So, they say nothing. Amid all of the comments did anyone mention the disappointing fact that it took forever to get her books on Kindle. God bless her for she’s worked hard and deserves her well earned rest. I am not buying books. Is the author Judith McNaught still alive and writing books? McNaught men begin as alphas, arrogant and a bit domineering. Can you recommend any other books or authors that compare? She could be ill and does not want the public to know. She brings to life the alpha male I love: strong, stubborn, sexy and after some twists and turns, totally devoted to the woman he loves. And he was too proud to adhere to any modern notion of the right man in this day and age. Is Judith Mcnaught Still Writing . Can’t you self-publish a book nowadays? All these years and I could never part with her books, they bring so much happiness every time I reread them. Such beautiful creation of characters and story. I’ve been waiting it feels like forever. Ian Thornton, Clayton Westmoreland, oh my. More than interested. Hi, Elizabeth! I totally agree. And to have jerks at a party say because she writes ‘romance’ she’s not a real author (or whatever it was he implied) – that’s like someone saying -‘meh, your homemade mac and cheese is the same as Kraft”. Totally agree. She is particularly known for writing down the highly successful Westmoreland Saga series. So I went on a book buying hiatus. I read it then, when I was barely eleven years old. I too have been looking forward to this book and was so saddened and confused with the non-release. Your email address will not be published. That you can find (literally) anywhere on the romance shelf. Sure, Kraft’s instant cups are quick and easy – and they aren’t terrible (especially if you are starving for some Mac n’ Cheese) – but one taste of real – HOMEMADE mac and cheese — with several types of cheeses, and a hint of mustard and other spices.  She has also been awarded a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and had a Number 1 New York Times Bestseller with the romantic suspense Night Whispers. 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. Haha, I promise they will forever bring a lump to the throat of aspirational romantics like us…. And a guaranteed happily ever after. I think she made her mark, and she put everything she had into these beautiful tales that now line my shelves again. I just want to thank you for your blog on JM. After creating a subplot on literacy in her novel Perfect, McNaught asked her publishers to include a response card in the book packaging. Sorry for the novella, and thank you for your blog. Her second husband, Mike McNaught encouraged her to pursue her writing dreams. I also wonder if anyone contacted her children? As if her brand of romance, so different from current top sellers, is anathema to the romance industry. JM, thank you for carrying me through some tough 25 yrs. McNaught chose to donate a portion of her earnings from the book to women's literacy programs and insisted that each book contain a card giving readers information on how to donate to literacy programs or to become tutors. And how can women possibly feel empowered when publishing companies carelessly decide what’s important and what isn’t, what readers want and don’t want? Judith is awesome. But she is te best. Both endearing in their own way, but one is clearly superior. Sentimentality has enabled us to civilize and soften the other half of the population of the planet.”. Kathleen, I just wanted to reassure you that I am your daughter’s age and am completely obsessed with all Judith McNaught novels. Instead of the common bodice-ripping cover, McNaught wished her books to be packaged with "classy" covers. Her novels introduced the hero first, rather than the heroine. I really think they owe us some answers. 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. Judith Mcnaught New Book Release . Have you ever tried to reach her children, Whitney Shelley and Clay McNaught? Judith McNaught, this is superb writing! Ms McNaught is the best selling and Best Romance writer of this era and they will not print this book. Community See All. did this sort of man die out, and thus the genre is unbelievable? Yet, McNaught is the one of the ones that stand out the most. we like to read about dominant, strong men, maybe not really practical, but in romance … I like to sigh after reading a book and think – how he loved her …. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. And now it’s just as tragic that we can’t hear the stories on Audible except for Every Breath You Take. So well said! We may never know what happened to The Sweetest Thing, but from what I know of current romances I can imagine what went down. I want to know! BUT if she doesn’t want to write again, isn’t inspired, has enough money, etc, she should simply say she’s retired and be done with it. She is indeed, and fans have been eagerly anticipating her new book, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". I have read all of her books many times. ... Judith McNaught. I loved her stories and her wordsmithing – sometimes I’d be laughing and crying in the same paragraph. Reread them often. 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. , She was the keynote speaker at the Romance Writers of America Conference in 1996, and in 1997, Texas Women's Monthly selected her among their four favorite authors, with John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, and Dean Koontz. Yes! It vanished with Judith McNaught. Here’s just a few posts I found on McNaught’s Facebook page. What a shame. I agree with most of your comments, and certainly share your frustration, but respectfully disagree re authors today. The book is now credited with inventing the genre today known as the Regency Historical. What Happened To Judith Mcnaught I haven’t found another author that I like better. 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. How the Joker is the Perfect Embodiment of Carl Jung’s Jester Archetype, 15 years Later: ‘Grandma’s Boy’ Remains the Most Underrated Happy Madison Movie, First-ever recorded reading of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” set for release, Art Bell’s Memoir Details How Being Funny Was a Path of Survival… and Reproduction, CONVOS: Art Bell (Creator of Comedy Central), ‘The American President’ at 25: A Vision of the Politics of the Past. I love JMN! Men devour these and women (including gourmet cooks) spend a lot of time trying to guess how they were created. I have been waiting and waiting for her to bring a new book to us. Try to read them in order if possible, as one book leads to the next in terms of storyline, descendants, etc. Mrs. Judith McNaught – if you are reading these comments — please know that WE — the READERS — love your books. Not the drivel being written by all these wannabes who think they write a great story. Any feministic streak I had within me just did not give him a chance. A childhood dream that has reawakened. As McNaught herself once said, it takes bravery to read and write this stuff. I still re-read every year some of the books, feeling awesome..as usual. I agree. Her husband encouraged her to write, buying her a new typewriter and being supportive through the years that publishers rejected her novels. Yes, I and many of you have been waiting so patiently and with enthusiasm for the next book written by Ms. McNaught. Not Now. Judith Mcnaught Author Website . Sad yes, mad no.  Regardless of their genre, however, her books tend to be fast-paced and feature strong, loyal, compassionate, intelligent female characters. I have tried to get her last book, but to no avail. She is a marvel. JM, you have helped countless sisters in this tribe through some very difficult times. 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. By the end they’re still strong, but they’ve surrendered themselves entirely to the women they fell in love with. My dearest Grandmother, Five days ago, our son was born and we have named him John. “(She loved) having friends over and people over that she could entertain. Julie Garwood does come close, but there is no one like Judith McNaught. One minute you’re crying and the next minute you’re laughing. She married a St. Louis dentist and had two children, a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Clayton, before her divorce. In the romance community, Lindsey was a superstar, helping to establish the genre and make it a publishing juggernaut. I now have a hunch that once has to experience this love in order to be able to write it down as she does. What a shmuck. Fine. Her development of her characters is the most thorough of any romance novel I have ever read. Happy Reading! Back in 1998, I read Ms McNaught’s interview that you quoted about not buying books to show the publishing world what we wanted. I know she had some health and personal issues (death of her mother, couple of divorces, & whatever else) or so it was reported. No way. Both heroes and heroines have all the traits we expect as romance readers. Commenting to put my sadness out there as well. However, since you asked: In January of this year I discovered Lisa Kleypas. As her career has continued to mature, McNaught has gradually introduced elements of suspense into her writing. Still another no show. In this case, the ball of string is “The Sweetest Thing.” Man up, Simon & Schuster. She’ll be remembered because of what she left behind. Judith McNaught’s characters are so well written they will continue to entertain throughout all phases of your life. I would have to say, these days the concept of romance lacks depth and character. Please deliver, timely as we are all getting old waiting. Thank you so much for commenting, Lydia! Thank you! I wish you peace, wherever you are. I bet if you published one – even just a digital one — and put it on your website – or your FB page – it would sell like WILDFIRE. No author has ever inspired those reactions from me. Julie Garwood (born 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American writer of over twenty-seven romance novels in both the historical and suspense subgenres. In Poland, we love Mrs. Judith’s books. We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously, I feel the same, I would add Kat Martin, Meagan Mckinney to the list. Judith Mcnaught Written Works . I agree with what’s been said. Create New Account. For that reason, Perfect will always be my favorite, but I’d have to rate Whitney, My Love as a close second. Hopefully, Simon & Schuster know now just how passionate we are about JM’s writing and give some kind of response. She is my favorite author ever and did not even discover her until I was 22. But then you remember – making homemade Mac n’ Cheese takes a long time! The Sweetest Thing Judith Mcnaught. Judith McNaught is a bestselling American author that writes historical and contemporary romance. I have two favorite authors Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood I sure wish they both would put out something new. Because of its inclusion, thousands of women who had read the book volunteered to become tutors and help people learn to read. For fans of Judith McNaught, it’s been a long wait for a new release. And Jude Deveraux.I miss all these authors who were my childhood. 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? You’ve created something lasting in this world and that’s something to be proud of. Can we request this from the publisher? PLEASE!! In their effort to showcase womanly independence, the women are invulnerable, the men remain the same. 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. Comparing these men to McNaught’s is like holding “Baby Shark” up to Beethoven. Perfect and Paradise All other romance novels seem so watered down compared to Judith McNaughts! It’s really the silence that’s so confusing and insulting. And if you prefer Contemporary Romance try her Travis Series. Only wish I’d found this author sooner. " The book is now credited with inventing the genre today known as the Regency Historical. Can I get a reply from you? Thank you all for keeping me from feeling stupid for my disappointment! I commend your article! EVER!! (Fellow feminists, don’t judge) Mine went on to become a 2 Star General in the Army, His innate leadership skills changed lives and he turned out to be an excellent father too. Very well put. It’s like drinking a cheap wine. But much older now, and also a writer making my own path, I’m saddened. Would like an honest and straightforward answer.”. About See All. In the scant few years in which I neglected the romance novel world, the industry developed an allergy to powerful men. I also reached out to Simon and Schuster and questioned why 2045? Maybe she just isn’t up to writing additional books. Let’s say JM has made the personal decision to retire from writing. 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. And though I don’t want to lose Judith either, something tells me it’s okay. I used to feel empowered, back when I had hopes of another Matt Farrell or Michael Valente, when McNaught proudly announced her first release in twelve years and I excitedly marked my calendar. She did a lot of charity work. Vince Flynn had that sort of unique talent that, no matter that one knows all will end well, he could hold you in a GRIP, for at least 1/3 of the book and one enjoyed the read to that point and after!! In conclusion – JMN is homemade macaroni and cheese. When I was 23 my mother had the book “Perfect” and I fell in love with Judith McNaught. , 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. Let’s hope we hear something about this book! After reading this, I think I’ll buy all her books again in kindle addition are read them again! The change took her an additional six weeks to incorporate. McNaught was the director of public relations for the company. It takes hours! But Judith McNaughts books shouldn’t even be in the same genre as the crappy “romance” novels she’s lumped in with. We want to know what happen to this book! 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. It’s proof that romance novels are now, officially, what their detractors claim: unrealistic, uninspiring, — hollow. I remember the newest edition of Whitney, My Love. Having searched for literally hours, and after buying the Westmoreland series in *unreadabe* hard copy from overseas, (published by S&S) I found a few sites offering free downloads. Other authors try to create this…but then you get into said hero‘s viewpoint and the allusion shatters—either because he has the emotional range of a 19 year old frat boy, or because the author simply doesn’t seem to know how rich, commanding men think. It just seems unfair to her legion of fans that are waiting for that book to keep changing the date and breaking a promise. There once was a Website dedicated to all things McNaught, with Facebook like messages. McNaught described the break-up as peaceful and friendly, and she threw a party for 160 friends to celebrate entering a new phase of her life. Because even if the worst had already come to pass and we just don’t know it yet, we will always have her tales with us. , 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 have saved all her books and now that l’m older I have all of them on my IPAD. Shame to Simon & Schuster for showing us such disrespect. Audible.com please. Not only is there no book, there is no announcement of a book. Every time I pick up one of her books I can’t put it down until it’s finished. Damn. I’ve been waiting for JM’s next book for years now. NO ONE writes a hero the way JM does. McNaught was born on May 10, 1944 in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. You found the words that exactly express my own sentiments. Trisha, Well Brynn is a stubborn one and I’m thinking it’s not likely she’ll change her mind! I so much wish they would finish/release The Sweetest Thing. …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. Also — who needs a publishing company?? I reread her books ( all of them) every few years. Between them, they had seven children, her two and his five from a previous marriage. Your cover photo says it was supposed to come out last October 23. Unaware of all that, Julianna sat propped upon her pillows, writing a letter to her grandmother. Many readers expressed their dissatisfaction by refusing to buy new authors at all, or else only in used bookstores… I can only suggest that you make your preferences known in the time-honored tradition of a capitalistic society: Complain to the retailers who aren’t providing you with the products you want…, I’m doing just what you advised. The promise of another Judith McNaught novel and my belief in romance died in the same breath. May be some type of contractual obligation that she did not meet and the publisher cannot discuss due to a law suite or legal negotiations. In this day and age how is there no information about what happened? Your email address will not be published. It’s only fair that they tell the truth. I know her husband passed away and then her Mother. , "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. 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. Required fields are marked *. We need more “professional” literature by great authors. 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