Flotsam & Jetsam

What set Ellie off anyway? A thought intruded. No, couldn’t be. He checked her profile. Nah. But his mouth formed a hopeful smile, and he leaned back, humming his favorite tune. Flotsam & Jetsam

The dashing Frenchman or the handsome handyman? Who will she choose? For the Love of a Spy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome to the Hero Blog

My Heroes, Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em

I have published five romantic suspense mystery novels. Being romances, they each have the requisite hero and heroine, challenge, and happy ending. You might think that would make the characters cookie-cutter cardboard creatures, but you would be wrong. Let’s visit them.
 These are my heroes: Michael, James, Jack, Luc, Tristram and Cameron. Aside from a growing preference for more interesting names (although Michael remains my all-time favorite name and you’ll always find someone named Michael in every book), they are a motley crew.
Michael Keller (Lost in His Arms) is a CIA operative, wedded to his job, mysterious, reticent, a jack of all trades. He appears and disappears according to his schedule. He loves Chloe, but his duty comes first. He’s the epitome of the strong, silent type, unflappable in the face of danger and women.
Gruff and manly, James Stewart (Lost and Found) is also reticent. However, he’s not a loner like Michael, but a strong family man, a country man, who knows the importance of loyalty and backup. He is patient, looking at the long-term, waiting for his heroine to figure out her life.
Jack Andrews (Losers Keepers)…now, Jack’s a bit of a detour. Almost an anti-hero, he’s rather childish, quick, talkative, clever, and sexy. He’s an “earn-while-you-learn” kind of guy, failing for most of his life, but persevering, heading ever closer to adulthood. Luckily, his heroine is the forgiving sort. Of course, that couldn’t have anything to do with the fabulous sex.
Luc (Triptych) is…well…French. Mysterious like Michael, yes, but the mystery arises rather from a sense of aristocratic privacy and reluctance to publicize family secrets than from the requirements of his job.  Unlike Michael or James, he’s impatient, quick to condemn and withdraw. He needs his family and that of his heroine’s to nudge him in the right direction.
In Tristram Brodie, hero of Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, we have a hero who’s come into his own. He has a sense of humor and a resilience born of dealing with the many vicissitudes of life. He is mature enough to handle any of my crazy heroines, and Milo Everhart, artist with the full-blown artistic temperament, is the craziest.
There’s one more. Cameron Mason appears in my upcoming release Mai Tais & Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine, a Sarasota Romance. But maybe we’ll wait to see what you all think of him…
That said, all my heroes are, naturally, handsome, sexy, and strong, and in the end they support, protect, defend, and love their mates. 
Next month: my heroines. Now there’s a handful!

I hope everyone is enjoying the hero blog hop. It runs July 27 to July 31. Please be sure to leave your email with your comment. Winner (picked at random from the comments) will get a lovely engraved pen (that works!). You’re also automatically entered in the Grand Prize contest.

Once you’ve finished here, please hit the more than 100 other great authors on the Hero’s Blog! Click on any of the links here: 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We Have Winners!

At my two blog posts, I offered a copy of one of my books to readers with the most interesting comments. Laura Thomas won at Sheri Fredricks' site and Rick Bylina at Anne K. Albert's site. Check out the two posts:

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Sampling of My Oddest Jobs: Interviewed at Romance Lives Forever

Kayelle Allen interviews me at her lovely site Romance Lives Forever and asks the interesting question: what kind of jobs have you held before you became a superstar author (well, she didn’t exactly put it THAT way). Come find out a few of the weirder ones at

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2 Count 'em 2 Fun Guest Posts--Still Time to Enter

Drop by Anne K. Albert's Muriel Reeves Mysteries blog to read all about my greatest fear (you know who you are). You'll find me at : 
Then take a gander at all five of my current books and their covers at Sheri Fredricks' site. Let me know which of the covers you like best. The commenter with the best reason will win an engraved (and working) pen. Be sure to leave your email on the comment. You can comment here:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Romance Lives Forever

Find out who I'd like as a mentor in a wide-arranging interview with Kayelle Allen July 20 at her wonderful site Romance Lives Forever. Click on her button in the left sidebar here to check her site out: http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lolita & Chocolate--Interviewed at Joyfully Reviewed--

Joyfully Reviewed interviewed me July 13.  In it I reveal my first encounter with Lolita and who I’d pick to play the lead in Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders. Quick note: Mai Tais & Mayhem is now in production!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

And Now FIVE Stars for Artful Dodging

Read Erin O’Quinn’s scintillating review for Artful Dodging at my page on Goodreads. Here’s a sample: “Artful Dodging is a hot read--a mystery with a plausible, tantalizing romance that literally had me at “hello.”

Thursday, July 5, 2012

So much news!

First, You Gotta Read Reviews gave me FOUR AND A HALF STARS for Artful Dodging! Quote: “M.S. Spencer has written a good murder-suspense romance, Artful Dodging, driven not just by multiple corpses and bewildering clues, but by sparkling wit and earthy, believable love scenes.”

AND Secret Cravings accepted Mai Tais & Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine today. I'm so excited. Set on the Florida Gulf Coast, it follows the adventures of Tessa Diamond as she deals with new love, old love, murder, sea turtles, big fish, smugglers, parrots, pigs and the Russian mob, not necessarily in that order. Look for it soon!