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Mary Balogh
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Mary Balogh
How is my name pronounced? It is the question I am asked most often, apart from "Where do you get your ideas?" Balogh is a Hungarian name. The a is short, the h best ignored. My husband tells people to rhyme our name with Kellogg's Corn Flakes. I tell them that as long as people are saying my name, I don't much care how they pronounce it!

Growing Up in Wales
I grew up in post-war Wales as Mary Jenkins. It was in many ways an idyllic childhood even though Swansea, my home town, had been heavily bombed during the war, rationing was still on, and material possessions were few. If anyone knew how to stretch a penny to do the work of two, it was my mother.

Settling in Canada
I had a very good education thanks to parents who emphasized the importance of school and career at a time when many people were still saying that education was wasted on girls. I was fortunate to be young at a time when there was employment in almost any field I might have chosen. I wanted to teach and travel, and came to Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada, on a two-year teaching contract. But at the end of the first year I had a blind date with a man named Robert Balogh and found a tall, sharply dressed, blue-eyed Adonis standing in my landlady's kitchen when I came down from my room on the fateful evening. We were married a little over a year later.

Making Dreams Come True
Wanting to be an author is a dream; wanting to be a teacher is an practical goal. The goal I could and did work toward. I knew that if ever I wrote, it was that romantic world of Regency England that I wanted to recreate. And so A Masked Deception got written in longhand at the kitchen table while home and family functioned around me after the supper dishes were done. Finally, at the end of 1983, three months after I had started it, the manuscript was ready to be submitted. But where? And how? I knew nothing about the publishing world and nothing about any writers' organizations. To say I was a greenhorn would be to flatter me. I picked out the publisher I thought did the best job of Regencies, found a Canadian address inside the cover of one of the Signet books, and sent my manuscript there with a brief covering letter. The Mississauga address was a mere distribution centre! But incredibly someone there read the manuscript, liked, it, wrote to tell me so, and sent it on to New York. Two weeks later I had a call from Hilary Ross, offering me a two-book contract. Sometimes it pays not to have a clue what one is doing!

And so the dream became reality. A Masked Deception was published in 1985 and I won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer that year.

Finally, in 1988, I was able to retire from teaching after twenty years in order to devote myself to my dream career. And as the children grew up and left home and empty bedrooms behind them, I was able to set up my own study and surround myself with all my books and finest treasures.

Let no one ever say that dreams cannot come true. They can with vision and effort and a little luck--well, perhaps a great deal of luck.

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Georgian series
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Huxtable series
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Book List
Someone to Wed (11/17)

Irresistible (reprint) (11/16)

Unforgiven (reprint) (07/16)

Only Beloved (05/16)

Indiscreet (reprint) (02/16)

Only a Kiss (09/15)

Only a Promise (06/15)

Longing (reprint) (03/15)

Beyond the Sunrise (02/15)

Only Enchanting (11/14)

Escape, The (07/14)

Under the Mistletoe (anthology reissue) (12/13)

Arrangement, The (08/13)

Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau, A (anthology) (11/12)

Secret Mistress, The (mass market reprint) (07/12)

Proposal, The (05/12)

Temporary Wife, The/ Promise of Spring, A (anthology) (02/12)

Famous Heroine, The and The Plumed Bonnet (10/11)

Bespelling Jane Austen (paperback) (10/11)

Secret Mistress, The (07/11)

Betrothal, The (10/10)

Bespelling Jane Austen (10/10)

Secret Affair, A (Hardcover) (05/10)

Dark Angel
Lord Carew's Bride (Anthology)

Matter of Class, A (12/09)

Precious Jewel, A (reissue) (12/09)

Heart of Christmas, The (Anthology) (10/09)

Seducing an Angel (Hardcover) (05/09)

At Last Comes Love (05/09)

Then Comes Seduction (04/09)

First Comes Marriage (03/09)

It Happened One Night (Anthology) (10/08)

Ideal Wife, The (reissue) (06/08)

Simply Perfect (Hardcover) (03/08)

Simply Magic (reissue) (02/08)

Irresistible [reissue] (10/07)

Summer to Remember, A (reissue) (07/07)

One Night For Love (reissue) (07/07)

Web of Love (reissue) (06/07)

Simply Magic (Hardcover) (03/07)

Simply Love (reissue) (03/07)

Gilded Web, The (reissue) (12/06)

Simply Love (Hardcover) (08/06)

Secret Pearl, The (reissue) (11/05)

Christmas Keepsakes (Anthology) (10/05)

Simply Unforgettable (03/05)

Slightly Dangerous (06/04)

Slightly Sinful (04/04)

Slightly Tempted (12/03)

Under the Mistletoe (Anthology) (10/03)

Slightly Scandalous (06/03)

Slightly Wicked (05/03)

Slightly Marrried (04/03)

Summer To Remember, A (07/02)

No Man's Mistress (08/01)

More than a Mistress (09/00)

Masked Deception, A (UK) (12/99)

One Night for Love (07/99)

Chance Encounter, A (06/99)

Captured Hearts (Anthology) (02/99)

Last Waltz, The (11/98)

Irresistible (10/98)

Thief of Dreams (05/98)

Unforgiven (01/98)

Christmas Bride, A (11/97)

Regency Christmas Carol, A (Anthology) (11/97)

Silent Melody (08/97)

Temporary Wife, The (05/97)

Indiscreet (01/97)

Regency Christmas Feast, A (Anthology) (11/96)

Plumed Bonnet, The (09/96)

Timeswept Brides (Anthology) (07/96)

Truly (05/96)

Ungrateful Governess, The (03/96)

Famous Heroine, The (01/96)

Angel Christmas (Anthology) (11/95)

Regency Christmas VII, A (Anthology) (11/95)

Heartless (10/95)

Incurable Matchmaker, The (07/95)

Lord Carew's Bride (06/95)

Dashing and Dangerous (Anthology) (06/95)

Blossoms (Anthology) (05/95)

Longing (12/94)

Christmas Belle, A (11/94)

From The Heart (Anthology) (11/94)

Regency Christmas VI, A (Anthology) (11/94)

First Snowdrop, The (09/94)

Dark Angel (08/94)

Daring Masquerade (06/94)

Tempting Harriet (05/94)

Tangled (03/94)

Dancing With Clara (02/94)

Courting Julia (11/93)

Regency Christmas V, A (Anthology) (11/93)

Moonlight Lovers (Anthology) (09/93)

Rakes And Rogues (Anthology) (06/93)

Precious Jewel, A (06/93)

Deceived (04/93)

Tokens of Love (Anthology) (01/93)

Christmas Promise, A (12/92)

Beyond The Sunrise (11/92)

Regency Christmas IV, A (Anthology) (11/92)

Notorious Rake, The (09/92)

Full-Moon Magic (Anthology) (09/92)

Counterfeit Betrothal, A (06/92)

Regency Summer, A (Anthology) (06/92)

Regency Valentine II, A (Anthology) (01/92)

Christmas Beau (12/91)

Regency Christmas III, A (Anthology) (11/91)

Ideal Wife, The (10/91)

Secret Pearl, The (09/91)

Snow Angel (05/91)

Regency Valentine I, A (Anthology) (02/91)

Certain Magic, A (01/91)

Regency Christmas II, A (Anthology) (11/90)

Unlikely Duchess, An (10/90)

Devil's Web, The (07/90)

Double Wager, The (06/90)

Web Of Love (03/90)

Promise Of Spring, A (01/90)

Gilded Web, The (11/89)

Regency Christmas I, A (Anthology) (11/89)

Lady With A Black Umbrella (08/89)

Obedient Bride, The (05/89)

Gift Of Daisies, A (01/89)

Unacceptable Offer, An (05/88)

Secrets Of The Heart (04/88)

Gentle Conquest (12/87)

Constant Heart, The (07/87)

Wood Nymph, The (01/87)

Trysting Place, The (06/86)

Red Rose (03/86)

Masked Deception, A (02/85)


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