“Jeff found scuff marks on the windowsill.”

“Yes, from your shoes.”

“I wasn’t wearing shoes.”

“You weren’t?”

“No. I was in my stockinged feet. Cassidy, someone climbed in that window before I fell out of it.”

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Orion’s Foot is at Rebecca Grace’s Today


Scientists search for a mythical creature of the Amazon, but are distracted by murders, fossils, strange creatures…and romance.



Want to get to know the hero and heroine of my new release Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon, a little better? Drop by Rebecca Grace’s wonderful site My Writing Corner today and read what they say about each other.

sunset over the Amazon



Orion’s Foot released October 30.



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Orion's Foot at N N Light's Trick or Treat Book Bonanza Today


All month long the great N. N. Light’s Book Heaven has been hosting the Trick or Treat Book Bonanza. My October 30 release, Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon, is featured today: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/single-post/2019/10/29/Orions-Foot-TOTBB


Here’s the story:




Do drop by to read more and enter to win LOTS of great prizes!



Orion's Foot: Myth Mystery & Romance in the Amazon Out Today




IT’S HERE!

Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon


She wishes on Orion’s Foot—and gets mystery, murder, myth, and romance.
Orion

Petra Steele is wallowing in self-pity after being dumped at the altar, when her brother Nick invites her to come to the Peruvian Amazon. Before she even sets her suitcase down, she’s confronted with a murder victim. Mystery piles on mystery in a research station peopled with a quirky assortment of scientists. Why does the herpetologist sneak off to look for buildings? Why does the botanist claim he’s found a missing link between birds and dinosaurs? Is the biologist searching for a mythical monster or a living fossil? And why did the eccentric millionaire bring his prototype telescope to the jungle?

Hoatzin
She is drawn to Emory Andrews, the ornithologist, a gruff, big man with a secret past, until his beautiful ex-wife shows up. More murders, more secrets, more mysteries ensue, all in the deeply romantic, sizzling jungle.



Wild Rose Press, October 30, 2019
First Crimson Rose Edition, 2019
442 pp; 101,601 words
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 
Genres: Cozy mystery, Romantic suspense, Contemporary romance

Orion’s Foot will be available in print and ebook at all fine on-line stores. Here are the links so far:





Sunday, October 27, 2019

Coming October 30: Myth, Mystery & Romance in the Amazon!


COMING OCTOBER 30!!!

ORION’S FOOT:
MYTH, MYSTERY, AND ROMANCE IN THE AMAZON




Petra Steele is wallowing in self-pity after being dumped at the altar, when her brother Nick invites her to come to the Peruvian Amazon. Before she even sets her suitcase down, she's confronted with a murder victim. In a research station peopled with a quirky assortment of scientists, she is drawn to Emory Andrews, a gruff, big man with a secret past. That is, until his beautiful ex-wife shows up. Together, they encounter monsters and unravel mysteries, all in the deeply romantic, sizzling jungle.

M. S. Spencer
442 p.
Wild Rose Press, October 30, 2019
Genres: Cozy mystery, Romantic suspense, Contemporary romance


Orion’s Foot will be available in print and ebook at all fine on-line stores. Here are the links so far:


Monday, October 21, 2019

For the Love of a Spy Available on Google Play

For the Love of a Spy: the Scrivener and the Handyman, my romantic suspense thriller from I Heart Books, is now available at Google Play. 




In an era electric with possibility and peril Maris Graystone and Michael Kinder 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 the link:

 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/M_S_Spencer_For_the_Love_of_a_Spy_The_Scrivener_an?id=uMG3DwAAQBAJ

You can also find For the Love of a Spy at these other fine stores:



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jillian Chantal's Evil Wind Rising is at Talespinner Today


Please welcome my friend and a great author Jillian Chantal! She has a new release—Evil Wind Rising. She calls it a horror romance, which sounds a bit horrific, so I’ll call it a paranormal romance—with ghosts and voodoo. At any rate, she’s regaling us with a blurb and excerpt, and a bit of background. Also a giveaway. Take it away,  Jillian!

I’m Jillian Chantal and am thrilled to be invited to my friend M. S. Spencer’s blog. Thanks for having me. I’m here to talk about my latest release, Evil Wind Rising.



For many years, I’ve had a plan to write a story with all the female characters having names from Beatles songs, but never did it. When I decided to work on this tale, I decided to take it a step further and have all the characters reference either the band or their songs. The reason I finally decided to take on the task is because this book is part of a conglomeration of writers of different romance sub-genres, who formed a group to write stories with five common elements.

The elements are: (1) a haunted or reputedly haunted house; (2) a stack of books; (3) a lightning storm; (4) lost keys; and (5) a character named Max.


Since I love the song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (such a sinister song), that was my motivation to expand the Beatles’ female names to the whole Beatles universe. I did give Max a slightly different name than he had in the song. I hope the readers enjoy the little Easter eggs hidden—or not so hidden—in this tale. 

This is also a way to welcome in the scary season as it has a bit of horror, a bit of romance, and some wit to lighten the atmosphere.

I’ll give away a copy for a random commenter who leaves me a comment regarding anything fun you know about any of the Beatles or what your favorite song is and why.

89 p.
Released Oct. 1, 2019

Rumor has it the Rigby Mansion is haunted. The last owner was brutally murdered and now the house is on the market. Dr. Max Edison, a surgeon who has no time for such nonsense, wants to tour the manor as he wants a home outside the city. The firm listing the property sends him out with their newest employee, Stella McNamara, who is convinced the rumors are true. She has a sixth sense about these things….

Excerpt: Voodoo

"I showed the Rigby estate to a buyer today and there's something evil there. I need to figure out what to do since I think he's intent on returning."
"You stay away from over there, missy. You got the gift like your grandma did. You don't wanna be attracting no spirit to follow you home and make trouble in your life." Her mother coughed. "You hearing me, Stella girl? No nonsense, ya hear?"
"Settle down, Mamma. I'm not planning to go back. I was wondering how I could help the man who wants to buy the place. He's a nonbeliever and I'm worried he's going to get himself hurt."
"You need to steer clear. Even setting up a ritual to pray for his protection could drag you down."
Stella sighed. She should've known her mother would flip, but she had some of her grandmother's candles and other items used in ritual that might be of use in assisting Stella in casting a protective net around Max Edison. She'd learned the work from her grandmother even though her mother feared it.
"If you're asking for Grandmother's box, no. You can't have it. You need to forget that idea right now."
When her mother got that tone of voice, Stella knew the pope himself could ask her for the box and she'd say no. Not that the pope believed in Voodoo. At least she didn't think he did.


Buy Link:

About the Author

Jillian Chantal is multi-published in the romance genre. She’s a lawyer by day and writer, amateur photographer and history buff by night. Jillian lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Florida and loves her little slice of paradise. But not too much to enjoy world-wide travel every chance she gets. After all, a writer and photographer needs new and exciting places to go and capture in order to stay fresh, right? And there’s nothing quite like seeing historical places in person, is there?

Jillian loves to hear from readers. She can be found at her sites:


Thanks again to M. S. for allowing me to pop in for a visit.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Trailers for Artful Dodging and Triptych

Hi boys and girls, cleaning up my emails after two months away and I found TWO trailers--one for Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, and one for Triptych. They were done by the fetching Carolyn Wren, and apparently I never thanked her or saw the email. I think they are fabulous!!!


Here's Artful Dodging:





Blurb:
It’s just before Christmas, and Milo Everhart has two needlepoint stockings, a cross-stitch purse, and three canvases to finish for her clients. Waiting out the rain in a pub, she is captivated by the handsome man next to her, but blocking the road to romance are two mysterious corpses who turn up in the tower of her Torpedo Factory Art Center. As if that weren’t enough, a second crisis erupts—a proposal to gut her beloved Art Center. 

Tristram Brodie, hard-driving corporate lawyer and former Marine, is focused on his plan to convert the Torpedo Factory into a box store. He is drawn to the beautiful woman sitting next to him, but their mutual attraction will be frustrated by both the murders and his intentions. As they edge closer to love, they must find a way to overcome both their differences and the still-fresh memory of her late husband. 


And here is Triptych:







Both Miranda Cabot and her sister Honor prefer their solitude to romance, Miranda having watched her husband die in flames on the Potomac River rocks called the Three Sisters. Not so the youngest, Sybil, who invites a mysterious Frenchman calling himself the Chevalier du bon Arnaque to stay with them in their mansion overlooking the Sisters.

Misgivings about the stranger’s intentions lead Miranda and Honor to ask their neighbors Dieter Heiliger and his grandson Corey to chaperone. Three beautiful, strong-willed women living in a house with three handsome, virile men results inevitably in an intricate web of jealousy, sex, and intrigue. Add in long-lost master artworks, stolen prototypes and a resident genius and you have a recipe for romance. Who will end up with whom, and will the Three Sisters take another life as the legend calls for?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Orion’s Foot and Halloween Costumes at Kate Hill’s


Kate Hill's Halloween Page

Kate Hill’s annual Halloween page all this month is live--authors, books, & prizes:


I’m talking about my favorite Halloween costumes AND offering an intriguing excerpt from my October 30 release: Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon



It’s available now for preorder at these links:


Find me at Kate Hill’s great site here: https://kate-hill.com/halloweenpage/m-s-spencer/

And watch this great video of the event here: https://youtu.be/WLFddKW0GS4

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ghoulies, Ghosties, and Cryptids at N. N. Light’s Trick or Treat Bonanza All October



Hi boys and girls, N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is hosting a Trick or Treat Book Bonanza this month. Lots of books, lots of authors, lots of prizes! If you like paranormal, supernatural, or just magical stories, this is the place for you!
October 30 features my NEW RELEASE Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon. Available for pre-order now here:
ITunes
Here’s the story:

Petra Steele is wallowing in self-pity after being dumped at the altar, when her brother Nick invites her to come to the Peruvian Amazon. Before she even sets her suitcase down, she's confronted with a murder victim. In a research station peopled with a quirky assortment of scientists, she is drawn to Emory Andrews, a gruff, big man with a secret past. That is, until his beautiful ex-wife shows up. More murders, more secrets, more mysteries ensue, all in the deeply romantic, sizzling jungle
But don’t wait until October 30. Check out all the wonderful weirdness at the Trick or Treat Book Bonanza starting today!