Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mae Clair - What to Read Thursday!

Yay!  It is that time again, when I have the wonderful opportunity to introduce you to my lovely writing friends and their fabulous books. 

Welcome to What to Read Thursday!

"What to Read Thursday" is posted every other Thursday (for previous posts, click here.) The focus of these Thursdays is on romance novels. Sub-genres of romance are welcome, but Happily-Ever-Afters (or Happy-For-Now) endings are mandatory! :-) 

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This week, I'm excited to welcome Mae Clair to my blog!  I first met Mae through the now defunct Six Sentence Sunday blog hop, where she got me hooked on her debut book, Weathering Rock.  She is a wonderfully supportive and talented writer, and I am so happy to know her! I'm also hooked on her Mythical Mondays!  You should check them out to learn about some fascinating myths! Today, she is talking about her latest release, Twelfth Sun and I can't wait to hear what she has to say!  Twelfth Sun is shouting at me from the very top of my TBR pile!

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What a beautiful cover!

Is there a particular food / drink you associate with this story?  If so, what is it and why?

Oh, yes! My hero, Dr. Elijah Cross is a twenty-five-year-old marine archeologist with several personality quirks, one of which is his fondness for grape soda (much to the dismay of my thirty-five-year-old heroine, Reagan Cassidy). The drink gets a lot of attention throughout the novel and even figures into one of the book’s “clues.” I had one reviewer say she’d never look at grape soda again without thinking of Twelfth Sun .

Lorraine: LOL-That's great!  I love grape soda!  I associate it with visiting my grandparents, when they'd fill us up on sugar then send us home. ;)  Hmm... now I'm really curious about how it will be used in one of the clues! 

Where / when did you set your story and why?

It’s set during early summer on the eastern seaboard, which seemed a good fit for a story centered around the treasure hunt for a marine artifact. I also created a lavish seaside mansion owned by a mysterious and reclusive billionaire, where my treasure hunt participants gather for the week. I had a lot of fun devising the mansion with its numerous rooms and coastal views.

Lorraine: Everything you say about this story just makes it more and more intriguing... a mysterious and reclusive billionaire with a mansion and a treasure hunt?  Brilliant!

Do you have a favorite scene in this story?  Is so, what makes it special to you?

I love when Reagan realizes who Elijah is. Her uncle has asked her to meet with his friend, a renowned marine archeologist so that Dr. Cross can authenticate a 19th century journal for him. Reagan agrees, picturing Elijah as a doddering old man with a PhD.
 
The first time she encounters him she has no clue who he is but mistakenly barges into his hotel room (thinking it’s hers) and discovers him coming out of the shower naked. Their second encounter is the following morning when she arrives at the café where she’s to meet Dr. Cross. Elijah walks in and she’s mortified when she puts two and two together. 

Lorraine: Oops... Sounds like quite the first meet! And, I love the idea that her preconceptions are turned on their ear--makes for lots of juicy tension. ;)

What’s next?  Do you have another story on your desk you’d like to tease us with?

I have a romantic adventure called SOLSTICE ISLAND which will be part of an anthology with three other authors. If all goes according to plan, the book will be available the end of this year.

I’ll also be publishing a romantic mystery called ECLIPSE LAKE that involves two estranged brothers, the free-spirited photographer who falls for one of them and a fifteen-year-old missing persons’ case. That should be available in spring 2014.

Lorraine: You are busy!  And, I love your titles!  I can't wait to learn all about them!

What has been the biggest influence on your writing career?

My parents. My dad was an artist, but he loved to write and passed that passion to me. As a kid, both of my parents took me to the library and shared their love of books. It was a weekly adventure for us. Throughout my life they were my biggest cheerleaders, encouraging me from the first tentative stories I pieced together in grade school. Both have since passed on, but that influence and encouragement has remained the foundation on which I’ve built my writing career.

Lorraine: That is wonderful that you've had such great cheerleaders!  I think I got my love of books from my mom, too!  She always had a big selection of books in the house and we still share books. 

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The lovely Mae Clair!
ABOUT MAE CLAIR:
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. She snagged the tail of a comet, hitched a ride, and discovered her writer’s Muse on the journey.


Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.


WHERE TO FIND MAE CLAIR:
Website

Blog
Twitter
(@MaeClair1)
Facebook Author Page

Goodreads

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TWELFTH SUN BLURB:

The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love?

Reagan Cassidy is settled in her life. She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn’t part of the deal, but it’s hard to complain…

Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she’d rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they’ve been talked into, but he’s fine with the situation. At least, until the “clues” start getting personal.

Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he’ll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart.
 
*** WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance. ***

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TWELFTH SUN Excerpt:
 
 
“My dad’s father was part gypsy. Besides, the sea is in my blood.” Elijah turned onto his side, locking his good leg over hers, holding her in place. Pushing up on one elbow, he stared down at her, abruptly serious. “Did you know a good marine archaeologist could spend his entire life studying a single wreck and never be bored? Never feel the need to move onto something else?” He stroked her cheek, brushing her hair aside. “That’s what I want to do with you, Reagan. I want to spend my days and nights learning about you. Everything about you. What you think. The way you smell…” He leaned forward, inhaling the light scent of the honeysuckle oil she’d used in her bath.


Ping! Warning claxons flared in her head. Elijah, playful and teasing she could control. Elijah, serious and romantic meant trouble.

“The way you feel.” His fingers tracked down her arm and hooked into the flimsy belt holding her robe shut. “The way you taste.” His mouth closed over hers at precisely the moment he tugged open her robe.

Lorraine: Whew!  What a tantalizing excerpt!

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A younger man, a reclusive billionaire, a treasure hunt... I'm not sure what entices me more... How about you?

10 comments:

authordaisybanks said...

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me turning the pages even when I should have been doing other stuff. Fabulous.

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Daisy! Thanks so much for dropping by and checking out the interview. Lorraine really had some fun questions.

And I'm so glad you enjoyed TWELFTH SUN. Thanks for your support! :)

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Lorraine! Just wanted to say thanks for having me as your guest today. LOVED the interview questions you tossed my way, especially that first one. Thanks for the lovely intro too. I'm delighted to be here!

Donna Cummings said...

Great interview! I'm so glad I participated in Six Sentence Sunday too -- it was the ultimate matchmaker, wasn't it? I got to know so many wonderful writer friends because of it.

Mae, I can't wait to read this book! It kills me that I've had to wait this long because I've read the snippets and they're so enticing. I've got a crush on that bad boy already. And grape soda? I loved that as a kid! Nice to know Elijah and I have something in common. LOL

patonlorraine said...

Sounds like a fabulous read, I can't wait to dive in! :)

Thanks, Daisy, for stopping by!

patonlorraine said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the questions! And, thank you so much for hanging out on my blog today! This has been a lot of fun! :)

patonlorraine said...

Yes! That's just it, isn't it? SSS as matchmaker!

And, I know what you mean, Donna, about Mae's hero... *swoon*

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Donna! Another grape soda fan? LOL! I have to admit I don't recall being overly fond of it, even as a kid, but then I'm not a fan of soda at all so that could have something to do with it.

It was a lot of fun to work that thread in and I'm glad that you and Lorraine are already crushing on Elijah! :)

emmameade.com said...

I'd be dismayed by grape soda myself. :) Twelfth Sun was a fun mystery. I had a great time trying to figure out the clues.

maeclair.net said...

I'm not a grape soda fan either, but it was fun to write about. And quirky.

I had a great time dreaming up the clues too. So glad to hear you enjoyed trying to solve them, Emma!