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Cusp of Night by Mae Clair #Free 2/20-2/25 #GhostFiction #Mystery

Hey gang, this is one of my favorite authors, and she has a great deal going on right now. Take advantage of this pricing to pick up a great series. I’ve read them all and loved it.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Book banner header for Cusp of Night by Mae Clair shows single streetlamp on a dark corner

Ghost Fiction • Mystery • Supernatural Suspense

Hi, everyone. Goose bump alert! If you haven’t already scooped up Cusp of Night, book one of my Hode’s Hill series of novels, now is the time! Cusp will be free today through February 25th.

book cover for Cusp of Night, a mystery/suspense novel by Mae ClairBLURB:
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…

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February 20, 2020 · 8:40 PM

The 2019 Interview Series Featuring C.S. Boyack

I’m hanging out with Don Massenzio today. Stop over and say hi.

Author Don Massenzio

image1What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Honestly, it’s bulldogs. I own two, Frankie and Otto. Otto weighs in at 65-70 pounds, and Frankie seems to hold steady at 55. They relate to my writing, in that they’re usually in my lap as I write. Otto always, Frankie less so. I have what’s called a chair-and-a-half with an ottoman. He usually takes up that half and leans his head against my shoulder as I write. When she joins in, she’s usually on the ottoman with her head across my legs.

It would feel odd if they weren’t there at this point. I require quiet when I write, and they’re good for that… unless the squirrel runs by on the fence. Then we take a quick break, freshen up the coffee and get back to it.

What do you think are the elements of a good story?

There are so many…

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April 12, 2019 · 4:33 AM

A Perfect 10 with Karen Oberlaender

It’s a collection of favorite people over at Don Massenzio’s blog. He interviews Karen, and she mentions a wish dinner party list.

Author Don Massenzio

This week’s edition of A Perfect 10 features author Karen Obelaender. Karen tells us about her work and her inspiration.

Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. Flory, Steve Boseley, Kayla Matt, Mae Clair, Jill Sammut, Deanna Kahler, Dawn Reno Langley, John Howell, Elaine Cougler, Jan Sikes, Nancy Bell, Nick Davis, Kathleen Lopez, Susan Thatcher, Charles Yallowitz, Armand Rosamilia, Tracey Pagana, Anna Dobritt

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at

KarenDoes writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing is rather energizing for me. As soon as the adrenaline kicks in, my writing juices…

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May 1, 2017 · 4:30 AM

Look What I Won! @stacitroilo @virgilante #books #amreading

So glad Teri likes her prizes. I’m giving away more stuff on the 21st, so make sure you stop over.

Books and Such

If you read my latest Downsizing the TBR Pile post (here), you know that because of the Story Empire Roadshow, I’m probably changing the title of that feature to How Many Books Can I Buy Before My TBR Crushes Me – only shorter.  I’m open to suggestions.  But not only did I acquire some fantastic reads, I also won some goodies!

I won this notepad from Staci Troilo’s newest collection, Medici Protectorate series.  Although I haven’t started those books yet, I’ve read the first book in her Cathedral Lake series and have the other two in the TBR.  If you’re a fan of romance/paranormal/suspense, check out Medici Protectorate.  Swing by Staci’sblog and say hi – and maybe add to your own TBR while you’re there.

If you’re a frequent flyer over at Craig Boyack’s blog, a certain robot lady depicted on this mug needs no introduction.  If…

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April 19, 2017 · 9:50 AM

Cover Reveal: A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair #RRBC Author

Book three of this awesome trilogy is available for pre-order right now. Check out that wonderful cover art.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m kicking off the week by doing a cover reveal for A Desolate Hour, the third and final book in my Point Pleasant mystery/suspense series focused on the Mothman of urban legend.

Book cover for A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair shows a small town overlooking a river at night, full moon overhead, cover in wash of green red and black with white lettering

Book 3 in the Point Pleasant Series
Length: 79,000 Words
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Underground Imprint
Publication Date: July 18, 2017


Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing Chief Cornstalk—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?


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January 30, 2017 · 8:36 AM

Guest Post with John W. Howell: Sari and Sarah in ‘What’s a Jet?’

Collaborations are so much fun. This time John Howell’s character visits Windemere.

Legends of Windemere

(Today we have John W. Howell and his character Sarah whose newest book Our Justice, which is the finale of the John Cannon Trilogy.  Also, don’t forget to check out Legends of Windemere: the Spirit Well to get more of Sari.)

Nearly everyone is a thief in the taverns of Rodillen, so Sari feels at home with her keen senses waiting for something suspicious. Hiding her awareness behind a friendly and flirty façade, the blue-haired gypsy spins and dances through the crowd. Claiming two goblets of mead that she is sure the real owner won’t miss, she gives the bartender a little twirl of her skirts and leaps onto the nearest table. Jumping from one piece of furniture to another, only the slightly taller blond in strange clothes watches Sari’s approach. Landing in her seat, she hands one of the drinks to her new friend and juggles a dagger…

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December 20, 2016 · 12:31 PM

The Friday Fiction with C.S. Boyack

Ali has the first small excerpt of The Playground at her site today. Take a sneak peek. Check out her awesome blog while you’re there, and consider following her.

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March 25, 2016 · 4:17 AM

Researching a Fantasy Story, and How Mythology Helps by Guest Author Craig Boyack

Busy day for me today. Ali asked me to write about the kinds of research that go into a fantasy novel. You have to go to her blog to read all about it. Please do.


February 24, 2015 · 9:19 PM

The Biggest Event of the Year is Almost Here!

Take advantage of Read Tuesday. I’ve read both Conor Kelly books and recommend them highly.

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December 8, 2014 · 4:50 PM

The Friday Fiction featuring Craig Boyack

I just walked in from my field trip and found this. Thank you Ali. This is very generous of you. I’ll try to check in and participate in the comments.


August 21, 2014 · 6:24 PM