Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved MM--FINAL  Blendedby Mary Jo

The Story Behind the Story:

In this era of e-books, backlist books are widely available, but it's rare for an older book to get a major re-release by a different publisher. I started my writing career with the shorter, lighter Signet Regency romances, but after five books, I was champing at the bit to write longer, more intense stories, which might also pay enough to allow me to become a full time writer. Hence, Dearly Beloved. 

It was an edgy book when it was first published, and it's edgy still.  It features themes that I return to again and again: Decent people who make bad mistakes.  Redemption.  Reconciliation. Becoming stronger in the mended places. 

Since my Kensington editor was interested in publishing more of my backlist, I sent her Dearly Beloved, which is my one standalone Regency historical, not part of a series. I fully expected her not to want the story, but to my shock, she loved it!  <blink> 

So here is the new edition of Dearly Beloved with a spectacular new cover.  (I've added covers of earlier editions.) The story and characters haven't changed, though. Here's the blurb:

As enigmatic as she is beautiful, Diana Lindsay is the most desirable and sought after woman in London, her smile worth a prince’s ransom. Yet Diana wants only one man—a haunted lord with mysterious secrets as deep as hers.

Gervase Brandelin, Viscount St. Aubyn, dedicated himself to the service of his country as a way to redeem the sins of his youth. As a spymaster, he seeks out Britain’s hidden enemies and nothing can sway him from his duty, until he meets a woman who touches his heart even more than she dazzles his senses. In Diana he finds warmth and hope, yet he is bitterly aware that she can never be his.

Then the two halves of Gervase’s life come together in a cataclysm that threatens to separate him from Diana forever. Perhaps love might bring them together, but first they must survive the assault of a deadly enemy.

Dearly BelovedDearly Beloved was nominated for RWA’s Book of the Year award and won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical Romance from the New Jersey Romance Writers.  Here are some reviews:

Dearly Beloved sets a new standard of excellence for historical romance. One of the best books of this or any other year,”

            Romantic Times

“Brimming with betrayal, passion, intrigue and love, Dearly Beloved is a novel that no romance reader should miss….one of my all time favorites…It’s a novel that will touch your heart, and a perfect example of what a romance novel should be.”

            www.RomRevToday.com

“Marvelous characters and excellent plotting…charming and wonderfully romantic.”

            Affaire de Coeur

Here's an excerpt:

In spite of their physical closeness Gervase was remote from her, his expression harsh and withdrawn. Diana leaned across the narrow gap for a light kiss, asking softly, “Is something wrong?”

His eyes were shadowed and he was silent for too long. “You’re like…an addiction. The more I have of you, the more I crave you.”

“And you dislike that?”

“I don’t want to need anyone. Ever.”

DearlyBelovedNALDiana felt the chill of his mood dispelling her contentment and she sat up, wrapping her cloak around her. Without true intimacy, it seemed wrong to be naked in front of him. Staring into the fire, she wondered what one could say to a man who preferred aloneness, who wanted to be sufficient unto himself. “You need air to survive, and food and drink and sleep. To be fully human, one also needs other people.”

To even discuss such matters was to betray vulnerability, and there was a long interval before he answered. “Needing objects is safe enough—one kind of food can easily replace another. To need people is dangerous because…it gives them power over you.”

Still looking at the fire, she drew her knees up and wrapped her arms around her legs, folds of cloak spilling around her to the rug. “Sometimes that is true, but why do you assume that others will always use their power against you?”

With a brittle laugh, he said, “Experience.”

She turned to face him. “Can you truly say that everyone you have ever cared about has abused your trust?”

Silence. Then, “No. The risk increases with the level of caring. If one cares only a little, there is only a little danger. The real risk is in…caring deeply.”

Diana felt pity that he couldn’t even bring himself to say the word “love.” What had happened to him, that the very thought of loving was so frightening? “Then you are in no danger from me. I can see what a bother it must be that your lust is temporarily out of control, but sex is just a “thing,’ like the need for food and drink.”

She wished he would leave so she could give way to tears. It was a mistake to love a man who daren’t love in return. She stood, her voice gently mocking. “Take comfort in the fact that soon I will not be a novelty and you can easily replace me with another woman.”

Gervase stood also, coming behind her and wrapping his arms around her waist, pulling her against the hard length of his body. “Can I replace you that easily, Diana? Is that all that is between us—intemperate lust that will soon wane?”

She held herself rigid, fighting the desire to melt back against him. “I can’t answer that. Only you can.”

“But I don’t know the answer. I don’t even understand the question.”

Speaking from her own hurt, she said, “You don’t pay me enough to teach you the questions.”

His arms dropped away, and when he spoke it was in a voice of cool irony. “Good of you to remind me what is really between us. Since it is only vulgar money, there can be no danger.”

She turned to face him, her blue eyes stark with unhappiness. “You said that, not me. If that is what you choose to believe, then of course it must be the truth. After all, the customer is always right.”

He flinched back at her words. “If only it were that simple.” Placing his hands on Diana’s MaryJoPutney_DearlyBeloved_200px
shoulders, he drew her to him. “But even after that spectacular sexual exchange has discharged physical desire, I still want you. And so I fear you.”

She softened then, wrapping her arms around his waist and resting her head on his shoulder. “Do you really think I could ever hurt you?”

He laid his cheek against her tangled hair, the scent of lilac poignant around them. “I don’t know. I really…just…do not know. And that is what frightens me.”

It was impossible to be angry with Gervase when she could feel his pain and confusion as sharply as her own. Despairingly, Diana knew that she wanted to embark on the ultimate folly: to try to heal him with her love. Perhaps it would be better if they ended it right now. “Do you want me to leave Aubynwood?”

His arms tightened around her. “I don’t want you to leave. I just…want you. And that’s the hell of it.”

Dearly Beloved MM--FINAL  BlendedI hope Dearly Beloved will a new readership in this new edition with the gorgeous new cover!  I'll be giving away two copies (and this is worldwide, not just the US.)  To qualify for the drawing, leave a comment between now and Thursday midnight.

Happy reading–

Mary Jo

 

 

150 thoughts on “Dearly Beloved”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks to this new re-release, I was able to discover your work.
    And I just loved it, despite some other reviews that scared me a bit, I did it a go and it was definitively a must-read.

    Reply
  2. Hi,
    Thanks to this new re-release, I was able to discover your work.
    And I just loved it, despite some other reviews that scared me a bit, I did it a go and it was definitively a must-read.

    Reply
  3. Hi,
    Thanks to this new re-release, I was able to discover your work.
    And I just loved it, despite some other reviews that scared me a bit, I did it a go and it was definitively a must-read.

    Reply
  4. Hi,
    Thanks to this new re-release, I was able to discover your work.
    And I just loved it, despite some other reviews that scared me a bit, I did it a go and it was definitively a must-read.

    Reply
  5. Hi,
    Thanks to this new re-release, I was able to discover your work.
    And I just loved it, despite some other reviews that scared me a bit, I did it a go and it was definitively a must-read.

    Reply
  6. After reading this excerpt, this is going to be another adventurous book. Already I love the Rogues Redeemed and the older books. This book will grace my collection of Mary Jo Putney books! Congratulation on its Reissued Release!

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  7. After reading this excerpt, this is going to be another adventurous book. Already I love the Rogues Redeemed and the older books. This book will grace my collection of Mary Jo Putney books! Congratulation on its Reissued Release!

    Reply
  8. After reading this excerpt, this is going to be another adventurous book. Already I love the Rogues Redeemed and the older books. This book will grace my collection of Mary Jo Putney books! Congratulation on its Reissued Release!

    Reply
  9. After reading this excerpt, this is going to be another adventurous book. Already I love the Rogues Redeemed and the older books. This book will grace my collection of Mary Jo Putney books! Congratulation on its Reissued Release!

    Reply
  10. After reading this excerpt, this is going to be another adventurous book. Already I love the Rogues Redeemed and the older books. This book will grace my collection of Mary Jo Putney books! Congratulation on its Reissued Release!

    Reply
  11. I can’t wait to read Dearly Beloved! I have read nearly every book you have written, Mary Jo! I hope to meet you one of these days!!

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  12. I can’t wait to read Dearly Beloved! I have read nearly every book you have written, Mary Jo! I hope to meet you one of these days!!

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  13. I can’t wait to read Dearly Beloved! I have read nearly every book you have written, Mary Jo! I hope to meet you one of these days!!

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  14. I can’t wait to read Dearly Beloved! I have read nearly every book you have written, Mary Jo! I hope to meet you one of these days!!

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  15. I can’t wait to read Dearly Beloved! I have read nearly every book you have written, Mary Jo! I hope to meet you one of these days!!

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  16. I love seeing all the different covers, and how tastes in design have changed over the years.
    I haven’t read this book, but the excerpt has me hooked and it is now on my list of future reading.

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  17. I love seeing all the different covers, and how tastes in design have changed over the years.
    I haven’t read this book, but the excerpt has me hooked and it is now on my list of future reading.

    Reply
  18. I love seeing all the different covers, and how tastes in design have changed over the years.
    I haven’t read this book, but the excerpt has me hooked and it is now on my list of future reading.

    Reply
  19. I love seeing all the different covers, and how tastes in design have changed over the years.
    I haven’t read this book, but the excerpt has me hooked and it is now on my list of future reading.

    Reply
  20. I love seeing all the different covers, and how tastes in design have changed over the years.
    I haven’t read this book, but the excerpt has me hooked and it is now on my list of future reading.

    Reply
  21. I am currently reading my way through the Fallen Angels series and I feel that this book was probably a precursor to the series. I would love to read it too.

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  22. I am currently reading my way through the Fallen Angels series and I feel that this book was probably a precursor to the series. I would love to read it too.

    Reply
  23. I am currently reading my way through the Fallen Angels series and I feel that this book was probably a precursor to the series. I would love to read it too.

    Reply
  24. I am currently reading my way through the Fallen Angels series and I feel that this book was probably a precursor to the series. I would love to read it too.

    Reply
  25. I am currently reading my way through the Fallen Angels series and I feel that this book was probably a precursor to the series. I would love to read it too.

    Reply
  26. I just checked my “digital card catalog” (!) and I own a copy of Dearly Beloved. I loved the excerpt, so I’m going to have to somehow push it higher on my to-be-read mountain!!! Any chance an audio version will be coming out? Given the limits of consciousness (eyelids close involuntarily at my age past an embarrassingly early hour) I get through more books now on audio than I do on paper. In any format, it sounds terrific.

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  27. I just checked my “digital card catalog” (!) and I own a copy of Dearly Beloved. I loved the excerpt, so I’m going to have to somehow push it higher on my to-be-read mountain!!! Any chance an audio version will be coming out? Given the limits of consciousness (eyelids close involuntarily at my age past an embarrassingly early hour) I get through more books now on audio than I do on paper. In any format, it sounds terrific.

    Reply
  28. I just checked my “digital card catalog” (!) and I own a copy of Dearly Beloved. I loved the excerpt, so I’m going to have to somehow push it higher on my to-be-read mountain!!! Any chance an audio version will be coming out? Given the limits of consciousness (eyelids close involuntarily at my age past an embarrassingly early hour) I get through more books now on audio than I do on paper. In any format, it sounds terrific.

    Reply
  29. I just checked my “digital card catalog” (!) and I own a copy of Dearly Beloved. I loved the excerpt, so I’m going to have to somehow push it higher on my to-be-read mountain!!! Any chance an audio version will be coming out? Given the limits of consciousness (eyelids close involuntarily at my age past an embarrassingly early hour) I get through more books now on audio than I do on paper. In any format, it sounds terrific.

    Reply
  30. I just checked my “digital card catalog” (!) and I own a copy of Dearly Beloved. I loved the excerpt, so I’m going to have to somehow push it higher on my to-be-read mountain!!! Any chance an audio version will be coming out? Given the limits of consciousness (eyelids close involuntarily at my age past an embarrassingly early hour) I get through more books now on audio than I do on paper. In any format, it sounds terrific.

    Reply
  31. Thank you for the reviews, the photos of other covers – I liked the fourth one the best as it went so well with the snippet you shared. I want to read this one and so happy it is being re-released. I have so enjoyed reading your books – I savor them and have more to go which makes me happy.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I admire all the authors who have written good stories as I could never do that myself.

    Reply
  32. Thank you for the reviews, the photos of other covers – I liked the fourth one the best as it went so well with the snippet you shared. I want to read this one and so happy it is being re-released. I have so enjoyed reading your books – I savor them and have more to go which makes me happy.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I admire all the authors who have written good stories as I could never do that myself.

    Reply
  33. Thank you for the reviews, the photos of other covers – I liked the fourth one the best as it went so well with the snippet you shared. I want to read this one and so happy it is being re-released. I have so enjoyed reading your books – I savor them and have more to go which makes me happy.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I admire all the authors who have written good stories as I could never do that myself.

    Reply
  34. Thank you for the reviews, the photos of other covers – I liked the fourth one the best as it went so well with the snippet you shared. I want to read this one and so happy it is being re-released. I have so enjoyed reading your books – I savor them and have more to go which makes me happy.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I admire all the authors who have written good stories as I could never do that myself.

    Reply
  35. Thank you for the reviews, the photos of other covers – I liked the fourth one the best as it went so well with the snippet you shared. I want to read this one and so happy it is being re-released. I have so enjoyed reading your books – I savor them and have more to go which makes me happy.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I admire all the authors who have written good stories as I could never do that myself.

    Reply
  36. I believe that this is one book of yours that I have missed. I look forward to correcting that deficiency. You are on my “always buy” list because you have never disappointed me. I love that you deal with those real, painful problems and how love can overcome them with work and commitment.

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  37. I believe that this is one book of yours that I have missed. I look forward to correcting that deficiency. You are on my “always buy” list because you have never disappointed me. I love that you deal with those real, painful problems and how love can overcome them with work and commitment.

    Reply
  38. I believe that this is one book of yours that I have missed. I look forward to correcting that deficiency. You are on my “always buy” list because you have never disappointed me. I love that you deal with those real, painful problems and how love can overcome them with work and commitment.

    Reply
  39. I believe that this is one book of yours that I have missed. I look forward to correcting that deficiency. You are on my “always buy” list because you have never disappointed me. I love that you deal with those real, painful problems and how love can overcome them with work and commitment.

    Reply
  40. I believe that this is one book of yours that I have missed. I look forward to correcting that deficiency. You are on my “always buy” list because you have never disappointed me. I love that you deal with those real, painful problems and how love can overcome them with work and commitment.

    Reply
  41. Mary Jo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! How could I have missed it? I will have to add it to my much-too-long already TBR list.

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  42. Mary Jo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! How could I have missed it? I will have to add it to my much-too-long already TBR list.

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  43. Mary Jo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! How could I have missed it? I will have to add it to my much-too-long already TBR list.

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  44. Mary Jo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! How could I have missed it? I will have to add it to my much-too-long already TBR list.

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  45. Mary Jo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! How could I have missed it? I will have to add it to my much-too-long already TBR list.

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  46. Apparently I found a copy of Dearly Beloved and put it on the TBR shelf…and there it sat. Until last night when I retrieved it and put it at the top of the current TBR soonest pile. (Grin). I must have gotten lots of books at that point and didn’t keep shuffling them around.
    The cover on my copy is very similar to the 2nd one. It has the couple in the same pose but the background is just a peachy orange, no clouds, no buildings, no trees. It is interesting how the covers change over the years depending on the current “demands” of the publishers.
    And no, I don’t need another copy.

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  47. Apparently I found a copy of Dearly Beloved and put it on the TBR shelf…and there it sat. Until last night when I retrieved it and put it at the top of the current TBR soonest pile. (Grin). I must have gotten lots of books at that point and didn’t keep shuffling them around.
    The cover on my copy is very similar to the 2nd one. It has the couple in the same pose but the background is just a peachy orange, no clouds, no buildings, no trees. It is interesting how the covers change over the years depending on the current “demands” of the publishers.
    And no, I don’t need another copy.

    Reply
  48. Apparently I found a copy of Dearly Beloved and put it on the TBR shelf…and there it sat. Until last night when I retrieved it and put it at the top of the current TBR soonest pile. (Grin). I must have gotten lots of books at that point and didn’t keep shuffling them around.
    The cover on my copy is very similar to the 2nd one. It has the couple in the same pose but the background is just a peachy orange, no clouds, no buildings, no trees. It is interesting how the covers change over the years depending on the current “demands” of the publishers.
    And no, I don’t need another copy.

    Reply
  49. Apparently I found a copy of Dearly Beloved and put it on the TBR shelf…and there it sat. Until last night when I retrieved it and put it at the top of the current TBR soonest pile. (Grin). I must have gotten lots of books at that point and didn’t keep shuffling them around.
    The cover on my copy is very similar to the 2nd one. It has the couple in the same pose but the background is just a peachy orange, no clouds, no buildings, no trees. It is interesting how the covers change over the years depending on the current “demands” of the publishers.
    And no, I don’t need another copy.

    Reply
  50. Apparently I found a copy of Dearly Beloved and put it on the TBR shelf…and there it sat. Until last night when I retrieved it and put it at the top of the current TBR soonest pile. (Grin). I must have gotten lots of books at that point and didn’t keep shuffling them around.
    The cover on my copy is very similar to the 2nd one. It has the couple in the same pose but the background is just a peachy orange, no clouds, no buildings, no trees. It is interesting how the covers change over the years depending on the current “demands” of the publishers.
    And no, I don’t need another copy.

    Reply
  51. Oh, Mary Jo — Congrats on getting this volume reprinted! Love your work!!! Wish I could win this volume, as I have almost all your other books — But not even my local library has a copy to borrow!

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  52. Oh, Mary Jo — Congrats on getting this volume reprinted! Love your work!!! Wish I could win this volume, as I have almost all your other books — But not even my local library has a copy to borrow!

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  53. Oh, Mary Jo — Congrats on getting this volume reprinted! Love your work!!! Wish I could win this volume, as I have almost all your other books — But not even my local library has a copy to borrow!

    Reply
  54. Oh, Mary Jo — Congrats on getting this volume reprinted! Love your work!!! Wish I could win this volume, as I have almost all your other books — But not even my local library has a copy to borrow!

    Reply
  55. Oh, Mary Jo — Congrats on getting this volume reprinted! Love your work!!! Wish I could win this volume, as I have almost all your other books — But not even my local library has a copy to borrow!

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  56. Oh, good, the bait worked, Alison! It was Wench Anne Gracie that made me realize how valuable it is to include am excerpt in a post–to give a taste of the characters and the story.

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  57. Oh, good, the bait worked, Alison! It was Wench Anne Gracie that made me realize how valuable it is to include am excerpt in a post–to give a taste of the characters and the story.

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  58. Oh, good, the bait worked, Alison! It was Wench Anne Gracie that made me realize how valuable it is to include am excerpt in a post–to give a taste of the characters and the story.

    Reply
  59. Oh, good, the bait worked, Alison! It was Wench Anne Gracie that made me realize how valuable it is to include am excerpt in a post–to give a taste of the characters and the story.

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  60. Oh, good, the bait worked, Alison! It was Wench Anne Gracie that made me realize how valuable it is to include am excerpt in a post–to give a taste of the characters and the story.

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  61. Joan Siegel, Dearly Beloved doesn’t really connect to the Fallen Angels books, though Gervase makes an appearance in THE BARTERED BRIDE, which is set much later when he’s something of an honored elder statesman. But DB is a standalone.

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  62. Joan Siegel, Dearly Beloved doesn’t really connect to the Fallen Angels books, though Gervase makes an appearance in THE BARTERED BRIDE, which is set much later when he’s something of an honored elder statesman. But DB is a standalone.

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  63. Joan Siegel, Dearly Beloved doesn’t really connect to the Fallen Angels books, though Gervase makes an appearance in THE BARTERED BRIDE, which is set much later when he’s something of an honored elder statesman. But DB is a standalone.

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  64. Joan Siegel, Dearly Beloved doesn’t really connect to the Fallen Angels books, though Gervase makes an appearance in THE BARTERED BRIDE, which is set much later when he’s something of an honored elder statesman. But DB is a standalone.

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  65. Joan Siegel, Dearly Beloved doesn’t really connect to the Fallen Angels books, though Gervase makes an appearance in THE BARTERED BRIDE, which is set much later when he’s something of an honored elder statesman. But DB is a standalone.

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  66. Margot, the fourth cover is the one I designed with the amazing Kim Killion when I did and indie version of the book. I agree that there was a lot of tenderness in that one. Telling stories is a talent, but reading stories is also a talent because you bring you talents and experiences to everything you read. It’s an act of co-creation.

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  67. Margot, the fourth cover is the one I designed with the amazing Kim Killion when I did and indie version of the book. I agree that there was a lot of tenderness in that one. Telling stories is a talent, but reading stories is also a talent because you bring you talents and experiences to everything you read. It’s an act of co-creation.

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  68. Margot, the fourth cover is the one I designed with the amazing Kim Killion when I did and indie version of the book. I agree that there was a lot of tenderness in that one. Telling stories is a talent, but reading stories is also a talent because you bring you talents and experiences to everything you read. It’s an act of co-creation.

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  69. Margot, the fourth cover is the one I designed with the amazing Kim Killion when I did and indie version of the book. I agree that there was a lot of tenderness in that one. Telling stories is a talent, but reading stories is also a talent because you bring you talents and experiences to everything you read. It’s an act of co-creation.

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  70. Margot, the fourth cover is the one I designed with the amazing Kim Killion when I did and indie version of the book. I agree that there was a lot of tenderness in that one. Telling stories is a talent, but reading stories is also a talent because you bring you talents and experiences to everything you read. It’s an act of co-creation.

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  71. Vicki L, the cover you have is because NAL decided they wanted to give the book a new look without spending any money. I hate that version! The original version of that is one of my favorite covers–I think the models look very much like my mental images of Gervase and Diana.

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  72. Vicki L, the cover you have is because NAL decided they wanted to give the book a new look without spending any money. I hate that version! The original version of that is one of my favorite covers–I think the models look very much like my mental images of Gervase and Diana.

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  73. Vicki L, the cover you have is because NAL decided they wanted to give the book a new look without spending any money. I hate that version! The original version of that is one of my favorite covers–I think the models look very much like my mental images of Gervase and Diana.

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  74. Vicki L, the cover you have is because NAL decided they wanted to give the book a new look without spending any money. I hate that version! The original version of that is one of my favorite covers–I think the models look very much like my mental images of Gervase and Diana.

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  75. Vicki L, the cover you have is because NAL decided they wanted to give the book a new look without spending any money. I hate that version! The original version of that is one of my favorite covers–I think the models look very much like my mental images of Gervase and Diana.

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  76. I loved this book, but yes, it was a tough one in more than a few parts. I just read this last year, and the fourth cover is the one I have. However, the new cover matches the description of the heroine, by far. What a beautiful model and cover. I hope it attracts many many new readers. Best of luck on the re-release.

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  77. I loved this book, but yes, it was a tough one in more than a few parts. I just read this last year, and the fourth cover is the one I have. However, the new cover matches the description of the heroine, by far. What a beautiful model and cover. I hope it attracts many many new readers. Best of luck on the re-release.

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  78. I loved this book, but yes, it was a tough one in more than a few parts. I just read this last year, and the fourth cover is the one I have. However, the new cover matches the description of the heroine, by far. What a beautiful model and cover. I hope it attracts many many new readers. Best of luck on the re-release.

    Reply
  79. I loved this book, but yes, it was a tough one in more than a few parts. I just read this last year, and the fourth cover is the one I have. However, the new cover matches the description of the heroine, by far. What a beautiful model and cover. I hope it attracts many many new readers. Best of luck on the re-release.

    Reply
  80. I loved this book, but yes, it was a tough one in more than a few parts. I just read this last year, and the fourth cover is the one I have. However, the new cover matches the description of the heroine, by far. What a beautiful model and cover. I hope it attracts many many new readers. Best of luck on the re-release.

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  81. Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the rerelease of Dearly Beloved. I too enjoyed seeing the variety of covers. Happily, it looks like they all managed to avoid an overuse of blue eyeshadow.

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  82. Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the rerelease of Dearly Beloved. I too enjoyed seeing the variety of covers. Happily, it looks like they all managed to avoid an overuse of blue eyeshadow.

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  83. Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the rerelease of Dearly Beloved. I too enjoyed seeing the variety of covers. Happily, it looks like they all managed to avoid an overuse of blue eyeshadow.

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  84. Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the rerelease of Dearly Beloved. I too enjoyed seeing the variety of covers. Happily, it looks like they all managed to avoid an overuse of blue eyeshadow.

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  85. Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the rerelease of Dearly Beloved. I too enjoyed seeing the variety of covers. Happily, it looks like they all managed to avoid an overuse of blue eyeshadow.

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  86. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few of your books, and have many more on my Amazon wish lists (yes, I said “lists” – I have three, because they keep restricting how many books I can put on any one list!), so obviously, I would greatly enjoy winning this book.
    However, I had already planned on printing out your book list and taking it to my local library for my next author binge read, so if I don’t win, I won’t be totally disappointed.

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  87. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few of your books, and have many more on my Amazon wish lists (yes, I said “lists” – I have three, because they keep restricting how many books I can put on any one list!), so obviously, I would greatly enjoy winning this book.
    However, I had already planned on printing out your book list and taking it to my local library for my next author binge read, so if I don’t win, I won’t be totally disappointed.

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  88. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few of your books, and have many more on my Amazon wish lists (yes, I said “lists” – I have three, because they keep restricting how many books I can put on any one list!), so obviously, I would greatly enjoy winning this book.
    However, I had already planned on printing out your book list and taking it to my local library for my next author binge read, so if I don’t win, I won’t be totally disappointed.

    Reply
  89. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few of your books, and have many more on my Amazon wish lists (yes, I said “lists” – I have three, because they keep restricting how many books I can put on any one list!), so obviously, I would greatly enjoy winning this book.
    However, I had already planned on printing out your book list and taking it to my local library for my next author binge read, so if I don’t win, I won’t be totally disappointed.

    Reply
  90. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few of your books, and have many more on my Amazon wish lists (yes, I said “lists” – I have three, because they keep restricting how many books I can put on any one list!), so obviously, I would greatly enjoy winning this book.
    However, I had already planned on printing out your book list and taking it to my local library for my next author binge read, so if I don’t win, I won’t be totally disappointed.

    Reply
  91. Hello Mary,
    I just finished reading Dearly Beloved and I loved it so much. The main characters were wonderful despite their many difficulties in life. I still like the fourth cover as it is the way I see them supporting and loving each other. I find covers that do not show the full face more intriguing as when I see a cover such as the last one – It often reminds me of someone who I cannot mesh with the character in the story.
    This is a book I will have to buy as I want to read it again and again. Luckily I got to be the first to borrow it from the library and now have to return it. I wonder if I can find a copy with the cover I like.
    (I do read books no matter what the cover.)

    Reply
  92. Hello Mary,
    I just finished reading Dearly Beloved and I loved it so much. The main characters were wonderful despite their many difficulties in life. I still like the fourth cover as it is the way I see them supporting and loving each other. I find covers that do not show the full face more intriguing as when I see a cover such as the last one – It often reminds me of someone who I cannot mesh with the character in the story.
    This is a book I will have to buy as I want to read it again and again. Luckily I got to be the first to borrow it from the library and now have to return it. I wonder if I can find a copy with the cover I like.
    (I do read books no matter what the cover.)

    Reply
  93. Hello Mary,
    I just finished reading Dearly Beloved and I loved it so much. The main characters were wonderful despite their many difficulties in life. I still like the fourth cover as it is the way I see them supporting and loving each other. I find covers that do not show the full face more intriguing as when I see a cover such as the last one – It often reminds me of someone who I cannot mesh with the character in the story.
    This is a book I will have to buy as I want to read it again and again. Luckily I got to be the first to borrow it from the library and now have to return it. I wonder if I can find a copy with the cover I like.
    (I do read books no matter what the cover.)

    Reply
  94. Hello Mary,
    I just finished reading Dearly Beloved and I loved it so much. The main characters were wonderful despite their many difficulties in life. I still like the fourth cover as it is the way I see them supporting and loving each other. I find covers that do not show the full face more intriguing as when I see a cover such as the last one – It often reminds me of someone who I cannot mesh with the character in the story.
    This is a book I will have to buy as I want to read it again and again. Luckily I got to be the first to borrow it from the library and now have to return it. I wonder if I can find a copy with the cover I like.
    (I do read books no matter what the cover.)

    Reply
  95. Hello Mary,
    I just finished reading Dearly Beloved and I loved it so much. The main characters were wonderful despite their many difficulties in life. I still like the fourth cover as it is the way I see them supporting and loving each other. I find covers that do not show the full face more intriguing as when I see a cover such as the last one – It often reminds me of someone who I cannot mesh with the character in the story.
    This is a book I will have to buy as I want to read it again and again. Luckily I got to be the first to borrow it from the library and now have to return it. I wonder if I can find a copy with the cover I like.
    (I do read books no matter what the cover.)

    Reply

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