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LA’s Hot New Author. M.J. Duffy takes Romance to a Whole New Level
By Sentinel News Service
Published June 18, 2012

Melba Carter

Melba Carter

LA’s Hot New Author. M.J. Duffy takes Romance to a Whole New Level


M.J. Duffy, Queen of the paranormal romance novel is turning up the heat with “Lost Love,” the first book in the Zankli Chronicles. A paranormal sensual thriller, Lost Love’s realm of romance isn’t a static passion story. “Lost Love” is a page-turner that thrills like an action movie, chills like a gritty crime mystery and passionately heats up to a boiling-point unlike most books in the romance genre. It is a sizzling story about a powerful alien species called Zankli. Born in Togo, West Africa this paranormal tribe is incapable of evil and possesses superior human DNA. Zankli descendants Andre Dunn and cosmetics heiress, Tyler Mueller, find, lose and regain their lost love.

Although this is M.J. Duffy’s first foray as an author, the book reads with the depth of a sage writer. Duffy grew up battling dyslexia and remembers tricking her brother into reading her home-work assignments. Much of Duffy’s childhood was spent trying to hide the fact that she could not read. Ashamed, she spent most of her time watching TV. By the time she reached her teens, she felt that reading would always elude her until at 14 years old she discovered “Gone with the Wind.” The story was so spellbinding; it caused her to become a voracious reader. Her dyslexia diminished and she continued to devour historical romances like Angelique, Gray Eagle and Sky O’Malley. Through books she traveled the world and grew fascinated with the history of other lands and people. She began to develop her own stories that she would share at family gatherings, entrancing her audience with stories of paranormal heroes and heroines. Bigger than life, her men and women engaged and overcame obstacles through love and fearlessness.

While doing research for “Lost Love,” Duffy was fascinated with how our brains process emotions and feelings and the immense power of words to trigger chemical reactions in the body. She was also amazed to learn that reading romance novels can serve as a lighthouse for passionate living. She was convinced of this when she discovered research about brain imaging. Duffy said just looking at an object of your affection or new love lights up the ventral segmental area of the brain, releasing a chemical called Dopamine. A powerful stimulant that delivers an adrenaline rush, igniting the passion making this the feeling we want to experience over and over again.

“The brain craves head-over-heels love,” Duffy said. “We were built to love and I believe our brains can’t help but to respond to the romance novels powerful stimuli. One reader who had been widowed for years said M.J’s book inspired her to seek love again despite her mature age.”

Duffy chose West Africa because she was married to a Nigerian Togolese. The enchanted country and the people’s spiritual tie to it inspired her to make her main characters African descendants – although some are white, biracial and black. She also wanted to impress the importance of cultural diversity within the African American Community. In fact Duffy stated that the vast majority of black romance novels tend to reflect aspects of poverty, illiteracy, illegitimacy and drugs – the unfortunate consequences of society. But readers will be unwittingly drawn into Duffy’s provocative literary web spun with perspiration-soaked thought and creative prose.

The titles of the following Chronicles are “Captured Love, Book Two”; “Defiant Love, Book Three”; and “Immortal Love, Book Four.” For more information visit, or call 323-960-5600 to schedule a book signing or to schedule an interview with the author.

M.J will be present at the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Leimert Park Village on June 16th and 17th, 2012.



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