Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair: Guest Post with Excerpt




GUEST POST

What are the top three influencing factors that went into the creation of your novel?

1.      A desire to showcase family dynamics and conflict.
As both writer and reader, I am drawn to books that have strong family or friendship bonds. That’s not to say these bonds are free of conflict. In fact, I prefer they be rife with tension as that gives my characters something to overcome. As romance writers, we naturally create this division for our hero and heroine with the goal of bringing them to an HEA after all obstacles have been overcome. I like to take that a step further, paralleling the journey of the H/h with an equally strong conflict between the hero (or heroine) and a secondary character—usually a family member.

In the case of my most recent release, Eclipse Lake, that struggle exists between two brothers, Dane and Jonah Carlisle, who have been estranged for fifteen years. I give their relationship as much weight as I do the romance between Dane and my heroine, Ellie Sullivan. I wanted to create a story that wasn’t only a mystery/romance, but also a story about healing and second chances.

2.      I love stories set in small towns.
But I also wanted an unusual setting. The result is a combination of a touristy lake area tucked in the mountains of Pennsylvania, and frequented by “summer residents”.  Onyx, my tiny rural town, is nestled at the base of twin mountains. It’s one of those places where everyone knows everyone’s business, and memories of past events never fade. Rumors and gossip spread quickly like wildfire. Wouldn’t that be a great place to stage a murder? Which brings me to point number three…

3.      Unsolved crimes make great story fodder.
In the case of Eclipse Lake, I had a couple of teens stumble across a skeleton in the woods. That was the catalyst to reopen a fifteen year old crime and set my small town gossiping, my summer residents panicking. Especially when I tossed in a hero who knows more about the bones than he’s willing to admit, and a heroine determined to find out what he’s hiding.  Add a couple of nosy teens, a vindictive sheriff, and the hero’s estranged brother, and I felt like a spider weaving a web. Every thread had to lead back to that unsolved crime, impacting each of my players.  


In the end, Eclipse Lake was a delight to write. I hope you will find it equally appealing should you decide to purchase it. I love hearing from readers and welcome feedback. Many thanks to Laurie for allowing me to visit today! 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Eclipse Lake
by Mae Clair

BLURB:

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

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EXCERPT:

Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”

Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.

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

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website and Blog - http://maeclair.net/

Twitter (@MaeClair1) - https://twitter.com/MaeClair1







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GIVEAWAY

Mae will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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28 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Carmen Stefanescu said...

Interesting insight into how Eclipse Lake came to life. I totally agree with the fact that unsolved crimes make great story fodder. It makes people want to see how the case is solved.
Best of luck with your writing, Mae!

MomJane said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt. This sounds like a great mystery/romance. Is there going to be a second book?

maeclair.net said...

Thank you for hosting me today, Laurie. Always a pleasure to visit your blog!

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Carmen! Thanks so much for following my tour. I'm always drawn to books centered around unsolved cases. It was so much fun to write my own!

maeclair.net said...

Hi, MomJane. Thanks for asking about a sequel. At present I don't have one planned, but I have another mystery romance (MYTH AND MAGIC) releasing in June, and I just finished writing the first book in a mystery/suspense series so there is plenty more on the horizon. Many thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Tammy Tate said...

What a wonderful recipe for a good novel Mae! Small town, family dynamics, conflict and unsolved crimes. Keep up the good work :-)

Debbie Peterson said...

I loved everything about this novel! For those who don't know, Mae is a master at weaving all elements of her story into an intriguing and delightful novel! If you haven't read a Mae Clair, then you don't know what you're missing! Great post Mae!

Rita said...

I enjoyed the guest post.

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Tammy. Lovely to see you here! I really enjoyed weaving plot elements, character friction and mystery in Eclipse Lake. It's wonderful the fun we get to have with story creation as authors! :)

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Debbie. Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed Eclipse Lake. It's so nice to hear this story, and my others, have resonated with you. Thanks for all your support!

maeclair.net said...

Hello, Rita. Thank you for reading and commenting!

Shannon R said...

I totally agree that small towns are perfect for stories like this to take place in

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Sharon. I love using small town settings in most all of my novels. They do seem like the perfect place to craft a mystery! :)

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

I enjoyed reading your answers to the intriguing questions. Mae, I love the name of the town!

maeclair.net said...

Thanks so much, Flossie. I named the town of Onyx after my beloved cat who I lost three years ago to cancer. It was my way of giving a tip of the hat to my wonderful pet and writer's muse!

Kelsey Hof said...

I enjoyed reading the guest post.

Jessica Schank Snow said...

I loved the guest post. It was great!
Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Karen H said...

I enjoyed reading the guest post today.

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Kelsey. Thank you for reading!

maeclair.net said...

Hello, Jessica. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed my post. Thanks for reading!

maeclair.net said...

Hello, Karen. Thank you for reading and commenting on my guest post!

Betty Woodrum said...

This sounds like a great book! I really like the title as well as the cover. I especially enjoyed reading about the author's background~wonderful to be encouraged to be creative at such an early age.

Angie D said...

Loved the guest post! thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great read!

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Betty. Many thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. And I am so thankful my parents encouraged me to pursue my writing from an early age. I think creativity in any form opens beautiful new worlds for children! :)

maeclair.net said...

Hi, Angie. Thanks for reading and I'm delighted to here you enjoyed my post!

emmameade.com said...

I love stories set in small towns too. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

karin said...

I loved the excerpt in today's post