Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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First in the New York Times bestselling trilogy of three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland. Born in Fire follows the story of Maggie Concannon, a reclusive, stubborn, and free- spirited glassmaker. Gallery owner Rogan Sweeney vows to help her-but does their fierce attraction have the power to overcome her dark past?


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First in the New York Times bestselling trilogy of three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland. Born in Fire follows the story of Maggie Concannon, a reclusive, stubborn, and free- spirited glassmaker. Gallery owner Rogan Sweeney vows to help her-but does their fierce attraction have the power to overcome her dark past?


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first in a projected trilogy about the lives of three Irish sisters, Born in Fire gets the series off to a fine start, telling the story of talented glass-artist Maggie Concannon's contentious relationship with Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney. Country-dwelling Maggie is otherworldly, prickly and outspoken, while Rogan is an urban sophisticate; nevertheless, the attraction that springs up between this unlikely pair is both believable and compelling, thanks to Roberts's (Private Scandals) skillful character development. Lacking melodramatic overtones or strange twists of fate, the plot may seem less than exciting, but the conflicts Maggie and Rogan face are refreshingly realistic and the characters themselves, well-rounded and likable, will keep readers engaged. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
YA-Artist Maggie Concannon creates beautiful glass images through a blowpipe and with a fiery furnace, much as she herself was born and survived her mother's angry frustrations and resentment. Then Maggie falls in love with Rogan, her new agent, who brings her passion, fame, and riches. Roberts's unique characters come to life through their wordplay and tempers. A light, fast-paced novel set in the Irish countryside.
Denise Perry Donavin
In this first novel of a planned trilogy, Roberts tells the story of a girl from an Irish village who gains international acclaim as a glass sculptress. Margaret Mary Concannon is sent to Venice by her doting father, Tom, to study glassblowing, even though every penny he spends on his beloved daughter is begrudged by her churlish mother. Tom's untimely death and his wife's ongoing bitterness prohibit Margaret Mary from reaching success in either art or marriage until the wealthy manager of an art gallery helps her to attain international acclaim and wealth; he also falls in love with her and plans to change her commitment to her art alone. Roberts' tale of passion in the Irish art world is a beguiling one. Brianna, sister of the sculptress, is a more devoted daughter and makes a home for her carping mother in her bed-and-breakfast in the Irish village. Brianna's story of love is promised in the sequel, "Born in Ice". The adventures of Tom Concannon's illegitimate daughter are to be told in "Born in Shame".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214206
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: The Irish Born Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 4,795
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing." In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.


Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as "a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment" by Publishers Weekly.


Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as "a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve." Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying "Roberts' style has a fresh, contemporary snap." Roberts is said to be "reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon" by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, "Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts." Publishers Weekly claims "Roberts keeps getting better...[her] prolificness shows no sign of abating." They add, "When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat." USA Today calls Nora "a consistently entertaining writer."


The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, "her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." One of America's leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.


Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as "Nora Roberts' Sanctuary." The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film "Magic Moments" starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digest's Condensed Books.

The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.

Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.


Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.

The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.


Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Great Series - All Three books very good reading!

    I was very pleased with this book. Nora Roberts is very good at getting to the point but also she is great at making you feel like you know the characters. I read all three of this series - Born in Fire - Born in Ice and Born in Shame. all three were very excellent reading.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Love is grand

    I love Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb. Great stories, engaging. Perfect summer (or anytime reading). Pure escapism.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book

    i must say nora roberts is hands down one of the best authors ever this book was wonderful one that can be reread over and over again

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Born in Fire is Fantastic

    You can feel the tension from the start between mother and daughter. You can really relate to the feelings that are in this book from start to finish. The vision you that you are actually there being part of the country and of the people. You can feel the "Fire" when true love is finally realized.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    I just loved this second in the Irish trilogy! Every bit as inte

    I just loved this second in the Irish trilogy! Every bit as interesting as the first one, Born in Fire! don't want to give story line away, so will just say, you should read it if you also enjoyed the first book
    about Maggie & Rogan. This is about Brianna & the writer, Grayson Thane who comes from America to stay at Brianna's inn as he writes his next book. The book moves along quickly & is VERY hard to put down. Well written & well plotted story all the way through!Enjoyed every minute of
    reading it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Good read

    Lovely Irish tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Very good read. Excellent series.

    Very good read. Excellent series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Born in Fire

    This is one of the best Nora Roberts books I've read, and I've read several. I love Ireland and this is a must read for others that feel the way that I do. This series is one of my absolute favorites of her books. A must read!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    One of her best series- A must read

    Nora Roberts knows how to keep your interest. Have read more than once and love it every time. Seamist

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Another stunning tale of romance

    Ms. Roberts has once more managed a tale of romance so seamlessly written that it's hard to put down. This book about a fiery artist and a prim gallery owner is sweet, passionate and believable. With the added addition of a family at war, the story is fully fleshed out and tugs at the heart - sometimes uncomfortably strongly. Definitely worth every penny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Loved iut Loved it

    You will fall in love with the characters

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Just ok.....

    I wasn't too impressed with this book...it isn't that it was a bad story, I just found it not as interesting as some of Nora Roberts other books....

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Recommended for light reading

    Easy reading yet one the reader doesn't want to put down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    CAUTION...this is a re-release. I already read it a while ago.

    CAUTION...this is a re-release. I already read it a while ago. Saw this new paperback version and thought it was a completely new book and bought. I read it again, but what a waste of money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    GREAT BOOK!

    Loved this book as I usually do the Nora Roberts trilogies. Almost thru the 2nd book and curious who the 3rd book is going to center around!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    THE BEST!!!!!!!

    Please dont get this book! Oh no, You HAVE TO get the whole series at one time. This is beyond a shadow of a doubt the absolutlute best books ive ever read!!!! Everyone i lent them to finished em even faster than i did. Only the first one just throws you in the scene fast. But, i found my feet fast. Youll thank me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I enjoyed reading the beginning of this trilogy and being introduced to this family and their history. It was very informative to learn Irish history and also the art of glass blowing. The trilogy covers the lives of three sisters and how they are interwoven around their father and their family history.
    It was a book hard to put down as were the other books in this trilogy.
    Nora Roberts fans will enjoy these books as she has written another wonderful family story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Love great read

    Love all three Thank You

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I have been a NR fan for years. I especially enjoy the stories

    I have been a NR fan for years. I especially enjoy the stories set in Ireland and those with magical over tones. This trilogy has both.
    All three books are a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Love it

    One of my favorite of Nora's Irish trilogies

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