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!

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

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September 16, 2010


Alex Adams

I have to wonder if she's aware of this bias. Naturally, she's welcome to feature whomever she chooses, but this strikes me as an odd phenomenon, especially given the plethora of strong stories written by women. Like you, I find it curiouser and curiouser.


MJ -- If you go back to the beginning of Oprah's Bk Club, the balance tips toward women. Depending on how you count "picks" (3 novels by the same author, etc?) it's 30 men vs. 37 women, or 28 men vs. 36 women. You could even see her recent picks as redressing the balance. . . .


Does it really matter? I mean half the problem in the world today is because we label and discriminate.

Is it possible that the books that Oprah has picked are simply the best available at the time? Or at least the best according to Oprah's personal taste?

I mean if it is a case that you have to be a woman to get on certain lists or into certain book clubs etc isn't that just another form of discrimination.

I don't mean to rant but when I read a book I don't read it because it was written by one sex or the other, I read it because it is good - the last book I read was by Maria V Snyder (Fire Study) and it was excellent.

If nothing else, this is an interesting observation. I'll be paying more attention to Oprah's picks in the future.


in 2009 The Best of the National Book Awards was held, it spanned 60years of all National Book Awards winners. Out of 77 Authors about 10 where woman, this too might seem unbalanced as well? but of the the short list of the top 6, two where woman and guess who won? Flannery O'Connor. It's not all unbalanced win you come out on top and the odds are against you, it just makes the victory that much more sweeter ! but i'm a betting man and i like long shots! lol


She picks some gems from time to time. I especially liked Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth." I doubt she has an actual bias toward men; perhaps the type of fiction she reads on a regular basis is dominated by male writers?

Jessie Thurlow

"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove any thing."
-Jane austen

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Nice article, thanks for the information.

Steven Barnes

My guess is that Oprah simply has an affinity for male thought patterns--she certainly knows her audience is primarily female! It's fun to write characters who have tendencies like that.

Jonathan Eloff

"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove any thing."
-Jane austen

This quote is no longer true, in fact, depending on your country of residence it may now be the opposite.

Source for my claim:

This is an important post. Subconscious bias is the most common explanation for this kind of thing, but it isn't until someone brings out the facts that we can confront that bias.

There are only 3 reasons women don't make it to the top


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So, you’ve finished your short story, or short story collection. Congratulations!

However, now, here comes your real task: editing and polishing your work for publication.

Leave it alone.

You’ve been slaving away with your writing, right? So take a well earned break! Go do something else for a few days, or even a couple of weeks. Give yourself enough time to be able to look back at your work with a fresh pair of eyes.

Return to your work and read it thoroughly.

Sit down in a quiet room with your work. Read it slowly. Go over sentences as many times as you need. Don’t rush. Don’t make any changes at this stage; just read hard, highlight any errors or sections that need reworking or deleting anything you may want to change. Check for clichés, clumsy adverbs, abstractions, unnecessary descriptions or awkward dialogue. If any of your content does not further your story in any way, then it must go – even if you like it! Keep it clear and concise. If you want to submit a decent short story, then you must be prepared to ‘kill your darlings.’

Get a second opinion.

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Now polish!

It is now time to attack your work and make all those changes. Right your wrongs and remember there is always room for improvement. Don’t be afraid to experiment – you might be surprised at the result!

So, you’re all done editing.

You’re happy with your work, or as happy as you can be. Now it’s time to prepare it for submission.

Follow the submission guidelines.

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So, you’ve finished! You’re happy with your work, it’s all dressed up the way your publisher wants it and you’re ready for anything. Sorry, but you’re still not quite there yet.

Check again.

Give it another read to see if you’ve missed anything. Make sure it’s grammar and spelling perfect and complies entirely with the guidelines. Publishers receive loads of submissions every day. Don’t forget that one tiny mistake could easily get your work rejected.

Happy? Proofread? Checked? Checked thoroughly? Really thoroughly? Okay. Now you really are ready to go! Go forth, submit and prosper. Good luck!

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