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MaryJoPutney
Author. Traveler. Cat lover. Introvert.
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Interviewed by Mary Jo Marry in Scarlet, the long awaited final book in Anne Gracie's Marriage of Convenience Series, has arrived, and it's great. As Publishers Weekly says in its review, "George is an admirable heroine and the chemistry between her and Hart is magnetic." Lady Georgiana, the wild child niece of the Rutherford clan, has come to value the family she didn't know she had, but she still prefers to be called George and likes her giant wolfhound, Finn, and her magnificent stallion Sultan more than most humans. She also has no desire to lose her independence by marrying,... Continue reading
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Compiled by Mary Jo This year, we're holding a ball! Each Wench will bring one of her favorite heroes. (Not the favorite, because how can one choose just one from among so many fabulous men? <G>) I'm wearing the burgundy velvet gown I was married in, but I'm not the star of this occasion! That would be Lord Ross Carlisle, hero of one of my earlier books, Silk and Secrets, second in my Silk Trilogy. Though by nature he's rather reserved and scholarly, he's also deeply interested in all kinds of people and distant places. Which is why he became... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Word Wenches
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What a gorgeous post, Christina! I didn't realize how little I know about kimono. The examples you've show here are amazing, and it's interesting to read about the evolution of different types of garment. Pockets would be useful, though!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2020 on All Things Japanese at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Audiobooks, like so many elements of publishing (and the world in general) have changed greatly in recent years. Once upon a time, only huge bestselling mainstream books had audio editions. They were really expensive and libraries were the primary market. (In those days a lot of audiobooks were on cassettes! Remember them? <G>) But there was interest in audio, so gradually more genre books like romance began to be recorded. My first audiobook was The Wild Child, which came out in 1999. I was so excited--I felt that I had arrived! I don't know if at that... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I've always been intrigued by spices, so much so that I wrote a blog about them years ago, and liked it so much that years later I posted it again while under deadline. <G> So naturally I read an article on black pepper when browsing an issue of Cook's Illustrated, a publication of America's Test Kitchen. Even though I learned a lot about cooking by working my way through recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking when I lived in England, I don't do a lot of cooking these days, but I do like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Mary Jo I'm happy to announce the first ever digital release of my novella, The Dragon and the Dark Knight! I've written a number of novellas and shorter works because they're an enjoyable change of pace and give me the chance to go to new and different places. They can also be quirkier or more humorous than full length novels. In short--fun! The Dragon and the Dark Lord was originally published as a longish novella in the Dragon Lovers anthology with Jo Beverley, Barbara Samuel, Karen Harbaugh, and me. The four of us were friends and enjoyed working together, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Audiobooks! Those of you who have been following me here know that I've had a slow but ongoing program to get more of my stories into audio format. The main reason is because a fair number of people really like audio books. They're great for those with commutes, or who want the distraction of stories while gardening or doing housework or other mundane tasks. They're also a real boon for those with vision problems. (My mother listened to a lot of audiobooks from the National Library of the Blind in her later years.) Audio Page: A new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Authors love hanging out with each other, interacting with readers, and writing about delicious bits of research. (Especially historical writers on the research!) But sometimes an author becomes too busy to include regular blogging in her life. Such is the case for Susanna Kearsley, who is bowing out with mutual regrets all around. To say farewell, we're sharing some memories of her and her books. The picture above is a record-setting five Wenches together in Real Life at last summer's RWA conference in New York. From left to right: Anne Gracie, Mary Jo Putney, Andrea Penrose, Susanna... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo The idea for this post came from chatting on our private loop about jewelry with special meaning for us, and it sounded like a fun blog topic. Personally, I've never been particularly interested in classic jewelry like diamonds and strings of pearls. I like bright shinys, but the jewelry that interests me most is usually old or ethnic or funky--and the pieces generally come with stories. I've always loved interwining lines of Celtic art and Viking (and Arabic) art, in illuminated manuscripts or stone memorial crosses or jewelry. I have a number of Celtic pins like the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Occasionally I've been asked who I might like to collaborate with to write a book. My answer is more or less "That will happen over my dead body!" It's my book. MINE!!! Yet though writing is justly known as a solitary pursuit, that doesn't mean that writers don't like talking with other writers, and that we can find ways of benefiting from such interactions. I'm part of an online book club of long time authors. We all started in romance, and some have gone in different directions such as mystery, women's fiction, and paranormal. But we're all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo In the depths of winter, it's pleasant to take a vacation in sunnier climes, and the Caribbean isn't all of that far away from Maryland. This year we decided to sail the Spanish Main on Windstar's Star Pride, a small ship holding about two hundred passengers . We started with a two day pre-cruise extension in Panama City, which was founded in 1519 and was the headquarters for Spain's conquest of Peru. It's at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal, which is one of the great engineering feats of history. Here's a picture of a ship... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Word Wenches
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By Mary Jo A year and a half ago we took a lovely little New England cruise (here's the link to my blog about it), and our first stop was at New Bedford, Massachusetts. We were told not to miss the New Bedford Whaling Museum. (I assume that's a squid on the museum entrance!) Being a 21st female with a conservationist bent, I was somewhat dubious about a museum dedicated to killing whales, but in fact, it was fascinating. New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world back in the 19th century, and now it's one of America's top... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Word Wenches
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That could be fun, Kay! I believe that Barbara Meztger once wrote a Regency from the point of view of a dog. And Melinda Metz has written a couple of books about a matchmaker cat named MacGyver: TALK TO THE PAW and THE SECRET LIFE OF MAC. Fun!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2020 on The Cats of 2019 at Word Wenches
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So true, Karen Hackett. The world is full of pets, why shouldn't our stories be also?
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2020 on The Cats of 2019 at Word Wenches
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Kareni, I really enjoyed those dust bunnies. *G* Actually, my Flufferbella looks like one: she gray and Maine Coon-ish and the dh says she looks like a dust mop. True, but a very charming dust mop!
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2020 on The Cats of 2019 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Cats of 2019 Anyone who has read many of my stories is probably not surprised when a cat wanders through the pages, much as they wander through real life. It's worth noting that while my characters are fictional (apart from cameos of real historical figures), my cats are just about always real cats, often but not always mine. (That's my Panda on the left.) Since I finished the Book That Ate My Life just before Christmas, I've been in a light-minded mode, which is why I got the idea of talking about the cats that have appeared... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Quantum, thanks for making this blog extra fun! If you want to do a virtual tour next Christmas (with pub!), maybe you could do it as a guest blogger here? We would all love it!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2020 on The Kissing Bough at Word Wenches
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Anne, I pretty much thought the same thing. I should have done the research years ago!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2020 on The Kissing Bough at Word Wenches
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What a great quiz, Anne! (You're really good at quizzes.) I suppose given my profession, it's no surprise I got all these right. *G*
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Wouldn't that be a great time, Kareni? After the tour we can have a pub lunch, with us buying for Quantum, of course!
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by Mary Jo If you've read many Christmas Regency romances, I'm sure you've encountered the kissing bough. Christmas trees didn't become common in Britain until the Victorian age, and were brought into fashion by the Royal Family's German connections. But the kissing bough has deep roots in British history and is part of the tradition of bringing evergreens into the house at the holiday season. It's essentially a globe of greens with a bunch of mistletoe fastened to the bottom. Traditionally one white mistletoe berry was removed each time there was a kiss. I presume that festive householders would refresh... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Word Wenches
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERESA! I hope you had a grand day. You're always a welcome guest in Wenchlandia. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2019 on Novellas: A Little Bit of Christmas! at Word Wenches
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Roseanna, my audio books are available in the usual places: audible.com, amazon.com, etc. You can start at audible and just type in my name and see what comes up. (A fair number of titles.) One of my plans for the next couple of months is to have my web guru build a page on my website that lists all of my audio editions, with link. That will make it easier for audio fans to find the audio version. I figure it will be around March or so before the audio version of the Black Beast will be finished and for sale.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2019 on Novellas: A Little Bit of Christmas! at Word Wenches
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Thank you so much, Annette! May your holidays also be lovely.
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Thanks for the good wishes and the same to you, Margaret! Luckily, there are lots and lots of great Christmas novellas available, and a lot are worthy of rereading.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2019 on Novellas: A Little Bit of Christmas! at Word Wenches
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