“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.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Penhallow Train Incident Featured at N N Light’s Book Heaven

 


Stop by N. N. Light’s Book Heaven for a delightful excerpt from the Penhallow Train Incident.

Who killed the mysterious Egyptian? Is there really a map to the Queen of Sheba’s tomb or is it a myth? Where is the bank robber’s loot? Rachel Tinker and Griffin Tate must find answers before more people die.



The Penhallow Train Incident takes place in the same Maine town as my upcoming release Mrs. Spinney’s Secret. You might want to get in the mood by picking up a copy!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/the-penhallow-train-incident-bhw

Enter to win a HUGE basket of books, including The Penhallow Train Incident.

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

December Book Giveaway Includes Penhallow Train Incident!

 



As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, my inner bookaholic rejoices because that means there’s more time to read. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. N. N. Light has gathered both new releases and backlist in this giveaway that’s sure to please any booklover. Free e-copy, print and audio books are just waiting for readers to indulge in. You can even enter one of mine. Enter below and good luck! The list is long and personally, I’d love to win myself but alas, I can’t. So, I’ll just live vicariously through the lucky winners. If there’s a particular book or prize you’d like to win, be sure to say which prize you want when you enter via Rafflecopter. Enter below and good luck!

 Tomorrow The Penhallow Train Incident is featured at N. N. Light's Book Heaven--and it's in the HUGE basket of books you can enter to win!

Curl Up With a Book Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775088

 

Literary Giveaway Portal:  https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/literary-giveaway-portal



Friday, December 11, 2020

Mrs. Spinney's Secret Available for PreOrder!

 Come on down to Amazon where you can order a copy of my January 20 release Mrs. Spinney's Secret!



Here's the link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P886V99

What do you do when Hollywood takes over your tiny Maine village to make a movie?

Cassidy Beauvoir, chair of the board of overseers of Amity Landing, is ready to throw the bums out; that is, until she meets Jasper MacEwan, the director of American Waterloo: the Rout of the Penobscot Expedition. It’s instant attraction until a series of deadly incidents threatens their budding romance. Are the attacks directed at the movie crew or the townspeople?

As the two search for answers, the trail leads them to long-held secrets of the worst naval defeat of the American Revolution—including betrayal, murder, and a lost hoard of English gold.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Spencer (That's Me) Interviewed by Beverley Bateman Today

 


Do drop by Beverley Bateman’s wonderful blog, Blogging with Beverley, where she is interviewing me. Find out my favorite cartoon character and a little about my upcoming release Mrs. Spinney’s Secret. You’ll also be treated to a taste of my Florida mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/2020/11/ms-spencer-and-her-new-release.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Release Date for Mrs. Spinney's Secret!

 Great news! I have just received the official release date for Mrs. Spinney's Secret!



January 20, 2021

What do you do when Hollywood takes over your tiny Maine village to make a movie? Cassidy Beauvoir, chair of the board of overseers of Amity Landing, is ready to throw the bums out; that is, until she meets Jasper MacEwan, the director of American Waterloo: the Rout of the Penobscot Expedition. It's instant attraction until a series of deadly incidents threatens their budding romance. Are the attacks directed at the movie crew or the townspeople?

As the two search for answers, the trail leads them to long-held secrets of the worst naval defeat of the American Revolution—including betrayal, murder, and a lost hoard of English gold.

Mrs. Spinney should be available for preorder before Christmas. Keep checking back! 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Debby Grahl & Her Romance Mountain Blaze is Our Guest Today

 Please welcome author Debby Grahl. She has a new release—a delightful contemporary western romance. Won’t you tell us about it? What was your inspiration for Mountain Blaze?

 


Thank you for having me. You ask what inspired me to write Mountain Blaze?

My cousins live a few hours away in North Carolina near Asheville where they graciously took my husband and me sightseeing. It was Fall, and the spectacular display of color against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains was breathtaking. We decided to hike for a while and discovered a scenic overlook which revealed a stream winding through the valley below.

We came upon a small ranch which had cabins to rent and offered horseback riding. As we waited for the horses to be saddled for a trail ride, my writer’s imagination replaced the nice older man with a handsome cowboy. Now, what would be his story? As we rode through the lush woods, the air fragrant with the smell of pine, Dillon McCoy took shape in my mind.

Afterward, we drove down the mountain into Waynesville. This is a wonderful little town where I discovered Mast General. A fun, old-fashioned country store, this has become one of my favorite places to shop. We decided to stop in a cafĂ©, and while sipping a delicious cup of coffee, I noticed an attractive woman seated at an adjacent table. Her clothes were stylish. She looked as if she had just walked off Fifth Avenue. Once again, my writer’s imagination took over, and Diana Thompson was born. Now, what circumstances could bring the cowboy and the wealthy city girl together? I enjoyed creating their personalities, backgrounds, and tiny quirks that made them unique.

In all my books, I like to have some type of mystery. Not only do Diana and Dillon meet, there’s an outside force which is determined to keep them apart and endanger their lives.


North Carolina Barn


So what’s the story of Mountain Blaze?

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.

How about an excerpt?

Diana nodded and Flora fell into step behind Flame. They passed the last cabin, and the meadow spread out before them. Dillon drew Flame to a halt and motioned for her to quietly come next to him. When she did so, he pointed to three deer standing near some pine trees, and in the distance were the snow-crested ridges of the Smoky Mountains.

Diana caught her breath. “It’s magnificent,” she whispered.

“I never get tired of this view. Because of this.” He indicated their surroundings. “The last cabin we passed is another favorite of our guests.”

“It all reminds me of a Christmas card.” Diana patted her pockets. “Damn,” she murmured. “I don’t have my phone to take a picture.”

Dillon gestured. “They’re leaving anyway.”

For a minute, the deer stared at them, their ears alert, then bounded off into the woods. “Oh, I must have made too much noise,” Diana exclaimed.

“You didn’t do anything. They could smell us. I’m surprised they stayed as long as they did. If it wasn’t so slippery, we could go out onto that outcropping of rocks.” Diana glanced to where he pointed and shuddered.

“It’s smooth on top, and you can see the stream that runs through the valley below,” he continued.

She shook her head. “I don’t mind heights if I’m a safe distance away. Out there, I’d go into a full-blown panic attack. In fact, that’s why I never learned to ski. You’d have to drag me kicking and screaming onto one of those chair lifts.”

Dillon smiled and Diana thought it the sexiest smile she’d ever seen. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and fine lines formed at the corners of his eyes. Diana inwardly groaned. The butterflies were back.

“I’d hold onto you. I wouldn’t let you fall,” he softly said.

With his slow southern accent, the words sounded like warm honey rolling off his tongue. The depth of his eyes and the sound of his voice mesmerized her.

The horses stood side by side. Her and Dillon’s legs touched. He leaned toward her, and the light aroma of wood smoke, hay, and his spicy cologne filled her nostrils. Diana knew what he was about to do but had no willpower to stop him. He cupped her cheek and their lips met.

Gentle at first, his lips glided over hers. He increased the pressure until she opened her mouth and his tongue slipped in. Diana moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. His arms around her waist, he deepened the kiss. Before she realized what he was doing, without breaking their kiss Dillon lifted her from Flora and placed her across his lap.

Cradled in his arms, Diana clung to him, delicious sensations filling her. Her body came alive in a way that surprised her. The only thing that mattered was this man and this moment.

Flame moved, bringing her back to reality. Diana’s eyes fluttered open, and she stared into Dillon’s, deep with passion and need.

Oh, dear God, what was she doing? She barely knew Dillon, and there she lay sprawled across his lap. What would he think of her? “Dillon, I…”

He placed a gloved finger over her lips. When he spoke, his voice was low and husky. “It’s not your fault. You’re engaged, and I shouldn’t have done that.”

She swallowed hard and touched his cheek. “I’m just as guilty.” She should tell him about Trent, and why she was here, but now wasn’t the moment. She needed to be alone, where she could process what just happened.

“You don’t have to explain.” He glanced away, then back. “I should promise that won’t happen again, but I can’t. All I can promise is I’ll try to behave.”

She gave him a slight smile. “We’re adults. We should be able to control ourselves.”

Dillon cleared his throat and easily set her back on her saddle. “Whatever you say.”

As they made their way back through the woods, Diana’s guilt threatened to consume her. Not only did she enjoy every second of his kiss, she didn’t want him to stop. One terrible truth she had no doubt about—if they hadn’t been sitting on a horse, she’d be in his bed. What a complicated mess her life had become. If she had her own car, she’d make some excuse and leave, but she couldn’t do that to Jenn. Until she could make sense of her emotions, she’d try her best not to be alone with Dillon.

“Do other riders use this trail?”

“No. This is all McCoy land. Our closest neighbor, the Duffys’ property, is in that direction. They have a few cabins, and it’s possible one of their guests wandered over here by mistake.”

“Isn’t the ranch surrounded by fence?”

“No. Only the areas that border public land.” Still frowning, Dillon resumed riding toward the barn. When they were almost there, once again Dillon stopped. “There’s someone ahead of us.”

“Jenn?”

“I don’t think so. If it were her, she’d come to meet us.” He started forward. “Stay behind me.”

The trail widened, and in the distance a man in a parka stood. “I don’t think there’s a problem,” Dillon said. “But stay back a little way.”

Curious, Diana nodded. The snow muffled the sound of Flame’s hooves as Dillon pressed him forward. When he got within thirty feet of the man, he called, “Hello, can I help you?” 

 

Mountain Blaze

The Wild Rose Press; November 2, 2020

Contemporary Romance

306 pages

R-rated / Spicy

 

Buy Links and Book Pages:

Amazon

KOBO

Google Play

Barnes and Noble

ITunes

https://www.bookbub.com/books/mountain-blaze-the-carolina-series-by-debby-grahl

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55319289-mountain-blaze

 

Tell us about yourself.

Debby Grahl

Award-winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, was released November 2.

 Where can we find you?

 Website    Facebook   Bookbub   Twitter

Amazon Author Page

 

 

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Spencer’s Artful Dodging at NN Light’s Book Heaven--Win It!

 



Come by N.N. Light’s October Cozy Mystery Bookish Event! Featured is my mystery Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders.



Milo Everhart is waiting out the rain in a pub when she is captivated by the handsome man next to her. 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 lawyer and former Marine, is focused on his plan to convert the Torpedo Factory into a box store. He is drawn to the beautiful Milo, 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 not only their differences but also the still-fresh memory of her late husband.

Read a great, shivery excerpt.

Find it here: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/artful-dodging-cm


HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

Enter to win an e-book bundle of all 42 books featured in the Cozy Mystery Bookish Event:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775081

 

Open Internationally.

Runs October 13 – 19, 2020.

Winner will be drawn on October 23, 2020.

Find it here: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/artful-dodging-cm


 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Amber Daulton’s new romantic suspense has a cover!

Wait for it.... 



And Now: Cover Revealed!

Amber Daulton’s brand new romance, Arresting Jeremiah—coming October 14 from the Wild Rose press—has a cover.

 


When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?


Arresting Jeremiah is Book 2 of the Arresting Onyx series. Here’s the story:

Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.
Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.


Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?

 


Arresting Jeremiah is a romantic suspense novel (98,000 words) with a heat rating of five flames.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Mrs. Spinney’s Secret—Cover Revealed!

 Mrs. Spinney's Secret Cover Revealed


How about them apples! This is the new, approved cover for my upcoming release, Mrs. Spinney’s Secret. Isn’t it fabulous?

 


What do you do when Hollywood takes over your tiny Maine village to make a movie?

Cassidy Beauvoir, chair of the board of overseers of Amity Landing, is ready to throw the bums out; that is, until she meets Jasper MacEwan, the director of American Waterloo: the Rout of the Penobscot Expedition. It’s instant attraction until a series of deadly incidents threatens their budding romance. Are the attacks directed at the movie crew or the townspeople?

As the two search for answers, the trail leads them to long-held secrets of the worst naval defeat of the American Revolution—including betrayal, murder, and a lost hoard of English gold.

Check back often for a release date!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Blurb for Upcoming Release of Mrs. Spinney's Secret

 The blurb for my upcoming release, Mrs. Spinney's Secret, has just been approved!



Here it is:

What do you do when Hollywood takes over your tiny Maine village to make a movie?

Cassidy Beauvoir, chair of the board of overseers of Amity Landing, is ready to throw the bums out; that is, until she meets Jasper MacEwan, the director of American Waterloo: the Rout of the Penobscot Expedition. It’s instant attraction until a series of deadly incidents threatens their budding romance. Are the attacks directed at the movie crew or the townspeople?

As the two search for answers, the trail leads them to long-held secrets of the worst naval defeat of the American Revolution—including betrayal, murder, and a lost hoard of English gold.


Friday, August 28, 2020

13th Anniversary Bash Long & Short Reviews Features Lapses of Memory

 


Join me today at Long and Short Reviews 13th Anniversary Bash Aug. 24-28. Read all about my romantic suspense Lapses of Memory and enter to win great prizes, including 2 $100 Amazon gift certificates.

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/lasr-anniversary-scavenger-hunt-lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer/



Lapses of Memory follow the exploits of two journalists, Sydney Bellek and Elian Davies, as they travel the globe reporting on various world catastrophes. In one of their encounters they find themselves embroiled in the early stages of the revolution in Iran and only barely escape. A few years later we find them rivals in the search for a scoop on the Lebanese Civil War. Their love is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each meeting Sydney forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when Sydney finally sees the truth, he has lost his memory—literally.  Can she make him remember her? Will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

 

Having lived through some of the events that Sydney and Elian confront, I wanted to convey both the excitement and the fear you feel when enmeshed in a world-shattering crisis. As reporters, Sydney and Elian sensed that something important was happening, but couldn’t know the extent or the consequences of it. As lovers, their evolving romance was often interrupted by their ambitions.  Coupled with their daughter’s quandary, a happy ending for anyone seemed far from secure. And yet…and yet…I hope you find the story as romantic as I do.

 

HUGE PRIZES!!!  http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/lasr-anniversary-scavenger-hunt-lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer

 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Lapses of Memory at LASR 13th Anniversary Bash!

 

Come by Long and Short Reviews 13th Anniversary Bash Aug. 24-28. Read all about my romantic suspense Lapses of Memory and enter to win great prizes.

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/lasr-anniversary-scavenger-hunt-lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer/

 

Lapses of Memory follow the exploits of two journalists, Sydney Bellek and Elian Davies, as they travel the globe reporting on various world catastrophes. In one of their encounters they find themselves embroiled in the early stages of the revolution in Iran and only barely escape. A few years later we find them rivals in the search for a scoop on the Lebanese Civil War. Their love is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each meeting Sydney forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when Sydney finally sees the truth, he has lost his memory—literally.  Can she make him remember her? Will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

 

Having lived through some of the events that Sydney and Elian confront, I wanted to convey both the excitement and the fear you feel when enmeshed in a world-shattering crisis. As reporters, Sydney and Elian sensed that something important was happening, but couldn’t know the extent or the consequences of it. As lovers, their evolving romance was often interrupted by their ambitions.  Coupled with their daughter’s quandary, a happy ending for anyone seemed far from secure. And yet…and yet…I hope you find the story as romantic as I do.

 

HUGE PRIZES!!!  http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/lasr-anniversary-scavenger-hunt-lapses-of-memory-by-m-s-spencer

 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Orion's Foot and other Secrets at Postcards from the Ledge Today

 

Come by Seelie Kay’s wonderful site Postcards from the Ledge, for a taste of my latest mystery romance, Orion’s Foot: Myth, Mystery, and Romance in the Amazon. I’m talking about the inspiration for the book, my writing process, and even my worst date!



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

https://seeliekay.blogspot.com/2020/08/today-in-loft-author-m-s-spencer.html  

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Flotsam & Jetsam at NN Light's Christmas in July Event: Prizes!



Drop by the fabulous N N Light’s Book Heaven event Christmas in July for a taste of my mystery romance set in Florida, Flotsam and Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair

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 both his well-honed research skills to solve the case and his not-so well-honed skills as a Don Juan to lure Ellie away from Thad.

Prizes and great reads all July!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/bookpromos/categories/christmas-in-july-fete


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Don't forget Christmas in July Tomorrow


Don't forget to drop by N. N. Light's Book Heaven Christmas in July event tomorrow--featuring my fabulous mystery romance Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair!


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 both his well-honed research skills to solve the case and his not-so well-honed skills as a Don Juan to lure Ellie away from Thad.

Prizes and great reads all July!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/bookpromos/categories/christmas-in-july-fete



Saturday, July 25, 2020

Welcome Mona Sedrak & Her New Release Gravity

Please welcome author Mona Sedrak. She’s going to tell us about her new novel, Gravity, a heartwarming romance.


Gravity is a heartwarming story of two individuals from remarkably different backgrounds who are inexplicably drawn to one another, forming a strong friendship and falling in love, despite the odds against them. The story depicts the beautiful Middle Eastern culture I was raised in and its many traditions as well as some of its challenges. Readers will identify with this story, no matter their background because it speaks to and awakens the human heart.

Gravity is about tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness. Finally, it is a story of love and hope. When I started writing Gravity several years ago, I couldn’t have predicted how relevant it would be today. At the end of the day, I want readers to understand that although we may be different, as members of the human race, our similarities out-weigh our differences and love is the universal language that binds us. 

Gravity: A force pulling together people and hearts.

After being shunned by her Middle Eastern family, medical assistant Leila Solomon struggles to build a life for herself and her child. Landscape photographer Aiden Stone built a career seeing what others miss, and the second he meets Leila, he is drawn to her unassuming beauty and fragile strength.

Leila cannot defy the gravitational forces pulling her toward Aiden and to the family who cast her out. To build a future with Aiden, she must face the past but is she strong enough to resist being pulled back into the family fold?

Excerpt: Aiden

He smiled, took a step back, and met her gaze. "I'm a fairly easy going guy, but I have my quirks. One of them is my persistence. When I see something I desire, I go after it with relentless tunnel vision and focus. I chase the elusive. Often, others can't see what I do, or they're simply not brave enough to take risks, defy gravity, and uncover and unleash what's hidden. But do you know what I find each and every time I trust my gut, put in the time, and do the work?"
"What?" she whispered, entranced by his voice and his molten eyes.
"Heart stopping, raw, wild, and unimaginable beauty.” Aiden grinned. “I'm a landscape photographer. Photography is not only what I do. Photography is also who I am. Through the lens of my camera, I see what others think only exists in dreams and movies. I believe. I commit. If you decide to come inside, I'll show you what I'm talking about." He spun and strode the door.
Aiden said his piece and issued a challenge. Leila could walk away or cross the threshold and take a chance, praying this time her heart wasn’t trampled. She chewed on her lower lip. Even if she walked away, Aiden wouldn’t. The man would track her down.
Standing, Leila paced. She was out of her element––stuck between two worlds. Too Americanized, she didn’t fit into the Egyptian culture. Yet, she wasn’t American enough.



Mona Sedrak
The Wild Rose Press,  July 15, 2020
Women’s Fiction, Sweet Romance
287 pages

Buy Links

About the Author

Mona Sedrak lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and works as a university administrator and professor. Although she has co-published two academic books, she is now writing mainstream fiction and women's fiction. She is an avid reader and is probably Audible's best customer.
Writing and reading fiction is her escape from reality.
Mona lives with her husband of 30+ years, a geriatric maltipoo, and an Amazon Parrot named Pretzel. She binge watches too many shows to count and she loves fine brandy.

She’d love to have you contact her here: