I was going to write about something else this week, but when I went down to our basement a short while ago to see what books were on the shelves there that I might use as giveaways, I discovered a few copies of the old anthology (1995),ย Dashing and Dangerous. And when I looked at the names of the other writers who had contributed to it, Edith Layton, Melinda McRae, Anita Mills, and Mary Jo Putney, I was flooded by memories. It’s strange how life seems to go by so fast and yet at the same time segments of the past can seem as if they must have belonged to another lifetime.

When I wrote and submitted my first Regency romance to NAL Signet books in 1984 (it was published in 1985), I had no idea that I was joining a welcoming, close-knit community of writers and other associated people who would fill a void in my life for years to come–for writing is a solitary business even though not necessarily a lonely one and there was no internet in those days. I won a Romantic Times award for that first book and went off to New York to receive it. The convention was held at the hotel between the Twin Towers. There was actually a banquet held up in the Windows on the World restaurant. I have very poignant, bitter/sweet memories of that first book convention and my first meeting with some of my fellow Regency authors! One memory I used to tell as a funny story was of my husband and me strolling all alone into the deserted, echoing hallway at the bottom of one of the towers until we became aware of an alarming wall of people bearing down upon us like a tidal wave and flowing past us until we were all alone again. They were the hundreds, even thousands, of workers from the tower leaving work for the day. That story didn’t seem as funny after 9/11.

But it was at that convention I met the very witty Edith Layton and the motherly Barbara Hazard and the good-natured Joan Wolf, all of them idols of mine who accepted me as one of their own without any condescension. I remember them being horrified when they knew my husband and I had taken the subway to the Empire State Building one day. You never EVER take the subway in New York, Barbara told us–that was what all those yellow cabs were for. Obviously times have changed on the subway. Over the years I met other Regency authors and welcomed new ones as they came along–Mary Jo Putney. Anne Barbour, Emily Hendrickson, Barbara Allister, to mention just a few. We were a community of friends. We used to exchange long letters in the days when people still wrote them. One by one we left the fold, though, in order to write for the larger (but in many ways less satisfying) market of the historical romance. And finally those of us who wanted to keep writing had no choice. The Regency romance market, though steady and immensely loyal, was just not big enough for the burgeoning world of romance publishing. I was one of the last to go, and for a time I kept a foot in each camp. But one by one the separate Regency romance lines closed down to be replaced by the flood of Regency historicals we have now.

It is not just my fellow Regency authors who are part of my memories of that time, though. There was Hilary Ross, our editor at NAL. She loved the Regency era and knew a great deal about it. She kept us honest, and we adored her. It was Hilary who made me rewrite some of the heroines in my early books because they were not strong enough. “Mary,” she famously said on one occasion, sounding a bit exasperated, as she often did, and I have never forgotten her advice, “when creating your heroines, think unwimpy!” And there was Melinda Helfer, the late beloved reviewer at Romantic Times, who reviewed several sub-genres but had a special passion for Regencies. She used to gather us together at conventions and take us all out to dinner and regale us with conversation and monologues. She was ferociously intelligent and knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects. She was one of the rare people who could dominate a conversation and no one resented it. We hung upon every word, And she loved us all. It was a sad day when she passed away suddenly at far too young an age. And now I have held forth long enough!


To one person who leaves a comment here before the end of next Tuesday, September 24, I will send signed copies of two anthologies–DASHING AND DANGEROUS with the authors named above, my novella being “Precious Rogue,” and BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN with Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany, my novella being “Almost Persuaded.” Last week’s winner of the large-print edition of A MASKED DECEPTION was Mary (last name not known yet, but I think she lives in the Pacific north-west). ย It was a hotly contested item. Thank you all for your comments.






127 Replies to “DOWN MEMORY LANE”

  1. Wow, you really have come a long way! You’d been writing a long time, and continuing! I can tell you’ve probably improved a lot. Cheers to you and your success over the years!

  2. I would love to win your books! I have so many already, but not these two. I would like to wish good luck to everyone who comments!

  3. I have all those books of those books you wrote with other people and that’s how I discovered Joan Wolf. I wish you’d reprint them and just have four or so in a book of just you, because I only collect you and it would save a lot of room on the shelf or maybe on e-reader.

  4. This is my first visit to your page here. I have read a lot of your books and have loved each one. I am one of those readers who finds a new author likes the book and runs out to find all the ones I have missed. I am sorry to say that a lot of them I bought second hand but somehow I don’t see you as writing for money. You joined my top three list after the first book. I have not read anything new or any of the older ones that I had yet to find because we just cant afford it right now. Sadly my friends that do read dont share my love for historical romance full of laughter, suspense, sadness and love. They all swear Romance equals smutt. They are missing out. I dont want you to choose me because I have shared a bit of our financial problems. I just didnt want you to think I stopped reading your books because I was ‘cheating’ on you. hahahaha. Have a great one and please keep writing!

  5. I have read your books for yrs. and love them. I’m sure seeing them was like a breath of fresh air and the sweet memories came flooding back. Would love to win a book.

  6. Your books were my liberty buddy/Navy sister and my lifeline on our deployment. We would escape into your books, notably the Bedwyn series but really most of your books. We ordered them on amazon or swapped them at the USO libraries when we hit ports. Thank you so much for sharing your gift and for your awesome daily pictures of awesome reading spots.

  7. I love your reminiscences. What a career you’ve had! I’d love to have your old Regencies back in print, or at least e-print. Any chance of that happening?

  8. I’m a great fan of your books and I always love how you describe the places that the books take place in. They are so real that I can imagine being there.
    Over the last few years I have been rereading the series and the other books that are written by you and other authors that I love and also repurchasing some of the favorites for my kindle even though I already have them in hardback or paperback.
    I am now reading the “The Survivor Series” and have just finished “The Arrangement” and you made Vince and Sophia so real that I can not wait for the next book.
    Beloved author’s that are no longer with us has left us a legacy of great reading, great writing styles with fact, fiction and imagination that can be read and reread over and over and still be able to see and learn more after each reading.
    This is why I love and endorse the learning of reading to my family and friends so that they can see what wonderful authors that there are not just from the present but also from the past and what they can learn in themselves to see what authors there can be in the future.

    Thank you for giving not just me but others the joy of reading more and more with your books ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. It’s always interesting to hear about a favourite author’s early experiences, and I’d love to have a copy of the old anthology. Any chance of getting the story released again, maybe as an ebook, so that more of us can read it?

  10. What a wonderful trip down memory lane, and such a fascinating look a pivotal time in the history of the genre. I have fond memories of when (traditional) Regencies had their own sections in Romantic Times and small bookstores.

  11. I think that now there are not enough regency romance books to satisfy people like me who love that era. There are just too many paranormal romance novels. I have nothing against this but I’ve never been attracted to that genre. That’s why I like you Mary! And Joan Wolf! And many others!

  12. You’re one of my favourite authors. I love your books. I already own a copy of Bespelling Jane Austen, a wonderfully unique book. It would be so awesome if I receive a copy of Dashing and Dangerous, glorious if it’s signed by you!

  13. I have always enjoyed reading Regency books. I grew up reading Georgette Heyer. She wrote for different time periods, but I still revisit old favorites. I discovered you through audiobooks through my library. “Simply Love” was the story that introduced you to me. I have since then read many of your books and series, enjoying them all. I first read and then listened to “The Proposal”. That narrator’s voice and rhythm of speech were in my head as I read “The Arrangement”. Your characters have life, flaws and courage. Thank you for sharing your connected stories.

    1. Love your books, and have most of your regency books still on my bookshelf. They are getting pretty worn out, but I have always kept them on my favorite list.
      The book you mentioned, I acutally missed from buying way back when. I just wished that all of your books would get rerelease.

  14. I can’t say I’ve read all your books, there are some i just can’t find at my local library, but the ones i have read have been great. I haven’t come across a book of yours that i haven’t loved. In fact, it was one of your books given to me by my grandmother when she passed away that turned me in to regency romance books. I haven’t found an author, other than you, that i can red consistently

    1. Turned me on* to; read* consistently.

      I can’t quite figure out why though, whether it’s character development in that your characters feel more real to me, our something else. Not that they have been bad writers, but they haven’t been able to pull me into the world the way your books do.

  15. Mary you are a spectacular part of a wonderfully talented group of writers! I’m so glad that I discovered the Regency genre when I did! Keep up the excellent writing, you keep my imagination full of wonderful images! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The romance community is a wonderful one. I went to my first ever RWA convention in Atlanta this year, and the people I’ve met have been so nice, welcoming, and supportive. Your books are wonderful by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. You are too kind to have fun give-aways. I have loved your books for years, but recently discovered you have a fun online personality too. My favorite book of yours will always be “Simply Love.”

  18. Wow – what a wonderful find … I’ve enjoyed so much of your writing and the others listed in the anthologies. Nice to see everyone working together on these. All the best!

  19. I just finished reading your latest The Arrangement. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read the next story from the Survivors Club. I enjoy reading all of your books and look forward to the posts you put on Facebook. Some of the things you put on FB, just lifts my spirits and helps me through a rough day. Thank you for being such a wonderful author and sharing your stories with us.

  20. I love your books – I have all the Huxtable & Dudley Series on audio and have listened so many times I know some parts by memory.. Of course like many readers I started in the middle of the series and then wondered why the characters were so familiar- I would then go back and find the complete set so I could listen in order, but it doesn’t matter how you read them, you love and know the characters.
    The Proposal had me in a knot waiting to see how it could end happily. It’s wonderful to read the books and then to listen to them – the characters, to me, become even more real.
    Your writings are wonderful and I enjoy them immensely.

  21. ive always been so enamored of the regency period and all of the lovely talented authors who provide such amazing escapes in their writing. you all take such care in research and i always love to stop and think about how it wouldve been had i been there to see the beauty, the etiquette, etc. in the 90s i worked for a book store for quite sometime and tough i adore so many genres, regency remains my favorite. romantic times is still my go to for new reads. thankfully facebook provides pages like yours. its one of my favorites ! your posts are wonderful! of course, contests… what could be better?! yay!

  22. As a teen back in the 70s, I read Georgette Heyer, and from there the Fawcett Crest regencies, then Signet, where I found you, and so many others. I still have many 100s of regencies, and all of yours, and all the regency and romantic short story collections up until 2000. I got divorced that year, and sort of swore off romantic stories and movies for a while. Back in the mid-late 90s, I had a small newsletter called The Historical Gazette, and I recall doing a telephone interview with you for the regency issue. You were very gracious to me. Thank you for this trip down memory lane.

  23. I so loved reading about your memories of your first conference in New York and the Twin towers. It seems especially poignant this time of year.
    It’s a shame, I think, that we have stopped writing long letters to friends. I have letters my grandmother wrote and since she died when I was still a toddler, seeing her handwriting is a very visceral connection to her, as well as the slice of life she described of an age gone by. She was born in 1898 and wrote in her high school commencement book of going “Joyriding” and making daisy chains with friends.
    I have all your books on my keeper shelf (including the anthology you are giving away) and my top favorites are a few of the smaller regencies you talk of being forced to give up writing. But I don’t have anything signed by you except a bookmark I got at RWA once after you ran out of books. (My bad for not getting to you sooner) Just finished THE ARRANGEMENT, but I saved THE SUITOR for now. So, I’m turning on my Kindle and about to enjoy. It will have to last me until THE AFFAIR.
    Happy writing. And reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I found this just simply amazing about all the changes and the people who help shape the current market… plus in reading the comments… older books to be released again!!! YEA!!!! I’m thrilled with that! Thank you!!

  25. How very proud you must be of all the wonderful novels you have penned over the years. When many of us ask ourselves what have we done with our lives and what can we leave for others when weโ€™re gone, itโ€™s hard to come up with something really concrete. Your legacy will live on with the likes of other classic authors. Congratulations and thank you for the many hours of pleasure you have given me with your novels. I look forward to many, many more from. Wishing you a very long life! God bless.

  26. “I look forward to many, many more from YOU.โ€

    Sorry! I should have proofread better before submitting my comment. *blushing*

  27. Thanks for talking about your past. It makes it clear that you’ve had many experiences, but like all authors it started with book one. You’ve been writing awhile and I believe gotten better with each book. I’m glad your earlier romances are being re-released. What a treasure for those of us who didn’t connect with you until your later books. Of course I’d like a copy of Dashing and Dangerous and Bespelling Jane Austen!

  28. Mary, you were my first romance writer that I had ever read. I, too, had a misconception about romance books. I came across your name first in an Amazon blog about 10 favorite historical fiction authors of all times. At the time I was still teaching and didn’t have time to read for pleasure. But I saved that list and when I retired, I went to look for authors on that list. I first came across your book The Ideal Wife in a drug store. I thoroughly enjoyed the story so I went to B&N to try to find another one of your books. When I couldn’t find any on the literature shelves, I asked an employee where I could find your books. He told me I have to look in the romance section. Since then I have read every single one of your books including all your backlist. I wish I could own them but I’ve either found your out of print in libraries, bought some used or have borrowed them from other blog members who were kind enough to lend them to me. I wish you would publish your backlist even if it means putting them on ebooks. Your books are the only ones I ever reread and would love the opportunity to do so again.

  29. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your history with us. Between your blogs and facebook, not to mention reading all of your books that I’ve been able to find so far, you feel like an old friend. I don’t have either of these books so this would be an exciting win! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  30. I loved those regency books, and I’ve accumulated quite a collection. I didn’t discover your books, Mary, until the “Slightly” series came out. Then I had to go back and glom all your titles. I managed to acquire all of your singly published books, but not all the compilations. A few of your titles caused some serious bidding wars on ebay, but it was fun.

  31. I love that you have strong heroines. But, what I love more is that your heores are not as Chauvanistic as many men probably were at that time. I just finished “The Arrangement” and loved it. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I also love your history lessons. I have re-learned a great deal about the Napoleanic wars and fur traders going to America and Canada in those times. I thoroughly enjoy your books.

  32. I have quite a few of your Christmas anthologies and have enjoyed every one. I just finished The Arrangement and put reviews on Amazon and Good Reads. To me, the anthologies from long ago and this most recent book were all written by someone who has a lovely talent for creating a Regency world.

    I appreciate the fact that your heroines are strong women who even though they are faced with difficult times are able to stand up and deal. That is a lesson we all must learn, no matter what time in which we live. Thank you for continuing from that early time to the present.

  33. love your walk down memory lane, have read so many of your books, and really appreciate your talent, you have given me hours and hours of pleasure with your writing. Would love to have an autographed book, as I have most all you have written. I also love your posts on Facebook, I look forward to your jokes, and info on upcoming books. Hope I win, but If not, I’ll keep reading.

  34. Mary, you are a gem amongst women for your touching stories. I love the Regency era and appreciate your characters and the vividness of your words. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

  35. I have been LOOKING for Dashing and Dangerous for a few years now, and the local used bookstores just don’t have it! I love the Slightly and Simply series and have kept them. Then started reading others you’ve written because of the well-drawn characters and the wonderful dialogue! Keep them coming, please!

    Happy Wednesday!

  36. I have loved all things Regency since I first discovered Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen. It was an interesting time period with many strongly individual people living in it. I think you have managed to capture some part of this world in your writing. I am always delighted when I find one of your books at the store/library, and can’t wait to read/devour it. I hope you go on forever!

  37. I have some of your very early books in my collection like ‘Red Rose’ and ‘A Gift of Daisies’ – I love finding early books by authors!

  38. I love your books and always look forward to reading the latest. However, I do not have an autographed one to add to my collection and would love to win one. Your comments about the book room were great even if the book look was wallpaper.

  39. I always enjoy your books, including The Arrangement, and have loved Edith Layton from the Christmas Anthologies. I do hope you put them in e format soon!

  40. I like all of your book and… Yes! I have created a “monster”: my mom devours all of them and ask me for more! ahahahaha… THANKS FOR YOUR WORK!

  41. Love your books Mary! Have a very hard time putting them down, they are what got me hooked!! Would love to win these two, they are on my list to get!

  42. As somebody who’s been reading you since 1985, Mary, this called up great memories for me as well! I still reread my old Hazards, Wolf, Laytons, Putneys, etc., because great books can stand the test of time. Although I have to laugh–as a former New Yorker, we ALL rode the subways. The cabs were for the tourists!!

  43. Hi Mary: Speaking of your early works, I just finished “The Notorious Rake” and loved it. I looked for “The Trysting Place,” to learn more about Lord Edmund Waite, and it is not available in my library or as an ebook. Do you know if there are any plans to publish “The Trysting Place” as an ebook? It was frustrating reading hints and references in “The Notorious Rake” but being unable to read about them.

    1. I think most or all of those old Signets will be out within the next year or two, even if only in e-book form. I should have some definite news to share soon.

  44. I think memories, such as those you’ve listed above, are wonderful for people to have, and really form a big part of our own life stories. Becoming part of a family in the profession you choose is also very rewarding. I am a scrapbooker and love to capture past memories in that style. I always find it very uplifting, even somewhat therapeutic, to look back and remember.
    I’d love the chance to read (and add to my library) either or both of those anthologies.

  45. Edith Layton was witty in person? How wonderful to hear. I enjoyed her writing. Looking forward to hearing news of those other Signet gems. Have you reread them? Do you still like them?

    1. When I was doing a purge of my books several years ago, Leigh, I sold them all. I call myself all kinds of idiot now. I WISH I could get them all back.

  46. I loved Bespelling Jane Austen! It was one of my favorite of your novellas. I have had to pack my books to move, so feel that I am going through a dry spell since I have no time to read right now. It’s very odd for me!!

  47. I use to haunt the book store (used/new) searching for your name. I have several of your old books but I don’t think I have Dashing and Dangerous. I do have Bespelling Jane Austen, loved it.

  48. I have read so many of your books and I think you are awesome. There is not one of your characters that I have not loved. No matter what is going on in my life I can sit down with one of your books and it just takes me away to a better place.

  49. Mary –

    Your post today took me down memory lane to places and times I hadn’t visited for quite a while! It took me back to High School in the 1960’s where an English teacher assigned the class Don Quixote by Cervantes as required reading for the semester to leaving for college in Arizona to work full time and go to school nights while living alone in a small apartment to the late 1960’s – early 1970’s while my new husband was in the Navy during Vietnam.

    I never realized how much that first romance book assigned so many years earlier would give me the moments of peace during those later years and would repeat itself as sons were born and my husband being gone years later with the Navy Reserves or off to other parts of the country when work here was scarce.

    Books written my many of the authors you mentioned helped get me through many lonely hours and time of worry and let me escape to a far kinder space but also reminded me of the deep abiding love my husband and I have shared for all of these years.

    Thank you and your fellow writers for all the spouses and loved ones who have been separated while there loved ones are away whether fighting for their country or having to be in another area to find a job to get the bills paid.

    And yes, love does conquer all!

  50. I’m sure I’m one of your newest fans and I’m feeling very tired today because I couldn’t put down The Arrangement last night and stayed up too late. I loved The Proposal and bought The Arrangement on the day it was released. Since I’m a newbie, I would love to have more of your books.

  51. I like all of your books. DASHING AND DANGEROUS and BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN .sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  52. The Signet Regencies of the 1980s and 90s are some of my favourite books. I’m glad you mentioned your editor, because I’ve always assumed that an editor who understood and appreciated the genre contributed to the high quality of the books.

  53. First picked up one of your books at the airport in 2004 and have been on a quest ever since to find as many as I can. I’m aways anxiously awaiting your next adventure.

  54. I’m confused – what is the difference between Regency Romance and Regency Historicals? You mentioned the romance lines shutting down and being replaced by today’s historicals. Or maybe I misunderstood?

    1. Lori, there used to be a special sub-genre of romance, called the Regency Romance. The books were typically shorter than the current historicals and much more concentrated upon portraying an accurate picture of the era. They were comedies of manners, more like Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, wittier and far less concentrated upon sex and fantastic plots. The authors who wrote them really knew their stuff! I really lament the change most of those books underwent when they morphed into the regency historicals we know now.

  55. I love reading your blogs, Mary – they’re as interesting as your books – BTW just finished reading The Arrangement, which you sent to me (thank you so much!) – its fantastic! Have to go read the first one again now … and back to The Gilded Web that I put down in order to read The Arrangement … ah, so many books, not enough hours in the day (or night)…

  56. In the days before Kobo, I had major surgery scheduled and needed books to occupy the 8 weeks of post op rest. The date was Dec 4th and you were one of my new found favourite authors from the reading the Web series. I went looking for any other books by you but they were all out of print! So I went on eBay, then fairly new, and found many of the Christmas anthologies. I ordered from a used book store in Colorado and two weeks later a huge grey sack arrived at my door. It was my first introduction the the USPS printed paper sacks (great idea) and I had enough books to get me through the first 6 weeks. I often abandoned the other authors but loved all of yours.
    I have to say I also loved Bespelling Jane Austen. I expected to hate it as I am a big fan of her novels but I thought it was very well done.

  57. I don’t have Dashing and Dangerous, but I do have the 1993 Rakes and Rogues (The Wrong Door). I always keep my eye out for your books at any used book shop. Treasures are found that way. And, from my ‘new books’ shop, I already have Bespelling Jane Austen – but a signed copy would be delightful!

  58. I have a special place in my heart for the early anthologies you did, Mary. I loved all your short stories and really wish they could be all be compiled together in one or two books. I have Under The Mistletoe and re-read it every year around the holidays. Other stories like “The Wrong Door”, “Waltz Among The Stars”, to name a few were so well written and deserve to be out there again for other readers to enjoy! (Yours were always the best stories in these anthologies!)

  59. Regency Romances are still my favorite books, I love the old ones and seek them at used bookstores and thrift shops all the time. I do own most of your books, including the recent releases which I enjoyed but do not care for the covers.

  60. I have just received my copy of Dashing and Dangerous which I bought second hand, and am looking forward to reading it. It is very hard to find any of your earlier books here in Australia, but the second hand book web sites are proving wonderful, and even though expensive, are still cheaper than the air fare to the US in order to purchase them personally!

  61. I’ve loved your books from the very first one I picked up. And I love it when writers mention other writer’s names in posts, it often leads me to a new book I would never have found on my own, and sometimes that turns into an enticing trail of new books! Thanks for the wonderful worlds you’ve let me peek into over the years ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Mary,
    I loved your trip down memory lane. Your memory of the Twin Towers workers gives me goose bumps.

    I miss the regency genre, it’s just not the same.

    I have …urhm… a few Signet Regencies that I have saved and will never give away: all of yours, several Joan Wolf’s, a lot of Carla Kelly’s, and a few Barbara Allister’s to name a few. It’s great fun to read one every once and awhile.
    I have a favorite used book store ,Bearly Read Books in Gresham, Oregon, that I try to visit at least twice a year now that I live a few hours away….they have (Still!!) a fabulous selection of regencies that I comb through with joy. This store is truly a gem. I had moved away and hadn’t been back to the store in about 4 years, I came back and asked if they still had my membership card. The store owner pulled out a notebook from a high shelf and pulled out my old card with at least $40 worth of store credit still on it. Amazing I tell you!

    I’m currently reading Carla Kelly’s regency “Miss Billings Treads the Boards”, it’s delightful, witty, and very funny.

  63. Just recently read one of your books and I am hooked. I am going on a 2 week vacation to the beach and plan to take a big supply of your books. So glad I discovered a new author to me. I love to read-so relaxing.

  64. Thank you for your lovely books i am so glad to have discovered them, I just recently went down the rabbit hole of Historical Romances and may never come out.:0)

  65. I really enjoy reading this blog and the other comments that are left.

    Thanks for clarifying the difference between Regency Romance and Historical Regency. I was wondering about that myself. I started reading romance novels back in the late 70s and early 80s because I was in a very dark place at the time and didn’t want to waste my time reading anything that didn’t have a happy ending. I bought one or two books every week. Those books and antidepressants got me through that period. Not sure which one helped the most (smile).

    Anyway, I had a ton of those books at one time, but over the years I got busy and wasn’t reading as much. I eventually gave or threw them all away. After I retired and started reading more again I wished I had held on to them better. There were many of them that I would like to re-read but I couldn’t even remember the names of the authors. The only one that I could remember was Joan Smith. Her books were so witty and made laugh so much. I bought an e-reader because her books were out of print and could only find them on kindle or nook.

    Thanks for mentioning several other authors who were writing about that time. I checked Amazon and I see that some of their books are available on kindle. I look forward to checking a few of them out.

    I am also happy to see that some of your older books may soon be available on Kindle. By the way, I think all of that early expeience is what makes you such a fine writer. Your books seem so much more authentic to the time (Regency England) than many of the other authors out there today.

  66. Just think of the joy and entertainment you have provided for all the years you have done this–what an impressive accomplishment! I personally started reading your books because of my work situation-as someone who spends most of her day listening to stories about people who have made bad choices, and as a result, will have an unhappy ending to their stories, your tales of interesting people who (even if they make a few bad choices) live happily ever after uplifts my day and my mood. Thank you!

  67. Your books are one of life’s treasurers that take me to other places and other times. I appreciate your dedication to your fans and the fact that you put far more into your books and writing thay you probably get back. I have both books because I never miss the opportunity to read a Balogh. I buy used books to takewhen I travel so I can reread them and leave them in the terminal for someone to discover what we all know…you are a wonderfully gifted writer and a favorit of romance readers across the world. Thank you.

  68. I remember all those Signet regency books. I used to buy them at a used book store (one of the few places they were available) until I had them all. Your old books were always in short supply. Still enjoy Mary Jo Putney. I always loved Margaret Westhaven and Margaret Summerville from Signet.

  69. I discovered your books about three years ago and have been playing catch-up. They are all wonderful and a great addition to my library. I would be thrilled to have an autographed copy of one of your volumes and, of course, would love to have the ones made available here.

    I have a few autographed copies of the books of some of my other favorite writers – Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, and others, and would be pleased to add yours. Please email me when you have a book signing and I will plan to get one then!

    An English teacher I had in high school was a great influence on me. She instilled in me a great appreciation for books that I have held on to and expanded over the years. Your photo reminds me very much of her. She was a lovely lady and her students called her Miss. Petty. Her name was Mrs. Jane Petty and she taught in the Atlanta school system for many years. Sadly, she is gone now, but I have never and will never forget her and what she did for her students – me in particular!

    Thank you,
    Barbara Jackson, Atlanta, GA.

  70. Yesterday, my mother and I rummaged through her boxes of old regency romances. I am glad she saved so many! I left with a huge bagful of old Signet regencies. I was excited to discover so many titles by you that I had never seen before. Last night I read The Wood Nymph and was lost in the tortured misunderstandings of the hero and heroine. Amazing how two such isolated people got together!

  71. I am sorry about this post as I left one above. Don’t know why it came up. My computer has been acting funny at times today and, since I am computer challenged, I’m clueless as what may have happened. The computer wouldn’t let me delete this.

    Thank you for your understanding.


  72. I always enjoy your blog and learn something new. Your mention of the twin towers reminded me of being on the observation deck in 1986 while chaperoning a high school band who had just performed in the Macy’s Parade. That was my first thought when 9/11 occurred – wondering about tourists who might have been there as we once were.

    Thanks for your books and your posts!

  73. I’ve recently started reading your books – it’s a challenge finding your older books, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one I’ve read. Thank you!

  74. I’m an old reader and lover of your books, Mary. I’ve counted 61 of them on my shelves, but none of the ones you are giving away. In my bookkeeping system I list anthologies separately and I know several have your novellas in them. You are such a wonderful writer!
    You certainly took that advice about making your heroines strong. They are admirably strong.
    I was just this evening buying a book on The Book Depository site and saw the lovely cover for your new book. I almost bought it, but I have one coming (not soon enough).
    This blog is a delight. It’s my first time here.

  75. As I am in the process of moving, I am looking at objects I possess more thoughtfully, so that your post resonates more strongly with me. Things are not just things, but totems for our memories. Which shall we keep and cherish, and which send into the world to form new memories for others? I suppose that your writing is like that: a memory for you, but a. Touchstone for us to form our own memories.

  76. I am a big fan of yours. I have about eight authors that I read their books and you are one of the eight. I love most of your books. I love the books that you have an epilogue; I like to know what happened after the main story came to an end. I also like stories where your heroines are not stubborn and foolish like the Countess of Clifton in A Counterfeit Betrothal or Madeline in The Devilโ€™s Web.
    I think the first book I read that you wrote was one from the Huxtable series. I was hooked and I read the entire series. I especially loved A Secret Affair; loved it so much I bought the hard cover copy. I did not wait for it to come out in paperback. I love the first two books of your new series. I canโ€™t decide if I love Hugo or Vincent more; or Gwen or Sophia. They are two beautifully written books and I canโ€™t wait to read the others.
    I wish I could read a few of your earlier books but I donโ€™t think Barnes and Nobles have them for my Nook. I buy too many books so I prefer to order them for my Nook โ€“ less space needed. Continue writing your beautiful books. I love reading them.

  77. Love reading your blog each week. Enjoy learning something new about you and your inspirations that helped create some of my favorite books!

  78. I understand memory lane. I don’t even dare to try to look through some of my books. I love your books. I love historical romances. I get lost in them. Books have, at times, been my lifeline.
    Thanks for being able to transport me to another place and time.

  79. Your books are beloved treasures, Mary and it would be an honour to win these autographed, wonderful classics! And indeed, how serendipitous one of the books is Bespelling Jane Austen with your beloved Almost Persuaded~ I’ve been in an Austen mood of late~ thus I’m reading Persuasion and I’ve had the film playing in the DVD player since yesterday~ Yes, I have been known to watch a film for days if I’m in the mood~ indeed, the same may be said when it comes to music, and of course, books. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Indeed, Time is all too fleeting~ reading your blog post brought to mind RT’s beginnings and how far the Romance novel has come ~ indeed, at times it seems as though it was but yesterday, and yet again, an eternity. Slainte~ Elizabeth MacGregor.

  80. Bonjour Mary,

    In reading your blog, I realized than I’ve been reading you from the beginning. I loved those regency novel because they were more historically accurate then most at the time. I could use what I learned, in those book and look knowledgeable while discussing the era in my sociology class at the university. This was the time when reading romance novel was a dirty secret among the academic world. It has changed a lot since.

    Also, I loved and still do, that you write a few provinces down from mine (I’m in Quebec), we are practically neighbors ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, any historical romance writer at to be americans or british…

    So thank you!

  81. I have just found you by reading “The Proposal” from the share-a-book cart at our little town’s post office. I look forward to reading more of your books after being so enchanted. Please pick me for the free book!

  82. Mary,Mary I feel that I love you really. I have been there since the first book. I have read everything on the market. I have enjoyed everyone especially Silent Melody. I take them all out occasionally and read the endings and pick one to read over again. Please do consider me.

  83. Dear Ms. Balogh,
    I am a new reader of your books, having only discovered them this summer! I have since collected almost every book you have written and love them all! When my husband sees me with a book in my hand he always asks me where I am and when he sees your name on the cover, he automatically knows I am in England! Thanks for the ‘escapes’!

  84. I love hearing how you have a little family with your fellow authors. These anthologies look interesting. It would be a great way to discover some new authors.

  85. I really enjoyed strolling down memory lane with you! And your mention of the old anthologies made me realize that while I have all of your books, I only have a few of the anthologies. So this post has sent me to Amazon and ebay searching for them. You’ve also named some Regency authors that I’m not familiar with so that will be another search!

  86. I love Anthologies, they are meaty part of reading. Just as you have I have been going down memory lane. I don’t know if it is my up coming birthday (55), or my children’s soon up coming birthday’s( over 30). I would like to receive the books. It would bring back memories, with the way romances were written to how they are now 17yrs. later. I just want to wish everyone involved GOOD LUCK. Terry

  87. I know I missed your contest, but I wanted to comment about going down memory lane. It can be very sweet and very bitter. Both my husband and I have been thinking a lot about the past. He is 86 and writing his memoirs. I am 64 and spend more time thinking about how people I knew in high school and the university turned out. One of my very close friends, as it were, asked to be my friend on Facebook recently. I didn’t recognize him in the picture and decided that you cannot truly go back to the sweet and bitter in reality. It must be through memories. We all move on and change. After 44 years of time passing since that relationship, there is nothing left to renourish. Only memories…

  88. I love all your books, amazing characters, knowledgeable writing, stunning settings.I can’t get enough of your books.

  89. I love your writing. I have such an emotional reaction to almost every one of your stories. I almost feel like I have lived some of them. Thank you for giving us the gift of your stories. I hope to see you next Sept. in Seattle.

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