What to Read Wednesday

18 Sep

Happy Wednesday and thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have my wonderful friend Mae Clair visiting with an interesting post about the number twelve. She’s also sharing an excerpt from her latest release TWELFTH SUN…and wait until you see her cover! HOT!!

Take it away Mae 🙂

The Magic of Twelve by Mae Clair

Do you have a favorite number? Mine is twelve.

Considering it resonates so strongly with me, I did some poking around on the internet for tidbits of information and discovered twelve intriguing facts about my favorite number:

1.     1.   In numerology twelve is considered the number of cosmic order

2.      2.  Twelve is the number of space and time

3.      3.  According to English folkore, if a young girl wanted to catch a glimpse of her future husband, she had to pick twelve sage leaves as the clock struck twelve (midday) on St. Mark’s Day (April 25th)

4.      4.  There are twelve months in the calendar

5.      5.  There are twelve signs in the zodiac

6.     6.   In the Bible, Jacob had twelve sons who are considered the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel

7.      7.  Jesus had twelve disciples

8.      8.  In Greek mythology there were twelve gods who resided on Mount Olympus

9.      9.   Many people celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

10.  10. Twelve people have walked on the moon

11.   11. Twelve is considered the number of perfection

12.  Time is measured in two groups of twelve hours

See? I knew there were reasons I liked the number twelve. Thus, it was only natural to work it into the title of my newest release.

In my romantic mystery, TWELFTH SUN, my hero and heroine are paired in a scavenger hunt to retrieve a marine artifact.


Reagan Cassidy is just trying to do her uncle a favor when she agrees to meet his friend, a marine archaeologist, and a bid on a journal that once belonged to a passenger aboard the doomed nineteenth century schooner, Twelfth Sun. What she didn’t count on was finding a man ten years her junior with a cocky attitude, a PhD, and a way of shattering her reservations.

Dr. Elijah Cross thought it would be a simple matter to authenticate the journal for his friend Gavin Cassidy, but finds himself sucked into an elaborate scavenger hunt along with Gavin’s sexy niece, Reagan, and several oddball competitors. As the guest of Eric Sothern, a reclusive billionaire no one has ever seen, Elijah and the others are invited to lodge for a week at Sothern’s lavish seaside mansion.

He finds it hard to concentrate on marine artifacts with the alluring Reagan occupying his mind, a series of cryptic riddles to solve, and a saboteur intent on claiming the journal even if it means playing dirty to win. When the clues take a strangely personal turn and a series of mishaps occur, he and Reagan are left to wonder if anyone is really who they seem.

TWELFTH SUN was the equivalent of a writer’s playground for me. It allowed me to combine multiple story elements I love and weave them into a tale of escapist fun, including a smattering of nautical myths, superstition and folklore.

Thanks for letting me ramble about it today, Christine. It’s a delight to be a guest on your blog!

I always like having you visit Mae….thank you for an interesting post 🙂


Reagan glanced at her watch. She’d dragged herself from bed hours before any civilized person should be up, for the sole purpose of meeting Elijah Cross. The marine archeologist was already ten minutes late–not a brilliant way to begin a working relationship. She’d learned through firsthand experience many of her uncle’s friends were as unreliable as they were eccentric. Foolishly, she had hoped Dr. Cross wouldn’t fall into the same category.

Resigned to passing the time, she added hot water to her tea. From the corner of her eye she spied movement at the door of the cafe. A man stepped inside, shaking rain from his jacket. The door banged shut behind him, ensnaring her full attention. He wore a battered black fedora and worn jeans with scuffed dock shoes. There was something oddly familiar about him. He turned slightly and she caught his profile, realizing he was the man from room ten. Self-conscious, she looked away, hoping to sink through the floor. He spoke briefly with the hostess and then headed in her direction.

She tensed. What were the odds of encountering him now when she was scheduled to meet Dr. Cross, a highly-respected and, no doubt critical, academic? How would it look to her uncle’s friend if he walked in on a conversation revolving around naked men and the color of her undergarments?

Chagrined, she bowed her head over her teacup. Her hair spilled forward, concealing her face behind curtains of red-gold. With any luck he’d go away. With any luck, he’d leave her alone.


Reagan raised her head fully convinced mischievous imps had tracked her to Shipwright Landing and were even now performing rituals of bad luck. “Hi.” She pressed her lips together. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He grinned. “You’re Reagan Cassidy.”

She blinked. She’d given the hostess her name only because she was expecting Dr. Cross and neither had any idea what the other looked like. She certainly hadn’t expected the woman to share her name with any longhaired Lothario who asked for it. “The hostess told you.”

He nodded. Removing his hat by the crown, he dropped it on the table. “Some storm.” He shrugged out of his jacket and hooked it over the back of the nearest chair. “Good thing it’ll be over soon.”

Reagan watched flabbergasted as he sat across from her and picked up a menu. “Excuse me.” Her voice rose sharply, edged like a knife. “I didn’t invite you to sit. I told you I’m expecting someone.”

“Yeah, I know.” He flashed that same irritating grin. “I’m Elijah Cross.”

Purchase TWELFTH SUN from:


Barnes and Noble



Mae Clair

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, anartist 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.

Learn More about Mae Clair at:


Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Facebook Author Page



Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Book Excerpts, What to Read Wednesday


Tags: , , , , , , , ,

23 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. lizaoconnor

    September 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

    This book sounds really good. So I went to check it out and discovered all ten reviews are five. So I bought it, (which I can’t afford to do). Why are driving me into poverty. Can’t wait to read it!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

      So glad you came by Liza! And happy you picked up a copy of Mae’s book…hope you enjoy it 🙂

  2. Mae Clair

    September 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi, Liza. Thanks so much for purchasing TWELFTH SUN. I’m an addictive book-buyer too. I hope you enjoy Reagan and Elijah’s story. I had a blast writing it. Thanks again! 🙂

  3. Mae Clair

    September 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Christine, thanks again so much for having me as your guest today. It’s a delight to be here!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

      You are so welcome Mae. I loved your guest post and wish you much success with your latest book 🙂

  4. Jessica Lee

    September 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What interesting facts on the number twelve! Loved the blurb and excerpt. Very intriguing, and I’m hooked! lol This one’s going on my MUST HAVE list.

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Glad you found a new book to add to your tbr list Jessica 🙂 Thanks for coming by.

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Yay! I love hearing that. 😀 Thank you so much, Jessica. I hope you enjoy Twelfth Sun. It was fun to combine an older woman/younger man romance with a mystery!

  5. Kristina Knight

    September 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

    It depends on the day, but 3 and 7 and 9 make me happy. Have no idea why. Great info on the number 12, though, I didn’t know any of that!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks for coming by Kristi 🙂

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hi, Kristina. I’ve always been a bit partial to 3 and 7 as well. It’s fascinating what numbers mean. Although I am a wordsmith, I love digging up the background of my favorite number 12!

  6. Calisa Rhose

    September 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I knew some of those, but it was fun to learn the ones I didn’t, Mae. How cool! 🙂

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them, Calisa. I’m just a font of information, LOL! 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks for coming by Calisa 🙂

  7. Jessi Gage

    September 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Oh, darn. I was hoping to be the 12th commenter! Oh well.

    I love your list of the virtues of the number 12. Yes. It’s an amazing number. Good luck with TWELFTH SUN!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      LOL…that’d have been cool Jessi if you’d been the 12 commenter 🙂 Thanks for coming by!!

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      HI, Jessi. Even if you’re not 12th your comments are always welcome. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes!

  8. Cait

    September 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I never knew there were so many important 12s! Great post and fab sounding excerpt. Good luck with it, I do love the title as well!

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Cait. I was surprised by so many important 12s too. Thanks for the well wishes and kudos on the title. I can just picture it as the name of a clipper!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Hey Cait…so glad you dropped by..thank you 🙂

  9. Sharon Cullen

    September 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This sounds like a really fun read

    • ChristineWarner

      September 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I agree….glad you came by Sharon…thanks!

    • Mae Clair

      September 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hi, Sharon. Thanks for Checking it out. It was a lot of fun to write!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: