Hi ladies & gents! Jan DeLima has been a regular here on the blog ever since the first installment in her CELTIC WOLVES series was published back in 2013, so it’s with great pleasure that I share an excerpt from book 3, AUTUMN MOON, along with my review, and a tour-wide giveaway.
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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.
The author of Summer Moon returns to her “great werewolf world,”* where war looms and love may be the key to saving all of shifter kind…
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…
I openly admit that I prefer the furrier parts of werewolf fiction, so it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I was going to love AUTUMN MOON. The hero has never walked on two legs, and has been burning with the need to touch the female lead for over three hundred years. And, if that doesn’t reel you in; this series’ antagonists keep things plenty interesting, and there’s also mysterious powers at work with the potential to be total game changers.
Here’s another shocker for you: Cormack is my #1 CELTIC WOLF! I straight up adored his character; being human for the first time after centuries as a Bleidd is massive, and Jan DeLima seizes the opportunity to properly describe his transformation from start to finish. Cormack has to learn to walk, talk, and completely change his way of seeing the world. He’s also a special case where having a V-card makes sense, and I love it when it’s the alpha male who’s inexperienced.
Elen was a darned good protagonist as well, but then again all of this series’ heroines have been kickass. Her abilities are impressive, so right there you had me at “strong woman”. I also liked that the author succeeded in creating a MC that has an awesome connection with the natural world without going full on tree huger. Plus, it’s near impossible to find fault in someone who’s so intrinsically kind-hearted, that she’s capable of forgiving all offenders, even Mae.
The plot thread that revolved around Pendaran was horrible yet absorbing, and the new layer of Guardian lore was greeted with open arms by this reader. We learn of their true purpose, and Taliesin persists in torturing me with his secrets. The next couple was effortlessly prepped for the fourth installment, and largely I just thought that the story flowed better than the earlier volumes. After three novels, DeLima has the blending of Fantasy and Celtic mythology down to a science.
AUTUMN MOON stands on its own, so you have NO excuse not to hang with Cormack & Elen.
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