New Release! “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow” by Mae Clair & Staci Troilo. #whattoread #newrelease #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #mystery #ghosts

I’m thrilled to welcome friends and fellow Story Empire Authors here today to share in their good news of a co-authored release! Here’s my review: LINK

Denise, thank you so much for hosting me today. I’m delighted to be here with you and your readers to share The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. I co-authored this novel with Staci Troilo, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was amazing to work with a co-author, especially someone as talented as Staci. She and I found we work great together, so who knows—maybe another down the road.

For now, we hope others will enjoy our supernatural mystery which includes dual timelines, ghostly happenings, a town curse, murder, and rumors of buried gold.  During our short promo tour, you’ll meet several characters who populate the book. Today, I’d like to introduce Victor Rowe, from the 1888 timeline. Spiritualism is a key thread in the book, so Staci and I thought we’d have each character sit down with a medium as a way of introduction.

Let’s listen in.

SPIRTUALIST: I’m honored you’ve taken the time to visit, Mr. Rowe. Your reputation proceeds you.

VICTOR: Thank you, but it’s not my habit to rest on laurels.

SPIRTUALIST: Yet I understand you’ve cut back with your profession, not nearly as active as you once were.

VICTOR: Since leaving Philadelphia, yes. I was far more engaged there—lectures, spirit circles several times a week, seances for the city’s elite. After the passing of my wife, I needed to step away from the whirlwind. Losing Constance was the catalyst to prompt my move to Chatham Hollow.

SPIRTUALIST: The town has certainly welcomed you. I believe it’s been, what—nine years? And your son, Jordan, lives with you. A young man in his early twenties.

VICTOR: (narrowing his eyes) You’re well informed.

SPIRTUALIST: Consider the subject. You’re a legend among those of us in spiritualist circles. Which is why I find it interesting a man of your standing would concern himself with an unknown like Benedict Fletcher.

VICTOR: I don’t recall saying I have.

SPIRTUALIST: Scuttlebutt around town says you and Fletcher have a rivalry going on.

VICTOR: Nonsense. We’ve crossed paths, yes. Our social circles have intersected with some of the same people.

SPIRTUALIST: The mayor—whom I believe is a good friend of yours—and his wife, Irene? There’s also her sister, Dorinda, and a particular young lady named Elayne Orrman.

VICTOR: I detest when people don’t speak plainly.

SPIRTUALIST: Then I shall… although you may think highly of Miss Orrman, I believe the opposite is true of Mr. Fletcher. I think you would enjoy discrediting him.

VICTOR: Then let me set the record straight. Point one—you will not mention Miss Orrman again. I will not tolerate having that young lady’s name sullied with common gossip. Point two—there is no need for me to discredit Benedict Fletcher. Anyone with a parcel of sensibility will recognize he disguises his lack of talent beneath gaudy showmanship. The man made a mockery of the Founder’s Day séance with his inept attempt at summoning.

SPIRTUALIST: You’re referencing his attempt to resurrect Ward Chatham’s ghost?

VICTOR: It’s beneath discussing.

SPIRTUALIST: According to the Chatham Hollow Chronicle you stepped in and saved the day. But then the editor, Aaron Brock, is a friend of yours.

VICTOR: Do I sense insinuation in your tone?

SPIRTUALIST: (smiling) Against the great Victor Rowe?

VICTOR: (stands) Consider this conversation over.

SPIRTUALIST: It’s interesting how no one really wants to discuss that séance, yet most feel the consequences will linger long into the future. Perhaps centuries from now others will look back and try to fit the pieces together. Maybe even attempt to decipher where Ward Chatham hid his gold.

VICTOR: A fool’s quest. Chatham and his treasure are better left where they belong—buried, and in the past.


One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.

Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.

In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.

More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be reenacted. Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.

This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.


 Thanks again for hosting me today, Denise. It was a pleasure to drop by—along with my unnamed spiritualist and Victor Rowe. (Victor, though a man of principal, is not without his share of rough edges). I invite your readers to pick up a copy of The Haunting of Chatham Hollow at the link below. Staci and I both appreciate the support and wish everyone happy reading!


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Connect with Staci Troilo at the following haunts:

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69 thoughts on “New Release! “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow” by Mae Clair & Staci Troilo. #whattoread #newrelease #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #mystery #ghosts”

    1. I’m very happy to have you visit today and share more about your great read, Mae! I’m really enjoying the interviews on your tour. I hope it gets all the readers it deserves.

  1. I loved Victor and really enjoyed seeing him here. Mae did a fabulous job writing him in both the book and this interview. Scratch that… Mae did a great job writing. Period. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

    Thanks so much for hosting today, Denise. And for that wonderful review!

    1. This was a book where all the characters were good in both time lines, Staci. What a great partnership this was between you and Mae!

    1. Thanks so much, Joan. Your support has been invaluable. Thanks for critiquing Chatham when it was in the development stages and for all the support since. You’re a rock star! 😊🤗

  2. I’m playing catch up on my blog visits today! 🤞 I can’t get over how gorgeous the book cover is. Even if I didn’t know how awesome Mae & Staci were, I’d want to pick up a copy. Thank you for hosting them, Denise!

    1. Isn’t it an amazing cover? Like you, I’d pick it up just on that, but knowing who wrote it made it a must read. What a great partnership, and story that came out of it, Mar 🙂

    2. Staci designed that cover, Mar. Isn’t it great? I fell in love with it at first sight.
      Thanks so much for your interest in Chatham. We had a blast writing the book!

  3. Victor is my favorite character in the book–ethical and warm, but he can hold his own. Benedict Fletcher is one interesting egotistical sham artist, though, so the rivalry between the two is fun to read. This was a great post. Thanks for sharing it, Denise.

    1. What a great way to sum it up, Judi. Victor was a character readers could root for in the rivalry between Benedict. Thrilled to be sharing their great story here 🙂

    2. I’m so glad you liked Victor, Judi. And Benedict. I had so much fun writing Benedict, but Victor was a close second. Thanks for all your support of Chatham Hollow!

    1. Hi, Michele! I’m thrilled you loved Victor. He was one of my favorite’s too, and such a pleasure to write. Thank you for all your support of Chatham Hollow!

    1. That’s wonderful to hear, Beem. I hope you enjoy it when it surfaces on the ever-mutating TBR. I know how those are, LOL. Thanks for visiting and following along on the tour!

  4. I love this interview! Victor was one of my favorite characters. His honesty was refreshing. Thanks for sharing, Denise! I wish Mae and Staci a smashing success with this wonderful book!

  5. Victor is playing it cool in this conversation (except when it comes to Elaine). I liked his rivalry with Fletcher and the tension it created in the story. Victor was my favorite character from the 1888 timeline. Another excellent tour stop for a wonderfully entertaining read. Congrats to Staci and Mae, and thanks for hosting, Denise. 🙂

    1. I agree that was a great rivalry between them. Yes, it was fun watching him interact with Elaine, Diana 🙂

    1. I’m sure you will enjoy meeting him, Teri! It was a hreat way to introduce the characters for sure 🙂

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