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M.J. Rose

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New York City, The United States



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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at http://www.mjrose.com/blog/

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.

Her most recent novel THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES (

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Happy New Year! My publisher is offering 5 advanced reading copies of THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS. If you would like to win one enter here - and also please put the book on your shelf if you would.

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“The owl,” he was saying, “is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps. They can see in the dark. I find that so interesting, to be mired in reality when the rest of the world is dreaming. What does he see and what does he know that the rest of the world is missing?”
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“There is no glory in honesty if it is destructive. And no shame in dishonesty if its goal is to offer grace.”
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“Is there a secret? Yes. Anaïs Nin and Pauline Réage and Anne Rampling and Erica Jong all knew it. E. L. James knows it.
It is the secret behind all of our writing. And our reading. Arousal starts in the mind. And grows in the mind. The brain is the most erogenous zone in a woman’s body. That is our secret. And it is what we share.”
M.J. Rose, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey


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The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1) by Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
(Call of Crows, #1)
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  2 votes, 20.0%

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4) by Patricia Briggs
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
(Alpha & Omega, #4)
  1 vote, 10.0%

Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2) by Rachel Hartman
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
(Seraphina #2)
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The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13) by J.R. Ward
The Shadows by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)
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Vision in Silver (The Others, #3) by Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
(The Others, #3)
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The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
(The Orphan Queen #1)
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Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1) by Gail Carriger
Prudence by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol, #1)
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The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune, #1) by M.J. Rose
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The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) by Marie Rutkoski
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Veronica Dale Thanks for becoming my new friend! Laurie King is one of my favorite authors too.
---Veronica Dale: Blood Seed and Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow.

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Rusty Nugent Hi M.J.,

Thanks for the friendship. It's nice to meet you. How are you doing? Well, I hope. I am a 42 year old southern dark fantasy author from Mississippi that lives in Tennessee because of Hurricane Katrina. I write about werewolves, vampires, demons, angels, and witches. Come by for a spell, read a sneak of Moonwarriors: In A Blackened Dawn? I appreciate you and your opinion. Please like my page, thanks. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRustyN...

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Jr. The Reincarnationist Book#6 comes out in April it will be called The Collector of Dying Breaths

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A.J. Davidson Hi M.J.
A big hello from a very cold Ireland. Roll on St. Patrick's day.


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Zoë Sharp Hi MJ

Thanks so much for Friending me. Lovely to catch up with you here and a very Happy New Year to you.

How's the writing going with you?


Jeannie and Louis Rigod M.J. I thank you for your friendship and look forward to reading your work.

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Nigia Stephens M.J.,
Thanks for accepting my friendvite! Looking forward to cracking open "The Book of Lost Fragrances." I have three new books I plan to read and yours is one of them.

Wonderkell Hi M.J.,
I just wanted to say that I just finished the first of your books I've ever read, the first of many I will read - The Delilah Complex. I adored this book. Your characters are so well drawn & easy to identify with because they are flawed just like the rest of us. And some of your prose is just so beautiful - lyrical & deep. There are quite a few highlights in my Kindle copy, simply because they were beautifully written & rang true for me. So you've gained yourself another fan! Thanks for bringing us this fantastic series.
All the best, Kellie.

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, M.J.!


Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you

Taznim thanks for the add!

Melissa Thanks for the friend request! Looking forward to sharing more books with you.


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Carly Thanks for the friendship M.J. :)

Natasha Thank you for connecting with me on goodreads, I look forward to sharing some good books and some not so good good books with you -♥-
Sincerely Natasha
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Becca Hi M.J. =D

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Katy Thanks for the add!

Matthew Peterson Thanks for the invite. Happy holidays!

Paraworld Zero is now an audiobook!
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"Harry Potter meets Star Wars!"

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Ed Thanks for the add, M.J. Have a great week.

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