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Who are Minerva Spencer and S.M. LaViolette?
Minerva Spencer and S.M. Goodwin are pen names of S.M. LaViolette.
S.M.’s books have received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, & Publishers Weekly.
S.M. is a Canadian transplant who now lives in the mountains of New Mexico. She began writing in 2013 after closing her 8-room bed and breakfast (a subject she will never write about. . . )
She’s been a criminal prosecutor, college history professor, and bartender, among many other things.
She currently writes smart and sexy historical romance and historical mystery full-time and operates a small poultry rescue on her four-acre hobby farm, where she lives with her wonderful, tolerant husband and many animals.
When she isn’t writing or editing she’s playing with birds and dogs or doing a little DIY.
S.M. is represented by Hopkins Literary Associates.
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Praise for Minerva’s Books!
SCANDALOUS received not 1, not 2, but THREE starred reviews!
*”Sexy, witty, and fiercely entertaining.” Kirkus
*”Spencer’s brilliant and original tale of the high seas bursts with wonderfully real protagonists, plenty of action, and passionate romance.” Publishers Weekly
*”Spencer is a storyteller of impressive flair.” Booklist
Looking for a smart and sexy historical romance? Check out the SCANDALOUS blurb HERE
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
“Minerva Spencer’s writing is sophisticated and wickedly witty. Dangerous is a delight from start to finish with swashbuckling action, scorching love scenes, and a coolly arrogant hero to die for. Spencer is my new auto-buy!”
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt
RITA-award winning author Jeffe Kennedy
“A remarkably resourceful heroine who can more than hold her own against any character invented by best-selling Bertrice Small, a suavely sophisticated hero with sex appeal to spare, and a cascade of lushly detailed love scenes give Spencer’s dazzling debut its deliciously fun retro flavor.”
“Fans of Amanda Quick’s early historicals will find much to savor.”
—Booklist STARRED REVIEW
“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
“Spencer shines . . . an author to watch.”