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This book is close to my heart as it follows the imaginary life of a feisty French woman during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. I named the heroine after my paternal grandmother’s maiden name, Cecile Tremblay. My grandmother was a voracious romance reader who only read in French. I was so tickled when I was able to give her copies of my French translations.

She passed away late last year, so she won’t get to see a book featuring “her” heroine, but I think she would have enjoyed reading about her historical “doppleganger”.

The Dueling Duchessby Minerva Spencer

Kensington. (Wicked Women of Whitechapel, Bk. 2).
May 2023. 288p.

ISBN 9781496738110. pap. $16.95

Expert markswoman Cecile Tremblay, a French expat in Regency England, is the new owner of
Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre, an all-women circus. It’s a far cry from the life she imagined while
growing up in France, but after the French Revolution took nearly everything from her—and an unscrupulous relative in England finished the job—she’s not unhappy with the life she’s made for herself. Her only regret is the brief affair she had with Gaius Darlington, the darling of the ton, which ended disastrously. Then Guy’s life takes a turn when a long-lost relative strips him of his title, and he turns his attention to winning her back—the only woman he’s ever loved. Cecile’s not about to forgive and forget, though; she’s going to make Guy work to earn her love.

VERDICT Readers who enjoyed The Boxing Baroness won’t want to miss Spencer’s sequel. Indeed, anyone who appreciates strong,
unconventional heroines—and the Regency-era heroes who know (or at least manage to learn) better than to take them for granted.

Dancing with Love is out in the world today!

It is launch day for Book 5 in THE ACADEMY OF LOVE series, DANCING WITH LOVE!

Their mercenary marriage of convenience was perfect…until love got in the way…

Mary Barnett has never dreamed of marriage and family. Scarred and wary, she’s done everything she can to avoid men. Operating her family’s vast business is the only future she has ever wanted. Mary had no way of knowing that her father would place conditions on her inheritance. Namely, she will only retain control of her father’s empire if she marries. And not just to any man, but a peer of the realm…

The last time his family tried to force Miles Ingram to marry for money, he rebelled, abandoned society for good, and went off to war. His subsequent employment as a dancing instructor might have been enough to sustain him—but when his brother dies, saddling him with a destitute earldom, Miles can no longer hide from his obligations. He’ll need to marry a wealthy woman, and fast…

They’re complete opposites, but their goals are perfectly aligned. And it’s not long before they realize their hearts aren’t as far apart as they initially thought. Miles and Mary know their dance with love can only end in happily ever after, or heartbreak. But which one will it be?

This reverse beauty and the beast story will give you all the feels! HEA guaranteed.

D*ke in a Box on sale for only .99!

Yep, you read that right! 12 super steamy Christmas novellas for only .99!

Here are the links, the first one for Amazon only and the second will take you to a page of retailers and you can choose your ebook seller:

You only have about 2 more weeks to snag a copy of these Twelve novellas from your favorite historical romance authors featuring never-before-published steamy holiday stories.

Don’t miss this limited time collection—on sale only from November 1-December 31, 2022.

My contribution features a character from both my OUTCASTS and REBELS OF THE TON, series, Antionia Redvers…


by Minerva Spencer

Antonia Redvers has been completely and madly in love with the infamous privateer Captain Lucas “O Duque” Cruz, her father’s best friend, since she was a girl. This Christmas, Toni is done waiting—she’s finally going to get her duke…

Check out these brief descriptions for the 11 other fab novellas!

The Duke Who Came to Christmas Dinner

by Amy Rose Bennett

When a bah-humbug duke is invited to Christmas dinner by his widowed neighbor, the sweet-as-a-sugarplum daughter of his former estate steward, his initial reaction is to say no…until he recalls their long-ago first kiss beneath the mistletoe…

Mrs. Peabody and the Unexpected Duke

by Grace Callaway

When former lovers Hawker and Mrs. Peabody are paired on a spy mission over the holidays, they uncover the deepest secret of all: the truth of their own hearts.

Yule Be My Duke

by Darcy Burke

When enemies John and Cecilia are trapped alone in a cottage during a snowstorm, they know marriage will be imminent, but can they become lovers by morning?

The Frosty Duke

by Lila DiPasqua

When a socially awkward mathematician spinster seeks to enlist the aid of a handsome, skillful rake—things may not go to plan.

Desert Island Duke

by Kate Bateman

When Caro Montgomery is shipwrecked with her brother’s infuriatingly attractive best friend, Max Cavendish, their survival depends on working together. But will their island prove to be a tropical paradise. . . or pure hell?

Her Duke at Midnight

by Christy Carlyle

When a young widow and an infamous duke meet at a country house party during the holiday season, the attraction that sparks between them takes them both by surprise.

Her Duke With Benefits

by Jess Michaels

After confusion and a storm trap old friends Leo and Alice together for the holidays, long hidden desires and feelings come to the surface. But if the duke offers his heart before their time together is over, will she take that gift?

The Duke Deal

by Valerie Bowman

When a young duchess asks her estranged husband to pretend they’re happy during a Christmastide house party to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish of seeing the entire family together at the holidays, the duke agrees…with one condition: he wants an heir.

My Duchess, My Wife

by Sasha Cottman

With a castle full of relatives at Christmas, a Scottish duke comes up with more than one naughty way to distract his wife.

Undressing the Duke

by Erica Ridley

When the Duke of Southbury informs his charming French valet of his impending dismissal, Vachon has only a fortnight to convince the duke to change his mind… and take a chance on love!

Right Place, Wrong Duke

by Elisa Braden

Widow Lucie Carmichael is not about to let the Duke of Dingwall evict her family from their ancestral home, even if that means engaging in a little abduction.



BOXING BARONESS one of LJ’s Best Books of 2022


LIBRARY JOURNAL’S list of best books of 2022!

The list features 147 books across 15 genres and my feisty baroness made it onto a list of only 10 romance novels.

Here is part of what they have to say about THE BOXING BARONESS:

“Spencer splendidly manages the slow-burn romance that unfolds between the two wonderfully matched protagonists, weaves together an increasingly treacherous imperial spy game that catches the couple in its grip, and crafts a team of fascinating, and decidedly skillful, secondary characters. The result is a captivating mix of thrilling romance and bravery.”

I’m including the link below. The books are listed in alphabetical order, so you’ll find me if you read all the way to the bottom.


Want to grab a copy? Below are links that will allow you to either select an ebook retailer or if you shop Amazon, you can click directly to their site.


2 Day .99 Sale on THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE!


Book 4 in THE ACADEMY OF LOVE series

is on sale for .99 today and tomorrow only!

She’s not who he thought she was.

But he’s not who he’s pretending to be, either…

Annis Bowman lost everything when she trusted the wrong man. Now, she needs money, and she needs it fast. Finding a wealthy husband is her only viable option. It’s just her wretched misfortune that the only man who truly interests her is poor as a church mouse.

Henry Singleton, the new Earl of Rotherhithe, is ready for desperate measures. He’s tired of not knowing if women are interested in him—or his wealth. Switching identities with one of his employees is the perfect solution. So, imagine his disappointment when the lovely Annis turns out to be a heartless fortune hunter…

When a series of unfortunate events—and a huge coincidence—trap them in a marriage neither expected, can Annis and Henry overcome the misunderstandings, lies, and suspicion that stand between them? Or is their chance for a happily ever after doomed from the start?

Get ready to meet your newest book boyfriend. This steamy and sexy marriage of convenience story will give you all the feels on your way to a happily ever after.

Book 5 in VICTORIAN DECADENCE is out in the world!

Here is the story many readers have been waiting for… the twisted, hot, and mysterious tale of Mr. Smith!

Mr. Smith has lived his entire adult life with one goal in mind: Revenge.

Thanks to the wealth and power he has amassed over the years, that goal is almost within reach.

The only other thing that he’s ever wanted is a child of his own. But with his lifelong plans finally coming to fruition, now would be a terrible time to start a family …

Besides, finding a woman who is willing to tolerate his voracious and adventurous appetites is extremely unlikely. Until Moira Dunsmore—a far too mysterious and intriguing courtesan—enters his life. Striking a bargain with Moira to bear his child is too appealing an opportunity to pass up.

Smith never imagined that Moira would be so open to his unconventional lifestyle—or so accepting of his live-in male lover. And he certainly never expected to feel anything for her.

But she is…
And he does …

Love is something Smith has had precious little experience with in his life. Can he trust in love—and Moira? What if the price of their happily ever after is his long-awaited revenge?

Their Master, book 5 in the VICTORIAN DECADENCE series, is a sensual and emotional historical romance novel featuring a mysterious, bisexual hero, a heroine who is far more than she claims to be, a gorgeous and oh-so-eager body servant, and a happily ever after that none of them ever saw coming.

Download today and get ready to fall in love with the most unconventional lovers that Victorian England has ever known.

THEIR MASTER contains plenty of hot f/m, f/m/m, m/m, ménage action with lots of spicy bedroom scenes. This book is for adult readers who are not easily triggered or offended.

Zoom Chat on November 14, 2022 6:30 PM EST

I’ve been invited to discuss my recent book, THE BOXING BARONESS and am doing a hybrid in person/zoom event at the Langley Adams Library next week, November 14, 2022, 6:30 EST.

If you want to chat about books, romance, or how great chickens are, I’ll be hanging out for about an hour.

They want you to sign up for the event, which is free.

The link to the library is right HERE.

Happy book birthday to DUKE IN A BOX!

Yay! Yay! Today is a book birthday!!

As I stare out my office window at the leafless trees I can’t help wondering WHERE THE HELL HAS THE YEAR GONE?? 

And it has been a busy one… Thus far I’ve written 5 books and 1 novella! Yes, isn’t that INSANE? The novella is the one that is launching today, in the humorously titled DUKE IN A BOX anthology, which includes 12 steamy, holiday themed stories including DUKES!

My novella is called AUDACIOUS and takes place after the events in my book INFAMOUS. This is Antonia’s story, Richard and Lucien’s younger sister who had a wedding fiasco in INFAMOU. Anyhow, this is a ‘dad’s best friend’ romance with an age gap, lots of pining, and–of cours–an HEA and lots of steam packed in for your holiday pleasure. 

You can grab a copy at any place Ebooks are sold. Below are 2 links, one for Amazon and one that will take you to a menu to choose your retailer:

Happy reading!


I choked on my G&T yesterday evening when I saw the upcoming autobiography by Prince Harry: Spare.

Several weeks ago I uploaded my upcoming book, BALTHAZAR: THE SPARE on Amazon. Although I beat Harry to the punch with the title, I somehow didn’t get the same buzz. 🤣

It made me laugh reading all the comments on social media regarding the meaning of of the term “spare”. In fact,  Mr. Spencer asked me what that meant (I think it was more, “Spare? What the hell does that mean?!”)

In the world of historical romance we are very familiar with the phrase ‘an heir and a spare’ used to describe the eldest two sons. Back when primogeniture was the norm in most of the Western world (as it still is in many parts of the globe) regarding second sons as a spare was definitely a ‘thing’. And even in the 21st Century Prince Harry has to stand in line behind his elder brother when it comes to the throne.

Anyhow… I was going to wait until the end of the year to announce the kick off of my brand new series, but I can’t let Prince Harry steal ALL the limelight, so here is the fab cover and blurb:

The Hale family is coming to London, and the ton has never seen anything like it…

Meet the Hales, a wild, wealthy, and witty family of loveable misfits who are about to take London by storm. If you loved Mary Balogh’s Bedwins, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons, or Loretta Chase’s Carsingtons, you’ll adore the Hales!

Victoria Dryden gave Balthazar Hale the last thing he ever expected. A reason to stay…

Balthazar and his siblings are living the good life in the utopian community of Oneida, New York, where they have a degree of sexual and intellectual freedom few men—and even fewer women—have ever known.

But sadly, all good things must come to an end.

When their father dies, the Hale siblings discover two disheartening truths. First, they have an older brother none of them knew existed. Second, this stranger is not only the heir to an English dukedom, he’s also their new legal guardian.

Before the Hales know it, all five siblings are dragged to England to take their places in strait-laced, stuffy ton society, where their guardian expects them to make respectable marriages.

All Balthazar wants is a way out.

Until he meets her.

Victoria is a woman with dangerous secrets. She’s the exact opposite of marriage material.

Falling for her could ruin both their lives.

But none of that matters when she’s in Balthazar’s arms…and his bed.

Finding their way to happily ever after would be so easy in Oneida.

Too bad they aren’t in utopia anymore…

This sexy Victorian historical romance features enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, opposites attract, and enough steam to melt your Kindle!

THE SPARE is the first in a sensual, adventurous, and loveable 6-book series that features all the Hale siblings.


THE BASTARD is on sale for only .99 for a very limited time!

Yep, it’s true… I’m offering THE BASTARD for only .99.

This is the 3rd book in THE MASQUERADERS series but is good as a stand alone.

Here is the cover, blurb, and a link to Amazon, which is the only place you can get this deal…

His was a face that women carried with them into their nightmares, not their fantasies…

John Fielding is not a gentleman. His brutal past has left him scarred, mind and body. But the scars are a valuable reminder of what’s truly important. Revenge. And John will have his vengeance on the man who abandoned him when he was just a child. In fact, he’ll make the entire bloodline pay for the sins of his father. No one can stop him. Except maybe Cordelia. She’s everything John is not—kind and generous and loving. A good person. She deserves so much better than living in the shadow of her cruel sister. And she certainly deserves better than a beast like him. But that doesn’t stop John from wanting her. Cordelia shines a light into the darkest corners of his soul, making him question what he’s been living for all these years.

Now, he’s only sure of one thing.

Her love could save him…but only if his quest for revenge doesn’t destroy them both first.

An exciting tale of love that delivers a HEA and plenty of steamy scenes.

If you adore wounded, scarred heroes and the loving heroines who bring them to their knees, you’ll love THE BASTARD.