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The Wenches

  • Mary Jo Putney

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  • Jo Beverley
    Word Wench 2006-2016

  • Edith Layton
    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

    • RT Living Legend

    • 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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    Chicago Tribune

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Congratulations, Joanna! The Black Hawk is a fabulous book, and definitely deserving of the award.

Jane O

Definitely deserved! The Black Hawk was a wonderful book.

Kathleen Henderson

Well Deserved,Congratulations!!

Beth Elliott



Congratulations to you, Jo!!! LOL on the suitcase mishap. Gee, I'd take it in my carry-on bag, pulling it out ahead of time to show the TSA folks. (Of course it probably weighs a ton!)

One of the Olympians just talked about losing his gold medal on the return trip home after Beijing. He'd taken it out of a special pouch while going through security. When he put it back, he just stuck it in the side pocket of his carry-on and, as the plane took off, it rolled back 4 rows on the plane, but he didn't realize that till he got home. Luckily, the person who recovered it lived just a few blocks away from him in Austin and returned the medal to him. Can you imagine the frantic search he made of his bags when he got home?

Lyn S

A very well deserve accolade. I loved the book.

joanna bourne

Thank you so much. So much.

I am beyond happy to win the RITA. This is the brass ring for Romance writers. There's no higher honor.

Hi MJ -- I DID make the RITA my carry-on bag. Unlike certain athletes, I kept an eye on it. (He was so very lucky to get it back. Yeah!) In fact, I watched it obsessively.

The TSA people, for some reason, ignored it when it went through the X-ray machine.

Here's my comment on the ceremony, btw.



Congrats! A well deserved win. :)


HUGE congratulations. Like a greedy child with chocolate, I read the entire spymaster series in one sitting. Extremely well done books, and I am eagerly waiting for the next one! Love your writing!


A well deserved honor for a great book, congratulations from another fan!

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