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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410447449
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/20/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Bad review

    Maybe a sample of the actual story would have encouraged me to purchase.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I am a fan of Nora Roberts, which is why I purchased this book a

    I am a fan of Nora Roberts, which is why I purchased this book and struggled to continue reading it.  The entire book was predictable and boring.  The normal character depth was not there.If someone were to read this as their first Nora Roberts novel, I do not think they would ever readanother.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    An old and much loved favorite

    This is one of my favorite of Nora Roberts' books from her Silhouette publishing days. It concerns one of my favorite themes, how to blend a family. Loved all the characters and the kids seem real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Good book

    I loved it. Very book. But it's Nora Roberts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Mess Hall

    ~ David

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Miss Marvel

    Flies to San Diego

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Cloud

    Yawns

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Chris

    As far as l know

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Hawk

    No froto and his buddy there called hobits right. Anyway. Iv gtgtbn

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Onyx

    Next res.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Widow

    Hello thor! ; )

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Stark

    Nvm. New person in the fourth result.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Thor

    Widow: Asgard :3 Onyx: strange...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    highly Recommended

    Loved it
    I love everything Nora Roberts writes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book and it is one i would recommend to an

    I really enjoyed this book and it is one i would recommend to anyone interested in a short novel for a fun read and one any age can read for pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    To black widow

    Its me , hawkeye ( two )!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you ok!!!??? Ive been looking for you everywheres !!!!! Wait a min , you are blackwidow from the captain marvel result right ????????????
    Please respond soon - ( hawkeye two )

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Hania

    Hey Ariana what rp is it that u go by the name Patrica daughter of Pan?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Ariana

    Lightning theif rp.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Another

    Another great story by Ms. Roberts. Mitch is as good a hero as his comic character. Good, good love story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Ara

    The blue girl changes int a beautiful gir. Wirh long curly goldem hair and green eyes and jpblacl skinny jeans and a grey taktop with a white skukl on the front.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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