Minerva Spencer's brief biography, author, will tell you that she was a criminal prosecutor, a college history professor, and a B&B operator. What that doesn't say is that she also worked as a docker at a dock, an ice cream maker, a reader for the blind, a motel employee and a bounty hunter.

Okay, so the part about being a bounty hunter is a lie.

Minerva, however, knows how to hypnotize a Dungeness crab, sew her own Regency Era clothes, knit a frog hat, juggle, rebuild a 1959 American Rambler and gain control of Asia (and hold on to it) in the game of RISK.

Minerva's first series, The Outcasts, is a Regency Era series that features unusual protagonists who face exciting challenges and unusual situations.

Minerva also writes under the name SM LaViolette

THE MUSIC OF LOVE is book 1 of The Academy of Love series in English, which was released on December 15, 2019.


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Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn't anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her.

Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee.

It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?