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Eloisa James Books In Order

Publication Order of Pleasures Trilogy Books

Potent Pleasures (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Pleasures (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enchanting Pleasures (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Duchess Quartet Books

Duchess in Love (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool for Love (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wild Pursuit (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Your Wicked Ways (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fool Again (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Duchess Quartet Books

Duchess in Love (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fool Again (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool for Love (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wild Pursuit (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Your Wicked Ways (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Essex Sisters Books

Much Ado About You (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kiss Me, Annabel (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Taming of the Duke (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pleasure for Pleasure (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Essex Sisters Non-Fiction Books

Essex Sisters Companion Guide (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Desperate Duchesses Books

Desperate Duchesses (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Affair Before Christmas (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duchess by Night (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Duke Returns (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Duchess of Mine (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Duke of Her Own (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Weeks with Lady X (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Happily Ever After... Books

A Kiss at Midnight (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storming the Castle (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winning the Wallflower (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duke is Mine (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ugly Duchess (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seduced by a Pirate (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Tower (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With This Kiss (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lady Most Books

The Lady Most Likely... (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lady Most Willing... (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Four Nights with the Duke (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My American Duchess (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Midsummer Night's Disgrace (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

To Wed a Rake (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The One That Got Away (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Talk of the Ton (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Paris in Love (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Eloisa James is a renowned pen name used to refer to Mary Bly who is an author and a tenured English literature professor at Fordham University. She has written various bestselling romantic novels using this pen name. Mary Bly is a daughter to a short story author; carol Bly and Robert Bly who is a poet.

Mary Bly’s Early Years

Mary Bly was born in 1962 in Minnesota to carol Bly and Robert Bly. Mary Bly inspired her mother to write a short story entitled the maternity wing, Madison Minnesota. The story was first published in The Imagining Home: Writing From The Midsest. James Wright; Mary’s grandfather wrote a very interesting poem specifically for her. He thereafter included it in a Pulitzer Prize; which was a collection of winning poems. Mary Bly is an elder daughter to her namely siblings: Mica, Bridget and Noah.

The Bly family really had passion for writing. Though they were relatively poor to the extent of not being able to own a TV, they had more than 5000 books on the other hand. Eloisa James’ father loved reading novels to his children everyday hence exposing them to the love of classic books. He loved to substitute old classic novels to the traditional children’s fare that other children were exposed to.

Bly really had passion for romance even from a tender age. She for example made a puppet that alluded romance together with its lights to entertain her siblings. The burning desire drove her to convince her dad to let her ready at least one romantic novel after reading a classic one.

Mary Bly’s Academic Life

Mary Bly graduated from Harvard University and joined Oxford University where she got her masters in philosophy. She later joined Yale University where she studied Renaissance studies for her Ph .D. She is currently a tenured associate professor at Fordham University, New York City where she lecturers on William Shakespeare. She has also served in the department of English as a director of graduate studies other than heading Fordham’s creative writing project. Bly has published various academic articles; among them include the popular one she published called the 17th century drama inside the modern language association, which is the English literary studies’ most prestigious journal. She has also published an academic article with the popular oxford university press.

Mary Bly’s writing Career

Bly began writing romantic novels while attending a humanities fellowship at the University of Virginia. Her second writing took place when she and her husband and agreed not to have a second child until they have cleared the payment of their student loans. Bly just like her parents wrote an article and sent it to a publishing house for publication. Two publishers surprisingly liked her work, The Potent Pleasures and offered to assist her financially to do the story. She was then provided with all the financial resources that she later used to offset all her student loans.

Mary Bly really feared jeopardizing her career as an academician and an untenured professor if her colleagues realize that she is publishing a romantic novel. She therefore opted to publish it under a pseudonym Eloisa James. Her books have since then become very popular and have been translated to several languages due to demand. They books have also managed to top the chats in Spain and Netherlands. Eloisa James has had 16 USA Today bestsellers and 12 New York Times bestsellers.

The Pleasure Trilogy; which is her first three novels was published by Dell in hardcover without the consent of Bly. Following the publication of her novels, Bly bought the remaining contract and changed her residence to Avon, where her work is now published in the mass market paperwork format as she wished. She objected to the Dell publication on hard cover because she considered it a wrong marketing strategy.

Mary Bly got inspired to write romantic novels from her academic research and life. She writes her novels using England’s set regency period as from 1811-1820. She however always referred to Shakespeare’s work while writing her books. Bly therefore uses a classic language and she had tried to write using a contemporary language to no success.

Bly builds her characters on typical romance stereotypes. She had used plumb characters and a hero annulling a marriage because of his importance.

She has also built her heroines to be surrounded by a punch of friendly relatives and friends. She finds this useful as it reflects on her own life. Eloise James’ novels are a trilogy that has interconnected characters. She therefore explores the love and relationship between those relationships, creating heroes and heroines.

Mary’s Second Career

Mary Bly’s second career remained a secret for a long time. She normally sold her romantic novels as Eloisa James. She always wore her contacts instead of her face when interacting with viewers online.

After her first book got voted as the New York Times bestseller in early 2005, Mary realized that her readers really adore her writing despite the genre. She then decided to go public and reveal her true identity as writing in secrecy is like denying her own work.

She then revealed her true identity to her colleagues and gave them a copy of her books .After that she submitted her objection to the New York Times to defend her romantic novels as Mary Bly and Eloisa James.

Mary Bly family

Mary Bly’s stepmother Ruth and her father Robert really support her romantic writing. Her mother however is of the view that she should try to focus on other literary works according to her public clarifications. All in all, her mother Carol Bly supported her daughter by creating a crossword puzzle that Eloisa James, uploaded to her website. Bly’s mother however suffered from ovarian cancer which eventually killed her.

While working in partnership with Avon; an in-print of Harper Collins, Bly became their spokesperson together with six other romantic novel writers. This was in a program entitled TEAL and K.I.S.S. They used these programs to increase awareness of this deadly disease that killed her mother.

Bly is a wife to Alessandro Vettori who had an Italian origin. Her husband is also a professor of the Italian language at the Rutgers University. They met at a blind date while in Yale University. Mary and Alessandro have two children: a son and a daughter. They all live together in New Jersey although they occasionally travel to Tuscany where they visit Allessandro’s family for some time.

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