Boats and Such, by Mae Clair #StoryEmpire

It’s my pleasure to welcome Mae Clair back to Entertaining Stories. She’s parked her bookmobile outside the writing cabin and has some fun things to tell us about.


Hi, friends! I’m jazzed to be visiting with Craig during the Story Empire Roadshow blog tour. If you’re just now connecting, there are posts at all SE author blogs today, with tour prizes scattered throughout. Be sure to check the full slate of events HERE to view the latest happenings.

And don’t forget to follow along. Grand prizes are up for grabs when the tour is complete (mine is a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card), but there are oodles of goodies along the way. The more you follow and comment, the more your chances to win. I’ve even got a surprise in store for today. J

Now, we know this is a Roadshow, but I’m going to turn it into a Boat Show for a short time. Why boats?

I’ve got my mystery/romance novel Eclipse Lake, discounted to .99 cents through April. Notice the word “lake” in the title? You can’t have a lake without boats! Everything from jon boats to a speed boat makes an appearance in this story focused around an unsolved murder.

Although I rarely go boating any more, I spent a good half of my life around boats, starting with a 17’ Crestliner Tri hull. After that, my husband and I moved onto a 21’ pontoon. That boat stayed in the family for decades. We took it bay fishing, river fishing, and even out into the ocean when it was exceptionally calm. I’ve been caught in numerous storms, marooned because of weather a time or two, and been caught in the fog. I think the only place we didn’t take that boat was on a lake. Right now we have a small jon boat designated for lake fishing, but it hasn’t been out in years. Fishing, crabbing, clamming—they’re memories I look back on with fondness.

A few of my characters in Eclipse Lake get to experience boating, mostly the teens. Writing those passages, it was easy to turn back the clock and remember what it was like to soar across the bay or idle off a shaded riverbank. To this day the odor of motor oil mixed with bay water is one I enjoy (yeah, weird, I know, but they say scent is the strongest trigger for memories).

What about you? Do you enjoy boating? What about fishing?

While you’re considering, here’s a short excerpt from Eclipse Lake:


“You want to go to a picnic?” Dane was surprised his son was talking to him, more that Jesse seemed marginally excited by the idea. Little had sparked his interest since their plane touched down in Pennsylvania.

“Yeah. Keith says it’s not a bad time. He goes every year.” Jesse was camped out in a chair in front of the TV with a plate balanced on his lap. He divided his attention between a ham sandwich with chips, and a cheesy B science-fiction movie overrun by mutant tarantulas.
Standing at the snack bar in the kitchen, Dane had a clear view into the living room. “Is the girl going?”

“Her name’s Paige.”

“Is Paige going?”

“Yeah.” Jesse munched a handful of chips, still looking at the TV where a man in a business suit was being ripped apart in a tug-of-war between two gargantuan spiders. “Why?”

“I’d like to meet her.”

No comment on that. Apparently his kid’s communication skills only extended so far when competing with food and bad sci-fi.

Dane shook his head and returned his attention to a number of pending files and reports he’d unpacked from his briefcase. Earlier, Jesse had dumped his keys on the snack bar—probably hoping to be free of the BMW—along with a handful of change, some crumpled fives and tens, and a wadded-up receipt. Knowing the receipt would be from Clyde’s marina, Dane moved to place it in his briefcase for safekeeping.

“Jess.” His eyes fell on the dollar amount. “You rented a speed boat?”

“We wanted to cruise around.” Another handful of chips. Another unfortunate townsperson being turned into arachnid appetizers. “What’s the big deal? It’s not like you don’t have the money.”

Tired of competing with screams from the TV, Dane walked into the room, found the remote and shut off the television. “The big deal is called responsibility.”

“Hey, I was watching that.”

“Too bad.” Dane raised the receipt. “Part of this is coming out of your allowance.”
Jesse rolled his eyes. “Whatever.”

Again with the attitude. After the disaster he’d made with Ellie, Dane wasn’t in the mood for Jesse’s sulking. When had his kid become such a hardcase? Trying to hold his temper in check, he walked back to the kitchen. “I don’t think the picnic is a good idea.”

That struck a nerve.

“Why?” Jesse bolted from his chair and trailed behind him.

Because I’m sick of everyone’s shit. Because it’ll just end in disaster once someone realizes who I am.
He ground his teeth, trying to hold things in perspective. His sole reason for returning to Onyx had been to bring Jonah and Jesse together. He’d made certain his son had financial stability in life, but wanted him to have emotional stability too. So far, all he’d done was fail.


And here’s the blurb:

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

Eclipse Lake is a full-length novel of mystery, sweet romance and family drama.
Presently on sale!

Purchase a copy from Amazon • .99 Cents until April 7

Thanks for visiting with me today. Don’t forget to see what the other SE authors have going on during the Story Empire Roadshow. Leave a comment to be eligible for my grand prize drawing for a $10.00 Amazon gift card (the more you follow my tour and comment, the more your chances to win).

For today’s tour stop, I’ll also draw one randomly selected name for an ebook win. Winner’s choice of Solstice Island, Food for Poe, Myth and Magic or A Thousand Yesteryears.

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66 responses to “Boats and Such, by Mae Clair #StoryEmpire

  1. harmonykentonline

    What a great post, Mae. I’ve never been boating but have always fancied giving it a go. You never know, one day … Best of luck on the tour this week! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Harmony. I’ve got tons of boat stories from my younger days. I spent most every weekend during the summers at east coast beaches. And then there were the rivers…..ahhh, the good old days, LOL.

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  2. carmens007

    . I highly recommend Eclipse Lake to readers who love a story filled with twists and turns and surprises. It’s worth the time and money, trust me. I also loved the family relationship mirrored so skillfully by the author, Mae Clair.
    As about boats, well, even if I live on the banks of one of the biggest rivers in Europe, the Danube, I never learned to swim and only once I traveled by boat. Danube is deep and fast and dangerous. A stroll by boat I enjoyed was on a small lake in a park in Bucharest, when I was a University student.

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    • Interesting comment, Carmen.

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    • Thanks so much for the compliment on Eclipse Lake, Carmen. You know how I love writing family relationships 🙂

      I did realize you lived so close to the Danube. That must be something to see but I would definitely steer clear of being on the water given you say is deep, fast and dangerous. The small boat on the lake in Bucahrest sounds enchanting. What a lovely memory!

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  4. Sounds like a fun book Mae, I’m off to check it out. I need something fun to cheer me up. I used to live right by the sea. I loved it. It has its challenges but the peace you find with the tide’s eb and flow, you rarely find elsewhere. Great tour guys 🙂

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  5. I second Carmen’s recommendation. Eclipse Lake is a great read and is filled with twists and turns. Enjoyed your post today, Mae, and a big thanks to Craig for hosting you.

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  6. Great post. I’ve gone fishing a few times and it’s fun. Surprisingly exhausting too. Don’t spend much time on boats since I get seasick. Also, airsick, so I’m destined to be grounded unless I’m medicated.

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  8. That’s a fantastic blurb. The two sentences about small towns are completely evocative. 🙂

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  9. I’ve been boating but never owned a boat. My sister did for a while, but not when I lived in-state, so I never had the chance to go with her. But it does make for wonderful memories, and I can see why those scents are so nostalgic for you. You know I loved your novel; I hope many more people find it and enjoy it as I have.

    Thanks for hosting her today, Craig. Great job.

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  10. Loved Eclipse Lake. I also love boating. I’m not much for fishing, but my husband loves it.

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  11. I’m definitely NOT a boat person. I have never been out fishing, I can’t swim and there are few things that scares me more than a big mass of water closing around me. However I like sea and lake’s views (from a distance). Water has a way of casting magic around.
    Great post! Thanks for sharing your excerpt!

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  12. We lived in SC for 18 years and had a boat for most of that time and I really miss going out on the lake. When my oldest son was born, he’d fall asleep on the boat in his carrier – some of the only peaceful moments we had with him in those early weeks!

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  13. Nice post today, Mae. Sounds like you have lots of fun on the water over the years!

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  14. Really enjoyed your blurb. You loved boats so much, it made me wonder why yours sits idle now. But everything in life changes. Glad you have so many great memories.

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  15. Growing up in the New Mexico desert, I was never around boats much. But, you sold me on your story. Off to grab it while it is on sale!

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  16. Mae, the picture of the lake is so tranquil and brought back many memories of camping, fishing, swimming, boating with my family as a child…Sigh. Such sweet memories. Thank you for this unexpected gift. 🙂 I’m a little late catching up today, but I hope to make it around to all the stops before nights end. Wishing you a lovely week!
    Many thanks, Craig, for the warm welcome. 🙂

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  17. I’m late…apologies, Mae Clair and Craig. The excerpt from “Eclipse Lake” grabbed me, so have just popped over to Amazon and grabbed my copy. I’m so looking forward to reading it. As for boats … ah, my version of paradise always involves Sydney Harbor, I’ve fished it, and lazed on the wonderful beaches. I’ve traveled up the rivers that spring from that harbor, by kayak … speed boat and paddle steamer. Put me on, in, or near the water and watch me smile. Great post, Mae Clair! And thanks for hosting, Craig.

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    • We’re just glad you came over. Thanks for supporting Mae’s book too.

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    • Soooz, I apologize that I didn’t catch your lovely comment sooner. The week has exploded all over the place, LOL.
      Thank you so much for the purchase, and I hope you enjoy my tale of Eclipse Lake.
      I have never been in a kayak but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. I hear they’re easy to tip, but I love the water so I figure it would be fun learning.:)
      Thanks for the visit and the purchase!

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      • 😊 My pleasure! As for tipping out of a Kayak anywhere in Sydney Harbor … That would be like comparing ‘Jaws’ to a sardine. Unless you are on one of our ‘protected’ beaches, sharks could pose a problem. Got to love Australia! This place can kill you off faster than a lying politician. Sigh.

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  18. Great post on boating, Mae. I never would’ve thought anyone could use a boat everywhere but on a lake–of course, being from MN, I’m biased 😀 Eclipse Lake was a great read; I enjoyed it!

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