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Wed
Aug 1 2012 1:00pm

Dark Destiny by M. J. PutneyToday, we are thrilled to welcome author Mary Jo Putney back to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Previously, Mary Jo wrote about authors Lois McMasterBujold and Barbara Samuel; today, she dons her YA hat and talks about British boarding school books. Mary Jo’s newest release in her YA series, Dark Destiny, is out now. Welcome, Mary Jo!

Popular fiction always has fantasy elements woven in: Fantasies of power, adventure, justice, romance. Young adult books have those, along with fantasies of kids having power—of being detectives and saviors. Of having magical abilities. Of really being princesses or gypsies and totally unrelated to the dorky family one lives in.

And among those fantasies are boarding schools.  When I told my sister that I was excited to be writing a blog on boarding school books, she said,

“You never went to a boarding school.”

“No, but I thought it would be totally cool to go to one.  Didn’t you?”

“Oh, yeah!” 

 I rest my case. 

The boarding school book is mostly a British genre, since the nation has a long tradition of boarding schools—Winchester College has been educating boys in the same buildings for over six hundred years. There are books for boys and books for girls because the schools themselves were divided by gender. There are also adult boarding school books such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and R. F. Delderfield’s To Serve Them All My Days series.

[Get schooled...]

Thu
Apr 5 2012 11:00am

No Longer a Gentleman by Mary Jo PutneyToday we are honored to host Mary Jo Putney at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Mary Jo’s upcoming release is No Longer A Gentleman, a historical romance in her Lost Lords series. Mary Jo has won numerous awards, hit numerous bestseller lists multiple times, and writes in several genres.

We’ve asked this tremendous writer to share her thoughts on another writer, Lois McMaster Bujold, and her Vorkosigan series. 

I’m a romance writer, so it’s no surprise that I discovered the Vorkosigans through an online romance discussion group. Several fans of romantic SF/F kept recommending this Bujold person. When I inquired where to start, I was told that Shards of Honor was a strong romance as well as first in the series.

[The beginning of a love affair...]

Sun
Jul 3 2011 3:30pm

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal

The 2011 RITA Awards ceremony was held Friday night, but the nominee love continues. RITA award-winning author Mary Jo Putney shares why Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe for Happiness is a favorite:

Food. Love. Pets. What’s not to like? No one combines those elements into a sumptuous read better Barbara O’Neal, aka Barbara Samuel, aka Ruth Wind. Barbara has a whole tribe of RITAs that she’s won under different names, and yes, food, love, and pets tend to figure prominently in many of her books.

Here is the story of The Lost Recipe of Happiness, a 2009 RITA winner:

“It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is–and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.

[Tasty!...]