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MaryJoPutney
Author. Traveler. Cat lover. Introvert.
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by Mary Jo In the way of such things, the Gettysburg battlefield isn't much more than an hour north of me and President Lincoln's train passed a mile or so from my house on his trip to speak at the dedication of the Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetery in November 1863, yet I'd never made a real in-depth visit to the site. However, the Mayhem Consultant has, and to celebrate the delivery of my Book That Would Not End, he took me to Gettysburg for an overnight getaway and a proper visit. The Battle of Gettysburg has been widely studied and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo What have the Wenches been reading, or what are they looking forward to reading in December? Pull up a comfy chair by the fire and find out! Nicola here: I haven’t really got into my Christmas reading as yet despite the fact that there are Christmas books all around! At the moment I’m glomming on The Royal Wedding Invitations series, which features books by some of my favourite HMB authors including Sophie Weston, Jessica Hart and Liz Fielding. I’m such a sucker for a royal wedding story and this is a gorgeous series! However, I have started... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo When the great e-book explosion arrived several years about (around 2011, I think?) I was fortunate to have the rights to a number of my older books that were out of print, and I happily re-released them as e-books. I love that these books are readily available to readers around the world, and at lower prices than the original print editions. Since e-books took off, though, it's been a lot harder to persuade publishers to revert book rights to authors like me. Imagine fire breathing dragons sitting on a hoard of backlist titles, and they DO NOT... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Greenland and Vinland: In the Wake of the Vikings 3 By Mary Jo The harsh lands of Scandinavia produced a hardy race of warriors, explorers, and colonists, and part of the value of our two week September cruise was how much I learned about this part of the world and how it affected history. The three countries of Scandinavia are Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and they directed their attentions in different directions. Swedes tended to head eastward to the Baltic area and Russia. The Danes swept down on the British Isles, and the Norwegians explored ever westward, all the way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Word Wenches
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You're very welcome, Karin. Maybe I'll do this again some day. I have LOTS of pictures.
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Color is better, Sue, but before color, black and white was pretty magical!
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But they're very well behaved lily pads, Lillian Marek. *G*
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I didn't know that, Andrea! Nothing but the best for the Great Queen.
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You're welcome, Anne, and thanks for the kangaroos. *G*
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You're very welcome, Melissa! Pictures are such fun to share.
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by Mary Jo All the Wenches are madly busy at the moment, with books to finish and travels to take, so I volunteered to post some of my travel pictures from various places. Here's a gorgeous display from the Larco Herrara Museum in Lima, Peru. Here's a view of Koracula on the Croatian coast on the Adriatic sea. Our cruise ship, L'Boreal, is moored at the dock. Kangaroos chowing down at a lovely animal sanctuary north of Melbourne. Anne Gracie took us there. Onward to Passau. Germany! The Cathedral of St. Stephen (very popular saint in these parts) has the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Sue McCormick, armchair travel is a time honored tradition, and it's cheaper and easier than going there in person. *G* You're right about the fabulous knitting patterns in that part of the world, but I probably wouldn't have seen anyone doing that unless I went to a knitting shop or a knitter's home.
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In the Wake of the Vikings Part 2 by Mary Jo Our North Atlantic cruise was so interesting that I'm breaking it into three parts. (I could go on much longer, but I'll spare you. <G>) I've already written about Norway, and now I'm writing about some of the wonderful places we visited. The Mayhem Consultant and I both selected the same cruise from a fat Viking Ocean catalog, and the reason was the itinerary. In the Wake of the Vikings was scheduled to go to all kinds of fascinating places that are hard to get to. I mean, really,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Mary T, Anne Gracie and I have both burbled regularly about our love for Eva Ibbotson's books. I'm so glad you enjoyed those stories, too.
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by Mary Jo As is my unfortunate custom, I hurled a manuscript into email for my editor and a few hours later left on a major vacation: in this case, a flight to Oslo where we would pick up a cruise ship in Bergen and then sail across the North Atlantic to Montreal. Which we’ve done, and it was a great way to recover from deadline panic. We saw many wonderful things, several blogs worth. I napped a lot. <G> We sailed on a terrific Viking Ocean cruise called In the Wake of the Vikings in a brand new ship... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Most states have nicknames that reflect their nature and sometimes show up on license plates. California is the Golden State, New Hampshire is the Granite State, Kansas is the Sunflower State, and so on. (I think Arizona's motto must be, "But it's a DRY heat!" <G>) One of Maryland's nicknames is the Old Line State. Not being a native, I had only a vague knowledge of the origin of that: something about a Revolutionary War battle in which a Maryland regiment bravely held the line against the British. I didn't know any more until I read an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo "What books do you wish you could read for the first time again?" I can't remember where I saw someone ask the question above, but I immediately thought how delightful the question would be for a monthly Ask A Wench topic. And indeed, the Word Wench answers are varied and fun. I did suggest that we didn't need to mention books by Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer, which are pretty much a given in this crowd, but they did manage to sneak in. <G> Pat Rice I’m not entirely certain I can fully recreate the wonder of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Happy birthday, Canada! Canada Day was actually Saturday, July 1st, but this is one of those big birthdays that end in a zero: Canada is 150 years young! I grew up in Western New York, quite close to the Canadian border. As a kid, I remember driving over the Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls, NY to Niagara Falls, Ontario with a lovely view of the famous falls from the car. (That's the Rainbow Bridge below, lit up at night.) Of course, lots of Americans grew up close to the Canadian border since it runs 3,000 miles across... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Word Wenches
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b by Mary Jo Though I'm a lifelong reader of both historical novels and science fiction and fantasy, I somehow managed to miss Marie Brennan's Lady Trent series until I read about the upcoming release of the fifth and last of her series of memoirs written by a distinguished dragon naturalist. Dragons? Lady Trent? Within the Sanctuary of Wings? Clearly this was something I must investigate! So I cautiously tried the first book, A Natural History of Dragons. And was hooked, big time. I've very grateful that the series was complete when I started to read it! Rather than describe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo I love that ebooks make it possible for authors to ensure that older books are always available to their readers. But there are lots of other advantages, including the fact that authors can easily make changes to their e-published books. As the market changes, so can the marketing, the category, the covers, and much more. E-reading device go back to the '90s, I think, but it wasn't until Amazon introduced the Kindle and made it easy to publish content in ebook form that ebooks really took off. (Fun Fact: Amazon introduced the first Kindle on November 19th,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Welcome to WenchLandia! The Word Wenches blog is now ELEVEN YEARS OLD! Which is quite amazing in this age of ephemera. Over the years, our membership has changed, but I think the essential Wench spirit of intelligence, kindness, and acceptance has remained true and strong, traits we share with you wonderful readers. Looking back to our first anniversary blog in 2007, we did a week long rumination on nakedness in history. Last year, we celebrated our tenth anniversary by inviting back some of our guests from those ten years. This year, we're creating a bouquet both for... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Romance is a positive emotion, and a positive genre. We tend to be optimistic, glass-is-half-full people. And we LOVE getting together with our own kind to talk about books and have fun! One such reader and author get together is Barbara Vey's annual Reader Appreciation Weekend in Milwaukee. A veteran of Publishers Weekly, Barbara is a long time journalist and blogger about romance, and she hosted her sixth author and reader get together the last weekend in April. I attended, and thought you might like to see some pictures about the kind of fun we get up... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Mary Jo here-- I was delighted to get an early reading of Marry in Haste so I could interview Anne about the book. Marriages of convenience are such a popular trope in historical romance that they have their own abbreviation: MOC. And in Marry in Haste, Anne Gracie launches a new Marriage of Convenience series. The book released from Berkley on May 2, and it's received rave reviews. From Romantic Times: "Gracie utilizes the ever-popular “marriage of convenience” theme to her advantage in the first of a new series. It isn’t just the premise, but the marvelous cast of characters,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Recently I saw an article in the Sunday feature section of the local newspaper about a book called When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You. Written by Kio Stark, a writer and teacher, the book is the text of a short TED talk she gave; you can listen to it here directly. Her basic thesis is that brief friendly interactions with strangers enrich our lives and create a better sense of community. (This is particularly valuable in a world of people who are glued to their electronic devices!) The reason the article so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Quilting is a very ancient skill, probably dating back to ancient Egypt and introduced to Europe by returning Crusaders. It's wonderfully practical for warmth, or protecting a knight from chafing armor. These days we usually associate quilts with lovely cozy bed coverings, but they've also evolved into a beautiful form of craftwork. A friend of ours is a honcho in the Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild and she always notifies us of the guild's biennial quilt shows. It's a treat to visit the shows, which are held in sprawling school gymnasiums, and only held every two years because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Word Wenches
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