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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515142716
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Series: Circle Trilogy Series
  • Edition description: BOXED
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 67,064
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 2.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestsellingIn Deathseries written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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 November 3, 2008

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    A Fantastic Trip into Fantasy

    Though a bit difficult to get into since it is written in fantasy instead of "real" world life once it hooked me I was done. I was craving the next in the series as soon as I was done with the one in my hand!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

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    The Circle Trilogy

    This was my first Nora Roberts trilogy. I thought it was fantastic. The power of her writing during some scenes were enough to make me weep. The at times strong and some what detailed love scenes made the hair in my arms stand. It thought it to be full of action and passion. The characters were well discribed and I just couldn't put the books down. I read one of them in a day I couldn't wait to get to the next. In turn while I think it was a great trilogy I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I've noticed this in the Three Sisters Trilogy as well. I was expecting the ending in this trilogy to make me want to cry or sigh with relieve. I did neither. I still gave this book a 5 star because of it's love and action scenes. I felt like I was there. I felt the emotions from the death and love. I liked the fact the doomed lovers were able to reunite. I just didn't like the final battle. That ending was disappointing to me.

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    Nora Roberts

    I am not normally a big fan of romance novels. But the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts is not your normal romance novel. They lore and legend was good. I loved the characters. Sometimes it did get a little cheesy and it was predictable, but it is still worth the read.

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    Posted May 10, 2010

    My Favorite Author

    Does not disappoint.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    wonderful

    couldn't put it down

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