Thursday, October 8, 2015

Myth and Magic

Greetings, Blogster Buds.
Today I'd like to welcome special friend and author Mae Claire and introduce you to her new work, Myth and Magic. I read this one and was blown away. It was a taut, suspenseful read, loaded with plenty of internal and external conflict, and written in deep POV. And what a perfect story for Halloween.
Thanks for joining us, Mae.



 I’m grateful to be here today with my most recent release, MYTH AND MAGIC, a romantic suspense novel set during Halloween and centered on a creepy corporate lodge. It’s on sale now across retailers for just $.99 through 11/4/15.

One of the questions writers get asked frequently is “Where do you find the inspiration for your characters?

I think most writers will tell you characters find us before we find them. They have a way of hunting us down and popping into our heads, loudly demanding attention. Some are more forceful than others. All have a unique voice, but there are always a handful that nag repeatedly until their story is told.

My characters usually have romance in their future, but it is always intertwined with a healthy dose of mystery and suspense. And they rarely have normal happy family relationships.

In MYTH AND MAGIC, my hero has to make amends with a great many people from his past. He’s estranged from most of his family, has hurt the only woman he ever loved, and is motivated by a tragic circumstance that claimed the life of his closest childhood friend. Simply put, the guy has a lot of baggage—and it all comes to a breaking point on Halloween.

When Caith Breckwood showed up in my head, lugging all of his past sins, I knew I had to tell his tale. Or maybe, I should say, he convinced me. He doesn’t resemble anyone I know. He wasn’t inspired by news events or someone from history. He just “appeared” as most of my characters do. I guess I have my muse to thank for that. Either way, I’m happy I met him, and the people who populate his world. You can find out all about them in MYTH AND MAGIC! J

Blurb for Myth and Magic:

AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
 
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was
certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

~ooOOoo~

Buy Links for MYTH AND MAGIC…Just $.99 through 11/4/2015

Mae Clair Bio
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.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:
Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Google+
 

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like another good read, off to visit Amazon again! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. HI, Valerie. Thank you so much! Caith is a complex character, as is his tale. I'm delighted to share it and hope you enjoy the read!

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  2. He is indeed lugging around some baggage.
    Congratulations, Clair!

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    1. Hello, Alex. Thank you so much for that. I love writing conflicted characters, LOL. And I really enjoyed penning a story with a strong Halloween theme. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  3. I'll have to check her out! Hopefully I can get something in physical book form! :)

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    1. Hi, Jessica. Thanks for your interest. Although the print copies of MYTH AND MAGIC are not on special, you can grab a physical book from any of the major book sellers like Amazon, B&N, etc. Thanks so much for your interest in my story!

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    1. Hi, Dezmond. Thank you most humbly. I like "Lady Mae" :)

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  5. Hi, Sandra! Hi, Mae Clair! Anything can happen at Halloween and I like how the climax of M & M occurs around that time. Clair, your novel seems enthralling. Thanks for offering these tantalizing tidbits!

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    1. Hello, Shady Del Knight. The entire story has a strong Halloween theme and background, but yes, the climax does occur on that very spooky holiday. I loved tying all the strings together in that moment :)

      Thanks for checking out my post!

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  6. Characters sure can pop on in. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you, Pat. These characters were extremely compelling, but I'm glad they insisted their tale be told!

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  7. Sandra, I just wanted to send out a huge "thank you" for having me on your blog today. I'm delighted to share Myth and Magic with your readers, and so glad you enjoyed the novel!!

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  8. Congratulations to Clair, Well done.
    Yvonne.

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  9. This sounds like it might be kind of fun.

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    1. Writing all the parts related to Halloween were especially fun. If you get a chance to check it out, I hope you enjoy the read. Many thanks for commenting!

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  10. I agree...the characters find us, not the other way around. Great interview!

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    1. Thank you for reading, Stephanie. Caith was a hard character to ignore, and I'm glad I didn't. Delighted that you enjoyed the post!

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  11. Sounds like a good read! I'll have to add it to my never-ending list, gah!

    I absolutely agree about characters finding us. Those suckers pop up in my head and won't leave me along until they're written down. :)

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    1. Yep, so true, Madilyn. They are persistent devils, LOL.
      And I'm delighted to hear you're adding MYTH AND MAGIC to your tbr. Thank you! :)

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  12. Characters with baggage are always the most real. Which probably says as much about me as about them. Thank you for adding to my wish list.

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    1. I agree with you about character's with baggage. They have so much conflict for a writer to explore. Thank you for checking out the post and adding MYTH AND MAGIC to your wish list! :)

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  13. This sounds like a fun book with some creepiness thrown in. I think you are right that the characters find the author. Congrats on the book!

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