Solstice Island by Mae Clair
It’s new release time! My friend, romance and mystery writer Mae Clair, is celebrating the release of her very first self-published title! HOORAY!!!!
Solstice Island is a superbly written novella that balances romance and mystery perfectly. It’s hard to develop characters in novellas (speaking for myself here), but Mae does it so well. I felt like I understood her characters’ goals and motivations, and I sympathized with them at every plot twist.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic tale! It’s only $0.99!
Here’s the blurb:
Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?
Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.
Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.
It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.
Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters.
Oh man, how can you resist a blurb that hints at family secrets, two people with opposing goals, and an obscure area of scientific study? Before reading Solstice Island, I didn’t know what cryptozoology was. Now, thanks to the seamless way Mae weaves her research into her plot and descriptions, I’m so fascinated I spent way too long on Google images looking at blurry images of animals that may or may not exist.
Hop over to Mae’s blog to read more about Solstice Island and to meet her. She’s got a fun Monday feature where she writes a couple paragraphs about various myths. Super cool.
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, anartist 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 conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
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