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Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Jan DeLima

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jan DeLima this past February at Coastal Magic Con in Daytona, FL. After hearing her talk about her Celtic Wolves series, I immediately had to read the books, and I totally LOVED them. I’ve posted my review of the first book here on the blog. Please help me welcome Jan to That’s What I’m Talking About

GUEST-POST

Welcome to the official reveal of Brynmor Cottage, home of Ms. Hafwen.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with my books, Ms. Hafwen is a character from my Celtic Wolves Series.  And if you’re wondering what this series is about, you need only imagine a world where the legends of Celtic lore still walk among us in secret.  It’s a place where warriors are also wolves and reality isn’t always what it seems.  Set in modern day, the stories are a mixture of both urban fantasy and romance.  Each installment has strong fantasy elements built around Celtic folklore, with a secondary romance between two new characters.  My books are written for adults and contain sensuality and battle scenes of a graphic nature, but they also have a few lighter moments, and this is one of them.

Ms. Hafwen makes her first appearance at the very end of Summer Moon, the second book in the series, where she requests a house built of stone, mortar, and wood.  If you haven’t already guessed, Ms. Hafwen is a pixie–but until trust is earned, most people only see her as a winter wren.

As you can see, I couldn’t resist actually building the house.  To give you some perspective on its size, that’s me in the photo standing next to the finished cottage.

BrynmorCottage1

Luckily I have a patient husband who is used to my artistic endeavors in the name of a story.  (I’ll not get into the novel based around an apple orchard, or how many apples it took us to make one batch of apple wine.)  As for the pixie house, I will admit that we both expected to be hauling away a large lump of rocks and cement.  Well, I’m pleased to share that the pixie house came out better than I expected and remains nestled in my shade garden.  It was officially named Brynmor Cottage in Autumn Moon, the third book of the Celtic Wolves Series (coming September 2015).

I thought you might like a photo tour of its construction…

BrynmorCottage2 The Foundation

BrynmorCottage3 Building the Walls

BrynmorCottage4 Turret Taking Shape

BrynmorCottage5 Every Cottage Needs Trimmings

brynmorcottage6 Take a Peek Inside

BrymorCottage7 Turret Roof and Shutters

BrynmorCottage8 Ms. Hafwen’s Library

BrynmorCottage9 Brynmor Cottage 2015

So far Brynmor Cottage has survived several Maine winters.  It rests in a shade garden surrounded by hydrangeas, where humming birds chatter, butterflies whisper, and dreams are but an imagination away.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

All my best,
Jan

Find out more about Ms. Hafwen in this excerpt.

Learn more about the books & read the first chapters.

About the Author:JanDelima_cover

Jan lives in Maine with her husband and their two 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.

Giveaway:

Jan is generously donating an awesome prize pack to give to one (1) lucky commenter. The prize pack includes:

  • Signed copies of book 1 and 2 of the Celtic Wolves series
  • Swag
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Book gift box included.

Celtic_SummerMoonGiftBoxJan told me that she just turned in Autumn Moon and she’s catching up on reading and needs your help! She wants to know: What is the best sexy book you’ve read this year? (Jan has some free time between projects and wants reading recommendations. Any genre but must have some smex.)

To enter the giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter form AND leave a comment at the end of this post answering the question: What is the best sexy book you’ve read this year? The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only, where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the author. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.

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  • Oooh, that is gorgeous! I love the idea of bringing characters and settings to life by creating a three dimensional depiction of something from our books. *rubs chin* I may need to build Madam Kaye’s Magic Emporium. I’ve seen Etsy sellers with miniature occult items that I could fill it with. Project! Thanks for the guest post. 🙂

  • bookbunny68

    That cottage is sooo cute! I’ve seen where they decorate bricks like books. Like those too. I haven’t really read any sexy books yet this year. Most have been sweet or dystopian. Guess I better get on that.

  • Erin F

    This looks like such a very fun series!!! Thank you for such a fun post and giveaway! I’d have to say that one of the sexiest books I’ve read so far this year has to be Rock Hard by Nalini Singh 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • UnaReads

    I love the cottage you built, it’s beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and sharing with us today. Some smexy reads? One of my “go-to” authors for that is Nalini Singh – I love her Psy-Changling and Guild Hunters series, but for real smexy, read the Rock Kiss series, the second book just recently came out, Rock Hard. I also enjoyed The Will by Kristen Ashley.

  • Shanna

    A good trilogy I am currently reading is “Daring to Dream” by Nora Roberts.

  • Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway and for inviting me to
    comment!

    I love the book recommendations! So far I’ve read all of them but one—and enjoyed them a well! 😉

  • Janie

    Congrats on turning in your book, Jan. The sexiest book I’ve read this year is Julianna Keyes’ “Just Once.”

    • Thank you, Janie! I haven’t read this author and couldn’t resist. I just bought it. 🙂

  • I have been wanting to read Celtic Moon for a long time and our public library doesn’t have it. It would be awesome to win!
    Thanks for the great post & giveaway.

    ~Jennifer

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    LOVE that cottage! Make one for me? 😀 This also makes me curious about the one that will live in it. 🙂 As for sexy books… I’d have to say the Charlie Davidson and Kate Daniels series. Not exactly sexy but there are hot scenes in it. 🙂

  • Jess1

    I love miniatures and the cottage scene is so whimsical and wonderful. Have to think awhile about your question & get to you on it.

  • Elizabeth H.

    I love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing! The sexiest read i’ve read this year so far is HARD TO BE GOOD by Laura Kaye. I was lucky to review an early copy and it was HOT!

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    What a cute addition to your garden!

    Sexy book I’ve read so far this year is tied between The Master by Kresley Cole and Unraveled by Lorelei James.

  • Anne R

    Great article, the gardens are so pretty. A few smexy books I have read this year. Gideon, book 3 in the mystic zodiac series by Brandy Walker and Metanonia by K.J. Coakley.

  • Karrie Millheim

    Fifty Shades but this sounds amazing..i got to read it!

  • Angie Dubisher

    The best sexy book I’ve read this year is the unidentified redhead by Alice Clayton:)

  • Those are so cute! Thanks for the introduction. I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of your work yet, it looks like I’ve been missing out 🙂 Sounds like a fan series.
    Thank you!

  • piroska

    The cottage is just Gorgeous!
    I haven’t read any sexy book so far this year.

  • Misty Gee

    Burn for me by Cynthia Eden. But there are many more.

  • Tina B

    That cottage is adorable!! You are very talented, Jan! Love it!! 😀
    The best sexy book that I have read this year so far is a tie. Arctic Bound by Tigris Eden and Highland Wolf Pact by Selena Kitt!
    I will be adding yours to my TBR.

  • erica best

    Fifty Shades

  • Emily Smith

    I have not had the time to read one this year, but I’m definitely open to suggestions! 🙂

  • Ricardo

    The only book I’ve read this year is The Lie by Chad Kultgen but, I’m looking forward to broadining my scope.

  • Cutest cottage ever!!

  • Janie McGaugh

    Hard to name a best. One of the best was Larissa Ione’s Revenant.

  • Gee, I missed the giveaway, but still enjoyed taking a detailed look at the construction of the adorable Brynmor Cottage! What a creative, whimsical idea, to actually construct a pixie cottage! Kudos to Jan!

    I’m scheduled to do a review of “Celtic Moon” for an upcoming Bewitching Books blog tour, and have already bought the book. SO looking forward to reading it!!

    Thanks for the great post!! : )

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