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

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

12/17  Muse Monday on
12/18  Musings about the Writing Life (Linda Carroll-Bradd): LINK
12/19 Dawn’s Reading Nook: LINK
12/20-24 Wild Women Authors featured spot & review: LINK
12/22  Romance Lives Forever: featured author on Christmas
Romance Saturday:
12/22  Delilah Devlin:
12/27 Sharon Buchbinder New Release Blast for Love of a Spy:
12/29 Melissa Keir:

                                               In Other News

For Love of a Spy: the Scrivener & the Handyman will be released
December 27, by I Heart Publishing and is available for pre-order

Here’s the story:
In an era electric with possibility and peril Maris Graystone, political
writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet under oddly
conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks,
they both sense there is more to their relationship than physical

Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop of the dramatic
world events of 1991-a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace
talks, and Vietnam’s reemergence on the world stage. Michael
appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Maris
limp and lovelorn…and confused.

Looking for safe harbor for both her emotions and her body, she
welcomes the advances of a dashing French diplomat, Émile de
Canalon, who whisks her off to France.

Will she embrace the affection and comfort of life with Émile, or a life
of constant worry and romance with Michael? It will take more than
one setback for her to truly know what her heart wants.

Preorder Links:
IHBP Book Page   Amazon US   Smashwords   KOBO   B&N

Orion’s Foot: Myth, Romance & Murder in the Amazon is in edits and
will be released in 2019.  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

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.


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

Flotsam & Jetsam will be released DECEMBER 17 and is available for pre-order here:
TWRP print   TWRP ebook   Amazon   B&N   iTunes  

It will also be available at KOBO, Indigo, and Walmart.
Releases 17 December.