Today I’m excited bring back one of my favorite Lyrical Press sisters, Mae Clair. Mae is an active supporter of our fellow writers, and always has such terrific blog posts. And, after starting to read her latest release, I am thrilled she’s here to share with us a little bit about, TWELFTH SUN.
- Name (or pen name): Mae Clair
- State (or country) you call home: Pennsylvania
- Genre(s) you write: Romance and Romantic Mysteries
- Most recent release title: TWELFTH SUN (Lyrical Press, released 8/05/13)
It’s a fun older woman/younger man romantic mystery. My hero and heroine team up in a treasure hunt for a marine artifact and have to solve a series of riddles while trying to keep ahead of the other competitors. And, of course, there’s that attraction thing going on between them, which she has major reservations about being ten years older.
- Of your most recent storyline, pick one character that you struggle to love, but know they have a redeeming quality buried in there somewhere. Tell us who they are and a little bit about them:
That’s a bit difficult to address without giving away some of the twists in the book. I think readers will find more than one character in TWELFTH SUN they struggle to love or will be on the fence about, which is exactly as I intended. 🙂
- Favorite Snack Food:
Chips! I’m addicted. It’s pathetic.
- 7. How long did it take you to write TWELFTH SUN?
I wrote the first three-fourths of the book several years ago, and then set it aside. Last year, I worked through the ending and gave it a good polish. I probably invested eight months total, which is fairly routine for me.
- If you won a $500 gift card to the store of your choice, which would it be and what might end up in your shopping bag(s)?
Oh, tough choice. I love to shop! I’m addicted to books, but I also love shoes, jewelry and clothing. Can I make it a Visa gift card or is there a store where I can have all of those things in one? 🙂 If I’m limited to a single store, I’ll go with Coldwater Creek which has everything but the books.
- Give us one of your favorite motivational/inspirational quotes:
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Stephen King
It’s a quote that I repeat frequently, especially when I’m feeling exhausted or overwhelmed. The second doesn’t happen often but the first is part of my daily existence, LOL!
Thanks so much for stopping by this week, Mae, and best of luck with TWELFTH SUN!
Be sure to give a shout out to Mae while you’re here!
Blurb for TWELFTH SUN:
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.