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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Paraiso--the real island

Want to find out about the real tropical isle that is the model for Paraiso, Armand and Lacey's trysting spot in my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance? Read all about it at Shanna Hatfield's blog today. A tiny island with a fascinating and weird history, you'll never guess who settled Providencia.
Providencia aka Paraiso

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Romance and jelly at Susanne Matthews Today

"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered." That's a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald that opens Chapter One of Whirlwind Romance, my new romance adventure. See how Lacey and Armand do it today at Susanne Matthews' Blissful Blog  http://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/look-who-dropped-by-today-m-s-spencer/
The path to Lacey's house

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bath Fun on a Tropical Isle

How did Lacey Delahaye get from Longboat Key to an obscure, tiny western Caribbean island? And what did she do with Armand when she got there? Find out today at Angel Voisen's the Shameless Penmonkey: http://angelvoisen.blogspot.com/2014/09/guest-post-what-do-pirates-princes.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jelly Making and Tree Houses at Devika Fernando's Today

Could be Tommy's tree house
Climb with Lacey up the ladder to her true love (although she doesn't know it yet) at Devika Fernando's beautiful site today:

I'll be talking about my journey into jelly-making as well.
Like the jelly Lacey makes

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mark Love Weasels Secrets Out of Me Today

Join me at Write Now today and learn everything you ever wanted to know about me—including how I feel about Charles Dickens. Enjoy a teaser about my work-in-progress  as well.

An Unusual Heroine: Richard Brawer's Romantic Suspense Novel Love's Sweet Sorrow

Please welcome Richard Brawer who will talk about his new romantic suspense novel, Love's Sweet Sorrow. Richard, can you give us a little background on how the story developed?

Love’s Sweet Sorrow started out to be strictly a suspense novel with a different title. The protagonist works for America’s largest weapons manufacturer. He uncovers evidence that the company CEO is conspiring with smugglers to sell weapons to terrorists.

I like to include a strong female character in my books who is more than someone the protagonist has sex with. She has to be his opposite where either she will change him or he will change her.

I was having trouble creating the female character, so I set the book aside and went to explore one of my favorite pastimes, local history. Shrewsbury, New Jersey, a town twenty minutes north of mine, was holding an Octoberfest. One section in the town is on the National Historical Register.

In the historic district was a Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) meeting founded in the 1660s. The festival was Saturday and the Friends were giving a tour of their meeting house.

As I listened to the guide explain the Quaker religion it hit me, why not make my female character a Quaker. What could be more opposite and create more conflicts between the two major characters than to have one working in the military weapons business and his love interest a pacifist. (It is important not to confuse the Quakers with the Amish. The Amish are withdrawn from modern society. Quakers fully participate in the modern world.)

Now I had my female character―I named her Ariel―and it totally changed the book. As I intertwined her with Jason, the protagonist, the book quickly became a romantic suspense novel where opposites attract.

Ariel is an idealist who believes in truth and honesty and whatever happens in the world is God’s will. And she is a virgin.

Jason is a cynic who believes that if this crazy world should blow itself up and only two people remain, when they cross paths one will throw a rock at the other.

One reader said, "The Quaker character adds a unique perspective I have not seen in a romance novel."

Vinspire, 2014, 316 pp.
Romantic Suspense


It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.

Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.

As the chase to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile who she has been with who she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.

Excerpt (PG): Ariel and Jason

A little background: It is Ariel’s birthday. Jason has agonized for hours over his gift. He is taking her to dinner and a Broadway show to celebrate her birthday. Jason is having second thoughts about the gift that expressed so unabashedly what he wanted. He is afraid it would ruin the evening before it started.

She reached for the end of the pink ribbon.

He took her hand. “Open it when we get back.”


“Because it’s to cap off the evening, not start it.”

Ariel’s eyes bounced from the box to his face, then back to the box. “What is it?”

“You’ll have to wait until we get back to find out.”

She gave him a curious look but questioned no further.

(The celebration over, they had returned to her apartment.)

“Can I open my present now?”

He sat forward, crossing his fingers behind his back. “Go ahead.”

She pulled the pink ribbon. The bow dissolved. She lifted the top. The tissue paper rustled as she unfolded it. Cautiously she touched the lace trim on the shiny, jet-black garment and quickly withdrew her hand as if her fingers had been burned by a red hot branding iron.

She smiled meekly. “Thank you. It’s very pretty.”

A few minutes later she escorted him to the elevator.

* * *
Ariel took her present into her bedroom and placed the box on the heirloom bedspread. Ever so carefully she removed the black silk camisole, laid it on the bed and smoothed it out. She placed the tap pants below it. Slowly she undressed, dropping her blouse and skirt on the carpet. Reaching behind her back, she unhooked her bra then stepped out of her panties.

Slipping on the tap pants, she trembled as the sensuous silk stroked her long legs. Holding the camisole by the thin straps, she extended her arms over her head and released it. It floated over her torso sending a shiver through her.

Turning toward the mirror, she stood tall, her arms dangling next to her thighs. Will wearing this blind me to the hungry, the homeless? Will it prevent me from working toward a more peaceful world? I don’t think I will change my convictions because I put this on, or wear makeup, or like movies, art, TV, dancing, and…

Her fingers fluttered against her thighs. She closed her eyes and envisioned Jason caressing the fabric against her hips, her waist, stomach, breasts.

“Jason, I want to, but…Lord, what should I do?”


Readers have said about Love’s Sweet Sorrow:

“Exciting thriller and love story extraordinaire!” Mortimer

“Excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters. Shoshana Hathaway

“Your writing is very strong, and you have developed a gripping story.” The Writer’s Edge

“The characters and the plot were both extremely well-crafted.” S. Lynn

Read the full reviews at Richard’s website: http://www.silklegacy.com or the Amazon page for this book.

Richard Brawer

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.

E-book: $2.99
Trade Paperback: $11.99

A couple of the more popular links:

Also can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2


About the Author

Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history.  He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife. Read more about Richard and his books at his website: www.silklegacy.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm at Ariana Gaynor's Today

But that's enough about me—or is it? Ariana Gaynor probes my deepest, darkest secrets at her blog today—find out my favorite ice cream and…well, you'll have to go hear to find out any more: http://arianagaynor.blogspot.com/2014/09/spend-some-time-with-ms-spencer-today.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joyce Holmes Welcomes Me and Tommy (and Armand) Today

Joyce Holmes has graciously consented to host me at her lovely website today. Read about Tommy's tree house and Armand's lack of gymnastic abilities here:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Zelda's Back

Sometimes I wish for the days of Nick and Nora, Fred and Irene, Miss Piggy and Miss Peel.

The Real thing  (6/28/14)

She arrives as usual in a fur coat
Sable I think
Tosses it to the hat check girl
Along with her Tiparillos, which are no longer acceptable
She stops
Pulls a lipstick from her tiny clutch
Presses it to her carmine lips
And follows Germaine to her usual table.
At least this is how I remember it.
Zelda is no longer the center of attention. But
Only because the attention is on lesser things.
When did we wobble away from the diamond?
Why have we settled for the simulated topaz?
How could Georges not be there
Dancing in attendance?
Where is the music
The white tie
The tails
The rhythm?
Zelda settles gracefully at my table.
You're mouldering little one.
The world has not changed.
Elegance is in the mind.
The little people have never acquired the knack and will never
Be able to strip us of it.
Elegance isn't a matter of giving but of receiving.
It is a generosity of spirit that embraces the outliers, the undertakers, the fishmongers
Even the plumbers
And knows them to be interesting because they are human.
Elegance even allows the poor blighters who wave the banner of elegance in defiance of the truth
To exist.
So said Zelda
Before her first sip.

You can imagine what she had to say after the second.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Unfiltered Speech Today--Including a Hot Excerpt

Karen Samoranos' cleverly named blog Unfiltered Speech in a Politically Correct World is allowing me to speak freely about my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance today. I talk about how the story led me by the nose into a tropical paradise full of intrigue and romance and sharing a HOT excerpt on the joys of make-up sex. Look for it here:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

News Flash: Whirlwind Romance Cheaper than Therapy

Today finds me at Linda Andrews' blog Much Cheaper than Therapy (isn't that a great name for a blog?) In my new romantic suspense, Whirlwind Romance,  Lacey, who makes jelly from wild plants, finds unexpected fruit in her mangroves after a storm and is swept into a morass of palace intrigue along with Armand, a mysterious castaway. So I'll be talking about jelly making and adding a HOT excerpt about bath fun. Not only that, but you have a chance to win a copy of Whirlwind Romance!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tommy's Tree House and an Island Paradise at Lily Bishop's Today

Pirates, Puritans, propaganda, and princes—pieces of the puzzle in the whirlwind romance between a beautiful jelly maker and a mysterious castaway. Drop by Lily Bishop's fabulous site Don't Call Me Sugar today for a funny PG excerpt from my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance—plus I'll let you in on the secret of my setting. http://lilybishop.com/2014/09/10/ww-meet-m-s-spencer

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jelly Making and Romance at Lois Winston's Today

Lois Winston's wonderful blog Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers hosts Lacey Delahaye, forager and jelly maker today. Lacey's also the heroine of my new romantic suspense, set in a tropical paradise, Whirlwind Romance. Come read about how Lacey became a jelly maker, savor an exotic recipe and a romantic interlude (PG excerpt). Find it here: http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2014/09/cooking-with-cloris-guest-author-ms.html

Monday, September 8, 2014

I'm at the Delightful Tabitha Shay's Site Today with a NEW EXCERPT

Want to win a copy of my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance? Sidle down to Tabitha Shay's wonderful site today, September 8. I'll talk about how stories tend to take on a life (and locale) of their own and let you in on a hot excerpt—nothing like love reunited in a swimming pool! Here's the link: http://tabithashay.blogspot.com/2014/09/please-make-welcome-romance-author-m-s.html

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Come See my Study at An Author's Desk

View from my desk
Want to see an idyllic study? Come visit me at Rita Bay's An Author's Desk today, Sunday, September 7,  at http://wp.me/pYYVF-2Qy.   I'll talk about my glorious tropical view, my work-in-progress, and my new release Whirlwind Romance. Photos of my new study, complete with mangrove swamp! Here's a sneak peak: 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Five Gorgeous Stars for the Mason's Mark

Another wonderful review for the Mason's Mark. This one's from Mark Love: 

M.S. Spencer delivers another engaging story filled with intrigue, danger and plenty of steamy romantic action to get your attention and keep you entertained.
Claire’s struggles on the first day at her new job are dramatically compounded when she discovers a dead body as she leads a tour group. What was supposed to be a sedate job surrounded by historical artifacts quickly becomes filled with excitement. Her life turns into a carnival ride as she draws the attention of handsome men and evildoers, with some passionate interludes sprinkled along the way.
          Spencer has a knack for creating realistic characters that readers can easily identify with. The Mason’s Mark has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Where in the World is Paraiso? Find out at Victoria's Pages of Romance Today

Want to know how I came up with the weird little island in my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance? Visit Victoria's Pages of Romance: http://victoriaadams.blogspot.com/2014/09/ms-spencers-adventure-romance-whirlwind.html  today, September 5 to find out. You'll also be treated to a new (PG) excerpt—a fun little scene. See you there!
Fictional island of Paraiso

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today Finds Me at Melissa Keir's Lovely Site with a New Excerpt

Whirlwind Romance is here! Find out what happens when Lacey Delahaye finds a mysterious shipwrecked man in her mangrove swamp. I'm talking about why I made my heroine a jelly maker AND letting you in on a hot excerpt—nothing like make-up sex, is there? Find it all at Melissa Keir's wondrous blog today: http://www.melissakeir.com/blog/whirlwind-romance-by-ms-spencer-scp-guestpost

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I'm at V L Locey's Talking about Weird Caribbean Islands

Looking for romance in unexpected places? That's what happened to me when I started writing Whirlwind Romance—find out what happened today, and revel in a hot, hot excerpt about bath fun at V. L. Locey's luscious blog: http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/2014/09/ms-spencer-pays-visit.html

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Schedule for Guest Posts for Whirlwind Romance

Below is a list of the wonderful authors who are hosting Whirlwind Romance this month--you might want to check them out to read several different excerpts. Plus you can read different bits about the background of the story.


7 Rita Bay: An Author's Desk, http://wp.me/pYYVF-2Qy
9 Lois Winston:  Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.
9 Beverly Bateman: Tuesdays What's News This Week,  http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/ 
10 Lily Bishop: http://LilyBishop.com
11 Linda Andrews: Much cheaper than therapy,
12 Karen Kennedy Samoranos:   "Unfiltered
Speech in a Politically Correct World."
15 Joyce Holmes: Real lives, real love , http://JoyceHolmes.wordpress.com
20: Beverly Ovalle: Romance by Beverly, http://beverlyovalleromance.blogspot.com/
24: Devika Fernando: http://www.devikafernando.com
26: Elaine Violette : http://www.elaineviolette.com
27: Susanne Matthews: http://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/ 
29: Angel Voisen: www.angelvoisen.blogspot.com


What do pirates, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Find out in Whirlwind Romance, a romantic suspense set in the western Caribbean.

Secret Cravings Publishing(9/2/2014)
Ebook (89,000 words)
Romance Adventure, M/F, 3 flames

In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken far from civilization to a tiny, remarkable island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin, a small, but proud young boy named Inigo, and a cadre of extraordinary characters, Lacey and Armand must confront pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical paradise to its former serenity and find lasting happiness.

Get it here:

And be sure to let me know what you think!