M.J. Rose is the internationally bestselling author of several series, including The Reincarnationist, Butterfield Institute, and Daughter of La Lune. She also contributed to series written by other authors, like the D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner, the Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure series with Steve Berry, and the 1001 Dark Nights series with Lexi Blake.
My first interaction with the M.J. Rose books happened when I first came across The Reincarnationist. I was in a reading phase where I would pick up anything (fiction or non-fiction) about past lives and reincarnation, so it was natural that I’ve read the book, and subsequently the entire series as well. In fact, the Fox TV show Past Life aired in 2010 was based on The Reincarnationist novel.
Here are the M.J.Rose books in order for her contemporary and historical thrillers. The book list is updated with new additions regularly.
New M.J. Rose Books
Butterfield Institute Series
- The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute #1), 2004
- The Delilah Complex (Butterfield Institute #2), 2005
- The Venus Fix (Butterfield Institute #3), 2006
The Reincarnationist Series
- The Reincarnationist (The Reincarnationist #1), 2007
- The Memorist (The Reincarnationist #2), 2008
- The Hypnotist (The Reincarnationist #3), 2010
- The Book of Lost Fragrances (The Reincarnationist #4), 2012
- Seduction (The Reincarnationist #5), 2013
- The Collector of Dying Breaths (The Reincarnationist #6), 2014
- The Laughing Buddha (The Reincarnationist #6.5), 2015, with Lisa Gardner (short story included in the FaceOff anthology)
Daughter of La Lune Series
- The Witch of Painted Sorrows, 2015
- The Secret Language of Stones, 2016
- The Library of Light and Shadow, 2017
Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure Series
- The Museum of Mysteries (Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure #2), 2018 (co-authored with Steve Berry)
- The Lake of Learning (Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure #3), 2019 (co-authored with Steve Berry)
Standalone M.J. Rose Books
fiction books, novellas, and non-fiction books
- Lip Service, 1998
- Secrets of Our Success, 1999 (non-fiction)
- In Fidelity, 2000
- How to Publish and Promote Online, 2001, with Angela Adair-Hoy (non-fiction)
- Flesh Tones, 2002
- Sheet Music, 2003
- Lying in Bed, 2006
- In Session, 2011, collection
- What To Do Before Your Book Launch, 2012, with Randy Susan Meyers (non-fiction)
- The First Night (1001 Dark Nights #0.5, 2016 (co-authored with Lexi Blake)
- The Portal, 2017, with John Lescroart, novella
- Tiffany Blues, 2018
- Cartier’s Hope, 2020
M.J. Rose Biography
M.J. Rose was born in New York City, where she also grew up. At the age of 13 she went to art classes at the Art Students League. Next, she attended Syracuse University from where she graduated with an art major with a B.A. in 1976. She began working in advertising. She became the creative director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson, a Manhattan advertising agency, and remained there until she decided to write books for a living.
The first M.J. book, Lip Service, released in 1998, was self-published because no traditional publisher wanted to pick it up since it didn’t adhere to a particular genre.
In an interview with PublishersWeekly, the author described that winter day when her book came out of the printer, all shiny and new, and she went down to a local bookstore to offer the seller her book. The guy wouldn’t even look at her when he said, “ would never look at a self-published book.” After leaving the store, she sat outside crying, and then she decided that she will sell her books, no matter what.
So Rose created a website where readers would be able to download it. After selling 2500 copies, the book was selected by Doubleday Book as a Featured Alternate Selection as well as at the Literary Guild, and next it was finally published traditionally by a big New York publisher, Atria, in 1999 in a hard-cover edition. Within the first year, Lip Service managed to sell over 75,000 copies. Eventually, rights for her book were sold to several countries around the world.
Her next books were standalones, including In Fidelity, Flesh Tones, and Sheet Music, which were followed by the Butterfly Institute series, of which Lip Service ended up being the first novella.
The next standalone novel, Lying in Bed, was an erotic story, which was followed by the author’s most successful series to date, The Reincarnationist. The series was so successful that it was made into a (sadly, short-lived) TV series, Past Life.
The series was sparked by the author’s very early experience when at the age of 3, she told her Russian jewish great-grandfather who studied the Kabbalah things about him growing up in Russia that she could have never known. Later on, she continued having such insights about past things that went way beyond her early years. Her great-grandfather agreed excitedly that, indeed, when he was a child, he did those things with a cousin. That’s when he decided that she was the cousin reincarnated.
She grew up with the notion of past lives in the family. Her great-granfather got her mother, who initially was undecided, interested in past lives. He even got her to read The Search for Bridey Murphy, following which her mom became truly engaged in the topic, Thus, the mother and daughter could subsequently talk about it for a long time.
The topic of reincarnation was unavoidable to be included in one book. Also, her own niece told the author some things about her mother exactly at her mother’s death anniversary. This refueled M.J. Rose’s decision to finally write that book. Thankfully for the author’s readers, there is a whole series about reincarnation and paranormal topics.
It is interesting to note that M.J. Rose visited a reincarnationist and was able to see back to one past life, although the reincarnationist gave her details about several of her previous lives.
In an interview, M.J. Rose mentioned about The Reincarnationist,
Reincarnation is just another form of therapy. In my books, instead of going to a traditional shrink, my characters go to a therapist who practices past-life regression. They are just examining their past in order to understand their present and future — it’s just a slightly more distant past.
The Reincarnationist was the author’s first book where sex was no longer prominent as a main device. Now, there is a historical element in the book and a much broader scope, including several lifetimes. Part modern-day thriller, part historical fiction, and part love story, The Reincarnationist was truly the author’s first bestselling book that drew the attention of readers all around the world to her work.
Reading the M.J. Rose books in order for her series, especially The Reincarnationist, is recommended.
In addition to writing books, M.J. Rose also offers authors marketing services through Authorbuzz, a company that was created by the author in 2005. Here, she works with many authors and top publishers, such as Simon & Schuster and Random House. In addition, every January she also teaches an online book marketing class, Buzz Your Book, using a book that she co-authored with Doug Clegg.
M.J. Rose also started another project with Liz Berry, 1001 Dark Nights, a website where they published an unlimited number of novellas based on the Arabian Nights. This way, readers can find many new unknown authors they had no idea existed before. She is also Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers.
Currently, M.J. Rose lives in Connecticut with her husband, musician Doug Scofield, and her Maltese dog Winka.
Praise for M.J. Rose Books
I don’t believe in [reincarnation] but I do believe in good writing, and Rose is an unusually skillful storyteller. Her polished prose and intricate plot will grip even the most skeptical reader. (Patrick Anderson)
M.J. Rose soars with Cartier’s Hope, a heady tale of romance, intrigue and empowerment. The contrasting poverty and wealth of turn of the century New York make for a vivid backdrop for the story of Vera, a journalist determined to go beyond the confines imposed on women in her field and learn the truth about the Hope Diamond while confronting her own dark past. Readers will root for journalist Vera on her page-turning quest for the truths that are both intimate and universal. Brava! (Pam Jenoff)
A lush, romantic historical mystery with a unique setting. Tiffany Blues explores an interesting lost bit of American history and gives us a heroine to root for. (Kristin Hannah)
A fascinating novel about a young, struggling artist mentored by the celebrated jeweler and stained-glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany Blues brings together an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York and an inspired fictional story about Jenny Bell and the terrible secret she’s hiding. (Christina Baker Kline)
A breakneck chase across the centuries. Fascinating and fabulous (David Morell on The Reincarnationist)
One of the most original and exciting novels I’ve read in a long time, with a premise so delicious I’m sick with envy I didn’t think of it myself. It will open your mind to some of the incredible mysteries of the past and the greatest secrets of existence. The Reincarnationist is more than a page-turner-it’s a page-burner. Don’t miss it. (Douglas Preston on The Reincarnationist)