A Little Fate

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Three of her favorite tales of love and magic collected for the first time in one volume.

The Witching Hour

Winter Rose

A World Apart

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Overview

Three of her favorite tales of love and magic collected for the first time in one volume.

The Witching Hour

Winter Rose

A World Apart

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515137811
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 645,498
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.87 (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 bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    very recommended

    check this one of Nora's older books out if you can find it. a very good read!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    I liked this book a lot but I like all of her book's she is a great writer she keeps you guessing.

    I love Nora Roberts book's she is a great writer. I had a lot of he rbook's but lost most of them trying to get my collection back up again. I reread her book's all the time. I like it one she make's them a seriers like three our more keeps the blood folling till you are done with it. Keep up the good wrok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    My First Nora Roberts Book

    I recently finished reading her book. I enjoyed reading her book. I did read back a couple times over. I think it was a well written book. I would recommend this book to anyone. I started it over a summer vacation in Hawaii and ended it after returning to work. I hope to read another of her books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    GOOD BUT NEED TO STAY IN ONCE UPON SERIES

    I love Roberts by either name she wishes to write under and swear by her books. Some are better than others but I find same with ALL authors. These stories need to remain where they were originally published...in the Once Upon series. They flowed better with the rest of the anthology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    I thought it was pretty good.

    I have been a fan for years and I have most of her books. Like any other book I found it to have its ups and its downs. However, I love her stories of magic and fate. I find her to possess a great ability in taking the unbelievable and making it into a story you can enjoy. This one did exactly that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Once Upon A Series

    The three stories that make up A Little Fate are originally from the Once Upon A ... Collections written by Roberts, Gregory, Langan and Willman. They read better when set in those settings because of the theme between the 4 stories in each book of the collection. I recommend that they be read w/in that context.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    Nora is losing it

    I used to love Nora but lately her books are missing that something special. This book was not sexy or romantic or funny or witty or anything. I am reading much better from less popular authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Yuk!

    I have been a fan of Nora Roberts for years. However, don't waste your money on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Read something else

    I was so excited about seeing a new collection of Nora's stories that I bought this right away without looking through it first. Big mistake and a waste of good money. The first story was average and it just got progressively worse. The last story was so far-fetched I cheered when it was over. I'm generally a big fan of Nora's stories, but these three are not worth your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2004

    Not her best...

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and when I purchased this book I had expected a little more. She has a knack for stories involving magic. Her descriptive skills are amazing, but this book just didn't fit what I had been expecting. The stories just seem to be missing something. I wouldn't suggest this book off the top of my head, but it wasn't horrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Don't waste your $

    I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, I have every book she ever wrote. I bought this book over the weekend and was very disappointed. There are 3 short stories, the first hardly held my interest, the second story was better, but the third one bombed. I did not even read it. My advise to Nora Roberts fans, don't waste your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Not her best, but still great!

    This was not one of Nora's best but it is still a very romantic and exciting book. I have always loved her books but I would definatly pick a different one if I were to recommened it.

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