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…
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.
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…
Building the Walls
Turret Taking Shape
Every Cottage Needs Trimmings
Take a Peek Inside
Turret Roof and Shutters
Ms. Hafwen’s Library
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 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.
Jan is generously donating an awesome prize pack to give to one (1) lucky commenter. The prize pack includes:
Jan 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.)
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