In Search of McDoogal: New Release by @MaeClair1

Hey, everyone. Today, I have a special guest. It’s always a pleasure to host Mae Clair. She’s here today to talk about a brand new release. Let’s all welcome Mae!

It’s great to be here, Joan! Many thanks for hosting me with the release of my new Amazon 90-minute short read, In Search of McDoogal. The original “McDoogal” was written years before I published my first book. It’s a fun little tale that has always stuck with me, so I decided to clean it up, add a bit of backstory, and hit the publish button.

McDoogal is based on two things I love—a quasi-scavenger hunt and a buddy tale.

Growing up, I LOVED buddy TV shows. I’m going to date myself here, but I was a huge fan of Starsky and Hutch, Simon and Simon, Hardcastle and McCormick, and the original Battlestar Galatica (as corny as it was), plus several others. There was nothing monumental about any of these shows. Occasionally, there might have been a light social lesson, but basically, they were fun, escapist tales with the relationship of two main characters carrying the plot.

In Search of McDoogal introduces Brady Conrad and Declan Fitzgerald, co-workers and friends who have known each other since high school. Both hold key positions at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Research (IMER), but their professional careers take a backseat when Brady finds himself in a jam and asks Declan­—coerces Declan—into helping him track down a missing painting.

It should be an easy task—except everything goes haywire.

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!


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46 thoughts on “In Search of McDoogal: New Release by @MaeClair1

  1. I enjoy buddy stories, but never watched any of the shows you mentioned. Where was I? I’d be horrible at Trivia. I didn’t even watch MASH. My husband jokes that if I love a TV series, it’s automatically doomed. (He might be right).

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    1. OMG, Judi. Not even MASH?!?!?
      That’s pretty darn amazing.
      I do remember plenty of shows I liked that got the ax halfway through the first season or never made it to season 2. I used to think I doomed a lot of programming too!


  2. I loved Starsky and Hutch along with Battlestar Galactica! Such fond memories of watching them. McDoogal is up next on my reading list. Can’t wait!

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    1. You have good taste in TV shows, Denise. I was addicted to both of those series.

      And I’m excited that McDoogal is up next in your reading queue. I hope you enjoy my silly romp, LOL!

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    1. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it, Jacqui. And that’s intriguing that your preferred method of reading is on your iPhone. I’ll do it occassionally, but I still haven’t gotten used to it.
      It is, however, nice to have that flexibility when I don’t have my Kindle handy!


  3. A thumbs up for buddy stories, Mae, and for <McDoogal in particular! Read it, loved it, will soon be reviewing it! A very different tone and voice compared to your more shivery tales, but SO good. I think it’s my new favorite! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Hearing it’s your new favorite makes me smile, Marcia. I am so glad you enjoyed my romp through Breaker’s Bay for a missing painting 🙂
      I’m excited to see your review. Naturally, I’ve been a wee bit worried about this one, given the difference in tone!

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      1. I think your worries are groundless, Mae. You handled it so very well, with realistically funny conversation and a fast-paced plot perfect for this tale. I predict these stories will be very popular! Hoping to be able to brain much better over the next day or two, as this cold clears up, and THEN, I’ll get caught up on a few reviews. This will definitely be one of them! 🙂 ❤

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    1. LOL! Oh, what I description. I like that, Noelle 🙂
      This one is short and silly. Definitely a snack-type of story, but I hope you enjoy it equally as much. It’s highly different in tone than what you’ve seen from me int he past!


    1. Oh, I loved those shows, Teri. I have the entire series of both on DVD….along with a few seasons of the other shows I mentioned. I am a fan of old TV. I never outgrew it!
      I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to this one, and I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. I like the buddy tales, too. Starsky and Hutch, Simon and Simon. Bosom Buddies. Ensemble cast shows are great, but even the best parts of those are usually when they distill things down to two.

    You’ve written one of my favorite buddy stories ever, Mae. Wishing you much success with it.

    Thanks for hosting, Joan.

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    1. I’m elated you enjoyed this one so much, Staci. I’ve always been a fan of buddy fiction. Doesn’t matter the setting–contemporary, Old West, Sci-Fi, I love them all. I do enjoy an ensemble cast, but of the two I’ll take buddy-type stories any day!

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      1. Speaking of Old West… Wild, Wild West had an excellent duo. And speaking of duos, have to give a shout to the dynamic duo of the 1960s Batman television series.

        I feel like I could just keep going on and on.

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        1. Me, too. There are so many good old shows. I remember watching the WWW as a kid, though I don’t remember a lot about it. Same with Batman. TV was simple, but it was fun 🙂

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