Magical Christmas Novella: Review and Visit from the Author

Food for Poe Final 2Snow fell in well-defined flakes, delicate as lace, while I read Food for Poe, a charming Christmas novella, whose title takes on a whole new—and mischievous—meaning once the book is consumed.

The story unfolds as a blizzard engulfs the characters, embracing them in a magical tale of miracles, love, renewal, and romance. With Mae Claire‘s unique ability to weave romantic suspense with an ample serving of the fantastical, this novella makes the perfect companion for a wintry afternoon, curled up next to the fireplace, sipping on hot chocolate.

Full of the wonder of the season, it transports the reader to a place where anything is possible, even a cat capable of an extraordinary miracle.

And, now, here’s Mae, talking about inspiration and her favorite season…

Cats, Christmas, and Romance by Mae Clair

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is looming just around the corner. I have no complaints though, because Christmas is my favorite holiday. Not only do I enjoy December 25th and Christmas Eve, but I love the entire month of December. It’s like one long holiday with all the merriment, festivities, and spirit of goodwill that leads up to that very special day. I’m a Christmas sap.

So it stands to reason I’d eventually get around to writing a Christmas story.

Those who know me also know there are two things (other than writing) I’m passionate about: folklore and cats. When it came time to dream up a Christmas story, I decided to weave both elements into the tale. The result is Food for Poe, a short Christmas novella that is also a tale of sweet romance, twined with the paranormal, and even a wee smidgen of horror (just a smidge, I promise!).


When a blizzard strands Quinn Easterly at a handsome stranger’s house on Christmas Eve, she doesn’t realize her newly adopted cat, Poe, is the catalyst responsible for bringing them together.

Breck Lansing gave up on relationships after his wife, unable to cope with their daughter’s illness, left him. But the pretty blonde he rescues from a snowstorm has him rethinking his stance—especially when Quinn’s arrival coincides with a dramatic change in Sophie’s health.

Unfortunately, that change also attracts something only whispered about in folklore. Together, Quinn and Breck must defeat a sinister creature intent on claiming the ultimate payment.

Warning: A clever black cat, Christmas magic and paranormal trouble

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In celebration of the holidays, you can grab a copy for $.99 at Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a FREE Kindle Reading App for your PC, MAC, iPad, iPhone, Android or tablet here. Cats and Christmas. What could be better?

Merry Pre-Christmas and Happy Holidays!

About the author

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 ClairMae 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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9 thoughts on “Magical Christmas Novella: Review and Visit from the Author

    • Erin November 23, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      Add it to your Christmas wish-list–it’s an original addition to the holiday literature. And have a very happy holiday season!


      • Mae Clair November 24, 2015 / 3:56 pm

        Hi, Erin. Thank you so much for the lovely review of “Poe” and for hosting me on your blog. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the story and all of its twists 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!


      • Erin November 24, 2015 / 4:21 pm

        Happy holiday to you too! And I look forward to reading more of your work!

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    • Mae Clair November 24, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Hi, Daisy. Thanks so much for your interest in Food for Poe. I have a soft spot for cats, and I’m a sap when it comes to Christmas magic, LOL. I hope you enjoy the story!

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  1. Dawne Webber November 23, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    I love Christmas stories. And the cover of Food for Poe is easy on the eyes too 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mae Clair November 24, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Hello, Dawne. I love Christmas stories too, which is one of the reasons I wrote Food for Poe….well, Christmas and my love of cats, LOL. And thanks for the comments on the cover, too. I designed that myself, so I’m pleased you find it easy on the eyes. Happy holidays!

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  2. cleemckenzie December 7, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Here’s to another Christmas story. There can never be enough of them as far as I’m concerned.

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    • Erin December 7, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      I so agree! Merry Christmas to you!


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