Things Old and Forgotten

I’m so excited to have Mae Clair at Entertaining Stories once more. She’s here to tell us about a new collection of short stories she’s published. Make her feel welcome, and use those sharing buttons to spread her good news.

Hi, Craig. Thanks for hosting me today and allowing me to share my newest release with your readers. Things Old and Forgotten is a collection of short fiction that includes stories in several genres—magical realism, fantasy, speculative, even two that touch on mild horror.

When I was in tenth grade, my English teacher gave me his Lord of the Rings book collection to read, and an entire new realm unfolded before my eyes. Prior to that I’d been reading mostly science-fiction, but the discovery of epic fantasy was unlike anything I’d encountered before.

I was hooked, and spent the next decade devouring books of wizardry, magical artifacts, and enchanted realms. To this day, I still love a good epic fantasy or sword-and-sorcery novel. When it came time to put together my collection of stories for Things Old and Forgotten, I couldn’t resist including a few fantasy tales. Below is the opening from The Chaos Stone, one of the fantasy tales included in my collection.

EXCERPT:

Cold, velvety blackness. It was the element O’Lorian knew best. He stirred stiffly, limbs awakening in protest. A dull fire burned in his side as he struggled to sit. The rock at his back was rough and pitted. Overhead, jagged stone disappeared into shadow, defining the vacuous scope of a cavern. Garrick had done well in securing cover.

“Aseyrofen.” The bird materialized at the mouth of the cave, its ghostly wings luminous in the darkness. O’Lorian offered his arm. “Where is the human?” The bird alighted on his wrist with a scathing cackle. “Fled? How senseless.”

Especially after the human had gone to the trouble of cleaning and bandaging his wound.

O’Lorian slipped from the cavern, spurred by hunger.

“You need not fear for Trent, my lady. I would not destroy the means of my salvation, particularly when I may yet require his assistance. Our destination is still a few days distant, and these woods are unfamiliar. I would not have found the cave in time.” He paused, inhaling deeply. “Do you sense it, Aseyrofen? The slumbering phantom that awakens with the sun’s demise?”

The bird nipped his sleeve in gentle reprimand.

“Yes, I know, but it’s been some time since I fed. The werebeast’s blood was defiled.” He withdrew his sword. “I promise to be civilized, my lady. As genteel as possible. Perhaps you would care to join me?”

With a screech of displeasure, Aseyrofen vanished into the trees. Laughing softly, O’Lorian did the same.


BOOK BLURB:

A man keeping King Arthur’s dream of Camelot alive.
A Robin Hood battling in a drastically different Sherwood.
A young man facing eternity in the desert.
A genteel southern lady besting a powerful order of genies.
A woman meeting her father decades after his death.

These are but a few of the intriguing tales waiting to be discovered in Things Old and Forgotten. Prepare to be transported to realms of folklore and legend, where magic and wonder linger around every corner, and fantastic possibilities are limited only by imagination.

 

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Thanks again for hosting me today, Craig. In honor of my love for autumn—a fantastic time to curl up with a book—Things Old and Forgotten will be on sale for .99c through October 31st.

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38 responses to “Things Old and Forgotten

  1. My English teacher gave me IT to read, lols 😂 I wanted to put the book in the freezer when it got too scary! I can so see how LOTR got you started, Mae. Great post and wishing you all the best. I loved this book 🙂
    Craig, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Weren’t English teachers great, Harmony? 🙂 I love how they went beyond the normal and really made an effort to connect with students. Maybe it’s because we both loved words and were aspiring writers. And I was like that with The Shining, LOL.
      So glad you enjoyed Things Old and Forgotten!

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  2. Just here to once again tell everyone to get Mae’s book, because it’s fantastic! 🥰 Haha. And thanks for hosting her, Craig!

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  3. I loved Lord of the Rings! Not sure I’d have the patience to read it again, however. 🙂

    You’ve put together a great collection of stories, Mae. Thanks for hosting, Crait.

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    • Joan, I think I must have read the entire trilogy 3 times and the Fellowship of the Ring (my favorite of the books) 4 or 5 times. Some of the language in those books is like poetry.

      Thanks for visiting me and cheering me on with Things Old and Forgotten!

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  5. I love that your tenth grade teacher had such a positive influence on you and your writing, Mae. Thanks for hosting today, Craig!

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  6. Craig, many thanks for opening your blog and hosting me today. It’s great to be here. Thanks for your help in spreading the word about Things Old and Forgotten!

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  7. So good to see Mae here today, Craig, and especially since she’s sharing more goodies from her latest book. I’m enjoying Things Old and Forgotten tremendously! As a lover of anthologies, I’m especially appreciate of really good ones, and this one truly is. There’s something for everyone inside the stunning covers, and all of it beautifully and magically written!

    Mae, I’m wishing you huge success with this wonderful collection of tales. You’ve earned it!🤗💖

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  9. I feel like I say “that was one of my favorite stories of the collection” at every stop. But it’s true each time. This is a fabulous collection. Best wishes, Mae.

    Craig, thanks for hosting.

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  10. It is good to see Mae here, Craig. I can’t wait to begin this book. Congratulations to Mae.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    It was the librarian who pointed me in that fantasty direction and I’m forever grateful. I’ve read the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring series more than once and will probably read it again.

    I loved this story story and all the rest in this wonderful book 🙂

    Thanks for hosting, Craig.

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  12. Another fantastic excerpt from this short story collection. I agree that epic fantasy opened up a whole new world of reading for me and my first taste of it was J.R.R. Tolkein. Best wishes to Mae and thank you for hosting today, Craig!

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    • It seems like J.R. R. Tolkien was the first foray into the fantasy genre for many of us, Jan. I think that’s so cool.
      Many thanks for following my tour and cheering me on. I’m so glad you enjoyed this collection!

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  13. Teachers can inspire you. I had many, many good teachers, appreciated them all. I enjoyed the relationship between O’Lorian and Aseyrofin. Enjoyed every story in the collection!

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    • I had several really good teachers who stood out for me, Judi. Surprisingly, almost all of them were English teachers! 🙂
      I loved writing O’Lorian and Aseyrofen. I’m so glad you liked their relationship and all the stories. Thank you!

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  14. alexcraigie

    I’ve just finished reading this wonderful collection. Loved it!

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  15. Great high school teachers rock. I wonder if Mr. Partin knows the influence he had. Congrats to Mae on a great collection!

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  16. How did you come up with those unique names, Mae? Read another story from the set today while Mom got her hair cut 🙂
    Loving the mythical elements and spine-chilling suspense!

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  17. Strangely, I always preferred The Hobbit and Chronicles of Narnia to LOTRs. My teacher gave me quite weird books like When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and Child of Satan, Child of God. This collections looks great. Thanks for hosting Mae, Craig.

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  18. My middle school English teacher was my favorite. She had such an influence on what I read and steered me in some directions that have had a lasting effect. Sure am enjoying this blog tour, Mae!

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  19. I recycled many physical books, but Lord of the Rings is one of the few books I still have on my shelf, Mae! I’m almost done reading your book and loving every story!

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  20. Great post, Mae! Wishing you a million sales!

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