Thursday, May 30, 2019

Authors! Sign up for Reviews! Slots Going Fast

I'm in an author group with a number of Roses, and our fearless leader Casi McLean has put together an awesome event to increase reviews, visibility, and Amazon rank this summer.  We have a pro organizing the event and pulling in readers already...she does this a lot and has access to a large following.  Basically, she will host a month long "Challenge" event where the reader group will receive (throughout the month) free books from participating authors to read for review.  They must then post a review on one of the books they've selected before receiving the next one, and every review they post gains them entries into our giveaways...small $5 and $10 ones, plus the $200 grand prize gift card.  There are also games and meet the authors events.

We have a few spots left...FAQs and sign up form are below for anyone interested.  Regarding genres...there must be SOME Romance in the book...other than that, it's pretty open :)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Raspberries & Revelations-A new excerpt from Spencer’s Mason’s Mark at Beverley Bateman


Do drop by Beverley Bateman’s wonderful site for a taste of my mystery romance the Mason’s Mark: Love & Death in the Tower. I share a new excerpt exhibiting the powers of observation that rise when two sharp little old ladies get together.

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 collapses when she discovers a body and is drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons, of secret cabals and hidden treasure.

Also cloaked in mystery is handsome Gideon Bliss, a George Washington expert who 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 detective, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including who to trust and who to love.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Summer Review Wars Calling All Authors!

Calling all authors! 

Moonlight & Mystery is lining up a Summer Review Wars event for July  15 to August 15 and we’re looking for a maximum of fifty authors to sign up. It will be a month-long Facebook party/reader event, where active readers get free books to choose from. Their completed reviews get them entries into giveaways (gift cards, print books) so they have a lot of motivation to get those Amazon reviews in. Author fee $50, which will pay for gifts and the event coordinator, and authors are responsible for gifting the ebooks. It’s recommended that you put your book on sale for 99 cents.

Our event is now ready to take sign-ups on these links:

Saturday, May 25, 2019

New Romantic Excerpt from A Widow's Walk

Here’s a romantic excerpt from A Widow’s Walk: Catherine’s Dilemma.

Catherine Killean is a woman on a mission. When her new husband disappears, leaving a suicide note, she is determined to find out why. She follows his tracks first to the North Woods of Maine, then to Florida, and back again to Maine. Along the way, she meets the tall, dark, gruff Holden Taggart, a Maine guide.

In her doubt and loneliness she is drawn to Holden, leaving her confused and adrift. What will happen when her questions about Jonathan are finally answered? Will old loyalty or new love triumph?

I Heart Book Publishing, June 6, 2016
Ebook: words; Print: 227 p.
Contemporary romantic suspense, M/F, 2 flames

View from Mt. Kineo where Catherine meets Holden

Excerpt (PG): Fireworks

The sky was still that queerish gray of autumn in the high north, but they could see clouds racing across it, forming castles or pretending to be mountains, alternately obscuring and liberating the moon. At the pier they piled into a van and headed toward the noise.
Franz called from the front of the bus, “Rockwood is actually quite small. The population waxes and wanes with the seasons, but there are never more than a thousand people in residence now that the timber industry has bypassed us.”
Sarah craned her neck out the window. “It looks as though the entire village is outside tonight.”
Holden pointed at the British, Canadian, and American flags flying from every lamp post. “Guy Fawkes Day is Rockwood’s favorite holiday.”
Franz laughed. “Probably because three-quarters of its citizens hail from across the border.”
Ivy pointed at a fat man dressed as Uncle Sam. “They don’t seem too picky about historical consistency.”
Leo nodded. “At any rate, they sure go all out.”
As Franz let them off and went to park the van, a band marched past, playing Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. The crowd cheered. Al hacked and spat tobacco juice. “Do they all have to be so…patriotic?” He managed to make it sound pornographic. No one answered him.
Nathan and Bunny began to dance to the music. “It must be wonderful to be so in love,” sighed Sarah.
Catherine didn’t think so. Of course, she’d only been in love once, and the romance hadn’t lasted much past their wedding day. A month or so after the honeymoon, Jonathan began to withdraw from her. Catherine had no idea why. Over time he became more and more aloof. His behavior made Catherine so nervous she found herself blurting out inappropriate comments just to get a reaction from him. To her distress, his responses fell just short of hostile. Catherine’s sister Jane speculated that he was insecure about his new job. Her father thought he must be preoccupied with his research. Her best friend Evangeline averred he was gay and wouldn’t admit it. Whatever the reason, as the months went by, Jonathan turned increasingly inward, shutting her out. Catherine was distraught, then angry, then sad. Then he disappeared.
The music stopped, and the fireworks began with a vengeance.
Franz appeared. “Sorry folks, we forgot to pack the folding chairs. You’ll have to stand.”
“That’s okay!” Sarah spread her legs and tilted her head back.
Leo and Ivy crossed the street. “We can lean against that wall.”
Nathan and Bunny sat down on the curb. Catherine joined them. Rocket after rocket boomed, battering them with sound and light. At last the grand finale began—shower after shower of red, purple, and silver tendrils. She stood up and craned her neck. As the brilliant fountains shot higher, she leaned a little farther back. All of a sudden she began to fall backward, but before she could hit the ground, two strong hands gripped her shoulders, steadying her. She turned and found herself in Holden’s arms. He gazed at her, the gold sparkles of the cascading fireworks reflected in his eyes. Quickly, he bent down and brushed her lips with his, and just as quickly released her.
Catherine stood gaping at him, her mouth tingling. What was that all about? At that instant, the sky went dark. With a collective sigh the crowd began to disperse. She stood alone as people pushed past her.
Holden’s deep voice cut through the hubbub. “Mount Kineo Resort, over here.” She roused herself into motion and followed him to the van. On the return trip, the only sounds were those of Nathan and Bunny surreptitiously spooning in the rear seat, and stifled yawns from everyone else. As they limped off to bed, Catherine heard the professor ask Holden about Seboomook. She strained to hear his reply, but missed it. Please God, let’s go tomorrow. She needed to refocus on what she was here for, not on two gold-flecked brown eyes and a pair of full, sensitive lips.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Summer Review Event at Moonlight & Mystery

Moonlight & Mystery is lining up a Summer Review Wars event for July  15 to August 15 and we’re looking for a maximum of fifty authors to sign up. It will be a month-long Facebook party/reader event, where active readers get free books to choose from. Their completed reviews get them entries into giveaways (gift cards, print books) so they have a lot of motivation to get those Amazon reviews in. 

There is an entry fee of $50 to cover gift card giveaways and to pay the organizer.  Entrants are responsible for scheduling a sale on their title during their 5 days...Indie and self-published books are welcome.. It’s recommended that you put your book on sale for 99 cents.

Please make sure you read the FAQs here:

Sign ups and more info here: 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shocking! Spencer’s For the Love of a Spy at Dawn’s Reading Nook

Ready for a new, shocking excerpt from my romantic suspense For the Love of a Spy?

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

Maris Graystone writes the Scrivener, a political column, and Michael Kinder is a handyman with a secret. They meet on a hot day in Washington DC in 1991, an era electric with possibility and peril. Empires are falling, peace is being negotiated, and their love affair is caught up in the whirlwind of events.

Come find it at Dawn’s Reading Nook today, May 22:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Back from Gainesville Book Signing

Back from Gainesville a little lighter.

I’ve just returned from a wonderful book signing event in Gainesville, Florida. The venue was the Alachua County Libraries main branch, an awesome building with soaring wooden ceilings. There were 35 authors there—representing genres from science fiction to romance to mystery to memoirs. I met many authors and quite a few readers, and even sold books! Many many thanks to Cheri Roman and her band of sisters for a great event.

A shoutout to my new friends! I should have gotten all your cards! But I wasn't thinking! 

/Bangs head on desk/

Monday, May 6, 2019

I’m Going to the I Heart Book Festival Saturday May 11!

I’m Going to the Fourth Annual  I Heart Book Festival 

Saturday, May 11, Noon to 4 p.m.

Be prepared for a wonderful book signing right in the middle of Florida! The 4th annual I Heart Book Festival will be held at the main branch of the Alachua County Libraries in Gainesville on May 11. Join me and more than forty authors from around Florida for prizes, fun, books and conversation!

Here’s the event page for more information.

Attendance is free. The event will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm at

Alachua County Library District: Main Branch
401 E. University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601

Come find me! I’ll have copies available for sale of all twelve of my romantic suspense and mystery novels , including Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair (yes, it’s set right here in Florida).

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?

TWRP     Amazon     Barnes and Noble     ITunes
KOBO     Indigo     Google Play     Indie-bound

and For the Love of a Spy, my 1991 global adventure romance:

In 1991, an era electric with possibility and peril, Maris Graystone, who writes the Scrivener, a political column, and Michael Kinder, jack of all trades, meet. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more to their relationship than physical attraction.
Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop of the dramatic world events—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. Looking for safe harbor for both her emotions and her body, she welcomes the advances of a dashing French diplomat, Émile de Canalon, who whisks her off to France.

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