Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Hidden Gem: 2 More Days on NetGalley--Hurry!

 


Great news! Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine, is available for review on NetGalley for two more days (to May 15). Get your copy now!

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/253660

Barnaby and Philo’s story starts with very bad chili and a dead body.

Barnaby Swift is in St. Augustine, Florida to teach a college seminar in historic methodology, and plans to use The Secret, a treasure hunt, as a framework for his class. He enlists Philo Brice, owner of an antique map store, to aid him in seeking clues in the historic sites of the ancient city.

Together they face murderers, thieves, thugs, and fanatics, heightening their already strong attraction to each other. Can they solve the puzzle and unearth the treasure before the villains do? Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine takes the reader down several twisting paths before arriving at a startling conclusion.

Here's the link again: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/253660

Monday, May 9, 2022

Hidden Gem & Other Treasure Hunts at Shepherd's

 


Do you love treasure hunt books? Searched for treasure yourself? For gold? Jewels? A loving heart? Is  your idea of the perfect day lounging by a fire as the rain pounds outside and reading about treasure seekers in exotic places?

Then you’ll want to try my list of Best Novels about Hunting for a Treasure That Isn’t Gold. You’ll find it at Shepherd’s wonderful site Discover the Best Books. You can get a taste of my latest mystery/romance Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine as well.

https://shepherd.com/best-books/treasure-hunts



Sunday, May 8, 2022

Reviews for Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine

 Wonderful reviews for Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine!


Hidden Gem is available for review on NetGalley through May 15. Get a free copy. I’d love to hear from you!

Here’s a taste from a few reviews:

Colleen Mooney: “There are lots of twists and turns with romantic involvement along with funny characters. You don’t want to miss this one!”

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4684819613

Mark Love: “This book has it all. There’s mystery, intrigue, romance, clues, misdirection and a cast of characters that you’d expect to be peeking over the back fence…”

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/2073817453

Ell9677: Real-life mystery meets fiction in this delightful tale, and a dash of romance is sprinkled in.”

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3FD5UZMXUY5WC/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B09QJHCB4V

Lois: “This book had me laughing and trying to sort out the red herrings from the genuine clues at the same time”

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4691259798

 

Hidden Gem is available for review on NetGalley until May 15. Grab your copy now! https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/253660

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Hidden Gem is at NetGalley May 1-15

 


Now’s your chance to review FOR FREE my very latest release: Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine! It’s already garnered several fabulous reviews, so you won’t be disappointed. It will be available on NetGalley from May 1 to May 15 here:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/253660

Here’s the story:

Barnaby and Philo’s story begins with very bad chili and a dead body.

Barnaby is in St. Augustine, Florida, to teach a college seminar, and plans to use The Secret—a treasure hunt book—as a framework for his class. He enlists Philo Brice, owner of an antique map store, to aid him in seeking clues in the historic sites of the ancient city.

Together they face murderers, thieves, thugs, and fanatics, heightening their already strong attraction to each other. Can they solve the puzzle and unearth the treasure before the villains do? Philo and Barnaby pursue several twisting paths and false leads before arriving at a startling conclusion.

Here's the NetGalley link again: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/253660

You can check it out on the Amazon page:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Gem-Secret-St-Augustine-ebook/dp/B09QJHCB4V

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Chatting around the Fire with D. V. Stone

 



Chatting around the Fire today at D. V. Stone’s: https://www.dvstoneauthor.com/around-the-fire-with-d-v-stone/around-the-fire-welcomes-todays-guest-m-s-spencer

Among other bits of confessions, D. V. weasels out of me my strange affinity to a statue of Ganesh, my best talent (wiggling out of stuff), and life on Capitol Hill. Oh yes, and there’s a bit about Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine! Do drop by—I’d love to hear your comments!

https://www.dvstoneauthor.com/around-the-fire-with-d-v-stone/around-the-fire-welcomes-todays-guest-m-s-spencer

Hidden Gem at Jill Piscitello's Today

 


Today Jill Piscitello hosts me for a quick look at my new cozy mystery/romantic suspense Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine. Do drop by!

https://jillpiscitello.com/2022/04/18/book-in-the-spotlight-hidden-gem-the-secret-of-st-augustine-by-m-s-spencer 

#wrpbks #Cozymystery #NewReleases #MSSpencerbks #FloridaMystery

Friday, April 15, 2022

Minorcans & Mullet on the Beach--Hidden Gem at Vivians MacKade's

 


Drop by Viviana MacKade’s wonderful blog for a brand NEW excerpt from my new release Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine, and a little background on the historic Minorcan community in St. Augustine. Mullet on the beach!

Mullet on the beach!

https://viviana-mackade.blog/2022/04/15/new-release-hidden-gem-the-secret-of-st-augustine-by-m-s-spencer-and-meet-the-author-books-romanticsuspense-mfrwauthor/

Friday, April 8, 2022

 


Today finds Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine—my brand new mystery romance—at Vicki Batman’s fabulous site Handbags, Books, Whatever. I’m talking about my favorite movie, Ninotchka. Most of you may not have heard of it, since it was made in 1939, but it stars the great Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. Check it out, and get a taste of Hidden Gem at the same time!



https://vickibatman.blogspot.com/2022/04/favorite-movie-and-book-author-m-s.html

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Calendar of events for Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine

Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine is on a roll!

 


Over the next few weeks you can find lots of information on the inspiration behind Hidden Gem—together with many exciting excerpts at these wonderful sites:

4/7 Vicki Batman: https://vickibatman.blogspot.com

4/8 Christina Lambert: https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com

4/11 Sorchia’s Universe Novel Magic: https://sorchiadubois.com

4/12 NN Light’s Spring Break Bookapalooza: www.nnlightsbookheaven.com

4/15 Viviana McCade: www.viviana-mackade.blog

4/15-30 Hidden Gem on NetGalley:

4/18 Jill Piscitello: https://jillpiscitello.com

4/19 Around the Fire with D. V. Stone: https://www.dvstoneauthor.com/around-the-fire-with-d-v-stone

 

My calendar is always up on my blog too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Hidden Gem at Rebecca Grace's Writing Corner...with a dead body

Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine, my new mystery romance, released yesterday!  


Rebecca Grace has kindly invited me to talk about on her blog today. Do drop by to learn a bit about the Gilded Age and St. Augustine—and to discover what I mean by the tag line: Their story begins with very bad chili and a dead body.

Find it here:

https://rebecca-grace.blogspot.com/2022/04/05-Hidden-Gem-M-S-Spencer.html

Monday, April 4, 2022

Hidden Gem at Alicia Dean's Today

 


Release day for Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine! Lots of stuff going on, but be sure to stop by Alicia Dean’s wonderful blog for an introduction to the book, and discover what the tag line: Their story begins with very bad chili and a dead body.

 


Catch it here:

https://aliciadean.com/2022/04/04/spotlight-on-m-s-spencer-hidden-gem-the-secret-of-st-augustine-cozymystery-romanticsuspense-wrpbks-blog/

Five Plus Plus Stars for Hidden Gem!

Five Plus Plus Stars for Hidden Gem!



N. N. Light loved my book! This is my first review for Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine, and it’s a doozy. Here’s a quote:

“Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine is a romantic adventure rolled up into a mystery that is one of the best books I've read this year. It has all the components I crave in an unputdownable read and then some. M.S. Spencer writes an addictive mystery with quirky characters, a treasure hunt, all taking place in one of the oldest cities in America.”

You can read the whole review here:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/hidden-gem-the-secret-of-st-augustine-br

Hidden Gem at Rene's Getaway Today

 


Drop by Rene’s Getaway today for a dip into my new mystery romance Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine! Read about Barnaby and Philo’s  first kiss 😊.

https://renesgetaway.wordpress.com/2022/04/04/hidden-gem-the-secret-of-st-augustine-by-m-s-spencer-msspencerauthor-suspense-romance-plottwist-renesgetaway/

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Tomorrow Tomorrow I Luv Ya Tomorrow--Hidden Gem On Its Way!

 My new mystery 

Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine

releases Monday April 4


Barnaby and Philo’s story begins with very bad chili and a dead body. Barnaby is in St. Augustine, Florida, to teach a college seminar, and plans to use The Secret—a treasure hunt book—as a framework for his class. He enlists Philo Brice, owner of an antique map store, to aid him in seeking clues in the historic sites of the ancient city.

Together they face murderers, thieves, thugs, and fanatics, heightening their already strong attraction to each other. Can they solve the puzzle and unearth the treasure before the villains do? Philo and Barnaby pursue several twisting paths and false leads before arriving at a startling conclusion.

 

The Secret by Byron Preiss

Featured in South Florida Fiction Writers newsletter and on BookBub new releases. A review will be posted April 4 at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven.

Look for it on Rene’s Getaway www.renesgetaway.wordpress.com

And Alicia Dean: www.AliciaDean.com

 

The Wild Rose Press, April 4, 2022

Cozy mystery/Romantic suspense

418 p.; 96,570 words

Print: $18.99; Ebook: $5.99

 

Buy Links

Books2Read

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

ITunes

Rakuten/KOBO

GooglePlay

Indigo

Angus&Robertson

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Killing Spree: another winner from Kathi Goldwyn releases today!

 


From Kathi Goldwyn, author of Rock Star, comes a thriller:

Killing Spree

Joshua Tree is a journalist who works for the Chronicle. When brutal killings start to pop up in Oakland at the Mormon Temple, Joshua is assigned to report on the mutilations and the corpses. By the time Body Number Four is discovered, the city is in a complete frenzy. Fear drips from every corner.


Dillon Meyers is a detective in the Oakland Police Department. When bodies start dropping like flies, her boss attaches her to the BAU, the smartest FBI agents she had ever met. Their job is to find the killer before another mutilated body shows up.


Dillon and Joshua team up to find the serial killer now known as the Siren. Together, they chase the clues and witness true evil incarnate. Along the way, they find themselves enjoying each other's company a lot more than they had expected to. But the Siren doesn't care about any of that. Her morbid sense of fun comes out to play along with her sharp knives.




 Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Spree-kathi-goldwyn-ebook/dp/B09TLGXJKD/

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Coming Soon! Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine

Coming April 4!



My new mystery Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine, releases April 4.

Barnaby and Philo’s story begins with very bad chili and a dead body. 


Barnaby is in St. Augustine, Florida, to teach a college seminar, and plans to use The Secret—a treasure hunt book—as a framework for his class. He enlists Philo Brice, owner of an antique map store, to aid him in seeking clues in the historic sites of the ancient city.

Together they face murderers, thieves, thugs, and fanatics, heightening their already strong attraction to each other. Can they solve the puzzle and unearth the treasure before the villains do? Philo and Barnaby pursue several twisting paths and false leads before arriving at a startling conclusion.

 


The Wild Rose Press, April 4, 2022

Cozy mystery/Romantic suspense

418 p.; 96,570 words

Print: $18.99; Ebook: $5.99

 Buy Links

Books2Read

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

ITunes

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Another 5-Star Review for The Penhallow Train Incident

Here’s another of several wonderful reviews for The Penhallow Train Incident, this one from Roxx T:

 


“Spencer's characters are delightful. Quirky, twisted, humorous, engaging, all the hallmarks of characters you will come to love. And set into a tale that pulls in so many varied strands that you could be forgiven for thinking the tapestry will never show itself. But it does, and in so doing, unveils a story that is imaginative and colorful. Guaranteed to keep you chuckling as you flip the pages.

A story you won't want to miss, with a conclusion you simply didn't see coming!”

You can read the full review here:

https://www.amazon.com/review/R2VJZ9R9HF0A4C

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4572095092

https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/2211851036

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Pit & the Passion new graphic

How do you like the new graphic for my mystery romance The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel? I love it!

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

At midnight, in the darkness of a deserted hotel, comes a scream and a splash. Eighty-five years later, workmen uncover a skeleton in an old elevator shaft. Who is it, and how did it get there? To find out, Charity Snow, ace reporter for the Longboat Key Planet, teams up with Rancor Bass, best-selling author. A college ring they find at the dig site may prove to be their best clue.

Although his arrogance nearly exceeds his talent, Charity soon discovers a warm heart beating under Rancor’s handsome exterior. While dealing with a drop-dead gorgeous editor who may or may not be a villain, a publisher with a dark secret, and an irascible forensic specialist, Charity and Rancor unearth an unexpected link to the most famous circus family in the world.

Charity, despairing of unearthing any charm in her prince charming, has an unexpected suitor.


Excerpt (G): The Frog Prince

 

As she trudged up the stairs, rain began to fall, sparking a chorus of cheeps from the tiny native treefrogs. It seemed to grow louder and louder. When she reached her door, she found out why. A huge green bullfrog sat in a small wooden cage on the mat. A tag attached to it said, “Kiss Me.” When she picked up the cage, a guttural voice croaked, “If you don’t kiss me, you won’t get your present.” She looked around but couldn’t see anyone. The voice came again. “Down here.”

The frog regarded her solemnly, its large eyes unblinking. She spoke to the air. “I am not going to kiss a frog.”

“Ah, but I’m a special frog. A prince of a frog. Kiss me.”

She had to admit she was tempted. “If I let you out, you’ll hop away.” Why the hell am I talking to an amphibian?

“Then you’d better kiss me quick.”

She shrugged. The rain turned into a downpour, and she moved under the shelter of the overhang. With hesitant fingers, she opened the little door. The frog hopped out. Quick as a flash, she bent down and touched her lips to its back. Surprisingly, it was neither slimy nor wet. She resisted the urge to wipe her mouth. The frog croaked once but remained crouched on its haunches, gazing at her. She shook her head. “No sense in asking. I’m only doing it once.”

“Wait.”

“Wait for what?” “Wait for it…” There was a flash of purple smoke. When it cleared, the frog was gone, and Rancor sat on the step. “Your prince. As ordered.”

“How did you do that?”

“A magician never divulges his secrets.” He opened his palms to reveal a bouquet of gardenias. “For you. Will you be my valentine?”

She held the flowers and inhaled deeply. “They’re my favorite—how did you know?”

“I made inquiries. Jane is delightful by the way. Didn’t care much for Darryl.”

“Find out why he only sees her once a month, and she’ll be your slave for life.”

“That would make a refreshing change.”

“More than you deserve. Coming in?”

“Yes. I have to watch you change into something more suitable for Michael’s on East.”

“Rancor! I can’t afford that.”

“You don’t have to—I have secured a source of funding.”

“I don’t want to know.”

“No. You don’t.” He closed the door behind him. “Now, you haven’t answered my question.”

Busy with the flowers, Charity didn’t reply. He took the vase from her and set it down. Then he took her in his arms. “Will you be my valentine?”

At that, something broke inside her, and the tears flowed.

He dried them. “Should I take that as a ‘yes,’ or a ‘get out of my sight, you ogre’?” She kissed him, unable to talk.

“Go then. Put on that pearly white dress you wore in Paris. And leave your hair down this once.”

She obeyed, savoring the prospect of a Valentine’s Day that just might turn out to be the best ever.

 The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel

The Wild Rose Press, January 22, 2018 (Crimson Rose)

Mystery, Humorous/Romantic Comedy

Rating: PG13

418 p.; 97370 words

 

Buy Links:

 

Books2Read    Wild Rose Press

Amazon    ITunes    Barnes & Noble

Google    KOBO    Walmart

Indigo    IndieBound    Goodreads

Bookbub

 

 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders--New Graphic!

 


Milo Everhart isn’t ready for love. Nor is she ready to find a dead body in the tower of the Torpedo Factory Art Center that snowy December night. She doesn’t have time for the handsome lawyer who wants to destroy the Art Center. Nor does she have time to worry about who has murdered whom and why. She has needlepoint to do.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is a hulking former munitions factory right on the waterfront. Since the 1970s it has been host to art studios, a museum, and an art school. It’s never been renovated and is still a vast open central space surrounded by meandering corridors and rooms tucked away here and there. It is topped by a tower reached by hidden stairs. So you can imagine how our heroine, Milo Everhart, felt when she found herself alone in a dark, empty building. Alone, except for the murderer, that is.


“Hello! Hello? 911?”

“Please state the nature of your emergency.”

“A body. There’s a b…b…body.” The word came out as a gurgle.

“Yes, ma’am. Now tell me where you are.”

Milo looked wildly around the darkened corridor. “Second floor. No lights.”

“Ma’am? Second floor of what?”

“Oh, er, the Torpedo Factory. I ran downstairs. I…”

“The Torpedo Factory? You mean the building at 105 North Union Street?”

Milo almost snapped, “How many torpedo factories do you know?” but thought better of it. “Yes.”

“All right, ma’am. Now, you say you’ve found a body? Is it dead?”

“Don’t be ridiculous. Of course it’s dead. Dead. A dead body. In the office.”

“The office?”

“The tower. Look, can you send the police? I’m all alone in the building. Except for the body, of course. I mean, it’s pitch black in here. Please?” She knew she sounded less than rational, but weren’t 911 operators trained to weed out the gibberish and cut to the chase?

“I’ve already sent out a call. The police should be arriving any minute. Now, will they be able to enter the building?”

“Oh! Er. I don’t know. Archie’s already locked up.”

“Archie?”

“The super. He’s long gone, though.”

“Can you get to a door to let them in?”

Milo’s shoes must have found bubble gum on the floor all by themselves, since they appeared to be stuck. “I…uh…I can’t get to the doors.” Nothing but silence on the other end. She must think I’m lazy. Or a coward. I’ll bet she knows how to wait people out, to force them to do her bidding. “I’m not lazy, miss. I’m just…I’m wondering. What if the murderer is hiding somewhere, still in the building?”

“Murderer? You think the victim was murdered?”

  

The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria

You can find Artful Dodging here:

Books2Read   Bookbub   Goodreads

Amazon   ITunes   Barnes & Noble

KOBO   Google Play   Walmart

Indigo   Overdrive

 

Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders

Wild Rose Press, 7/20/2016; Imprint Crimson Rose 

Theme(s): Mystery/Cozy Mystery 
Contemporary romantic Suspense, M/F, 2 flames

Ebook, 66,830 words; Print 268 p 

Rating: Hot (R) 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Hidden Gem: the Secret of St. Augustine Releases April 4! Schedule of Events

 RELEASING APRIL 4

Hidden Gem:

the Secret of St. Augustine

Here's the story:

Barnaby and Philo’s story begins with very bad chili and a dead body.

Barnaby is in St. Augustine, Florida, to teach a college seminar, and plans to use The Secret—a treasure hunt book—as a framework for his class. He enlists Philo Brice, owner of an antique map store, to aid him in seeking clues in the historic sites of the ancient city.

Together they face murderers, thieves, thugs, and fanatics, heightening their already strong attraction to each other. Can they solve the puzzle and unearth the treasure before the villains do? Philo and Barnaby pursue several twisting paths and false leads before arriving at a startling conclusion.


Here is the schedule of blog visits, reviews, and announcements along with the links:

4/4 N. N. Light’s Book Heaven, review of HG:

4/4 www.AliciaDean.com

4/5 Rebecca Grace, My Writing Corner: https://rebecca-grace.blogspot.com/

4/7 Vicki Batman: https://vickibatman.blogspot.com

4/8 Christina Lambert: https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com

4/11 Sorchia’s Universe Novel Magic: https://sorchiadubois.com

4/12 NN Light’s Spring Break Bookapalooza: www.nnlightsbookheaven.com

4/15 Viviana McCade: www.viviana-mackade.blog

4/15-30 Hidden Gem on NetGalley available for review

4/18 Jill Piscitello: https://jillpiscitello.com

4/19 Around the Fire with D. V. Stone: https://www.dvstoneauthor.com/around-the-fire-with-d-v-stone

4/1-30: Marketing for Romance Writers Magazine, April issue


I will give you a heads up before each appearance! Each guest post will feature a different introduction and excerpt--so be sure to check into all of them!