Story Empire Roadshow Featuring Mae Clair

Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming Mae Clair, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire. Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Mae’s followers. Take it away Mae!

When the Sky Had a Tail

Hi, friends! I’m pleased to visit P.H. Solomon’s blog during the Story Empire Roadshow. If you’re just now connecting, there are posts at all SE author blogs today, with tour prizes scattered throughout. Be sure to check the full slate of events HERE to view the latest happenings.

Grand prizes are up for grabs when the tour is complete (mine is a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card), but there are goodies along the way. The more you follow and comment, the more your chances to win. I’ve even got a surprise in store for today.



If you’ve been following the Story Empire Roadshow Bookmobile tour, you know that my mystery/suspense novel, Eclipse Lake, is on sale for .99 cents through April 7.

In addition, Kensington Publishing has reduced A Cold Tomorrow, the second book in my Point Pleasant series, to .99 cents for a limited time. Easily read as a standalone book, A Cold Tomorrow continues the urban legend of the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia,  with the addition of a new element—UFOs and Men in Black.

See that green sky on the book cover? It factors into one of the early scenes in the novel. The idea for it came from an experience I had when I was six. Let me set the stage:

A warm summer night, almost dark, and I’m sitting on the front porch with my father. He and I often sat together at dusk, watching the sky. My memory of that evening is spotty but some moments are crystal clear.  After a time, my dad drifted to sleep. He’d worked a long day and was relaxed.

Shortly afterward, something large and green trolled across the sky. I remember it as a semi-cloud, the color of algae-rich seawater. Light spilled from the bottom, drenching the street, front lawn, and half of the porch in an eerie green glow. The light swept over me but didn’t touch my father who remained tucked in the shadows.

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I don’t know why I didn’t wake him. When you’re a kid you tend not question the unusual. The “cloud” moved past, and soon people were walking up the street, jabbering excitedly. My dad woke up and I followed him down to the sidewalk where a woman stopped to chat. She told my father “the sky looked like it had a tail.” I remember those words vividly. So vividly, one of my characters repeats them in A Cold Tomorrow. The green cloud makes an appearance too.

Had I seen a UFO? Maybe not of the alien variety but, even now, with the knowledge of an adult I can’t say what it was. Hot air balloon?  Definitely not. Weather anomaly? Maybe.

What I do know is that I saw an object. In the sky. It was unidentified. Fits the description of a UFO for me.

Given the woman on the sidewalk confirmed something strange had happened that night, it will forever live as a goose-bump memory in my mind. I’ve since found out (through researching information for A Cold Tomorrow) that the year in which this occurred was a year for an unusual amount of UFO sightings in my state). Interesting.

Alien UFO saucer flying on a clouds background above Earth

Here’s a look at the some of the strangeness that takes place in A Cold Tomorrow. The passage below is from one of the opening scenes. Sergeant Ryan Flynn of the Point Pleasant PD responds to a call from local dairy farmer, Chester Wilson, who called after discovering a strange substance strewn across his fields. But that isn’t all that has him worried. Take a look:

“What exactly did you want to show me?” Ryan asked, trying to keep Wilson on track. 

 “It’s just over the next rise.”  

Thankfully, the walk wasn’t far. As soon as they crested the hill, Ryan knew exactly what Wilson wanted him to see. A pattern of black-and-white splotches defined the bulk of a large farm animal lying on its side. 

“Shit.” His muttered exclamation had nothing to do with stars or UFOs. Blowing out a breath, Ryan approached the cow wordlessly. Wilson and several other area farmers relied on their prized Holsteins to keep their dairy operations running smoothly. All he needed was for some drunk to have gone on a joyride and put a bullet through the animal’s skull. But all thoughts of tanked-up behavior fled the moment he got a closer look at the carcass. 

Odd that the kill hadn’t attracted turkey vultures or crows, almost as if the poor thing was too defiled for a scavenger to touch. As far as he could tell there was no visible wound, bullet or otherwise. To be certain, he walked around the animal before squatting to take a closer look at its head. 

“Sick, ain’t it?” Wilson asked. 

Like something from a B horror movie. Ryan didn’t think an animal had that much blood in its body. The gory mess that had coagulated into a dense puddle under its head had come from its ears, nose, and mouth. 

Grimacing, he glanced up at Wilson. “Was this animal ill, Chester?” 

“No, sir. Fit as a fiddle.” 

“Kind of a weird place to find her.” The cow was in a field Wilson didn’t use for corralling, judging by the lack of fencing. Even odder, Ryan saw no sign of bovine tracks or crushed grass in any direction. And no footprints to indicate the cow had been led there. 

“How did she get here?” 

“That’s just it.” Looking puzzled, Wilson scratched his chin. “I haven’t got a clue. I put her in the barn with the others last night. That was the last I saw her until I found her this morning.” He shook his head, remorse filling his eyes as he gazed down on the dead cow. “What do you think happened? All that blood… What could do that to her?” 

Ryan hated to speculate. “I’ll call the county veterinarian for large animals.” 

“You know what he’s gonna say, don’t you?” Wilson looked up, his eyes bulging, face drawn in the early morning light. “Nothing about it’s natural. It’s like her damn brain exploded.”

Where secrets make their home… 

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Stopping to help a motorist in trouble, Katie Lynch stumbles upon a mystery as elusive as the Mothman legend that haunts her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Could the coded message she finds herald an extraterrestrial visitor? According to locals, it wouldn’t be the first time. And what sense should she make of her young son’s sudden spate of bizarre drawings—and his claim of a late-night visitation? Determined to uncover the truth, Katie only breaks the surface when a new threat erupts. Suddenly her long-gone ex-boyfriend is back and it’s as if he’s under someone else’s control. Not only is he half-crazed, he’s intent on murder….

As a sergeant in the sheriff’s office of the famously uncanny Point Pleasant, Officer Ryan Flynn has learned to tolerate reports of puzzling paranormal events.   But single mom Katie Lynch appears to be in very real danger—and somehow Ryan’s own brother, Caden, is caught up in the madness, too. What the skeptical lawman discovers astounds him—and sends him into action. For stopping whatever evil forces are at play may just keep Katie and Caden alive…. 

A Cold Tomorrow is a full-length mystery and suspense
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Thanks for visiting with me today. Don’t forget to see what the other SE authors have going on during the Story Empire Roadshow. Leave a comment to be eligible for my grand prize drawing for a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

For today’s tour stop, I’ll also draw one randomly selected name for an ebook copy of A Thousand Yesteryears, the first novel in my Point Pleasant Series.

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading Mae’s Point Pleasant series thus far and it’s excellent so make sure to click on her links to see more! You can view the Story Empire Roadshow tour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Mae’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!

Note: The image of the flying saucer was one purchased from Bigstock Photos.


  1. Mae I love the way you describe scenes, it’s so vivid. It’s like being there with you.
    Thanks for sharing so much on this tour, it’s been amazing!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Irene, and thank you for supporting me and the other Story Empire authors throughout the tour. It’s been great getting to know you.

      I do love description and I guess it shows a smidgen in my writing, LOL. 🙂
      Happy Friday!

  2. So I’m not the only one who incorporates real life events into a story. Loved reading about this and I’ve enjoyed the Point Pleasant series. I look forward to book three.

    1. Yep. I can still see that green cloud from the front porch and hear the woman on the sidewalk. I had to use those somewhere, LOL.
      And I’m glad you’re enjoying the series, Joan!

    1. Thanks for the support, Craig. I loved writing this series, especially this book. And I had to share my “UFO” experience, LOL!

  3. What a memory to carry around! No wonder you’re fascinated with UFOs and the paranormal. I love your Point Pleasant series. Great post, as always.

  4. Oh, Mae. I envy you and Joan for having seen- you an UFO and she a ghost.
    I feel pretty sure it was an UFO. A couple years ago Britain made public many files that were kept secret about UFOs sightings. So there is surely something out there.
    Mothman’s story is so touching. I hope you aren’t killing him in the last volume!!!!!

    1. I know there are a lot of case files in the US, too. I’ve read some interesting ones. I guess I’ll never know completely what I saw that night, so for me it ranks as a UFO 🙂

  5. Mae, that’s an interesting story. The only green clouds I remember seeing are usually associated with a funnel cloud – they sometimes get a weird green color. I wonder if the tail was a tornado that didn’t touch down? I’ve happened to live through and seen several tornadoes. An EF2 passed the back of my house by 10 feet back in 2011. Either way, that is a strange sighting!

    1. Wow, that must have been crazy scary. We had a EF0 pass by and touch down 12 miles down the road several years back. the devastation was unreal. I can’t imagine what an EF2 (or worse) would do.

      As for a funnel cloud, no this was completely different, and the night was calm. It shone beams of green light onto the ground as well. I’m not sure what the woman on the sidewalk saw (I think there were multiple things in the sky that night), but this was a light source.

      Sometimes I wish I could go back to that night and view it again with the eyes of an adult.

      1. I tend to write a lot of those off as “experimental aircraft” or military aircraft.

        Regarding the tornado, we had big trees down all around the house but no major structural damage. We were lucky that the stand of trees by the house took some steam out of it. But by the time it was 2/3s of the way past the house, it started throwing down huge trees. My back deck was one side of the tornado and it stretched about 50-150 feet wide. The EF5’s later that day made that one look like nothing in comparison.

  6. I loved this book – and hearing the backstory on the cover is even better. I think I saw a UFO once – driving in the early a.m. hours on the interstate then something flashed overhead. The cars in front of me must have seen it too – brake lights were everywhere. Pretty cool.

    1. Definitely cool, Teri! I love imagining all the “what if” possibilities in things like this. That’s a great story and, I’m sure, an awesome memory.

      And of course, I love that you loved A Cold Tomorrow, LOL!

    1. Thanks, Traci! I’m glad you had a chance to check out the excerpt, and also that my memory of that summer night elicited a goosebump or two 🙂

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