Author of contemporary lesbian romance, C. Spencer brings meaningful narratives to the queer literary scene.
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Love is never easy.
But once you add a complicated ex-wife and eight-year-old daughter, you’re playing with a new set of rules. Madisen’s just beginning to figure those rules out when she meets Rae in what becomes an all-consuming affair filled with late nights and exhausted euphoria. Rae is charming. Madisen is smitten. And life couldn’t feel more perfect.
At least, that is, until her ex-wife begins to have second thoughts.
TRUTH OR DARE
It’s a long weekend among six friends whose lives have intertwined through years of U-Hauls and regrets, almosts and what-ifs. From the salt-sprinkled sidewalks downtown to outer bedroom communities, Mother Nature has its way of seducing even the most set in her ways to look at herself and others more closely.
So when that poorly timed snowstorm whirls into their New England town, it threatens to kick pent-up desires and tightly held secrets over the edge. This comes first for Jessie, who returns to her closest friend when her latest “relationship” ends in disaster—only to wind up further complicating matters. Except Hadley’s not about to be her next fling.
Ella and Sam Lasley are beyond content being years away from single, and a lot is banking on this weekend’s anniversary. But even as charming as Sam tries to be, months of planning might take a back burner to ingenuity if this snow keeps piling up—that is, if she can keep her wife’s mind off of work.
Ryan’s hoping three days off might help her reconnect with that out-of-her-league and much younger girlfriend, Brie. Still, faced with more turmoil than a late twenty-something can handle, Brie’s more engrossed in soul-searching and reminiscing. Those differences could be their demise, especially when Ryan makes an unexpected and heart-wrenching discovery of her own.
It’s hard to stand still amid a whirlwind of romance, anguish, and completely unexpected confessions. Still if everyone would just keep it together for the next few days, and if this snow would taper off, they just might pull off Sunday’s celebration. Drama-free.
I grew up in Southern California during the 70s and 80s, watching Disneyland fireworks off my balcony and ditching school to hit Tower Records and thrift shops on Melrose Avenue. I spent two years as an art major in college only to switch mid-way to English Literature, which led to my unnatural obsession with Hester Prynne, Lady Brett Ashley, and Henry David Thoreau’s lifestyle of resistance.
After graduating, I packed my car and moved to Burlington, Vermont sight unseen, living in the land of maple syrup and snowboarding for the next ten years. During that time, I met my wife online. Soon we both relocated to Western Massachusetts, which is where we currently reside. I’ve worked as a freelance copywriter and editor since 2001. In 2013, I began writing fiction on the side.
"C. Spencer is a new name to me, and I was absolutely blown away by ‘On Second Thought’. With her wonderfully realised main protagonists in Rae and Madisen, Spencer has created a wonderful romance that is better than anything I have read recently. Pitch-perfect plotting and flowing, crisp prose, ensures this is a standout, must-read for fans of lesfic. Sexy, romantic and intriguingly unpredictable, I was swept away by this wonderful story of star-crossed lovers. Oozing sensuality and dripping with sexual tension, I will definitely be rereading this book again... soon!" - NetGalley review of "On Second Thought"
"The intriguing blurb of this novel drew me in and it didn’t take long to devour this uniquely written book. What sets this book apart from most is first, the flipping of first person POV between Rae and Madisen and second, the sparkling tête-à-tête dialogue between them. Moreover, there was an interesting dichotomy to this story where their romance races at Mach speeds yet at the same time there is abrupt stagnancy from cautious introspection of their predicaments. This contrasting approach to the writing kept me on my toes and glued to the pages for a unique experience I won’t soon forget." - NetGalley review of "On Second Thought"
"I love the reminder this book offers that we’re never alone....It's a must read for those who enjoy unique and well-done character work and a multiple-character structure that allows for a more expansive look at our humanity. Because of its depth and many layers woven into this work, I know it's one of those books that will offer something new with each read, so it's a story I'll revisit many times." - The Lesbian Review on "Truth or Dare"
“This is more than a romance novel. I think it’s a Lesbian Romance and Drama novel. It’s written from all six protagonists’ point of view and with every change of perspective the author headlines which character we are reading from at that time....The dialogue is fast paced and witty which I really appreciated; there is no messing around with this book. Great debut novel and I can’t wait for what’s next from C. Spencer." - Les Rêveur on "Truth or Dare"
“Truth or Dare is an entirely fun read. It’s a low-tension slice-of-life meditation on the way that lives intersect....When Truth or Dare reaches into the realm of the erotic, it excels. Such scenes are sexy and palpable....This book is a must for fans of multiple-character structures and shows like The L Word. Truth or Dare is charming with its stories of queer women falling in and out of love. It is smart, funny, and romantic—the perfect read for a snowy night in." - Forward Reviews on "Truth or Dare"