By DeAnn Lubell

(Photo of Maryann by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo)

There is a whole lot of love, respect, kindness, compassion and understanding in the incredible writings of Maryann Ridini Spencer.  Spencer, a local writer, screenwriter, producer, and television host, from the Coachella Valley, has made a name for herself with her popular spiritual and best-selling novels such as Lady in the Window, The Paradise Table, Secrets of Grace Manor, and Under the Tropical Skies.

Maryann Ridini Spencer writes themes of Aloha, penning award-winning novels and writing and producing critically acclaimed projects for film and television. She began her career as a producer/writer for Cable News Network. Later, she was appointed director of publicity for Miss Universe, Inc. She also served as senior vice president of Stephen J. Cannell Productions/The Cannell Studios before founding Ridini Entertainment Corporation. As company president of the award-winning PR, marketing, multimedia-content-creation, and TV-and-film-production company, she is committed to creating, writing, producing, and promoting content that entertains, inspires, educates, and uplifts.


My recently featured writer in Desert Art Scene, Kathy Strong, award-winning travel author of Secret Southern California, columnist for USA Today/Gannett Newspaper, had this to say about Maryann. “The Paradise Table is another plumeria-laced ‘Kate Grace’ mystery from talented writer Maryann Ridini Spencer. In this book that follows best-selling Lady in the Window, Spencer again 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. When violent dreams become reality in this peaceful island paradise, newlywed Kate unearths disturbing secrets that will change everyone’s lives, causing her to embark on a sometimes heartbreaking and shocking path. The Paradise Table is not just another mystery—it is a heartwarming validation of self-trust, friendship, love, and healing.”

Spencer will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Palm Desert on Saturday, January 18, 2023 from 1-4.

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Attention book fans!  Get up close and personal with fifty of your favorite Coachella Valley authors at the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild Book Expo on Saturday, January 14 from 1-4 pm at the Mizell Center at 489 S. Sunrise Way, in Palm Springs.  This event, like so many others, was put on hold during the pandemic and is back with a force.  It is FREE to the public!  Among the local writers, including yours truly with my award-winning historical novel called The Last Moon, is renown mystery thriller author Andrew Kaplan, whose Homeland book series was the foundation for the hit Tv series.  For more information, please contact Kristina Hoffman, Director of Member Engagement, Palm Springs Writers Guild at 415-309-2260.  Hope to see everyone there!!!