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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786242184
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Core Collection
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

    WOW

    This is the first book i read of nora and i really loved it. its good for an easy read. It was really unexpected,romantic and touching

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Hmm

    Only 141 pages.. not worth $6.99

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    what a rip off. $6.99 for this short tale.

    what a rip off. $6.99 for this short tale.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Wrong...no sample to rate

    Samples are not contents & book lists. Reviews are not the place for "chats"

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good Story but.......

    Good story did not have enough substance to it! Could have had more story line too predictable. I couldnt put down but then got boring.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    This was a very good book, does seem to have something's missing

    This was a very good book, does seem to have something's missing in it though.  It was a sweet ending but could had been more thought out.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I have read a lot of Nora Roberts books, but I must say, this is

    I have read a lot of Nora Roberts books, but I must say, this is the most disappointed purchase I have made! The story was sweet but short. $6.99 for 124 pages...give me a break! Definitely need to read reviews before I make a hasty purchase!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Sweet!

    Interesting, but too short.
    LA-TXN

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Ok

    I was a little disappointed in the ending. It seemed forced. I also would have liked more charter development especially between Laine and her father. Seemed like there could be more of a story there.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Sample

    I have read complaints about samples that others have written. This is my first one of reading not a little bit of the story to see if I might like it, but a list of books Ms. Roberts has written. If I wanted to know that, I could go on the internet and find out. Please give us real samples, not lists.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    This began as a nice tale. However, the ending seemed rushed -

    This began as a nice tale. However, the ending seemed rushed - like the author wanted to end it quick and move onto a new book. The ending seemed disjointed from the rest of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Good story - typical Nora Roberts. Was disappointed in the subst

    Good story - typical Nora Roberts. Was disappointed in the substance as it was an extremely easy read and plot was predictable and storyline weak.  She really could have  gone a few different ways but instead, it just ended.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    F

    There was a sudden thump near the entrance, and every cat in the clearing turned to see Mousetalon in his EarthWing dragon form. He grinned as he reverted into his dark grey tabby self. "I'm back!"

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Stripeclaw waant to jion

    Caan i be a nedicen cat i have adreans anda specile connecton to star clan.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Great read, interesting characters & plot line

    Terrific venue, interesting characters and plot line. Could be the first of a trilogy, any chance?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Old book

    Go to the library if you want to read this. Dont waste your money. Its ok,but just a short story with a tired plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Terrible read

    Highly disappointed in this book. Everything was rushed. The entire book was irritating. Also, you soend money on a bookd, you want it to be at least over 100 pages! Not worth the read and I have read many Nora Roberts books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Aphrodite

    She walked in and goes to her room and takes a shower, she gets out and dries her hair, then straightened it. She wrapped the towel around her and and goes to her closet looking at what to wear, she grabs a pair of black skinny jeans and gets a white longsleeve shirt that stops above her belly button piercing and brushes her hair putting hoops in and puts perfume on before slipping her phone in her back pocket and she skipped down the stairs and gets into her car and drives off to diner res 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Cloverpatch

    wandered into camp. She was the "secret" warrior... a warrior who was forgotten, no one went to any of her naming ceremonies, was half ForestClan, and doesn't exactly know where her loyalties lie. She put a mouse in the fresh-kill pile, thn ran out of camp. For now, many thought she was a loner. No one even thought she knew the secrets... the secrets of both Clans. She ran to a small field and let the wind blow her fur, as the night was coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    To Hollyflower

    No

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