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!

Mary Jo Putney and Mia MarloweOne 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!

37 thoughts on “Mary Jo Putney~25 Years of Happily Ever Afters

  1. Cindy vonHentschel says:

    I have more MJP then I knew. My faves are The Rake and the Reformer and Lady Fortune. I love Regencies, and no one does them quite like Ms. Putney. Congratulations on 25 years, what a succes!

  2. I’m blushing madly, but in a good way! Thanks for making me feel like Queen for a Day. *g* It’s nice to see so many friends, and to be reminded of so many good moments over the years.

    I feel very lucky to have spent 25 years swimming in the pool of the romance community, where there are so many really wonderful women. (and a few men. *g*)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Isn’t that the truth? One of the huge upsides to writing romance is the wonderful women I’ve met while doing it.

  3. catslady says:

    I’ve only read one (shame on me) but I enjoyed it very much – The Marriage Spell. I enjoyed the trailer and congratulate her on 25 years of publishing – wow!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      No shame allowed. I posted this tribute in the hope that readers would be reminded of an author they’d enjoyed or curious enough to seek some of Mary Jo’s titles out if they’ve never read her before.

  4. Quilt Lady says:

    Great trailer! I am intrigued by The Wild Child, love the title of this book.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It is a lushly romantic trailer, isn’t it?

  5. Mary Jo Putney was the keynote speaker for the Beau Monde conference this year, and I loved every minute of her speech. Such a wonderful lady!

    I’ve been a huge fan of Mary Jo Putney’s work for years. If I had to pick one book that stands out above the rest, it would be PETALS IN THE STORM. I loved Rafe and Margot’s tale of lost love.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      She is both witty and wise. I’ll bet she’s a great speaker.

  6. Mia Marlowe says:

    Those fangirl moments are the highlight of any conference, aren’t they, Donna? Last year at RT, I was rendered nearly incoherent over having lunch with Victoria Alexander. She’s as witty in person as her writing would suggest!

  7. Donna Marie Rogers says:

    Oh, wow, I could gush about MJP all day long as well. So I will…LOL

    I don’t know that I could pick a favorite (and it’s been a few years since I’ve read her), but her early book DEARLY BELOVED is one of the three books I credit on my website as to why I fell in love with the romance genre more than 20 years ago. Such an amazingly talented author!

    A few years back when I was the conference coordinator for WisRWA, I had the privilege of sharing a few emails with her, and we had a lovely exchange. :-) In fact, later that year at National (Atlanta, 2006, I’ll never forget *grin*) I happened to get on the elevator and there she was. I won’t lie, I was awestruck and probably sounded like an idiot when I introduced myself. But what a memory. :-)

    Happy Anniversary, Mary Jo Putney!!

    ~ Donna

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I have never read a Mary Jo Putney book, but they all sound fantastic! I’m really interested in reading Loving A Lost Lord :-)
    Congratulations on 25 years! Here’s to another 25!!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Then you are in for a treat, Chelsea! I encourage you to seek her out at your local bookstore or library!

  9. Diane says:

    I’ve loved MJ’s books for years. I particularly like the Regency period, and the way she includes snippets about the world outside England is wonderfully informative. I haven’t started the Lost Lords series, so I have to start at the beginning with ‘Loving a Lost Lord’.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      MJ’s attention to detail and authentic historicity is one of the many things that draws me to her work.

  10. Sandy says:

    Very intriguing trailer. I love the twist of the knife. This lady knows how to protect herself. It would great to learn how it ends.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      This is the first trailer I’ve seen that makes me want to buy the book. Three cheers for Kensington’s marketing department.

  11. What a wonderful idea and celebration. Happy 25th, Mary Jo!

    My favorite story is ONE PERFECT ROSE, which I purchased in 1997 in special hardcover in paperback size! Thank you for another “Keeper!” Here’s the blurb:

    Stunned when his family physician tells him that he only has a few months to live, Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, escapes Ashburton Hall and temporarily leaves his responsibilities behind to wander the countryside anonymously as he tries to sort out his feelings and reconcile himself to his apparent fate. However, when his heroic rescue of a young boy results in his becoming part of a traveling theater company, he meets the compelling Rosalind Jordan. In her superb, inimitable style, Putney (River of Fire, Signet, 1996) takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work. This title is the first of Ballantine’s new “keeper” series of paperback-sized hardcover romances and should be in demand by Putney fans and libraries. She lives in Baltimore.
    Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sounds wonderful, CH. How cool that you own that special edition of the story!

  12. RWA was a huge fangirl experience for me. I got to meet so many authors I admire that I almost had to get myself a drool bib.

    I picked up her YA for my daughter, but I’m ashamed to admit, I had her sign it to me. I grew up reading and loving her books.

    It was great meeting you too, by the way. ;)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Me, too. Saranna. The Kensington party was such fun, but too loud to visit. Next year you and I need to set aside a morning for coffee together or something.

  13. Na says:

    When I recently discovered and fell in love with the historical romance genre, a few authors caught my eye and Mary Jo Putney was one of them. I have to say I have yet to try her books and hope to do so soon. On her bookshelf I found so many intriguing titles, it was hard to narrow it down but Shattered Rainbows stood out to me.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It would be hard to go wrong with any of them, Na.

  14. Amelia Grey says:

    Mary Jo knows I’ve been a fan of hers for years, too many years to count! It’s my pleasure to wish her a happy 25th and wish for her another 25 years of stunning success!A fine tribute indeed!
    Amelia Grey

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Amelia. I’m looking forward to your visit here on the blog on Monday!

  15. Emma Westport says:

    The Rake, hands down, The Rake. This was one of the first romances I read–I’m late to the party!–and I was hooked. I loved the characters and I also loved that you didn’t shy away from some of the not so nice aspects of the Regency era. It was just a great read on so many levels. Thank you!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      MJ’s realism is one of the things that draws me to her work. She doesn’t sugarcoat things.

  16. I’m blushing at all the lovely comments! Thanks so much, Mia & Co. Full credit for the trailer goes to Kensington. Isn’t the guy GORGEOUS?!!!

    I’m not so much prolific as persistent–those three and a half cats need feeding. *g* (One of the them, The Elusive Lacey, is lying in front of my keyboard now.)

    One of the lovely things about conferences is those unexpected moments shared with other members of the writer tribe. Mia and I didn’t know each other, apart from her guesting at, and I waved across the aisle at her at the literacy signing. (“M” and “P” aren’t that far apart.)

    But one of my favorite moments of the conference was walking back to the hotel with Mia and our deciding to sit on one of the Times Square benches and watch the world go by. New York is a place like no other, and observing it with a fellow writer on a mild, pleasant evening was a great escape from all the noisy extroversion of the conference.

    I particularly enjoyed when a handsome young man asked Mia to take a picture of him with his totally adorable little boy, both of them eating ice cream. (The eyelashes on that child!)

    I’d already known I liked Mia’s writing, and it was a delight to get better acquainted. Thanks for the blog celebration, Mia. It’s a completely unexpected pleasure, just like observing Times Square with you was!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My pleasure, Mary Jo! It’s always such a treat to meet a writer you’ve admired and learn that they are the gracious person you suspected they were from their writing. You confirmed all my suspicions about you! ;-)

  17. Ashlyn Chase says:

    What a fabulous video trailer!

    Congratulations on your 25 years in publishing, Mary Jo. That’s an amazing feat! I haven’t read you yet, but of course I’ve heard of you and Mia (my fab critique partner) raves about your books. I’m off to investigate your paranormals now!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’re in for a treat, Ashlyn!

  18. Deb says:

    I’ve just recently discovered Ms. Putney’s books (I know, where have I been?). I’ve read One Perfect Rose, The Bargain, and the Lost Lords Trilogy.

    But, looking at her bookshelf, two books intrigue me. The Rake sounds good because the hero is trying to change his life and the heroine is determined to show her worth but having to be dressed as a man. The other book is The Bartered Bride. Very few books involve Yankee heroes and the heroine has the anguish of being torn from her child as well as surviving pirates. Very intriguing, indeed!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I recently read Loving a Lost Lord, Deb and was captivated by it. I loved the infusion of Indian culture. Need to finish up the trilogy now.

  19. I love all of Mary Jo’s books, by my favorite would have to be “Shattered Rainbows.” I love Michael Kenyon, possibly the best tortured hero ever!I also like the secondary plot that brings Michael and his brother Stephen together.

    As far as that goes, I love “One Perfect Rose,” (Stephen’s story) too, though I found it hard to re-read for a while after my dad died suddenly.

    Heck, I DO love all of Mary Jo’s books!

  20. Nynke says:

    Wow, that is a seriously stunning book trailer – with a really cool twist at the end! :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Mary Jo is a seriously stunning author. The trailer fits.

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