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

Friday, May 24, 2013

My Former House of Pain--er...Study

Come visit me at my former place of labor today at the Secret Cravings Publishing blog: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com/2013/05/where-i-write-ms-spencer.html. I’ll talk about my writing routine and you can enjoy photos of my study and view. Since I moved last Sunday to Florida things will be a bit different now, but I’ll still have my “stuff” around!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

And Now at Sarah Cass' Redefining Perfect on Plane Design

Sarah Cass puts me on the spot May 23 at http://redefiningperfect.com/2013/05/lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer/ to talk about my new romance, Lapses of Memory, a novel in which two romances intertwine as a mother recounts her life-long love affair while her daughter juggles two lovers. I’ll talk a bit about my research on the development of airplane technology and give away a pdf of one of my backlist. Come on by!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I'm at Writer Wonderland Today

Join me todayhttp://writerwonderland.weebly.com/2/post/2013/05/lapses-of-memory-by-ms-spencer.html?
at Morgan Wyatt’s Writer Wonderland, where I’m discussing how a story grows from a kernel of memory or an anecdote or even an image. I’ll talk about my new romance Lapses of Memory and giving away a pdf to one lucky reader:

Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm at the Author Desk at Rita Bay's Blog

On May 19 I’m a guest of Rita Bay (http://ritabay.com/2013/05/19/m-s-spencer-visits-an-authors-desk-a-giveaway/ OR http://wp.me/pYYVF-27D  ), answering questions about my work style and study at her feature the Author’s Desk. You'll see a photo of my study that was (before I moved to Florida yesterday!).
One reader who describes their work place will win a lovely mouse pad and key chain.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Welcome to the Cuddle Up to a Romance Blog Hop. No Snoring Please!

Let’s cuddle up with my new romance from Secret Cravings, Lapses of Memory. Here’s the story:

Lapses of Memory, my May 10 release, is a story within a story, in which Sydney Bellek relates the story of her life to her daughter Olivia.  Every few years from the age of five Sydney meets her true love Elian Davies, but while he remembers her, she doesn’t recognize him. Only after surviving wars, revolutions, and years of separation does she realize they are meant to be, but this time it is Elian who has lost his memory of her. While Olivia chronicles the ups and downs of her parents’ romance she must also deal with her own dilemma, choosing between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to take her around the world, and the strong, silent, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who wants to make her happy. 

EXCERPT (PG): The Lady Doesn’t Remember
Several beers later they wobbled out to the lobby holding hands. Sydney had learned enough to know this Elian was a complex person and really, really cute. When they reached her room he backed her against the door. She could feel his penis throbbing through his jeans and took a minute to revel in the desire the friction ignited before pushing him away. He set his arms on either side of her, and regarded her with serious eyes. “You still don’t remember me, do you?”
She shook her head. She didn’t really want to recognize him. Placing him in some other context could only be deflating. She liked him now, a tall, thin, russet-haired man with a pulsing member and inviting mouth, currently blowing a tidal wave of pheromones in her direction.
He continued to stand there, making none of the moves she wished he’d make. Finally she took a step toward him and held out her lips. Leaning in, he took them with his. The link pulled the rest of their bodies together. Arms went around waist and neck, bellies ground against each other, thighs intertwined. Sydney fell into a long, dark, winding tunnel that squeezed her, taking her breath away. She no longer felt corporeal, but more like a soft piece of quivering tissue, the bones dissolving, reduced finally to a pool of liquid heat.
He broke away, panting. “Now do you remember me?”
Her arms empty, she tried blinking to drag herself back to the present. Elian swam into view. His azure eyes shot signals, signals that she couldn’t decipher. What does he want of me? Why can’t we live for the moment? Just be in the here and now? For an instant she thought of lying, but somehow she knew he would see through it, that it would only push him farther away. “I’m sorry.”
He lifted his arms, and dropped them in frustration. He gazed at her, pleading. She couldn’t help him. Bits of him seemed familiar—as though those features belonged to someone else she’d known a long time ago. Other bits, like his deep, gruff voice and his air of insolence, were strange and new. A fleeting sense of abandonment passed through her. Whoever he reminded her of had left her once before. She didn’t want that loneliness again. She turned from him and put the key in the door. He caught her arm. “We’ll meet again, Sydney.”
She tried to match the hope in his voice. “Perhaps we will.” She ran inside and threw herself on the bed. After a good cry and a call for room service, she paced the room, trying to get a grip on her emotions. Something deep in Elian’s eyes drew her. She didn’t recognize his face, but she felt a linkage, a bond with him. An affinity shared, but long ago. She understood him, knew him. A face rose before her, but all jumbled as though she looked at it through a kaleidoscope. Eyes, chin, nose, cheeks, all split up into triangles and rhomboids, making the face as inscrutable as a Picasso painting. She gave up.
Halfway through the chicken cordon bleu she stopped, fork stalled two inches from her mouth. Why does he care whether I recognize him? What is this rapport I sense? Is there some deep, dark secret I should know? Oh my God, is he my long lost brother?
Could he be? Read the book to find out! I’d be happy to give a pdf copy of Lapses to a reader with a most interesting flight story. Please be sure to leave your email address in the comment. Here's the main link to the blog hop: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com/2013/05/secret-craving-publishing-contemporary.html

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two Very Different Blogs Today

Join me for a lighthearted romp through my method for naming characters at the delightful Literary Lagniappe, a site that highlights behind the scenes views of romance writing: http://literarylagniappe.com/2013/05/16/naming-characters-for-fun-and-profit-by-m-s-spencer.  I’ll talk about the secret meaning behind the names I chose in four of my novels: my new release Lapses of Memory, Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, Triptych, and Mai Tais and Mayhem. One lucky reader will win a pdf of one of these romances. Then hop over to Morgan Wyatt’s Writer Wonderland, discussing how a story grows from a kernel of memory or an anecdote or even an image. I’ll talk about my new romance Lapses of Memory and give away a pdf to one lucky reader here:  http://writerwonderland.weebly.com/)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More: Guest Blogger M. S. Spencer

Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More: Guest Blogger M. S. Spencer: Thanks for having me, Nikki. I’d like to talk about my new release, Lapses of Memory, and give away a pdf copy to one lucky reade...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Storm Clouds Over Lapses of Memory at Nikki Barrett's Today

Ack! Spotlighted—or at least my new release, Lapses of Memory, is. It’s the story of two people who meet every few years as both their love and flight technology grows. The principle romance—between two journalists as they compete for scoops in international hot spots—is intertwined with that of their daughter’s present-day predicament—having to choose between a reserved American and a dashing Frenchman. On Monday, May 13 I’m talking at Nikki Barrett’s about the background of the story and have a spicy excerpt to share and a prize! http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/05/guest-blogger-m-s-spencer.html.

The First Stirrings of Love--Chapter One of Lapses of Memory Available Today

Tired of reading itty bitty blurbs or foreshortened excerpts? Try the entire first chapter. My new release Lapses of Memory is showcased today at D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters. Read about the first time Sydney and Elian meet. Which one recognizes his or her true love and which one doesn’t? Find it here: http://drb1stchp.com/2013/05/lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer/

Friday, May 10, 2013

Release Day!

Lapses of Memory is published by Secret Cravings Publishing
eBook, 70,000 words, M/F, 3 flames

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I'm at Clares Blog 2 the Haven celebrating my new release

Want to know more about airplane technology and romance go together? Come read about it on May when I visit Clare Dargin’s lovely site May tenth to celebrate the release of my latest romance, Lapses of Memory: www.claresblog2thehaven.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I’m the featured author in the May issue of Marketing for Romance Writers newsletter. Check out both my latest releases, Lapses of Memory and Mai Tais & Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine here: http://issuu.com/mfrw/docs/05-13

Lapses of Memory Uncovered

Join me today at Calisa Rhose’s Ranch Guests site where she exposes the fabulous cover to my May 10 release Lapses of Memory on her Uncover Mondays feature (yes, it will be on Wednesday but let’s not quibble). Check it out here: http://wp.me/p1tz0T-Kt

Saturday, May 4, 2013

An Introduction to My Upcoming Release Lapses of Memory

Lapses of Memory follow the exploits of two journalists, Sydney Bellek and Elian
Davies, as they travel the globe reporting on various world catastrophes. The first time they meet as adults, Elian is about to infiltrate a fictional Greek revolutionary group, and Sydney is off to Cairo to study Arabic. The next time they are both covering the initial stages of the revolution in Iran and only barely escape. Again a few years later we find them rivals in the search for a scoop on the Lebanese Civil War. With all the absences and crises and competition, it doesn't seem that a happy ending can ever happen, but then this is a romance.

Since I lived through these same events, I wanted to convey both the excitement and the trepidation associated with being in the midst of a world-shattering crisis. As reporters Sydney and Elian sensed that something important was going on, but couldn’t know the extent or the consequences of it. To add that dimension, Sydney tells the story of her life to her daughter. I hope you find it as romantic as I do. It will be available from Secret Cravings Publishing on May 10. Here's the link:  (http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=595