Mae Clair’s The Mystery of Eclipse Lake–7 Writer Challenge

I’ve recently been tagged in the Seven Writer Challenge by three wonderful author friends—Debbie Peterson, L.J. Kentowski, and Lorraine Paton. Thanks to all three of these ladies for sending the challenge my way. This is always a fun one!

According to the rules, I must go to either page 7 or page 77 of one of my works and, starting on line 7, post the next seven lines. After that, I get to challenge seven other authors to do the same.  I told you it was fun! 😀


My selection is taken from page 77 of THE MYSTERY OF ECLIPSE LAKE, my current WIP, a mystery/romance with plenty of family drama. This is from the POV of Jonah Carlisle who suddenly has an unexpected house guest on his hands—his seventeen-year-old nephew, Jesse, who up until a few days ago, he never knew existed.


“This way,” Jesse said, clearly enjoying the role of tour guide.  He led April and Paige toward the kitchen.  Even Koya abandoned Jonah, trailing happily on Jesse’s heels, her tail wagging from side to side.

He (Jonah) closed the door and counted to ten.  The kid had a habit of getting under his skin, and it was growing worse the more time they spent together.  In the kitchen he found his nephew and Paige unloading bags at the oversized center island he used for food preparation.  April busily stacked covered bowls and dishes in his near-empty refrigerator.


And now I’d like to pass the challenge to these fabulous authors:

Donna Cummings
Jessi Gage
Laura Lee Nutt
Calisa Rhose
Stanalei Fletcher
Zee Monodee
Kyra Jacobs

Roll out your 7’s, ladies!

Guest Author Pamela Turner: A Tale of Two Stories

Today, I’m turning my blog over to Pamela Turner, who is one of my sister authors at Lyrical Press and a writer of dark fiction. I recently had the pleasure of reading Pamela’s novella, FAMILY TRADITION, a story I found utterly captivating from start to finish. I’m thrilled to have her as a guest today and hope you enjoy her post as much as I did.


Why You’re (I’m) Not Always a Good Judge of Your (My) Work
(A Tale of Two Stories)
by Pamela Turner

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m the poster child for lacking self-confidence in my writing. I think my work sucks. No, I’m sure it does. I make my pages bleed red and write at least three drafts before I show it to any beta readers.

“Family Heirloom” and “Family Tradition” were two stories I believed would never be published.

“Family Heirloom” was inspired by a picture of a kris, a wavy dagger found in Indonesia and Malaysia. There are legends the kris can move by itself and even kill on its own. I thought it might be interesting to write about a thief who steals the kris and the ensuing repercussions that occur as a result.

SCARED Cover 03 June 2012A few months ago, Rayne Hall, editor and publisher of the Ten Tales anthologies, asked  if I had a horror-type story to submit to Scared – Ten Tales of Horror. Most of my stories are dark fiction and, while suspenseful, really aren’t terrifying in the reach out and grab you by the throat kind of way. More the get under your skin type.

I pitched an idea, and we went over the plot, but Rayne decided it didn’t work for her. Back to the proverbial drawing board.

That was when I remembered my kris story. Not believing it had any hope, I ran it by Rayne, anyway. She liked it and published it in the Scared anthology.

familytradition_1600X2400“Family Tradition” started out as a flash fiction writing exercise. I can’t tell you why I decided to expand it, except maybe I was fascinated with the relationship between the artist and his model, and what would happen once he knew the truth behind her reclusiveness.

When I finished the revision, I pushed it aside as a silly little dark story that would never see publication. It wasn’t until someone requested a beta reader for a contest entry, I decided to get someone else’s opinion. We exchanged critiques. To my surprise, my beta reader, whose name escapes me, enjoyed the story. She had notes, sure, but all I cared about was she liked it. And if she did, was it possible others would, too?

Where to submit it? Should I self-publish? I decided to submit it to my first choice, MuseItUp Publishing. I knew many authors who published with them. Needless to say, it was accepted and published this November.

The lesson I learned is even when a story seems hopeless or worthless, maybe it isn’t. Then again, the same can be said for just the opposite.

But that would be another blog post. 🙂

Scared – Ten Tales of Horror is available from:

Family Tradition is available from:
MuseItUp Publishing

20121003_9Author Bio:
Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee and wishes she could write perfect first drafts. Writings include reviews, articles, poetry, screenplays, plays, and short fiction. Her 10-minute play “Brides of Deceit” was part of a local performance and “Cemetery” placed second in The Writers Place short/teleplay screenplay competition. Publications include “A Girl Like Alice” (Taproot Literary Review), Death Sword (Lyrical Press), “It’s in Your Blood” (Bites – Ten Tales of Vampires), “Family Heirloom” (Scared – Ten Tales of Horror), “The May Lady Vanishes” (Beltane – Ten Tales of Witchcraft), and “Obsession” (Spells – Ten Tales of Magic). She’s a member of RWA, Sisters in Crime, EPIC, and a supporting member of HWA. Besides coffee, she likes cats, cemeteries, and old abandoned buildings. You can find her at

Mae Clair: Weathering Rock Release Day Excitement Continues

It’s been a full day since the “official” release of WEATHERING ROCK. It still feels like I’ve been sprinkled with magical dust in a  fairytale come true.

No, I didn’t turn into a pumpkin, but I’ve felt like Cinderella at the royal ball for several days now.

Thanks to my many wonderful friends for all the support you’ve been showing me. You make me feel like a princess (although, it’s been a looong time since I looked as young as girl in the picture, LOL).

Today, I’m at Pamela Turner’s blog haunt, Darkling Delights, talking about what else – – werewolves. If you get a moment, drop by for a howling good read!

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of WEATHERING ROCK yet, feel free to make use of the following links (er, is that a hint or what, LOL)?

Barnes and Noble
Lyrical Press

 View Book Trailer for WEATHERING ROCK

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 😉