Sunday, April 1, 2012

Loser’s Keepers by M. S. Spencer

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?

Dagne is definitely caught in a conundrum.  Stuff’s been happening to her ever since she arrived on Chincoteague.  Mostly at first she writes it off as coincidence, bad luck.  Then when Jack shows up investigating her father, she wonders if it has anything to do with the package he asked her to drop off on her way there.  She’s too busy drooling over the tall, handsome wildlife ranger and trying to fight back her feelings for Jack, with on-line commentary from her very French mother.

As I’ve said before, erotica is not my first love, but this book was written tastefully and flowed quite nicely.  It pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me immersed throughout.  In fact, I’ve become a fan of Ms. Spencer and when I read her bio, I was quite impressed with her resume, even if she did spend all of her time in Chicago on the South Side.  At least the University of Chicago’s the good part.  I spent a few weeks on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake when my ex-husband worked an outage at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant.  (When you’re married to a rent-a-tech you do get around.)  It truly is a whole other world over there.  Let M. S. Spencer take you to it.  I highly recommend her point of view.

Length:  227 Pages

Price:  $5.50

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if this book costs $5.50 at Secret Cravings and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.20.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.66.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. Rochelle, thanks SO much for enjoying my book (and telling others that you do!). You know how buoyant a good review makes an author! Thanks also for the explanation of the royalty system--many readers may not know that. You're a pip! M. S. Spencer

  2. You'd be surprised how many authors don't realize the difference in royalties. I edit the Marketing for Romance Writers newsletters and I'm always amazed when autors send me their Amazon buy links instead of their publisher's buy links. I look up their pub's buy link and add it when they do that. I hate to see authors get short-changed.

  3. Delightful review about a TBR book. Thanks a bunch, M.S.Spenser and also Rochelle Weber.

    Author Charmaine Gordon