Once Upon a Star

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Four all-new stories of romance, passion, and magic... "Ever After" by Nora Roberts
"Catch a Falling Star" by Jill Gregory
"The Curse of Castle Clough" by Ruth Ryan Langan
"Starry, Starry Night" by Marianne Willman

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Once Upon a Star

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Overview

Four all-new stories of romance, passion, and magic... "Ever After" by Nora Roberts
"Catch a Falling Star" by Jill Gregory
"The Curse of Castle Clough" by Ruth Ryan Langan
"Starry, Starry Night" by Marianne Willman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515127003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Once Upon Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 584,574
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 1.01 (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 bestsellingIn Deathseries written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 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 January 13, 2012

    Love myself

    Im a really good person im awsome and i dont need helpp im way way way to awsome for help yaeh i said it way to awsome for you I LOVE MYSELF

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Great If you want a short Read!

    I love books that have a few short stories! I loved the theme of this book! Each story was romantic and heart touching. It was a relaxing read. great for lunch time breaks at the office!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    A Beautiful Romance Collection!!!

    I loved this book!!! I love how each story has the reoccuring star motif that ties them all together. My favorite story was Catch a Falling Star by Jill Gregory. I loved the characters and the unavoidable romance. I also like the other stories as well. They each had a beautiful romance erupting within the pages, so I suggest that everyone who likes romance novels to read this!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    A beautiful romance story

    tis' book is really great espically catch a falling star . princess lianna on how she fall in luv with Ambrose the barbarian whom she thought she hate and loathe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    Breathtaking!!!

    I love the romance stories that always have an intriguing, passionate, and breathtaking plot and this is one of those books that has me reading past midnight and still I want to finish it that very night. I love the mesmorizing gift to write that Nora, Jill, Ruth, and Marianne have. Thank you for writing such romantic stories that feed the heart and soul!!This book is spectacular from time travels to fairy tales and even the intriguing world of magic!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Wonderful and touching!

    Nora Roberts heals yuou with a warm tale of affection from a star pendant.. Jill Gregory touches you with a heart chaged from a forced marriage, Ruth Ryan Grange enchants you with a curse of a castle and two lovers with a curse, Marianne Willman touches you with a wonderfulk story of love and choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    LOVED IT!!

    it was a VERY enjoyable book...i couldn't put it down, but then again i can NEVER put down a book by Nora Roberts..

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