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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Author Jan DeLima shares her delicious Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies and a decadent excerpt from Summer Moon
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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Author Jan DeLima shares her delicious Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies and a decadent excerpt from Summer Moon

by davincikittieOctober 3, 2014

Please help me welcome Jan DeLima, author of the elegant, compelling new shapeshifter paranormal romance series Celtic Wolves!

Today, Jan has brought along the delicious Double Chocolate Hazelnut cookies recipe the character Elen is known for in the Celtic Wolves series. It’s featured in Summer Moon – the newest release in the series – and we thought you might want to snag it for your own culinary enjoyment at home! She’s also sharing a decadent, almost-naughty excerpt from Summer Moon, so take a look and dive into this beautiful story universe!

Elen’s Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

From Summer Moon by Jan DeLima
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  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 cup of hazelnuts toasted and skinned (macadamia nuts can be substituted)

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Toast hazelnuts first. Using a cookie sheet, toast in oven at 350 degrees for ten to fifteen minutes until skins start to crack. Allow to cool and remove skins by rubbing a handful together inside a paper towel. Set aside to finish cooling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three cookie sheets with parchment paper. I use three sheets so cookies aren’t crowded. Also, chocolate burns easily so parchment paper is strongly recommended. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together, add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly add dry ingredients into the butter mixture and blend. A hand mixer for these cookies works great, but they can be done with a whisk and spoon. When combined, fold in hazelnuts and chocolate chips. Using a spoon or small scoop, place dough balls onto the cookie sheet in rows. They should be approximately an inch around, while leaving an inch between each dough ball as they will spread while baking. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake or cookies will be hard and dry. The cookies are done when the outer skin begins to crack. Remove and let cool.

They will be gooey during the cooling process, so be sure to snag one while they’re still warm!

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Okay, I am seriously craving cookies now! How about you guys?! Hah! On to the excerpt! Then keep reading for a chance to win a lovely prize and learn more about Summer Moon and the Celtic Wolves series!

Read an excerpt

In all her years of existence, Rosa had never awoken to a man in her bed. Her response, though admittedly craven, was to pretend she still slept. Nothing had prepared her for the experience or, more important, how she should act.
He had been angry when last they spoke, and then he’d not come to bed until after she’d fallen asleep.
His attitude must have changed at some point in the night, because Luc had gathered her against him. And now his arm circled across her side while his palm rested against her stomach. More discomforting, his erection pressed against her backside and she wasn’t sure he was completely awake.
With her eyes closed, she tried to relax. But how was she to remain unaffected when he smelled like temptation rolled in musky pine, like warmth and desire and slumbering power. Those sensations came again, the ones he had produced in his brother’s cabin. She almost squirmed at the memory.
She knew he had awakened when his arm tensed. His hand moved from her belly to her thigh . . . Did he think that a less insinuating place?
He inhaled. His intake of breath sent chills skittering across her skin.
“Rosa . . . ?” Her name was a husky growl.
She shivered, and then cringed, because the involuntary response foiled her ruse. “I’m awake.”
He leaned in, then stilled as if rethinking his original intention. “Did you sleep well?”
“I did; thank you for asking.” Was it normal to have mundane conversations while her nipples strained against her nightshirt?
“You’re welcome.” She heard a grin in his voice and wanted to see whether it touched his face—needed to, after last night.
Wiggling free of his arm, she turned onto her back and found that it did. “You’re not angry with me anymore?”
His expression faded. “I wasn’t angry. I was . . .” A sigh fell from his mouth.
“I suspect the generators will be strained with morning showers.” She purposefully changed the topic to domestic matters, sensing his unease and not wanting to reopen an argument that couldn’t be won. “If we want hot water we best be up and going.”
“In a moment.” He rose up on one forearm. He slept nude, of course. Why would he not when it would give her some relief? The owl tattoo wove a dark pattern around his torso and down his side. He looked very much the Pagan as he observed her, with promises of carnal delights gleaming in his mercury-colored eyes.
An ache settled in her chest and it refused to part, a longing that only fed the cravings of her weakened flesh. His hair had been left unbound for the night. It fell down to mingle with hers in a tangle of golden and black fleece on sapphire-colored sheets.
It was decadent.
And sensual.
And her heart began to race as if a hundred tiny drums beat for an ancient dance and she had yet to find the proper rhythm.
His eyes roamed her face, down her throat, lingering on her breasts covered only by a thin shirt. He reached out and brushed a taut peak, just the tiniest of caresses with the backs of his fingers. He was testing her body—and her willingness to accept his touch.
She turned her head and looked away, hoping to hide the incessant yearning that had taken root, reminding herself in that moment why she’d told him only the once. But the line between what she wanted and why she resisted blurred.
Simply because he kept his heart for Koko didn’t stop her from wanting what he had offered her—pride be damned.
Then be mated to me . . . Or at least let us try.
Luc over William, Rhys, Pendaran . . . ? Truly, the list could go on and on, and if she had to be bound to one man for an eternity—Luc was the most appealing prospect.
“You’re in need,” he whispered. “Let me ease you.”
“We mustn’t.” But even as she spoke her body betrayed her. Moisture gathered below in her feminine parts, now healed and whole and ready to be used for their designed purpose. And that one place—the one Cadan and Tesni had many names for and loved to recite simply to make her blush—that place strained to be stroked.
Pleasure button indeed; more like a wicked miscreant.
Luc rested his forehead next to her temple, nuzzled his face into her neck. “It can be done without risk of pregnancy.”
She tensed with distrust. Granted, she knew of such things. Of course she knew, but no one had ever offered them to her, at least not a man, and most certainly not one whose touch she craved. It went beyond comprehension—to give her pleasure without asking for anything in return.
“You would do that?” The question fell unbidden from her mouth as blurred lines disappeared.
He made a sound that implied he was in pain. “Yes, I’ll do that.” And so much more if you would just let me. It wasn’t said outright, merely promised in his voice. “I would have offered it last night if I knew it would produce such an agreeable response.”
“If you’ll recall, that is the opposite of what you proposed.” She drew an unsteady breath as he slid down the length of her body, tugged off her underthings and discarded them on the floor. Rising up on her elbows to stare down at him, she asked, “What are you doing?”
His head tilted in a way that reminded her of the Great Hunts, how warriors promised their skills with haughty glares as they chased their prey across golden fields.
Slowly, he parted her legs. “Exactly what I said I would.”
Anyone weak of spirit would have run; not weak of bodily desires, obviously. No, the latter would have done the same as her, offer the hunter what he wanted and not cared if the end resulted in her demise. If his lower half didn’t hang off the bottom of the bed, she might have garnered the courage to resist. Instead she waited breathlessly to feel his hands and his fingers, startled when he started biting kisses along her inner thigh, nipping gently toward . . .
“Surely you don’t mean to do . . . ?”
Oh, but he did. Her back arched off the mattress…

Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves #2) by Jan DeLimaShe won’t be ruled again…

Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons.

Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him.

When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined…

[quote]Rich in mythology and imagination, Celtic Wolves is a series to watch! Beautifully and obviously lovingly crafted, Ms. DeLima’s wolves will be a joy to follow as each new book weaves a compellingly beautiful tapestry of otherworldly lore, creative new fiction, and stories with heart.[/quote]

Read our review of Summer Moon here!
Find it online at Amazon in paperback or e-book format.

Read our review of Celtic Moon, the first book in the Celtic Wolves series, here!
Find it online at Amazon in paperback or e-book format.

Giveaway (US/Int)

Jan is giving away the winners choice of the following prizes to one lucky commenter on today’s post. Check ’em out below then follow the instructions on the prize widget to enter!
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  • US: Signed physical copies of Celtic Moon and Summer Moon PLUS your choice of ( either a $50 Amazon Gift Card ) OR ( a lovely sterling silver Celtic knot toe ring with gift box )
  • International: Signed physical copies of Celtic Moon and Summer Moon PLUS a lovely sterling silver Celtic knot toe ring with gift box

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About The Author
davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
50 Comments
  • Lori Meehan
    October 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I have not read this series. It sound really good.
    The cookies look really yummy. I copied the recipe.

  • Irma Jurejevčič
    October 4, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I haven’t yet read Celtic Wolves series. And I love cookies 🙂

  • Lori H
    October 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

    I love cookies. I will have to try this recipe. I really enjoy snickerdoodles and oatmeal cookies.
    I haven’t read this series yet but it looks and sounds fantastic. Looking forward to it 🙂

    • October 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi Lori,

      Thank you! I love both these couples for different reasons. Sophie and Dylan in Celtic Moon had so much love and angst to play with and resolve, and it created great tension to work with. And Luc and Rosa in Summer Moon were such opposites, but both lonely, and Luc was the perfect gentle alpha. Their scenes were a lot of fun to write.

  • Toni Whitmire
    October 4, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I thought the excerpt was very good and I can’t wait to read the seies [email protected].

  • Nurmawati Djuhawan
    October 4, 2014 at 6:46 am

    cookies is my middle name …love it ;D
    thx u for the INT giveaway..looking forward to read Celtic Moon and Summer Moon

  • erinf1
    October 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I haven’t read this series yet but I really want too!!! And I love fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • October 4, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! This recipe is Elen’s from Summer Moon. I love to include food in books because it’s a comforting balance to all the angst. And I do put my characters through some rough situations. Elen and Cormack’s book is next. They’ve both been pivotal characters throughout the series and I can’t wait to get these two together.

  • Elois
    October 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Have both books on Goodreads to be read shelve. Love chocolate period. Elois

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Thank you, GraveTells! As always, you’re awesome! And thank you for inviting me to stop by and answer any comments and questions. I will be checking in throughout the day!

  • Damaris
    October 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I haven’t read the series, but it’s on my list to read. I’m going to bump it up on the list. Synopsis is very interesting with the Celtic element. Looking forward to reading it.

    Cookies? Of course, I love cookies!

  • October 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’ve actually got these wishlisted after I randomly found them on Amazon. And now I want cookies. lol

    • October 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      I know, right?! I was seriously considering making some cookies as I was setting up this post last night. Until I realized I don’t actually have any of the ingredients! Haha. I really like this series. I think you will too, Rhi! Jan is very well spoken and is excellent at giving each character a unique and believable voice.

      • October 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

        Now, you can’t go and say things like that without getting me all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂

        Sadly, I bought cookies today. Chocolate chip. I may just go have one now.

        And I keep forgetting to “solemnly swear I am up to no good…” Definitely cookie time!

  • Mary Platt
    October 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Haven’t had the chance to read the Celtic Wolves series, but would like to. As for cookies, love to make and eat them, all kinds. I’m sure this will be another over-the-top novel since Jan is as good a writer as photographer. Do you do any of the pictures for your covers?

    • October 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I think I might know who this is! XOXO
      No, I have nothing to do with the art of my covers, but I absolutely love them! I am consulted for ideas and backgrounds, and I’ve sent them pictures of the environment where my series is based. They’ve always accommodated my ideas, even down to clothing choices and the color of Luc and Rosa’s eyes.

  • Valerie
    October 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I have read both Celtic Moon and Summer Moon and love them both. I am really enjoying the stories and have become attached to the main characters. I’m not really a cookie eater though. I’ve enjoyed both of these books a lot and look forward to more. Though I must admit that Celtic Moon was my favorite of the two. I’m not really sure exactly why, as I love both of the books. I suppose I just enjoyed the dynamic between Dylan and Sophie. I am looking forward to the Elen and Cormack story. I’m very interested in seeing how that goes, and I’m feeling for the Elen character. She has been through so much. These are great characters and stories, and I am looking forward to more!

  • Valerie
    October 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I actually do have a couple of questions too. Are there plans for more stories after the Elen and Cormack story? And also, I was wondering if there will be more stories, will they continue to center around the main family of characters, meaning Dylan, Luc, and Elen? All of the characters, including these three, and also all of the characters surrounding these three, are all so richly developed and described and really come alive on the pages. I love them all! Sophie, Joshua, Rosa, Cormack, Porter, Audrey, Taleison, and Tucker as well! All of them are just amazing! And I must also include Isabeau and Merin, because they are amazing also and have captured my interest as well.

    • October 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Valerie,
      Thank you so much! As readers, we all have certain characters that we connect with more than others, and I loved Sophie and Dylan’s history! It created such an amazing dynamic to work with. Luc and Rosa in Summer Moon were so much fun to write. Though I don’t inundate my books with love scenes, I do try to make the ones I have sensual and meaningful to the story. For me, Luc and Rosa melted the keyboard. At the moment Cormack and Elen are magic on the page! They are a writer’s dream. I would love to do more books in this series, but that all depends on how well this book does. Taliesin is very real to me and I can already see his story. As for Porter and Isabeau… well, wouldn’t they just make a dynamic pairing? Cadan needs his happy ever after as well. The character I get asked most about is Madoc. I just had another email today. He had a brief appearance in Celtic Moon, but he must have made an impression. I do have some fun ideas for him. So, we’ll see. One never knows what the future will hold. 🙂

  • Megan
    October 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Read the first book it was excellent, just started the second one today…liking it so far.

  • Janie McGaugh
    October 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I haven’t read any of the Celtic Wolves series. There are a lot of types of cookies that I like; Elen’s recipe sounds great!

  • AnnFRussell
    October 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Love Celtic Moon!! Haven’t read Summer Moon, yet, but so excited! Who doesn’t LOVE cookies!! Thank you, Jan for a great new series!

  • Stephanie F.
    October 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I loved the first book in the series and have been eagerly awaiting this release. The cookies sound really yummy and definitely will be making.
    Will we be seeing Sophie and Dylan in any future books? I am still really curious to see what happens between them.

    • October 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      That’s always so wonderful to hear! 🙂 Thank you! Sophie and Dylan are in the beginning of Summer Moon, and will be in Elen and Cormack’s story as well. Summer Moon is set in New Hampshire mostly, but the third book is back in Rhuddin Village, so you’ll be seeing more of them again, along with Joshua.

  • Mary Preston
    October 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Not yet, but I do love cookies.

  • Christine
    October 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I loved Celtic Moon! I would love to win Summer Moon. And I love cookies!!

  • Sherri Williamson
    October 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    No I haven’t read this series yet. Sounds good though, so I need to remedy this soon. As for cookies…..soft, chocolate chip all the way!! 🙂

  • Michele A
    October 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I haven’t read the series but I would really like to. And yes, I LOVE cookies!

  • Melissa Crisp
    October 6, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I haven’t read it yet, I do like cookies sometimes, and do you come up with your own cover designs? I really like the covers.

    • October 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I love my covers too! I don’t have anything to do with the actual design, but I am asked my opinion and for pictures. I think they did a great job capturing the personalities of both my heroines and the setting of the books. And the wolves are lovely too! (Mustn’t forget the wolves.) I just love Luc’s blue eyes.

  • October 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Really like the sound of this series, and the cookies are absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Mirlou
    October 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Always a pleasure to have and read you!

  • October 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’m late to this post, and then I saw it sitting there in my inbox. I won’t lie, I was drawn in by those cookies – whose recipe I have now printed and will be trying soon! But I totally stayed for Luc and Rosa. That excerpt was terrific. A bit of unease, a bit of worry, a bit of heat. It sounds like a good book and series. I’m definitely going to add it to my TBR 🙂

  • Sierra K
    October 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve just started reading Celtic Moon, and it’s a great read so far! Thanks for the cookie recipe too, it sounds wonderful.

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