Whirlwind Romance

A rush of emotion dropped a veil over all but the tiny world of the two people in seats 11A and 11B, in a jet plane floating somewhere over the Atlantic, in a still moment in time.

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Lapses of Memory

Sydney Bellek first meets Elian Davies in the 1950s on a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser when she is five and he is seven. They run into each other every few years after that, but while he knows from the start that she is his true love, she does not. Later, as rival journalists, they vie for scoops on international crises from the Iranian revolution to the Lebanese civil war. The handsome and intrepid Elian beats her out at every turn, even while keeping his love for her secret.




Only after years of separation does she finally realize they are meant to be together, but this time, in a twist of fate, it is Elian whose memory of her is gone. Will he remember her before she loses heart or will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

Wild Rose Press, Champagne Rose, 3/15/2017
Contemporary romantic suspense/Action Adventure; M/F; 2 flames
Ebook (70,560); Print: 296 pp.
Ebook $4.99; Print $15.99


Theme(s): On the Road, Action-Adventure, Second Chance Love
SubGenre(s): Contemporary, Suspense 

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Whirlwind Romance


In the aftermath of a hurricane, jelly maker Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on an island on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken to a tiny island in the western Caribbean. There, Lacey finds herself faced with pirates, fanatical ideologues, and palace intrigue, not to mention the advances of three men, only one of whom she loves.

Wild Rose Press, 8/17/2016, Champagne Rose imprint
Contemporary romance/Action Adventure; M/F; 2 flames
Ebook 89,905 words; Print: 358 p.

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Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders




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 not only their differences but also the still-fresh memory of her late husband. 


Wild Rose Press, 7/20/2016; Imprint Crimson Rose 
Theme(s): Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Sub Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Rose
Rating: Hot (R)
Ebook, 66,830 words; Print 268 p
Digital Price: 4.99; Print Price: 14.99

ISBN(s):
978-1-5092-0876-0 Paperback
978-1-5092-0877-7 Digital 


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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?

M. S. Spencer
I Heart Book Publishing, June 6, 2016
Ebook: 71,500  words; Print:  227 pp.
Contemporary Romantic Suspense, M/F, 2 flames
ISBN: 294-0-1530-3627-4
ASIN: B01FZSCYZK
Ebook: $4.99; Print $10.99

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The Mason's Mark:
Love and Death in the Tower



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.

The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower 
Wild Rose Press, 5/6/2016
Theme(s): Mystery/Cozy Mystery
SubGenre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Imprint: Crimson
Length: Rose
Rating: Hot (R) 
Word Count: 79300, Page Count: 322
Digital Price: 4.99, Print Price (if applicable): 16.99
Release Date: May 6, 2016
ISBN(s):
978-1-5092-0766-4 Paperback
978-1-5092-0767-1 Digital 


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The Penhallow Train Incident



In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train, drawing Historical Society Director, Rachel Tinker, and curmudgeonly retired professor, Griffin Tate, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. With the help of the victim’s rival, they set out to locate the Queen of Sheba’s tomb. Their plans are stymied when a war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man for different crimes. It’s up to Rachel to solve a mystery that includes two more murders, if she wants to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust. 

The Wild Rose Press, 3/30/2016, Crimson Rose Line product #10509
Contemporary romantic suspense/Cozy Mystery; Sensual (PG-PG13)
79,665 words, 334 p.
Print ISBN 978-1-5092-0660-5
Ebook ISBN 978-1-5092-0661-2
Price: ebook $4.99; print $16.99


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Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine



When Tessa Diamond rescues a baby pufferfish and takes it to Mote Marine Laboratory for help, her good deed lands her in a shady world of murder, smuggling, Russian gangsters, and coded messages. She must cope with sea turtles, sturgeon, stolen parrots, and even feral pigs, while encountering blossoming romances at every turn, including two of her own.


Torn between Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, and Dugan Trevally, sexy and dangerous, she must first face the possibility that one of them could be a thief, and even a murderer.

I Heart Publishing, 12/7/2015
Contemporary romantic suspense, M/F, 2 flames, Mystery
eBook 68,840 words; print 208 pp.




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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?



I Heart Publishing, Nov. 9, 2015 
Ebook 67,300 words; Print 213 pp.
Romantic suspense/Adventure
M/F, 2 flames
Print ISBN: 978-1-51914-21-08
Ebook ISBN: 2940152457995
ASIN: B017T3G874

Ebook $3.99; Print $9.99


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Dear Philomena: 
Love, Lust and Murder on Chincoteague Island



Dagne Lonegan, aka Dear Philomena, advice columnist, hoped that spending a year on the Eastern Shore island of  Chincoteague would extinguish any feelings she had left for Jack Andrews, erstwhile lover and long-time jerk.  It’s just her luck that in her first week on the island she’s entangled in a murder.  Only she doesn’t know it.  Unfortunately, the murderer doesn’t know she doesn’t know.  Strange and dangerous things begin happening to her, disrupting her new romance with Aidan Ellis, the handsome manager of the National Wildlife Refuge.  As if that weren’t enough, Jack arrives to take charge of the murder investigation.


Will Dagne stick with the tall, cool glass of a Ranger or risk falling back into the arms of the man who broke her heart?

Dear Philomena: Love, Lust and Murder on Chincoteague Island
M. S. Spencer
2nd edition, October 12, 2015 (I Heart Book Publishing)
eBook, 72,000 words, Print, 209 pp.
Contemporary Romantic Suspense, M/F, 3 flames
Print: EAN: 1517770467; ISBN 9781517770464
Ebook ISBN: 9781311606730
$3.99 ebook; $9.99 print

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STILL AVAILABLE

CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY



CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2015)
Anthology of sweet romance stories
Ebook and Print, 240 pp
Includes Che Gelida Manina & recipes for Rosemary Ginger Shortbread and Swedish Coffee bread.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018F4ACSC
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Sweet Cravings, 9/23/2015
Ebook (79,450 words, 253 pp)
ISBN:978-1-63105-630-7
ASIN: B0100PHOZS
Mainstream romance, M/F, 2 flames
$5.99


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Whirlwind Romance
Secret Cravings (9/2/2014)
Ebook (89,000 words); print (270 p.)
ISBN: 978-1-63105-311-5; ISBN10: 1631054783; Print ISBN: 978-1-63105-478-5
ASIN: B00N105I4E
Romance Adventure, M/F, 3 flames
Ebook: $5.99; print $15.99


 In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken far from civilization to a tiny, remarkable island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin, a small, but proud young boy named Inigo, and a cadre of extraordinary characters, Lacey and Armand must confront pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical paradise to its former serenity and find lasting happiness.


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The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance)
Secret Cravings (January 7, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-63105-055-8; ASIN: B00HUCFYH0
E-book (79,000 words); 
Print (4/15/2014) (242 pp.); ISBN: 1631051814 / 9781631051814

Romantic suspense/mystery, 3 flames, M/F

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 falls apart when she discovers a dead body. Together with Detective Ernest Angle, she's drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons. Also cloaked in mystery is her new love Gideon Bliss.  A George Washington expert, he 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 Ernest, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including which black ops agent to trust,  whether our first president strayed, and if she and Gideon will ever be together.


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Lapses of Memory
Secret Cravings Publishing (May 10, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1-61885-680-7; ASIN: B00CRJEEKE
eBook (70,000 words) (243 pp)
Romance, Action/Adventure, M/F, 3 flames

Lapses of Memory is a novel in which two romances intertwine as a mother recounts her life-long love affair while her daughter juggles two lovers.  The story follows the exploits of rival journalists Sydney Bellek and Elian Davies as they travel the globe reporting on world catastrophes. In one encounter they find themselves embroiled in the revolution in Iran. A few years later, attempting to scoop each other on the Lebanese Civil War, they’re kidnapped and only barely escape.

Their love is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each encounter Sydney forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other. Only after surviving wars, revolutions, and years of separation does she realize what he means to her, but in a twist of fate it is now Elian who no longer recognizes her. Will he regain his memory and remember her or will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

Meanwhile,  their daughter Olivia must deal with her own dilemma—how to choose between the rich and dashing Frenchman Remy de Beaumec who wants to take her around the world, and the steady, quiet American Benjamin Knox who only wants to make her happy. Sydney watches, waits, and hopes her daughter will make the right choice.



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Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine (a Sarasota Romance)
Secret Cravings Publishing (January 2013)
ISBN 978-1-61885-506-0
eBook 64,848 words (208 pp)
Contemporary romantic mystery, M/F, 2 flames

When Tessa Diamond rescued a baby pufferfish from a hungry gull, her good deed led her into a shady world of smuggling, Russian gangsters, and coded messages. She confronts murder, attempted ravishment, parrots, sea turtles and big fish, only to encounter blossoming romances at every turn, including one of her own.


She is drawn to Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, but before she can drop her longstanding opposition to marriage and accept her true love, she must face the possibility that he could be a thief, and even a murderer.



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Artful Dodging: The Torpedo Factory Murders
Secret Cravings Publishing (April 2012)
eBook, 65,000 words, ISBN: 978-1-61885-250-2
ASIN: B007X3S552
Print, 202 pp: ISBN/EAN13: 1618853260 / 9781618853264 (7/6/2012)
Contemporary romantic suspense/Murder mystery, M/F, 2 flames

Waiting out the rain, Milo Everhart takes stock of her widowhood and the handsome man standing in the door to the bar.  Little does she know she will meet that man again and again under both passionate and terrifying circumstances.

Tristram Brodie waits for his date, too conscious of the beautiful woman sitting by the door. Little does he know that she will hate him for trying to destroy her beloved art center, and even suspect him of murder. Nor that she will be drawn inevitably into his arms.


Little does either of them suspect they will be embroiled in not one, but two murders, in which the fate of the Torpedo Factory, an art center housed in an old munitions factory on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, will be decided.


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Triptych
Secret Cravings Publishing (November 2011)
eBook, 70,055 words, ISBN: 978-1-61885-064-5 ; ASIN B0067MSSO0
Print, 206 pp., ISBN: 978-1-61885-145-1, EAN13: 1618851454
Contemporary romantic suspense, M/F, 3 flames

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?



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Losers Keepers
Secret Cravings Publishers (July 2011)
eBook, 71,000 words, ISBN: 978-1-936653-95-9
Print, 199 pp., ISBN: 978-1-61885-081-2
Contemporary Romantic Suspense, M/F, 3 flames

Dagne Lonegan, aka Dear Philomena, advice dispenser extraordinaire, hoped that spending a year on the Eastern Shore island of  Chincoteague to write her novel would clear her sinuses, if not her heart, of any feelings for Jack Andrews, erstwhile lover and long-time jerk.  It’s just her luck that her first week on the island she’s in the right place at the right time to be involved with a murder.  Only she doesn’t know it.  Unfortunately, the murderer doesn’t know she doesn’t know.  Strange and dangerous things begin happening to her, interfering with her new romance with Tom Ellis, the handsome manager of the National Wildlife Refuge.  Complications ensue when her Jack arrives to take charge of the murder investigation.


Will Dagne stick with the tall, cool glass of a Ranger or fall back into the arms of her first tempestuous passion?


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Lost in His Arms

Red Rose Publishing (2009)
eBook, 61,000 words, ISBN 978-1-60435-375-0
Print: 1454399163
ASIN: B003WMA72O
Contemporary Romance, Action/Adventure; M/F; 3 flames

In my first book, Lost in His Arms, Chloe Gray, political writer, and Michael Keller, CIA troubleshooter, meet under curiously conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical attraction. As the dramatic world events of the 1990s in the USSR, the Middle East and Vietnam unfold, their love affair intensifies.  

Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Chloe limp and lovelorn. Is he using her or protecting her? In her quest for answers, she is yanked into his dangerous world. Looking for safe harbor, she submits to the advances of a dashing French diplomat. Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Emile and his chateau or the romance of international intrigue with Michael?

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Lost and Found
Red Rose Publishing (2010)
eBook, 69,000 words, ISBN 978-1-60435-707-3
Contemporary Romance, Action/Adventure; M/F; 3 flames

What do you do when David, your husband of a year, ups and disappears? If you’re Rose Culloden, a beautiful, wealthy woman in her forties who had despaired of finding happiness, you do anything to find him. The trail takes you first to the North Woods of Maine, then to Florida, and back again to western Maine. Along the way you meet James Stewart—a Maine guide—who vividly highlights the contrast between a real man and your delicate Harvard professor of a husband. Loyal to your marriage despite your powerful attraction to James, it takes the dramatic discovery that David is not just vicious and venal, but insane, to free your heart for true love.

Buy links: Please contact me for purchasing information. This book is no longer available through Red Rose Publishing.

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