Mae Clair Talks about McDoogal

Ciao, amici! Well, it’s my second week back, and I still haven’t figured out my new blogging schedule. Because I’m in flux, it was easy for me to work in a promo post for a friend. And what a post it is. What a story it is.

What an author. What a friend!

I could go on and on singing her praises, and that of her new release. But most of you already know and love her. (And those of you who don’t, you’re in for a treat.)

Without further ado, here’s Mae Clair to discuss her humorous short read, In Search of McDoogal.


Many thanks for hosting me today for the release of my Amazon short read, In Search of McDoogal. This is a light-hearted story, themed around the hunt for a missing painting. I’ve been making the rounds of the blogsphere, discussing everything from the main characters to their backgrounds and place of employment. The one thing I haven’t discussed is the object of the search.

Brady Conrad ends up with a mess on his hands when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting belonging to his girlfriend, Vanessa. A talented artist, Vanessa, painted McDoogal when she was in college. Brady has a set number of hours to track the painting down and buy it back before Vanessa returns from an out of town trip. He coerces his friend, Declan, to help, and the two end up jumping through multiple hoops tin an effort to get the painting back.

Declan hasn’t seen McDoogal, but he gets an earful from everyone who has, including Brady. The problem? No one seems to know exactly what McDoogal is. 

Brady thought he did, but everyone they encounter has a different idea. They only thing they all agree on—including Brady—is that McDoogal is undeniably hideous.

Now that’s a painting worth a search! ☺

Introducing In Search of McDoogal.

In search of something ugly…

All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting.

With the clock ticking toward Vanessa’s return, Brady has less than a day to track McDoogal down. He coerces his friend Declan to tag along for moral support. How difficult can it be for an investigator and the director of a renowned institute to find a single painting in a town the size of a postage stamp?

Neither Brady nor Declan counted on a suspicious sheriff, rival baseball teams with a longstanding grudge, or a clueless kid trying to win his girlfriend with all the wrong gifts.

McDoogal is smack in the middle. But Brady’s biggest dilemma isn’t the disastrous hunt. It’s confessing to Vanessa her painting is the ugliest thing he’s ever seen.

I hope you’ll join in the fun of this road-trip-buddy-fic-comedy-of-errors. In Search of McDoogal falls into Amazon’s 90-minute short read category—perfect for an extended lunch break or quick read any time of the day or evening. 

Thanks for helping me celebrate the release!


Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

Amazon | BookBub | Newsletter Sign-Up
Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | All Social Media


Well, there you have it. If you haven’t already grabbed your copy, you can find it here. And if this wasn’t enough to entice you, perhaps my review will be. You can find it here.

Please join me in congratulating Mae on her latest success, clicking those share buttons, and leaving her a comment or question below. Saluti!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

80 thoughts on “Mae Clair Talks about McDoogal

    1. Hi, Mark! I’m thrilled you’re interested in McDoogal. It’s definitively a lot different than my usual style but I had a LOT of fun with it. It’s silly and comedic, and hopefully brings a few smiles to readers 🙂

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      1. Saturday tomorrow. The forecast is for rain and -4 degrees. Can’t wait to get my Cozy on. One week out from the start of our winter down under. My favorite season for reading, Mae’s book is the perfect way to begin.

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  1. Such a terrific promo post. If I didn’t already have McDougal I certainly would run out (well…..) make that click the link and order it. Congratulations, Mae and thanks to Staci for hosting you today.

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    1. So glad to hear that, John. It’s time for me to break into a Snoopy Dance, LOL!

      Thanks for visiting and checking out the post. Staci is a wonderful host. It’s such fun to be here today!

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  2. I want to add my 2¢ today. I read and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Short reads are about all I have time for these days, and this one really worked for me. Nice to see it getting some attention today.

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    1. Hi, Craig! I am thrilled to drop by and have you add your .02. I just finished a short read myself, and agree they are awesome for quick breaks or when you don’t have time to devote to a longer work. I’m so glad you enjoyed my story. Thanks for the awesome support!

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    1. Thank you for that wonderful comment, Jacqui. It was fun to write something so short and silly, and I’m glad others have enjoyed it. I appreciate you dropping to share your thoughts!

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    1. Hi, Michele. I’m thrilled McDoogal is on your read list. It is definitely not a “pretty” painting. I had so much fun with that angle in the story. I hope you enjoy the tale!

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  3. This story was so much fun! A great, short read, perfect for those times when you want a quick but amusing escape for a couple of hours. I finished it between dinner and bedtime, and enjoyed it SO much. The story was funny, the two main characters played off of each other perfectly, and the plot was clever and witty.

    Great to see Mae here today, Staci, talking about McDoogal.I highly recommend it! (You WILL laugh, I promise.) I can’t wait to see more of Brady and Declan, and learn more about the rest of the cast in this series. 😀

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    1. Hi, Marcia! What a wonderful comment. I’m delighted you found my little tale so much fun. I enjoyed writing the banter between the two leads, plus all the inane silliness that went into the tale. It was fun to take a break from the heavier stuff I usually write. I’m going to have to revisit these guys again. Thank you for visiting today and lending your support. I’m Snoopy dancing!

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  4. What a wonderful spotlight on “McDoogal” and on Mae! Thank you for sharing, Staci. I keep forgetting I have this book on my Kindle. Things tend to get buried. I’m moving it on up on my list!

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    1. Hi, Jan! McDoogal is a really short read and very different than anything you’ve seen from me in the past. When it surfaces on your TBR, I hope you enjoy it. I had a blast writing this one, and hope to revisit these characters again someday. Thanks for visiting to lend your support!

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    1. LOL! I did put them through a lot, didn’t I? I promise it all works out in the end, but getting there….well, I let you discover what happens 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, Noelle!

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  5. Staci, thank you for hosting me today and for that fabulous introduction. I am honored, my friend! It’s so wonderful to be back on your blog, and I’m delighted to share my thoughts about McDoogal. You rolled out the red carpet for me and I am so appreciative. Woogoo! (and I know you know that’s not a typo, LOL)

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    1. Thanks so much, Tessa. It’s wonderful to be back.

      And “fun” is the best way to describe this delightful jaunt. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying the story. It’s just so… fun!

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    2. Hi, Tessa. I definitely had a lot of fun writing it and coming up with the plot. So different than what I normally write, LOL.

      And I agree, it’s wonderful to see Staci back in the blogosphere again! 🙂

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