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M. S. Spencer
Romance in Suspension ~ Tales to Make You Tingle

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Contemporary romantic suspense, M/F, 1-3 flames
                                             Upcoming Events

10/1-31 Love Writers Promo will feature 3 of my books-The Pit & the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel, Whirlwind Romance, & Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders. You’ll find promos on Facebook etc.

10/11  GUEST Melissa Keir & her new book Only This Tuesday.

10/18 GUEST: Julie Howard.

10/22: Marketing for Romance Writers, interview:

                                                 Other News

Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair is in final edits and we should see it this year. Here’s the story:

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 wide-ranging research skills to solve the case, and his not-so-well-honed romantic prowess to lure Ellie away from Thad.

I have just signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for Orion’s Foot: Myth & Murder in the Amazon in June. Here’s the story:
Petra Steele is wallowing in self-pity after being dumped at the altar when her brother Nick invites her to accompany him to the Peruvian Amazon. Before she even puts 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?

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.

Also in the works:
a novel of global intrigue set in 1991, tentatively titled Peace Entreaties. Here’s the story:
In an era electric with possibility and peril Rowan Greystone, political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet under curiously conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical attraction.

Rowan’s professional detachment from the dramatic world events of the 1990s-a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks, and Vietnam’s reemergence on the world stage-dissolves as their love affair intensifies. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving her 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 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?

                                      M.S. Spencer's Books

Still available in ebook and print:
The Pit & the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel  LINK
Lapses of Memory   LINK
A Widow’s Walk   LINK
Whirlwind Romance   LINK
Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders   LINK
The Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower   LINK
The Penhallow Train Incident   LINK
Dear Philomena: Love, Lust & Murder on Chincoteague  LINK
Triptych  LINK
Mai Tais & Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine   LINK

All books are also available at Amazon, iBooks, Createspace (print), Smashwords, KOBO, Bookstrand, and Barnes and Noble. Check out the links at my website:   LINK

To stay current on my events, please visit my blog:  LINK

The Penhallow Train Incident is in Audio! Here’s the LINK
Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director, and parent. After many years in academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in both public and academic library systems,, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago.  All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.

Ms. Spencer has published eleven romantic suspense or murder mystery novels. She has two fabulous grown children and an incredible granddaughter. She divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.
            The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel

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.

The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel
Wild Rose Press, Imprint: Crimson Rose, January 22, 2018
Theme(s): Mystery, Humorous/Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
418 p.; 97370 words
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