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MaryJoPutney
Author. Traveler. Cat lover. Introvert.
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Happy Anniversary to the Word Wenches! by Mary Jo This is the 12th anniversary of the Word Wenches! I hope you joined Anne's celebration tea party on Monday. (The cakes and tea cups were splendid!) Today, we continue the celebrations with reminiscences and book giveaways. 12 years is a long time, and in the way publishing has changed, it's eons. Back in 2006, blogs were the Hot New Thing. Authors wanted to be able to reach readers, interact with them, and sell books. But it seemed like so much work! Surely better to put together a group and take turns?... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Word Wenches
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Andrea Penrose discusses Smoke & Lies with Mary Jo: MJP: Sister Word Wench Andrea and I go way back to when we both wrote Signet Regencies. In recent years, Andrea has used her love of the Regency, science, and art to become Andrea Penrose, historical mystery writer. Her new Regency Wrexford & Sloane series is making a splash, with starred reviews and excitement all around. But I'm delighted that she's also continuing her Lady Arianna mystery series. The first three books were traditionally published, and now that she's retrieved the rights, Andrea has repackaged and republished them in e-book form... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I've been musing about a blog on redheads for some time. Red hair occurs naturally in about 1 - 2% of people, though those with northern or western European genes run higher, 2 - 6%. (Maybe higher yet among those of Celtic heritage.) Definitely a minority, but one that gets more buzz than other hair colors! The red hair category covers a wide range of hues from dark auburn to strawberry blond and includes copper and carrot orange and usually comes with fair skin, light colored eyes, and a tendency to freckle. As Wikipedia says, "Cultural reactions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Once upon a time, in that distant day before the internet and .jpg files and indie ebook publishing, receiving your cover from your publisher was a very big deal. You opened the envelope breathlessly, then studied the cover flat with joy, horror, or something in between. You flashed your cover proudly at conferences if you liked it, or moaned and asked for commiseration if you didn't. The original cover of Uncommon Vows is not a favorite of mine. It was fairly eye catching, I like the colors, and it fulfilled the basic requirement of getting hair colors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Today I have the pleasure of interviewing sister Word Wench Anne Gracie about the April release of Marry in Scandal, the delightful second entry in her Marriage of Convenience series. Before I proceed to asking Anne about her book, let me mention that the first book in the series, Marry in Haste, has received these nominations from the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA): Favourite Historical Romance. Favourite Continuing Romance Series. Strongest Heroine from a romance published in 2017. Favourite Couple from a romance published in 2017. (Not to mention that Anne was nominated for the Favourite Australian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Shannon, congratulations on getting your contract extended! As you say, the UK is a wonderful place to bloom even if you don't take up permanent root. Maybe you're not designed to put down permanent roots--not everyone is. Enjoying each place you land is a pretty good trait! Maybe so many of us mention where we spent our early years is because the location imprinted on us because it was the first place where we came alive to the world?
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2018 on The Home of the Heart at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo A couple of weeks ago the Wenches got to chatting behind the scenes about what places feel like home, and the answers were interesting. In some cases, home is where we were born and raised even if we're not there anymore. In other cases, it's a place one has moved to and then claimed for oneself. It could be a place you've never lived. Here's what the Wenches have to say: Andrea/Cara: I must not be very adventurous at heart, for I’ve lived in New England all my life. (There were a number of years in New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Word Wenches
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From Mary Jo: This is just a quick weather muse on March's famously--and justly so!--fickle weather. Here in Maryland we just had what might (or might not) be the last snow of this winter. We didn't get slammed--it was just white, wet snow of the very pretty kind: So we were lucky. The snow was pretty, messy, and because the ground has started to warm, the roads were safe. But March is lambs as well as lions! Here are the first croci reaching for the sun! So how do you feel about this month known for change? Do you like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Kareni, pith helmets are light--but water bottles can get heavy. Maybe we can work something out. *G*
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Sue, that canal slant to the northwest is a definite surprise! I got a kick out of the Conch Nation story, too. Key West has stories running in its blood, I think!
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Anne, I've also wondered if the Conch Republic guys were thinking of THE MOUSE THAT ROARED. I don't think I ever saw the moving, but the book was great fun!
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Keira, Anne is right--I'm seriously lacking a pith helmet. The Mayhem Consultant has one. *G*
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by Mary Jo I like having four seasons, I like when the snow lies on the ground 'deep and crisp and even,' and I don't mind sunny days with sub-freezing temperatures. Nonetheless, a mid- winter break to a warmer place is always welcome, and often that means a Caribbean cruise. This year's cruise started in Panama, followed the Central American coast north, and visited Cozumel and Key West before ending in Ft. Lauderdale. We chose it because the itinerary included places we'd never been before. We started with a couple of days in Panama City. Located on the Pacific coast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I've loved introducing new readers to my classic Bride trilogy, which had been languishing in obscurity for years. Now the last book, The Bartered Bride, is due to be released as an ebook tomorrow (February 8th). All three books are marriage of convenience of one sort or another, and The Bartered Bride is no exception. The review from Publishers Weekly said, "(Gavin and Alex's) journey from strangers to spouses to true lovers is utterly authentic." And a long and challenging journey it is! The story was partially inspired by requests I had for a story about Amy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Photo above by Beth Miller by Mary Jo It is not news that Britain is an island. Not just an island, but part of an archipelago, a wide flung collection of islands including Ireland, the Hebrides that are the wild western fringe of Scotland, Shetland and Orkney away to the north, the Scilly Isles scattered southwest from Cornwall, the yachting Isle of Wight to the south, and many more: there are two major islands, Great Britain and Ireland, some middling sized ones, and over 6000 smaller ones, some not much larger than rocks, but still… (Photo at left from Wikipedia... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo I'm delighted to have retrieved the rights to my Bride trilogy. Book 1, The Wild Child wa... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Nancy, I love looking at residential displays, too. 'Tis the season of lights!
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So true about not doing great things that are local! I'd say that the next time you feel restless and want to get out, it will be time to head out to the Medieval museum. I'm sure it's wonderful! The Cloisters in a NYC, now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is medieval and possibly my favorite museum EVER!
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I've not heard of Nemours Mansion, Jan, but I clearly need to put it on my list!
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Aren't historic houses wonderful, especially when dressed for the holidays! And you live in the epicenter of gorgeous old houses! I Am Envious. *G* Enjoy!
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Quantum, thanks for the links! I've always loved that style of magpie architecture. As you say, just studying the way the wood is joined is fascinating. I've not been to Lower Brockhampton Manor, but I'm adding it to my bucket list. *G*
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by Mary Jo Many great historic houses are now museums, national treasures that are open to the public. I've enjoyed visiting many of them in the UK and US. They are often run by foundations and "Friends of" groups and volunteers. And they need to pay the bills to keep the lights on and the tours running, which means tickets and gift shops (which are often full of delightful and pricey merchandise.) A good way to keep people coming is by designing elaborate shows and decorations, particularly at Christmas. A couple of weeks ago we visited Longwood Gardens, a du... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I've been locked in mortal combat with the holidays, and the holidays are winning, so I'm invoking the Wenchly prerogative of buffing up an older post to enjoy again. Starting on Monday, Christmas Day, we'll start our annual “Christmastide” celebration of the holidays. That is, the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas which run from Christmas Day to January 5th, the eve of Epiphany. So every day of Christmastide, a Wench will post a short little blog just for fun, as a gift to our readers. This post was originally an entry in our Christmastide series, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Word Wenches
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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 Dec 10, 2017 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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