Celia Lake

Biography

Celia Lake spends her days as a librarian in the Boston (MA) metro area, and her nights and weekends at home happily writing, reading, and researching.

Born and raised in Massachusetts to British parents, she naturally embraced British spelling, classic mysteries, and the Oxford comma before she learned there were any other options.

Where to find Celia Lake online

Books

Facets of the Bench
Series: Mysterious Arts, Book 4. Pre-release—available August 2, 2024. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
The War changed everything. Annice grew up wanting to carve jet. Born and raised in Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast, she learned from her father and grandfather, drawing beauty out of ancient stones. But now she's on her own, there are customs against women carving jet, and the stone's fallen out of fashion. It's 1927. People want to forget their grief, not wear it for all to see. For all those...
The Magic of Four
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,200. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2024 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In 1946, four second year students at Schola have challenges to face. Leo, Ros, Avigail, and Jasper need to make some key decisions about their lives. Being at the most elite of the schools of magic in Great Britain has advantages, but that doesn't mean everything comes easily. First, they have to figure out what they want to do and be when they grow up. It's a hard choice to make at fourteen...
Perfect Accord
Series: Mysterious Arts, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,380. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2024 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Nothing too horrible can happen in a fortnight. Charlotte is worried. Her friend Victor - the man everyone expects she'll marry - has fallen in with a new circle. Growing up in the family she has, Charlotte knows there's something odd going on. The new friends are older, united in a passion for ancient legends, and there's something just a bit too intense about all of them. When Charlotte and...
Three Graces: a 1940s fantasy novella
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In May of 1945, as the war in Europe is coming to an end, three women can turn their attention to an old and lingering problem. Lizzie never met her brother-in-law, Temple. He died in 1922, in what she and her husband now know was a desperate attempt to stop further damage to the land magic. No one has been able to figure out what damaged Temple's magic or why he'd insisted on such self...
Illusion of a Boar
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,220. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(5.00 from 1 review)
In March of 1944, four magical specialists are brought together at a secret camp for an even more mysterious mission. Hypatia and Cammie adopted each other as sisters twenty years ago, during their school years, after Cammie's mother married Hypatia's older brother. Cammie has been neck deep in signals work since the start of the Second World War, while Hypatia has used her gift for sympathetic...
Four Walls and a Heart
Series: Charms of Albion, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,910. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
In 1884, Gil wakes in the Temple of Healing with a life changing injury. Nothing in his life is ever going to be the same. He now has to figure out where he'll live and what he'll do. All his choices are all miserable in their own way. Magni becomes curious when his old friend's name comes up several times. After discovering Gil's return to Albion and his injuries, Magni is more than willing to...
Shoemaker's Wife: A 1920s cosy historical fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Arts, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,090. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
1920 should have been a wonderful summer. The Great War is over, and Clara's husband Owen has finally come home. All he wants is to set up as a shoemaker and enjoy a peaceful marriage. Nothing about Owen's return is easy. There's not enough money for Owen to start up his own business. Worse, he's having trouble finding work, like many other returning soldiers, and everything's getting more...
Upon A Summer's Day
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
On the Summer Solstice of 1940, Gabe made a solemn oath. Two parts of it were easy enough, he was already doing them. The third part has haunted his every choice since. When he is asked a question that August, Gabe knows he must answer yes. His answer will change him, his family, and everything around him. There is no other way through but keeping his word and dealing with the consequences. No...
Old As The Hills
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,880. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » Occult
What would you risk so others could live? It is the early months of WWII and Rathna already has an idea of how bad it might get. If she can make the final connections she needs to create a new portal in a matter of weeks rather than years, she might just be able to get a few more people out of Germany's ever expanding grasp. But she's also been asked to take on a new apprentice. Rathna has no...
Nocturnal Quarry: a historical fantasy novella
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,500. Language: English. Originally Published: March 8, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The world keeps changing. Alexander's world was upended three years ago when a spot of espionage had ripple effects that transformed every part of his life, even his relationship with his own magic. Now, he's compelled by politics to spend the summer of 1938 in America instead of with his family and friends. No problem, he can tend to loose ends, like a threat that's been looming over his...
Bound For Perdition: a Great War historical fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Arts, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,720. Language: English. Originally Published: February 8, 2023 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
New magic brings new challenges. Charged with creating a magical journal that would allow rapid communication during the Great War, Lynet has worked with a papermaker to overcome the technical challenges. But brilliant magical innovation isn't enough. When she returns from a leave after the death of her father, Lynet is told they have to make more journals, cheaper and faster. The last thing...
Forged in Combat: A Victorian fantasy romance prequel
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,320. Language: English. Originally Published: December 14, 2022 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Military, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
What does it mean to claim your place? Arthur was born to service and war. Arthur has the trajectory of his life mapped out for him. He'll work his way up through a series of Army postings, keeping up the honour and military traditions of his family. He is gifted with martial magics, clever with languages, and sensible enough to avoid getting trapped by bad decisions. It's given him a head...
Eclipse
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,450. Language: English. Originally Published: May 5, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Witches
Enjoy this kind and clever historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain after the Great War. Thesan loves the stars. As the Astronomy professor at Schola, Albion's leading magical school, she's made a life full of teaching, observation, and research. She wants what is best for her students, all of them. Thesan is looking forward to a year of learning, and the magic...
Complementary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,820. Language: English. Originally Published: September 17, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Undercover in the nonmagical world ... with a cozy cottage and only one bed! As an artist and a magical investigator, Elizabeth is the perfect choice when midwife Rosemary comes to her for help investigating something strange at an artist's colony on the English coast in 1910. Problem one: Elizabeth and Rosemary can't reveal their magic to anyone there. Problem two: They met less than a week...
Best Foot Forward
Series: Land Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,110. Language: English. Originally Published: November 2, 2022 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Later in Life, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » General, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Bisexual
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend. Lord Geoffrey Carillon wants to do the impossible. He needs to get an imprisoned alchemist doing key research out of Germany before the world gets even worse. Carillon's cover as a slightly daffy aristocrat will get him where he needs to be, but he can't do this mission alone. He has many magical skills, but not the ones he needs to free his friend...
Outcrossing
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,840. Language: English. Originally Published: December 18, 2018 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. She found freedom as a governess. Born and raised to be an obedient daughter of the upper class, Ferry refused to marry the awful man her parents chose for her. Instead, she took a position as a governess in a country house deep in the New Forest. Now spring has come to England, she...
Mistress of Birds: a 1920s historical fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,140. Language: English. Originally Published: August 3, 2022 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Enjoy this gentle and kind historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain after the Great War. Thalia wants to make an impact. Thalia's life is full of artists, authors, and other creative minds, but she's barely keeping herself together. After yet another rejection of her writing, she's willing to keep an eye out on a remote home on the edge of Dartmoor while her...
In The Cards
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,460. Language: English. Originally Published: November 21, 2019 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Laura wants to live her life. Laura hasn't had an easy time since she was fifteen. Illness, recovery, and then a rough few years after her father's presumed death have left her reeling. Now in her mid-twenties, Laura can finally have the life she always dreamed off, full of parties...
Winter's Charms: A seasonal novella collection
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,560. Language: English. Originally Published: December 8, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Polyamory, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Celebrate the winter with three novellas about love, family, and what it means to be home after the Great War. Casting Nasturtiums brings a family together. Seth has no idea what's happened to Golshan since that awful day in the trenches in 1918. Now he's demobbed, Seth can track down Golshan, love Dilly (his wife), and get back to his woodwork. Of course, it's never that simple. Seth has to...
Fool's Gold: a 1920s historical fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,500. Language: English. Originally Published: November 4, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(4.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this gentle and kind historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain after the Great War. Robin needs colour and freedom. After a series of awful decisions, Robin has spent the past two and a half years under the close supervision of his aunts on the family estate. Finally they've decided he can go back to his work as an art and antique dealer. When he overhears a...
Pastiche: A Charms of Albion Book
Series: Charms of Albion, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,130. Language: English. Originally Published: August 5, 2020 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and creative 1906 historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain. Alysoun wants more than duty. Born into the aristocratic circles of Albion's upper class, Alysoun has done everything expected of her. She has married well, produced two healthy children, and handled her social obligations with grace. It's not enough. Her husband is kind but distant, and...
Goblin Fruit
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,430. Language: English. Originally Published: February 14, 2019 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Lizzie loves her sister. After their father and uncle were lost in a diastrous expedition, Lizzie has done her best to keep everything together. Her younger sister Laura survived tubeculosis, but a decade in and out of treatment has left her stubbornly insistent on doing for herself...
Point By Point: a 1920s historical fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,170. Language: English. Originally Published: May 11, 2022 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Enjoy this gentle and kind historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain after the Great War. Lydia yearns to make her name as a journalist More to the point, Lydia can't keep going as she has. There's never enough money, nor enough time. She's always scrambling, never sure of the ground beneath her or whether she can rely on anyone for help. Galen needs to figure out...
On The Bias
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,460. Language: English. Originally Published: March 14, 2020 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Cassie makes dresses that flatter and charm Cassie has worked hard for years to become one of Albion's respected dressmakers. She thrives on figuring out how to clothe her clients superbly whatever the current fashion, and ignores all the gossip. Almost all of it. Benton was born to...
The Fossil Door
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,820. Language: English. Originally Published: February 5, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Enjoy this kind and gentle historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain after the Great War. Rathna has a gift for doorways. When a portal in the Scottish Highlands stops working, she is one of the only Portal Keepers able to travel to investigate. On the other hand, the location presents some challenges. As a London-born Bengali woman, she's nothing like the...
Sailor's Jewel
Series: Charms of Albion, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,570. Language: English. Originally Published: August 4, 2021 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Gilded Age, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Enjoy this kind and creative Edwardian historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain. Rhoe agreed to this trip for her own reasons. About to take up a new and challenging position as a healer, Rhoe agreed to a trip with her brother on a luxurious ocean liner. She plans to spend the voyage reading, relaxing, and ignoring the social duelling of the first class...
Wards of the Roses
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,660. Language: English. Originally Published: August 8, 2019 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Kate yearns to prove her competence. During the Great War, Kate was able to take on new and interesting challenges as a member of Albion's Guard. Now the men have returned, she has been reassigned to routine duties. They are important, necessary - and boring. When a mysterious manor...
Seven Sisters
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,400. Language: English. Originally Published: June 3, 2020 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Vivian has high standards. When she is asked to investigate a series of eerie events at a country home turned boarding house outside of Oxford, Vivian agrees to take it on. There are so many possible causes; an old house, spiritualist seances, a dozen magical folk living close...
Magician's Hoard
Series: Mysterious Charm, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,560. Language: English. Originally Published: May 1, 2019 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Pross has a simple research question. A widow raising her daughter on her own, Pross has begun taking on research projects as well as running the village bookstore. When she visits the Research Society in London for a consulation, it is nothing like she remembers. Books and...
The Hare And The Oak: a 1920s British fantasy romance
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,200. Language: English. Originally Published: February 9, 2022 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Later in Life, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
(4.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy this kind and gentle 1920s historical fantasy romance series set in the magical community of Great Britain. Mabyn keeps her commitments. The land magic in Suffolk has been failing for years. When the current Lord asks the Council for help, Mabyn knows it's her obligation to see it through. Even if that means immersing herself in a role she failed at in her younger and more optimistic days...
Carry On
Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,960. Language: English. Originally Published: November 25, 2020 by Celia Lake. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Enjoy this kind and gentle historical fantasy romance set in the magical community of Great Britain during the Great War. Elen has a nurse's hands. Sent home from the Front after a injury leaves her with ongoing headaches, Elen is desperate to do her part for the War effort. Assigned to a mysterious patient, she wants to help him recover. The Temple of Healing should be a sanctuary. But when...

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