"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. "
AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
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.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
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?
Names, Myth, and Legends
I’m grateful to be here today with my most recent release, MYTH AND MAGIC, a romantic suspense novel. One of the elements I enjoyed most while writing this book was the ability to play on my love of myth in a rather unique way. Regular visitors to my blog know I have a passion for most things mythical and odd, including folklore and legends.
In MYTH AND MAGIC my hero’s mother has given all of her children (four sons) names from legend: Galen, Aren, Merlin and Caithelden. All four boys grew up surrounded by their mother’s love of things mythical, but as adults the glamour has faded. Especially for Caith who became estranged from his family, due in part, to a tragedy that occurred when he was a young teen.
The names Galen, Aren and Merlin are (mostly) well-known names from myth, but I have had several early readers ask about Caithelden. It’s an odd name, which is exactly what I wanted for my hero. One reviewer even Googled it, stating the only reference she could find was a link back to my book.
Probably because I dreamed it up—after experimenting with several different variations. I wanted my hero to be called Caith, but I also wanted a more formal sounding name that he would be addressed by occasionally (Caith-el-den).
But you can’t have a name from myth without a legend, right? J So I invented the “Myth of Orlen” about a raven that gathers the souls of the dead from battlefields. As Caith’s brother Merlin tells him early in the novel: “You know all about dead things, don’t you?” That slight (and yes, it is a slight) is not a reference to folklore but to a tragedy that occurred in Caith’s past.
Intrigued? I invite you to discover the mystery, romance, and suspense of MYTH AND MAGIC.
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Mae 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 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.
Many thanks for hosting me today and for helping me spread the word about Myth and Magic!
An excellent story, Myth and Magic. I highly recommend Mae Clair's book.
Thanks so much, Carmen. Delighted to have you pop in and support my tour! :)
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