An Exciting New Experience!

Hello, friends! Remember the excitement of publishing your first book? For writers, every release is special, but occasionally, the stars align for “WOW!” moments. Today, I’m excited to announce something I’m super excited jazzed giddy over-the-moon about!

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me say I’ve been sitting on two finished manuscripts. What I neglected to mention is that I also had a THIRD project in the works, and that’s the one I want to unveil today. Click play on the video below for a surprise.

Drum roll, please. . .

And now you understand the “An Exciting New Experience” referenced in the title of this post. Although I have been writing for a long time, I have NEVER co-authored a work with anyone. It’s not that the idea didn’t appeal to me, but the timing was always off, or I didn’t have the right person to partner with—and then—the stars aligned!

Working with Staci was a fantastic experience! I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and collaborator. We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of The Haunting of Chatham Hollow and hope you’ll join us in celebrating our pre-order.

This is a dual-timeline ghost story. It includes curses, an alleged missing treasure, arson, and murder, with a mystery spanning centuries and three lineages of characters whose paths continuously cross throughout the years.

Next week, we’re kicking off a short tour, where a few of our major characters will talk with a medium. We’ll give you a brief lead-in then share the transcript of their chat. I’ll be introducing a selection of characters from 1888—Victor Rowe (my protagonist), and Benedict Fletcher (his rival), plus two sets of sisters, and Aaron Brock, a newspaper editor. Staci will have three posts introducing several of her characters in the present-day timeline.

I hope you’ll join us for the tour. On the days someone hosts us, we’ll have brief announcements along with links on our blogs to lead you to the appropriate stops.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enticed by the blurb:

One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.

Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.

In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.

More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be reenacted. Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.

This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.

The Haunting of Chatham Hollow will release on August 30, but you can pre-order through the link below:


Thanks for joining me today for my special announcement. I look forward to chatting with you during the tour. Staci and I both wish to thank you in advance for your support, and should you pick up a copy of our hot-off-the-presses supernatural mystery, we hope you enjoy the read!

127 thoughts on “An Exciting New Experience!

  1. Hi Mae, Staci beat you to this announcement this morning [smile]. I have pre-ordered. I was planning to read a book of yours and of hers in the next few months and now I’ll do it all in one. I couldn’t comment on your recent post about your job, but sometimes opportunity knocks and we have to answer. Good for you all around.

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    • Hi, Robbie. Thanks so much for the pre-order! It sounds like The Haunting of Chatham Hollow will work out perfectly with your read schedule. And I was actually hoping Staci’s post was seen first given she deisgned the book cover and the vid, and had been hinting about a “surprise” all year. It’s been tough NOT to share the news prior to this, LOL.

      Thanks too, for sharing your thoughts about the changes in my career. I never expected such a change at this point in my life, but I’m loving it. I just need to get the balance back again. I know that will come eventually. For now it’s small steps as I adjust..

      Thanks for everything, Robbie! ❤️😊

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  2. I am SUPER excited about this one, Mae!! Just the kind of book I love, so of course, I’ve already pre-ordered it. And I know you and Staci will complement each other perfectly, resulting in a fantastic read! Can’t wait!!!!

    Congratulations, and here’s to HUGE success and loads and loads of sales!! 😀 ❤

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  5. What a fun collaboration, Mae. I can imagine that working with Staci is a pleasure. I also have never considered co-authoring, but then again… when the stars align. The book sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to read it. Huge Congrats to you both.

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