What to Read Wednesday

24 Oct

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday!  Today we have author Mae Clair visiting. I’ve met Mae through Six Sentence Sunday. She’s of the many talented authors who share a six sentence snippet of one of their published works or a work in progress. Today she’s here so we can learn some of her secrets and also hear about her release WEATHERING ROCK.

And she’s also giving away a copy of her book in either epub or mobi format to one lucky commenter! So don’t forget to leave your email address when you comment 🙂

Mae, I’m excited to have you here.  Tell us about yourself in 5 sentences.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. My day job is real estate marketing. I can’t parallel park. I read everything from romance, thrillers and mysteries, to horror, science-fiction, YA, fantasy and non-fiction. I prefer small gatherings to large parties, and coo over every cat I see.

I love that you read such a variety…and I also admit I’m glad to hear you can’t parallel park because I thought I was the only one!  Lol  If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pretty much any type of seafood, particularly shellfish.  I know a lot of people have allergies to it, but I love it. It makes me think summer and beaches. I don’t touch red meat *shudder* but I’d be lost without seafood.

Seafood is yummy, although I still love a good steak on occasion too 🙂  Movies, books or books made into movies?

Books. That’s not to say I don’t love an exceptional movie, but there’s a greater variety to choose from in books. I’d rather curl up and read than sit in front of a screen.

What genre (s) do you write?

Romantic suspense, usually with a paranormal or mythical twist.

When and where are your favorite places to write?

I enjoy taking my laptop outside in warm weather, but I’m not as productive as when I sequester myself in my den with minimal distractions. Because I work full-time, most of my writing is restricted to evenings and weekends. Usually, once I get started, I have no problem taking off on a tangent!

Share the blurb from WEATHERING ROCK.

Drawn 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?

That last paragraph is awesome! Do you prefer to write in the male POV or the female?  Why?

Hmm. I never really thought about it, but I don’t really have a preference. As an author, it’s a matter of getting into my characters’ heads and their thoughts. One seems as natural as the other, given I know them so well. I write character-driven fiction, (developing characters before plot), so by the time I start spinning the story, I’m comfortable with both. It’s sort of like changing clothes, from one favorite outfit to another.

I love naming my characters. Do you have a special process you use in naming your hero and heroine, or villain?

I love naming characters too! It’s my favorite part of starting a new story. I don’t have a special process I use, but I do collect names, jotting them down whenever I come across one I like. My ‘naming notebook’ is the first place I look when I need a character name. After that, I might check out baby naming books or online resources. For the most part, I already have one tucked away I want to use.

I have a “naming folder” on my flash drive. I’m also lucky enough to work in a hospital where I run across some wonderful first names and surnames to use in books. I guess we’re name collector’s Mae!  Lol  What five words describe your hero and your heroine?

Caleb:     Commanding, conflicted, noble, courtly, werewolf

Arianna:  Curious, determined, outspoken, loyal, mischievous

What’s one of your favorite lines in this book?

“Are you going to sully me now?”

Please share an excerpt from WEATHERING ROCK.

“Stop it!” Arianna shook off Wyn’s grip, pivoting to face him. “Are you crazy?”

Before he could answer, something slammed against the door. Caleb screamed. The sound knifed through her like the violent jolt of an electrical wire.

“Caleb!” She launched herself at the door, panicked and terrified by the thought of the man she loved in horrific pain.

“Don’t!” Wyn stiff-armed her aside and grabbed the knob, forcibly holding it in place. “Get a chair. Something, anything! We’ve got to keep him locked inside.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Arianna, get a fricking chair. Now!”

There was another crash, and then a bang as something heaved against the door, making it shudder from top to bottom. Arianna heard a snarl that turned her blood to ice. The door rattled in its frame, weakening as something battered against it. Something inhuman locked in the room with Caleb.

A cold fist clamped over her stomach.

“Wyn, what’s going on?”

“Chair!” he spat. “Get me a damn chair.”

The raw urgency of his voice plowed through her confusion. She darted into the dining room, snagged a chair, and dragged it into the hallway. The thing in the parlor was still hammering away, heaving itself against the door in an attempt to burst through. Wyn’s face was white with strain as he struggled to hold the door shut with both hands. He rammed the top of the chair beneath the knob, wedging it securely into place. A blood-thirsty howl exploded from the other side, kicking Arianna’s heartbeat into overdrive.

“My God, Wyn, what’s going on?” She lurched for the door.

“Don’t. You don’t know what you’re doing.” Wyn caught her around the waist and swung her up against the wall.

She tried to squirm free. “I know Caleb’s trapped in there. We have to help him! There’s something in the room. Can’t you hear it?”

He held her wrists, pinning her arms to the wall. “Listen to me!” His eyes were wild, his face inches from hers. With a single frenetic skip of her heart, she realized he was as terrified as she was.

“There’s nothing in the room. Only Caleb. Do you hear me, Arianna? It’s Caleb.”

“No!” She shook her head, unwilling to believe what he told her, but another ear-splitting snarl fanned her fear higher. Nothing made sense. Not the stark fear in Wyn’s eyes, the sweat-slickened grip of his palms crushing her wrists or the chillingly inhuman sounds coming from the parlor. The man she loved could never sound so guttural or barbarous.

“I don’t care!” She ripped free of his hold. “I don’t care if he’s by himself or in there with something else. You have to help him!”

She lunged for the door, but Wyn grappled her around the waist, holding fast. They were still struggling when the sound of shattering glass rang through the narrow center hall of Weathering Rock.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on your writing journey?

Be sure every scene advances your plot.

Wonderful advice! Tell us what happened first when you received your contract.

I was fortunate enough to be offered a contract the first time I submitted. I’d steeled myself for rejection as all authors do, so the acceptance was a wonderful surprise. The first thing I did was send a text to my husband, then I went back and read the email over 2 or 3 times to let it sink in. Talk about elation!

Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂

I would love to!  I recently signed a contract with my publisher, Lyrical Press, for my latest work, a contemporary romantic suspense novel called TWELFTH SUN.

It involves a treasure hunt for a valuable marine artifact. My heroine, Reagan Cassidy, has been asked by her uncle to work with a friend who’s a renowned authority in the field of marine archeology. She agrees, thinking he’s going to be a stodgy old man, close to her uncle’s age. Instead, she gets Dr. Elijah Cross, a quirky twenty-five year old. Reagan is an ‘older’ woman at thirty-five but once they start working together, the sparks and attraction fly!

Ooohh, sounds good already! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

I’m at:



Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Facebook Author Page
Lyrical Press Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Book Blogs

WEATHERING ROCK is Available from:


Barnes and Noble


Lyrical Press


View Book Trailer for WEATHERING ROCK

Thanks so much for having me, Christine! I really enjoyed my visit 🙂

And thank you for taking the time to visit with us Mae! Good luck with your book and remember everyone, if you would like the chance to win a copy of Mae’s book, please leave a comment with your email address 🙂


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52 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Sharon Cullen

    October 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

    This sounds very intriguing!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

      I thought so too Sharon…she has a great excerpt! Thanks for coming by.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Good morning, Sharon! Many thanks for stopping by and checking out my interview and book. I’m glad you found the story intriguing! 🙂

  2. lynncahoon

    October 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Hi Mae – Real estate marketing huh? Must help with the book marketing as well. 🙂 Good luck with Weathering Rock!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Glad you came by Lynn…thank you!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Hi, Lynn! Yes, it does. It’s amazing how much the two rely on the same mediums. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ceri Hebert

    October 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I can’t parallel park either. Must be a female thing. Oh, and I love seafood (though I have no problem with red meat). Love the sound of your book! And your upcoming book as well!
    cerihebert @ comcast . net

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I’m glad I found another bad parallel parker…there isn’t many around here. I was getting lonely! lol Glad you came by Ceri…good luck on winning a copy!!!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Hi, Ceri! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has an issue with parallel parking. I saw Christine does as well. It’s kind of embarrassing that I avoid places that require it, LOL!

      And another seafood lover. YAY!

      So glad you stopped b,y and I’m thrilled you love the sound of both books 😉

  4. Jennifer Lowery

    October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I just love the title and cover of Mae’s book! Can’t wait to read it!! Congrats on the release, Mae!! Fabulous interview, ladies!! Enjoyed it!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Thanks very much, Jennifer! I think Valerie Tibbs did an amazing job on the cover, especially in capturing Caleb 😉 And in this very rare case, I had the title of the book before I even knew what it was going to be about!

      Thanks for checking out the interview and commenting!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Glad you dropped by Jennifer!

  5. fundinmental

    October 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    when i read where she ran him down with her car, it gave me a chuckle. want to read it. thanks for the giveaway.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, so much! I’m glad it gave you a chuckle and most happy you want to read it! 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks so much for coming by…good luck with the giveaway!

  6. Kristina Knight

    October 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    ‘are you going to sully me now?’ – love that line…full of potential. Good luck with your book, Mae!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Many thanks, Kristina! I appreciate the well wishes and am glad you enjoyed the line, LOL!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      lol…that is a great line! Thanks so much for stopping in Kristi!

  7. Cait

    October 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Great interview as always, Christine and Mae Clair, I love the way you put words together. Good stuff!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks for checking it out and commenting, Cait!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Agreed…Mae does have a talent with putting her words together! Thanks so much for coming by Cait 🙂

  8. Sheri Fredricks

    October 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Love your writing voice!! Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful author, Christine.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Christine was such a delight to work with. Many thanks, Sheri! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Always glad to Sheri…and thank you for stopping in!

  9. ellaquinnauthor

    October 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    That was a fantastic interview. Wonderful excerpt.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m please you enjoyed both! 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Mae was wonderful to interview…glad you enjoyed it as much as we did Ella!

  10. Nikki Barrett

    October 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Mae, congratulations on your book! Your reading is as eclectic as mine! Too bad I can’t stay in one genre for writing, either LOL. But my favorite is romantic suspense, and yours sounds amazing!

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Nikki! You know, I’ve actually written across most of those genres too, I just haven’t submitted anything. I’m all for writers who cross genres. Right now, romantic supsense is my favorite too. So glad you’re interested in WEATHERING ROCK! Many thanks for commenting.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      You are both making me jealous…I vowed to step out of my comfort zone and have to a certain extent, but I need to check out some more genres!

      Thanks for dropping in Nikki!

  11. tanna4abak

    October 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Loved the interview ladies. I can’t parallel park either. LOL I like seafood and red meat. I just can’t eat as much of it as I want. I’ve added this one to my wishlist. Hoping to win a copy. Congrats on the release and thanks for the chance to win.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      I love meeting anyone who is as challenged as I am when it comes to parallel parking, LOL. My ‘red meat aversion’ is something I’ve had since I was a kid, but I do love most any kind of seafood. My husband and I have a candelight lobster tail dinner every New Year’s Eve. 🙂

      I’m so happy I made your wish list!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      YAY…another parallel parking struggler! lol We might have to form a support group.

      Thanks for coming by Tanna and good luck with the giveaway!

  12. Jessi Gage

    October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Loved the interview, Mae Clair and Christine, especially the one-liner you chose. I wouldn’t mind being sullied by a Civil War werewolf either:)

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      LOL! I’m with you on that, Jessi. Especially Caleb. *sigh* I did get a little attached to him. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Sounds good to me too! hehehe….thanks so much for coming by Jessi 🙂

  13. Calisa Rhose

    October 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    LOOK! Two of my most favoritest people in the whole publishing world, and from my two most favoritest pub houses, in the same place!

    Let the buttering begin cos I want this book dammit! 😆

    In case you need it again (I think you’ve both lost it cos I ain’t got a dang book yet…>;-[) my email is:
    cee emm selfridge at geemail dot com Got it now? Save that puppy and SEND. ME. A. BOOK….

    Of course, if you don’t, I’ll just have to keep stalking you so…make it easy on yourself. 😉

    If not- advance congrats to the real winner! 😀

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      OMG, you are hysterical, Calisa! You are such a delight! LOVED your comment. And, hey, the stalking is fun, LOL!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      LMBO… are too crazy/funny! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you win a copy!!!

  14. Calisa Rhose

    October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Who let HER in here?

    Ok so We can trade names because I’ve got a list twenty years worth and growing. 🙂 I love this excerpt. I have a feeling when I do get to read it, this will be my fave scene in the book. 🙂

    Thanks Christine. Love seeing my Lyrical sister with my WRP sister. LOL

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Isn’t it cool what a small world it is? 🙂 Christine was one of the first people I ‘met’ online through SSS. So fun that you two are WRP sisters!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Glad you could drop by Calisa!!!

  15. Callie Hutton (@Calliehutton)

    October 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Nice interview, ladies. And the excerpt sounds great. Best of luck with the book.

    • Mae Clair

      October 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Many thanks, Callie. Glad you enjoyed the interview and the excerpt!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks so much for dropping in Callie!

  16. Ally Broadfield

    October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Your book sounds fabulous (and I love the cover!). “Are you going to sully me now?” LOL

    • ChristineWarner

      October 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      That’s a wonderful line for sure! lol Thanks so much for coming by Ally 🙂

    • Mae Clair

      October 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Thank you, Ally! I feel in love with the cover too. I’m glad you find the book intriguing. Thanks for commenting!

  17. ChristineWarner

    October 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The lucky winner is SHERI FREDRICKS….congrats Sheri 🙂

    Mae will be contacting you soon via email 🙂

    • Mae Clair

      October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Congrats, Sheri. I’m getting ready to email you now. I hope you enjoy WEATHERING ROCK. Christine, thank you again for having me here, and many thanks to everyone who dropped by and commented. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed all your remarks! 🙂

  18. R.T. Wolfe

    October 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Sorry I’m late but I wanted to compliment you on a great job in male POV. I love writing in male POVs. Great post!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  19. chitsuen

    October 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    What a great excerpt! I’ll be checking it out! 🙂 Sorry I’m late, ladies. But, better late than never.


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