Sizzle and Sass: A Kindle Paperwhite G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y by Mae Clair

Welcome to October, friends. I’m a summer kind of gal, but I’m easily enchanted by the magic of fall. Who doesn’t succumb to the spell of jewel-bright leaves, cozy hearth fires and bright orange pumpkins? October is one of my favorite months, and this year I’m thrilled to be participating in multiple events celebrating authors, writers, and Halloween shenanigans.

ss180x600dFirst up, a number of my Lyrical Press sisters and I have teamed together as hostesses of a fun Facebook page called Sizzle and Sass. We hope to interact with readers and other authors sharing ideas, snippets of our works, games, giveaways, and more. And, of course, we want you to share as well, visit and comment often. 😀

Today is the official launch, and in celebration, we’re giving away a Kindle Paperwhite with our novels. I’ll be including a gifted copy of TWELFTH SUN. You can see all of the books in the banner strip on the left.

It’s simple to enter. All you have to do is like our Facebook page and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway by clicking here. The contest runs through October 26th, so share the news with your friends. We’d love to have you join us and check back often. Each week a different “Sassy Lady” will be hostess of resident mischief and fun including such events as Trivia Tuesday and What I Wrote Wednesday, plus posts introducing other authors and everyday rampant silliness. We want it to be a fun experience for everyone, so hop over, give us a “like” and enjoy our free giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite. I’ll be Sassy Hostess the week of October 21st and hope to see you then if not before.

October is also “Celebrate Paranormal Month” on Lyrical Press’s blog with a different blog post and book featured each day. I’m participating with a post on werewolves along with my novel WEATHERING ROCK on October 10th. Join us for the entire month with a bounty of spooky paranormal reads.

Halloween LandscapeI’ve got a few other ghoulish visits up my sleeve during the month and will be sharing them as they happen. In the meantime, I’m extending awesome autumnal wishes to all. May your pumpkins be plump, your goblins gregarious, and your soups warmed by cozy hearth fires.

Happy Autumn!

Mae Clair: What does Autumn Taste Like?

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts but, in the spirit of autumn’s arrival, I thought I’d engage in a short creativity exercise and invite you to do the same.

Want to give it a try?  All you have to do is match the sense (sight, taste, smell, touch, sound) to the season, connecting a concrete impression with the abstract. Sound confusing? Nah! ‘Tis simple. Check it out:

What does autumn look like?
Fat orange pumpkins and floppy scarecrows reclining on front porches

What does autumn taste like?
Apple cider

What does autumn smell like?
Wood-smoke rising from a hearth

What does autumn feel like?
The touch of frost on a brisk morning

What does autumn sound like?
Dried leaves crunching underfoot

How about it? What are your impressions of this vibrantly colorful season?

Even if you only try one or two, take a moment to engage your senses and your creative muse. I’d love to read what you come up with!

Mae Clair’s Summer Serenade

Although summer hasn’t officially rolled up and called it a season (that will happen later this month), once the calendar inches past Labor Day, I consider it over. Maybe it goes back to childhood when returning to school ended afternoons of roaming sun-soaked fields and playing hide-and-seek well past dark. Who can forget the whimsical magic of a summer night with friends?

When I was in school, we didn’t start the new year until the day after Labor Day. To the child in me, that was the official end of summer. Game over, welcome to a reality check.

The first day of school was always one of excitement…getting to see friends I hadn’t since early June, discovering new classes, classmates and teachers. But after the initial gloss wore off, I was more than ready to return to the frolicking routine of summer’s carefree lifestyle.  

Now I see the passage of the season differently, but still mark its demise with a sense of sadness. Don’t get me wrong—I love autumn. I’m constantly telling my husband I couldn’t live anywhere that didn’t include all four seasons. I’d miss the change from one to the next (although I could do with a shorter winter). He, on the other hand, would gleefully sign up for a zip code that offered tropical temperatures 365 days a year.

As summer fades, I note how the air smells differently, underscored by the brewing musk of autumn;  how the evenings grow shorter with the smoky kiss of September, and how even a slight breeze will send a kite-tail of leaves fluttering to the ground. The flower beds and decorative pots that once cried for water have sprouted into ungainly bushes, creating vibrant bursts of color in my yard. I have to turn lights on earlier than I used to in the evening, and my Green Mountain coffee selection has morphed from Island Coconut to Pumpkin Spice.

Seasonal change. It’s here.

I’m generally a productive writer, but admit summer puts a bite into my output. There are more events to distract me–picnics, parties and outdoor gatherings. In that respect, I’m looking forward to an autumn where I can snuggle inside and let my fingertips dance across the keyboard, creating characters and stories that involve all four seasons. Yes, I love summer, but autumn brings a new and different sense of exhilaration.

What about you? Do you have a favorite time of year that coaxes you to write more often than others?