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Jan DeLima Guest Post for Autumn Moon Blog Tour
Thank you so much for hosting a second tour! It is truly appreciated! Jan
ONCE UPON A RECIPE
I often use food in the scenes of my books. It’s a nurturing element, but it also adds texture through our senses and memories. Autumn Moon is Elen and Cormack’s story, and I wanted their first shared meal in this book to reflect a feeling of home and security—because that’s what Elen offered him during his curse. The setting of Autumn Moon is in the forest regions of New England during autumn, and pumpkin muffins immediately came to mind. Nothing conveys comfort more than spiced bread baking in a familiar kitchen as a fire crackles in the hearth.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with my books, I write the Celtic Wolves series, which begins with Celtic Moon and is followed by Summer Moon. Autumn Moon, book three, is my latest release. The stories are inspired by Celtic folklore and are a mixture of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Each installment features a new couple’s love story, while the fantasy elements span the series. The books are written for adults and contain graphic love scenes and battle scenes—and a few shocking scenes as well. It’s those graphic scenes that may have landed my books on the urban fantasy side of things instead of paranormal romance.
I created the above art graphic for Autumn Moon. I wanted an image that shows the fairytale elements of my series, since I’ve drawn inspiration from some of the oldest documented fairytales and brought them into a modern day setting. There are dark elements in my books, but beauty as well, and plenty of romance. Plus there’s a precocious pixie that humans only see as a winter wren. Ms. Hafwen was sent to teach Elen how to control her magic and she lives in the stone cottage pictured in the background. The wolf is exactly how I envision Cormack while he’s in wolf form. Attributions for the graphic are available on my website at http://jandelima.com/elens-garden-attributions/
Of all the emails I get from readers, Elen and Cormack is the couple I’m asked most about. They have been secondary but significant characters throughout the series, and this is the book where they finally get together. They are both outcasts for different reasons, and drawn together as friends because of it. Elen is feared for her magical abilities, and Cormack has been trapped in wolf form for centuries. They’ve lived together as friends for hundreds of years, bound by an emotional connection—but a platonic one because of their unique circumstances.
Everything changes when Elen frees Cormack from his curse. Cormack is now a man and he fully intends to protect the woman he loves. In Autumn Moon they are learning each other for the first time with hearts that are already bound. Their journey was truly magical to write.
You are welcome to visit my website for an excerpt from Autumn Moon and Elen’s pumpkin streusel muffin recipe pictured below at http://jandelima.com/2015/09/pumpkin-streusel-muffin-recipe/
As always, I hope you’re reading something just for fun!
The Celtic Wolves Series
Elen and Cormack’s story
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: September 29, 2015
Number of pages: 304
The heart of a warrior, the soul of a wolf, and the desires of a man…
For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities.
Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever. Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes.
Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…
Excerpt from Autumn Moon
Too wired to sleep, Elen opened the wine and poured a glass, sipping quietly as she walked over to the bed. Cormack slept above the coverlet and on his back, with one arm raised over his head, while the other rested by his side. His hair was still damp from his shower, and he wore jeans but no shirt, as if he’d just rested his head and sleep claimed him first.
His chest rose and fell with even breaths. She was not one to marvel over physical attributes, but this was Cormack, and his body was meant for pleasure, like a goddess had molded him for her personal divine gratification. His frame was large, and toned, with wide shoulders and a firm chest that tapered down to his hips. His hardened stomach would provide the perfect friction were she to ride him just like this.
And as that image flooded her mind, another, more wicked one, followed. It was greedy, and selfish, but all her niceness had been used up for the day. He looked peaceful, and innocent, but the man was practically immortal after all. Their kind did not die from lack of sleep. They might go mad, of course, but that took a few weeks. And had he not said, do with me as you will?
She needed to touch him. That was all. Well, no, she wanted more, but for now that would do. Taking a sip of her wine, she gently set the glass on an end table by the bed, and gave into temptation. Starting by his heart, she brushed lightly across his chest, tracing down the indent between, and lingering on the valleys and curves of his muscles. Flattening her hand over his stomach, she felt the soft hair that began just above the waistband of his jeans and disappeared below. She had never seen him in this restful state, at least not in his human form, and took in her ravenous fill.
Her hand lingered over the button of his jeans. She swallowed, wanting… Oh, how she wanted. It burned like molten earth, fed by a need that had been denied for too long. Even now she felt her body moisten and swell just from imagining what waited beyond that closure, and how it would feel inside her.
Or how it would taste.
She thumbed the button. A quick flick was all it would take.
A sound made her jolt, an intake of breath perhaps, followed by a sudden rise under her hands. She snapped her eyes to his face.
Cormack was awake.
And watching her.
A fire raged within his cerulean gaze. “Kill me now if you stop, Elen, because then I’ll know I’m well and truly cursed and I cannot be tortured anymore.”
About the Author:
Jan DeLima is the author of the Celtic Wolves novels, including Summer Moon and Celtic Moon. She lives in Maine with her husband and their two sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn’t pen stories at an early age, but she has always been a dedicated reader. 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.
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