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, December 31, 2013

January Schedule: Excerpts from The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower

Great news! The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower, my new romantic suspense, will be released January 7 by Secret Cravings Publishing. To give you a taste of this novel set in Old Town Alexandria, I'll be publishing excerpts and talking about the background of the story at lots of wonderful sites this month. Here's the list:
January: Check out my blog in the fabulous new newsletter from Secret Cravings Publishing, Cravings. I'm writing about how real people have influenced my characters—with a few juicy tidbits. http://cravingsmagazine.weebly.com/january-2014-cravings-e-zine.html
January 7: Tuesday Coffee with Colette (http://colettesaucier.blogspot.com);
January 7: at Andrea Cooper's (http://www.andrearcooper.com).
January 9 at Victoria Adams (http://victoriaadams.blogspot.com);
January 10 at Smile Somebody Loves you (http://sslyblog.wordpress.com).
January 13 at Anne Lange's (http://authorannelange.com/), then
January 16 finds me at the creatively named http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/ (Vicki Locey's site).
January 17 Tamara Faye Rudkin Monteau hosts me at http://havensrealm.wordpress.com.
January 18 I'm at Jennifer Simpkins' lovely site: http://www.jennifersimpkins.net
January 19 at Alexis Walker's www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com.
January 20 Linda McLaughlin's site http://flightsafancy.blogspot.com
January 21 at Dorothy Thompson's wonderful site http://www.asthepageturns.blogspot.com.
January 27 you can catch me at Romance Books 4 Us for a scintillating interview (http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com).
January 28 it's off to another fun interview at Helena Fairfax's place: http://helenafairfax.com/
I won't get into February yet....:)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gorgeous Cover for The Mason's Mark, My Upcoming Romance

Get a load of the cover for my January release, The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance). Dawné Dominique has outdone herself this time!

The Mason's Mark is a romance/mystery set in Alexandria, Virginia. Here's the blurb:

In both the best and worst first day at work ever,  docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial falls apart when she discovers a dead body. Together with Detective Ernest Angle, she's drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons, of secret cabals and hidden treasure. Also cloaked in mystery is her new love Gideon Bliss.  A George Washington expert, he haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she'll fall in love with him only to learn he's a thief or even a murderer.

Juggling eccentric mothers and an increasingly smitten Ernest, our heroine must find answers in a complex web of intrigue, including which black ops agent to trust, whether our first president strayed, and if she and Gideon will ever be together.

Look for it in January!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Guest Author at Romance Lives Forever Today

Do drop by Romance Lives Forever today http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/romancelivesforever/conversations/messages/55183  for a peak at my latest romance Lapses of Memory. Lovely Kayelle is hosting a guest author day, so you can read lots of authors there, and participate in lots of contests. If you leave a comment here, you'll be entered for a free copy of Lapses of Memory.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I'm at 25 Days of Christmas with Raine Delight Today

Find out which of my characters I'd love to meet under the mistletoe at Raine Delight's 25 Days of Christmas and be treated to a lovely excerpt about a makeup kiss from my romantic suspense/mystery Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders. Find it here: http://authorrainedelight.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/m-s-spencer/ 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Backlist Bonanza Strikes Again: Artful Dodging Takes the Stage

Alrighty then, are you ready for the fifth installment of my Backlist Bonanza? This would be Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, recently the recipient of a glowing review (see: http://www.amazon.com/Artful-Dodging-Torpedo-Factory-Murders/dp/1618853260/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385420383&sr=8-2&keywords=Artful+Dodging and Mark Love's blog: 11/28: http://marklove024.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-quick-review-artful-dodging.html).

Murders, mistrust and miscreants--needlepoint artist Milo Everhart has her hands full. Can love blossom amidst it all?

In Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, we meet Milo Everhart and her merry band of artists. Milo creates delicate needlepoint and her friend Tekla Spirikova creates large metal objects. Together they fight City Hall (literally), which wants to give their beloved Torpedo Factory Art Center away. Things get complicated when their greatest adversary turns out to be the man Milo loves, and even more complicated when too many murder victims turn up.

Secret Cravings Publishing (April 24, 2012)
eBook, 65,000 words, Print (July 2012), 202 pp.
Contemporary romantic suspense/Murder mystery, M/F, 2 flames
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Excerpt (R): Christmas Lights and Lovemaking
“Exactly what I was thinking.”
Across the river the lights of Fort Washington dotted the water with pinpricks of phosphorescence. Behind the couple on the bench the strings of silver bulbs outlining George Washington’s home shone brightly, creating long black shadows down the lawn. Two heads nestled together. Milo purred.
“Are you cold?”
“A little.”
“You want to go in?”
“No. I’m too content to move.”
She heard the chuckle in his voice. “It’s been a…nice day, hasn’t it?”
She snuggled closer under his arm. “Very.”
He kissed the top of her head tentatively. “Do you mind?”
“Uh uh.”
He pulled her chin toward him and softly kissed her lips. She was too relaxed, too happy to argue. Tristram peered at her. “I can’t see your face. Are you smiling?”
For an answer, she reached up and pulled him to her. A few minutes later he placed a gentle hand on her breast and tickled the nipple through the layers of fabric, making her heart spin.
“Let’s go home.”
The familiar words brought her back to reality. “What about Ursula?”
“Ursula? What about her?”
“Don’t you live together?”
He paused. “No.” The unspoken words were clear. No more questions.
On the drive back, her tranquil state gave way to anticipation. Tristram whipped his Jaguar in and out of the sleepy parkway traffic, never overly reckless, but enough to get her heart beating faster. He didn’t speak. For some reason, his silence aroused her even more. What is he thinking? Is he going to make love to me or drop me off like so much used tissue?
They pulled up in front of Tristram’s townhouse on Lee Street. The last time they’d been together, the surroundings had paled before other, more pressing needs. Now, as he handed her out, Milo paused to survey the park that lay between them and the river. The sky opened up here, a change from the tall, impendent row houses and narrow streets of Old Town. Stars flashed in the Milky Way, and the moon grinned at her as she shivered in the chill breeze.
Tristram took her arm. “Do you think we’ll have a white Christmas this year?”
The question first hit her as so unromantic, she worried her little dream would dissipate into the night, but then the words took on a cozy kind of comfort, like the chitchat of an old established couple. “I don’t know.”
He sniffed the air. “Smells like snow. Come on, Milo.”
She followed him, stifling both the disappointment and her desire. He’s going to offer me a drink and send me home. And that’s okay. I’ll be fine. Oh, but look at that butt and those shoulders. Is he sexier in Armani or L.L. Bean?
He closed the door behind her, ran his arms around her middle, and kissed the back of her neck. The little hairs rose to meet him. Electricity shot through her like a high-tension power line. He touched the top of her head and slowly spun her around to face him. His eyes burned into hers, and her mouth went dry.
“Yes, Tristram?”
“Do you know where you are?”
“Um…your house?”
He grinned. “Just checking. You didn’t remember much about our last…encounter, and I want to make sure you are conscious during every single minute you spend here.”
Yeah, right. Forget the small talk and take me to bed, you big gorgeous lug.
Oh my God, I said that out loud! Shit.
It was too late to take back. He didn’t appear to be listening anyway. He dropped her coat on the floor and lifted her, taking the stairs two at a time. Translucent shafts of light from a recessed panel illuminated the California king that took up most of the room.
Tristram lit a tall, white candle on the bureau and touched her shoulder. “Milo? May I?”
One hand went to the buttons on her blouse, and he undid them carefully. Why did he have to be so polite? Why didn’t he just rip her clothes off like he did the last time? Not that I remember. She let the blouse fall, her breath coming in short gasps. He reached out and cupped one of her breasts, encased in delicate orchid lace. He pulled the lace down with his index finger, allowing the nipple to lift its hungry head. He flicked at it until it stood up hard and ready for something more substantial. Obligingly, he leaned down and licked it. Then he gently unhooked the bra and licked the other nipple. Milo didn’t think she could stand much more.
His hand moved to the button of her jeans. She tightened her abdomen as he unzipped them and let his hand reach in and cup the mound. She fought the urge to press against it but gave in when he started to knead. Her vulva inflamed, releasing the juices like slow-moving lava, soaking the thin material of her bikini.
He pulled the jeans off and knelt before her. His fingers wormed their way under the panties and tickled her yearning lips. Her mind emptied of everything but the aching in her vagina. He rolled the bit of lace off, tossed it in a corner, and began to suck. Slurping and swallowing, he twisted the sensitive flesh and sent his tongue to palpate her clitoris. Milo spread her legs wider, her pussy riding his mouth like a rodeo cowgirl. The candle flickered, shimmering on his desire-glazed eyes. She shouldn’t have looked at his face—it brought her to instant orgasm. She held a hand to her mouth to stop the scream. He pulled away from her, dribbling wet kisses down the inside of her thighs.
Then her lover moved lightning fast. He tore his clothes off, pushed her onto the bed, and moved up to close with her. His cock, hard and healthy, inserted itself into her. She folded her legs around his back and began the delectable climb to climax. He slid in and out, his penis scratching the itch inside her vagina. There. Almost there. Almost…arggggh.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The New Cravings Ezine Has Arrived!

Secret Cravings Publishing has released its first issue of Cravings Ezine. Chock full of interviews and articles, it's a great way to be introduced to all the wonderful authors and books (including mine!) at Secret Cravings. And it's free! Here's a link to the first issue: http://cravingsmagazine.weebly.com/december-2013-cravings-e-zine.html.

If you'd like to continue receiving issues (did I mention they were free?), you can register here:  http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/. On the home page, click on Log In. At the bottom you can sign up for the newsletter. Have fun! And be sure to check out the January issue, in which I expound on the influence of real people on my characters.

Monday, December 2, 2013

And Now a Blog in Praise of Artful Dodging

Such a wonderful blog about Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders by  Mark Love! He says: "Spencer wastes no time blending personal and professional conflicts, with flashes of jealousy, intrigue and deception.  Mix in a dash of the local scenery, various culinary delights and the right amount of passionate interludes and you've got a fast paced, engaging tale." Read the whole blog here:

When you're done, check out Mark's wonderful books. I'm reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Devious, the first Jamie Richmond mystery. Here is his website: http://marklove024.blogspot.com and author page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Love/e/B009P7HVZQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1385998581&sr=8-2 and at Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=602