About Mae Clair

Writing tales of myth, mystery, and contemporary romantic suspense

A new release on a vintage TV show, starring actor David Hedison #FiveFingers #ClassicTV

I’ve long been a fan of vintage television shows, many of which aired before I was born or I was too young to remember. I discovered them later during syndication and it was like finding something wonderful and sparkly beneath a Christmas tree.

I’m a David Hedison fan. Yeah, I liked all that corny sci-fi on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea—lobstermen, mermaids, and mutant aliens who wanted to get their sloppy tentacles on Seaview’s nuclear reactor.  Imagine my surprise when I learned that David Hedison (Captain Crane of the Seaview) had previously starred in an espionage series known as Five Fingers.

I heard of the show through friend and fellow author, Diane Kachmar.

Diane regularly attends cons throughout the country with David, acting as his assistant, and helping him with the sale of memorabilia from his long career. She also maintains the David Hedison website, so it’s only natural she would be the ideal person to pen a book on the history of Five Fingers.


Here’s the press release from Bearmanor Media, Diane’s publisher:

Actor David Hedison may be best-known for playing James Bond’s CIA buddy, Felix
Leiter, in Live and Let Die (1973) and License to Kill (1989), as well as Captain Crane on the television series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, (1964-1968).

Long before those roles, Hedison appeared as a CIA agent of a different sort in the1959-1960 20th Century Fox Television series, Five Fingers. His role was Victor Sebastian,a double agent within the then active Communist Party. Through his adventures every week,he was able to thwart their many nefarious plots, all while romancing his lover and muse, chanteuse Simon Genet, in addition to keeping his cover intact as a bon vivant talent agent at Wembley and Sebastian of London,Paris, and New York. Quite a balancing act, yet Victor Sebastian was always able to pull it off.

Five Fingers was one of three shows in 1959 that led 20th Century Fox Studios’ entry into series television. Some viewers believe that had Five Fingers not been programmed on Saturday nights against the Western, Gunsmoke (1955-1975), which was the #1 show on television in 1959, Five Fingers might have enjoyed that same success.

The sixteen episodes chronicled here were syndicated around the world through 1965 and in the United States until the late 1970s. Five Fingers was a truly class act of a series.

Discover why the series has lasted in popularity for over fifty-five years in the hearts of the show’s fans.

Get Limited First Edition now.
Available in hardback, paperback, and e-book editions.


Available from:
Bearmanor Media
Barnes & Noble

Grab your copy now, before some underworld spy beats you to it!

And psst…
Diane has some pretty cool previous releases too, if you’re a fan of vintage TV: 
The Fly at Fifty: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film
Roy Scheider: A film Biography

Mae Clair Presents: Ghost for Sale by Sandra Cox #YA #Paranormal

Sandra Cox is a sister author with my publishing house. She’s got a new paranormal YA release out just in time for the fun spookiness of October. I positively loved this book and gave it five stars in my Amazon review. The story is enchanting, magical, and has a hero I fell head-over-heels in love with. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

And–psst!–Sandra has a giveaway going on. :) Details are at the end of this post.

Book cover of Ghost for Sale by Sandra Cox, depicts a couple in silhouette in front of a full moon on a night sky


Caitlin King can’t believe that her shopaholic cousin actually bought two ghosts off of eBay. But she can’t ignore the truth when she starts seeing sexy Liam O’Reilly, who’s been dead for over a hundred years. He’s a fascinating specter, and the more time Caitlin spends with him, the closer they become—sending them both spiraling into a star-crossed tailspin. No matter how desperately they long for each other, there’s just no future with a guy who’s already stopped breathing.

Author Sandra Cox in a candid shotBio:

Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She’s a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

Purchase GHOST FOR SALE from:

Barnes and Noble 

Connect with Sandra at the following haunts:


Ghost GiveawayGiveaway Alert:
Enter the giveaway on Sandra’s blog at http://www.sandracox.blogspot.com for your chance to win!

Mythical Monday: Legends of Zombie Land by Mae Clair

Tucked into western Pennsylvania, snuggled against the Ohio border lies a stretch of ground known as Zombie Land. Numerous tales have sprung up during the years of bizarre happenings and spectral apparitions that haunt the area. Rumors abound of eerie screams echoing in the night, and of ghostly phantoms that wander the darkness.

Legend also tells of a group of people known as the Light Bulb Heads. Afflicted with a condition that caused water to form on the brain (hydrocephalus), the group retreated to the area, hoping to live in peace. Their odd medical condition caused deformities making them a target for ridicule and shame, some claiming they were “zombies”—a likeness from which the area derived its name.Spooky setting with hand rising out from the grave. Halloween

Another group who inhabited the region were known as the Bridge People. They lived beneath a stone span, commonly called the Frankenstein Bridge. One legend references a young boy who jumped from the bridge and committed suicide, forever branding it as a place of desolation. The sides of the bridge are spray-painted with numerous markings, names, and symbols. It’s rumored that if your name is spray-painted on the bridge, the people who linger underneath will hunt you down and kill you.

Graffiti was never so lethal.

Or, you might find yourself on Gravel Road, an old rail bed where visitors reported hearing ghostly train whistles in the night. It’s whispered that if you park your car on the track you’re certain to see lights approaching, accompanied by the loud rattle of a steam engine. Only the foolish linger long enough to discover if the metal apparition bearing down on them is real.

There is also the notorious Blood House. Although the infamous residence now stands in ruins, legend has that it was once the abode of an old woman versed in the dark arts of witchcraft. She kidnapped and murdered children, burying their remains in a field behind her house. Locals knew never to venture too close, especially when the night was wrapped in darkness and the moon scuttled behind the clouds.

There has been physical evil here, too. In the year 2000, Shannon Leigh Kos, a twelve-year-old girl was found raped and stabbed to death beneath the bridge. Her murderers were three men in their early 20s, one of whom she’d had a relationship with. The men set fire to her body, hoping to hide the remains, but were eventually discovered.

If there is any gentleness about this place, it rests with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Although the St. Lawrence church and cemetery no longer stand, it is rumored that a likeness of the Lord’s mother once graced the spot. If it was safe to enter Zombie Land her arms would be open, welcoming strangers, but if her hands were clasped in prayer, it was a sign to stay away. One can only hope that the Blessed Mother was there to welcome poor Shannon Leigh Kos into her embrace in her last hours.

As Halloween approaches, this sinister area of Pennsylvania will likely be on the lips and tongues of many as they share old tales. Teenagers in particular, enjoy turning the area into a lover’s lane where they share ghost stories and whispers of things that go bump in the night.

Knowing all that has taken place in Zombie Land, would you be brave enough to visit when the night is dark and the moon is hidden in a blanket of clouds?

Mae Clair Presents: MARRED by Sue Coletta #thriller #suspense #crimefiction

I’ve got a wonderful new author to introduce to you today. Sue Coletta is here to share her debut release, MARRED, a psychological thriller now available through pre-order. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this suspenseful tale and it’s has me on the edge of my seat as I frantically swipe Kindle pages to see what happens next. As I type this post, I’m roughly 65% through the book, and the stakes are at fever pitch for the characters.

Hey, just check out this cover. As someone who has been reading thrillers, mysteries and suspense for years, I was immediately hooked. If I saw this in a bookstore, I’d snatch it off the shelf before someone else got their paws on it. In fact, Sue initially sent me a small jpg image of her cover and I said “Huh-uh. I want a BIG one to eat up lots of real estate.” That’s how much I love this cover:

book cover for Marred by Sue Coletta, a suspense thriller. Shows rural barn with body hanging in open doorway

As this is Sue’s first guest appearance on my blog, I had to hit her up with a few questions. Like . . .

What attracts you most to your chosen genre?

Sue: I get to kill people for a living and get away with it. What’s not to love?

Nothing like hammering out your aggression on a character, LOL. And I bet your Google searches would leave an interesting trail. Okay, tell us about MARRED.

Sue:  A psychological thriller, Marred, is set for release 11/11/15. Until then it’s on sale for only .99 cents! I’m absolutely thrilled to share this story with the world. It was a long road, but I’ve finally made my dream a reality. Here’s the blurb:

When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night—secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.

Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins tormenting Sage—she can’t outrun the past.

When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister.

Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses?

Goosebumps! Not only from the sinister moodiness of that blurb, but I’m super excited for you! And, of course, I’ve already ordered my copy of MARRED from Amazon. I’m curious about the title. I think one word titles, especially in the thriller genre, are highly memorable. How did you choose yours?

Sue: Marred has a double meaning, really. The serial killer “marred” his victims and Sage, the central main character, was “marred” emotionally by a brutal assault, three years earlier.

Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?

For the record, I love all my characters. But the most fun to write was Deputy Frankie Campanelli. We’re a lot alike, only I keep snarky comments to myself and she…well, doesn’t.

I love Frankie! She definitely isn’t shy about speaking her mind. Tell me about the research you did for this novel. The crime scene investigation detail is fantastic. What was the most interesting item you discovered while doing research for the book?

Sue: That’s easy. There’s a chapter in Marred where Sheriff Niko Quintano, Sage’s husband, teaches his deputy about blood splatter analysis. Forensics fascinates me.

It shows in your writing. You really nailed it in such a way to make it understandable and riveting for your reader. Really fantastic job, Sue. And now changing things up a bit, I’ve got to ask about pets. I couldn’t help falling in love with Sage and Niko’s dogs in the book. You made them into characters with personalities. I know from your blog you’ve got a… *ahem* pet of your own. Can you tell us about him?

Sue: How much time do we have? I have a nine year old Rottweiler named Cascius aka Cashy Bear aka Squishy Panties <- his baby name that stuck. Cashy Bear is massive. He’s got to weigh a good buck fifty, if not sixty. Anyway, he gets jealous when I work. His solution? Roll his ball across my keyboard, bounce it off my arm, down my leg. And when that doesn’t work, he throws it at my face. That’s my boy!

LOL! I love when he shows up in one of the posts on your blog. It’s always highly entertaining. 

Okay, now for a few quick questions. Favorite TV show?
Hannibal. Love the murder scenes!

Why does that not surprise me? :) Favorite season?
Autumn. I live in New England. It’s so beautiful when the leaves change color.

I’m a summer gal, but I do love October in the fall, and New England is positively breathtaking (though I’ve never made it as far north New Hampshire). What is your favorite social media platform?
Hmm…I’d have to say FB. Some of the pics people post are absolutely hilarious.

Facebook and I are mostly frenemies, LOL. Are you a night owl or morning lark?
Morning. I start very early, between 4-5 a.m., so by nightfall I’m exhausted.

Yikes! And I can barely crawl out of bed at 6AM! How about casual or dressy?
Casual all the way.

Mountains or beach?

Okay, so I’m a beach girl but I do love the beauty of the mountains and spent several (much younger) summers hiking with my husband through the woods. And nothing works as nicely as casual at the beach. Hmm… suddenly, I’m craving crab-claws and white wine at a bayside pub!

Sue, it was great having you here today. And I’m happy to share links where readers can connect with you:

Website and Blog
Twitter @SueColetta1
Amazon Author Page
Tirgearr Publishing

Sue also has two spectacular newsletters, one for writers and one for readers. Use the links below to sign up with your preference, or do like I did, and sign up for both!

Newsletter Sign-up and receive FREE 60 Ways to Murder Your Fictional Characters http://eepurl.com/bAwxK9

Crime Lover’s Lounge for Readers: http://eepurl.com/bABKN5

Author, Sue ColettaAbout the author:
Member of MWA and Sisters in Crime, Sue Coletta is the author of Marred and Wings of Mayhem, her next release, as well as three other titles. She’ll be in Murder, USA, an anthology, where a 4K-word excerpt of Marred scored the first placement. When she’s not reading or writing, she hangs out with furry four-legged pals, her husband, or her two beautiful granddaughters, not necessarily in that order. If you see her out and about, be sure to say hello. Just don’t ever call her Grandma.

And now that you know Sue and have read about her spectacular debut release, don’t forget to pre-order MARRED while it’s on sale for just $.99. You can pre-order from these retailers:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

As more links become available they’ll be listed on Sue’s website and on her author page at Tirgearr Publishing.

You can also read a suspenseful excerpt from MARRED here.

How many tasks can a writer juggle? by Mae Clair

I’ve decided that among the obvious word talent that writers possess, we’re also expert jugglers. Writing, editing, promotion, social media, giveaways…you get the idea.

Stressed woman with pink note surrounded by colorful post-it remindersLately, I’ve been doing a lot of juggling. Post-it note reminders have mutated are taking over my office. Here’s a glimpse of what I currently have going on:

I finished the content edits on A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS, book 1 of my Point Pleasant Series. My editor was pretty tough this go-round and pointed out a few things I hadn’t picked up on in the initial draft (like my fondness for the word “surely.” Note to self: add to my list of words to avoid). Next up, copy edits, which I imagine will arrive any day.

I put together a book cover for FOOD FOR POE, my paranormal/Christmas novella, and hope to reveal it once all of the Halloween/October excitement quiets down. October is going to be a busy month for me. MYTH AND MAGIC is currently on sale for $.99 and I’ve got several posts, a short blog tour, and a blog hop lined up to promote it. Like I said—juggling.

I started formatting FOOD FOR POE (an indie release) and am pleased at how smoothly that’s progressing so far. *fingers crossed*

ECLIPSE LAKE, my full-length mystery indie release has been doing extremely well. A local book club even picked it up as their read of the month. That prompted me to enter it into a contest Shelf Unbound magazine runs for indie releases. I can’t imagine actually winning, but it would be nice to get an honorable mention and expose the story to a new audience. The freebie promo I ran on Amazon has really paid off, so I’m planning another after the first of the year.

I’ll be sending out my first newsletter tomorrow. A new venture that I’m super excited about.  If you haven’t signed up and would like to, please click here to ensure you receive my debut edition. Wait until you see my Halloween header. I just love it! :)

I’m still trying to arrange a book signing with two other local authors. I tried to set something up with BAM, but it didn’t work out. Even though our books are available in POD format through BAM’s online store, titles have to be available through Ingram and returnable. No such luck, so we’re attempting to arrange something with an independent bookstore. Still hoping for the month of October to take advantage of MYTH AND MAGIC’s Halloween theme. *fingers crossed again*

Craig Boyack’s wonderful THE EXPERIMENTAL NOTEBOOK OF C.S. BOYACK has me enamored of short stories and micro fic all over again (if you haven’t picked up his book, grab a copy. It’s only $.99 and contains a treasure-trove of short reads). I’ve got a bunch of shorts sitting around begging attention and currently behaving like guppies at the top of a water line—Feed me! Feed me! To top it off, I got hit with several ideas for new stories the other night. *more balls in the air* It’s crazy to even consider, but I’m thinking about trying to squeeze an indie release of shorts in next fall. In the meantime, I’m working on A COLD TOMORROW, book 2 of my Point Pleasant series. Like I said—writers are expert jugglers.

I’m often reminded of Bilbo Baggins in the LORD OF THE RINGS when he says “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

Yep. Been having a lot of days like that lately. Tell me about yours. What tasks are you juggling?

MYTH AND MAGIC, A Full-Length Halloween Mystery for $.99 by Mae Clair

Yep, you read the title correctly. In celebration of October’s spookfest, the e-book version of my romantic suspense/mystery novel, MYTH AND MAGIC is on sale across all major retailers for just $.99. This is a Halloween-themed novel, so it’s idea for curling up with this time of year.

If you like hayrides, Halloween parties, dressing in costume, old houses with creaking floorboards, and rumors of things-that-go-bump in the night, you’re going to love MYTH AND MAGIC.

I’d be delighted if you would help me spread the word!

Book Cover for MYTH AND MAGIC by Mae Clair depicting a brooding old home at nightAS 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.

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?

Purchase for $.99 from these retailers through Nov 4, 2015: 

Barnes and Noble

Happy Halloween (just a tad bit early) :)

Catching up on Challenges (and cheating along the way) by Mae Clair

During the chaos of June and July, when I was going crazy with a blog tour for MYTH AND MAGIC, followed by a much needed vacation with down-time, I was tagged by several friends with blog challenges. Although I am abhorrently late in posting, I didn’t forget about them, and want to thank my friends for thinking of me! :)

I am, however, going to cheat and lump all of the challenges into this post. Here goes…


Julie Holmes tagged me to participate in the 5-Day Photo Challenge.

This is a biggie, the idea being you post a different photo each day for five days in a row, and write a short post about each photo. Julie did a fantastic job on her blog, which had me jazzed to go, fired up with good intentions. Hopefully, she’ll be okay with the fact that I’m cheating and posting all five photos today! :)

The first was taken in the field directly behind my house. One summer evening a truck rolled in, and within minutes this was in the field:

A colorful hot air balloon lying on its side and being filled with air

Pretty nifty, huh? Hubby and I watched them inflate this balloon from scratch from the comfort of our back yard, and then soar off into the wild blue yonder. After a while, the truck left to follow the pilots to who-knows-where. The spectacle caused quite a stir in the neighborhood.

There is a church to the far left of that narrow parking lot and they frequently have events taking place. Two weeks ago we had pony rides, firetruck rides, jugglers, walkers on stilts, a live band and a different hot air balloon when they held their summer carnival. I love having the church as a neighbor!

The next photo is a shot of my writing space. I took this last year before adding a statue of a certain winged creature who observes while I spin tales. Can we say Mothman? :D

A writer's work space with desk and computer

And this is Mothy who now resides on the corner of my desk (along with a hatchling dragon who has scribe tendencies).

Photo of a desk-sized Mothman statue

Speaking of that giant winged cryptid, if you’ve visited my blog before, you’ve now doubt seen a photo of the Mothman statue which dominates Gunn Park in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

I’m sharing it again today in memory of its creator, Bob Roach, who passed away on August 30th. The Mothman statue isn’t the only metal sculpture Bob did for the town of Point Pleasant (there are many others to be found along the walkway in Riverfront Park) but it’s certainly the most famous. Bob was 81 and will always be remembered for his unique and artistic work!

Mothman statue located in Gunn Park, Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Finally, this is a really crappy photo, but I’m going to share it anyway because it celebrates one of my addictions. I love to sit outside on summer evenings and watch bats soaring overhead. Hubby has even joined me a few times for the nightly bat-fest. And in case you’re unaware how difficult it is to capture a bat in flight, this photo should prove it!

Night sky with a bat in flight


Next up, Kevin Cooper tagged me for the 777 Challenge. It goes like this: 

Go to page 7 of your current WIP, go to line 7, then copy and paste the next 7 sentences into your post.

This is from A COLD TOMORROW, which is book 2 in my Point Pleasant series. Line 7 actually picks up in the middle of dialogue from a secondary character, so this might not make a lot of sense, but here goes:

“My dad had a name for that, too. He called it outer space grass. It turned up in the mornings, the night after we’d see a weird light in the sky.” 

Ryan pinched the bridge of his nose. Two months ago the sheriff’s department had been bombarded with calls on Mothman sightings. Reports of “the bird” had quieted down, but they’d been replaced by several reports of residents seeing strange lights. He hoped Wilson wasn’t going to tell him he’d spied a UFO.

 “What exactly did you want to show me?” he asked, trying to keep the man on track.


And for the last challenge, I go back to Julie Holmes who tagged me in the 3-Day Quote Challenge.

The gist of this one is that you share a single quote each day for three consecutive days.  I was tempted to come up with three new quotes, but I honestly have three favorites, which you may have seen before:

First up from Stephen King:
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Next from Les Brown:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

And my very favorite quote of all-time (which you’ve surely seen if you’ve visited my blog before). Author unknown:

A dog looks at you and says, “You take care of me. You must be a god.”
A cat looks at you and says, “You give me food and shelter. I must be a god.”

Naturally, I’m supposed to tag others for these posts, but I know many of these challenges have already made the rounds. For anyone who would like to attempt any or all of them, I invite you to participate. Say that Mae tagged you.  I’d love to see what you come up with! :D