Book Tour: Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair #mystery #romance

Well, friends, my book tour for ECLIPSE LAKE is winding down to a close. Today is my second to last stop. You can find me visiting with Yeah Books, as I answer a few interview questions. Admit it…you’ve always wanted to know what my favorite movie is, and what superpower I’d love to have. :) The answers to those and other riveting questions can be discovered on today’s tour stop, so do hop over and say hello!

Tour banner for Eclipse Lake, a novel by Mae Clair, depicts a serene lake setting

Eclipse Lake Book Tour Continues with Mae Clair

It’s Wednesday and it’s March, so that means another blog stop on my ECLIPSE LAKE blog tour. Today, I’m visiting Booklover Sue who devised a series of interview questions for me to answer. If you get a chance while you’re roaming around the blogopshere, drop over and say hello. I’d love to have you visit! :)

Tour banner for Eclipse Lake, a novel by Mae Clair, depicts a serene lake setting

What Makes a Name Special? by Mae Clair

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It’s another blog touring day for me as I hop over to Romance Novel Giveaways to share a post about character and place names. I don’t know about you, but naming characters is my favorite part of starting a new novel. I get seriously jazzed by the prospect! :)

Many times during blog tours, authors are asked to answer interview questions. I enjoy doing that, but I like it even better when I’m able to share a guest post. This one was a lot of fun to write.

Hop over to discover why I chose the names I did and what prompted the inspiration for each. As before, you’ll have another chance to enter my giveaway for a $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice). And, of course, I’d be happy to have you say hello as my ECLIPSE LAKE blog tour continues. :)

And I’m also at Just Romantic Suspense today. This is one I follow on a regular basis, a fabulous blog that showcases new releases in the mystery and suspense genre. If you haven’t checked it out before, you might want to give it a look-see and drop me a hello, while I’m hanging out there. Happy Wednesday!

Another Day on the Road, by Mae Clair

It’s another day on the road for me, as I visit the blog of my friend Carmen Stefanescu. Carmen is a talented lady who has the distinction of living in “Dracula’s Country,” otherwise known as Romania. She shares intriguing posts about her country’s folklore and history, as well as topics on writing. She’s always happy to feature other writers and is the author of SHADOWS OF THE PAST, an intriguing novel which blends parallel stories of history, and present day. I’m so glad I’ve connected with her.

Do drop over and say hello if you can. I’m talking about family dynamics and ECLIPSE LAKE, as I continue to take Dane, Ellie, Jesse, and Jonah, out and about. And while you’re visiting, consider signing up to follow Carmen’s blog. She always has something interesting to share!

Today is a TwoFer, by Mae Clair

Who doesn’t love a twofer? You get double the fun, double the entertainment value, or double the product, depending on what kind of twofer you’re celebrating.

Today, I’m offering up my own special  brand of twofer. It’s another tour day for ECLIPSE LAKE as I join two bloggers for interviews. Yes, two!

Tour banner for Eclipse Lake, a novel by Mae Clair, depicts a serene lake setting

Among other things, you can learn about which authors inspire me, and what current star I’d want to play my lead character, Dane Carlisle, in a movie. Well, I can dream, can’t I? :)

You’ll also have TWO more chances to enter my ECLIPSE LAKE giveaway for a $20.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. As always, a shout-out to the great folks at Goddess Fish Promotions for putting this tour together!

Today, you can find me at Sexy Adventures—Passionate Tales and Room with BooksI’d love to have you drop by and say hello! :)

My Other Upcoming February Tour Dates:
February 18: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
February 19:  Shadows of the Past
February 23:  Jennifer Lowery
February 25: Jane Reads
February 25: LibriAmoriMiei 

Book Tour: Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair #mystery #romance

Tour banner for Eclipse Lake, a novel by Mae Clair, depicts a serene lake settingIt’s a new month, thus a perfect time to kick start a new event. Although my novel, ECLIPSE LAKE, was released last summer, I never ushered the release in with any fanfare. As a result, I thought it was high time to take it on a blog tour, and introduce others to Dane, Ellie, Jesse, and Jonah (among the colorful characters who populate my small rural town of Onyx, PA).

Today I am visiting Long and Short Reviews where I’m sharing a post on the importance of setting and what inspired me to create the communities surrounding Eclipse Lake. If you have a moment, please pop over and say hello.

You can also catch me throughout the month, at these blogs:

February 11: Sexy Adventures, Passionate Tales
February 11: Room With Books
February 18: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
February 19:  Shadows of the Past
February 23:  Jennifer Lowery
February 25: Jane Reads
February 25: LibriAmoriMiei 

Enter to win a $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I’m awarding the card at the end of my tour, which runs through March, and is being organized by the great people at Goddess Fish Book Tours.

I hope to see you at Long and Short Reviews. Come share your thoughts on setting, and enter to win!

Looking Back at 2014 by Mae Clair

It seems only natural that we glance back over the previous year as we get ready to transition to a new one. As a kid, I looked at New Year’s Eve as a so-so holiday. Sure, it was fun to stay up and watch that glittery ball drop in Times Square, but there really wasn’t much more to recommend it.

Champagne bottle resting on glittery gold stars and a clock face about to strike midnightWhen I got older, and met my husband, we enjoyed parties out with friends, ringing in in the New Year with large groups of people. But the older we grew, we gradually transitioned into New Year’s Eve being a quiet holiday at home. It has become “our holiday,” the one festive night of the year we celebrate solely alone…a late night candlelight dinner, champagne, just the two of us. As a result, I’ve grown to view what I once considered a so-so holiday as a charmed night. Not just for the romantic date-night ambiance, but also the bewitchment of one year bowing before the next. I’ve come to view that magical moment when the clock strikes twelve with a combination of whimsy, nostalgia and excitement.

I’m happy for the new writer/blogging friends I made in 2014, and the wonderful friendships I’ve maintained. I’ve discovered some great new blogs, authors and books, and am continually amazed by the peer-support in the online writing community. Guys, if I haven’t said it before—you rock!! What an amazing network!

Personally, I managed to pull off a few feats in 2014. It seems there’s always something waiting on my radar. This past year, I became a contracted author with Kensington Publishing when Lyrical Press was acquired by the New York house. I saw both of my two previous titles with Lyrical (WEATHERING ROCK and TWELFTH SUN) re-released through Kensington, with both titles going to print shortly.

Cover KindleI wrote my first novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND, and indie published it on Kindle. I also designed the cover for SOLSTICE ISLAND, which had me feeling pretty pumped up (Rah!). Strike a few more “firsts” off my list.

After that, I indie published ECLISPE LAKE to Kindle AND *gulp* print using Amazon’s CreateSpace. It took me a while to actually buckle down and make myself tackle the latter, but I’m delighted to have MY book in my hands at last. I remember how I used to dream of that moment when I was a little girl, laboriously writing stories out longhand in a loose-leaf notebook.

I submitted a romantic suspense/mystery novel, MYTH AND MAGIC, to Kensington which was accepted for publication. I just finished the galleys for that one, and if all goes according to schedule, MYTH AND MAGIC will release in June of 2015.

I am presently *thisclose* to finishing the first draft of my Mothman romantic suspense/mystery. My goal is to submit the ms to Kensington by February of 2015 then gnaw on my fingernails, er…work on something else, while I wait to see if it’s accepted.

book lying on it's spine, face-up with pages fanned openFinally, I am a voracious reader and devoured 65 books this year, the same as last year. I had hoped for more, but the learning curve with indie publishing took a toll on my time. All in all, not a bad year. I can only hope that 2015 will be as productive!

Have you already set goals for yourself for the coming year? Mine include launching a newsletter, doing my first book signing, and—of course—more writing. What about you?