As he started to climb down, a twig snapped below them. They froze. Something’s being dragged through the underbrush.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Romance Books 4 Us Author of the Month

I'm Author of the Month at Romance Books 4 Us! That means I'm on the front page in all my glory:



http://romancebooks4us.com

Come visit and check out all the great authors.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Secrets of My Success Revealed: Amy Bernal Interview


Secrets revealed: M. S. Spencer in all her glory.




The lovely Amy Bernal interviews me today and forces me to reveal all kinds of secrets about my latest releases and (the horror!) my works-in-progress. Go ahead—revel in the gossip!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

For the Love of a Spy Goes LIVE Today




For the Love of a Spy: the Scrivener and the Handyman GOES LIVE today! December 27 my new romantic suspense is released by I Heart Publishing.  Read about it at Sharon Buchbinder’s New Release Blast:


When Maris Graystone, political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet, sparks fly. Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop of the dramatic world events of 1991. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Maris limp and lovelorn. Looking for safe harbor for her emotions and her body, she accepts the advances of a dashing French diplomat.
Torn between the luxury and comfort of Émile and his chateau, and the romance of international intrigue with Michael, who will she choose?

FOR THE LOVE OF A SPY: THE SCRIVENER & THE HANDYMAN RELEASED!


FOR THE LOVE OF A SPY: THE SCRIVENER & THE HANDYMAN RELEASED!



Is it December 27 already? I know you’re all Christmas’ed out, but you probably have some lovely gift cards to spend. Have I got a deal for you!

From I Heart Publishing comes my new romantic suspense…

For the Love of a Spy:
The Scrivener & the Handyman

In an era electric with possibility and peril Maris Graystone, political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet under oddly conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical attraction.

Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop of the dramatic world events of 1991—a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks, and Vietnam’s reemergence on the world stage. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Maris limp and lovelorn. In her quest for answers, she is yanked into the dangerous world of Michael’s work—in Washington, DC, in France, and in Spain.  Looking for safe harbor for her emotions and her body, she accepts the advances of a dashing French diplomat.


Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Émile and his chateau or the romance of international intrigue with Michael?


Here’s where you can get it:

It will also be available at Walmart and I Tunes.
So get out there and swim through the post-holiday crowds and get your copy.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas







Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
To all & Sundry
Near & Far
F. Christmas in particular

And oh
Father Christmas
My blessings on you fall
For bringing him a
Big, red,India rubber ball.

King John’s Christmas
By A. A. Milne




Monday, December 24, 2018

Rave Review of Flotsam and Jetsam! #WRPbks #MSSpencerbks #Flotsam&Jetsam #NetGalley




NetGalley rave review of Flotsam & Jetsam from Anna Maria:

 “A good mystery, engaging and entertaining. I loved the style of writing and the well written characters. The plot was sound, no plot hole, and interesting. Recommended! 



#WRPbks #MSSpencerbks #Flotsam&Jetsam #NetGalley

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Sixth Day for the Romance Studio Holiday Party!

Drop by the fabulous Romance Studio Holiday Party! Today I'm talking about For the Love of a Spy, coming December 27.  I have a short Christmas excerpt and you can enter to win one of Triptych, Artful Dodging, or Whirlwind Romance. Wonderful recipes, stories, and posts! 


Goes through December 23 so get over while you can! 


https://www.trsparties.com/just-in-time-for-those-gift-cards-for-the-love-of-a-spy/


Also check out my other posts:


https://www.trsparties.com/yay-party-time/


https://www.trsparties.com/two-yummy-christmas-recipes-to-enjoy-with-or-without-snow/


https://www.trsparties.com/so-where-the-heck-is-amelia-island/


https://www.trsparties.com/stranger-things-are-sighted-in-amelia-island-than-corpses/


https://www.trsparties.com/what-to-give-the-mailman/


The First Kiss--Simon & Ellie at Delilah Devlin's Today



Ah, that first kiss. Romance readers love that part. Today at Delilah Devlin’s fantastic blog you’ll get to savor Ellie and Simon’s first kiss. Unfortunately, for Simon the bliss didn’t last long. Read all about it—and about Amelia Island, setting for my new mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair. Here’s the link:


Featured Author at Christmas Romance Saturday



Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair, released December 17, is all the rage at Romance Lives Forever today.



I’m a featured author December 22 at Christmas Romance Saturday:



Friday, December 21, 2018

Stranger Things are Sighted on Amelia Island than Corpses



I’ve told you about the crazy history of Amelia Island, setting for my new mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair. What I didn’t tell you is that odd things continue to happen on the island—and I don’t just mean murders. When I was visiting the island a couple of years ago, I saw a great crowd of tourists ogling at something. When I got closer I saw it was the Wienermobile! Yes, it still exists (see photo).

Couldn’t help but put it in the book. Here’s a bit:

They passed a large gathering on the sidewalk. Many were pointing and taking pictures. Ellie stopped. “Must be something going on.”

Simon stood on tiptoe to peer over the arms brandishing cell phones in the air. “Why, it’s the Wienermobile!”
Just then the pack parted, revealing a red hot dog in a bright yellow bun the size of a blue whale sitting on top of a souped-up station wagon. Simon turned excitedly to Ellie. “I drove one of these back in college. Great summer job.”
“You’re kidding.” Ellie looked at her companion with a mixture of awe and mirth. “You have hidden depths.”
“Aw, shucks. Actually, I think that’s how I landed the job in the park service.”
“I guess it really stood out on an otherwise humdrum resume.”




Wild Rose Press, December 17, 2018
Mainstream Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Humorous/Romantic Comedy
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 
430 p.





Thursday, December 20, 2018

Guest at Wild Women Authors December 20-24--Georgia is Interviewed (God Help Us All)

Kat Henry Doran/Veronica Lynch



I’m talking about my new romantic suspense/cozy mystery Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair, but this time it’s a little different. The ladies are interviewing one of my characters. Georgia Petrie is the hero Simon’s best friend. They’ve been sparring and sharing and getting in trouble since kindergarten. Georgia is in law school and an absolute treat for the eyes but a bit of a handful. She adores Simon and wants what’s best for him—which means Ellie.





Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Making Up--Ellie & Simon Style--Excerpt from Flotsam & Jetsam at the Reading Nook


Please drop by Dawn Roberto’s Reading Nook today, December 19, for a pleasant interlude with my new mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair. 

Dawn's Reading Nook



Today’s excerpt is “Making Up…With a Little Help from Your Friends.” Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Flotsam & Jetsam Available for Review on Netgalley



For those of you who review on Netgalley, drop by the site and check out my new cozy mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair:



Blurb:


State Park Rangers Simon Ribault and Ellie Ironstone are used to dealing with messy campers and ravaging raccoons, but when three bodies wash up on the beach, they mobilize all their powers of deduction. Who are they and how did they get to the shore of Amelia Island? Are they connected to the secretive League of the Green Cross? Or linked to a mysterious Jamaican drug ring?

Ellie, new to Amelia Island, must penetrate a close-knit community if she wants to find answers to the mystery, all while deciding between two rivals for her affection: Thad, the handsome local idol, and Simon, the clever, quirky bookworm.

Simon, for his part, will have to call on his not-so-well-honed romantic prowess to lure Ellie away from Thad and at the same time use his wide-ranging research skills to solve the case.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Hope Springs: Flotsam & Jetsam at Carroll-Bradd's Musings about the Writing Life

Simon's beloved car


Today I’m at Linda Carroll-Bradd’s wonderful site Musings about the Writing Life, with a new excerpt from my just-released cozy mystery/romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair.

Pirates, smugglers, patriots? Who’s responsible for the three corpses found on the sand? Two State Park rangers look for answers & find both romance and murder.

Today’s excerpt is Hope Springs, in which our hero begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe…

Read for fun!


Monday, December 17, 2018

RELEASE DAY!!! Flotsam & Jetsam is Born



Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair, a cozy mystery romance set on a barrier island in north-east Florida, was released today.

Three corpses strewn across the sand. Who are they and how did they get to Amelia Island?  State Park rangers Simon Ribault and Ellie Ironstone must find the answers while contending with a secretive group called the League of the Green Cross. Are the deaths linked to it? Or could they be tied to the colorful history of the island, which was won and lost eight times? Mucking up the investigation is the crucial question—who will Ellie choose: Thad, the handsome local idol, and Simon, the clever, quirky bookworm?

I’m visiting Brenda Whiteside’s wonderful blog today to talk about Amelia Island and its crazy patchwork of history, which inspired me to write Flotsam & Jetsam. Find me here—and a thrilling excerpt:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Coming Soon! Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair--A TEASER


Mark your calendars: December 17 my new cozy mystery romance releases, hopefully to great fanfare!



Who's littering the park with corpses?


State Park Rangers Simon Ribault and Ellie Ironstone are used to dealing with messy campers and ravaging raccoons, but when three bodies wash up on the beach, they mobilize all their powers of deduction. Who are they and how did they get to the shore of Amelia Island? Are they connected to the secretive League of the Green Cross? Or linked to a mysterious Jamaican drug ring?

Ellie, new to Amelia Island, must penetrate a close-knit community if she wants to find answers to the mystery, all while deciding between two rivals for her affection: Thad, the handsome local idol, and Simon, the clever, quirky bookworm.

Simon, for his part, will have to call on his not-so-well-honed romantic prowess to lure Ellie away from Thad and at the same time use his wide-ranging research skills to solve the case.

Okay, here’s the teaser:

Ellie systematically searched the stern, lifting up seat cushions soaked from the rain and opening storage lockers. A rope sat in a jumbled heap by the cockpit wall. Under a small fold-out table, she noticed a red stain and bent down. It was dry. She scraped her fingernail in it and brought it to her nose. “Blood. I found blood, Simon!”
“A lot?”
“Puddle about six inches in diameter.”
“That’s nothing. I found a lot of blood. Oh, and a body.”

Where they find the blood.


Pre-order links are here:

It is also available for pre-order at Amazon, I Tunes, and Barnes and Noble.