The Way of the Dinosaur by Mae Clair

Today I’m visiting with Lorraine Paton, a fab writer I met during the days of Six Sentence Sunday. Even though SSS has since gone the way of the dinosaur, I have fond memories of those days and, of course, Lorraine. 🙂

She’s trotting out a short series of interview questions for me today during her What to Read Thursday feature. If you’ve been following me around for a while (and I know I’ve been haunting a lot of blog spots, especially over the last two months since TWELFTH SUN released) you might be pretty confident of my answers.

But she threw something new out with her first query, something no other interviewer has asked before. Curious what the mystery question is all about? You can find the answer here (along with a few others as well).


Image courtesy of Pearson Scott Foresman
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I promise it has nothing to do with dinosaurs, although if you’re interested my favorite is the pterodactyl.

What’s yours?

Vampires vs. Werewolves H0p: Which do You Prefer?

VVWWelcome to the Vampire vs. Werewolf Hop where   participating authors and bloggers will be discussing those sexy creatures of the night and giving away prizes. You can find a complete list of participating authors here.

As someone who enjoys a good paranormal romance, I readily admit a fondness for both night prowlers. Do I have a preference? Hmm …there are plenty of sensual, smoldering vamps out there but, if I had to choose, I’m definitely partial to the guys with a lunar attachment.

It started many decades ago with my older sisters watching a show called Dark Shadows. I was the annoying grade school kid but, even at six, was enraptured. Sure, the star of the show was vampire Barnabas Collins, but I was infatuated with Quentin Collins, tortured smoldering werewolf. A connection was born.

Today, many stories favor shifters and wolf packs which I do enjoy. But, to me, there is nothing more tragically romantic than the original werewolf legend in which lycanthropy was a curse. I love the idea of a single individual struggling against the power of something he or she can’t control. That was the concept I used when writing WEATHERING ROCK, my time travel/paranormal romance about a Civil War colonel transported to modern times.

Let me share the blurb:

Weathering Rock300dpi finalDrawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

Intrigued? I hope so! 😀 I fell in love with Caleb while writing this story and would love to share his tale with you.

Finally, in closing, I hope you enjoy these snippets of folklore related to werewolves:

Most people know that being bitten by a werewolf will transform you into one at the rise of the first full moon. It’s also common legend that someone can willingly become a werewolf through the use of sorcery or by making a pact with the devil. But here are a few less commonly known ways of getting your (were)wolf on:

Being the seventh son of a seventh son Through cannibalism (can I get an ewwww on that one, please?) If you’re Catholic, failing to go to confession for a 10-year period By drinking from the track or footprint of another werewolf By drinking water haunted by the dead By eating a wolf’s brain (second ewwww!)

Now for my giveawawy: Comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and tell me what most attracts you to werewolves. I’ll select a winner through at the end of the hop and award an ebook copy of WEATHERING ROCK, Kindle or Nook (winner’s choice). I also invite you to like my Facebook Author Page and/or follow my blog by email by using the subscription option in the top right corner of the side bar. Either ‘twould make me wolfishly happy! 🙂

Don’t panic if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. Moderation is on, but I promise your remarks won’t be lost and will materialize as soon as I check in. 🙂

Happy hopping! 🙂

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Lyrical Press

And, if you’re a vampire girl, my friend and fellow author, Deborah Palumbo just contacted me. She was too late to participate in the hop, but she would like to offer a free Kindle copy of her book, THE UNDEPARTED. If you’ve already commented, on a previous post I did during the Vampires vs. Werewolves blog hop, you’re included for Deborah’s giveaway. She’ll contact her winner directly at the end of the hop.  Check out this wonderful cover and blurb for THE UNDEPARTED, book 1 of THE UNDEPARTED SERIES!


Cassandra is trying to figure out if she was actually bitten by a vampire and whisked away to his castle or if it was a very vivid dream, one which has left her to contemplate her own sanity.

Unknowingly, she is the only mortal to resist the vampire’s bite and capture the heart of the most powerful vampire that ever existed; the one who began the entire race of the undead, Quentin Castle.

For ions Quentin has felt nothing but the lust for blood. But Cassandra has awakened something in him that he had forsaken a millennium ago; he is determined to win this beautiful woman by mortal means rather than by the vampire’s bite. But will he be able to suppress his natural instinct? Will he be able to prove to the skeptical Cassandra that he is a vampire and not an imposter, a wannabe? What hideous thing will he do to prove that he is a vampire, prove that he isn’t using some kind of parlor trick, some Houdini magic, and that he is the real thing?

As evidence mounts on Quentin’s behalf and she can no longer deny her encounter was real and not a dream, will Cassandra be able to resist his evil charm and convince her boyfriend, police officer Mike Lapp and best friend Lucy that vampires really do exist and she’s being stalked by one?

To expedite their liaison, Quentin devises a scheme to blackmail Cassandra by setting up her boyfriend for a murder he didn’t commit. Cassandra must surrender herself to Quentin for her boyfriend’s sake and wait for Mike to scale the walls of the vampire’s castle and rescue her. But when her boyfriend arrives, she’s in for the shock of her life. People are not always what they seem to be.

Mae Clair’s SSS: Weathering Rock

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It’s Six Sentence Sunday! This is an extra special SSS for me as it’s the first since WEATHERING ROCK was released on Thursday. I’m still wrapping my head around the lovely little gem of being an author. So, for this SSS I thought I’d go back to the beginning and share the first six sentences of the book:


The June moon rode a ragged ridge of bone-white clouds, filmy and pale as the translucent skin of an onion. Honeysuckle mingled with the aroma of sweet clover and drifted through the open window of Arianna Hart’s Chrysler Sebring. It was a pleasant night, touched by fog and ripe with all the scents and sounds that heralded summer’s arrival. In the distance, the rooftops of Weathering Rock jutted above the trees, silvered with the ice-white blood of the moon.

The old manor home predated the Civil War and had been a landmark for the town of Sagehill as far back as she could remember. Ball lightning and freak storms were said to roll through the surrounding fields like a tempest of Earth and sky, giving rise to superstition and legend.


And we know where those superstitions and legends will lead, right? 😀

If you enjoyed this brief snippet, I invite you to discover more of WEATHERING ROCK at:

Barnes and Noble 
Lyrical Press 

Shares and thumbs-up “Likes” are also mucho appreciated. 😀 You guys are great and I appreciate all the comments, encouragement, and support you’ve given since I started this author venture and blog back in February.

In closing, be sure to check out the other wonderful author reads up for devouring this Sunday at the SSS site. What better way to close out September?

Mae Clair: I’m MIA

It’s Six Sentence Sunday and I’m off gallivanting at the beach for the day, but I have some exciting news to share: I just signed a contract with my publisher, Lyrical Press for my latest novel, TWELFTH SUN.

SQUEEE! I’ll definitely be doing a blog post about it next week, LOL!.

And I will be back in the SSS swing of things next Sunday. In the meantime, may I suggest these writers who always do a fantastic job in making me eager to check their Six snippets each week:

Angela Quarles
Carrie Crain
Christine Warner
Donna Cummings
JM Stewart
Karen Michelle Nutt
Kate Meader
Kate Warren
L.J. Kentowski
Loni Flowers
M. L. Falconer
Maryellen Brady
Susan Koenig
Stephanie Ingram
Veronica Scott

Enjoy all the great reads!

I invite you back tomorrow for a Mythical Monday post. Keeping in the spirit of the beach, it’s flavored with a distinctive hint of salt-water. 🙂

Mae Clair’s SSS: I Want to See You Again

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Hey, it’s a September Six Sentence Sunday! Tell me that isn’t a mouthful 😀

I’m sharing from WEATHERING ROCK again, though I’m jumping ahead and winding down to the end of the first date between my hero, Caleb DeCardian, and heroine, Arianna Hart. They’ve had dinner, shared a kiss that became too intimate for Arianna, prompting her to announce she was leaving. She also mentioned seeing a ‘wolf-like animal’ on a previous visit to Weathering Rock (Caleb’s home). The revelation had a profound impact on Caleb (who in addition to being from 1863, is also a werewolf with a nasty lycanthrope rival).

I’m skipping over a section where Caleb tries to convince her she must have seen a dog. Though she doubts him, she has no rational explanation for what she saw, and thus drops the subject. Caleb walks her to her car and asks to see her again. Arianna remembers their kiss and how much she enjoyed it, but has reservations given his reluctance to talk about his background. The six picks up with Arianna’s POV:


Could she afford to become involved with such a complex man? He’d volunteered little of himself and his background, dodging the subject whenever she’d asked anything remotely personal over dinner. When they reached her car, she thanked him, then moved to open the door.

He gripped the handle before she could touch it, holding it locked firmly in place.

“I’m serious, Arianna. I want to see you again.”


Okay, gang, I feel like I’ve been sharing this story forever. In a few more weeks the whole thing will actually be available for purchase at last. Happy, happy, joy, joy!  In the meantime, you can find all the yummy romantic and werewolfy-mysterious book details on the website of my publisher, Lyrical Press. It’s also available to add to your Goodreads list, should you like hunky conflicted heroes and heroines who simply can’t let matters be.

And did I mention extravagantly-jazzed-deliriously-giddy authors? Yeah. I’m one of those.

Be sure to check out all of the authors offering riveting reads today at the Six Sentence Sunday website.

Mae Clair’s SSS: By the Glow of the Porch Lights

Happy Six Sentence Sunday!  I’m delighted to welcome everyone back again for another peek of my upcoming paranormal/time travel release, WEATHERING ROCK, which will be available on October 8th. Less than a month away now!

If you’ve been following along, you know the story revolves around Caleb DeCardian, former colonel for the Union army during the Civil War, and hunky werewolf (yeah, I know it’s a mind-boggling combo :D). Caleb has been transported to the present, along with his former friend, now bitter rival, Seth Reilly. Seth is also a werewolf. You expected that, right?

To bring everyone up to speed, Caleb has convinced my heroine, Arianna Hart, to have dinner with him. The two have just finished their first date at Weathering Rock (an old home built in the 1800s). After dinner, Arianna allowed Caleb to kiss her, but when the kiss became too sensual, she  decided things were moving too fast and told him she’s leaving (she has no clue who or what he is). Just before she does, she announces she saw a ‘wolf’ the last time she was at Weathering Rock. We had a short glimpse of Caleb’s reaction last week.

To make this week’s six work, I have to skip Arianna’s explanation, but she clarifies it was a ‘wolf-like creature.’  Then:


In the amber glow of the porch lights, Caleb’s face was drawn, damp with sweat over the cheekbones. “Did you see him–it,” he corrected with an irritated shake of his head. “The night you were here? Did you see it?”

She wasn’t certain what she’d seen, but there was no doubt his interest was genuine.


Blip! And another six sweeps by. They go so fast! 🙂  As always, I appreciate your interest and your comments. Check out all of the writers who are sharing SSS snippets today. For a complete list visit the Six Sentence Sunday website and enjoy!

Mae Clair’s SSS: Werewolf Friends and Rivals

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Hi, sixers! It’s Sunday again and I’m excited to be able to share another snippet from WEATHERING ROCK which will be released on October 8th.  Check out the new “coming soon” link on the website of my publisher, Lyrical Press. How cool is that? *happy dance*

If you’ve been curious about Caleb’s werewolf tendencies, there’s a nice lycanthrope excerpt to go along with it. Just scroll down a bit.

Back to today’s six: Last week, after having dinner with Caleb DeCardian (Civil War colonel and werewolf who has time traveled to the 21st century), my heroine, Arianna Hart, told him she was leaving. This is after she indulged in a nice long sensual kiss, then grew irked for succumbing to his charms.

I’m picking up immediately where I left off last week with Caleb speaking first.


“Then let me walk you to your car.”

In control of her traitorous feelings once again, she glared up at him. “Are you going to tell me it’s not safe? That I should be afraid of something…like the wolf I saw before.”

The blood drained from his face. “What?”


Hmm. Is it possible Arianna could have seen werewolf rival and bitter enemy, Seth Reilly, once Caleb’s closet friend? The plot thickens. 🙂

WEATHERING ROCK is now available to add to your TBR list on Goodreads. I have been known to break into spontaneous Snoopy dances whenever someone does. 😀  

Thank you to everyone who swoops by and comments each week. Sundays are a delight with friendly sixers around. To find a list of all participating authors, visit the Six Sentence Sunday website and settle back for a series of riveting reads!

Mae Clair’s SSS: Check, Please!

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It’s Six Sentence Sunday! SSS = reading + fun.

Sometimes, it also equals frustration. Grr! I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles to come up with six fluid lines that make sense each Sunday. For the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing snippets of a dinner date between my leads in WEATHERING ROCK, Caleb DeCardian and Arianna Hart. Arianna was hesitant in agreeing to have dinner with Caleb but she finally consented. As the night progressed, she found herself swayed by his charms and ended up in his arms, sharing A Kiss Worth Waiting For. Afterward, she came to her senses on The Other Side of a Kiss.

In my new snippet, she’s pulled away from Caleb. Due to the limitations of six sentences, I’ve had to jump ahead a bit for the conversation to make sense. I’m starting with Arianna’s dialogue:


“I didn’t come here for that kind of date, Caleb.”

“I know.” His smile dimmed. “I’m sorry. I don’t want you leaving angry.”

“I’m still leaving.”


So dreadfully short, but dialogue has a way of whittling down a six very quickly. I hope you enjoyed my little snippet. I invite you to learn more about WEATHERING ROCK, Caleb, Arianna and the other characters who populate their world of time-travel, romance, and werewolves by clicking here. The book releases October 8th from Lyrical Press and is now available to add to your read list on Goodreads. To say I’m excited is an understatement. 😀

Also, don’t forget there are many talented writers who participate in SSS every Sunday. To see the entire list visit the Six Sentence Sunday website and get ready for some remarkable reads!

Mae Clair’s The Other Side of a Kiss

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Hi, friends! It’s Six Sentence Sunday time.

I’ve missed the last few rounds due to being away (and working on another novel) but I wanted to jump back in today and share another snippet from my upcoming release, WEATHERING ROCK.

I appreciate everyone who has been following along and commenting. If you’re unfamiliar with the story a blurb, character list, and book trailer can be found here.

The last time I posted, Caleb DeCardian (hunky colonel from the American Civil War who has time traveled to the present) finally got Arianna Hart (feisty teacher of American history) to have dinner with him. It turned into a romantic evening and Arianna succumbed to Caleb’s charms which resulted in a deliciously sensual kiss. If you missed that excerpt, it was A Kiss Worth Waiting For.

I’m picking up immediately after that, with Arianna’s POV.


“Don’t.” She wrenched free. Flustered by her behavior, she raised trembling fingers to her lips, still moist and puffy from his kiss. She’d promised her attraction wouldn’t go this far, yet had tumbled into his arms. She could still feel the searing heat of his mouth on hers, the hungry possessiveness of his tongue sealing them together. He might appear courtly and refined, but his kiss was far from genteel.


Will Caleb take no for an answer when he has a woman like Arianna in his arms?

I hope you’ll join me next week as I continue their story. In the meantime, don’t miss out on all of the other great SSS reads taking place today. You can find a complete list at the Six Sentence Sunday website.

Sit back, enjoy your coffee or tea and let the good times read!

A Beachy Six Sentence Sunday

Hello, fellow sixers!  I’m going to miss doing the usual rounds today. I’m driving home from the beach early and plan on unwinding and unpacking when I hit the homestead. I’ll be back at SSS again next week. In the meantime, hope you have a great round of Sunday reads without me. May I suggest some of my fave sixer friends at the following haunts:

Angela Quarles
Donna Cummings
JM Stewart
L.J. Kentowski
Loni Flowers
Lorraine Paton
M.L. Falconer
Susan Koenig
Stephanie Ingram