Accolades for Minerva

Praise for The Outcasts Series

A great STARRED review from Publishers Weekly for SCANDALOUS

 “Complex characters make this historical romance a standout. The illustrious privateer Capt. Martín Bouchard has loved many women, but none has enticed or frustrated him more than the missionary Sarah Fisher, whom he saves, along with hundreds of others, from a slave ship. No matter how infuriating he gets, Sarah remains intrigued with the surly captain, and she quickly becomes admired by his crew for her strong and noble spirit. When they discover that the captain of the slave ship is Dutch royalty, they agree with port authorities to take him to England to meet his fate. Sarah and Martín keep winding up in compromising positions, unable to tame their desire for each other. Martín wants to keep Sarah at a distance to protect the secrets of his painful past and true identity, but that doesn’t stop the forgiving woman from getting under his skin and arousing emotions he’s never experienced. Blackmail makes its way into the ballroom, but Martín is a formidable adversary backed by powerful, loyal friends. Spencer’s brilliant and original tale of the high seas bursts with wonderfully real protagonists, plenty of action, and passionate romance.”

–  Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

Booklist chose DANGEROUS as one of the Top 10 Romance Debuts of 2018

Bookpage chose BARBAROUS as one of the 14 Most Anticipated Romances of Fall 2018

Wicked repartee, savvy wit, and energetic libidos.” 

Publishers Weekly

“A remarkably resourceful heroine who can more than hold her own against any character invented by bestselling Bertrice Small . . . deliciously fun retro flavor.”

– Booklist Starred Review

“Sexy and wildly entertaining.”


“Spencer is my new auto-buy!”  

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt

2016 was a very good year for Minerva’s Outcast series.


In the RWA Romance Through the Ages Contest, hosted by the Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Dangerous, Scandalous, and Barbarous won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places*.

*Writing as Genevieve La Violette

Winner of Beacon Contest

Minerva won 1st Place in the Beacon Contest for Dangerous Moonlight, and took 3rd place for Dangerous*.

*Writing as Genevieve La Violette

Minerva won 1st Place in the 2016 RWA Joyce Henderson Contest for Scandalous and 3rd Place for Dangerous Moonlight.

SW Fla Joyce Henderson contest winner 2016


*Writing as Genevieve La Violette

Minerva won the prestigious 2016 “Fool For Love” award from the Virginia Romance Writers group in the Historical Romance category for her novel SCANDALOUS.

 *Writing as Genevieve La Violette


Minerva won 1st Place for her novel DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT and 3rd for DANGEROUS in the 2016 RWA Windy City Contest.

 *Writing as Genevieve La Violette

Minerva won 1st Place in the Speculative Fiction category at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference for her science fiction novel, The Iron Duke: Voices at the Door. This was the first contest Genevieve entered. RMFW2015Logo

 *Writing as Shantal La Violette

Minerva’s novel Dangerous took second place in the 2016 22nd annual Royal Ascot Contest. TBMlogo


 *Writing as Genevieve La Violette


Minerva took second place in the 2016 Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects contest for her novel Dangerous.

RWA Hot Prospect Contest 2016

 *Writing as Genevieve La Violette

 Minerva won 3rd Place with her entry DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT in the 2016 RWA West Houston Emily Contest.

 *Writing as Genevieve La Violette