Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An Attraction to the Sea



Congratulations to "Heather E.", the winner of Mae's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

From the time I was a kid, I’ve been enamored of old sailing vessels and nautical folklore. The eastern seaboard is a second home to me and I dream of someday living in a quaint coastal village. Beach settings inspire me, and I’m instantly intrigued by any snippet of maritime folklore I stumble across. 


As a result, it seemed only natural to weave those elements into my romantic mystery, TWELFTH SUN

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. 

Do you have a favorite story of the sea, a legend or folktale that makes you yearn for old clipper ships or sprawling beaches? What about a favorite coastal spot that you never tire of visiting? 

Giveaway:
I’m giving away a Kindle or Nook copy (winner’s choice) of TWELFTH SUN to one lucky commenter.

EXCERPT:

Elijah took his seat. Reagan sat to his right, Earl Tarvick his left. With Reagan set on
ignoring him and the bald man as socially intriguing as gum disease, it was going to be a
miserable dinner.

Felix Pellar motioned impatiently for silence. Once he had everyone’s attention, he
cleared his throat regally. “I have an announcement to make on Mr. Sothern’s behalf. He regrets he is unable to join you once again, but hopes you will enjoy his considerable hospitality.”

“What about Rook’s journal?” Tarvick barked.

“Yes, yes, I was coming to that.” Pellar flicked a hand over his cuffs. “Mr. Sothern has
had a change of heart about selling the journal outright.”

“What does that mean?” Livy asked, her alarm mirrored by all of them.

Pellar’s smug glance rested on each in turn. “Mr. Sothern would be genuinely pleased if
you would all participate in a treasure hunt of his devising.”

“What?” Tarvick lurched from his chair.

Elijah shook his head, hoping to clear it. The wine had to be muddling his thoughts. No
sane person would devise something so frivolous for something so significant. “A treasure
hunt?” he repeated, stunned.

The room erupted into pandemonium as everyone began babbling at once.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Mae Clair 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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32 comments:

  1. I enjoy stories set on the sea...movies like Pirates of the Carribean and Master and Commander. 2nd book in Sara Donati's series (Dawn on a Distant Shore) and Gabaldons's Voyager. Tales like Sinbad and Poisoden even enjoyed animation about being at sea.

    It's the myth and that the ocean is so expansive and wild...makes me think of Cleopatra and her ships and when explorers were traveling to discover new places.



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  2. Hi, Kris! Those are great movies you mentioned. And you're so right about the untamed power of the ocean. It's amazing to think how explorers challenged it in the past, and even today!

    Thanks for commenting!

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    1. I have not read as many books about contemporary sea adventures I must admit. I have added your novel to my "to be read" list. It's nice to see that the sea is still an influence today.

      anoveladdiction @ gmail dot com

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    2. Thanks for the add. I love stories, old and new, about the sea and anything with a coastal setting! :)

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  3. Well, Blue Lagoon was a popular movie during my formative years so a deserted island always seems romantic with the right person! And I've always been in awe of the early ocean explorers -- just the idea that people would set off in a ship despite how little they knew about where they were headed.

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    1. I remember Blue Lagoon! I'm pretty sure it made a huge stir when it was released.

      A deserted island with a special someone definitely has a lot of appeal! ;-)

      Thanks, Julia!

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  4. Stories I love about the sea range from nonfiction novels like The Perfect Storm to complete fantasy like Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders series. In non-book terms, I can't wait for the release of the fourth in the Assassin's Creed gaming series -- Black Flag. So many ships! Ohh, and the movie of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Seaside cottage, check. Woman writer, check. Romance, check. That movie makes me cry. You aren't going to make me cry with Twelfth Sun, are you, Mae? ;-)

    mqb at mqbarber dot com

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  5. LOL! I think you'll have a lot of fun with Twelfth Sun, M.Q., and plenty of mystery (guessing).

    You named one of my favorites with The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Who wouldn't be enchanted by Captain Gregg? :)

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  6. The ocean terrifies me! Actually, water in general terrifies me. Can't explain why I'm afraid of the water, but I am so this book intrigues me because I love facing my fears in books, lol! Definitely going on my TBR list!

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  7. LOL! I think you'll be safe, Jennifer. It takes place on land and only references the sea, but it's got a lovely seaside setting. :) So glad it's on your TBR list. Thanks!

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  8. Well I am a fan of pirate stories and folklore of the selkies... a little treasure hunting in the stories is fun too... I like a little adventure and intrigue in my reads.

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    1. Hi, Colleen. I love selkie stories, pirates too (I'm a fan of folklore eand myth).

      It's great to hear you enjoy a little treasure, adventure and intrigue in your stories. Twelfth Sun has all three! :)

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  9. No fav story or place

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. There's always time to acquire one ;-)

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  10. I am both fearful and fascinated by the sea. A recent book, On the Island, is a perfect example of that for me where the setting is idyllic but the forces of the ocean were almost their undoing. But, I will always be drawn to these stories and the ocean.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi, Jonetta. I like the sound of On the Island. I'm going to look that one up. It sounds like a great read! Thanks so much for commenting :)

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  11. Reading stories about the sea and sailing brings back memories for me of the sail boats I have owned and the the adventures I had in them. Oddly, the bad weather sailing days have stayed in my mind the most. They were scary but exhilarating.

    joanneboyko(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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    1. They sound like exceptional memories! I was never a sailor, but did a lot of boating and I have to agree with you about the bad weather days. Those hair-raising experiences have stuck in my mind the most. Sailing must have been a blast!

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  12. I enjoyed the story of the Flying Cloud and the navigator Eleanor Creasy.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. I wasn't familiar with that vessel and had to look her up. Amazing history!Thanks for commenting!

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  13. OOh Me, pick ME! You've got my email, right? Right? Speed dial would work, too? LOL

    Seriously, I don't have a nautical bone in my body but whenever I see a Thomas Kincaid I melt. Congrats, Mae! I'm so, SO excited for you, hon!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Calisa! It's great to see you here and your email made me grin ear-to-ear. Thanks for all those well wishes and excitment :)

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  14. THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR is a great favorite of mine. I do love the Captain.

    I love the idea of the scavenger hunt.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi, Mary. It's always nice to meet someone else who appreciates the Captain, LOL.

      The scavenger hunt was so much fun to write in Twelfth Sun, especially coming up with the riddles the participants have to solve :)

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  15. This sounds fantastic! I haven't really read any good pirate/sea adventures :) thanks for sharing!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Erin. It's great to hear that. If you check it out, I hope you enjoy the story! :)

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  16. I do have a favorite place by the sea. Well, two actually. First, my husband and I love the Pacific Northwest. We have visited Orcas Island many times and love the tranquil beauty of the water and the islands. However, we recently visited Isla Roatan off the coast of Honduras and I fell in love. I'm wanting to go back and just soak up the sun and the water in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. So different from Washington, but just as enticing! I'd love to read Twelfth Sun. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Heather E
    hregtvedt @ aol.com

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    1. Hi, Heather. I would love to visit both the Pacific Northwest and the Caribbean, two places I have yet to experience. Both sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad Twelfth Sun has you intrigued!

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  17. My mother passed her love of the sea to me. Alas, my kids don't like it the same way. They tolerate it once in a while to humor me. *sigh*

    My favorite spot is Misquamicut, Rhode Island, and for a long time I had a New Englander's disdain for southern beaches. But now I don't care where I am, if it's close to the ocean! :) I set my first book, Hunter's Song, at the beach, and my Goddesses Rising series visits Rhode Island a few times.

    I'm loving the Barefoot series by Roxanne St. Claire right now, and really liked True Love, Jude Deveraux's lastest set on Nantucket. But any book (including Twelfth Sun) will grab my attention if it's set near the ocean! :)

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  18. Hi, Natalie. I've been to Rhode Island, but not Misquamicut. I'll have to check it out the next time I am there. It sounds like you enjoy a good beach setting, as do I. I'm going to check out some of the books you mentioned. Thanks for commenting and your interest in Twelfth Sun!

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