Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Preorder an ebook!

In many ways, December is a double-edged sword when it comes to book releases. On one hand—prior to Christmas—many are looking to gift books as presents. After Christmas, there is usually a huge pool of readers who have received gift cards for books, and are considering what to purchase.

The downside?

Not a lot of bloggers and readers are online during the week leading into Christmas or the week after. So, what’s an author to do?

If you’re like me, you take a chance, and float a post in the blogosphere anyway.

The last book on my publishing contract with Kensington is being released on December 31st. In one respect, it’s a cool way to close out the year. In another, I fear Eventide may get lost in the shuffle. I’d love if it launched with New Year’s Eve fireworks and a lot of rah-rah-rahs to pave the way. It’s been on pre-order for a while now, and I know many of you have already clicked that button (THANK YOU!). If you haven’t, here are a few snippets from pre-release reviews that I hope may entice you.

Book cover for Eventide, a Hode's Hill novel by Mae Clair shows an old abandoned house in a wash of blue tones

“Mae Clair has an unparalleled voice. Her writing is lyrically beautiful and powerfully evocative. She sets a sinister mood like no other author on the market. She’s on my auto-buy list, and with good reason. Just when I think she can’t possibly top her last work, she does. I’m eagerly awaiting her next title, and it is without reservation I give this novel five well-deserved stars.”
…Author and editor, Staci Troilo

“Once again, Mae Clair makes things that “go bump in the night” come to life with devilishly detailed scenes, a plot that encompasses decades and a mystery that begs to be uncovered . . .Great characters, a touch of the paranormal, and a rollercoaster ride to the end!”
…Tome Tender Book Reviews

“The plot runs both in the past (1800s) and in the present day and gives you plenty of mystery, suspense, and twists in both timelines. While I sussed out that something was up with the historical brothers early on, I completely failed to work out what it was, so kudos to the author for that bit of cunning. A solid five star read.”
…Author and editor, Harmony Kent

“I liked the entertaining and gripping plot that kept me on the edge, the well thought cast of characters and the world building. Even if it’s the last in a series I had no issues with the plot or the characters. I look forward to reading other books by this author as I really liked her style of writing.”
…Anarella, NetGalley Reviewer

“Mae Clair paints her stories with masterful imagery and a host of lovable characters just as imperfect and flawed as the rest of us. That makes walking beside them within the story, all the easier! If you love a great mystery with a touch of the paranormal, you won’t be disappointed in Eventide!”
…Author, Debbie Peterson

These are only snippets from a few of the reviews that have already surfaced on Goodreads. I’ve been really happy with them, and especially from the number of people who commented how easily Eventide read as a stand-alone, despite it being the close to my Hode’s Hill series. That’s always a concern for an author, but apparently, not something I need to be worried about.

So…If you’re looking for a book to gift, or even scouting out a read of your own, it’s the perfect time to pre-order Eventide. It will have the distinction of popping onto your e-reader on the final day of 2019. A close to a series, and a close to the year. Not such a bad match, when you think about it 🙂

Banner ad for Eventide, a mystery novel by Mae Clair, features a dilapidated old house

The darkness is coming . . .

The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening?

Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…


44 thoughts on “Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Preorder an ebook!

  1. I’m counting the days until it arrives on my Kindle, Mae, and I’m going to do a better job getting my reviews out in a more timely manner in 2020. I hope! Yours will be one of the very first! And you are in the same boat as I with the timing. I’m uploading my print version of The Light to Amazon today and praying the approve it, so I can get on with the process and have plenty of copies on hand for my January release party. Let’s hope BOTH our books are not lost in the end of year shuffle, and soar to the top of their categories. (Another thorny problem.) I’m sending you loads of Christmas love and the very best good luck on this one. Hope it sells a gazillion copies! Merry Christmas, my PenderPal! 🙂 ❤

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    • YAY! I’m honored to think I’ll be one of your first reviews of 2020. I can’t wait to see what you think of this one.

      Congrats on uploading the print version of The Light to Amazon. What a great way to wrap up 2019. You’ve already made a splash with the ebook, so I’m sure you’ll have a grand January release party. I’ll be partying right along with you 🙂

      Thanks for all the Christmas love and best wishes. Sending you back the same, my PenderPal. Here’s to our mutual success in 2020! 🙂

      Hugs and Merry Christmas!

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    • Oooh, I’m so thrilled to hear that, Jan. (jumping up and down!!) Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the way I wrapped everything up.
      Wishing you a beautiful Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

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  2. Great reviews!! And you so deserve them. I love your writing. I pre-ordered the book so long ago, I had to go check to make sure. I can’t wait to get it on my Kindle. New Year’s Eve is about watching the ball drop, but New Year’s Day, for me, is about relaxing and curling up with a good book. Yours!

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    • YIPEEE! I’m honored to think Eventide will be there at the start of the New Year 🙂
      Thanks so much, Judi. You have always been so supportive and I so appreciate that.

      Hubby and I will be up watching that ball drop too–though it gets a little harder each year as I get older. One of these years I’ll probably be curling up in bed before the night is out, but not yet, LOL.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my friend!

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    • Noelle, I’m so honored. THANK YOU so much! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

      Wishing you and yours the best of holidays! May they be bright, glittery, and fun of fun! 🙂


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