Halloween and Twelfth Sun by Mae Clair

October has officially arrived, bringing with it the promise of pumpkins, colorful leaves and cozy hearth fires. As noted earlier in the week, I’m roaming to various blog haunts the beginning of the month, including two today.

My friend and Lyrical Press sister, Laura Lee Nutt is interviewing me on her blog. She came up with a host of unique questions, so in addition to talking about TWELTH SUN, we’re also discussing archeology, favorite books and antiquities.

Brynna Curry's 31 days Banner 2To celebrate Halloween, I’m a guest at Brynna Curry’s blog, In Shadows, for her 31 Days of Halloween festivities.

It’s a post I’ve shared before about nautical superstitions, but perhaps there’s a new one that’s struck your fancy. Why not join me and select one? Everyone needs a favorite nautical superstition, LOL.

Happy Friday!

Mae Clair: The Next Big Thing Reprise

So, here it is almost two full weeks since L.J. Kentowski tagged me in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, and I’ve had the distinct honor of being tagged again by Sheri de Grom. If you don’t know Sheri, I suggest you hasten over to her blog pronto and become acquainted. Not only is she a writer and reviewer of women’s fiction, but she is also an advocate for mental health, Medicare reform and Veteran’s rights. In addition, she’s one of the most candid and giving people I’ve met online. Thank you, Sheri for the nomination.

Just to refresh everyone’s memory about the NBT hop, writers answer a series of questions related to their current WIP, then tag five other authors to join the hop. On the 28th of November, I shared information on the mystery/romance on which I’ve furiously been working called ECLIPSE LAKE. At the same time, I’m also working on the sequel to WEATHERING ROCK, Book 2 of the DeCardian Family Chronicles. Are you interested in learning more? I hope so! Here ’tis:

What is the working title of your book?
BLUE ENCHANTMENT, although that may change.

Where did the idea of the book come from?
It’s the second in a three-book series once again utilizing paranormal and romantic elements. In my debut novel WEATHERING ROCK, Winston (Wyn) DeCardian is a secondary character, but I felt he deserved his own book. I inserted a few references about his past and childhood in WEATHERING ROCK that I intend to flesh out in BLUE ENCHANTMENT. And, of course, I wanted to give him a romance with an HEA all his own. I’ve employed time-travel again, though the gap this time, is relatively small.

What genre does your book fall under?
The same as WEATHERING ROCK, paranormal / time-travel romantic suspense.

haircolors-08Which actors would you choose to play your characters in movie renditions?
Wyn is easy. I’ve always imagined him as Jim Caviezel the way Jim looked at the end of the  Count of Monte Cristo (when he was clean-shaven). Oh yeah, that’s definitely my Wyn! 😀

As for Calliope LeMay, my heroine, I don’t have anyone set in mind. The same with my villain Sol Quinlan. He’s still taking shape in my head and Callie’s looks are a bit unusual – – red hair and lavender eyes.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Wyn DeCardian meets a woman with a score to settle, who lived thirty years in the past and who may be tied to the mysterious explosion that resulted in his father’s death when he was two.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping it will be picked up by Lyrical Press, the publisher for WEATHERING ROCK.

How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your project?
I’m still in the writing process right now and, at this point, am only about a quarter of the way into the story.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Um . . . well, I’d have to say WEATHERING ROCK since it employs many of the same elements (time-travel, romance and paranormal or fantasy elements) and some of the same characters.

Who or what inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to do something that referenced the blue-skinned people of Kentucky.  I’m known for my love of myth and legend but, the Blue People of Kentucky actually exist. Their unusual pigmentation is caused by a blood disorder first introduced by a man named Martin Fugate in the early 1800s. I can’t explain how that factors into the story but it does. From the moment I stumbled over a Yahoo newsfeed about it several years ago, I knew I wanted to implement it in a book.

Fonendoscopio y piruleta, corazón, San Valentín.What else about your book may pique readers’ interest?
For anyone who’s read WEATHERING ROCK they know that Wyn is a doctor. My heroine, Calliope LeMay is a gifted healer with magical talent. Naturally, science and magic are going to clash, right along with Wyn and Callie. Caleb and Arianna are also back for brief appearances, along with Lauren Talbot and Lucas Drake.

So there you have it—the low down on another project I have in the hopper.  Thanks again to Sheri de Grom for nominating me and now I’d like to nominate the following authors:

Cd Brennan
Calisa Rhose
Brynna Curry
Kate Meader
Tera Shanley

Mae Clair: 31 Days of Halloween G*I*VE*A*W*A*Y

It’s here! Halloween has officially arrived.

To celebrate, there is a huge giveaway going on at Brynna Curry’s blog haunt where all manner of goodies are up for grabs. I’m giving away an ebook copy of WEATHERING ROCK among the many offerings that can be tucked into your trick or treat bag.

Hop on over for the complete goodie list and to snatch up a few treats!

Mae Clair: Ghosts, Ghouls and Werewolves

Hey, everyone, it’s the month of ghosts, ghouls and – – werewolves!  And, of course, I have one particularly hunky lycanthrope by the name of Caleb DeCardian in mind. 😉

Today, I’m at Brynna Curry’s blog haunt participating in her 31 Days of Halloween extravaganza. A different author and blog topic is featured each day with a multiple giveaways taking place the end of the month. Today belongs to moi, and I’m chatting about a lovely witch’s brew of werewolves, time travel, rivals, and romance.

Drop by to see a new excerpt from WEATHERING ROCK. I’d love to have you say hello! 😀

For a complete list of all my tour stops over the next two months, visit my WEATHERING ROCK Tour Schedule page. Caleb, Arianna and I have a lot of sharing to do 😉