Mary Jo Putney~25 Years of Happily Ever Afters
Update: The randomly chosen winner of one of Mary Jo Putney’s books is Tracy Devlyn! Congrats!
If you didn’t win, please don’t be downhearted. There are giveaways almost every week here, so be sure to pop by often. I hope you’ll enter my contest as well!
One of the highlights of my week in New York at RWA Nationals was getting to know Mary Jo Putney. She and I had exchanged a few emails after I guest blogged on her excellent group blog Word Wenches. Then we found ourselves signing across the aisle from each other at the Literacy Signing (My webmistress snapped a pic of me there. It’s on my Events page if you care to see it.)
Later, I ran into Mary Jo at the Kensington party. At the risk of sounding like a gushing fan girl, I had to share with her what her work has meant to me over the years, pulling up plot points and characters from some of my favorites. We walked back to the Marriott Marquis together and spent a lovely time people watching on Times Square. I discovered she has three and a half cats (Don’t worry. All the cats are in possession of all limbs. One of the cats only lives with her on weekends.) I also learned that she is celebrating 25 years since her first book was published THIS WEEK!
This talented writer has turned out historical romances, paranormals, contemporaries and most recently YA (under MJ Putney) and all in her signature singing prose. The only thing more lovely than discovering a new author is learning that she’s also prolific. Check out Mary Jo’s Bookshelf! You’re sure to find something that piques your interest.
I thought I’d give Mary Jo a little 25th Anniversary Party here on my blog. And what’s a party without a present? I’ll give winner’s choice of Mary Jo’s backlist to a random commenter here. The contest ends on Monday. All you have to do is share your favorite Mary Jo Putney book. Mine is THE BARTERED BRIDE. Here’s the blurb:
Sweeping from the exotic temptations of the Orient to the ruthless grandeur of 19th century London, The Bartered Bride is a compelling romantic adventure that begins with a daring act of courage. After building a fortune amid the splendor and dangers of the China seas, American adventurer and merchant prince Gavin Elliott is sailing for London, where he intends to establish himself in the society that forced his family to leave in disgrace when Gavin was only a child. But fate intervenes on an infamous island in the East Indies when he tries to save a European woman being sold at a slave auction.
If you haven’t read one of her books, you can still enter this giveaway. Just check out Ms. Putney’s bookshelf and share which title intrigues you most. Enjoy!
Happy 25th Anniversary in Publishing, Mary Jo. Your fans thank you for hours of reading pleasure!