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Aug 17 2015 11:00am

Not Always a Saint: Exclusive Excerpt

Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling.  Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

Get a sneak peek at Mary Jo Putney's Not Always a Saint (available August 25, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 11

“You have a visitor, Lady Kelham.”  The Ashton footman presented a silver tray with a card set neatly in the middle.  “He's in the small salon.  Will you receive him?”

Jessie took the card, wondering if it was one of the two older gentlemen who had been calling on her assiduously.  But they came in the afternoon, not the morning, and eyed each other like wary cats when they visited at the same time.

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Aug 22 2014 11:00am

Not Quite a Wife: Exclusive Excerpt

Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

Get a sneak peek of Mary Jo Putney's Not Quite a Wife (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Laurel.  Kirkland gradually rose from darkness to awareness, drifting in a sea of well-being.  He’d dreamed of his wife, which wasn’t unusual, but most of the time, she vanished when he took her in his arms, leaving him aching with loneliness and frustration.  This time he’d had one of his rare dreams of satisfaction, and with a degree of realism that was searing.

But consciousness would not be denied.  He had a large inventory of aches and pains, including a throbbing head.  What had happened?  And where was he? 

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Aug 1 2012 12:00pm

Author Mary Jo Putney on the Joy of Boarding School Books

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...]

Apr 5 2012 10:00am

The Shards of Honor Gateway: Author Mary Jo Putney on Romance in the Vorkosiverse

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...]

Jul 3 2011 2:30pm

Mary Jo Putney on Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe for Happiness

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.