Monday, May 12, 2014

Twelfth Sun @MaeClair1 @KMNbooks #giveaway

Welcome Mae Clair!

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
MAE: A unique web of history, mystery and folklore.

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?
MAE: Painting pictures with words.

KAREN: Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, which one and why?
MAE: Honestly, it’s been years since I’ve read a craft book, so I’m unable to think of one off the top of my head. I do have Stephen King’s On Writing on my bookshelf and hope to read it one day soon, but haven’t been able to find the time yet. The books I refer to frequently are more for research than writing technique. Books on specific periods in history and numerous books on myth and folklore.

KAREN: Tell us about your new release. What’s it about?
MAE: The book I’m currently touring is TWELFTH SUN…the story of an older woman/younger man and a treasure hunt. I had a few reviewers say it reminded them of the board game Clue because of the assortment of secondary characters and the mystery element. In a nutshell:

Reagan Cassidy is just trying to do her uncle a favor when she agrees to meet his friend, a marine archaeologist, and a bid on a journal that once belonged to a passenger aboard the doomed nineteenth century schooner, Twelfth Sun. What she didn’t count on was finding a man ten years her junior with a cocky attitude, a PhD, and a way of shattering her reservations.

Dr. Elijah Cross thought it would be a simple matter to authenticate the journal for his friend Gavin Cassidy, but finds himself sucked into an elaborate scavenger hunt along with Gavin’s sexy niece, Reagan, and several oddball competitors. As the guest of Eric Sothern, a reclusive billionaire no one has ever seen, Elijah and the others are invited to lodge for a week at Sothern’s lavish seaside mansion.

He finds it hard to concentrate on marine artifacts with the alluring Reagan occupying his mind, a series of cryptic riddles to solve, and a saboteur intent on claiming the journal even if it means playing dirty to win. When the clues take a strangely personal turn and a series of mishaps occur, he

TWELFTH SUN was the equivalent of a writer’s playground for me. It allowed me to combine multiple story elements I love and weave them into a tale of escapist fun, including a smattering of nautical myths, superstition and folklore.

KAREN: What kind of character archetypes do you tend to favor for your stories? What archetype is your hero and heroine in this story?
MAE: I’ve always had a fondness for the noble, tortured hero, although that isn’t the case in TWELFTH SUN. Elijah Cross is a hot, young brainy professor and Reagan Cassidy is the uptight older business woman who has to get over her reservations about an affair with a younger man.

KAREN: What do you look for in a publisher? Any tips for Pub Shopping?
MAE: Reputation is paramount, and of course, a good match for genre. I check reviews, read what other authors have to say, and study guidelines and terms.

KAREN: Query Letters. Love ‘em or Hate ‘em? Any tips on writing them?
MAE: I hate queries, but they’re a necessary evil. As far as writing them, I haven’t done many. I was offered a contract with my first submission and have remained with that publisher. I am, however, branching out and doing some indie titles as well, becoming a hybrid author in the process.

KAREN: After that grilling, how about an easy one. LOL What’s next? Any works in progress?
LOL! You did have some tough questions ☺

MAE: I just released a short novella, called SOLSTICE ISLAND, available on Amazon for $.99. It’s a romantic adventure revolving around the search for a mythical sea beast. My heroine hires a sexy charter boat captain to help her track down a creature known as the Sea Goliath—it’s the same creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of his parents ten years earlier, when he was just a child.

I’ll also be releasing a full-length romantic mystery in June called ECLIPSE LAKE. That one is set in a sleepy resort town where the discovery of skeletal remains reopens a fifteen-year-old missing person’s case. My hero—now a successful businessman with a criminal past—becomes the prime suspect and my heroine gets tangled up in the resulting web of buried secrets.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
MAE: I’d like to thank you for having me here, Karen, and for showcasing TWELFTH SUN. I’m always delighted to connect with readers and other authors. Information on all of my releases and WIPs can be found on my blog From the Pen of Mae Clair.

Also, for anyone who enjoys folklore and urban legends, I do a weekly feature every Monday called Mythical Monday that takes a look at a creature or tale from myth. Some recent posts included a look at the Ghost Ship of Loch Aw, the Snallygaster, Springheel Jack and Elephant Graveyards. I welcome new readers! ☺

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The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love?
Reagan Cassidy is settled in her life. She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn’t part of the deal, but it’s hard to complain…
Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she’d rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they’ve been talked into, but he’s fine with the situation. At least, until the “clues” start getting personal.
Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he’ll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart.
WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance.
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Author is giving away 3 ebooks of Weathering Rock

By Mae Clair


Reagan glanced at her watch. She’d dragged herself from bed hours before any civilized person should be up, for the sole purpose of meeting Elijah Cross. The marine archeologist was already ten minutes late--not a brilliant way to begin a working relationship. She’d learned through firsthand experience many of her uncle’s friends were as unreliable as they were eccentric. Foolishly, she had hoped Dr. Cross wouldn’t fall into the same category.

Resigned to passing the time, she added hot water to her tea. From the corner of her eye she spied movement at the door of the cafe. A man stepped inside, shaking rain from his jacket. The door banged shut behind him, ensnaring her full attention. He wore a battered black fedora and worn jeans with scuffed dock shoes. There was something oddly familiar about him. He turned slightly and she caught his profile, realizing he was the man from room ten. Self-conscious, she looked away, hoping to sink through the floor. He spoke briefly with the hostess and then headed in her direction.

She tensed. What were the odds of encountering him now when she was scheduled to meet Dr. Cross, a highly-respected and, no doubt critical, academic? How would it look to her uncle’s friend if he walked in on a conversation revolving around naked men and the color of her undergarments?

Chagrined, she bowed her head over her teacup. Her hair spilled forward, concealing her face behind curtains of red-gold. With any luck he’d go away. With any luck, he’d leave her alone.


Reagan raised her head fully convinced mischievous imps had tracked her to Shipwright Landing and were even now performing rituals of bad luck. “Hi.” She pressed her lips together. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He grinned. “You’re Reagan Cassidy.”

She blinked. She’d given the hostess her name only because she was expecting Dr. Cross and neither had any idea what the other looked like. She certainly hadn’t expected the woman to share her name with any longhaired Lothario who asked for it. “The hostess told you.”

He nodded. Removing his hat by the crown, he dropped it on the table. “Some storm.” He shrugged out of his jacket and hooked it over the back of the nearest chair. “Good thing it’ll be over soon.”

Reagan watched flabbergasted as he sat across from her and picked up a menu. “Excuse me.” Her voice rose sharply, edged like a knife. “I didn’t invite you to sit. I told you I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He flashed that same irritating grin. “I’m Elijah Cross.”

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. She snagged the tail of a comet, hitched a ride, and discovered her writer’s Muse on the journey.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
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Thanks for hosting me, Karen! :)

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Love this story, mystery and a fabulous setting plus a delicious guy too.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

So glad you could be here today, Mae. Love your giveaway. Fantastic read!!

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Karen, your questions were a lot of fun and some of the best I've seen. Glad you enjoyed the read!

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Daisy, thanks so much for visiting. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips So glad you enjoyed the questions. :)