Searching for McDoogal #newbook

Let’s all welcome Mae Clair today. She’s one of my best author friends, and a co-founder over at Story Empire. Today she has a new book to tell us about, and it’s a short read. I love short books and it’s nice to see Mae dipping her toes in that water. I read it and gave it five stars.

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Hi, Craig! Thanks for hosting me today for the release of my Amazon 90-minute short read, In Search of McDoogal. It’s great to have a new release, and a different one at that. As a mystery/suspense author with a bent for urban legends, many of my books carry a somber tone.

Not McDoogal. This is all light-hearted fun. The reader gets to tag along as two friends try to recover a missing painting before the artist returns to town.

Brady Conrad and Declan Fitzgerald met in high school. Now, a dozen years later, they both hold key positions at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Research. Declan is IMER’s Director, while Brady serves as an investigator. Much of the financial stability behind IMER comes from Declan’s grandfather, Bartholomew Winston Everett Fitzgerald, III. That’s a mouthful, right?

The senior Fitzgerald only gets a passing mention in McDoogal, but I have plans to explore his role in the future. I hope to continue “IMER” with a series of short reads and novellas. With that in mind, I even developed a logo for the institute. Check out the image on the left.

Down the road, if all goes well, it may show up on future book covers to designate subsequent tales in the series. And the fact that my institute is devoted to both terra firma and the briny deep, gives me lots of wiggle room to play. I wouldn’t be surprised if an urban legend even crept into institute study down the road. 😉

IMER comes up several times in McDoogal, but the gist of the story is all about that missing painting mentioned above. Brady has mistakenly sold it, and only has a set number of hours to recover it before his girlfriend—the artist—returns from an out of town trip. He doesn’t have much information to go on…the buyer’s name is Abe, he drives an orange pickup, and lives in a small town called Breakers Bay.

Road trip! And naturally, nothing goes smoothly . . .

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BLURB:In search of something ugly…
All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting.
With the clock ticking toward Vanessa’s return, Brady has less than a day to track McDoogal down. He coerces his friend Declan to tag along for moral support. How difficult can it be for an investigator and the director of a renowned institute to find a single painting in a town the size of a postage stamp?
Neither Brady nor Declan counted on a suspicious sheriff, rival baseball teams with a longstanding grudge, or a clueless kid trying to win his girlfriend with all the wrong gifts.
McDoogal is smack in the middle. But Brady’s biggest dilemma isn’t the disastrous hunt. It’s confessing to Vanessa her painting is the ugliest thing he’s ever seen.

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I hope you’ll join in the fun of this road-trip-buddy-fic-comedy-of-errors. In Search of McDoogal falls into Amazon’s 90-minute short read category—perfect for an extended lunch break or quick read any time of the day or evening.
Thanks for helping me celebrate the release!
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59 responses to “Searching for McDoogal #newbook

  1. This certainly sounds like fun 💜

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  2. A very different theme for your new release, Mae… I must read it!

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    • Thanks so much, Jaye. It is VERY different than anything I’ve done before. And in these crazy, uncertain times, hopefully my little tale will bring some smiles and levity. I’m so glad it interests you!

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  3. I loved this novella by Mae, and it was was a fun, quick read. Lovely to see Mae and her book showcased here today. Thanks, Craig 🙂

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  4. Read and adored this story. I’d love to see more in this world. The comedy of errors and the banter between buddies was so fun. Best wishes, Mae. Thanks for hosting, Craig.

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  5. I laughed the entire way through this book. It was a nice, enjoyable read. Different than Mae’s usual writing, but I would like to see more stories involving IMER.

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    • I’m so glad the book brought chuckles and laughter, Joan. I really had fun writing it. I do love my urban legends, folktales and creature mysteries, but I had a blast playing around in the world of IMER. Thanks so much!

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  6. It’s fun to try a new genre. Sounds like this was a success.

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  7. I like where your mind’s going with an urban legend creeping into the institute, Mae. Sounds like you have some pretty awesome ideas and a lot of different routes to take with this series. So excited to read it!

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  8. I loved this story! It was the perfect amount of humor. I chuckled through the entire read. It made my night end on a high note.

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  9. Hi, Craig. Thanks so much for hosting me and McDoogal today. I have to apologize, because for some reason I was thinking next week. I am so discombobulated right now. I’m off to add a tag to the post I have up today to direct readers to your blog. Sorry for the confusion, but thanks for that fab introduction and for being such a great friend and host!

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  10. Great to see Mae here today, Craig, especially talking about one of my favorite reads of late! I absolutely loved In Search of McDoogal, and highly recommend it! It’s short, funny as heck, and a great set-up for more shenanigans to come! Great post, you two! Sharing! 🙂 ❤

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    • Hi, Marcia. I’m so glad you dropped by to visit with me and Craig today. And, of course, I’m thrilled you enjoyed all my silly shenanigans (what a great word!) with my new story, In Search of McDoogal. It was fun to change pace with something light and comedic. 🙂

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      • Shenanigans is right up there with discombobulated, huh? 😀 Only more mischievous! 😀 It was great for a change of pace, Mae, and I look forward to more! ❤

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  12. Perfect, Craig! Would you believe I am reading it right now?

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  13. As promised, this was a fun read. I’d know–I finished it in a few days!

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  14. This sounds like such a fun read, and I’ve had it on my Kindle since it was released. Dammit! I need MORE time to read! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Craig!

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author

    I loved this short story. I’m excited to hear there will be more, yay!

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  16. Sounds great, Mae. I have it on my Kindle. Thanks for the hosting, Craig.

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  17. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! We are all in the need of a good laugh! I’m excited to explore this new work by one of my favorite authors! thanks for this, Craig.

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  18. Where do you get your ideas Mae? This sounds so out of the box! You certainly have one of the best imaginations I’ve come across. Kudos to making a logo for your fictional department – THAT’S dedication 🙂

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  19. Sounds like a fun adventure, Mae. Congrats on your latest release!

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  20. This sounds like an engaging and fun story. Much needed right now! Congrats to Mae for getting it out there.

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  21. I loved this book! Reminded me of that movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. What fun, and so cool you’re going to do more with IMER. Okay, now to keep catching up 🙂

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