Mary Balogh

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Mary Jenkins Balogh
Born Mary Jenkins
(1944-03-24) March 24, 1944 (age 70)
Swansea, Wales
Pen name Mary Balogh
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality Welsh-Canadian
Period 1985-present
Genres Romance
Spouse(s) Robert Balogh
Children 3

www.marybalogh.com

Mary Balogh (rhymes with Kellogg, born Mary Jenkins on 24 March 1944 in Swansea, Wales) is a Welsh-Canadian historical romance novelist.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Mary Jenkins was born and raised in Swansea, Wales, daughter of Mildred "Double", a homemaker, and Arthur Jenkins, a sign writer and painter. She moved to Canada on a two-year teaching contract in 1967 after leaving university. There, she met and married her Canadian husband Robert Balogh, a coroner and ambulance driver, and settled in the small prairie town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. She taught high school English for a number of years, and rose to the level of school principal. She has three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian, and five grandchildren, Matthew, Shianne, Jayden, Cash, and Christo.[1]

Writing career[edit]

As an adult, Balogh discovered the world of the historical romance as written by Georgette Heyer. The vast majority of Balogh's novels have been set in Regency or Georgian England or Wales. Although she writes historical romances, Mary Balogh's heroines are often not "ladies". Some are courtesans, illegitimate, "fallen" or "ruined" women. All enjoy passion, and often a marriage and/or a sensual connection precedes recognition of love.

Balogh began her writing career in 1983, when she wrote her first novel A Masked Deception in the evenings at the kitchen table while home and family functioned around her. A Masked Deception was accepted by Signet and published in 1985. Mary Balogh won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer that year.

She is the author of more than 60 published novels and over 30 novellas and has met with critical success. She has received numerous awards, including a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Regency Short Stories in 1993 and has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Bibliography[edit]

Single novels[edit]

In order of publication

  • A Masked Deception (1985)
  • The Double Wager (1985)
  • Red Rose (1986)
  • The Constant Heart (1987)
  • Gentle Conquest (1987)
  • Secrets of the Heart (1988)
  • An Unacceptable Offer (1988)
  • The Ungrateful Governess (1988)
  • Daring Masquerade (1989)
  • A Gift of Daisies (1989)
  • The Obedient Bride (1989)
  • Lady with a Black Umbrella (1989)
  • The Incurable Matchmaker (1990)
  • An Unlikely Duchess (1990)
  • A Certain Magic (1991)
  • Snow Angel (1991)
  • The Secret Pearl (1991)
  • Christmas Beau (1991)
  • Beyond the Sunrise (1992)
  • A Christmas Promise (1992)
  • Deceived (1993)
  • Tangled (1994)
  • Longing (1994)
  • Truly (1996)
  • The Temporary Wife (1997)
  • Thief of Dreams (1998)
  • The Last Waltz (1998)
  • A Matter of Class (2009 in paperback, 2010 in hardcover)

Mainwaring Series[edit]

  1. A Chance Encounter (1985)
  2. The Wood Nymph (1987)

Waite Series[edit]

  1. The Trysting Place (1986)
  2. A Counterfeit Betrothal (1992)
  3. The Notorious Rake (1992)

Frazer Series[edit]

  1. The First Snowdrop (1986)
  2. Christmas Belle (1994)

Web Series[edit]

  1. The Gilded Web (1989)
  2. Web of Love (1990)
  3. Devil's Web (1990)
  4. A Promise of Spring (1990)

Brides & Wives Series[edit]

  1. The Ideal Wife (1991)
  2. A Precious Jewel (1993)
  3. Dark Angel (1994)
  4. Lord Carew's Bride (1995)
  5. The Famous Heroine (1996)
  6. The Plumed Bonnet (1996)
  7. A Christmas Bride (1997)

Sullivan Series[edit]

  1. Courting Julia (1993)
  2. Dancing with Clara (1994)
  3. Tempting Harriet (1994)

Georgian Series[edit]

  1. Heartless (1995)
  2. Silent Melody (1997)

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Trilogy[edit]

  1. Indiscreet (1997)
  2. Unforgiven (1998)
  3. Irresistible (1998)

Bedwyn Family Connected[edit]

Bedwyn Prequels[edit]

  1. One Night for Love (1999)
  2. A Summer to Remember (2002)
  3. The Proposal (2011)

Bedwyn Saga[edit]

  1. Slightly Married (2003)
  2. Slightly Wicked (2003)
  3. Slightly Scandalous (2003)
  4. Slightly Tempted (2004)
  5. Slightly Sinful (2004)
  6. Slightly Dangerous (2004)

Simply Quartet[edit]

  1. Simply Unforgettable (2005)
  2. Simply Love (2006)
  3. Simply Magic (2007)
  4. Simply Perfect (2008)

Mistress Trilogy[edit]

  1. More than a Mistress (2000) (Balogh's first novel to be published first in hardcover)
  2. No Man's Mistress (2001)
  3. The Secret Mistress (2011) (A prequel to the series)

Huxtable Family Quintet[edit]

  1. First Comes Marriage (2009)
  2. Then Comes Seduction (2009)
  3. At Last Comes Love (2009)
  4. Seducing An Angel (2009)
  5. A Secret Affair (2010)

Survivors' Club Septet[edit]

  1. The Proposal (2012)
  2. The Suitor (2013) (E-book novella)
  3. The Arrangement (August 27, 2013)
  4. The Escape (July 1, 2014)
  5. The Pursuit (2014?)

Novellas[edit]

In order of publication.

  • "The Star of Bethlehem" in A Regency Christmas (1989) *
  • "Playing House" in A Regency Christmas II (1990) *
  • "Golden Rose" in A Regency Valentine (1991)
  • "The Best Christmas Ever" in A Regency Christmas III (1991)
  • "A Waltz Among the Stars" in A Regency Valentine II (1992)
  • "The Treasure Hunt" in A Regency Summer (1992)
  • "The Dark Rider" in Full-Moon Magic (1992)
  • "The Porcelain Madonna" in A Regency Christmas IV (1992)
  • "The Substitute Guest" in Tokens of Love (1993)
  • "The Wrong Door" in Rakes and Rogues (1993)
  • "The North Tower" in Moonlight Lovers (1993)
  • "No Room at the Inn" in A Regency Christmas V (1993) *
  • "The Anniversary" in From the Heart (1994)
  • "The Best Gift" in A Regency Christmas VI (1994) *
  • "The Forbidden Daffodils" in Blossoms (1995)
  • "Precious Rogue" in Dashing and Dangerous (1995)
  • "The Surprise Party" in A Regency Christmas VII (1995)
  • "Guarded by Angels" in Angel Christmas (1995)
  • "The Betrothal Ball" in Love's Legacy (1996)
  • "The Heirloom" in Timeswept Brides (1996)
  • "The Wassail Bowl" in A Regency Christmas Feast (1996)
  • "The Bond Street Carolers" in A Regency Christmas Carol (1997)
  • "A Handful of Gold" in The Gifts of Christmas (1998)
  • "Precious Rogue" in Captured Hearts (1999)
  • "A Family Christmas" with reprints of the above novellas marked * in Under the Mistletoe (2003)

* were reprinted in the 2003 anthology Under The Mistletoe with one new Mary Balogh novella A Family Christmas.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Contemporary authors 161, Gale Research Co., 1998 

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