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  • Mary Jo Putney

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    Word Wench 2006-2016

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    Word Wench 2006-2009

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Wenches Statistics

  • Years published: 164

    Novels published: 231

    Novellas published: 74

    Range of story dates: nine centuries (1026-present)

    Awards Won:

    • RWA RITA

    • RWA Honor Roll

    • RWA Top 10 Favorite

    • RT Lifetime Achievement

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    • RT Reviewers Choice

    • Publishers Weekly Starred Reviews

    • Golden Leaf

    • Barclay Gold

    • ABA Notable Book

    • Historical Novels Review Editors Choice

    • AAR Best Romance

    • Smart Bitches Top 10

    Kirkus Reviews Top 21

    Library Journal Top 5

    Publishers Weekly Top 5

    Booklist Top 10

    • Booktopia Top 10

    • Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement

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I've been reading your novels since I was a pre-teen (so around 15 years!) so when I heard you were coming out with a YA Paranormal Historical I was like 'PERFECT FOR MY COLLECTION' :D


Cynthia Owens

Mary Jo, I look forward to reading this story, and then passing it on to my 14-year-old daughter, who's as much of a bookbug as I am!

Hannah Lee

Looking forward to reading it, Mary Jo!
As I still have a teen at home, I have an ostensible reason to browse in the YA and children's section of the bookstores. And, I still review new books for my library.

Mary Jo Putney

PRationality, I'm glad to know my stories didn't corrupt your innocent mind when you were a tyke! Funny that now that you've out grown YA, I've written one, but I hope you enjoy it anyhow. *g*

Cynthia, it's lovely that you daughter is a reader, too. The acorn isn't falling far from the tree. *g*

Hannah, you're one of the ones who helped me realize the breadth of riches in the YA section. Middle grade is a bit young for me, but YAs can work just fine for adults. That's one reason the genre is growing, I think.


I read YA fiction almost as much as historical romance or contemporaries. (My friend say they can't stand teenage angst--"I'm so over it!"--I assure you she's not; but I think the stories are so much more than teenage angst.) But then I enjoy a good coming of age story, which I think most YA is.


I've read YA novels since my own YA days long years ago. It's a rare year when one or more YA titles are not included on my personal "Best of" list. And I'd never miss an MJP book, regardless of genre. Congratulations on your debut in a new genre, Mary Jo. I look forward to reading Dark Mirror.


I am really looking forward to it. I read "The Marriage Spell" and have been waiting for something similar to come along. I like the idea of being at the Abbey. Will it be run by the same man who ran it in the previously mentioned book? I told my daughters about it and they are intrigued. Can't wait to find it at the library and check it out. Take care!



I agree that YA is just about always a coming of age story, which I also like. If characters don't change, there's no novel, and young adults tend to me in the midst of great change. Contemporary non paranormal YAs tend to be the most angsty, I think. If you're busy dodging demons or learning magic, there's less time for angst. *g*


Janga--I hope Dark Mirror doesn't disappoint! YA is definitely a happening genre now, with a really wide range of stories available.



Though some of the concepts of Dark Mirror are similar to The Marriage Spell, it's a different world with a different school. Not only is it in the southeast of England rather than the northwest, it's co-ed, which is much more interesting. *g* If you like Marriage Spell, though I think there's a good chance you'll enjoy Dark Mirror.

Martha Lawson

Hi Mary Jo!

I love your books, and I must say Dark Mirror looks awesome. I am looking forward to reading this one and then passing it on to my 14 yr. old grandaughter, who is an avid reader! Good luck.


Many thankss, Martha! I'd say your granddaughter is exactly the intended demographic, but since adults read YAs, too, I hope you'll both enjoy it! It's fun to be able to discuss books with a family member. When I was a kid, we all read, but we read different things. *g*


I think this reinvention is just a testament to your fabulous talent as a writer. I've been reading your books since The Diabolical Baron and you never fail to deliver!

I was forced to start reading YA romance as my brother refused to let his daughter read anything outside of school unless I read it first. She is 17 now, but YA is still her favorite genre! I think these books will be a perfect fit for her! The only problem will be keeping her out of my stash of Mary Jo Putney books once she finds out how wonderful your books are!


Thanks for the lovely words, Louisa! If your niece is 17, I din't think he'll be able to control her reading much longer.


You are very probably right, Mary Jo! He is already horrified that she wants to study forensics in college and eventually become a crime scene investigator and / or coroner. And I have promised her she can read my manuscripts once she turns 18. LOL

Kim in Hawaii

Aloha, Mary Jo! Congratulations on your longevity in romance - your fans also appreciate it! I am excited to read your new books - love the parallel between Regency and WWII!


I wish I were still ordering for the county library. These books are exactly what I would put on the shelf. The teens would love them. I'll contact my former coworkers a encourage them to order the series.
YA is an exciting place to be right now. Many established authors for adults are trying their hand at YA fiction. There are also many new voices in the field.. The quality of YA fiction is wonderful.
I hope you do well with your YA venture. I'll be looking for them.


LibraryPat--thanks for the good wishes!I agree about the quality of YA fiction now--there are great writers doing a dazzling variety of things. I hope you can persuade your former coworkers to give the series a try!

tracey wurzbacher

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Finished it and then gave it to my sixteen year old :)


Tracey, thanks so much for lettng me know! I'm so glad you enjoyed Dark Mirror so much. Since this is a new genre for me, it's a little scary, so I'm happy that the story worked for you.

Mary Jo in Tucson at a book festival

Nike Shox

The idea has alternative. A little mystery novel!!

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