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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm Going to a Great Convention in March

Hundreds of readers and hundreds of authors will be converging on Atlanta March 28-30 for the first annual Novel Experience Convention. Book signings, prizes, swag, people to meet, even parties! I'm going and will have all my books available. Mark your calendars and be sure to register. There's still room for a few more authors. Click here: thenovelexperienceevent.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tea and Crumpets in Yorkshire with Helena Fairfax

I'm in chilly Yorkshire waiting for the lovely Helena Fairfax to bring in the crumpets and tea so we can sit down to chat. Come on by if you'd like to hear who I'd marry in my next youth and the worst job I've ever had! http://helenafairfax.com/2014/01/28/good-to-meet-you-author-m-s-spencer/

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Super Model--Me? Oh, You Said Super Power...

So, do you want to know what I did before I became a romance/mystery writer?  What's on my bucket list? Favorite food? Favorite drink? Super power (oops, I mean what super power I'd have if I could have one). (Besides my current ones.) Anyhoo, drop by Romance Books 4 Us blogspot and find out. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

From the Lovely Tina Gayle

Check me out at Tina Gayle's Titillating Teasers: http://tinagayle.blogspot.com/2014/01/tinas-titillating-teasers-by.html where the Mason's Mark is spotlighted!

My First Review for Mason's Mark--FIVE STARS

Wow! Molly Daniels loved my new romantic suspense mystery The Mason's Mark! She gave it five stars on Amazon. This is what she wrote: "It's Claire's first day as a tour guide and she's in for a surprise! She meets the gorgeous Gideon Bliss and she finds a body on the top floor! This is a fast paced and fun mystery with a steamy romance mixed in. Readers just won't be able to keep the villains straight and will be surprised to find who is behind the murder anyhow it was done!"
Here's the link: http://amzn.to/1hP3Owg

Pink Pucks and Power Plays: V. L. Locey Joins Me Today

Many thanks to M.S. for having me here today! Let me introduce myself properly. Hello, my name is V.L. Locey and I am addicted to hockey and romance.

            There, it's out. Not that I exactly hide my fondness for the sport. I tend to be a rather vociferous supporter of my New York Rangers. I am known to jump, shout, and at times, use bad words while watching a hockey game. I suppose it was only natural that my love for the sport would blossom into a love of the men that play it.
            Now I know many women think that all hockey players are knuckle-dragging bullies with missing teeth. This is just not the case. The world of professional ice hockey is filled with stunningly handsome men who are in their athletic prime. Men who dress with as much care as a GQ cover model. Men who speak with sensual French-Canadian, Swedish, Russian, or Finnish accents. Men who are so hot I wonder how the ice remains firm under their skates.  These are the sort of men that you'll find in my To Love a Wildcat series.
            And we can't have a romance without a leading lady, can we? That would be like having a stick but no puck, or a rink with no ice. In my books it is the lady who tells the tale. While my Wildcat books are centered in the world of professional ice hockey, the women are the stars. Each book revolves around a woman that is not your typical romance story heroine. The women of the Wildcats are all different, all strong, and all unique. They range in ages from early twenty to early fifty. Some are tall, some short, some thin, some curvy, some shy, some outspoken, and some live with a disability. Nary a cookie cut gal in the group! While the tone for each novel changes slightly with the leading lady, the romance, character driven plots, and toasty bed-play remain consistent throughout the series.

            In Pink Pucks & Power Plays, the first book of the To Love a Wildcat Series, you'll meet Viviana Land, a curvy and proud of it reporter and Alain Lessard, star defenseman for the 'Cats.  Viviana  just can't seem to say no to her younger sister. Somehow, the sassy society page reporter gets lassoed into serving as the Busy Bee scout leader for her niece’s troop. One overheated engine and a missed basket-weaving class later, Viviana and her girls find themselves in the Green Hills Ice Rink, facing a world that none of them knew existed. Enter Alain Lessard, the charmingly handsome young defenseman for the Philadelphia Wildcats ice hockey team, who is donating his summer to coach the youth league his team sponsors.

            When our intrepid reporter is given the chance to write the break-out story of her career, Viviana leaps at the chance to pen a tell-all exposé about the media-hating Lessard. Thinking it would be easy to flirt and tease some juicy tidbits out of the jock, Viviana soon finds herself falling for the sensual, younger, kind-hearted man. Will she put aside her virtual pen for a chance to stay at her sinfully erotic new paramour's side? Or will Viviana finally get away from those mundane bakery openings and library luncheons by using the man she may love as a way to step into the limelight?

How about a PG excerpt?
 “Tell me about your house growing up. Was it a small town?” I offered him another spoonful of ice cream. He smiled and accepted after losing the far-away look he had been wearing. Alain launched into a long explanation about his hometown and I, like the miserable snoop that I am, committed every name and anecdote to memory for later dictation to my tablet. After he talked at length and the float was consumed, I stood up and walked to the railing, stepping over sleeping dogs. I leaned my shoulder against the post.
“You seem distracted tonight,” Alain said, stepping up behind me to wrap me in his embrace. His chest was strong and solid against my back. My hands rested on his forearms.
“I should probably check my dress and go home. I have to be up early tomorrow for some insipid luncheon that the mayor's wife is throwing.”
“I did not know you were friends with the mayor's wife,” he said casually, his chin resting on top of my head. I went rigid in his arms.
“I don't really know her,” I hurried to say, forcing myself to relax, “It's just some luncheon where she plans to announce which charity she'll work with for the upcoming year. My boss is hoping she'll name the same charity our law office donates to.”
“Ah, that would be good. What is the charity you give to? Perhaps I donate to them as well.”
“Oh, well it's a small local charity named for the town the mayor's mother was born in,” I said, thankful only the fireflies could see my lying face. I turned in his arms. He smiled down at me, dropping his head to capture my mouth gently.
“What is the name of this town?” he asked between kisses that were growing longer and hotter.
“Petticoat Junction,” I whispered my fingers now in those dark curls of his.
“That sounds like a funny town. Stay the night, Viviana.” He held me as tight as he could, his lips moved gently over mine. “Stay with me here.”
I stayed.

You can find Pink Pucks & Power Plays at the Secret Cravings Store as well as all other major retailers:

Buy Link: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=48&products_id=814

            V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, anything romantic, Greek mythology, New York Rangers hockey,  comic books and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.
            V.L. is a self-published and conventionally published author. Her self-published works are the Gods & Goats trilogy, a romantic comedy series revolving around Greek gods, rural lifestyles, and a widowed goatherder. I know, but it works, trust me.
            She is a proud Torquere Press author and her short story Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse was included in the anthology He Loves Me For My Brainssssss. She also has several books contracted with Torquere for release in 2013, including her Two Guys zom-rom-com books, the Greek mythology romance Love of the Hunter, a short story in the Outserve Charity Sip Blitz, and the hockey novella Goaltender`s Penalty. An Erie Halloween, a novella about shapeshifters, rounds out her M/M backlist. 2014 will bring more romances about shifters, hockey players, and whatever else tickles her muse.
            She is thrilled to be a Secret Cravings author as well. Her To Love a Wildcat sports romance series is her first contract with SCP . So far five books starring the hot men of the Philadelphia Wildcats professional ice hockey team, and their spunky leading ladies, have been contracted. The first novel in the series, Pink Pucks & Power Plays, is due for release in January, 2014.
            When not writing romantic tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand, writing, or cheering on her beloved New York Rangers. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.
I love to meet new friends and fans! You can find me at-

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's Book Hook Day! On the line is Lapses of Memory

Welcome to Marketing for Romance Writers' Book Hook Day! Book Hooks is a new weekly meme hosted by the MFRW Authors blog that gives authors a chance to hook readers into their wonderful books. This week I'm dangling my romantic suspense Lapses of Memory in front of you.

Here's the hook:

“I only remember bits and pieces you know—flashes and illuminated scenes. After all, I was only five years old.”
“I’m amazed you remember anything, Mother. At that age most children are oblivious to their surroundings.”
The older woman shook her head. “Not me. I guess I was born to be a journalist. Nothing escaped my attention.”
“And yet you’re guilty of serial amnesia when it comes to Father.”
The woman in the bed leaned back against the pillows, a dreamy smile on her face. “Not entirely. I never forgot the set of Elian’s jaw, or the way his forehead crinkled when he kissed me, or the cowlick.”
“Perhaps,” snorted her daughter. “But what about his hair color? His height? His weight?”
“Those things aren’t important, Olivia. Somewhere in here—” the woman tapped her abdomen, “—I knew him.”
“Wandering through your digestive system?”
“Possibly. Most of my encounters with him were associated with food.”
“Not sex?”
“No, of course not. Well, not in the beginning.” The woman’s eyes glazed over.

In Lapses of Memory, Sydney Bellek recounts her life and adventures as a journalist 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 for each other, but in a twist of fate it is now Elian who has forgotten her. While Olivia is recording the history 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 steady, quiet, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who only wants to make her happy.

Click here to go to the other hookers (er...strike that):

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Exquisite Quills Presents Lapses of Memory: Snippets from 5-star reviews

In Lapses of Memory two people 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. Lapses of Memory received five five-star reviews. Reviewers loved the characters, the action, and the romance. Exquisite Quills Recycled Reviews has gathered quotes from those happy reviewers here: http://eq-recycled-reviews.blogspot.com/?zx=e0fce33e208d9fd6. Take a look and if intrigued, why not try the whole book? 

Who is Dorcas? Find Out Today at As the Page Turns...

Join me at Dorothy Thompson's site As the Page Turns today to share in Claire's angst when she meets the beautiful Dorcas in my new romantic suspense/mystery The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower. Plus I give a little of the weird and wonderful true background for the story. Find me here: http://www.asthepageturns.blogspot.com/2014/01/special-guest-ms-spencer-author-of.html

Monday, January 20, 2014

Linda McLaughlin Welcomes Me Today

Ready for more intriguing background to my latest romantic suspense mystery The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower? The Tower is not only part of a national center for freemasonry, but a memorial to our first President. Both aspects figure prominently in my story of adventure and romance. Plus you get a sweet excerpt—isn't the best part of romance that first meeting? Read it at Linda McLaughlin's lovely site here: http://lyndilamont.com/blog/2014/01/19/masons-mark/ 
short link: http://wp.me/p2Tjji-eO

Sunday, January 19, 2014

And Now for More Gossip...

Do join me today (Sunday) at Happily Ever After where they pump me for information on my habits (bad and good) and my latest romance/mystery The Mason's Mark, plus a bit on my work-in-progress, Whirlwind Romance. I have a new excerpt for you! Find it here: http://www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com/2014/01/interview-of-ms-spencer-and-giveaway-of.html

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What is the Tower In Mason's Mark: Love & Death in the Tower? Find out at Jennifer Simpkins' Today

Please join me January 18 at Jennifer Simpkin's lovely site: http://www.jennifersimpkins.net/1/post/2014/01/guest-author-ms-spencer.html.
I'll be talking about the setting for my new mystery/romance The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. The tower, the most famous landmark in Alexandria, has a storied history. Readers of the Mason's Mark will find it is also a perfect spot for a murder.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Today We Look at Googling at Vicki Locey's Fabulous Blog

I'm at Vicki Locey's fabulous site today talking about the wonders of Googling and what it can do to give your story a jump start. You also get a juicy excerpt, but don't let that deter you! Here's the link: http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/2014/01/welcome-ms-spencer.html

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mason's Mark Now Available at Amazon

The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower, my new romantic suspense/mystery novel from Secret Cravings, is now available at Amazon. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/LepFSL

Prizes! Excerpts! Party Hats! At Secret Cravings Winter Wonderland Blog Event


Welcome to the Secret Cravings Winter Wonderland Blog Hop. Thirty wonderful Secret Cravings authors will be posting and offering prizes from January 15 to January 30. This is how it works: somewhere on my blog you will find one letter from the phrase SECRET CRAVINGS WINTER WONDERLAND. After reading and enjoying my blog, head out to the other authors listed here: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com  to find the rest of the letters. When you've collected all thirty websites and letters, email Dawne Prochilo at  reviewcoordinator@secretcravingspublishing.com with your answers. Winners will be announced on February 4. 

Grand Prize  IPAD2
First Prize Kindle Fire HDX
Second Prize $50 gift certificate
Third Prize $25 gift certificate

But wait! There's more! If you comment here and leave your email address in the comment you have a chance to win a copy of The Mason's Mark!

My new romantic suspense The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance), is based loosely on a true story.

It is amazing what a little Googling can lead to. Sometimes truth is truly stranger than fiction. For example, the intricate plot for the Mason’s Mark came about unexpectedly. I started with the idea that my heroine finds a dead body on top of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. The GWM is not only a Masonic Lodge (Alexandria-Washington no. 22) but a memorial to George Washington and a national showcase for freemasonry. In order to ensure authenticity, I wanted to learn as much about freemasonry as I could.  I began with basic sites on Masons, but my Google search led me into a strange world of global intrigue and crime. I followed one thread to a fake Masonic lodge called Propaganda Due, led by a remarkable scam artist named Licio Gelli. He was associated with Nazis, Communists, terrorists, and the Mafia, to name a few. But his connection to a shadowy group called Operation Gladio—supposedly a team of black ops left in Europe after WWII to guard against Communist takeovers—was too intriguing not to use. Thus was born The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower, a contemporary tale about old scandals. And a dynamite love story.

Here's the story:
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. 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 two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten Ernest, Claire must find answers to 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.

The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance)
Secret Cravings Publishing (released January 7, 2014)
79,000 words, Romantic suspense, M/F, 2 flames
Excerpt (PG): Gideon Comes Back
When they reached Prince Street Gideon found a parking spot directly in front of her house, no small feat. Just one more way he’s special, thought Claire glumly. He walked her to her door. She unlocked it and turned to thank him, but he was already on his way to his car.
Ichabod greeted her with a snarl.
“I know. I forgot to feed you. Come on, Icky.” She found a can of cat food and emptied it into his bowl. Then she poured herself a large glass of water and took it to the living room to conduct an analysis of the evening.
So at any point did I come across as even semi-coherent? She tried to hack through the warm, fuzzy blanket of the evening. Gideon had been the perfect gentleman, ordering foie gras and champagne, pointing out the constellations with obvious expertise, helping her in and out of the car. It all seemed so…unreal. Like he was acting a part. Too perfect. And he’d sucked her in like soda through a straw. She slapped her forehead, forgetting that she still held the glass. Water sluiced across her face and ran down her front. She mopped it up with some tissues and vowed to hit the antique stores that weekend. I’ve got to get a coffee table. Preferably one with cup holders.
The doorbell rang. With the disintegrating tissue pressed to her face, she stood on tiptoe to check the peephole and looked straight into an unblinking sea-green ocean. Gideon. After a minute she remembered to open the door.
He stared at her with concern. “Are you all right?”
Claire pulled the tissue away and noticed black streaks on it. Her mascara must have run. Oh no, I bet he thinks I’ve been crying. She rubbed her eyes, hoping that wasn’t making it worse. “Fine. I spilled a glass of water, that’s all.”
“Oh.” He stood, shifting his weight from one foot to the other. “Um, could I come in for a minute?”
She pointed at the living room and backed away, then turned and leapt up the steps. A quick look in the mirror confirmed her suspicions. I look like something Ichabod’s been playing with. She fixed her face, wrung out her blouse, and returned with renewed aplomb.
Gideon filled the small space. Claire sidled around him and sat on a packing crate. He looked around the room. “So…er, have you just moved in?”
“Yes.” It struck her that he was more uncomfortable than she and drew strength from that. “About a week ago. Sorry about the mess. Won’t you have a seat?”
He dropped down on the loveseat but immediately sprang back up. He patted his rear, flummoxed. “Why am I wet?”
Claire put a hand to her mouth to suppress the giggle. “Ooh, I’m sorry. I forgot. That’s where I spilled the water. Here, let me.”
She retrieved a towel from the kitchen and began to dab at the dark blotch on his khakis. He stood it for a minute, then put a hand under her chin and lifted her up. “You’d better stop doing that. This is hard enough for me.” He blinked. “Do you…do you know how beautiful you are?”
The question threw her. How to respond? Yes? No? Tell me more? She decided to let him talk.
“Your eyes are the color of the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea on a cloudless day. I could sink into them and drown.” He touched her brow. “And these little cinnabar ringlets framing that soft, creamy face…” He wrapped one around his finger. “Wind one up tight and it could strangle me.” He took her hand. “Your fingers—so slim and delicate, like little stilettos. Sharp enough to gouge an eye out.”
Claire stepped away from him, bewildered. “You make me sound like a vicious animal. Why?”
His hands dropped to his sides. “Because I sense how dangerous you are.”
“To me. Claire…I—” He gazed at her helplessly.
Someone had better take charge.

Make sure you keep a list of the websites and their letters for your chance to win the grand prize. When you've listed all the authors, mail to reviewcoordinator@secretcravingspublishing.com. To win a copy of The Mason's Mark, please leave a comment here with your email address. Go forth and enjoy! You'll find the other authors at: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Truth—Stranger than Fiction? The back story to The Mason's Mark

Please join me at Anne Lange's wonderful site January 13. I'll be talking about the true story  behind my new romantic suspense The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower. You'll be treated to a spicy excerpt too! Here's the link: http://authorannelange.com/2014/01/13/m-s-spencer-and-the-masons-mark/

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fifty Percent Off Sale at Secret Cravings This Weekend

Hurry over to the Secret Cravings Publishing store for a fabulous sale. All weekend--January 10, 11 and 12--books will be 50% off! Here's the coupon code--

Use it when you check out. And be sure to check out with my latest release The Mason's Mark (plus any of the other fine works on my page). Have fun!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let the Mason's Mark Draw You in HOOK, Line and Sinker

Welcome to Marketing for Romance Writers' Book Hook Day! I'm showcasing my new release The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower.

Here's the hook:
Claire struggled, finally wrenching the hand away. She couldn’t take her eyes off the thing on the ground. Dead. It’s…he’s dead. She opened her mouth to scream again but paused when she saw Kurtz’s face. It was distorted with fury, and terror twisted her lungs into a double helix. He killed that man. He’s going to kill me.

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. 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 two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten Ernest, Claire must find answers to 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.

Mason's Mark was released January 7. You can get it here:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Two Guest Posts--Two Excerpts on Mason's Mark Release Day

Come one come all to hear about my new romantic suspense, The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance). I'm at two sites. At Andrea Cooper's site http://wp.me/p3avaU-cq  you'll be treated to a PG excerpt and a brief guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial—a nine-story tower that is a landmark of the Washington DC area and a treasure trove of both Washington and Masonic artifacts. I'll also be having coffee with Colette Saucier (http://colettesaucier.blogspot.com/2014/01/love-and-death-in-tower-with-m-s.html) which by rights should be champagne since I'll divulge a hot and spicy excerpt from The Mason's Mark. We'll be talking about the international Italian intrigue that sparked the story. 
   Look for me on Manic Readers yahoo group as well for their romantic suspense theme day:  http://groups. yahoo.com/group/manicreade rs/cal

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Mason's Mark in 25 Words or Less...

Come on over to Christina Cole's feature 25 Words of Less. You get a teaser for my new release The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance) as well as teasers for lots of wonderful new books. http://kcchristinatime4love.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/25-words-of-less-january-2014/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cravings Magazine is Out with My Blog on Characters

The January issue of Cravings magazine is out! On page 12 you'll find my blog Artists and Artful Dodging : Or, Where Do These Writers Come Up with Such Weird Characters? I'm talking about the influence of real acquaintances on character development in my stories, using Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, as an example. I think you'll find the descriptions a lot of fun. Read it here: