Cooking Up a Mystery

I have the pleasure of being a guest blogger today at Esme Salon’s blog. Esme is all about “Share, Care, and Inspire.” I’m delighted to be featured there, along with Cusp of Night, and a…er…um…recipe. You’ll have to check it out to see what I mean. You can find the post here.

Esme is a delightful hostess who opens her blogs to others in addition to sharing wonderful recipes and inspiring posts. She has a standing invitation on her blog for guest posts, so check it out while you’re there and show Esme some blog love. 🙂

Fiend Fest

I’m visiting with Judi Lynn today and sharing a short excerpt from Cusp of Night set in the present. Most of my posts have been about the past and spiritualism, but this one focuses on my creature, “the Fiend.” If you get a moment I hope you’ll pop by and check it out.

I also highly recommend following Judi’s blog when visiting. She’s one of my sister authors with Kensington, and has written cross genre in urban fantasy and romance. She has a new cozy mystery series coming out this fall that eagerly I’m looking forward to and has an entertaining blog. Click “follow” while you’re there! 🙂

Judi Lynn

Today, I’d like to welcome Mae Clair as my guest.  I read Mae’s blog every week and enjoy it.  I’ve read a good share of her writing, too.  She writes paranormal suspense with a mix of eerie happenings and strong characters.  Her novel, CUSP OF NIGHT, came out June 12th.  I bought it and, for me, it was a five-star read.  I’ll let her tell you about it:

Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog today! I’ve been making the rounds with my newest release Cusp of Night. This is a book that blends past and present in a mystery/suspense theme, laced with paranormal elements. I’ve set the story in a fictional river town called Hode’s Hill. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, a devil-like creature terrorized the town and committed several horrific murders. The beast was never caught, but the legend remained.

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Visiting with Time #CuspofNight

It’s a very busy day for me today, and I hope you’ll indulge me—as well as the many wonderful bloggers who are sharing my newest release, Cusp of Night.

In addition to my other stops, I’m visiting D.L. Finn with a post about how a certain sequence of numbers plays into the plot of Cusp of Night. Denise is fabulous supporter of other authors and a lovely spirit who writes beautiful poetry, whimsical children’s books, even adult paranormal. Check out her blog while you’re visiting. You won’t be disappointed!  You can find my post about numbers and time here.

Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Mae Clair & Cusp of Night

Today, I’m also a guest at P.H. Solomon’s blog for his Fantasy Authors Unplugged features. I’ve got a short post about the inspiration for my creature in Cusp of Night. If you get a chance as you’re roaming the blogosphere, give it a looksee. And check out P.H.’s wonderful Bow of Hart saga while you’re there. I’ve read the entire trilogy and highly recommend it for anyone who loves epic fantasy!

Archer's Aim

My guest today in the Fantasy Authors Unplugged feature is author Mae Clair with her new book, Cusp of Night, which I’m also reading this week. Take it away, Mae!

Ghosts, Monsters and Myth: Cusp of Night by Mae Clair

I’m jazzed to be here today, sharing my latest release, Cusp of Night. A story with a past and present timelines, Cusp blends the Spiritualist movement of the 19th Century with a modern day thread that touches on ghosts and urban legend.

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I’m a huge fan of creatures and things that go bump-in-the-night. In 2013 and 2014, I took two trips to research the Mothman, a cryptid that featured into my POINT PLEASANT SERIES. For my HODE’S HILL SERIES, I needed a new creature. Rather than use…

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Book Review: Cusp of Night by Mae Clair

Hopefully, my readers are not sick of me and my tour yet, LOL. It is winding down with just a few more stops remaining, but in the interim I found a gem of a review for Cusp of Night, I just had to share. Staci Troilo has a gift for writing reviews, and what she has to say about Cusp of Night has me on cloud nine. You can find the review on her blog–which if you’re not already following, I highly recommend correcting. She’s a superb author and fantastic blogger you should get to know!

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Cusp of NightThe truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished…

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Author Interview: Mae Clair

Cool things are happening! Jennifer of Dandelions Inspired review blog invited me over for an interview and came up with some amazing questions. Not only did she ask about my newest release, Cusp of Night, but she delved deeper into my stories in general. If you get a chance, please hop over and share some blog love. And if you’re looking for a blogger who lives reading and books, you’ll want to connect with Jen. She reads and reviews more than anyone I know!

Dandelions Inspired

Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I have nothing but love and respect for the fabulous Mae Clair! I have had the opportunity to read and review her novels for the past few years and I have interviewed her previously, however, in celebration of her newest novel, Cusp of Night, I thought it would be fantastic to catch up again and share some of her brilliant insight with my readers! Enjoy!

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Mae, I first connected with you when you wrote your Point Pleasant Series which included the legendary Mothman and collapse of The Silver Bridge in 1967. Is your new Hode’s Hill Series based on any “real legends?”

Hmm. Yes and no. My “creature” in Cusp of Night is purely fictional, but I had Springheeled Jack in mind when I first envisioned it leaping between rooftops and over fences. Also, as far-fetched as it…

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The Birth of the Spiritualism

Happy Monday, Friends! It’s a new week and a slower one as I wind down my tour stops for Cusp of Night. I truly appreciate all the support everyone has shown the first book in my new series.

Today, I am visiting with my good friend Debbie Peterson and sharing a post about how the spiritualism movement got started. If you get a moment, please pop over to Debbie’s blog to check out my post. And while you’re there, take a peek around. Debbie writes shivery paranormal romances filled with tender-hearted ghostly love. I’ve read them all and highly recommend them!

The closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . . Cusp of Night by @MaeClair1 #NewRelease #Suspense

The lovely Jacquie Biggar has opened her blog to me today to share Cusp of Night. Jacquie has an extremely active blog and is a wonderful friend. Please pop over and take a look at her wide collection of books. While you’re there, you may want to check out my post about “automatic writing,” a skill mediums used in the days of the Spiritualism movement. I found it fascinating!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

I’m super excited to have Mae Clair on the blog today celebrating the release of her new novel, Cusp of Night!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Jacquie! I’ve been making the rounds with my newest release, Cusp of Night, a mystery / suspense novel with paranormal elements. Cusp of Night features two timelines—one set at the end of the 19th Century, with another in present day.

My main character in the past is a Spiritualist who becomes the toast of Philadelphia society. Her séances are well attended and she’s lauded in the newspapers as being genuine. “Sitters” who attend her sessions are treated to ghostly music, rapping sounds, table tilting, “spirit hands,” ectoplasm, and more. These were all typical elements of mediumistic practices at the time. While researching these and more, I found “automatic writings” to be particularly interesting.

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A medium performs automatic writing—without conscious…

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My Book Review: “Cusp of Night.” The #NewRelease by Mae Clair @MaeClair1 #Iartg @StoryEmpire #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal

Suzanne Burke has shared her review of Cusp of Night today. WOW! I am so delighted by what she had to say. If you get a moment, hop on over and check it out. Soooz has her own release, The Alternative, coming up shortly and has authored numerous other books. I highly recommend the two penned as “Stacey Danson,” though all her work is excellent. The Stacey Danson books left an impression upon me that lingers to this day. I am honored to call this woman a friend, and hope you’ll take a few moments to get to know her through her blog and her stories.

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

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Meet MAE CLAIR

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Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.  Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

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The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Cusp of Night (Hode’s Hill Series) by Mae Clair

The lovely Sally Cronin is sharing Cusp of Night on her blog today along with an early review of the book. What a delight! Sally is a sweetheart and a fantastic supporter of other authors. She is all about paying it forward. I”m delighted to be her guest!

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Delighted to feature the latest release from Mae ClairCusp of Night ( Hode’s Hill Series) released on June 12th.

About Cusp of Night

The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once…

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