Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Like many bloggers do this time of year, I’ll be disappearing (mostly) offline until 2019 arrives with bright, shiny expectations. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I am now thoroughly entrenched in festivities. From listening to Christmas carols (Noel, O Holy Night, and Oh, Come All Ye Faithful rank as all-time favorites) to watching Christmas movies, wrapping presents, and even baking cookies, I’m enamored of the season.

I’m looking forward to spending time with extended family and celebrating long-standing traditions. However you celebrate your holidays, I wish you and your loved ones a magical Christmas, Happy New Year, and peace that transcends all.

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Tortured Soul Available for Preorder

Staci Troilo’s TORTURED SOUL from her Medici Protectorate series is now available for pre-order! Don’t pass up the opportunity to reserve your copy of this phenomenal book. I had the pleasure of reading it during critique stage and it’s fabulous. I love this entire series and can’t recommend it highly enough. Check out the deets from Staci, then go forth and one-click!

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Tortured Soul coverBittersweet. That’s the only way I can describe it. I’m proud to have completed the final installment of the Medici Protectorate series, but I love this world so much, I’m sorry to see it end.

Tortured Soul is the fourth novel in the series. It follows the final member of the Brotherhood (Roberto “Coz” Cozza) and the youngest Medici descendant (Antonia “Toni” Notaro) as they prepare to fight the ultimate battle between good and evil.

The Notaros want nothing to do with their legacy or the power at their disposal. The Brotherhood wants only to keep them safe. And the evil mastermind and the nefarious organization he represents want to use the Medici lineage in their quest for world domination—or kill the girls and their protectors for standing in the way. This fast-paced, emotional journey wraps up in a dramatic way. If you like passion, intrigue, and international mystery…

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Of Fiends, Time, and Trouble #amreading

It’s been a whirlwind, but my tour for Cusp of Night ends with today’s stop at Julie Holmes blog. Julie is a fun and friendly writer who will be celebrating with her debut release soon. I love visiting her blog, where her muse often takes center stage in her posts. If you’re not following her already, I highly recommend changing that.

Today, I’m sharing a short excerpt from Cusp of Night (set in the present) in which Collin Hode makes a grim discovery. Come on over and check it out. And for everyone who has followed along with my tour, a huge “THANK YOU” for all of your wonderful support! You guys rock!

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Today I’m hosting Mae Clair, who is finishing up a blog tour for the first book of her new series. If you like past/present timelines, fiends, and sinister happenings, you’ll enjoy not only Cusp of Night, but Mae’s other books as well. Take it away, Mae!

Julie, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. I’ve been making the rounds with my latest novel, Cusp of Night, the first book in my new Hode’s Hill series. Although the first book in a three-book series, Cusp of Night is also a complete standalone read offering two mysteries in one. It features past and present timelines that ultimately converge at the end, tying both plots together.

Lucinda Glass, my main character in the past, becomes a renowned medium in the late 1800s. She’s lauded by the elite of society for seances and producing “automatic writings” in which she…

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Cusp of Night, book one of the Hode’s Hill Series by @MaeClair1 ✨📚 #MustRead #Suspense #SupernaturalThriller #RRBC

The very lovely and talented Natalie Ducey is hosting me today as I wind down my blog tour for Cusp of Night. Natalie is a wonderful supporter of others, writes fabulous poetry, and is incredibly talented with art and design. She and her sister are also the owners of Peace by Piece Puzzles, which I hope you’ll check out while visiting her blog. My post offers up some of the terms used in seances and medium practices of the late 1800s. You might just find them interesting . . .

Natalie Ducey

Greetings, everyone! ♥

Today I have the great pleasure of shining the spotlight on one of my favourite authors. After reading Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair, I became an instant fan of her work and brilliant writing style. Her writing is flawless, as she weaves elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and a dash of romance, taking readers on an always impressive journey.

After finishing the masterful Point Pleasant Series, I was thrilled to discover another supernatural suspense series was in the works. And, in true form, Mae delivered another can’t-put-down thrill ride. I’ll share my review in a future post!

In Cusp of Night, book one of the Hode’s Hill Series, Mae bridges past and present, mystery and urban legend in a supernatural suspense thriller you don’t want to miss.

Please join me in welcoming Author, Mae Clair!

Hello, and many thanks for allowing me to be your guest…

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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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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!

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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!

Staci Troilo

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!

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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 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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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.




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


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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