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An Author’s Desk: M. S. Spencer

  This week M. S. Spencer returns for another visit. She writes romantic suspense and is published by Secret Cravings. Since her last visit, she has some huge, totally cool, changes to share.

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M. S. Spencer StudySince I last visited the Author’s Desk, my desk, study, view and venue have radically changed. I now live on the Gulf Coast of Florida in a small bungalow within steps of the beach. My study is part of the lanai and is all windows, with a view of a mangrove swamp on one side and my patio and fountain on the other. In the distance I can see the changing sky over the gulf. I work all morning, then head to the beach around noon. It is, indeed, idyllic. I have managed to write three novels since I moved here 18 months ago—the first in the midst of major renovation. I wrote my new release, Whirlwind Romance, in relative quiet. My current work-in-progress, the Penhallow Train Incident, is set in Maine, where I spent the month of July with my daughter and her main squeeze.  I find it hard to write about a setting I’m not in—do other writers feel that way?

View from M. S. Spencer's StudyWhirlwind Romance, which released September 2, is a romantic suspense full-length novel (M/F, 3 flames).  I’ve started a funny, sweet murder mystery set in Maine, tentatively entitled The Penhallow Train Incident.  Rachel Tinker, director of the Penhallow Historical Society, meets her match in Griffin Tate, a curmudgeonly retired professor. Together they wade through a on scene awash in red herrings to solve not one, but two murders. If, in fact, they are murders. Along the way they deal with ancient rumors, ancient crime, and ancient tragedy, as they grope nearer and nearer to love in the small coastal town of Penhallow, Maine.

Expect Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, lost tombs, and lost mummies!

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Whirlwind Romance

Romantic Suspense Secret Cravings   (September, 2014)

WhirlwindRomance_LRGAbout Whirlwind Romance: I didn’t mean to write this story. I meant to write a nice romantic interlude set on Longboat Key, a lovely barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Even before I’d reached Chapter Two, however, things had taken a geographical turn and veered off into the western Caribbean. Even now I’m not sure how it happened, but everything started to go awry when Lacey Delahaye, my heroine, finds a bedraggled castaway in her mangrove swamp. Fine. Not a problem. He’s handsome, injured, and clearly has a secret. Could he be a lost tourist? A real estate agent caught up in a Florida land scam? An environmentalist who’s discovered that whales have become man-eaters? No, sir. With his exotic, dark looks (flashing black eyes, shimmering ebony hair, etc.), he hardly seemed the real estate agent type. And he has an accent. Therefore he comes from elsewhere. He eventually confesses to Lacey that…well, I certainly won’t divulge his secret. I will say that he and Lacey find themselves in a remote, tiny, tropical paradise, which would be very romantic, except for the vicious serpent lurking there.

Whirlwind Romance: In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on an island on the Florida coast with a mysterious man. Before he can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken to a tiny island in the western Caribbean. In a story laced with adventure and romance, Lacey encounters pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue, not to mention the advances of three men, only one of whom she loves.

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M. S. Spencer Visits An Author’s Desk & a Giveaway

M. S. Spencer AuthorM. S. Spencer is my guest today at “An Author’s Desk.” M. S. writes contemporary romance and action/adventure and is published by Red Rose Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing.

M. S. has a fascinating bio. Although she has lived or traveled in every continent except Antarctica and Australia (bucket list), the last 30 years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She is about to heave the entire ho to Florida, leaving behind the cherry blossoms, the monuments, and the political hacks. M. S. will give a mouse pad and key chain to a lucky reader who leaves a comment—for use in their own place of work!

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M.S.’s Desk

M. S. Spencer's studyI’m lucky enough to be able to write full time at home, so I control my schedule. This is my fantasy day: I rise just before noon, take a large English breakfast (eggs, bacon, muffins, fruit) (no kedgeree), followed by about three hours of aimless wandering through emails, Facebook and other social media, at which point I remember to brush my teeth before taking my mid-afternoon constitutional. I’m too hungry at that point to write, so I have a light lunch and a nap. By that time we’re into cocktails, and the entire day’s shot.
And my actual day: I rise fairly early in the morning, let the cat out, eat a muffin and coffee, read the newspaper, write or do research for three hours, walk, eat, nap, and get my second wind about 4:30. The only accurate thing about my fantasy day is the cocktail.

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M. S. on writing Lapses of Memory

As journalists, Sydney and Elian fly a lot. Since in the story they only meet every few years, the dates of their meeting on a plane coincided strangely and wonderfully with new aircraft designs coming on line. Research on the development of flight technology led me to learn some interesting facts. First, the early commercial airlines were designed for comfort rather than speed. The Boeing Stratocruiser that Sydney takes when she is five had sleeping berths and a lounge, and meals were served on china plates with fine wines in etched crystal goblets. As with most advances, luxury was soon sacrificed to speed, and by the 1970s we had the SST Concorde, which made the flight from New York to London three hours. Second, the amazing growth in passengers blew me away. In the 1950s air travel was limited to a few adventurous souls and planes carried 100 passengers. Today the Airbus A380 can handle up to 840. In 1950 17 million people used air transportation. Just sixty years later in 2011, an estimated 2.75 billion people winged it.

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Lapses of Memory

A Romance, Action/Adventure from Secret Cravings

 Click to buy Lapses of MemoryIn Lapses of Memory, two romances intertwine as a mother recounts her life-long love affair while her daughter juggles two lovers. Sydney Bellek’s love for Elian Davies is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each encounter she forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when she finally understands, he has lost his memory—literally. Can she make him remember her? Will their new love be enough to replace the old one?
Meanwhile, her daughter Olivia chronicles the ups and downs of her parents’ romance, making it difficult to concentrate on her own dilemma—how to choose between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to take her around the world, and the strong, silent, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who only wants to make her happy. CLICK the cover to buy or read an excerpt.

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