Friendship, History and Howling At The Moon

Probably my first friend when I joined WordPress was the awesome Mae Clair. We “met” early on when I stumbled on her blog. After I commented, she was kind enough to respond and visit my blog in return. Back then I was pretty green, but she must have seen something in me because she kept coming back (and I kept stopping by hers).

Through these little visits we forged a bit of a friendship. I didn’t know much about her except that she was a writer and had recently gotten her manuscript accepted by Lyrical Press and was looking forward to being published for the first time. While I enjoyed her blog posts, especially her Mythical Mondays, I was a bit nervous about her book. You see, I wanted so badly to support her, but I wasn’t sure that her book was going to be my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong… I’m a life long fan of romance. I adore supernatural stories (yes, that includes werewolves, vampires, Valkyries, demons and most of the other shifter/god related characters). My problem? I wasn’t sure about her leading man from the past. I wasn’t much into historicals these days. In fact, my leanings had taken a sharp turn towards the more explicit erotic romances, which this definitely was not! What if I read her book and didn’t like it? I worried for nothing. How foolish was I???

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Mae’s book, Weathering Rock, was jam packed with all sorts of things that drew me in and kept me interested. Seriously. The opening scene had her heroine, a school teacher named Arianna Hart, nearly hitting a man on a horse with a car in the middle of a lightening storm…and not your usual kind of lightening. It was ball lightening! Odder still was the man himself! Handsome, muscled, but with a speech pattern that screamed old world (then again, so did his attire)!

The guy she hit was her hero, Caleb DeCardian, of course! His story is a bit of a mystery… He’s a man out of time…both literally and figuratively. He’s managed to travel from the Civil War era in the 1800’s into today and his nemesis has been following him and taunting him with killings that are steadily escalating. As if that weren’t enough to contend with, when the moon is full, he shifts into werewolf form!

With all the craziness in his life, he doesn’t have time for love! Plus, he’s got a deadly cat and mouse game going with his former best friend who is out to destroy him. Not to mention he’ll be going back to the past (though he has no clue how) once his mission is completed.

Does the book sound exciting enough for you yet? Now I’m not going to spoil the story for you, because I think you should go out and buy it, just like I did. It’s a very strong freshman effort by a wonderful lady from whom I expect great things! In fact, I can’t wait for her next one. Twelfth Sun will be launching on August 5th. Her teasing tidbits that she’s shared on her blog have had me hooked from word Go!

Have you read Mae’s book yet? What did you think? If this sort of story isn’t your cup ‘o’ tea, what do you like to read?

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38 thoughts on “Friendship, History and Howling At The Moon

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Thank you for that wonderful glowing review, Kitt! I’m thrilled you enjoyed my book, especially that you chose to share it on your blog. I’m honored and flattered, girlfriend! 🙂

    Even to me it seemed like a wild bunch of plot threads when I put WEATHERING ROCK together, but somehow it worked out. TWELFTH SUN by contrast, is a straight contemporary romance with elements of mystery (no paranormal stuff).

    As a reader, I enjoy many different genres including thrillers, horror, fantasy, YA, new adult, romance, mysteries and non-fiction. As a writer, I’ve experimented in almost all of them. Isn’t it great how many options we have?

    Thanks so much for taking a chance on WEATHERING ROCK. What a lovely blog post to discover on my Friday afternoon!

  2. Emma says:

    Wonderful review. I’m always nervous to read friends’ work. What if I don’t like it? What if they want me to review? Arg.
    Mae’s book was beautiful.

  3. L.J. Kentowski says:

    I feel the same, Kitt. I’m always afraid to read a friend’s work. I like being honest, especially with my friends and I’m so afraid of finding something about their work that just doesn’t fit me. Not bad, just not me. Some people take that personally, and I would never want to hurt their feelings. Anyway, I have read Weathering Rock and OMG! I loved it! I used to read historical romances long ago, but haven’t in so long. This was such a breath of fresh air to me. Loved it! Awesome post!

    • Mae Clair says:

      Thank you, L.J. I’m thrilled you enjoyed WEATHERING ROCK. I had a lot of fun with it, taking a 19th century man and dumping him into the 21st century with an opinionated woman. Of course, I liked doing all the paranormal stuff too 🙂

      It’s always a concern when you read a friend’s book. Like you, I would never want to hurt someone’s feelings. It’s wonderful when it works out! 😀

  4. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches. says:

    Terrific review, Kitt. I also was concerned Mae’s novel might not be the right fit for me. However, Mae hooked me with her six sentence Sunday. I knew I had to read her novel, even if I had to stand on my head or do something else outside my comfort zone. Mae’s storytelling ability is first-rate and I’m looking forward to her August release.

  5. Jessi Gage says:

    I really enjoyed Weathering Rock. I loved the attention to detail in the beautiful house the book is named after. And the love story was gentle and sweet and honest. Very nice.

  6. 최다해 gongjumonica says:

    I still remember my first friend/follower in WordPress. I think everyone does. It warms our hearts to know that someone else read our writings aside from ourselves and families. It is nice to know that you keep the relationship!

    Time travel and the main character named Caleb make the story sound interesting!

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