Let’s say JM has made the personal decision to retire from writing. I reread her books ( all of them) every few years. But them, knowing how I feel about my books, gave me a bag full of things and when I reached inside, I came across the same edition I had read as a child.  Unaware that there were rules that most Regency romances followed, McNaught's early novels were unique. “Reading or writing a romance novel constitutes a public declaration of sentimentality…women possess an inexhaustible abundance of determination and courage. She is an Amazing writer! Maybe she just has no more love to give? It’s May 2019 and there is no book in sight. I also wonder if anyone contacted her children? I think you and I married into the last generation of that type of man. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I agree with most of your comments, and certainly share your frustration, but respectfully disagree re authors today. I wished we could have that comraderie again. Hi, Elizabeth! Mrs. Judith McNaught – if you are reading these comments — please know that WE — the READERS — love your books. I understood, yet I didn’t understand the book at such a tender age. Try again. It’s easier for me to read. Forgot account? Do the one thing you think you cannot do. or.  Her third marriage, to Don Smith, a professional golfer and engineer, ended in May 1993. It’s horrible that they can’t just tell us SOMETHING. No one is perfect. Even if she doesn’t come back, I’m glad she was here and that she was able to give us beautiful stories we will never forget and always cherish. What a shmuck. It’s another kind of world, and I think she thinks she doesn’t belong anymore, or at least, this is how I like to explain her vanishing. I haven’t found another author that I like better. All I could think about was, my god, I know they’re going to make a movie or tv series of this novel one day. Where is Judith mcnaught? I found this offensive to your fans.”, “Judith McNaught – I hope you are alright. But I and several others are very interested. It seems to be everybody’s favorite! Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had at least 24 New York Times Bestsellers. did this sort of man die out, and thus the genre is unbelievable? My all time 2nd Most Favorite is “Perfect” I have that series and all of her books. McNaught is the mother of all romance. All other romance novels seem so watered down compared to Judith McNaughts! My efforts were answered with a few occasions of blunt refusal and a lot of cryptic silence. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I hope your daughter gives her a chance. Do you know what’s happening to Mrs. Judith? I did not want it to end. , Whitney, My Love, the first manuscript, was finally published in 1985, after McNaught had proven herself with two successful published novels. We need to be heard!! I don’t know where I am going with this. I agree with you! Judith’s writing is so real that it feels like it could be happening today even though when it first came out it could have been happening then to. I’m not so sure it is the publisher. No way. My sisters and I had thrown out what we didn’t need. I know she had some health and personal issues (death of her mother, couple of divorces, & whatever else) or so it was reported. I want to know! Unaware that there were rules that most Regency romances followed, McNaught's early novels were unique. No one will be mad at her. Please let us read another book by Judith. Thank you all for keeping me from feeling stupid for my disappointment! If that is the case it is sad…. I find the stuff out there very boring.  She reached the New York Times Bestseller List for the first time in 1988, and all of her subsequent books have also placed on the NYT Bestseller List. You are always in my thoughts and in my heart… ^ She is special!!! I reached out to McNaught’s publisher Simon & Schuster, to journalists who had interviewed McNaught shortly before the “release”, I even rooted names from her novels’ acknowledgements and contacted anyone I could find. I read it then, when I was barely eleven years old. Romance, YA, Fiction and Fantasy Novel Reviews, Nonsensical Rants, and My Own Writing Adventures. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. She is 76 and maybe she just can’t do it. It’s really the silence that’s so confusing and insulting. Even my own idea of this sort of man was vastly negative when I went through it myself. The presence of the romances is too polite, Mrs. Hoyt is distinguished. By: Judith McNaught He had clung to the comforting delusion that it had been an accident of timing and circumstances. Happy Reading! You’ve created something lasting in this world and that’s something to be proud of. Between them, they had seven children, her two and his five from a previous marriage. Back in 1998, I read Ms McNaught’s interview that you quoted about not buying books to show the publishing world what we wanted. JMN historical romances just get to me every time. I hope all the fans get answers! Damn. When I was suffering, because do not get me wrong these men hurt as deeply as they love deeply, I had no understanding from my friends. But like many creative people she has apparently become a complete fruitcake. What is going on. I so loved the comment that JM books are like the comforting element of ice cream. Bravo, Judith, we await more high quality books such as this one with great anticipation! Of my mother squealing with joy and anticipation. And though I don’t want to lose Judith either, something tells me it’s okay. My dearest Grandmother, Five days ago, our son was born and we have named him John. No characters worth the time. Anyway, I agree, I do not read romance novels anymore except a few authors. Then, i met my now husband. But by telling us that her new release is due by a certain date, and then changing that date so that my future Great Great Granddaughter has to buy it for me, I just feel like the cat who is forever being taunted with a ball of string. This is a total of 18! I am shocked to hear that the book has been postponed or god forbid, cancelled altogether? WTH?? Recently, I had moved and relocated. He is 53 at the moment by the way. W… Where Is Judith Mcnaught I have just read Perfect and Paradise. In conclusion – JMN is homemade macaroni and cheese. She is a marvel. Maybe even soon. Your email address will not be published. Such a shame; younger readers are missing out on the best romance writer. I think she’s done. Still another no show.  She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. That said, I suspect that her age or health have caught up with her and we should allow her to retire peacefully. Would like an honest and straightforward answer.”. I felt clueless about this 2045 date! Audible.com please. After one of her novels placed on the New York Times Best Seller List for the first time, McNaught asked her publisher to change the covers of all future releases. There even gatherings with her and her fans done for several continuous years. However- I appreciate your good wishes on that score AND nice to know YOU are out there, carrying the torch so to speak. Would you be available to create that petition? She’s the best writer. I miss Judith McNaught. Why would any publisher fail to bring this romance author, one of the first to ever receive a multi-million dollar contract, back into the light? I know her husband passed away and then her Mother. Their newest books are not yours, nor do Avon’s books hold a candle to your meaningful plot weaving and character development. We should start a petition for all fans to sign. See more of Judith McNaught Author on Facebook. However, I still say thank you each day: HE was the wisest decision I ever made. I have original copies of every book JM wrote and have reread some over 30x. I’ve been waiting for JM’s next book for years now. I too have been looking forward to this book and was so saddened and confused with the non-release. So many of the fundraisers were held right here at this house,” Foster continued.” I do hope JM is not seriously ill, or has it has been suggested she may have passed away, God Forbid. Where Is Judith Mcnaught. I have waited and remained hopeful but I gave up reading romance like many of you because the “new” romance became depressing. I too am waiting for Judith McNaught‘s new book. Both endearing in their own way, but one is clearly superior. I, too, have failed to be satisfied with any other author of romance. She wrote a number of successful historical and modern romances, many of which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, dabbled brilliantly in suspense and crime driven plots, and even wrote a novel in support of adult literacy. I just want to thank you for your blog on JM. That you can find (literally) anywhere on the romance shelf. Haha, I promise they will forever bring a lump to the throat of aspirational romantics like us…. It just seems unfair to her legion of fans that are waiting for that book to keep changing the date and breaking a promise. Thank you! Of my cousins and aunties gushing over Whitney and her whimsical love story of drama, humor and growth. “‘This title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on December 31, 2045.’ Something is terribly wrong. There are no reissues of her books, old editions are very expensive at auctions. It’s only fair that they tell the truth. All these years and I could never part with her books, they bring so much happiness every time I reread them. Appalled at the discovery that one in five women was functionally illiterate, McNaught offered to rewrite her almost-completed manuscript, Perfect to insert the literacy theme. EVER!! Her house is sold fully furnished and another book doesn’t come out until 2045? Nobody writes like her now, I miss Judith, McKinney, Deveraux, Lindsey (I’m 37 and the affairs of Mr. Kleypas, Dare are nice but polite). In the romance community, Lindsey was a superstar, helping to establish the genre and make it a publishing juggernaut. There are very few Writers that compare to Ms McNaught! No one else compares. “(She loved) having friends over and people over that she could entertain. So was Vince Flynn.  She also was the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. The Wallflower Series has a 5th book, a Christmas edition novella. , McNaught was one of the first romance authors to receive a multimillion-dollar contract and have her novels published in hardcover, better positioning them for review by major publications. Just say goodbye. However, since you asked: In January of this year I discovered Lisa Kleypas. We want to know what happen to this book! I have read all of Judith s books over and over again. 0; If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. I commend your article! I am nearly distraught that Judith McNaught seems to have lost her Mo-Jo! Whitney, My Love, the first manuscript, was finally published in 1985, after McNaught had proven herself with two successful published novels. We need closure. This gruff man of mystery is melted into a puddle of sentimentality as he sees the name unashamedly light up the sky — “an unfamiliar constriction tightens his throat” and he embraces her in front of every camera and body on the street. It’s like drinking a cheap wine. Is she writing under another name? I also reached out to Simon and Schuster and questioned why 2045? I have been waiting and waiting for her to bring a new book to us. Let’s hope we hear something about this book! Judith McNaught is a bestselling American author that writes historical and contemporary romance. There once was a Website dedicated to all things McNaught, with Facebook like messages. I don’t want it to work like Joanna Lindsay who had cancer, but we didn’t know. She had a way of weaving a story with intense emotions, humor and drama. They were unique then and are even more unique now. Perfect and Paradise All other romance novels seem so watered down compared to Judith McNaughts! Before gaining success as a writer, McNaught had previously worked as an assistant director for a film crew, an assistant controller of a major trucking company, president of a temporary employment agency, and president of an executive search firm. Smart, independent, strong minded, witty, competitive, And I might as well add sexy too. I read somewhere she had breast cancer. Totally agree. " The book is now credited with inventing the genre today known as the Regency Historical. However the last Westmoreland, Miracles, is/was only available in the US as an ebook, apart from being in hard copy only anthologies with Jude Devereux. Judith McNaught is the #1 New York Times bestselling author who first soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love, and went on to win the hearts of millions of readers with Once and Always, Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, Until You, Remember When, Someone to Watch Over Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller Night Whispers, … , In the early 1990s, Coors Brewing asked her to write a book that would appeal to women and could be used by the company to promote its women's literacy program. I logged onto the website for Avon Books, #1 romance publisher, and studied the authors of their advertised releases. Would just like to know one way or another so that I can stop checking for REAL release date Any communication from Judith or publisher would be appreciated Love her books. Then, it was scheduled to come out January 8, 2019. Maybe she just isn’t up to writing additional books. , At the beginning of McNaught's writing career, she was one of a very few authors writing for the historical romance market. But then you remember – making homemade Mac n’ Cheese takes a long time! , While McNaught at one time lived in Saint Louis, Missouri, she moved to Texas after falling in love with Dallas while on a book tour. I personally Simon and Schuster is taking advantage of Judith McNaught and preventing her from providing joy to others as she has always done. I have read mostly historical romance since I was 20 years until i was about 24. Thank you, Judith, from my heart!!! I doubt we will ever get to the bottom of this mystery, and though it pains me to say it I do not think we will ever get another JM book. But why are some of her titles available globally as ebooks in foreign languages but not English? A book that has been written and the legendary author who wrote it seem to have both disappeared. I thought to myself, whatever, I guess I’ll add it to the collection on my bookshelf even though I’ll never touch it again…but I did. Judith McNaught’s characters are so well written they will continue to entertain throughout all phases of your life. The originator of my pen name, Valente, and I say that with no shame. At the age of 82, 2045 is surly not on my schedule, so my only option to fill my need of McNaught written books, is to read all of them again. Judith McNaught is my favorite author. Deixis in Judith McNaught’s Night Whispers Novel Indonesian Journal of EFL and Linguistics, 4(1), ... words to shorten the utterance and writing. Any feministic streak I had within me just did not give him a chance. It’s as if McNaught’s return would rekindle a plague fire. Her second husband, Mike McNaught encouraged her to pursue her writing dreams. Your email address will not be published. I still re-read every year some of the books, feeling awesome..as usual. Why would any publisher fail to bring this romance author, one of the first to ever receive a multi-million dollar contract, back into the light? Here’s just a few posts I found on McNaught’s Facebook page. In Poland, we love Mrs. Judith’s books. It’s proof that romance novels are now, officially, what their detractors claim: unrealistic, uninspiring, — hollow. McNaught's book did NOT disappoint. She was my favorite and I miss her! I am still in love with Matt Farrell, Michael Valenti, the detective who helped Michael, and all the other characters. But then,just say so. I so much wish they would finish/release The Sweetest Thing. Five Stars. She’ll be remembered because of what she left behind. And I love her.  Regardless of their genre, however, her books tend to be fast-paced and feature strong, loyal, compassionate, intelligent female characters. I would have to say, these days the concept of romance lacks depth and character. She died in October, and we found out about this only six months later … ((. Here’s how it happened: About eight months ago Judith McNaught, mother of the historical romance, founder of my relationship dreams, announced her first book release in twelve years. Every time I pick up one of her books I can’t put it down until it’s finished. I was giddy on my way to the bookstore that morning. More than interested. And he was too proud to adhere to any modern notion of the right man in this day and age. It is definitely a keeper, one to be re-read and enjoyed again and again--a truly excellent romance. Following that … invest in the entire Wallflower Series, then the Hathaway Series and finish with the Ravenals. Thank you so much for commenting on this! , She met her second husband, Michael "Mike" McNaught, while working as an assistant director for a film crew, working on a movie for a General Motors division. Judith McNaught is the #1 New York Times bestselling author who first soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love, and went on to win the hearts of millions of readers with Once and Always, Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, Until You, Remember When, Someone to Watch Over Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller … Judith McNaught’s characters are so well written they will continue to entertain throughout all phases of your life. Her books are like my ice cream when Im feeling down. I had trouble conveying in this article just how disappointed I was when there was no book. By 1985, however, the genre had exploded, and over 50 new historical romances were being published each month, many of them full-length historicals set in the Regency period like McNaught's. I loved Whitney , My love and miss Judith’s books, but Garwood, Deveraux and Woodiwiss(miss her) are just as good! , "McNaught couldn't play the piano, so she wrote bestsellers instead", "The 'Perfect' romantic: Judith McNaught lives up to image put forth in her books", "Cameo/Excerpt of Night Whispers by Judith McNaught", Judith McNaught Message Board at Random House, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Judith_McNaught&oldid=956917433, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with CINII identifiers, Wikipedia articles with PLWABN identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with Trove identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 May 2020, at 01:07. So I went on a book buying hiatus. Yes! When I was 23 my mother had the book “Perfect” and I fell in love with Judith McNaught. Most importantly we are not content with another author. Judith Mcnaught Book List . See more of Judith McNaught Author on Facebook. She takes you on a journey through every emotion. A part of me can’t help but feel, you know what? But…in a happy sense. Shame to Simon & Schuster for showing us such disrespect. “My dear favorite author … how come when I go to buy the book on Amazon they only promise to deliver when I’m 91 years old, that is December 31st, 2045?????? I read the book in its entirety with new eyes, and I cried at the solid beauty of the tale McNaught told. I totally agree. , McNaught's first manuscript was Whitney, My Love, which she wrote between 1978 and 1982. JM, you have helped countless sisters in this tribe through some very difficult times. Doesn’t matter if you are reading it in the 90’s or 2018, many of not all of the Actors and actresses she used are still alive. Judith Mcnaught New Book Release . Judith McNaught, this is superb writing! Comparing these men to McNaught’s is like holding “Baby Shark” up to Beethoven. Even now, I would remember some scene from a novel and smile at the perfection with which every detail was delivered. Monday, April 06, 2009 "Almost Heaven," by Judith McNaught ... reason, but just because there were other books I wanted to read first. Even the less sexual endings struck me as unsatisfactory. By the end they’re still strong, but they’ve surrendered themselves entirely to the women they fell in love with. All you can do is reread them occasionally and hope it is just a legal battle that is resolved. We demand to know. That is, unless Simon & Schuster finally deigns to speak up. Unlike the typical Regency, "a light romp with no sex," her novels tended to be "intensely sensual and witty. …publishers began concentrating more on quantity than quality… Inevitably, the market became saturated, and – equally inevitably – disenchanted readers began expressing dissatisfaction with the quality of the books. I’ve had to repurchase the books in large print now that I’m getting older; maybe I ought to leave my collection for you? Julie Garwood does come close, but there is no one like Judith McNaught. And now it’s just as tragic that we can’t hear the stories on Audible except for Every Breath You Take. They told me they didn’t want to get chewed out by me, lol. As McNaught herself once said, it takes bravery to read and write this stuff. is forced to have power. Don't miss out on weekly new content or exclusive deals. In this case, I don’t define sentiment as lovey-dovey, gushy-mushy stuff. Whitney, My Love captured the elements of the traditional Regency romance, but its long length, sensuality, and emotional intensity were more often associated with the traditional historical romances, which were rarely set during the Regency period. Sorry for the novella, and thank you for your blog. I am not buying books. Judith McNaught made her debut as a published novelist with the novel Tender Triumph, published in 1983. Without powerful men, there is no opportunity for sentimental transformation. Several things separate her from the competition, including the sophistication and intelligence of the writing, but the biggest difference between her and, say, most of the romances at Barnes & Noble can be summed up in one old-fashioned word: sentiment. She is indeed, and fans have been eagerly anticipating her new book, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". How do you expect to keep your loyal, extremely patient fans to continue coming back when you are continually lying to them?”, How indeed? Born in San Luis Obispo in California in 1944, McNaught started writing her first novel in 1978. It’s the pithy conclusion at which critics scoff. But she is te best. My daughter is now 32, she read the book when she was 15 and thanked me for naming her after Whitney Westmorland.I do not understand why they will not release “The Sweetest Thing” I guess we will have to wait and see, but I will be 95 years old by the time that books comes out! I have a collection of her historical romance. She had such a talent for bringing the story to life and she tied up all the loose ends – much like Kathleen Woodiwiss – God rest her soul. The Curious Disappearance of Judith McNaught: What Happened to ‘The Sweetest Thing’? I loved what you wrote about JM. Log In. I have also been puzzling the disappearance of Ms. McNaught. I do hope we hear something soon. And with some fresh tomatoes and maybe even breadcrumbs toasted on the top? Penelope Williamson is still alive but she hasn’t published a book since 2005 according to Wikipedia. After a patient and utterly polite six-month interval, I decided to investigate this phenomenon with all the vigor born of my adolescent reading habits. So completely sick of the decade (almost two really) of stringing her fans along. We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously, I feel the same, I would add Kat Martin, Meagan Mckinney to the list. Also — who needs a publishing company?? Very well put. I have been waiting for her new book for years. Community See All. I’d be interested if anyone here is knowledgeable regarding the process of going from book to audible? Her husband encouraged her to write, buying her a new typewriter and being supportive through the years that publishers rejected her novels. Your article perfectly sums up my feelings for her books, the current publishing industry, and why the non-release of this book has had such a big affect on me. Yes! Reading JMN’s books has ruined me for reading any other romance novels – but I still do, HOPING to find someone, ANYONE who can craft a plot line and develop characters like JMN. Judith McNaught (born May 10, 1944) is a bestselling author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels, with 30 million copies of her works in print. Despite the many years it took to sell the story, it was very successful, and its success influenced other editors to solicit manuscripts written in the same style. What is the issue? The Sweetest Thing, a novel that apparently changed titles and plots a dozen times was, at last, formally announced with a release date of October 23rd, 2018.  As of 2007, she lives in Frisco, Texas. Despite her years of success in the historical romance genre, in 1990 McNaught switched genres to write contemporary romances, hopeful that she would have a better opportunity to distinguish her work in a less-saturated market. Create New Account. I enjoyed your post! Absolutely one of my favorite authors ever! It was the one bright spot in a series of awful, depressing months. Keep us posted! They kiss and say something sweet and that’s the happily ever after. I hope she is okay. Don’t listen to schmucks. Who of us wouldn’t pay to hear her as well as read the stories we love? Judith McNaught is the #1 New York Times bestselling author who first soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love, and went on to win the hearts of millions of readers with Once and Always, Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, Until You, Remember When, Someone to Watch Over Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller Night Whispers, … (She’s just that good!) I only regret that I can never read any of them for the FIRST time again. JM books have touched all of us in ways that can’t be defined but are deep and personal. I have read all her books, and several more than twice. But Judith McNaughts books shouldn’t even be in the same genre as the crappy “romance” novels she’s lumped in with. Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close. Karen- oops, one last thing I forgot to add to my previous post. She has given us so much and we should give her peace. From Judith McNaught: “Here is an incredibly easy (and surprisingly delicious) recipe which can be made from even the meager items I stock in my kitchen. One minute you’re crying and the next minute you’re laughing. Comparing these men to McNaught’s is like holding “Baby Shark” up to Beethoven. The novel concludes with the hero taking his wife, and mother of his child, out onto the parapet of the keep and literally lifting her in the air, he lifts her higher and higher in triumph and adoration. In this case, the ball of string is “The Sweetest Thing.” Man up, Simon & Schuster. With great anticipation posts i found this author sooner my disappointment is judith mcnaught still writing i dab... 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