Book Tour: ECLIPSE LAKE by Mae Clair #mystery #romance

After two months of visiting a number of fantastic hosts throughout the blogosphere, my book tour for ECLIPSE LAKE draws to a close today. I hope you’ll join me for my last stop at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews. I’m sharing the top three items that influenced me to tell Dane and Ellie’s story.

Many thanks to the great folks at Goddess Fish Promotions who put together such a fantastic tour. An extra special shout-out to all the wonderful hosts who’ve showcased ECLIPSE LAKE on their blogs. It’s been an adventure.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $20.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice). There’s still time to toss your name into the ring today at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews.  See you there! :)

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

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

Mae Clair Presents Guest Blogger Tammy Tate with The Secret Path

Today, I’m turning my blog over to my friend, Tammy Tate, who is celebrating the release of the second novel in her time travel series.  Sit back and enjoy as Tammy explains how the idea of THE SPIRIT PATH came to be, and then shares the blurb and excerpt from book two, THE SECRET PATH. 

Book cover for The Spirit Path by Tammy Tate showing a couple in silhouette with a horse in the foregroundBIRTHING THE SPIRIT PATH
By Tammy Tate 

“Where did you come up with the idea for The Spirit Path?” you ask. That’s easy.

I used to own a palomino horse named “Buck”, a Rottweiler named “Cash”, and I rode almost every day with a dear friend of mine. We spent hours winding through trail after trail of undeveloped terrain. I used to wonder what it would have been like in the 1800s when Native Americans roamed the land. Did they ride their horses down the same trails?

It turned into a passion. After hours researching Native American culture and language, I wrote The Spirit Path for A Journalism/Short Story class I was taking. Of course, it was a much smaller version. But, my instructor loved it and I scored an A+. As time passed, the characters I created refused to go away. They had a lot more to say. Therefore, I expanded on the storyline, hoping others might enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The response I got went far beyond my expectations.

At first, I self-published it as an eBook. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect over 7000 downloads in the first couple of months! Not to mention, each time I finished one…I received passionate requests for a sequel. I had no choice. Readers wanted more and the characters were still restless. They wanted to live on. It was incredible to see them come to life right before my eyes. It was up to me to get it all down and tell their story.

Now, I have a wonderful publisher, Books To Go Now. The story has evolved into a three part series. Book 1 and 2 are available on Amazon. Book 3 is almost complete and ready to go through the editing process. The hard part will be letting them go.

It has been an amazing journey…

image002Blurb
Time travel is a fantasy. Isn’t it?

Not anymore… Nicole traveled to 1812 and left something behind. Now, she’ll risk everything to return. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. She can’t come and go at will and there’s no guarantee where she’ll end up if she does go back. Nevertheless, her love for Flaming Arrow far outweighs the risks.

Sam is a modern day Shaman who agrees to help. In a twisted leap of fate, Nicole’s best friend Tracy, goes along and they find themselves running for their lives.

Now, Nicole has three goals. Locate her soulmate. Convince Tracy she’s still married, despite the fact her husband hasn’t been born yet. And, get them home alive.

Excerpt
Nicole shook her head to recall the last thing she remembered. When she blacked out, Tracy was beside her. That meant she was inside the perimeter as she began her journey into the past. It explained why they were both in 1812. Poor Tracy. She didn’t have a clue.  

“Tracy, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for you to come with me.” 

Tracy stretched high over her head and yawned, obviously still oblivious to the situation. “Are we in a wagon?” 

“Yes.” Nicole nodded slowly. 

Tracy chuckled then looked confused as her eyes darted around the dimly lit quarters. “When did you get a wagon? I don’t remember—” She stopped in mid-sentence and her mouth gaped open when a gunshot exploded from outside. 

Nicole covered her ears to muffle the sounds that followed. Only faintly hearing hooves pound the ground, women and children scream and men shout in desperation. 

“Is that smoke?” Tracy asked in a high-pitched tone. “Are we on fire?” 

Nicole read her lips and looked to where she pointed. A gray billowy cloud materialized inside the wagon like an apparition and instantly stung her eyes. 

Nicole buried her nose in the sleeve of her dress then pulled back briefly to cough out a command for Tracy to do the same. Right away, she saw blood on her sleeve. 

In an attempt to escape before flames engulfed the canvas overhead, she grabbed Tracy’s arm, pulled her to her feet and drug her to the back of the wagon. They had to go. Now. 

“Wait!” Tracy jerked her arm free in protest. “Where are we? Don’t lie. By the looks of it, I’m guessing— Are we in 1812?” 

Nicole heard her gasp when she confirmed her suspicions with a quick nod. 

“Are-Are you serious?” Tracy stuttered. “I don’t want to be in 1812! Okay Niki, you made your point. I believe you can travel in time. I’ll never doubt you again. Now, let’s go home.” 

“We have to go all right. We’re under attack.” Nicole mumbled inches from Tracy’s face. “Home isn’t an option right now.” 

About the author
Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes…creating a world where anything is possible. She’s been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years. Her secret to a long marriage? It’s easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, Friday night is still date night.

Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn’t mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women’s powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she’s not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she and her husband are exploring country roads on their Honda Gold Wing.

Since she believes reading is the next best thing to writing, she enjoys romance, fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. In December of 2013, she signed her first book contract with a traditional publisher. Her books have made Amazon’s Best Seller list.

Above all, she loves to hear from you…

Connect with Tammy at the following haunts:
Email: authortammytate@aol.com 

Facebook Fan Page 
Twitter 
Blog

Purchase THE SECRET PATH Book Two from Amazon
Purchase THE SPIRIT PATH Book One from Amazon 

Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair, Now in Print

Need something for the book love on your holiday list? What about a stocking stuffer for the bibliophile in your life? I’m excited to announce that ECLIPSE LAKE is now available in print, just in time for the holidays!

Book cover for Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair depicting a summer lake with rushes at sunset

BLURB

Small towns hold the darkest secrets. 

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

Review Snippets

Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair is powerful reading, a dark plot with shafts of hope shining through…Fast-paced, written in Mae Clair’s signature gritty elegance, she combines family, love, mystery and redemption like an artist creating a masterpiece!

—D. Bylo, Tome Tender Book Reviews  

Mae Clair does an excellent job of building emotion and intrigue, and racing you to the conclusion of the story. I love three-dimensional characters and I wasn’t disappointed.

—H. Senesac

Mae Clair has created characters, a place, and a story that masterfully over flows with all the stuff that great stories are made of… She knows how to weave a fabulous tale, and as reader you know early to let go and let her take you on an amazing ride.

—V. Kennedy 

This was a sweet, emotional, and beautifully written page turner. Mae Clair has a knack for putting me in a scene with her characters. Her lush descriptions fill my senses.

—J. Gage, Gotta Read Book Reviews 

Purchase ECLIPSE LAKE from:
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Print

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

The Spirit Path by Tammy Tate is Free Now Through 9/16/2014

Looking for a short, enjoyable read?  Love time travel? How about romance?  Then you’ll want to grab a copy of THE SPIRIT PATH by Tammy Tate, free for download from Amazon through September 16th.

Book cover for The Spirit Path by Tammy Tate showing a couple in silhouette with a horse in the foreground

BLURB FOR THE SPIRIT PATH:
Nicole goes horseback riding, not knowing that the events of the day would forever change her life. After she falls off her horse and hits her head she wakes up to unfamiliar surroundings only to find she has traveled back in time to the year 1812.

She swung into the saddle, took a deep breath and then mustered the strength to ask him a question that she had been putting off.

“What year is it?” She exhaled slowly, preparing herself for his response knowing that when she woke up this morning it was 1997.

Flaming Arrow started to ride off, and then turned his horse to face her. “It is 1812″   

Download THE SPIRIT PATH free from Amazon  

Author Tammy TateAUTHOR BIO:
Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, lived in Las Vegas for 7 years and Texas for 18 with her husband of 34 years. Her secret to a long marriage?

It’s easy when you marry your best friend. When she’s not writing and breathing life into her characters, she enjoys reading, motorcycles and thinking up ideas for her next book. Among her favorite movies are romance, science fiction, fantasy, comedy and thrillers. Before writing, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher).

She doesn’t mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women’s powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised 3 wonderful children.   

You can connect with Tammy at the following haunts:
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads  

Today’s Pen Pal: Sharon Kleve with Love Crazed by Mae Clair

Stack of old letters with ink quill and feather penIt’s Pen Pal time, and my guest today is Sharon Kleve, a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance.  I hope you’ll take a few moments to get to know Sharon, as she shares her writing habits and latest release. 

Sharon, do you have a favorite place and/or time of day to write?

I have a designated office. I have candles, books, and a radio going when I write. I also have three big windows where I can watch the birds play. I love to write all the time. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is.

Your office sounds lovely. Especially those large windows that allow you to watch the birds at play. What attracts you most to your chosen genre?

The Happy-Ever-After. I read for years before I ever thought about writing and if there wasn’t a happy-ever-after I never read the author again. So I stuck to the romance genre.

A girl after my own heart. I’m addicted to HEA’s! :) My favorite part of starting a new novel is coming up with character names. What is yours and how do you go about it?

I have to have the name of the book picked out first. The character names don’t matter until a little later. My husband helps me pick the book title.

Wow, that’s amazing. Titles are generally tough for me. Once in a while I luck out and have the title before I start writing, but usually I’m still scrambling for one when I type “the end.” What is your most current release?

Love Crazed is the fourth book in The Corny Myers Series.

Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Corny Myers is similar to Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s series. But Corny can talk to animals.

Ooh, I like that idea. When you’re not writing (or reading) what do you do to unwind?

I cook. Cooking relaxes me. I love to bake bread, bagels, and sour dough. But a decadent pasta dinner is my favorite.

Now I know where to go when I’m hungry because I’m a horrible cook, LOL. Please share a few favorites:

Favorite season: Fall because of the colors it brings. WA has the most brilliant transition from summer to fall.

Favorite animal: Cat. I adore my cat Ardy. She rules the household. Everything revolves around Ardy’s schedule–food, water and snacks, and of course, play time.

Favorite social media platform: My blog is fun and easy to maintain. I think whatever an author chooses they need to maintain a regular presence for their readers.

Favorite author: Janet Evanovich. She’s what I started writing. Stephanie Plum made me laugh and want to continue reading her series.

Food you never grow tired of:  Bread. It’s a good thing I like to bake. I love every flavor, sour dough, rye, pumpernickel, and especially bagels.

Mountains or beach: Beach. I love the crashing waves and even the sand when it gets into every crevice of your body.

I love the beach too, although I’m not overly fond of the sand anywhere but on my feet. :) And cats? Oh, I love cats! It sounds like Ardy is a typical phenomenal feline. Thanks so much for being a Pen Pal today, Sharon. I wish you much success and many sales with LOVE CRAZED. And BTW, pumpernickel and rye are my favorite types of bread. You have excellent taste! :)

KlevephotoAUTHOR BIO
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other’s arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.  

Connect with Sharon at the following haunts: 

Email: sharon.kleve@yahoo.com

Blog: http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKleve

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/srkleve/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sharon-kleve/56/ab/691/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S

Publisher: http://bookstogonow.com/

Love_CrazedLOVE CRAZED BLURB:

Corny has her work cut out for her in “Love Crazed”, Book Four in The Corny Myers Series.

Corny’s excitement over serving on jury duty is squashed when she hears news of Steve’s ex-girlfriend relocating to Seattle.

Steve’s an aggressive, tough, Seattle narcotics cop who thinks Celeste could do no wrong.

Celeste is back in town and has set her sights on rekindling her relationship with Steve. Being an FBI agent she’s used to getting what she wants, no matter what the cost.

Corny is trying to keep her relationship from falling apart, while rescuing pets, and saving her friend from a loan shark.

Can Pete, Corny’s ferret, learn how to use the phone in time to save the day?

Purchase LOVE CRAZED from Amazon

Welcome Patricia Kiyono with Searching for Lady Luck

Patricia Kiyono has dropped by my blog today to share her new release, SEARCHING FOR LADY LUCK. She’s also doing a giveaway to celebrate, so be sure to check out the details at the end of this post!

She has me fully intrigued by the time period and setting of her novel. I celebrated my high school graduation in Wildwood, New Jersey, and would have loved to take a stroll down the boardwalk when turning back the clock. :)

Book cover Searching for Lady Luck by Patrica KiyonoSEARCHING FOR LADY LUCK
By Patricia Kiyono

Only seven years have passed since Rose Sheffield was a carefree college student, though it seems like a lifetime ago. Her father’s position at a major bank provided her with luxuries she took for granted. Now she works at menial jobs to support herself and her mother, and they live in what used to be their vacation home in Wildwood, New Jersey. Rose’s days are pure drudgery, until she meets Charlie. As luck would have it, she just happens to have the perfect place to display his artwork.

Before the Great Stock market crash of 1929, Charlie Brannigan was hailed as an up and coming artist in Manhattan. But now he’s back at his family home in Wildwood, delivering newspapers in the mornings and selling his paintings on the Boardwalk in the afternoons. He needs some luck in his life, and it seems every time a pretty lady named Rose appears, good things happen.

Searching for Lady Luck can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and other ebook outlets.

EXCERPT:
“I didn’t think you’d sell anything out there today,” Connor, younger than Charlie by four years, teased him as they set the table. “I know the Boardwalk has been busier lately, but I figured it was still too chilly for the society ladies to be out strolling.”

“I thought so, too. In fact, I was ready to come home when this lady came and helped me retrieve one of my miniatures that the wind had blown off the crate. I figured I’d have to chase it out onto the beach, so I was glad she caught it for me just before it blew off the Boardwalk. She didn’t buy the painting, but after she set it back, another woman came and bought that very one, as well as the ones on either side of it.”

“Wow, that’s a coincidence,” agreed eighteen-year-old Katie as she entered the dining room. She set a serving bowl of steaming beef stew on the table and went back into the kitchen.

“You must have met your Lady Luck,” said Connor.

“My what?”

“Lady Luck. Remember when Uncle Phineas would go to Atlantic City? He’d talk about the women in the casinos. If one of them happened to be nearby when a gambler hit it big, that woman would be his Lady Luck and he’d keep her by his side the rest of the night.”

“Lady Luck. That’s pretty much how I felt about her. It was as if she put a special spell on those paintings and that’s what made the next person buy them.”

AUTHOR BIO:
Author, Patricia KiyonoPatricia Kiyono’s wide array of experiences tend to show up in her writing. Trained as a musician, certified as an elementary school teacher, and raised as a lifelong learner, she loves to travel, sew, craft, and play Words With Friends. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan, near their children and grandchildren.

Patricia Kiyono can be found at her website, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

FUN FACT AND GIVEAWAY!
Searching for Lady Luck was inspired by a magical vacation to the Wildwood Boardwalk in 2005. Since my kids were old enough to go to the beach on their own, I stayed in the cozy little cottage owned by my sister-in-law’s family and typed out the beginning of what became my first full length novel, The Samurai’s Garden!

To win a $5 Amazon or B&N gift card (your choice), please leave a comment about your favorite vacation destination. I’ll use random.org to choose a random commenter as the winner on Monday morning, May 5, so please include your email address with your answer!