Day 7 Guest: Mae Clair with Winter Fairy Tales

Welcome to the blog, Mae Clair and thanks so much for contributing. You know how much I love your fairy tales on your blog.

Winter Fairy Tales by Mae Clair

As much as I love warm weather (and wouldn’t mind living somewhere tropical year round), I’ve always held a fascination for stories set in cold climates. Snow settings can be beautiful and magical, but also claustrophobic. THE RINGED CASTLE by Dorothy Dunnett (book 5 of the Lymond Chronicles) is an amazing read set in 16th Century Russia that conjures all three of those feelings and ranks as one of my favorite reads.

Russian folklore is where I found the legend of The Snow Maiden, a short poignant fairy tale.  There are several variations but all agree on the basics – – a woodcutter and his wife, lonely and childless, fashion a snegurochka, a maiden from snow. Taken with their creation, they wish her to be a daughter they can love and cherish. Their desire is so strong it weaves an enchantment that brings the snow maiden to life. Overjoyed, they take her into their home as their own child.

All is well until the first sign of spring when the snow maiden tells them she must head north to lands where winter still reigns. Upset at the thought of losing her, the woodcutter barricades the door as his wife wraps the girl in her arms to prevent her from fleeing. As she holds her, the snow maiden slowly melts into nothingness. Overcome by grief, the couple mourns throughout the year. The next winter their daughter returns and their sadness becomes joy. The snow maiden promises to stay the season and return each year after that.

In another version of the tale, the snow maiden falls in love with a young man from the village. One day they wander into a birch wood where the last vestiges of winter are fading and green shoots struggle to push up from the ground. The snow maiden turns her face to the sun and with its touch dwindles into an icy mist that is whisked away by the wind. And so winter must always yield to light and life as winter yields to spring.

I love these old fairy tales. Do you have any favorites from childhood that resonate with you the way snow and winter resonate with magic? I’m happy to award an epub or mobi copy of my latest release, TWELFTH SUN to one commenter. In contradiction of our current winter temperatures, TWELFTH SUN is a romantic mystery involving an older woman with a younger man, set during early summer.



The hunky young PhD knows all about seduction, but what does he know about love?

Reagan Cassidy is settled in her life. She has a thriving interior design firm, an upscale condo, two cats, and a goldfish. As a favor to her uncle, she agrees to team up with his marine archeologist friend to validate and retrieve a nineteenth-century journal, reputedly that of a passenger aboard the doomed schooner Twelfth Sun. Finding a hunky twenty-five-year-old coming out of the shower in her hotel room wasn’t part of the deal, but it’s hard to complain…

Dr. Elijah Cross is cocky and he knows it. He enjoys trading barbs with the lovely Reagan. Barbs, and some innuendo. He can tell she’d rather get back home to her business than stick around for the extended treasure hunt they’ve been talked into, but he’s fine with the situation. At least, until the “clues” start getting personal.

Reagan finds Dr. Gorgeous is as skilled in matters of the heart as he is behind the lectern. Throw in a series of clues which mean more to Elijah than he’ll explain, several odd-ball competitors out to win the journal, a saboteur, and a lavish seaside mansion, and Reagan has enough trouble keeping her head straight, let alone her heart.

WARNING: Younger man, older woman, nautical riddles and romance.

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27 thoughts on “Day 7 Guest: Mae Clair with Winter Fairy Tales

  1. Hello again! I just wanted to say congrats to Heather for winning a copy of TWELFTH SUN (Heather, I shot you an email about the win), and thanks again to everyone for commenting on my post. Thanks also to Daisy for putting together such a fun blog event this month and for inviting me to take part. Even though I was late, I had a blast!!

  2. My apologizes again for not being present yesterday. Thank you Daisy for the visit and for greeting all those who left comments. Wishing you a joyous holiday season!

    • Sometimes stuff gets in the way of where we might want to be. I think everyone knows that can happen this time of year and especially with such dreadful weather to contend with.
      All the commenters here loved you blog post, and I know they will love you weekly blog too. Have a fabulous holiday season.

  3. wooo, mae, I also love stories set in winter. Okay, as long as there is a love story it doesn’t matter the season so much, but there is just something about the backdrop of snow. encourages cuddles i think 🙂 intriguing fair tale! i like the one where she falls in love. I hope she comes back to him year after year…

    Great post, Mae and Daisy! Started off my morning with a smile 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting, Tera. The magic of today’s post all belongs to Mae, who is a wonderful weaver of tales.
      I’m so glad the blog gave you a smile to being your day.

    • Hi, Tera. The winter setting is right up my alley today. We are supposed to get blasted with snow in my area. Unfortunately, it’s going to be followed by freezing rain and sleet. Ugh! Maybe it will inspire me to write a snuggly romance, LOL!

  4. I’d never heard the Snow Maiden fairy tale before but I love it. I’ve read Twelfth Sun and adored it. The riddles were fun to try to solve along with Reagan and Elijah. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to run right over to Mae’s blog and subscribe. I’m sorry to say I’ve been ignorant of it until now.

    • Aww, Gemma, I’m thrilled to have you as a follower on my blog.:D Each Monday I do something called Mythical Monday wherein I share tales about legends and creatures from folklore. I just love that stuff!! And I’m so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed Twelfth Sun. Coming up with the riddles was favorite part of the creation process!

  5. It certainly sounds like an entertaining read Daisy. It is MINUS 41 HERE with the windchill so anything that reminds me of summer or even spring is an absolutely wonderful idea. And who doesn’t love the idea of curling up under a warm fuzzy blanket with a good book (like Twelfth Sun) inside while the weather outside does its thing. The true joy of ebooks is that you don’t have to go to the store to pick them up or even answer the door (and let the weather in) for the delivery boy. *ahhhhhhhh*

    • Minus 41 ?!?!? omg, and I’m dreading snow, freezing rain and sleet? It sounds positively brutal where you are. A great time to stay indoors, snuggled up, reading 🙂

    • Yeah it has been so cold here this week the battery fluid in my battery in my car in the garage HAS FROZEN! We took it out and it is in the house warming up, poor thing.

      I would rather have cold cold than sleet and freezing rain personally.

  6. I have to say Miss Mae is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to mythology and legend. I am so impressed I follow her Mythical Monday posts. Absolutely love it. Hmmm… a winter fairytale? Only the greatest there ever was. Santa Claus. I’m living it every day with a 2 and 5- year old that count down the days to Christmas morning. I found this site on the origins of Santa from St. Nicholas. Interesting! So it was stories that evolved the saint into our jolly ol’ St. Nick.
    Every day, I’m prouder to be a storyteller. 🙂 And I can vouch that Miss Mae is one of the best.

    • Aww, thanks for the lovely comments, Cd. 🙂 I’m going to have to delve into that link you sent about St. Nick. You know how I love exploring that stuff. It’s no secret I’m addicted to myth. I bet your kids are having a blast waiting for the arrival of Christmas morning. I can just imagine the festive, fun spirit running through your house!

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