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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515129922
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/15/2000
  • Series: Chesapeake Bay Saga Series
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 2.85 (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 August 20, 2004

    Sexy Characters

    The Quinn brothers have such different personalities but are all so sexy in their own ways. It is remarkable how Nora Roberts can keep you interested and intrigued with each character as the stories progress. Witty dialogue, steamy scenes, heartwarming scenarios. I can't wait to get my copy of Chesapeake Blue to find out what kind of man Seth has become. Nora Roberts is almost the only author I read and spend my money on. Keep it up, Nora!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Classic Nora!!

    I loved this triology. I have been looking for Rising Tides for a while now and came across it recently. I read it in one day. By far my favorite of the three, though all are good. This triology is classic Nora.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    A non-stop romance novel that will have your on your toes.

    Each of these three stories are full of the little mysteriouis plots that Nora roberts is famous for and the romance will have you turning the pages faster thatn you can finish reading them. I enjoyed each book so much that in a matter of three weeks I read all three stories and went out to get the conclusion to the trilogy 'Chesepeake Blue'. Once again Ms. Roberts has used her spectacular writting techniques to entice her readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Great Books

    I have just finished the fourth book Chesapeake Blue about the youngest brother Seth needless to say you can't beat it. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. I have even gotten my 85 year young Mom to read them and she can't put them down once she starts reading either. Thanks again to Nora Roberts for a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    My Favorite Series Of All Time!

    The Quinn Brother Series is one of the best series I've ever read. They're funny and heartfelt and very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Fabulous

    This Book took me somewhere else completely! It was my first Nora Roberts book and now Ive read alot! These brothers take you away!! Highly Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    GREAT TRILOGY

    I love these books because it's like you know exactly what's going on and you are there as well. I couldn't put these down. They were great and i would recommend any of Nora Roberts Novels because she is a great writer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Great Trilogy!

    I really liked these books. I hope there are more about the Quinn brothers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2002

    GREAT READ

    I LOVED THESE BOOKS...YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS..YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE ACTUALLY THERE...I AM PROBABLY ONE OF HER BIGGEST FANS...I HAVE ALMOST ALL OF HER BOOKS...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    I can't get enough of these brothers

    I loved these three books. And I want more about them. I feel sure there will be -- please!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    EXCELLENT

    Great and page turner! I want fourth book on Seth and Quinn Brothers fights back Seth's horrible mother. I love all three books and I felt that it's not finished yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    GREAT READ!!!

    Loved this trilogy! I've read it many times over and will continue to over and over again.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    This is a great trilogy!

    I loved this trilogy! Nora made such interesting characters! I didn't know which one to call my favourite becasue I loved them all! I could notstop reading these books!

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