First, I need to thank everyone who read my Celtic Wolves series! You have made my writing debut a wonderful experience, and your enthusiasm and curiosity about future books has been truly heartwarming! The characters are still calling to me, and I do plan to write more books in the series. I have committed to a new series and once I finish the first book, I do plan to return to the Celtic Wolves. My new series is contemporary romance with suspense elements, but with a strong emphasis on the romance. I’m truly sorry for the delay in the Celtic Wolves series. I don’t know when future books will be published at this point. I promise to post it on my website once I have decisive news to share!
With that said, I will leave you with evidence that these Celtic characters are still calling to my muse. I don’t paint often, but when I do it’s because an image calls to me so strongly that I’m forced to recreate it on canvas just to get it out of my head. Saran, Maelorwen’s daughter, inspired me more than any subject has since my days as an art student—and that’s going back quite a ways. For those of you who haven’t read Autumn Moon, Saran was the only new character I added, but she was a compelling one. When a character has this strong of a hold on my —I know her story needs to be written. Just to be clear, Saran may or may not be the lead protagonist in the next book. Like Cormack, she needs time to mature as a human. I’m not going to share who the next couple is yet until I spend some time with them and like the direction their story is going. I will tell you that I intend to dedicate the time needed to make this the best book yet!
Until then, I may be a bit lax on my social media pages as I hunker down to finish my current book.
Title: Maelorwen’s Daughter
“May you dream of first kisses until the sun chases away the moon.”
I am beyond excited to share with you the cover of Celtic Moon, my debut novel and the first book in my urban fantasy series. It will be available September 24, 2013!
Before I share what I love most about my cover, I must send out a giant THANK YOU to the entire art team at Berkley/Penguin for creating such a beautiful representation of my story. I couldn’t be more pleased!
Without question, the woman is stunning, but even better, she’s wearing normal clothing. How cool is that? This works for my heroine because she is a practical woman and a mother of a teenager. For survival reasons, she wouldn’t wear anything that might attract attention. Sophie has quiet strength, forced by circumstances to become the person she needed to be to protect her son. I think they did an amazing job illustrating the general feel of her personality.
Also, the setting of my story takes place in an isolated town in Maine, in an environment conducive to wolves. The background is so accurate it’s surreal, as if I could just dive into the cover and find myself in our Maine woods, only with a beautiful wolf waiting to greet me. (The wolf happens to be the father of Sophie’s son. He is also an immortal shape-shifting Celtic warrior and just as lovely in his human form.)
Overall, I think the cover is wonderful and it represents the atmosphere of my story well.
Now, I can’t wait to see what they come up with for book two! I have a river castle in that one, a tattooed hero, and a heroine who carries a sword. It could be interesting!
Description on back cover of Celtic Moon:
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…
Excerpt from Celtic Moon:
“I’m going for a run,” Dylan said, taking off toward the woods. His people had wronged Sophie. He was convinced of that now. And still she had come home to him, of her own free will—for their son.
His wolf clawed at his spine for release. Its fury, its need—its desire for the woman who’d had the courage to return for their child was no longer controllable.
The wolf wanted out.
Having her near and within reach was akin to pain.
Perhaps it was a good thing Sophie hadn’t invited him to stay, Dylan thought as he entered the forest, ripping off clothes as he walked. For if she had, he wasn’t sure if he could have controlled his hunger.
It had been too long.
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