The Unexpected Curve Ball by Mae Clair

Dear Friends,

In the event you haven’t heard the news my publisher, Lyrical Press, has been acquired by New York house, Kensington Books. Lyrical will become the digital imprint of Kensington. While this opens new opportunities and potential for Lyrical authors, it’s also created some unavoidable issues.

For the present, until contracts can be signed between Kensington and its new roster of authors, Lyrical has pulled their books from online retailers. As I had just kicked off a blog tour for TWELFTH SUN, I’ve had to cancel that tour. I’m grateful to Literary Nook, my touring company, for their understanding of the situation. The book tour wouldn’t have made much sense without the ability for readers to purchase my titles. Even though they already had bloggers and reviews lined up, Literary Nook willingly cancelled the tour and invited me to contact them again whenever I am ready.

If you had planned to visit me during any of my stops, that tour is now in a holding pattern. It may be thirty to sixty days before my titles are available again. Hopefully, sooner than later. The good news is that if I sign with Kensington, WEATHERING ROCK and TWELFTH SUN will be available through POD as well as digital format. As soon as I know more, I’ll share the news. None of this however, changes what I had previously planned for indie pubbing SOLISTICE ISLAND and ECLIPSE LAKE.

It feels extremely odd not to have my titles available for purchase right now, almost as if a safety net is missing. When the dust settles, whatever the outcome, I believe it will be for the better. Apparently, 2014 threw me a curve ball right out of the box. An exhilarating one, but a challenge nonetheless as I work to get everything back in order. That pesky New Year, LOL!

So, although I’ve had to cancel my tour temporarily, new adventures await on the horizon!

Best to all of you,
Mae

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Mythical Monday: The Huntsman and the Werewolf by Mae Clair

wolfreduced1.jpgLast week on Mythical Monday I shared a vampire legend, so it seemed only fitting I share the tale of a werewolf today. I’ve been in love with werewolf folktales ever since I was a little girl and first set eyes on Quentin Collins of Dark Shadows. Since then my preoccupation with this tortured night prowler steadily grew until I eventually wrote my own story, Weathering Rock.

Today, I’d like to share an older tale with you, one that originates in the Auvergne province of France. According to legend, there was once a great lord and lady whose lands bordered an area dense with forest. All was well until a creature began slaughtering the lord’s flocks. This went on for several days each month but the creature, one of great stealth and savagery, could not be caught. Many men tried and failed.

Finally, the lord summoned his master huntsman and bade him kill the wretched beast. Surely if anyone could end its reign of terror, it would be the huntsman.

bigstock-Siluette-of-man-in-the-forest--26582798Vowing to succeed, the man set out grimly determined. As dusk fell and a pall of shadows smothered the land, he came upon the creature in a wood near the manor pastures. The huntsman drove it into the underbrush, but the beast turned on him, knocking him to the ground.

Drawing his knife, he managed to slice off of one its forepaws. With a blood-curdling howl, the wolf bolted into the woods. The huntsman tracked it through the night, but was unsuccessful in finding it. When dawn was still hours away, he returned to the manor and placed the severed paw in a wooden box as a trophy for his lord.

The next day the huntsman sought an audience with his master and relayed his tale with pride. He presented the box with the beast’s forepaw as proof of his encounter with the heinous creature. But when the box was opened, a woman’s hand lay inside. The lord’s expression turned thunderous, for the hand bore a signet ring twin to his own.

Stalking to his wife’s bedchamber he threw open the door and found her being attended by physicians. When he demanded to know why, she explained she’d suffered a terrible accident, and that her left hand had been severed at the wrist.

“Here is your hand, woman,” he thundered, displaying the grisly trophy. Then he commanded his physicians to bind her, condemning her as a werewolf. She pleaded with him for mercy, but he turned deaf fears and ordered her burned at the stake.

Not a very loving husband, was he? And you probably thought he was going to go ballistic on the huntsman when he first saw the hand (I did).

But these were dark times full of superstition and cruelty. Land and livestock held far more value than a wife. I’m sure the huntsman was richly rewarded, though the tale doesn’t go that far.

One of the things that attract me to the werewolf legend is the duality of strength and fragility, its immense power bound by the whim of moonlight. The anguish of conflict, human and creature. Vampires remember their mortal life, but once turned there is no going back. The werewolf has to constantly straddle both sides of a curse — mostly human but doomed to a bestial existence every full moon.

What about you? Are you a werewolf fan? Any favorite aspects of the werewolf curse you’d like to ponder? Or maybe there’s a particular wolf story or movie that resonated with you. Halloween is creeping right around the corner. Do share! :D

Halloween Happenings by Mae Clair

Did you feel that goose bump? Spooky happenings are afoot as I go traveling today!

design background for Halloween partyFirst up, I’m sharing a piece of flash fiction called A la Carte Kiss about a sexy vampire (yes, the werewolf girl wrote something about a vamp!) as part of Karen Michelle Nutt’s Halloween Flash Fiction Bash.

And because I wanted to offer a Halloween treat I’ll be awarding a $5.00 gift card to Amazon to one commenter. My blog followers have been so wonderfully supportive, so do hop over and enter your name for a shot at it. Aren’t treats fun?

Lest werewolves get short shrift, I’m also on Lyrical Press’s blog participating in Celebrate Paranormal Month with a post about my hunky Civil War colonel, Caleb DeCardian from WEATHERING ROCK.

So grab some apple cider or pumpkin juice and come traveling with me. What do you think of my “owlish” messenger? :D Isn’t he perfect as a Halloween usher?

Ghoulish Reads by Mae Clair

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Today, I’m visiting Christina McKnight, sharing the book that started it all for me, along with my favorite Stephen King read. And since it’s October, I’m also talking about my werewolfy paranormal time travel novel, WEATHERING ROCK.

Drop by Christina’s blog to share your own favorite paranormal reads! I’d love to see you there!

Cover Votes and Guest Blogging, by Mae Clair

Welcome to Wednesday!  I have a couple of exciting things going on today that I’d like to share.

First, WEATHERING ROCK is a contender for the best book cover in You Gotta Read Review’s monthly book cover contest. Naturally, I’m partial to the gorgeous job Valerie Tibbs of Lyrical Press did for me and would love to see the cover rank up near the top.  If you’d like to help with a vote, please go to You Gotta Read Review’s website, scroll to the middle of the page where you’ll see the selection block Vote Now for the May 2013 Cover Contest! Click through to the VOTE button and select the entry for WEATHERING ROCK (number #3). Thanks in advance for your support and your votes. I am terribly partial to my guy Caleb on the cover.

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In other news I’m making my first appearance on Romance University today. Among other things, RU is dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers. In a nutshell, Romance University is out to “Empower Writers, Entertain Readers and Understand Men.”

I’m not so sure the last is possible, but when a friend invited me to do a blog post, I jumped at the chance. RU is definitely a cool site! My topic is “The Unrepentant Character.”

I hope you’ll drop by to see exactly how troublesome heroes, heroines and villains can be when they choose to be difficult!

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Roaming the Blogosphere, by Mae Clair

I have the pleasure of being featured today on the blog of Janet Lane Walters, The Eclectic Writer, for her informative How She Does It spot, which she runs every Friday. I was flattered to be asked and am pleased to announce Janet will be visiting From the Pen of Mae Clair on the 25th of June to share her thoughts on being an eclectic writer. That’s a post I’m very interested in, given my love of multiple genres.

In the meantime…hmm, how do I do it? Sometimes I find myself scratching my head over that, but if you’d like to get the lowdown on my formula for writing (er, if you can call it that), please check out my guest appearance on Janet’s Blog. Tomorrow, she’ll be featuring an excerpt from WEATHERING ROCK.

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Another Stop Along the Way, by Mae Clair

WR Cover for webHappy Sunday, everyone!

I’m kicking my day off by scrambling over to Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews and trotting out WEAHTERING ROCK again. Because it’s a paranormal blog and WEATHERING ROCK is a paranormal romance, I decided to do a giveaway too. Nice fit, right?

So, if you still haven’t picked up your copy featuring a hunky Civil War colonel who is also a werewolf, now’s your chance. Hop over and comment for your chance to win a Kindle or Nook copy.

Happy weekend, everyone! :)

Roaming Again, by Mae Clair

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sharing the cover for my upcoming release TWELFTH SUN and I’m still glowing from the thoroughly awesome support everyone gave me. Thanks so much! You guys rock!! :)

Today, I’m roaming again and am off to visit the Tome Tender blog where I’m doing another interview on WEAHTERING ROCK. I know it must seem like I inherited genes from the Energizer Bunny or that I exist on a diet of Red Bull, but my schedule comes without the benefit of caffeine. Scary, huh? Imagine what I’d be like wired on an energy drink, LOL.

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Of course, none of you see the thoroughly exhausted me who crawls into bed at night and wants to send the alarm clock soaring to Jupiter when it starts shrieking at me the next morning.

On the plus side, it’s FRIDAY!  And that’s always a Snoopy Dance kind of day :)

Off for a Visit, by Mae Clair

I’m off gbigstock-Portrait-of-the-elegant-young--13156082alivanting today. If you get a chance, please drop by the blog of Kyra Jacobs, who was gracious enough to invite me over for a chat and a short interview.

Kyra is the author of the upcoming Lyrical Press release, ARMED WITH STEELE. Her blog, Indiana Wonderer, is a delightful place to hang out. While there, I’ll be chatting about some of my favorite subjects including writing, reading and…Caleb DeCardian.

I hope you get a chance to swing by and say hello.

May your day be everything romantic and rewarding! :D

Mae Clair: A Nice Day for Visiting

It’s Saturday, always a fun day to do something different. I’m packing up WEATHERING ROCK, Caleb and Arianna, and we’re jaunting over to the Rom Con blog for a visit. Rom Con is a great place to hang out and an even better place to discover new reads and authors.

I’m excited because I get to share a bit about my own book and characters. It wonderful of the Rom Con folks to feature me. I haven’t gone visiting in a while, so I’m looking forward to the change of scenery. Drop by if you get a chance to see what I’m chatting about.

Happy Saturday and enjoy your weekend!