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As 2013 comes to a close, we would like to give our thanks for such an exciting year.

Thank you to the authors, publishers and publicists who have provided us with pretty words in book and interview form.

Thank you to our husbands who don’t complain (much) when they see another book related purchase on our accounts. Thank you to all the other book hoarders out there who have taught us how to hide the evidence.

Our biggest thank you is to all our readers and followers! The community of book lovers and bloggers is absolutely amazing, and we love being a part of it. To celebrate, we’re giving away our Best Overall Book and two titles from our Best Overall Author! Wondering what books they are? We announce the first one in this post!

I know…we’re still teasing teasers who tease. We’re okay with that.

And now for today’s award:

Here’s a quote from my review:

Hands down, … is the best shifter book I have read all year. It might just be the best book overall.

Have you guessed yet?


Celtic MoonCeltic Moon by Jan DeLima

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…

You know how you see people tweeting about a book so you add it to your ridiculously long TBR list… and then forget about it? That was me with Celtic Moon. Friends were reading and raving and tweeting all over the place about it so I made a note but got caught up in a busy couple of months in regards to reading/blogging. Sometime in November I FINALLY has a little schedule wiggle and was able to fit Celtic Moon into my reading time. And holy hell, I have been kicking myself for not reading it sooner ever since.

The world Jan built is unbelievably detailed, yet not overwhelming in its details. From pack politics to family drama, thousand year old beliefs to modern technology, Jan uses her characters to explain the details of their lives without info-dumping on her readers. The plot is ridiculously smooth, pulling you in from the first page and absolutely refusing to let you go until the last word has been read. Even then, when the page is blank and you close the back cover, you find yourself needing more of the story. I have reread bits and pieces numerous times since that first reading and will certainly continue doing it until the second book in the series is released.

One thing about Celtic Moon that really stood out to me was the depth of personality Jan gave to her secondary characters. She built them in the same fashion as her lead hero and heroine, giving them backstories and personalities that leave an indelible impression on each reader’s heart. I look forward to the future installments in the series because I am already completely invested in these characters. From family members to house staff, there was always someone catching my attention and telling me little bits about themselves, little teasers of information that left me desperately wanting to know more. Jan is a teasing teaser who teases with her tastes of future stories and foreshadowing.

I am addicted to the wolves of the Rhuddin territory and will be waiting with bated breath until the second book in the series comes out.

Celtic Moon is available on Amazon for $5.99 (e-book) or $7.19 (paperback).

Now onto the giveaway!

The lovely and talented Jan DeLima has offered a signed copy of Celtic Moon for our celebration! That’s right…an actual printed book signed by the author! I actually told Jan she should send the book directly to the winner otherwise I might just be too tempted to keep it. Envious…that is me. *wink*

Click the image below to go to the Rafflecopter entry page. The contest runs through December 29th. Best of luck to you, and THANK YOU to Jan for being so kind to our readers.