The Cusp of Night, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Lisa Burton

Welcome all you spiritualists and mediums. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my very special guest today is Maya Sinclair. “Welcome to the show, Maya.”

“Thanks, Lisa. It’s nice to be here. I always enjoy listening to your show.”

“My bio says you’ve moved recently.”

“Yes, to a small city in Pennsylvania called Hode’s Hill.”

“Any specific reason for the move?”

“I needed a fresh start after…well—I had a car accident that shook me up pretty badly.”

“That sounds awful.”

“I don’t remember a lot about it. They tell me I was clinically dead for a period of two minutes and twenty-two seconds. That number will stick in my head forever.”

“I’ve heard of people seeing things when they have an experience like that. Were you aware of what was happening?”

“Only that there were others there, too. I was in the Aether—an old Spiritualism term for the limbo between worlds. The home I’m renting belonged to a woman who conducted séances for a living in the late 1800s. As a result, I’ve learned a little about the practice of Spiritualism since learning about Lucinda.”


“Lucinda Glass, the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill. She was apparently well known in her day. There were a lot of strange things that happened in Hode’s Hill back then, including The Fiend.”

“I’m afraid to ask who—or what—that is.”

“Some kind of devil-creature who stalked the town in the late 1800s. Several deaths were blamed on him. All pretty gruesome from what I’ve heard. He terrorized the town for several weeks. Then one night, a group of armed men chased him onto the Old Orchard Truss Bridge where he was shot and swept away by the river. The history kind of grew into an urban legend and now, every June, the town holds a festival with music and food. Some people even dress up as the Fiend.”

“That sounds like fun.”

“I thought so, too. But when I was walking home after the first night of the festival, I saw it—him—the creature. Whatever you want to call him in an alleyway.”

“I thought you just said there were a bunch of people dressed up as the Fiend. You know, maybe a drunk, taking a whizz.”

“Yes, but this creature was real. I could feel it. It was so massive, and…sorry. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to think back to that night. The creature attacked Leland Hode.”

“Hode as in Hode’s Hill?”

“The same. Leland’s family founded the town, and he and his son, Collin, run Hode Development. The police tried to tell me I’d seen someone in a mask, but it wasn’t long before other attacks led people to think the Fiend had returned for real.”

“Your poor thing, I’d think you would start locking your doors and staying inside.”

“I might have if not for the hauntings.”

“Wait, what hauntings?”

“The spirit of Lucinda Glass never left her home. After the Fiend attack on Leland, she made her presence felt several times in my house. I was terrified.”

“What did you do?”

“Several friends helped me out, including Collin. That’s when I started learning about Spiritualism. The whole thing seemed like a mess—Lucinda, the Fiend, Leland—but I knew I couldn’t walk away, even if getting to the bottom of the mystery meant delving into a séance.”

“It does sound like some of those people and events could be connected.”

“I’m learning the past and present are very much connected in Hode’s Hill. That includes me, and the two minutes and twenty-two seconds when I was clinically dead. They say everything happens for a reason, so I feel I’m where I’m supposed to be.”

“I wish you the best of luck, Maya. Any last comments for our listeners?”

“Just to say thanks for having me as your guest. It was fun to be here, and I hope some of the people tuning in will be intrigued enough to check out my story.”

“You can learn more about Maya and The Fiend, in the book, Cusp of Night, by Mae Clair. I’ll post all the deets on the website after I go off the air.

“Don’t forget to use those sharing buttons today. It really helps my guests, and I know Mae and Maya would do it for you, when your character appears on the next Lisa Burton Radio.”


Cusp of Night

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house–a woman whose ghost may still linger.

Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .

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63 responses to “The Cusp of Night, on #LisaBurtonRadio

  1. I will remember Mae Clair’s book, Cusp of Night for a long time, and looking forward to the next in the series!

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  2. Great interview! Cusp of Night is one book that will linger in my memory. The dialogue is wonderful and the story utterly riveting. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  3. harmonykent

    Great interview! I seriously need to finish what I’m reading so that I can get to Mae’s book, which is on my e-reader taunting me. I have the sequel End of Days on pre-order already! 🙂

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  4. Great interview, Lisa and Maya. Sounds like an intriguing mystery.

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  5. Oooh, loved the interview, Lisa and Maya. Cusp of Night is on my TBR list.

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  6. Lisa never fails to tease out fascinating information from her guests. Another wonderful email from another wonderful novel.

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  7. For those who read the comments, I’m on a work trip. I’ll respond to everyone, but it might not be right away. Mae Clair is one of my “must read” authors. I just downloaded my copy of Cusp this morning.

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    • Craig, thanks so much for inviting Maya to your blog. She loves listening to Lisa’s show and told me she was utterly thrilled to be a guest. I have to agree with her that Lisa is such a class act. And you aren’t so bad, yourself 😉
      Seriously, thanks so much. And many thanks for the kind words about my work and book purchase. I think you will like this one!

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  8. Reblogged this on From the Pen of Mae Clair and commented:
    Maya Sinclair, the heroine in my new release, Cusp of Night, is being interviewed by Lisa Burton on Craig Boyack’s blog. Lisa is Craig’s PR spokes model who hosts a weekly show. Hop over and check out the interview, and sign up for your own character interview while you’re there.

    Also, Craig’s blog, Entertaining Stories, is a “must follow.” He’s a wonderful supporter of other authors, a brilliant writer (I highly recommend his books) and a fun blogger. His blog is called Entertaining Stories for a reason!

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  9. I’m still convinced you wrote this with me in mind, Mae – it ticks all the boxes on my ‘How Much Does This Book Intrigue Me’ scale.

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  10. A wonderful interview with Maya! I am deep into the book right now and can’t wait to get to the bottom of all this! Thanks, Lisa, Mae and Craig!

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  11. D.L Finn, Author

    Loved this interview! Even more excited to read.

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  12. Wow. Great interview. I like Maya already. Thanks, Greg, Mae, and Lisa.

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  13. Gwen Plano

    I have my copy now and can’t wait to begin reading it. Great interview!

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  14. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    Mae Claire’s book, The Cusp Of Night, is featured on this edition of Lisa Burton Radio from this post on the Entertaining Stories blog.

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  15. robbiecheadle

    A very interesting interview, Lisa. Ghosts and seances make for a great interview.

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