Mary Balogh


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

Biography
Personal life

Mary Jenkins was born and raised in Swansea, Wales and moved to Canada in 1954 on a 2 year teaching contract after leaving university. There, she met and married her Canadian husband Robert Balogh and settled in the small prairie town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. She taught high school mathematics for a number of years, and rose to the level of school guidance counsellor. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Writing career
Mary Balogh began her writing career in 1974, when she wrote her first novel A Masked Deception in the evenings after work on the coffee table. During her childhood, Mary and her sister Moira had amused themselves by telling each other stories. As an adult, Mary discovered the world of the Regency historical romance as written by Georgette Heyer. The vast majority of Mary Balogh’s novels have been set in Regency or Georgian England or Wales. 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 best-seller list.

Bibliography
Novels
In order of publication

  • A Masked Deception (1985)
    • also published as Desire After Dark as a Prince Matchabelli perfume promotion
  • The Double Wager (1985)
  • A Chance Encounter (1985) a
  • Red Rose (1986)
  • The Trysting Place (1986) b
  • The First Snowdrop (1986) c
  • The Wood Nymph (1987) a
  • 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 Gilded Web (1989) d
  • A Promise of Spring (1990) d
  • Web of Love (1990) d
  • The Incurable Matchmaker (1990)
  • Devil’s Web (1990) d
  • An Unlikely Duchess (1990)
  • A Certain Magic (1991)
  • Snow Angel (1991)
  • The Secret Pearl (1991)
  • The Ideal Wife (1991) e
  • Christmas Beau (1991)
  • A Counterfeit Betrothal (1992) b
  • The Notorious Rake (1992) b
  • Beyond the Sunrise (1992)
  • A Christmas Promise (1992)
  • Deceived (1993)
  • A Precious Jewel (1993) e
  • Courting Julia (1993) f
  • Dancing with Clara (1994) f
  • Tangled (1994)
  • Tempting Harriet (1994) f
  • Dark Angel (1994) g
  • Christmas Belle (1994) c
  • Longing (1994)
  • Lord Carew’s Bride (1995) g
  • Heartless (1995) h
  • The Famous Heroine (1996) g
  • Truly (1996)
  • The Plumed Bonnet (1996) g
  • Indiscreet (1997) i
  • The Temporary Wife (1997)
  • Silent Melody (1997) h
  • A Christmas Bride (1997) e g
  • Unforgiven (1998) i
  • Thief of Dreams (1998)
  • Irresistible (1998) i
  • The Last Waltz (1998)
  • One Night for Love (1999) k
  • More than a Mistress (2000) j
    • Mary’s first novel to be published first in hardback
  • No Man’s Mistress (2001) j
  • A Summer to Remember (2002) k l o

Slightly Series (Bedwyn Family)

  • Slightly Married (2003) l
  • Slightly Wicked (2003) l
  • Slightly Scandalous (2003)l m n
  • Slightly Tempted (2004) l
  • Slightly Sinful (2004) l
  • Slightly Dangerous (2004) l
  • Simply Unforgettable (2005) m

Simply Series

  • Simply Unforgettable(2006)m n o l
  • Simply Love (2006)m n o l
  • Simply Magic (2007)m n o l
  • Simply Perfect(2008)m n o l

Novels marked a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n and o are interlinked.

Soon to be Published or Written

Simply Perfect is to be released in April 2008

Several of Mary Balogh’s novels are to be republished for the first time. The first are The Secret Pearl and the ‘Web trilogy’.

Novellas
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”