Saturday, 6 February 2010

Weekly Geeks – Author Fun Facts – LaVryle Spencer





For Weekly Geeks this week, I would like to revisit one of my favorites from the past. This particular geeky assignment was posted by Dewey back in November of 2008, just weeks before she died. Here's what she posted then:

This week’s theme is: fun facts about authors.

How to:

1. Choose a writer you like.
2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
4. Come sign the Mr Linky below with the url to your fun facts post.
5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.

LaVryle Spencer

Ms Spencer is without a doubt sitting firmly as one of my top 10 fav authors.  I began my love/lust affair with this author in the early eighties and I have never looked back.

I have read all her books, more than once and they have pride of place on my shelves… Some titles I am going into third and fourth editions now as they have been loaned and dog-eared to death.

If you are looking for an author that will and has and will continue to stand the test of time – LaVryle Spencer is certainly one I can recommend…

I am too lazy to free some of this stuff, so the info below is all from Wikipedia - (Yes that very reliably fountain of knowledge)…


Personal life

LaVyrle Spencer was born on July 17, 1943 in Browerville, Minnesota, where she was raised. Shortly after her high school graduation Spencer married her high school sweetheart Dan Spencer. The two had two daughters, Amy and Beth (who died in 1990), and are grandparents. They live in a Victorian house in Stillwater, Minnesota, where Spencer enjoys gardening, cooking, playing bass guitar and electric piano, and photography.

© Wikipedia


Writing style

Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focus on families rather than only the relationship between a man and woman. These "ordinary" men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.[1] Her heroines tend to be a mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft–heartedness who must overcome some sort of adversity, such as pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one, and then undergo a catharsis. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times.

© Wikipedia




The Fulfillment (1979)

The Endearment (1982)

Forsaking All Others (1982)

Hummingbird (1983)

A Promise to Cherish (1983)

The Hellion (1984)

Sweet Memories (1984)

Twice Loved (1984)

Separate Beds (1985)

Spring Fancy (1985)

A Heart Speaks (1986)

The Gamble (1987)

Years (1987)

Vows (1988)

Morning Glory (1989)

Bitter Sweet (1990)

Forgiving (1991)

Bygones (1992)

November of the Heart (1993)

Family Blessings (1994)

Home Song (1995)

That Camden Summer (1996)

Then Came Heaven (1997)

Small Town Girl (1997)





Title – The Gamble

Publisher – Berkley Publishing Group

Main Characters : Scott Gandy & Agatha Downing

Tough and tender, sweet and sassy, here is a story of honesty and humour for anyone who has ever lived and loved. Scott Gandy has always been a gambling man, relying on his lazy Southern charm to smooth a way out of difficult situations. Hoping to make his fortune, he opens a saloon in Proffitt, Kansas. But he soon becomes a target of the prohibition movement, led by the owner of the hat shop next door to his establishment -- the enchanting yet volatile Agatha Downing. The saloon keeper and the prim and proper milliner are hopeless adversaries... until the innocence of a child opens their eyes and hearts to each other.


Ms. Spencer captures the essence of the time perfectly, the beginning of prohibition, the need to eke out a living as harsh as it was, the secrets and lies that puts women and children in danger and of course she balances that with the beauty of the time, the unspoilt element of nature, basic appreciation of the flesh and the simply things that so makes the difference.

Erotic Horizon © Review – The Gamble


16 Speak To Me:

Lily on 6 February 2010 at 15:23 said...

It's been a few years since I read her books. I always enjoyed them.

Chris on 6 February 2010 at 16:52 said...

I haven't read anything of hers... I will say that it would be lovely to live in Stillwater, which is a gorgeous small town.

pussreboots on 6 February 2010 at 19:03 said...

I haven't heard of her but I don't read much in the way of romance. My post is about Nick Bantock

NeutralGround on 6 February 2010 at 20:38 said...

I've never read any of her books, but she'll go on my TBR list!


gautami tripathy on 7 February 2010 at 03:44 said...

Sounds interesting. Will check her out!

WG: Sylvia Plath

Janna on 7 February 2010 at 16:37 said...

I've never heard of this author. But when you're a fan of her, it must be someone I need to check out.

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:44 said...


I think she is one of the authors that has stood the test of time...

I love revisiting her work...


Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:46 said...


I have read a few book with towns that name and they are always have this lovely settings...

I remember Tami Hoag - StillWater - freaking brilliant...


Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:47 said...


Thank for coming by hon - I know you dont do romance, but she is a good one to read..


Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:48 said...


Yes please - give her try, you'll see the difference instantly...

Her work is really good..


Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:48 said...


Hey - please do...


Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:49 said...


Just to warn you - they are not a one read book - these you have to work your way through and then say WOW when you are done...


Chris on 7 February 2010 at 18:56 said...

Since Tami Hoag is also a MN author, it's probably about the same Stillwater. :)

Janna on 7 February 2010 at 21:14 said...

Okay, I can work my way through a book ;) I'm not all for the quick and easy reads alone... lol

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2010 at 16:14 said...


I didn't realise that she was from MN - she does a fantastic job on the town and it's smalltown mindset...

This is one author you have got to try then..


DanaB on 13 February 2010 at 10:51 said...

It's been a long time since I've read a LaVryle book, I did enjoy them so--now that I'm reminded! I just may have wander over to that library shelf soon :)