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