Sunday, August 25, 2013

Twelfth Sun by Mae Clair: Tens List


What ten things do you most enjoy?


1.      Writing

That’s pretty much a “given.” I’ve been doing it since I was six and suffer withdrawal if so much as a week passes without working on a WIP, or starting something new. Can we say addiction/obsession?

2.      Reading

I love getting lost in a story and read everything from mysteries and thrillers to romance, YA, fantasy and horror. As soon as I finish a book, I start another. I’m always reading something!

3.      Folklore, Myth, Urban Legends and Cryptozoology

I’m fascinated by the stuff. I have a regular Monday feature on my blog called Mythical Monday where I share information on a creature from folklore, a bit of myth or an urban legend each week. I’ve even got a novel planned around the Mothman, a mysterious creature seen in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, around the time of the Silver Bridge collapse in 1967.

4.      Cats!

I love all animals but I’m a feline fanatic. Cats and writers just naturally go together. My last cat, Onyx, passed away a little over a year ago and I’ve been cat-less ever since. I hope to welcome a new special feline into my life at some point in the future.

5.      The Beach

Whether I’m visiting, writing a novel with a coastal location, or reading a book set along the shoreline, I heart the beach! Sometimes I write and read while visiting—the best of all three worlds!

6.      History

Especially American History. There are so many intriguing people who lived in the past and took part in the events that shaped the U.S. I’m awed and captivated whenever I delve into history.

7.      Old Photographs

Which kind of ties in with #6 above. It’s cool to look at those grainy images from days past, especially when we have You Tube vids and camera phone pics for such easy consumption.

8.      Exploring Old Graveyards

It makes me stop and think about the people who lived in those times. The bulk of them never made it to a history book, but they still had a hand in shaping their era in time.  

9.      Dancing

Give me a live band or a DJ and I can stay on the dance floor all night!

10.  Once Upon a Time

The only TV show I make a point to watch each week. I follow most of the actors on Twitter and am addicted to the show, especially the story line between Mr.Gold/ Rumpelstiltskin and Belle.

11.  Twitter

Oops! I guess that’s eleven. Still, I couldn’t survive a day without my daily Twitter streams!

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.





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.
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sheridegrom said...

Great interview. Insightful. We always learn a bit more about the authors we read. Job well done.

Cd Brennan said...

I love top ten lists, too! They can say so much about a person so quickly. YOu sound like such a romantic with your strolls on the beach and old photographs, even old graveyards. Hope you have a great Sunday writing! xo said...

Thanks, Sheri, for checking out my list! :) said...

You definitely have me pegged, Cd. I'm a romantic through-and-through :)

Finished my WIP today. Woot! Thanks for the well wishes :)

Joanne Wadsworth said...

I just realized I enjoy wandering through old graveyards too. It's not something I do very often, but if I've just attended a funeral, I tend to wander around the graves afterward and just reflect on those who have passed. I love reading their stones and taking a moment to consider their lives. Thanks for this post, Mae. said...

Hi, Joanne. It's amazing when you think of the people who came before, isn't it? I grew up in small town that had a cemetery with tombstones that dated back to the 1700s, including some soldiers from America's Revolutionary War. I remember seeing them as a kid and being astonished when I considered how old those graves were. I think that's when my fascination began.

Thanks so much for dropping in and commenting! :)

Mary Merrell said...

Hi Mae and Laurie, I love this great list. I like graveyards too. I love to look at all the names, the different nationalities and wonder about their lives. They also have the best trees. My mother was a crafter and she would take us five kids to the cemetery so we could collect pine cones.

I love cats too. I have five now, and there is always one vying for my attention. Have two dogs as well. Love finding out about my fellow authors. Nice interview.

Mary E. Merrell said...

Hi, Mary! You're right about graveyards and trees. They always remind me of old sentries standing guard over the tombstones. How interesting that you collected pine cones in graveyards for your mom's crafts. I can so see that as a cool thing to do, pausing to stop and ponder the graves.

And wow--five cats and two dogs. You have a house full! :)

jessigage said...

Fun answers, Mae. I didn't know you loved graveyards. I do too. I just researched gravestone rubbing for a book. I'm itching to go make a rubbing myself!

Good luck with Twelfth Sun!

Gemma Brocato said...

Hi Mae, I agree with everything on your list (except maybe the cat thing - I'm allergic). I love how you focus on old things- there is incredible learning opportunity in the past. My grandmother used to live right down the street from a revolutionary war era cemetery and it was a challenge to wander through it looking for the oldest marker and trying to read the inscription. I'm enough of a history buff I considered majoring in it in college.
Twelfth Sun is next on my Kindle to read. Can't wait. said...

Hi, Jessi. Oooh, cool research. My father used to do tombstone rubbings regularly. He used to love visiting the old tombstones in the New England area.

Thanks for checking out my list! said...

Hi, Gemma! I would have loved to take a stroll through that old cemetery by your grandmother's house. I get goosebumps when I visit one that old.

The cemetery I mentioned in an earlier comment also held the grave of an Indian Princess named White Feather. I remember being shocked and awed when I found it tucked way in the back as a kid.

Sorry to hear you're allergic to cats, but I'm thrilled to meet another history buff. I agree that so much can be learned from the past!

Also thrilled to hear that TWELFTH SUN is next on your Kindle TBR list. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it (there's a tad of history in there too) :) said...

I can't wait for your Mothman novel. Reading Twelfth Sun at the moment and having lots of fun watching Elijah and Reagan dance around each other.