Welcome to my writing world. Whether you are here
because you enjoy my books or you're wondering, “Is that
the Mary Blayney who used to live in Muskegon, Michigan?”
check out my biography (which does include Muskegon)
and click here to see what's coming.
For the last thirty years I have written both Contemporary
and Regency set romances, some with a paranormal
element. The qualities that all these stories share are love,
hope and family.
The Regency spans the early years of the nineteenth
century (think Jane Austen and King George III)
The rights of man were moving to center stage and the idea
of marrying for love was beginning to take hold of hearts
and minds. In addition, following the defeat of Napoleon in
1815, England faced the beginning of the Industrial
Revolution. It's an era where the clash of old ways and new
ideas was felt by every family whether rich or poor, London
based or country bred
The series I wrote for Kensington's Zebra Line of Traditional
Regencies is set in the early years of the 19th century when
England was struggling to defeat Napoleon in his attempt to
conquer the world. The war is on the fringe of my novels but
everyone in Marquis Straemore’s family feels the weight of
it. As each of the marquis’s children find love, generations of
old wounds are healed. Each of them discovers that
reconnecting as family enriches their lives and love.
The series for Bantam Books takes place after Napoleon’s
defeat in 1815, on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution.
Duke Meryon’s brothers and sister are an unconventional lot
which serves them well as they face the great changes
In addition to these two series I have participated in seven
anthologies published by Penguin/Berkley. These
anthologies with stories by some of the best authors of the
day including JD Robb, Ruth Langan, Mary Kay McComas,
Patricia Gaffney and Elaine Fox. It is great to be in such
My novellas are all Regency set love stories which have one
continuing element, a magic coin, called “Poppy’s Coin.”
The coin changes the lives of everyone who wishes on it,
whether they know they are wishing on a magic coin or not.
The first two books I ever sold were published by Silhouette.
Father Christmas and True Colors are contemporaries.
Father Christmas is available as an ebook and True Colors
can be found at used book websites including Amazon.
Last, but a favorite, is the anthology I did with my writers
group. Once and Forever is a wonderful romance sampler
featuring published authors Emelle Gamble, Elaine Fox,
Lavinia Kent and introducing the remarkable Evie Owens.
My novella in that collection, "Playing for Keeps," is the story
of an adult Kendall Marshall one of the twins who are the
heart of Father Christmas. Kendall is all grown up, living in
New York with her sister, Jessica, and is as mischievous as
ever. Once and Forever is available through all online book
publishers as an ebook and trade paperback.