Maryann Ridini Spencer—Writer, Producer, Journalist & TV Host

“After Kate suffers a profound loss, she travels to the beautiful coastal town of Taormina, Italy, to meet her cousin, Rosa, for the first time. Together they uncover family secrets, and through a series of ‘coincidental’ events, Kate finds compassion and forgiveness. Under the Tropical Skies is a powerful page-turner that will keep you up all night. Once again, award-winning novelist Maryann Ridini Spencer has a winner.” ~~Catherine Makino, Award-winning multimedia journalist, Thomson Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, Voice of America Radio


Hello Friends,

My new novel, Under the Tropical Skies, the fourth novel in the Kate Grace series, will be out soon in 2022. I’ll announce more information on my website and social media shortly.

In this next book, on a quest to learn more about her maternal ancestral line and the secrets that her 4th-great-grandmother’s diary reveals, propels Kate on a healing journey providing insight, understanding, and emphasizing the power of love, family, and forgiveness. The novel is set in the present day on the idyllic shores of Kauai and on the inspiring slopes of 19th-century Taormina, a picturesque town perched high above the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea off the coast of Sicily where the bonds of love and family reach beyond the generations.




Secrets of Grace Manor a “Must-Read” Kate Grace Novel by Maryann Ridini Spencer
From the magical shores of present-day Kauai to the stately manors of 19th century Europe the gift of a family heirloom exposes a centuries-old mystery. FREE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED.

Maryann Ridini Spencer

Welcome to my author website and Simply Delicious Living Magazine. As a novelist, cookbook author, recipe developer, print lifestyle journalist, TV Host, and television and film writer/producer, I have a passion for writing and creating content for books, magazines, newspapers, television, film, video, and radio that inspires, uplifts, entertains and informs.

I first developed a love of storytelling when I was a child, thanks to my English teachers in middle school. I wrote stories from historical fiction to modern-day romances,  mysteries, even futuristic tales. And then I forgot about my writings…until much later. Read More.

Lady in the Window

“Maryann Ridini Spencer lends her talented pen to a sweeping tale that is sure to involve the heart.”

Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author

Lady in the Window is an inspiring and inspirational story; a perfect remedy for the stresses we all experience, and as soothing as an ocean sunset. Maryann Ridini Spencer writes beautifully with great insight into the human heart. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time.”

–Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times best-selling author

The Paradise Table

“Maryann Spencer magically weaves together the breathtaking beauty and spirituality of Kauai, miracles, and the power of faith and love into an intriguing quest for the truth. The Paradise Table is not just another mystery—it is a heartwarming validation of self-trust, friendship, love, and healing.”

—Kathy Strong, award-winning travel author and columnist for USA Today/Gannett Newspapers and founder of PSWishYouWereHereTravel.com

Secrets of Grace Manor

“Maryann Ridini Spencer’s Secrets of Grace Manor takes you on Kate Grace’s continuing mystical journey inside the spiritual Aloha life. Filled with mystery, love, intrigue, hope, and faith, it taps into social and racial issues that still pervade our society. The visual swath of Ms. Spencer’s pen makes you feel like you’re right there with Kate throughout her journey. It’s a magical read!”

—Elliot Slutzky, President of Distribution, Open Road Films, Los Angeles

Simply Delicious Living with Maryann® — Entrees

Over 40 easy-to-make, delicious recipes made with fresh and natural ingredients that will make your taste buds jump for joy!

Award-Winning Movies & TV Series

The Lost Valentine

“The Lost Valentine,” an award-winning, critically acclaimed movie co-produced/written by Maryann Ridini Spencer, was based on the best-selling novel “The Last Valentine” by James Michael Pratt. When it premiered in 2011, “The Lost Valentine” became Hallmark Hall of Fame’s most highly rated movie in four years and won CBS-TV the night with over 15 million viewers tuning in. Receiving critical acclaim, and nominated for many awards, in 2012, the film won a “Faith and Freedom” award for inspiring American values and ideals at the nationally televised, star-studded, 20th Annual Movieguide Awards (February 2012). Read More.

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