About Mae Clair

Hi, I'm Mae Clair, an author who writes tales of mystery and suspense, flavored with folklore. In addition to writing, I'm an avid reader who loves discussing books and anything writing related. I'm also passionate about cryptozoology, legends, and cats!

Pre-Order for .99c Throwing Shadows: A Dark Collection by Jerry Roth #halloweenreading #shortstories #horror

Happy Monday! I’ve got a treat for you today! Actually, I have several guests this week with new releases. To start, I’m rolling out a short story collection PERFECT for the Halloween season. The best part? You can grab this fabulous book for the pre-order price of .99c.

Jerry Roth is an author I’ve read before. He’s an excellent story-teller, so when he offered me an ARC of his upcoming short story collection, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t planned to write this post, but after finishing the book, and realizing the pre-order price is only .99c, I just HAD to share my review.

First the blurb:

A woman develops an unhealthy obsession with a scarecrow. A boy plays with a Ouija board and receives a terrifying warning of murder. A down-on-his-luck father learns what happens when you die in your sleep. These stories and six more frightening tales await the reader within the pages of Throwing Shadows: A Dark Collection.

Throwing Shadows will feed that hungry dark side that lives in your cellar.


MY REVIEW:

Goose bump alert!

If you like old-fashioned, creep-fest stories with bizarre twists and turns, this anthology is for you! It has an almost nostalgic feel to it, reminiscent of old horror shows like Night Gallery. Every single story held me spellbound and kept me glued to the pages. The diversity among the plots is fabulous and the descriptions oozed atmosphere.

I enjoyed all the tales but want to mention my top three favorites:

“A Woman’s Strength” introduces a young mother who learns about the unusual connection her husband’s family has to a sinister scarecrow that has stood for generations on the family farm. A powerful story with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion.

“My Soul to Take” is both unique and haunting and involves a father’s unexpected gift to his young daughter. This one really stuck with me after I finished reading it.

Finally, “Always Say Goodbye” is a brilliant piece of writing involving a thirteen-year-old boy, his dead grandfather, and a Ouija board. This one is my absolute favorite, delivering a roller coaster of creepiness and chills. The ending yanked the proverbial rug from under my feet and left me mesmerized by the author’s skill.

With polished writing, deft pacing, and amazing characters, this collection of tales is perfect reading for the Halloween season but is guaranteed to give you goose bumps any time of year—especially if the wind happens to be howling outside and the sun has slipped below the horizon.  Superb storytelling!


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And there you have it—ideal reading for the Halloween season. Throwing Shadows releases on October 25th, but if you like reading about things that go bump-in-the-night you’ll want to pre-order your copy now! I hope you’ll use the sharing buttons and drop Jerry a line or two in the comments. Happy Halloween!

Book Review: The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jamie Jo Wright #mystery #christiansuspense @jaimejowright

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Happy Thursday! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done a book review, but I couldn’t resist sharing The Premonition at Withers Farm. Jamie Jo Wright is a new-to-me-author. I discovered this book on NetGalley, and am now a diehard fan of the author. The moment I finished reading it, I subscribed to her newsletter, ordered another title from her back catalog in Kindle, and bought Premonition in paperback.This book ranks among my top reads of the year, if not my favorite to date. An easy five glowing stars from me.

Check it out!

BOOK BLURB:

The voices of the past cannot stay silent forever.

In 1910 Michigan, Perliett Van Hilton is a self-proclaimed rural healer, leaving the local doctor convinced she practices quackery. It doesn’t help that her mother is a spiritualist who regularly offers her services to connect the living with their dearly departed. But when Perliett is targeted by a superstitious killer, she must rely on both the local doctor and an intriguing newcomer for assistance.

In the present day, Molly Wasziak’s life has not gone the way she dreamed. Facing depression after several miscarriages, Molly is adapting to her husband’s purchase of a peculiar old farm. A search for a family tree pulls Molly deep into a century-old murder case and a web of deception, all made more mysterious by the disturbing shadows and sounds inside the farmhouse.

Perliett fights for her life, and Molly seeks renewed purpose for hers as she uncovers the records of the dead. Will their voices be heard, or will time forever silence their truths?

MY REVIEW:

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for my ARC.

Wow, W-O-W, WOW!!!! I was totally unfamiliar with author, Jamie Jo Wright, but I am now an avid fan. I requested an ARC of this title because I’m addicted to dual timeline mysteries, and I loved the idea of the early twentieth century setting (for the past timeline) and the hint of spiritualism woven into the plot. Although the start (in the present timeline) was a little bleak, it didn’t take long for plot and characters (in both timelines) to grab me. It got to the point, I couldn’t flip pages fast enough and was annoyed when interruptions drew me from the book.

In the present, Molly Wasziak and her husband buy an old property known as Withers Farm. Neither are in a good place, going through the motions of marriage but behaving more like strangers. Molly has experienced several miscarriages leaving her haunted by children who might have been, her husband unsure how to combat her lingering depression. Both hope moving to the farmhouse will be a new start for them.

But when a distant relation, who was investigating members of the Wasziak family tree, is murdered near their property, Molly dives into the past—specifically 1910, when a killer known as the Cornfield Ripper claimed the lives of two young women with connections to Withers Farm.

With alternating timelines, building past and present mysteries, the story held me spellbound. It’s hard to say which timeline I enjoyed better. In the past, Perilett Van Hilton, is a rural healer whose mother is an in-demand spiritualist. Perilett is a strong, determined woman though not without doubts about her mother’s vocation. She’s engaged in a test of wills with the local doctor, George Wasziak, who accuses her of quackery. He and another (mysterious) gentleman, had me waffling back and forth as to their motives. All the characterizations are exquisite, though I was particularly enamored of those in the past.

Goosebumps abound! From the descriptions of carriage rides and nighttime walks on country roads lined by towering corn stalks, to the eerie use of the nursery rhyme Cock Robin, my skin prickled. In the present, every time Molly ventured into the basement—built with gravestones, no less—I held my breath. When the tension grew too strong, I could always count on the diversion of Molly’s chicks and chickens to warm my heart. I fell in love with those birds!

This is a superb book, among my top reads of the year, if not, my favorite to date. After finishing, I immediately looked up the author, signed up for her newsletter, and ordered more of her previous books. I can’t recommend The Premonition at Withers Farm highly enough. Thank you again to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for my ARC. I couldn’t put this one down!

The Premonition at Withers Farm is available now.
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Last Chance Sales Price: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #new release #ghostfiction #spiritualism

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Hi, friends! It’s going, going, gone!

This is just a short post to say if you’ve been on the fence about snatching up The Haunting of Chatham Hollow—co-authored by myself and Staci Trolio—consider grabbing your copy today.

Halloween is around the corner, spooky reading is fun,
and next week on 10/3, the price will increase from $2.99 to $4.99.

Thanks to everyone who has left reviews. Staci and I are thrilled by the enthusiastic response to our dual timeline mystery which features an alleged missing treasure, arson, curses, and murder. The story includes three lineages of characters whose paths continuously cross throughout the years—from the 1700s to 1888 to the present day, the mystery of Chatham Hollow spans centuries . . .


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.


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Many thanks should you decide to walk the streets of Chatham Hollow. Staci and I hope you enjoy our ghost tale, and we wish you happy reading!

The Haunting of Chatham Hollow Blog Tour: Thank You Tour Hosts and Commenters!

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Happy Monday! I hope yours is an awesome one!

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who hosted me and Staci Troilo during our blog tour for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. I know I can speak for both of us when I say we had a blast making the rounds. If you missed any of the posts and would like to check them out, these links will get you to your destination:

Joan Hall
Jan Sikes
Harmony Kent
Gwen Plano
Craig Boyack
John Howell
Denise Finn
Sally Cronin

Thank you also to everyone who visited and commented. We hope you enjoyed following the tour and meeting our characters. It was so much fun introducing them.

Finally, thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of Chatham, and to those of you who have posted reviews. We’re thrilled by the positive reviews and are delighted you enjoyed our story.

With our utmost appreciation and gratitude—thank you, all!

Book Tour Day 9: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @sgc58 @stacitroilo

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I know it’s an extremely odd occurrence, but yes, I’m here on a Saturday. Today, is the final stop for the The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour. Sally Cronin was kind enough to provide a spotlight for the book I’ve co-authored with Staci Troilo.

Sally is a wonderfully supportive blogger who gives tirelessly of her time in promoting others. She is constantly showcasing someone on Smorgasboard Blog Magazine, her home in the blogosphere. As an author, she covers everything from fiction and non-fiction to short stories, and poetry. I’ve found her work to run the gamut from heartfelt to humorous, introspective to slice-of-life. Be sure to check out Sally’s work on her AMAZON PAGE, and find the book or books that speak to you.

Thank you for following Staci and me as we introduced our book baby to the world. I’ve closed comments on this post, but I hope to see you at Sally’s if you have a moment drop by. You can find the post HERE.

Book Tour Day 8: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @dlfinnauthor @stacitroilo

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Happy Thursday! It’s the next-to-last day of The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour for this week (you can find Staci and me at Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog on Saturday). Thank you to everyone who has stuck with the tour, left comments, and shared your thoughts. Staci and I both appreciate your awesome support!

For my final stop, I’ll be visiting D. L. Finn, a wonderful friend and Story Empire colleague with a perpetually sunny disposition and a whimsical outlook on life. I love that she has never lost her magical sense of childhood, an outlook reflected in her writing. She’s a diverse author with a collection that spans novels to short stories, poetry, and children’s books.

Her most recent release, A Voice in the Silence is both suspenseful and highly imaginative. I loved the characters—including the four-legged ones! You can find all of Denise’s releases on her Amazon Author Page.

When you’ve finished browsing, I hope you’ll join me on her blog where I’ll be introducing my final character, and lead protagonist, Victor Rowe. By this point—if you’ve been following along on the tour—you’ve heard a lot about him!

Comments are closed on this post, but I hope you’ll join me THERE.

Book Tour Day 7: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @HowellWave @stacitroilo

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Happy Hump Day! Thanks for joining Staci Troilo and me as we wind down our tour for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. After today, only one two stops remain, but Staci and I have saved two highly intriguing characters for last.

Staci is visiting John W. Howell, a highly supportive blogger, friend, and Story Empire colleague. John is a wonderful storyteller with a body of work that ranges from action thrillers—the John Cannon series—to paranormal suspense as evident in Eternal Road. I recommend them all and am eagerly awaiting the follow-up to Eternal Road. To browse John’s collection of novels, visit his Amazon Author Page.

After you’ve had a look-see, be sure to pop over to John’s blog where Staci will be introducing Rebekah Fetzinger, head of the Chamber of Commerce in Chatham Hollow. This is one lady you don’t want to miss—and should be very careful to cross paths with!

Comments are closed on this post, but you can join in the fun HERE.

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Book Tour Day 6: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @Virgilante @stacitroilo

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Happy Thursday! Today is the last stop this week for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a particularly chameleon-like character. If you’ve been following the tour, you’ve heard the name Benedict Fletcher creep up more than once.

Today, Benedict makes an appearance at Craig Boyack’s blog.

Craig is one of my oldest online friends. Story Empire initially grew from Craig and I discussing Halloween promo for our book releases way back in the day. We roped Staci Troilo and Harmony Kent into the discussion, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Craig keeps things imaginative and lively at SE, as well as in his work. He’s known for a vivid imagination with genres that cross speculative fiction, cyberpunk, science-fiction, fantasy and all things odd. He’s the author of the ongoing Lizzie and the Hat Series but you can discover all his work on his Amazon Author Page. Take some time and browse his release. I guarantee they’re colorful and entertaining (my favorite is Grinders).

When you’re through browsing, join me at Craig’s place, where my shifty spiritualist, Benedict Fletcher sits down to chat with another medium. Comments are closed on this post, but I hope to see you THERE.

Book Tour Day 5: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @gmplano @stacitroilo

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Hello, friends, and thank you for joining me on the short blog tour Staci Troilo and I are rolling out for our co-authored release, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. We’ve been taking turns introducing various characters, and today I’m up!

I’ll be visiting Story Empire colleague and friend, Gwen Plano. I am so thankful to know Gwen, one of the kindest and most respectful people you’re likely to meet online. In addition to being a sweetheart of a person, she’s also a talented author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

I’ve been swept away by both her memoir (written as Gwendolyn M. Plano) and her fictional series, the latest entry being The Culmination which I found particularly strong. The entire series can be found on her Amazon Author Page.

After you’ve had a look-see at Gwen’s titles, hop over and join us on her blog where I’ll be introducing the second set of sisters who factor into my 1888 timeline in The Haunting of Chatham Hollow.

Comments are closed on this post, but I hope to see you THERE.