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Book Spotlight & Giveaway (Us/Int): Meet Jan DeLima’s compelling new wolf shifters in Celtic Moon

 

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Posted October 24, 2013 by

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—-a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—-an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

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Read our review of Celtic Moon here!

Read an Excerpt

Dylan and Sophie, standing together in their former bedroom for the first time in sixteen years…

“You act as if we can just forget the past.”

“Not forget.” He turned her wrist and pushed something cold and jagged into her palm. “But we can learn from it and move forward.”

Avoiding his hardened glare, she unfurled her fingers and stared down at a modern brass key. “What does it open?”

“Both doors to this room. It’s the only copy,” he added. “So don’t lose it.”

“You changed the locks?”

“You stole the master,” he reminded her.

Not trusting her voice, she closed her fingers around the key. One of the first skills she’d acquired after escaping was how to pick a lock. But Dylan wouldn’t have known that.

“I need to do a few things,” he said, turning toward the outer door. “You know where my office is. Meet me there when you’re ready. I’ll show you around the kitchen and larder.” His hand rested on the doorknob, and he watched her with hooded eyes, as if he expected her to renege on her offer to cook, or run for dear life.

She didn’t intend to do either. “Just give me fifteen minutes to wash up and change my clothes.”

It was time to stop running, as her mother had irritatingly, and rightly, suggested. And perhaps . . . her belly gave a little flip at the mere thought . . . perhaps she may even fight for what her heart wanted.

In response, his features stilled, darkened, as if he sensed her thoughts. The effect was disquieting, reminding her—and maybe him as well—that not all their memories in this room were unhappy ones. Her gaze lingered on his mouth, feeling as if the pine wood floors had just given way under her feet.

“Sophie . . .” His knuckles turned white around the doorknob, and the wooden door gave a groan as if too much pressure had been applied. He released his hand and stepped into the hallway. “This room is yours,” he said through the open doorway, putting space between them. “I want you to feel safe here. I’ll not disturb you, or come to you at night. But you need to remember that I’ve been sixteen years without my mate. I’ll do my best to keep my distance until you’re ready to accept your future here . . . until you’re ready to accept me.” His voice took on a sensual timbre, full of dark promise. “However, the next time you stare at my mouth as you’ve just done . . . I will use it upon you.”

Read our review of Celtic Moon here!

About the author

Jan lives in Maine with her husband of twenty years and their two teenage sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn’t Jan DeLima Author Photopen stories at an early age but has always been a dedicated reader. She loves stories and storytelling. It wasn’t until after her children entered school that she began writing. Raised in a military family, she lived in different countries such as Thailand and Germany, but home base has always been Maine. She brought a mixture of all her experiences to her first published novel, blending castles and Celtic lore with the wild nature of her home.

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Giveaway (Us/Int)

Jan is giving away 1 signed paperback copy of Celtic Moon and Celtic Moon sterling silver necklace and charm on today’s post! To enter to win, leave Jan a comment letting her know what your favorite part of the excerpt was, or chat about shifters in modern romance, then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Both prizes are open to international shipping. Good luck!

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63 Comments


  1.  
    Rhonda D

    Oooh! This sounds very intriguing. I can’t wait to read the whole story and figure out the world you’ve built. It seems a bit different.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Rhonda D




    •  

      First, I need to thank GraveTells for inviting me to participate and answer comments. Thank you so much! And, thank you, Rhonda! I had a feeling from the very beginning that Celtic mythology could be an original take on shifter lore and a much-loved genre.




  2.  
    Aly P

    I like the cover!
    My question is: where did you get the idea to mix Celtic mythology with the shifter myth?




    •  

      Hi Aly,
      Thank you! I love my cover! Also, I must warn you that your question relates to my research which is like pulling my most vulnerable heartstring, and the last time someone posed a similar question I overshared. I will try to chain my inner librarian. 🙂 The idea came to me while I was cataloging a book on ancient Celtic artifacts for my library. I dove into researching ancient Celtic beliefs and found more material on wolves and shape-shifting than I could possibly imagine. I’ll stop there, but I could go on. 🙂




  3.  
    Susan W.

    I love finding stories with a new take on the shifter them. I’m looking forward to finding out how you combine Celtic myths with shifters.




  4.  
    Vanetta
    10

    I am excited to see this book finally out! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thank you for a great contest and opportunity! Good Luck with this one Jan! So happy for you!!




  5.  
    Katherine W

    I really liked the paragraph excerpt on how she was remembering that the memories were not all bad from that room… *sigh* Sounds like the beginning to a great series!




    •  

      Hi Susan! It was very romantic reuniting Dylan and Sophie. They had a lot of betrayal from their past to overcome, so their love scenes were emotionally driven. In book two, Luc and Rosa don’t have that issue. Let’s just say it’s a little more sensual. 🙂




    •  

      Sorry, Katherine! I may have replied to this twice but I am trying again. I was answering Susan’s comment above at the same time. I just caught my mistake. Sorry for the mix-up!




  6.  
    Mary G Loki

    Do you listen to music while writing?




    •  

      Great question! I love music, but not while I’m writing, maybe because the voices in my head are loud enough. As soon as I’m done for the night I do turn on some blues or jazz, usually with a glass of wine. I love Joss Stone, Adele, B.B. King, Tina, Eric Clapton, and I just heard a single by ZZ Ward that I must have. I am an eighties girl—I rocked the big hair and the blue eye shadow!—so every once in a while I will tap into some Prince and Def Leppard. Halestorm is great as well. That woman can sing! I am going to my first Romantic Times Booklovers convention next spring in New Orleans, the city of jazz—I can’t wait!




  7.  
    Melissa C.

    What is your favorite kind of shifter?




  8.  
    Karin Anderson

    I like their longing. You can feel it in the excerpt. They long to be together, but something (their past, I suppose) is holding them back.




    •  

      Dylan and Sophie had a lot of mutual betrayals to work out, and they were heart-wrenching ones because it involved the safety of their son over the people Dylan has sworn to protect, while their passion for each other never ended.




  9.  

    Ooo, zing! That is a very sexy excerpt. Great chemistry! I’m intrigued to find out what drove them apart. Thanks for sharing!




  10.  
    Brenda Hyde

    Is it hard writing about an alpha male? They are so protective and stubborn– but there is that urge to want to control that can get out of hand- Did you have to think about what line shouldn’t be crossed?




    •  

      It is a precarious balance! I think romance readers (and I am one of them) are more forgiving of alpha behaviors because we are confident of the happy ending and that the hero’s motives are honorable. Personally, I am very pleased with how well (for the most part) everyone is responding to Sophie, who didn’t tolerate his domineering behaviors until she learned his reasoning sixteen years later, and even then Dylan was forced to communicate if he wanted her to stay. This was very difficult for a stubborn alpha Celtic warrior but he learned. It was a fun dynamic to play with.




  11.  
    damaris

    Congratulations on your book. I love that it’s about shifters! They are my favorite paranormal creature. Looking forward to reading this one!




  12.  
    Lori Meehan

    Oh the book look so good. I’m putting it on my TBR pile.




  13.  
    Kirsten L

    What made you mix the Celtic and shifter worlds into something of your own?




    •  

      Hi Kirsten,
      That was inspired by the history and beliefs of an actual ancient culture, which is heavy with shifter lore. I melded their attitudes with modern society, which was somewhat brutal in a few scenes but fits the culture and times these warriors lived through. I also took a logical approach while plotting and always asked the question, “If this were true, what would have happened?” As a bonus I got to write about big, beautiful, and sometimes furry, Celtic warriors. 🙂




  14.  
    Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing Celtic Moon and the giveaway. Sounds like it is going to be great and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com




  15.  

    Congratulations on the new release Jan. I have a special place in my heart for shifter storylines. Love the cover.




  16.  
    Mirlou

    This sounds very intriguing. I’m putting it on my TBR pile.
    I love Celtic mythology, great idea for your book.




  17.  
    Vanessa N.

    I loved the end where he said that if she stares at his mouth again, he’ll act on it.

    mythic021@gmail.com




    •  

      I am on a different time zone here in Maine and woke up to all these wonderful comments! It was a great way to start my day! Vanessa, thank you, that is one of my favorite comments from Dylan. I have another one that I am going to share below but it’s a bit longer.




  18.  
    Liz S

    Your book looks great. It contains two of my favorite things to read-shifters and Celtic myths. Thanks for the contest and congrats on your new book.




  19.  
    bn100

    Nice excerpt




  20.  
    Kai W.

    I love this quoted from the excerpt: “However, the next time you stare at my mouth as you’ve just done . . . I will use it upon you.”




    •  

      I do have a special place in my heart for Dylan. He has another line at the end of the book that I love as well that I will share. He’s making a silent vow here…

      Tell your Guardians to fear this day, for I have been given a second chance and will not lose her again. Whoever comes to us with ill intent… whoever brings danger to my wife and son… will die. This I promise you, with every breath I have taken, and every breath I willingly give up for them… from this day forth, I will not live a life without them in it!




  21.  
    Michele A

    The entire except is great. Can’t wait to read this.




  22.  
    Crystal Guidroz
    10

    This book sounds great, loved the excerpt! Paranormal/Paranormal Romance is my favorite genre so this book sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the giveaway!




    •  

      Hi Crystal,
      As a reader, paranormal romance is among my top three favorite genres. I like a good romantic suspense as well. Although during the holidays I love to read by the Christmas tree with a good historical romance, with the lights twinkling and a fire going. I don’t know why that’s seasonal for me. Maybe because it’s so romantic.




  23.  
    Donna Reynolds

    I love this cove and it sounds really good will have to read this Thanks for the giveaway.




  24.  
    Mary Preston

    Going into the writing do you always know if it will be a stand alone or part of a series?




    •  

      Hi Mary,
      With this book the voices of my secondary characters were so strong that I knew they needed their own stories. Even now, I have new characters emerging that are demanding a spotlight. The second book in the Celtic Wolves series is Luc and Rosa’s story. Luc is Dylan’s brother, also known as the Beast of Merin. When I began book two Luc’s deceased wife demanded a voice. She is going to remain deceased but I did create journal pages written from her perspective. They are on my website under “Koko’s Journal” if you wanted to check them out and meet the other characters.




  25.  
    Lori Ha

    Wowzers I’m ready for the rest of the story. I’m looking forward to reading this book. I like the cover as well.
    Thanks 🙂




  26.  
    Janie McGaugh

    Who are some of your favorite paranormal romance authors?




    •  

      Okay, so… I will try to behave and only list a few.
      J.R. Ward rocks, and Kenyon’s Dark Hunters are always amazing. I remember reading Fantasy Lover back in the day and the series is still going strong. I also enjoy Singh’s series, and I would call Linda Howard’s Son of the Morning, Dream Lover, and Now You See Her paranormals, or at least romances with paranormal elements; I can still remember the characters and scenes from those books they were so vivid. Jane’s Warlord by Angela Knight also needs a mention—now that was a fun (and deliciously naughty) read! I will remember many more, I’m sure, just as soon as I post this. 🙂




  27.  
    martha lawson

    “However, the next time you stare at my mouth as you’ve just done . . . I will use it upon you.” That’s my favorite part of the excerpt! This one sounds really good and I’m putting it on the wishlist!




  28.  
    Lee Todd

    thanks for the giveaway




  29.  
    Natasha

    Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!




  30.  

    I just wanted to send out a giant THANK YOU to GraveTells and to everyone who commented, tweeted, liked, pinned, and entered the giveaway! It is very much appreciated! Thanks to you all, this was a blast!





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