Mary Jo Putney

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Mary Jo Putney
Born New York, United States
Pen name Mary Jo Putney,
M.J. Putney
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1987 - Present
Genre Romance, Fantasy

Mary Jo Putney (born in New York) is a best-selling American author of over twenty-five historical and contemporary romance novels. She has also published romantic fantasy novels as M.J. Putney. Her books are known for their unusual subject matter, including alcoholism, death, and domestic abuse.


Putney was born and raised in New York. She attended Syracuse University, earning degrees in English literature and Industrial design.[1] She served as the art editor of The New Internationalist magazine in London and worked as a designer in California[2] before settling in Baltimore, Maryland in 1980[2] to run her own freelance graphic design business.[1]

After purchasing her first computer for her business, Putney realized that it would make writing very easy. She began work on her first novel, a traditional Regency romance, which sold in one week. Signet liked the novel so much that it offered Putney a three-book contract immediately.[2] In 1987 that first novel, The Diabolical Baron, was published. Since then, she has published twenty-nine books (as of January 2007). Her books have been ranked on the national bestseller lists of the New York Times, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly. [1] The vast majority of her works have been historical romance, although she did write three contemporary romances. She has also begun writing fantasy romance and romantic fantasy as M.J. Putney.

Putney has won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice, for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and has been a RITA finalist nine times. She is on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll for bestselling authors, and has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards and four Golden Leaf Awards.[1]

Putney lives in Baltimore with her cats. She recently was seen together with a mystery man speculating they are dating. She previously stated that she had no interest in men or marriage.[2]


As M.J. Putney[edit]

Dark Mirror[edit]

  • Dark Mirror (2011)
  • Dark Passage (2011)
  • Dark Destiny (2012)

As Mary Jo Putney[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Lady of Fortune (1988)
  • Uncommon Vows (1991)
  • Carousel of Hearts (1992)
  • Dearly Beloved (1990)
  • The Bargain (1999) (revised from The Would-be Widow (1988))

Davenport Series[edit]

  1. The Diabolical Baron (1987)
  2. The Rake (1998) (revised from The Rake and the Reformer (1989))
  3. "Sunshine for Christmas" in A Regency Christmas II (1990)

Bride Trilogy[edit]

  1. The Wild Child (1998)
  2. The China Bride (2000)
  3. The Bartered Bride (2002)

Silk Trilogy[edit]

  1. Silk and Shadows (1991)
  2. Silk and Secrets (1992)
  3. Veils of Silk (1992)

Fallen Angels Series[edit]

  1. Thunder and Roses (1993) (reissued in Great Britain as Fallen Angel (2009))
  2. Petals in the Storm (1993) (revised from The Controversial Countess (1989))
  3. Dancing on the Wind (1994)
  4. Angel Rogue (1995) (revised from The Rogue and the Runaway (1990))
  5. Shattered Rainbows (1996)
  6. River of Fire (1996)
  7. One Perfect Rose (1997)

Circle of Friends Series[edit]

  1. The Burning Point (2000)
  2. The Spiral Path (2002)
  3. "A Holiday Fling" in Christmas Revels (2002)
  4. Twist of Fate (2003)

Guardian Series[edit]

  1. "The Alchemical Marriage" in Irresistible Forces (2004)
  2. A Kiss of Fate (2004)
  3. Stolen Magic (2005) (as M.J. Putney)
  4. A Distant Magic (2006)
  5. "The Tuesday Enchantress" in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (2009)
  6. "The White Rose of Scotland" in Chalice of Roses (2010)
  7. "The Demon Dancer" in Songs of Love and Death (2010)

Lost Lords Series[edit]

  1. Loving a Lost Lord (2009)
  2. Never Less than a Lady (2010)
  3. Nowhere Near Respectable (2011)
  4. No Longer a Gentleman (2012)
  5. Sometimes a Rogue (2013)
  6. Not Quite A Wife (2014)
  7. Not Always A Saint (2015)

Stone Saint Series[edit]

  1. The Marriage Spell (2006)


  • Christmas Revels (2002) includes 5 novellas: Sunshine for Christmas, The Christmas Cuckoo, The Christmas Tart, The Black Beast of Belleterre, and A Holiday Fling
  • Dangerous to Know (2007) includes the novel The Diabolical Baron (1987) and the novella Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
  • Christmas Mischief (2010) includes 3 novellas: Sunshine for Christmas, The Christmas Cuckoo, and The Christmas Tart

Omnibus in Collaboration[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bio for Mary Jo Putney". Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d White, Claire E. "Interview: A Conversation with Mary Jo Putney". Writers Write. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 

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