By M.J. Rose

  • M. J. Rose: The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense

    M. J. Rose: The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense
    Indie Next Pick Amazon Best of April Mystery/Suspense "Gripping--a suspenseful and enigmatic story... captivating... compelling, imaginative." (Kirkus) "A page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey." (Library Journal - Starred "Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines…The storyline and extensive historical details…are fascinating.” (Romantic Times TOP PICK)) "Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!" (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

  • M. J. Rose: Seduction: A Novel of Suspense

    M. J. Rose: Seduction: A Novel of Suspense
    Indie Next List. Intriguing, absorbing, and utterly captivating, Seduction will leave you begging for a sequel." —Books & Books "Mysterious, haunting, and tragic, Seduction emerges as a suspenseful alchemy of potent ingredients, beautifully blended, that ignites your senses and leaves you aching for more." (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet ) "Seduction is an absolute pleasure to read -- clever, suspenseful, exciting, mysterious, learned, and engrossing. Some of the best historical fiction I've read in quite some time and just plain reading fun. M.J. Rose is at the top of her game, and that is saying something." (David Liss, bestselling author of The Twelfth Enchantment )

  • M. J. Rose: The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense

    M. J. Rose: The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense
    INDIE NEXT PICK SUSPENSE Best of 2012 PW Best of Mystery/Suspense Spring 2012 "Deliciously sensual...Rose imbues her characters with rich internal lives in a complex plot that races to a satisfying finish." (Publisher's Weekly (starred and boxed) "Compelling... suspenseful tale. Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted". - Associated Press "Rose has entered another realm and written what is bound to be one of this year's best books." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer "The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose is an amazing novel, an utterly engrossing thriller that weaves together reincarnation, ancient Egypt, international intrigue, and a lost book of fragrances. Elegantly written, with unforgettable characters and flawlessly realized international settings, here is a novel that will keep you up all night—and leave you with powerful feelings of revelation, wonder, and the infinitude of human possibility." —New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

  • Seen on FOXTV as PAST LIFE : The Reincarnationist

    Seen on FOXTV as PAST LIFE : The Reincarnationist
    THE REINCARNATIONIST. Starred Library Journal Review. Starred Publisher's Weekly Review. Booksense Pick for September and 2007 Highlight List. "A fascinating story of reincarnation that is one of the year's most ambitious and entertaining thrillers." - David Montgomery - Chicago Sun-Times

  • May 2010 : The Hypnotist - Best of 2010 Fiction - January Magazine

    May 2010 : The Hypnotist - Best of 2010 Fiction - January Magazine
    "Stunning page-turner" PW - (Starred)-------------- "In the third transfixing thriller in her Reincarnationist series, Rose continues to excite readers with enthralling tales of lives past and present interconnecting." Library Journal

  • People Magazine Pick of the Week : The Memorist

    People Magazine Pick of the Week : The Memorist
    "Gripping… Rose once again skillfully blends past and present with a new set of absorbing characters in a fascinating historical locale." - Starred Review, Library Journal ------------------------------ "Rose's fascinating follow up to The Reincarnationist... skillfully blends past life mysteries with present day chills. The result is a smashing good read." -Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly

  • Finalist for the Gumshoe award for Best Thriller of 2006.: The Venus Fix

    Finalist for the Gumshoe award for Best Thriller of 2006.: The Venus Fix
    "One of the year's best thrillers." -- David Montgomery (reviewer for the Chicago Sun et al.) "M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." - Laura Lippman

  • James Patterson: Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night

    James Patterson: Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night
    I'm a proud member of this anthology that's gotten stars from PW & Library Journal!

  • : Lying In Bed

    Lying In Bed
    After years of toying with the idea... my first erotic novel. In stores May 30th. Order now.

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May 11, 2005



"Dolittle Rocks..."

Katharine Weber

I do think you ought to do just that. The worst thing about the story (which does have a good ending, of course) is her willngness to be so negative with a new writer, and her own client at that. Good for you for havng such a sturdy ego and for believing in the work, instead of accepting the advice to write for the market. (And good for your husband for encouraging you.)

I know an agent socially who probably has no clue that she said something so casually dismissive to me some twelve years ago. I told her I was working on a novel and had a piece of it ready as a stand-alone story. She said, "Oh, most journalists think they can write fiction but very few really can." Se did not offer to see the work, needless to say. I was really hurt by her comment, and worried that it was a hex, like something the bad fairy would say at the christening. A month later, my first fiction -- the story I had been trying to tell her about --was accepted for publication by The New Yorker.


I do think you should send an autograph copy to "Agent A!" Along with all the letters from people who loved it. She obviously has no idea what people WANT to read. I sometimes thing that publishers are so afraid to offend anyone that many of the books published today would be so much better if publishers would just stop trying to censor the story the writers want to write.

I just finished reading the book over the weekend and I was totally blown away! I'm giving it to my next door neighbor to read and to one of the ladies here at work who is a big reader. I'll try to email you later with more. Suffice it to say "GREAT JOB!"

Allison Brennan

I loved this backstory because I think we all have had characters that wouldn't let go. I might dig around for some that I put aside but still nag me from time to time.

Your husband sounds like a keeper.

I, personally, wouldn't send the book to the agent. You're above that. It's a small world. She'll hear about it.


I'm so glad you carried on with the story. Honestly I think I've read this book about 30 times. I always cry when the baby was... Y'know.
I originally bought the book as a joke present for my mother under the title of "The Bitch Goddess Notebook" as I though the title suited my mother perfectly. But the story inside, oh ho ho, my mother will never get to read this book.
All my friends have borrowed it, and it's looking rather battered now, but it's probably my favorite book.
I have no idea what I would have done all summer holiday without this wonderful book. I can only hope to be as half as an amazing writer as you.

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