The Spooky House by Mae Clair – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Spooky House
by Mae Clair
There’s one in every neighborhood. When I was a kid, the spooky house was two doors down, part of the urban tree-lined street where my family made their home. A brooding three-story structure of gray stone with a sprawling covered front porch, white columns, and side bump-outs, it oozed mystery. The adults might have been oblivious, but all the neighborhood kids knew it was haunted.

My friends and I were convinced a coven of witches met there, and that if you ventured too close to the sides where the shadows were thickest, you’d be sucked up into a coffin tucked under the eaves. No one would ever know, because an evil twin, capable of fooling everyone, would take your place.

The house also had a ghost who lived on the second floor. We knew this because the south facing room had a trio of beautiful stained glass windows and that was the perfect place for a ghost to languish. Our phantom was female. She was a melancholy soul who’d been separated from her true love and imprisoned by the witches because they were jealous. She spent her time listening to an old-fashioned music box, weeping for her lost love, and looking romantically tragic in a flowing white dress.

Yes, it was silly, but those images stayed with me for a long time, particularly the woman in the flowing white gown. In MYTH AND MAGIC it isn’t a house that is rumored to be haunted, but an isolated lodge frequented by corporate employees. When one of them sees a ghostly apparition “in a flowing white gown,” it’s the start of a sequence of bizarre events that have guests checking out before they can check in. Enter my hero, Caith Breckwood, a private investigator, who has a turbulent history with the lodge’s manager, Veronica Kent. It certainly doesn’t help that Caith’s family owns the lodge, or that he’s been estranged from them for years due to a tragedy that occurred in the past.

I you like myth, mystery, and romance, I hope you’ll give MYTH AND MAGIC a looksee. I’d also love to know if there were any “spooky houses” in your neighborhood—past or present!

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Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.


After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Finding little on the menu she didn’t like, Veronica settled on a hot turkey sandwich with provolone cheese and sourdough bread. Merlin ordered baked sole and wild rice, smiling at the pretty brunette who obviously found him attractive. Accustomed to his flirting, Veronica merely waited until the waitress left before continuing their conversation as though nothing had happened.

“What is it you want to tell me about Galen and Aren?”

Merlin shifted, forced to refocus on business. “I’m surprised they didn’t already tell you since you’re the manager. They think the way to solve the problems up there is to hire a private investigator and have him pose as a guest.”

“An investigator?” Veronica tried to act surprised.

“You won’t believe what those idiots did.” Merlin smiled, but there was something off-kilter about his grin. “They hired Caith, Ron. My screwed up, black-sheep brother is coming home.”

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_MythAndMagicMae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?

  3. Terrific post, thank you!

  4. Sounds like a great read.

  5. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed the post and I loved this book, thanks for sharing!

  6. Linda Romer says:

    Myth and Magic sounds great! I would love to read this book, thank you

    • Hi, Linda. Thanks so much for checking out the post and your interest in Myth and Magic. Should you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy the story. The book is presently on sale for only $.99 across all major booksellers 🙂

  7. Many thanks for hosting me today and having me as a guest on your wonderful blog!

  8. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Hi, Peggy. Great question. Personally, I’m fortunate in that I don’t experience the dreaded WB very often, but when I do I normally make myself sit down and plow through it. Rereading the last couple scenes of my WIP is normally enough to get me motivated and moving ahead again!

  9. amy bowens says:

    Sounds like an interesting book!

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