Mary Brock Jones


Mary Brock Jones lives in Auckland, New Zealand, but her childhood years in the stunning Otago region of the South Island live on in the romantic adventures of her heroes and heroines.

“When not office bound or being forced to see how much my four grown sons now tower over me, much to their endless amusement, I write historical romances and science fiction.

The romances stem from my early years in the southernmost parts of New Zealand, a land where history still marches alongside the farmers, stunning tourist vistas and entrepeneurial endeavours of the modern day. The love of historicals comes from the pages of great books such as those by Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Dunnett.

The science fiction is also founded in those early years. The first landing on the moon is a vivid memory, even if it was in very shaky black and white. Growing up on a fictional diet of Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings”, and any other SF or fantasy work available was tied to a fascination in the natural world. I was a farm raised child of the fifties and sixties, a time when science was going to make anything possible, and science fiction seemed readily close to fact in my imagination.
My parents introduced me to libraries and gave me the freedom to dream. Is it any wonder I became a writer?”

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Lymond series" by Frances Crawford. A series, yes, but the whole is amazingly rich in language, character and place. A jewel of a writer, Dunnett brings to life the vibrancy of the renaissance in books that I read again and again.

"The Lord of the Rings" by JRR Tolkien. Classic fantasy at it's best, I think it's the tragedy inherent in the story as much as the breadth of vision he displays here. I cry every time I read of Frodo's continued malaise at the end of the last book.

"Devil's Cub" by Georgette Heyer. All of her books are amazing; classics of comedy and romance, but this is my favourite, just. Over the top, hugely romantic, and with a larger than life hero and the most indomitable of heroines.

"Diamond Star" by Catherine Asaro. Romantic scifi and space opera at its best. I love her Skolian series, but this is the best, mainly for the fascinatingly creative spirit that rocks its way through it. A rock star and a Skolian prince, her hero's story is an absolute page turner.

"Naked in Death" - the first book in JD Robbs 'In death series - with again a tough heroine, deeply flawed, stubborn but with a heart of gold and a never-say-die attitude. The whole series is wonderful for the ongoing love story of the heroine and hero, two complex, damaged souls who find each other then must make their way through the travails of finding out to make a marriage work, rather than just falling in love.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance of all kinds including science fiction (Linnea Sinclair, the Liaden books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, paranormal (anything by Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison, Jayne Castle), contemporary romance and suspense, some poetry (particularly Elizabethan). Pure science fiction, particularly those more character driven, eg by Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert Silverberg, Catherine Asaro, R A McAvoy, Julie Czerneda. Fantasy, including Juliet Marillier JRR Tolkien, Ann Bishop, Judith Tarr.
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Series: Arcadia. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 142,400. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Eons ago, ecological engineers like Caleb and Fee designed their world. But even the best designs wear out eventually. Now, Arcadia is threatened with environmental collapse, and only the men and women of the Survey can save it. The two must work in secret, altering entire landscapes before the locals find out and try to stop them.

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