Thursday, October 1, 2009

Author Spotlight: Mary Balogh

One of my favorite historical romance writers, Ms. Balogh has a new upcoming release and a couple of re-releases, all within the next three months. I'm a Mary Balogh fan and always look at her new releases to see if they interest me.

In October, 2009, you'll find her work in "The Heart of Christmas."

In this anthology she collaborated with Nicola Cornick whose contribution will be "The Season for Suitors" and Courtney Milan, "This Wicked Gift." Ms. Balogh's "The Gifts of Christmas," a story first published in 1998 is the story of Julian Dare, Viscount Folingsby and Verity Ewing. The story of a lord, a dancer and Christmas wishes.

In November 2009, Bantam/Dell will re-release "A Precious Jewel."

The story of Sir Gerald Stapleton whom we first met in "The Ideal Wife." A man who is quiet and unassuming, but who has needs that must be met. He meets Lady Priscilla Wentworth at a brothel. Yes, she is one of those ladies who due to circumstances beyond her control finds herself working for a living and well.... you know the rest. So here you have the prostitute as the heroine from Mary Balogh's point of view.

December 2009, brings a new release. "A Matter of Class" is a novella. I'll be reading this one. Here's the summary:

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancements arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.

Though Reginald Mason, Senior, wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Reginald Senior serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.
You can visit Mary Balogh here.


  1. I'm so glad they are rereleasing her older, hard to find works. She wrote a bunch of Signet Regencies that I would love to add to my collection. I'll be getting these too.:)

  2. Leslie, I would love to get my hands on those Signet Regencies as well. I've heard so much about them, and they're not easy to find at all! And yeah... me too.. I'll be getting these. :)

  3. Sound good. I read a Balogh a while back and while it wasn't bad it didn't knock my socks off. Then I read Slightly Dangerous and just loved it! I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.

  4. Tracy, I'm so glad. She has some great reads! :)


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