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MaryJoPutney
Author. Traveler. Cat lover. Introvert.
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by Mary Jo Most countries of the world have national days that celebrate their identity. That usually usually means the day that independence was proclaimed, as in the US, or negotiated, as was the case in many countries that had been colonized like much of Africa. But there can be lots of variations. Hungary, for example, celebrates St. Stephen's Day. The United Kingdom doesn't exactly have a national day, though sometimes the Queen's Official Birthday the second weekend in June is treated as such. (Her birthday is actually April 21st, but the weather is better for speeches and parades in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Katja, Kerry Greenwood is author of the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman books, and Anne Gracie has interviewed her on Word Wenches. I ADORE the Corinna Chapman books and hope she writes more. She and her friends and cats and lover are so wonderful. I'm fine with animals being part of the story, so maybe I should try Mrs. Murphy. *G* (I have three cats lounging about my office even as I type.)
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2018 on Cozy Criminal Ladies at Word Wenches
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Cynthia, I've read both Barbara Cleverly and Captain Lacey, and both are excellent writers, but cozy they're not. I have to be in the right mood for the more intense mysteries. I'm another Josephine Tey fan: THE DAUGHTER OF TIME, yes!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2018 on Cozy Criminal Ladies at Word Wenches
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Anne, there is so often a disconnect between book and film. Understandable since they're such different forms, but one usually won't love both equally.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2018 on Cozy Criminal Ladies at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I'm not a major mystery reader. I'm not especially interested in puzzle solving, I want interesting, likable characters, and wit is always good. I absolutely do NOT want gory stories and high body counts. In short, I tend to like cozy mysteries if they're well written and have good characters. So every now and then I go on a cozy mystery binge with some of my favorite authors, so I thought I'd chat a bit about what I've been reading. Mrs. Pollifax The oldest series is Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax books, which started in the '70s and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Apart from a vague recollection of the British protectorate called Bechuanaland becoming the independent nation of Botswana, the country never registered with me until I read the first #1 Ladies Detective Agency book by Alexander McCall Smith. The protagonist, Precious Ramotse, is a mature, "traditionally built" woman with a lot of common sense who solves small mysteries through her understanding of human nature. The series is now up to 18 books. More recently, Botswana has been mentioned in connection with Prince Harry of Wales , who loves the place, and reportedly it was where he and Meghan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Word Wenches
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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 May 22, 2018 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*
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2018 on New Southern Seas at Word Wenches
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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!
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2018 on New Southern Seas at Word Wenches
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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!
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2018 on New Southern Seas at Word Wenches
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Keira, Anne is right--I'm seriously lacking a pith helmet. The Mayhem Consultant has one. *G*
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2018 on New Southern Seas at Word Wenches
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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!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Holiday Houses at Word Wenches
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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!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Holiday Houses at Word Wenches
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I've not heard of Nemours Mansion, Jan, but I clearly need to put it on my list!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Holiday Houses at Word Wenches
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