her husband ruin Madeline’s path to redemption?

A warrior in need of a wife to secure his inheritance…

Fingal Grant is the heir apparent to Clan Grant and in need of a wife. Not interested in a love match, Fingal searches for a woman who won’t expect him to change his ways. The pious Madeline MacLeod is the perfect bride until Fingal realizes he doesn’t want his wife to ignore him. Can Fingal convince Madeline that desire between a husband and wife isn’t the carnal sin she fears?

A marriage of convenience that becomes most inconvenient…

Drawn to one another, Madeline and Fingal struggle to overcome their preconceived notions about marriage. Often insensitive and unobservant, Fingal realizes he has much to learn about being a husband. Clinging to the life she thought she would have, Madeline realizes she uses her faith as a shield. When a neighboring clan threatens the newlywedst, can Madeline and Fingal fight their way back to one another before the enemy separates them for good?

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His Highland Prize (The Clan Sinclair Book 3)

His Highland Prize (The Clan Sinclair Book 3)

Lost and pursued, searching for protection...

When Brighde Kerr collapses in his arms at Castle Dunbeath in the middle of the night during a Highland thunderstorm, Alexander Sinclair does not hesitate to bring her inside to receive medical care and shelter. Hiding secrets that she is sure will only bring danger to the Sinclairs if revealed, Brighde struggles against her growing attraction and affection for Alex. She attempts to keep her identity a secret, but it does not take long before Brighde realizes that Alex could be the one person to save her.

Steadfast and determined, willing to protect...

Alex dedicates himself to nursing this mystery woman back to health and offers her the security of the Sinclair Clan. Alex's ongoing support and determination to protect Brighde fuels their growing passion but often puts them at odds when Brighde is not convinced they have a future together.

Both in need of love...

When the source of Brighde's fears shows up at their gates, Alex proves that he will not give up on Brighde no matter the risks or consequences. Now can she accept that Alex's pledge for protection or will she keep fighting the inevitable?

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A Hellion at the Highland Court: A Rags to Riches Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 10)

A Hellion at the Highland Court: A Rags to Riches Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 10)

For more than a decade, Laurel Ross has been a lady-in-waiting at Robert the Bruce’s royal court, a place where money is power. Laurel is the fourth out of five daughters, and the only one unwed. While Laurel isn’t exactly a pauper, her father, the Earl of Ross, has already paid four large dowries. Sent to court to find a husband, Laurel’s once youthful hope has turned to bitterness as one friend after another marriest. Her viperous tongue has earned her the title of “hellion”. Will any man accept a bride who comes with such a small dowry?

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do…

Guilt is slowly eating away at Brodie Campbell. When Brodie’s betrothed unexpectedly falls ill and dies after he refuses to escort her home in the rain, Brodie’s guilt doesn’t come from the woman’s untimely death. It comes from the relief he feels that he’s no longer bound to her. Brodie isn’t interested in a biddable and mild bride. Intrigued by the fiery Laurel Ross, Brodie wonders if this shrew can ever be tamed. Armed with wealth and charm, Brodie welcomes the challenge. Will this spitfire relent long enough to find love with a man who tests her patience?

When a wager puts their lives in peril, Brodie and Laurel discover trust is earned, not given.

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His Bonnie Highland Temptation (The Clan Sinclair Book 2)

His Bonnie Highland Temptation (The Clan Sinclair Book 2)

Unwanted and unloved...

Siùsan Mackenzie has spent a lifetime feeling unwanted and unloved after her mother dies in childbirth and her father abandons her for a new wife and new family.  Forced to start her life in her clan's village and then brought to the castle as no more than a servant, Siùsan longs for the chance to escape her clan and the hurt of being ignored.  When her father, the Mackenzie chief, unexpectedly announces her betrothal, Siùsan is filled with fear that her father is sending her off to an ogre who will treat her no better or possibly even worse.  When she discovers who her intended is, she seizes the chance to leave behind those who sought to punish her and manipulate her.

Could Siùsan's father finally have done right by her?  Will Siùsan find happiness in her new home, or is her future only to repeat her past?  

Unaware and unready...

Callum Sinclair, the heir to Clan Sinclair, knows that he will one day have to marry to carry on his clan's legacy.  He just did not know that his bride-to-be would arrive less than a week after his father announced the betrothal.  Enjoying the company of women has never been a struggle for Callum, but as are all the men of Clan Sinclair, he is committed to being a faithful husband.  When Siùsan arrives, Callum is unprepared for the gift his father has given him in his soon-to-be wife.  Callum is eager to get to know his fiery haired bride who barely comes up to his chest, and Siùsan is tempted by Callum's whisky brown eyes and gentle nature.

But if only it were that easy.

A tangled web of jealousy and deceit is woven when members of Siùsan's clan join forces with outsiders to keep them apart.

Will Callum be able to reach Siùsan to prove to her that she will never be unwanted or unloved again? Can Siùsan put her trust in a man she desires but barely knows?

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An Angel at the Highland Court: A Chaste Hero Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 11)

An Angel at the Highland Court: A Chaste Hero Highlander Romance (The Highland Ladies Book 11)

Ronan Mackinnon bears the weight of leading his clan and spares no time for his own pursuits. Summoned to court by King Robert the Bruce, Ronan diligently considers each of his words and actions to represent his clan with honor. But when King Robert demands Ronan chooses a bride, he’s forced to confront his past choices. The pleasures of the flesh play no part in his life--until Abigail MacLeod enters it. Can this reserved laird prove to Abigail what he lacks in experience he makes up for in passion?

A lady who's made one mistake after another…

Lady Abigail MacLeod’s life is filled with poor choices. She misjudged her brother Kieran’s wallflower bride Maude when she arrived on the Isle of Lewis. She misjudged the man she entered a handfast with, and it ended in disgrace. Now a lady-in-waiting at King Robert the Bruce’s royal court, Abigail finds the opportunity to redeem her past wrong deeds. But when a handsome laird arrives at court, Abigail fears her old habits haven’t died. Could a rushed judgement cost her a lifetime in a Highlander's arms?

Can two nobles from rival clans find love?

The MacLeods of Lewis are on good terms with the MacKinnons of Skye. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the MacLeods of Skye and the MacKinnons. When an old feud reignites, Abigail and Ronan are caught in the middle. Fighting against time and blizzards, can they protect their burgeoning love and their lives? Will it take stealing the MacLeods of Skye’s famed Fairy Flag?

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His Highland Lass (The Clan Sinclair Book 1)

His Highland Lass (The Clan Sinclair Book 1)

An undeniable love... an unexpected match...

Faced with a feud with the Sinclairs that is growing deadly, Laird Tristan Mackay is bound by duty to his clan to make peace with the enemy. Tristan arranges a marriage for his stepbrother, Sir Alan, but never imagines that he would meet the woman he longs to marry. When things sour quickly between Tristan's stepbrother and Lady Mairghread Sinclair, Tristan is determined to make her his. A choice that promises to change his life forever.

Raised with four older warriors for brothers and as the only daughter of the Sinclair laird, Mairghread is independent resourceful, and loyal to her family. When her father arranges a marriage to a man she has never met for the sake and safety of her clan, Mairghread tries to accept her fate. Mairghread is betrothed to one man but it is the dark, handsome, and provocative laird who catches her eye. Arranged to marry Sir Alan, Mairghread finds herself drawn to Laird Tristan Mackay. After meeting her intended, Mairghread knows she cannot go through with the marriage, but she must find a way to end the feud that is tearing the two clans apart.

When the wedding is called off by Mairghread's father, Tristan and Mairghread see an opportunity to be together. Neither of them imagined that they would find the passion that grows between them. However, a spurned mistress and a jilted suitor stand between Tristan and Mairghread's happiness. Tristan and Mairghread must fight for the love they have found with one another.

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A Harlot at the Highland Court (The Highland Ladies Book 12)

A Harlot at the Highland Court (The Highland Ladies Book 12)

She trusted the wrong man…

Lady Emelie Dunbar has made the gravest error an unmarried lady-in-waiting can make. The man she believes will be a bridegroom who loves, honors, and cherishes her turns out to be a duplicitous lover. Left with few choices, Emelie struggles to make a decision that will protect not only her reputation but her younger sister Blythe’s. When rescue comes from an unexpected Highlander, Emelie must decide whether she’s finally found the right man to trust. Can Emelie believe an offer that seems too good to be true? Are her instincts right this time?

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Their Highland Beginning (The Clan Sinclair Book 6)

Their Highland Beginning (The Clan Sinclair Book 6)

Discover how it all began... 

If you enjoy Keira Montclair, Eliza Knight, Emma Prince, and Cecelia Mecca, meet The Clan Sinclair.

A failed first impression...

Liam Sinclair is less than thrilled to be entering into an arranged marriage even if it will end a feud between his clan and the Sutherlands.  When his father announces Liam's betrothal to their enemy's daughter, Liam cannot imagine how the marriage can go well.  Liam fails to make a good first impression when his temper and tongue get away from him.  He may have destroyed his chance for wedded bliss.

Can Liam redeem himself in time to convince his bride to go through with the wedding?

An unassuming beauty...

Kyla Sutherland is not sure what to think of this man when she interrupts his less than flattering description of his unseen bride. Tempted to return to a family where she is the only woman and the unwanted daughter, Kyla must decide whether she can trust a man who does not seem to want her.

Will Kyla come to trust Liam and see past his early faults to find a love match for the ages?

An arranged marriage that creates a family which endures through love, loyalty, and honor.

Brought together in a betrothal made by their fathers, Liam and Kyla find love grows as they get to know one another. However, when a jealous family member tries to tear them apart, Liam proves that he will do anything to protect Their Highland Beginning.

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