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Sometimes a Rogue
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Stirring the Embers
Stirring the Embers
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Phoenix Falling
Phoenix Falling
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An Imperfect Process

An Imperfect Process
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No Where Near REespectable

No Longer a Gentleman
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Nowhere Near Respectable

Nowhere Near Respectable

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Never Less Than a Lady
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Mary Jo Putney


Library Journal gave Never Less than a Lady a starred review.

“Cleverly plotted, exquisitely stirring, and flawlessly written, (Never Less Than a Lady) is the latest in Putney’s “Lost Lords” series.” -- Kristin Ramsdell, Library Journal starred review

Romantic Times gave NLTAL four and a half stars and a Top Pick:

“Putney's latest Lost Lord raises the bar for historical romance. A captivating plot, charming characters with great depth of passion and sensuality combine to make this novel an intoxicating and not-to-be-missed read. “ -- Kathe Robin

“Sweeter than honey, and utterly ravishing; I didn’t want to stop reading.  But then I never want to stop reading one of Mary Jo Putney’s novels!-- Eloisa James on Loving a Lost Lord

Watch Mary Jo's interviews with Romantic Times Magazine.


Not Always a Saint is now a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller

Not Quite a Saint

Not Always a Saint
Lost Lords #7
Kensington Zebra
now available
ISBN: 979-1-4201-2717-1

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The book has been well received by reviewers, with a starred review from Library Journal and a 4 1/2 Top Pick from Romantic Times.  Here's what they have to say:

" A caring heroine with a sordid past who doubts her self-worth and a hero plagued by soul-destroying guilt find love and redemption in a captivating romance that is graced with impeccable character development, flawless prose, and several surprising twists."
Library Journal, starred review

“The Lost Lords may be rakes and rogues, but not always, as Putney once again demonstrates in a beautifully crafted, emotionally intense love story. With her signature strong, unconventional characters, beautiful prose and incredible feeling, readers are gifted an unforgettable story that is heart and soul stirring.”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

This is the last of my Lost Lords series, but never fear, I'm not leaving their world!  My 2016 book is first of a spin-off series called Rogues Redeemed which features five men who meet and bond under dire circumstances, then go their separate ways after vowing to do better in the future. 

First in the new series is Once a Soldier, the story of Will Masterson, who is another graduate of the Westerfield Academy for "boys of good birth and bad behavior."  He's actually been present from Loving a Lost Lord, ( Lost Lords #1), but because he's been a serving military officer on the Peninsula, he's only appeared in a couple of the books.  Now it's time for Will to move to center stage.  The mysterious Gordon who first appeared in Not Quite a Wife will also get his turn in this new series.  Later.


The Last Chance Christmas Ball

The Last Chance Christmas Ball
A Word Wenches Christmas Anthology
A  Kensington Historical Romance
October 2015
ISBN: 978-1-61773-923-1





We eight Word Wenches had so much fun doing the Mischief and Mistletoe Christmas anthology that we wanted to do another.  Hence, The Last Chance Christmas Ball anthology, October 2015.  This time, the stories are connected as they revolve around a Christmas ball held in the far north of England.

Weaving the stories into a larger framework was a lot of work, but we loved the results as old loves reunited and new loves blossomed.  I hope you enjoy the stories as much as we do! The anthology has received some great reviews:

“Eight romance authors (collectively known as the Word Wenches) walk into a Regency-era ballroom and wreak fabulous, shimmering holiday mischief all over the place…The characters are smart and attractive and their stories are delicious and appealing.” –
Publishers Weekly 

“The bloggers known The Word Wenches return with another collection of holiday novellas seamlessly blended into one wonderful romance. Each author’s unique style and storytelling talents are at their best, gifting readers with one scrumptious treat after another. The same plot threads and characters weave in and out of each tale, glowing with the joy and romance of the yuletide.” 
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Happy reading always,

Mary Jo



The Bargain


The Bargain

Reissue May 2015
Kensington Zebra
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3620-3

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The Bargainis one of my most popular books, so I'm delighted that Kensington is reissuing it again with a lovely new cover.  The story:

Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds.  In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.  Though they agree to an annulment, such matters take time…time enough for David to realize he is irrevocably in love with his wife.

Haunted by her past, Jocelyn refuses to trust the desire David ignites in her. She never counted on a real husband, least of all one who would entice her to be a real wife. But some bargains are made to be broken—and his skilled courtship is impossible to resist…

(If you're an audiobook lover, there is now an audio version of The Bargain available!


Not Quite a Wife 

Not Quite a Wife

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 Good news--Not Quite a Wife was #17 on the NYTimes mass market list on and was #45 on the USAToday last year and Library Journal named Not Quite a Wife on their best 2014 books in Romance.  Yayyyyyyyy!



New E-Books:

Uncommon Vows

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Uncommon Vows is now on sale for the first time in an e-edition.  My second full-length historical romance, UV is my one and only medieval.  I'm not particularly fond of the period--too much violence, a bad time for women, and really bad plumbing.  But I wanted to write a subversion of the captivity fantasy, and the medieval period is the only one where the story really works:

Uncommon Vows is the story of Adrian de Lancey, who was wrenched from a monastery before taking final vows because his family was massacred by a brutal rival.  Adrian's strength, intelligence, and discipline lead him to an earldom during the twelfth century civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud.  But discipline shatters when he finds a lovely young Welsh girl in his forest--a girl whose passionate need for freedom clashes disastrously with his obsessive need to make her his own…. 

Kim Killion has done another gorgeous cover of Uncommon Vows. With its release, I have only one other backlist novel that isn't available as an e-book.  That story, Lady of Fortune, will be released eventually, though I won't promise when!  After that, I'll go to work on several collections of shorter works, including one of my Guardian world short stories and novellas. 


Dancing in the Wind AudiobookMy first independently produced audiobook, Thunder and Roses, was released in October 2013, and my second, The Bargain, became available in February 2014.  Dancing on the Wind, the RITA winning second book of my Fallen Angels series is now available.  (A note about that. Originally Petals in the Storm was released before DOTW because it was a revised traditional Regency and could be published sooner.  However, DOTW is set earlier, so in my e-books I've published them in chronological order.) Order DOTW

Audiobooks are expensive to make and the learning curve has been steep, but some people consume only audiobooks, so as long as there is enough interest to cover the costs, I'll continue to have new ones made.  Slowly.


Note on No Longer a Gentleman:

A printing error left out p 362 in some copies of No Longer a Gentleman paperback.  The e-book copies are fine  I'm very sorry that this happened to my readers.

Here's the text to page 362.

Missing Page 362 from No Longer a Gentleman