The Writer’s Reading Corner: Mae Clair #amreading #supernatural #thriller

It’s Friday!!!  A very wet one where I am, and it looks to be that way for the next week.  My guest today is Mae Clair, author of the Point Pleasant Series (if eerie supernatural thrillers are your favorite flavor, I highly recommend!).  Stop by here on March 1st for the cover reveal of her upcoming book, Cusp of Nightthe first in a new series.

Teri, thanks for inviting me to participate in the Writer’s Reading Corner. It’s a delight to be here and talk about something we all love—books. Lately, I’ve been enthralled by novels that feature alternate timelines. This has become trendy in mainstream and mystery fiction, with one timeline usually set in the present, the other in the past. Both storylines eventually converge for a climatic ending or spectacular wrap to the mystery.
cover for The Night Sister a mystery/suspense novel by Jennifer McMahonThe first book I read with a past/present plot was The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. A psychological thriller/mystery with a taint of the supernatural, spot on for my preferred genre. Plus look at that gorgeous cover. Ominous and eerie, it sucked me in.

The story revolves around three women—Piper, Margot, and Amy—once childhood friends, who are forced to revisit a grim discovery from their past when Amy and her family are found dead. The story moves between the summer the girls spent exploring an abandoned hotel, and the present where Piper and Margot are confronted with the unfathomable news Amy is believed responsible in the deaths of her family.

I was riveted from page one and devoured the book in a few days. Afterward, I promptly read most everything Ms. Mahon has written. By then, I had already started my own book with a past/present timeline.

Cusp of Night, releasing in June, is the first novel in my Hode’s Hill Series, and alternates timelines between the present and the late 1800s. Since I am still waiting on a cover from my publisher, I’m not ready to share the official blurb. But I will tell you that my main character, Maya Sinclair, finds herself caught up in a centuries-old mystery after renting a brownstone that once belonged to a spiritualist known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill. If you like suspenseful tales with a twinge of the supernatural, I think you’ll enjoy Cusp of Night. I’ve populated it with a creature of urban legend, lingering ghosts, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

Please keep Cusp of Night on your radar for June. In the meantime, perhaps I can distract you with my Point Pleasant Series, three novels spun around the urban legend of the Mothman.

New York Times bestselling author, Kevin’ O’Brien called the first book, A Thousand Yesteryears, “Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller….will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.”

Banner ad for A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair features the night sky over an old farmhouse
Here’s the official blurb should you like to consider it:

Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real.

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer.

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About Mae:
Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:
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73 thoughts on “The Writer’s Reading Corner: Mae Clair #amreading #supernatural #thriller

    1. Hi, Staci! *waving* I love talking about books so when Teri started her new blog feature, I couldn’t wait to participate!

      I’m thrilled you loved my Point Pleasant series. I miss the Mothman, but Hode’s Hill is shaping up to be quite eerie too 😉

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  2. D.L Finn, Author

    Loved the Point Pleasant series and looking forward to the Hode Hill books:) Thanks for sharing The Night Sister…sounds like a good read! Can’t wait to see your new cover.

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    1. Thanks, Denise. The new cover really resonated with me and I can’t wait to share it.Thanks too for your kind words about Point Pleasant and your interest in my new series. With Hode’s Hill I’ve found another town I’m delighted to spend time in. 🙂

      And you can’t go wrong with The Night Sister. I was enthralled!

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    1. Hi, Jacquie. The Night Sister is an awesome book and I completely hear you about needing more time to read. I think it goes hand in hand with being a writer, LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my post!

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  3. Great guest post from Mae. I like time travel too and overlapping time. It’s so fun to weave the events together and make it all fit. I’m looking forward to the Hode’s Hill series. Can’t wait to see the cover too. The Reading Corner is a nice series, Teri. Thanks for hosting Mae. 🙂

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    1. Diana, I’m enthralled by books with dual time periods. There’s something special about seeing how all the pieces gel in the end. It was challenging to use that formula in Cusp of Night, but I couldn’t resist giving it a try. All three books in the Hode’s Hill series will follow that same path. I’m finding I love writing this way.

      Thanks for visiting today. Teri’s new blog feature is loads of fun!

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  4. Great post, Mae! Teri’s got a great site, here. And I loved the Point Pleasant series. Looking forward to the Hode’s HIll series. And I’ll have to check out The Night Sister. I haven’t read many books with dual timelines, but seeing as my WIP has present and past timelines, I’d like to see how other writers handle it.

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    1. Julie, I didn’t realize you were doing present/past timelines too. I can’t wait to read yours! The past/present will be a theme through all three of my Hode’s Hill novels.

      Jennifer McMahon is an absolute pro at it, though I’ve read other authors who handle it well too. The Night Sister is the book that started my love affair with the formula. Highly recommended!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. And Teri is always such a gracious host.

      I’m very excited about the new series. I really enjoyed weaving the multiple timelines for that smooth fit at the end. And it’s fun to hang out in a new town with a new set of characters. Thanks as always, for your wonderful support!

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  6. Mae, lovely to read some of your latest news!! I love the premise for your latest book, and split timelines was one of my favourite type of books as an young adult. Reading about your books I’m very tempted to pick this up again. Congratulations also on the super review!!! Wow!! Bet that had you dancing -a fantastic endorsement of your book and writing. Hooray!! 😀❤️

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    1. I was pretty over the moon when I got that review from Kevin O’Brien, Annika. I love his work and he’s one of my automatic buy authors. I remember opening the email from my publicist with Kevin’s review, and then just standing up and pacing around talking to myself (omg, omg!). My husband wasn’t home at the time and I couldn’t wait to share the news. It was definitely a highlight for me, LOL!

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  7. No wonder the book made such an impact on Mae. And yes, the cover is perfect. Wow. I’m inspired. I’ve been giving the occasional vague thought to my third Atonement, TN book, which I always wanted to be a backstory for the main characters (and so in a faraway time).
    Anyhow, thanks for hosting, Teri. I enjoyed these meanderings with Mae. Hugs all around.

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    1. Hi, Teagan. It sounds like an alternating time line might work for you as well. I really enjoy books that take that approach, especially when it all fits together so nicely at the end.
      Thanks for dropping by to check out the post. It’s always a pleasure to see you, and a pleasure to visit with Teri! 🙂

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  8. Ooh, this book and your book both sound intriguing! I have one more of Mt Pleasant’s books on my TBR list. I will check Jennifer’s book out along with your new one when it’s available. Best of luck to you and Jennifer with your books. Nice post, Teri. Will share it around. 🤗

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