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.

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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!

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Crime Lover’s Lounge for Readers:

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.

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order: The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack #Speculative Fiction #MicroFic

Wow! You can grab your copy of this book for just $.99 by pre-ordering from Amazon today!

I positively love cover reveals and this one is AWESOME! It was created for C. S. Boyack’s new release, The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack, by talented designer, author, and blogger Rachel Carrera. I think it’s an fabulous cover for what promises to be an intriguing book of short stories and micro-fic. What a perfect match!


I think the cover speaks to all of the wonderful oddities that surely await within, much like opening a cabinet of curiosities.

A speculative fiction selection of micro-fiction and short stories. These were designed to be short reads for your commute, coffee break, and other times when readers are pressed for time. This book contains a bit of science fiction, some fantasy, and paranormal stories.

And Craig’s personal message:  “I’m excited to see short fiction returning in popularity. I hope you will enjoy these stories as much as I did.”

And don’t forget the best part:

You can pre-order your copy of The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack for just $.99.  I’ve already grabbed my copy from Amazon. Snatch yours up here!

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Mae Clair Presents: The Magic of Geo by K. C. Huffington

When I was a kid, I loved the whimsy of fairy tales and magical adventures. At fifteen, I discovered the world of fantasy, thanks to a wonderful English teacher who gave me a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring. I remember being enthralled, and started devouring everything magical I could get my hands on. How I wished there had been tales of unicorns, dragons, and castles to whisk me off to adventure when I was in grade school!

Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to K. C. Huffington, a wonderful author and fabulous blogger who is here with his enchanting release, THE MAGIC OF GEO. Please say hello to K.C.!


I started writing under the name of K.C. Huffington to separate my children’s/young teen’s works from works I’ve already published, and some others in progress to avoid any possible mix up. IE; someone who’s bought one of my children’s works, sees my name, thinks, oh yeah… and purchases one of my other books for their young teen, or child… not something I would want to happen. And I’d be very upset if it did. Not so bad in the Vice Versa situation, but still, you get the drift.

But why? Because, with the exception of one, which I have republished under the name K.C. Huffington, my prior works mainly deal with issues of child abuse, neglect and related issues to being raised by a dysfunctional family with scenes which are not suitable for children of any age. K.C. Huffington.


K.C. Huffington is a fantasy author who writes both Children’s/Teen’s fantasy novels/novellas.  He has just published his debut Children’s Fantasy, The Magic of Geo and is currently working on his  second fantasy book, Unicorn Magic which he’ll post more about as it develops.

He spent many years teaching and lecturing, English, and Literature in a variety of classroom settings. K.C. had the wonderful privilege, and experience of being a voluntary reading mentor for children in a public library and knows how important it is for children and teens to read stories that can teach real life values and this reflects in his own work.

Book cover for the Magic of Geo, showing a young girl facing a unicorn

The Magic of Geo

Originally published as The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn, The Magic of Geo is a fantasy adventure that take us to a magical land where goblins, trolls and simple folk live in relative harmony under the guidance of a wizard who helps them resolve the general problems that arise from time to time. The wizard meets more than his match when the evil shadow comes and mysteriously whisks all the people away. He holds them captive in the caverns beneath Geo in an attempt to lure the wizard to his doom and steal the Magic of Geo.

The fate of Geo rests now rests in the hands of an old worn out wizard, a ragtag bunch of goblins, and a mysterious little girl who bears the unicorn’s horn. They must find the people and save the magic of Geo, but how will they be able to stand up against the powerful evil shadow and his demon hordes? To find that out, one must read, The Magic of Geo.

Excerpt from Chapter Seven:

Elyysa walks through a village. It’s empty, lifeless. Just like the others, she thinks. It is the fourth village. Up ahead is a river. It is the third river she will have crossed. Suddenly, she has an idea.

“Why didn’t I think of this at the last river or the one before it?” she suddenly asks herself.

As with the previous two rivers, she reaches into her tunic for some change to pay the troll guarding the bridge. She pauses, and looks at the troll who is sitting there watching her and waiting.

Trolls are strong creatures that pride themselves on their strength. They actually sleep under their bridges while supporting them with their backs. They can tell if someone is crossing the bridge while they are sleeping. Although very close to their own kind, they are not overly friendly, are short-fused and not ones for much talking.

At the last two bridges, Elyysa simply paid her fare and went on her way with a thank-you. This time she stalls, purposefully, pretends to fumble around for change, looks up at the troll and says,

“Hi, you don’t look very busy.”

The troll hunches her shoulders and eyes Elyysa intently.

“Do you know what has happened to all the people in the villages?”

The troll shakes her head from side to side as in a definite “no”.

“Well, the shadow took them.”

The troll’s eyes widen in interest and Elyysa feels encouraged to carry on.

“Didn’t you trolls see the shadow?”

“Yes.” It’s the first time that the troll has spoken.

“How come the shadow hasn’t taken trolls as well?”

“We see shadow, feel danger and hide under bridges.”

“What! Great trolls are afraid of the shadow?” Elyysa pretends to look amazed.

The troll is irritated by Elyysa’s question…


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The Magic of Geo is on special offer at Lulu and can be downloaded to read on almost any device. Check out the Lulu site for details. :

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Mae Clair Presents: A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner #NovelBookTour

Today, I’m happy to share a fun new release from Christine Warner. As part of her blog tour for A FRIENDLY ENGAGEMENT, she’s got a great giveaway going on, so be sure to check out the deets on this breezy romance!

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A Friendly Engagement (A Friends First Novel)
by Christine Warner
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Length: 233 Pages

What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise – enough to track down the missing father she’s never known – and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend – falling for her fiancé.

“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Book cover for A Friendly Engagement, a romance novel by Christine WarnerOmar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

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Candid photo on Author, Christine WarnerAbout Christine Warner:
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, Christine enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, Christine enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

Connect with Christine at the following haunts:
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Newsletter | Street Team | Amazon Author Page

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Out and About the First Day in July by Mae Clair

Ah, ‘tis the launch of a whole new month today. I feel like June flashed by in a blur, thanks in part to all the promo I’ve been doing for MYTH AND MAGIC. Can we say “exhausted?”

Speaking of which, Cindy Fazzi (a.k.a Vina Arno) is hosting me today with a short series of questions. If you’re moseying around the blogosphere and have a moment or two to spare, I’d love for you to hop over and say hello.

In any event, happy hump day, and HAPPY JULY!

Ah, ‘tis the launch of a whole new month today. I feel like June flashed by in a blurb, thanks in part to all the promo I’ve been doing for MYTH AND MAGIC. Can we say “exhausted”?   Speaking of which, Cindy Fazzi (a.k.a Vina Arno) is hosting me today with a short series of questions. If you’re moseying around the blogosphere and have a moment or two to spare, I’d love for you to hop over and say hello.   In any event, happy hump day, and HAPPY JULY!

Romantic Suspense and a Research Trip by Mae Clair

It’s been a hectic week. Er, make that month. I love when I have a new release hitting booksellers, but wow, it can be exhausting. I know many of you can relate. Whew!

Today, I’m visiting Just Romantic Suspense, a fantastic blog that is dedicated to….well, romantic suspense. Although all of my previous novels have touched on this genre, MYTH AND MAGIC is the first that can truly claim it. I’m pretty jazzed about that.

As always, if you get a moment, pop over and say hello. The good people at JRS leave each post up for two days, so I am there today (June 24) and tomorrow (June 25).

Know what comes after that?  Okay, aside from Friday.

My husband is indulging my research whim again by taking me to Point Pleasant. Mothman, UFOs, the TNT Area. It should be interesting. This time I want to hit the Mason County Visitor’s Center. It was closed the last time we were there because we arrived too late on a Friday evening. I’m looking forward to coming back with lots of great stuff for use in my Point Pleasant Series.

I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it.

I probably won’t be able to shut up. :)

From our last visit into the TNT

From our last visit into the TNT