Release Day for A Cold Tomorrow #suspense #mystery #mothman #RRBC

Happy book birthday to me! 🙂

It’s release day for A COLD TOMORROW, book 2 in my Point Pleasant series.

creepy dirt road at night with the book cover for A Cold Tomorrow by author Mae Clair in the foregroundTake a trip with me to 1982 and the small riverside town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Discover a community beset by a series of inexplicable events—strange lights in the sky, the arrival of mysterious men in black clothing, sightings of a winged monster known as the Mothman. If all of that sounds like a bizarre combination, these events actually befell Point Pleasant during the period of 1966-67, most of them documented in the book The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel.

I’ve resurrected those incidents, setting them fifteen years later in the early 1980s. My central characters get caught up in otherworldly and supernatural events related to UFOs and the Mothman, just to name a few. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen the blurb, but if not, you can find it here.

Today, I thought I’d share an excerpt. The passage below is from one of the opening scenes. Sergeant Ryan Flynn of the Point Pleasant PD responds to a call from local dairy farmer, Chester Wilson, who called after discovering a strange substance strewn across his fields. But that isn’t all that has him worried. Take a look:

eerie farm road late at night below a green sky“What exactly did you want to show me?” Ryan asked, trying to keep Wilson on track.

 “It’s just over the next rise.”  

Thankfully, the walk wasn’t far. As soon as they crested the hill, Ryan knew exactly what Wilson wanted him to see. A pattern of black-and-white splotches defined the bulk of a large farm animal lying on its side. 

“Shit.” His muttered exclamation had nothing to do with stars or UFOs. Blowing out a breath, Ryan approached the cow wordlessly. Wilson and several other area farmers relied on their prized Holsteins to keep their dairy operations running smoothly. All he needed was for some drunk to have gone on a joyride and put a bullet through the animal’s skull. But all thoughts of tanked-up behavior fled the moment he got a closer look at the carcass. 

Odd that the kill hadn’t attracted turkey vultures or crows, almost as if the poor thing was too defiled for a scavenger to touch. As far as he could tell there was no visible wound, bullet or otherwise. To be certain, he walked around the animal before squatting to take a closer look at its head. 

“Sick, ain’t it?” Wilson asked. 

Like something from a B horror movie. Ryan didn’t think an animal had that much blood in its body. The gory mess that had coagulated into a dense puddle under its head had come from its ears, nose, and mouth. 

Grimacing, he glanced up at Wilson. “Was this animal ill, Chester?” 

“No, sir. Fit as a fiddle.” 

“Kind of a weird place to find her.” The cow was in a field Wilson didn’t use for corralling, judging by the lack of fencing. Even odder, Ryan saw no sign of bovine tracks or crushed grass in any direction. And no footprints to indicate the cow had been led there. 

“How did she get here?” 

“That’s just it.” Looking puzzled, Wilson scratched his chin. “I haven’t got a clue. I put her in the barn with the others last night. That was the last I saw her until I found her this morning.” He shook his head, remorse filling his eyes as he gazed down on the dead cow. “What do you think happened? All that blood… What could do that to her?” 

Ryan hated to speculate. “I’ll call the county veterinarian for large animals.” 

“You know what he’s gonna say, don’t you?” Wilson looked up, his eyes bulging, face drawn in the early morning light. “Nothing about it’s natural. It’s like her damn brain exploded.”


A COLD TOMORROW is available in ebook versions or print from all major book retailers. If eerie green lights, conspiracy theories, flicker phenomena, and alien visitors sound like your type of story, I think you’ll enjoy this mystery/suspense novel which also includes a light romantic thread. And—of course—the Mothman.

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91 thoughts on “Release Day for A Cold Tomorrow #suspense #mystery #mothman #RRBC

    • Hi, Lauralynn! You know how much I appreciate your support. I hope you enjoy this story as much as the others. I think of everything I’ve written, this is my personal favorite. 🙂


    • Thank you, thank you! I have a special fondness for this one 🙂
      And I’m starting PRIDE AND FALL tonight. I had planned to start last night but our dryer died and that necessitated a trip out to purchase a new washer and dryer right before Christmas! Talk about timing, LOL!


      • I really loved it. Your fondness showed in your writing, and I feel it, too.

        I know all about lousy timing. I currently have a sinus infection, an ear infection, an ear canal infection (who even know that was a thing?), and my lungs are wheezy. Then the pharmacy couldn’t process my account, so I had to pay cash for all that crap and submit a reimbursement request. All this while trying to bake and wrap gifts. I just want to go to bed, but it hurts to lie down. Timing.

        Don’t rush on Pride and Fall, but (as always) let me know what you think when you’re done.

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      • Oh, Staci, I’m so sorry to hear all that. I hope you get well before the holidays and can enjoy Christmas with your family. I’ve had a small sniffly cold, but nothing like that. You’re right about the timing. And for sure, I will let you know about Pride and Fall. Take care, my friend!


  1. A big hand to you, dear Mae! You surely did it!
    I was right, then, to press my seamstress to get my evening dress ready sooner than New Year. I will pack it and fly over. So don’t start the celebration party without me, please.

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    • LOL! Oh, of course I would wait for you dear friend. 🙂
      Thanks so much for your well wishes and all the support you have shown me. I am truly blessed by my wonderful writer friends!


  2. Congratulations, Mae! You’re an amazing writer. I loved Eclipse Lake and have just started A Thousand Yesteryears. Hope to read your latest very soon! Happy Holidays!!

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    • Hi, Gwen. Wow, thank you for those lovely compliments. You made me feel wonderful. I hope you enjoy Yesteryears and the A COLD TOMORROW. And yours is on my TBR and very close to the top. I know it will be an inspirational read!


    • Frederick, you make me grin. Oh, if only it would sell a million! Maybe one of these days *fingers crossed* And I’m always delighted by my friends in my small writing circle. I’m still hoping you do a book of short stories. *fingers crossed again*


    • Thanks so much, Sherry. And I saw your review earlier today. I tried to comment but couldn’t get logged in with my account on your blog (I’m going to try again). I’m thrilled you loved the book and are hooked on the series 🙂


    • Hi, Cheryl! It’s great to hear that you’ll be reading the book and that the subject matter interests you. The research I did for this one was utterly fascinating. Thank you again, and I hope you enjoy the story!


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