Nora Roberts Land

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**Nora Roberts gave her blessing to Ava Miles for the use of her name in both the title and the premise in this suspenseful and emotional contemporary romance.**

Journalist Meredith Hale's ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after--or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it--went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it's time to ...

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Overview

**Nora Roberts gave her blessing to Ava Miles for the use of her name in both the title and the premise in this suspenseful and emotional contemporary romance.**

Journalist Meredith Hale's ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after--or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it--went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it's time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She's determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he's headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss's ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love a la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they've kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith's personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.

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Editorial Reviews

BlogCritics - Joanna Celeste
"It {NORA ROBERTS LAND} captures the best of what I love in a Nora Roberts novel..."
Happily Ever After, USA Today Blog - Michelle Monkou
"Debut author Ava Miles combines small-town romance with big-world issues in a full-bodied romance fiction in the first of the Dare Valley series... and paints a wonderful idyllic setting for this small-town series with great characters."
Joyfully Reviewed - Shayna *
"Ava Miles's debut novel is warm, funny, and wholly entertaining."
Love Romances & MORE - Dawn *
"Ms. Miles does a great job in creating a story that shows how much the heroine loves Nora Roberts books and how determined she is in finding her own small town hero of her own ala Nora Roberts. The writing is tight, story flows smoothly and the few twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat, waiting for baited breath for what happens next."
USA Today Contributor - Becky Lower
One of the Best Books of 2013 alongside Nora Roberts’ DARK WITCH and Julia Quinn’s SUM OF ALL KISSES.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781490527512
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ava Miles has always known what she appreciates the most about romance novels. It's the affirmation of romantic love and the guarantee of a "happily ever after." Which made it all the more incomprehensible when her sister Michelle's ex-husband concluded that Michelle reading Nora Roberts' books was to blame for their divorce. It was only later that Ava realized she had the hook for a new story and her first contemporary romance, NORA ROBERTS LAND, was born.
Ava and Nora share membership in their local Romance Writers of America chapter, Washington Romance Writers, but had never met. Regardless, Ava considered it common courtesy to let Nora know about her work-in-progress, and soon NORA ROBERTS LAND was on its way to publication.
Far from the first in her family to embrace writing, Ava comes from a long line of journalists. Ever since her great-great-grandfather won ownership of a newspaper in a poker game in 1892, her family has had something to do with telling stories, whether to share news or, in her case, fiction. Her clan is still reporting on local events more than one hundred years later at their family newspaper, much like the Hale family in her book.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Ava is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers. She is also part of an unofficial group that regularly convenes a writing retreat at Nora Roberts' restored Inn Boonsboro in western Maryland. Now writing full-time in the peace and quiet of her northern Virginia porch-swinging-friendly community, she is putting the finishing touches on the two upcoming books in her Dare Valley Trilogy and plotting her next series.
If you'd like more information about Ava Miles and her upcoming books, visit www.avamiles.com and connect to Ava on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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  • Posted August 29, 2013

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    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Nora Roberts La

    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

    Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley) is a romantic story inside a romantic story. Meredith Hale is a huge fan of all of Nora Roberts' books and returns home to Dare Valley, Colorado to find her own real life hero.  Meredith’s ex-husband, Rick the Dick, blames the marriage falling apart because she had read too many Nora Roberts' novels and is looking for a story-book life. Meredith is a journalist for a newspaper that is a rival to Rick the Dick’s newspaper. She takes a leave of absence and returns to Dare Valley to help her grandfather run the family newspaper while her father recovers from a heart attack. 

    Meredith sets a goal to prove that an everyday girl can have a Nora Roberts love story happen to them and publish a story about it. Rick the Dick wants to prove her wrong. He blackmails Tanner McBride, a journalist, who has just come back from writing about the wars, and wants a state-side job, into going to Dare Valley and charming Meredith, making her fall in love, and then breaking her heart. It does not go the way Rick hoped when there is an immediate attraction between Tanner and Meredith. Author Ava Miles then takes us on twists and turns, suspense and surprises before we find out if in fact Nora Roberts Land is a possibility or not. 

    Nora Roberts Land has all the elements of a great love story and an exciting suspenseful murder case. The plot will keep you reading long into the night. The characters are all well developed, strong and likable individuals, with some nasty villains thrown in for good reading. Ava Miles has a winner with her first book and I am excited about the next one French Toast (Dare Valley) due out soon. If you like Nora Roberts type books, this is a must-read.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Love Nora

    I am a huge Nora fan and Ava Miles has won me over. I did not want to put it down. I just started ready the second book. Great job!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Wow

    Its was the title that first got my attention. Then I started to read. What a strong written story. I was in a reading slump and this book kept my attention all the way through. I want my own Nore Roberts Land. Cant wait to read the next book!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    It's a hoot

    We all wish for a little but of Nora Roberts Land in our lives. A novel idea for a book,using another author's book as a blueprint for a new life plan.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Awesome.....really enjoyed this book!

    Awesome.....really enjoyed this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    330 pages

    This 330 page romance has a good bite of mystery thrown in. There are the typical sex, bickering and several perfect couples as well as a who dunit, loosely based on a Nora Roberts' book outline. The ex husband, running for state office, a jerk and blackmailer got off scot free, which royally ticked me off. This book cost $2.99. It is better than most romances. There are some left out words. My nook jumped a few pages and I could not find nor retrieve them, no matter how much I tried. There is murder, violence, the use of drugs and alcohal. Lots of hidden secrets, manlipuations and blackmail, which semed really silly, if you are going to blackmail someone, go after the right person with a very strong situation, not penny ante stuff. The sex is pretty explicit but not nasty. There is a lot of profanity. Especially, GD and variations of F@#K. Which are not needed. This is a stand alone book. The conclusion was to be expected. No surprizes, there either. It is part of a series. The next installment is titled, " FRENCH ROAST ". For ages 18 and up.

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Very enjoyable.

    Since I enjoy Nora Roberts' books, this was a delight.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Great read!

    Loved it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    great book

    I am a nora roberts fan. So i had to read a book about Nora Roberts land. This is an up and comming author. I will be reading more of her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Not the norm

    Have read nora roberts books and liked them. However, this one is different somehow and couldnt get into it even after several tries.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    What a wonderful book!  I absolutely loved this first book in th

    What a wonderful book!  I absolutely loved this first book in the Dare Valley series.  Ava writes in a way that allows me to be swept away by the story and really care about the characters.  I read Nora Roberts Land in one night...I couldn't put it down!  As a fellow Nora Roberts fan, I enjoyed the references that fans of Nora books would get.  
    I absolutely recommend this book and have already read all that are published.  Can't wait for more to come out!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    If you love Nora Robert's novels like I do, you'll love Ava Mile

    If you love Nora Robert's novels like I do, you'll love Ava Miles. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since the last Nora Robert's book I read. It makes you believe in love everlasting all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    yes i would recommend this book

    I really enjoyed this and hope to read more from Ava Miles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Fantastic Debut

    Didn't want to put it down! Great debut book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Fair

    It took a while to get interesting. Not having read any nora roberts books, i missed all the subtle hints and innuendos that were constantly thrown around so it made no sense to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    get it if you like supense and romance

    Very good book so for almost done . It will be good the rest of the way i am sure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Wonderful book

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading thos book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    10 *'s hands down!

    This book was absolutely amazing! I to am a Nora fan and now a Ava fan! Ava had me hooked from get go. I cant wait to read Brain and Jill's story! This is a must read. Love love love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2014

    Excellent book and writer

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would! I thought the writing was excellent, the characters superb and the writer was wonderful. I am a huge Nora Roberts fan so I expected to be disappointed, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I have read it several times now as it has become one of my favorite mystery romance stories thatI have read. Please read it as you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted November 12, 2014

    I loved this book!!!  It was so much fun to read, and I could to

    I loved this book!!!  It was so much fun to read, and I could totally relate to the girls in the story.....addicted to reading.

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