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Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLima


Summer Moon
Author:  Jan DeLima
Series:  Celtic Wolves 2
Publisher:  Ace, September 30, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266212
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLima
She won’t be ruled again…

Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons.

Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him.

When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined…



Stacey's Thoughts

This is a great book! I’m so glad that this series has continued because I feel it has a lot of potential to be a huge series. Summer Moon is so different from the first installment of the series, Celtic Moon. First off, it’s not told by Sophie (Rats. I totally love Sophie and wanted to know more about her.) but after I got over my initial hissy fit, I recognized that Rosa is totally awesome in her own right. This book picks up right where Celtic Moon leaves off. Things are changing…the Guardians will be challenged and Rosa is right in the middle of it all. DeLima writes beautifully about every subject in this book: the nature, the wolves, the history, and the passion. It was a delight to read, especially because the characters are so original and unpredictable. The story starts off with an unpredictable event at Castell Avon and you’ll be kept guessing the whole story.

The Welsh Celtic gods and goddesses play a bigger role in this novel than in Celtic Moon, especially Taliesin (whom they call “Sin” for short.) Dylan’s brother Luc also plays a bigger role and we learn more about him and his (deceased) human wife, Koko. This story starts with alliances but grows into trust and love. Each narrator has been hurt throughout their long lives in different ways and they are all caught between nursing old wounds and growing into something new. I loved reading about their doubts, fears, and anger as they went through these changes. It makes them beautifully imperfect. At the end of the story, you can see how they are not who they were and how (most of them) have changed for the better. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Celtic Wolves Novels. You go Jan DeLima!

The View From Monday - September 29, 2014


Happy last Monday in September!  I'm getting ready for New York Comic Con, Paranormal Mystery Month and Halloween in October. I'm also finishing up the full October release week so you will see that sometime this week. For those keeping track my kitchen now has walls and a ceiling again. Cabinets go in this week. Hopefully appliances too. What I have learned: having a kitchen renovated is VERY disruptive.


The View From Monday - September 29, 2014


There is one debut this week:

Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves 2) by Jan DeLima


September 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
To Dance With the Devil Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 6
Generation 18 Keri Arthur UF - Spook Squad 2
The Engineer ReConditioned (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Collection
Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami: A Tor.Com Original Kendare Blake UF/YA - Goddess Wars
Literally Murder Ali Brandon PCM - Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 4
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Stars 2
The Ascendant (h2mm) Drew Chapman Th - Garrett Reilly 1
Heart of a Hero Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 4
The Rome Prophecy (h2tp) Sam Christer Th
Break Out Nina Croft SF/R - Dark Desires 1
Children of the Revolution Keith R.A. DeCandido F/TT - Sleepy Hollow
Summer Moon Jan DeLima UF - Celtic Wolves 2
Magician's End (h2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 3
1636: The Devil's Opera (h2mm) Eric Flint
David Carrico
SF - Ring of Fire 13
Priestess Dreaming Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld 16
Bloodline Alan Gold
Mike Jones
Su - Heritage Trilogy 1
The Betrayed Heather Graham Su/PNR - Krewe of Hunters
Burning Desire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 3
Transcendental (h2mm) James Gunn SF
The End of the Sentence Maria Dahvana Headley
Kat Howard
F
Horns Movie Tie-In Edition: A Novel Joe Hill Th/Su
The Brothers Cabal Jonathan L. Howard H - Johannes Cabal 4
Chained by Night Larissa Ione PNR - Moonbound Clan Vampires 2
Die and Stay Dead Nicholas Kaufmann UF - Trent 2
Night Play (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 6
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part One (h2mm) Robert Kirkman Z - The Walking Dead 3
Dream Eyes (ri) Jayne Ann Krentz PNR - Dark Legacy 2
Burdens of the Dead (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
David Freer
SF - Heirs of Alexandria 4
Energized (h2mm) Edward M. Lerner SF
The Bloodbound Erin Lindsey F - Bloodbound 1
The Revelation (ri) Bentley Little H
Goodhouse (D) Peyton Marshall Su
Dangerous Women 1 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
False Gods (tp2mm) Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 2
Twilight Forever Rising (tp2mm) Lena Meydan UF
The Haunting Ballad: A Mystery Michael Nethercott M - O'Nelligan and Plunkett 2
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse (h2tp) James Wesley Rawles AA
Rise of the King: Companions Codex, II R. A. Salvatore F - Companions Codex
A Sudden Light Garth Stein F
Incarnate Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicle 3
The Curse Defiers Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers 3
Grimm: The Killing Time Tim Waggoner F - Grimm/Media Tie-In
Demon (e) Erik Williams Military/F
Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations (tp2mm) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Collection


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AA - Action Adventure
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner


And the winner of the September Debut Author Challenge Cover wars is.....  Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) by Jan DeLima with 26% of the votes.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner




The final results

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner




The September Debut Covers

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner


Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the October 2013 Debut covers.

Interview with Jan DeLima, author of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) - September 26, 2013


Please welcome Jan DeLima to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Celtic Moon was published on September 24, 2013.



Interview with Jan DeLima, author of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) - September 26, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Jan:  Thank you for inviting me.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Jan:  I have always been a prolific reader with an overactive imagination. Becoming a writer was inevitable, although it took me longer than most authors to realize it. The idea to write my own story didn’t come to mind until my college years. Children and work required my time for a while. Family has always come first in my life, so it wasn’t until my children started school that I began to pen my first novel and found the perfect creative outlet. Five books later I wrote Celtic Moon.



TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jan:  I’m not sure if I’m all that quirky, although my family may have a different opinion. J If I get bored with a scene that I’m writing I will toss it without regret. I figure that if I’m bored writing it, readers will be bored reading it. I like to keep the story moving forward. Also, I can't write on a cluttered desk. My area needs to be organized.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jan:  I am a plotter, but my characters tend to have personalities of their own and don’t necessarily follow the path that I have chosen for them, naughty creatures that they are.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jan:  Not letting ideas for future books distract me from my current project. I have an entire romantic suspense series plotted out with very pushy characters who want to be heard, but they are just going to have to wait until I’m finished with the third book in this series!



TQ:  Describe Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) in 140 characters or less.

Jan:  A fantasy romance of Celtic lore that is set in modern day, where honor and love prevails over evil but not without consequences.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Celtic Moon?

Jan:  At the time I worked in the cataloging department of my library when a book on Celtic artifacts came across my desk. It reviewed findings and theories of Celtic beliefs from Celtic art, with depictions of men shifting into wolves. Intrigued, I dove into researching Celtic mythology and found more material than I could possibly imagine on wolves and shape shifting. Let's just say my paranormal writer's radar was dinging loudly. Once the research started my characters demanded a place in this magical world.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Celtic Moon?

Jan:  I have been very fortunate with this aspect because I have worked in an amazing library for over a decade, so my research material was literally at my fingertips—and it was extensive. My series is based on actual human history and their folklore, with some terminology derived from medieval manuscripts. However, I worked very hard to weave the history into my character’s voices and actions, and not to inundate my story with historical references. I am a character driven writer, and I can assure you that my characters quickly took control of this ride.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jan:  My easiest character to write was Sophie, my heroine, because she's a mother of a teenager, something that I have personal experience with. The most difficult would be the Guardians, my antagonists, because they are truly cruel and their actions were not easy to write.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Celtic Moon?

Jan:  The first scene that comes to mind is when my heroine returns to her son’s father. Dylan and Sophie are married but have been separated due to some brutal circumstances. They are forced to reunite for the sake of their son, and the scene where they see each other again for the first time in fifteen years was so much fun to write.



TQ:  What's next?

Jan:  My Celtic Wolves series has a pretty strong romance theme. Each book in the series focuses on the love story between a new set of characters, but the fantasy story is continual. I am currently finishing up the second book in the Celtic Wolves series, which is Luc and Rosa’s story. Luc is Dylan’s younger brother, also known as the Beast of Merin. Readers get to meet Luc throughout Celtic Moon, and Rosa makes a brief but significant appearance toward the end. I knew who Rosa was, and what her motivations were going to be, but I fell in love with her voice in the very first chapter of book two. I will be starting Elen and Cormack’s story soon, which will be the third book in the Celtic Wolves series. Elen and Cormack are major characters throughout the series. Their personal journeys were interesting to write in the earlier books and I cannot wait to finally get these two characters together!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jan:  Thank you for having me.







Celtic Wolves

Celtic Moon
Celtic Wolves 1
Ace, September 24, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Jan DeLima, author of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) - September 26, 2013
Like father, like son…

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.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…





About Jan

Interview with Jan DeLima, author of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) - September 26, 2013
Jan lives in Maine with her husband of twenty years and their two teenage sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn't pen 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.



Website  ~   Twitter @delimajan  ~  Blog  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Goodreads







The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) from Jan.

How:  Leave a comment.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on October 5, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.


*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change.

2013 Debut Author Challege Update - Jan DeLima and Celtic Moon - August 10, 2013


2013 Debut Author Challege Update - Jan DeLima and Celtic Moon - August 10, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.



Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon
Celtic Wolves 1
Ace, September 24, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2013 Debut Author Challege Update - Jan DeLima and Celtic Moon - August 10, 2013
Like father, like son…

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.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…


Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLimaThe View From Monday - September 29, 20142013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 WinnerInterview with Jan DeLima, author of Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) - September 26, 20132013 Debut Author Challege Update - Jan DeLima and Celtic Moon - August 10, 2013

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