Friday, April 18, 2008

Mary Balogh rocks!

I have been a fan of Mary Balogh's since the early 1980's when I stumbled upon her traditional regency romances accidentally. I started hanging onto her books when I realized I couldn't part with them.... my first author glommed. Her books were probably the most sensual regencies out there but still mostly subtle compared to today's historical romances. I was happy when she eventually started writing regency historicals with much warmer sex scenes which include her usual writing style that I love.

Recently I joined her Yahoo!Group for her fans MaryBaloghFans. They discuss lots of topics related to historical romances not just MB's books. Mary visits there often and is happy to answer questions from her fans. Last week she posted that she had visited a local UBS where she found a shelf full of her old traditional regencies... about 20 of them. All were on sale for low prices. Amazing. These books are very collectible and you sometimes see prices for them from $20 - $30, maybe more. So she offered them for sale at $5 each and did a drawing to pick a winner for each book.

And guess what?? I won one! The Ungrateful Governess. I just got it in the mail along with a leather Mary Balogh bookmark. And both were autographed to me! What a classy lady. Did I mention that she's Canadian (I have a great fondness for Canadians) which explains her coolness :)

For those MB fans, I learned from her Yahoo Group that The Ideal Wife is being reissued this year and A Precious Jewel next year. She says "There should be a new contract for more backlist books in the near future. I'll pass on details then." I hope some of those really rare traditional regency books (The Notorious Rake, etc.) get reprinted so others can enjoy them.

7 comments:

Rosario said...

Nice! Congratulations, TUG is a good one. So cool that's she's doing that.

BTW, isn't she Welsh? I thought she was, at any rate.

Jennie said...

Aren't you lucky?! Congrats. And I can't believe Mary Balogh found all those books at a UBS. I've noticed that it's getting harder and harder to find books like that in used book stores. UBS owners are usually smart enough to do some internet research and see if they can sell them for more money there.

I'm glad to hear that they're reissuing her older books--I've not been able to find many of them.

ReneeW said...

Rosario: I'm glad to hear you liked this one since it's been so long since I read I don't remember anything about. Can hardly wait to re-read it. Yes, MB is Welsh and grew up in Wales, but she settled in Canada where she met her husband and lives in Saskatchewan.

Jennie: Mary found the books in a UBS in Kipling, Sask, which I'm guessing is a small out of the way town. The UBS owner probably had no idea she had a treasure trove on her hands, lucky for us. I know my local UBS has a room where she keeps and sells collectibles (where her customers are not allowed).

CindyS said...

Congratulations! Crazy how nice it is to win.

I know I have read Balogh but it was before I kept notes so I don't know which ones I've read. Hopefully I'll try her again.

CindyS

Alie said...

I have a great fondness for Canadians.

Aww you like me, you really like me ;) Hehe. I haven't heard of this author, but congrats!

ReneeW said...

Cindy: I can make some recs if you ever feel the urge to try her.

Alie: Yup, I do :) So many great bloggers in Canada. Also, what I said to Cindy.

DawnofAquarius said...

I actually prefer Balogh's older titles to the newer longer regencies she writes now.

I have The Notorious Rake on my keeper shelf. That's my number one Balogh novel. While the love scenes weren't all that long, they were very hot for their day. She wrings emotional intensity from her characters. And I adore her heroes.

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