Monday, March 27, 2017

New Release: Lapses of Memory by M.S. Spencer

She stopped his meandering with her lips. His arms went tentatively around her. For a minute they floated in a cocoon of mist, the voices and music fading into the background. She drowned in a mixture of new feelings and old memories, of hope and despair, of the past and the possibility, hitherto unanticipated, of a future.”

Thank you so much for having me today, Sharon. I want to talk about my new romantic suspense, Lapses of Memory, and share a little background.
One of my favorite pre-release activities is deciding on the Dedication. For The Mason’s Mark—which I wrote while my house was being renovated—the dedication went to the team of contractors who not only made it happen, but were amazingly accommodating to the owner being constantly underfoot because she had to finish her story. The Penhallow Train Incident was dedicated to my adorable granddaughter, who was actually born (in a baby pool) in our house in Maine. My new release, Lapses of Memory, is, I confess, a teensy bit autobiographical. And while Elian Davies, the hero, is nothing like Michael R, they are both first-and-forever loves. It also took both Sydney and me many years to realize it. Luckily for Sydney, it wasn’t too late. For me, I will spend the rest of my life doing what Sydney fears will happen to her daughter Olivia.
Excerpt (G): Olivia’s choice
Sydney waited until she heard the door slam and sprinted to the drawing room. Taking a wary look around, she slipped the notebook out of what Olivia mistakenly believed to be a hiding place. Ha. She turned to the last page and read.
She got in the cab. “I’ll write when I get home.”
He nodded. “Sure.”
She blew him a kiss. He caught it and blew it back. She gazed into his eyes, his English eyes, cold as the whiskey and warm as the dew. They shimmered. He waved but turned away before she could lift an unsteady hand.
She gave her instructions to the driver. No point in looking back. She looked. Nothing but the back of his head, cocoa brown waves of hair, thinning slightly. Moving away.
It was over.
Sydney closed the notebook and put it away. Over? Except that, unless I fix this, every night in the shower for the next twenty years, she’ll think of him.
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?

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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 several library systems, both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Ms. Spencer has published ten romantic suspense novels, and has two more in utero. 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.
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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Sharon. I hope your readers enjoy the story of Lapses of Memory. M. S.

  2. Lapses of Memory sounds like a must-read, M.S. Very attractive cover. Good luck wit your release.

    1. Thanks C.B. I'm glad you're checking out the posts--I try to have a lot of different excerpts and background bits--now how do I let readers know that? M. S.

  3. Good luck with your release!

  4. I love that you are using a little of real life in your book. Now you have me wondering more about how they connect.

    1. No need to wonder, hon--you can read the whole story! I'm sure we all incorporate something of our experiences in our books, right? Thanks for reading. M. S.