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A captivating novel set in the world of television talk shows, Private Scandals reveals the ambitious dreams of a savvy young woman, and the dark obsessions that threaten all she's worked for...

Deanna Reynolds has it all planned: She'd start out in the newsroom of a small Chicago station, then move up to one day host her own talk show. When her mentor Angela Perkins leaves for the big time in New York, Deanna risks everything for the chance to replace Angela on the air. Finn ...

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Overview

A captivating novel set in the world of television talk shows, Private Scandals reveals the ambitious dreams of a savvy young woman, and the dark obsessions that threaten all she's worked for...

Deanna Reynolds has it all planned: She'd start out in the newsroom of a small Chicago station, then move up to one day host her own talk show. When her mentor Angela Perkins leaves for the big time in New York, Deanna risks everything for the chance to replace Angela on the air. Finn Riley, the network's sexiest journalist, falls for the risk-taker in the small town girl. But soon they are caught up in the bitter backlash of Angela's revenge...Together Finn and Deanna must unmask the hidden betrayals of Deanna's fiercest rival by taking the biggest risk of all...

After TV talk-show host Angela Perkins taught Deanna Reynolds all about the business, Deanna becomes a star in her own right--with the ratings and Angela's ex-lover, sexy foreign correspondent Finn Riley, to prove it. Consumed with jealousy, Angela declares war. Backstage back-stabbing, after all, is her forte. LG and Doubleday BC Selection in hardcover.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest from veteran Roberts ( Genuine Lies ) is set in the glamorous world of television and concerns the rise of hot new talk-show host Deanna Reynolds. Deanna, a sincere and dedicated one-time local reporter in Chicago, has moved to New York, determined to be number one in the field. This pits her against her former mentor, the high strung and manipulative current talk-show queen, Angela Perkins. Angela doesn't take well to the competition and resorts to stealing guests, blackmail and crossing boundaries of good journalism in her effort to fight Deanna's increasing popularity. Deanna's romance with the handsome and much lauded reporter Finn Riley, Angela's former love interest, only increases the tension. But the novel's main question is who will do in Deanna first, the obsessed fan who seems to know her every move, or Angela, whose bitter vows for revenge are hastening her own downfall. Despite one weak plot device--the identity of the obsessed fan is too clear, too early--the novel is a fun read with a good pace and both thoroughly likable and thoroughly loathsome characters. (July)
Denise Perry Donavin
Roberts' latest combines behind-the-scenes cat fights between two female hosts of nationally syndicated talk shows with the evil deeds of a psychopathic kidnapper and murderer. The killer is infatuated with one angelic talk-show hostess, Deanna Reynolds. Deanna learned every trick she could from the arch-bitch Angela Perkins; when Angela suddenly leaves the Chicago network for New York, Reynolds pulls together her own crew and presents Angela's ex-producer (also her ex-husband) with an irresistible tape of a new show. While she is moving rapidly up the ladder of her career, Reynolds is falling in love with a tough foreign reporter named Finn Reilly (also Angela Perkins' ex-lover). When Angela is found dead in Deanna's studio, there are plenty of suspects. However, when several other deaths tie in with this one, it's obvious to Finn and the police that there is a psychopath working very close to Deanna. A fine romantic thriller whose author is sure to scare up interest on the talk-show circuit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515114003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.09 (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 futuristic suspense 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 March 16, 2007

    A really good twist

    A great twist more thriller than romance did not like the ending however, left you wanting more but all in all a great read

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    Posted May 16, 2006

    An Entertaining Read

    A story that leaves you wanting more to read until you get to the end. I enjoyed the story, the vindictiveness of some characters, but the story fell short at the end. At least it didn't fall short in the middle! It was a good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    First Roberts Book read

    This is the first Nora Roberts book I read. It was great. I read it in four days. I don't care for romance novels. When I first picked up the book to read it, I was skeptical. I am sure glad I did. It was definitely a page turner.

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    Grabber from the beginning

    I did not put it down for 3 days straight and it kept me guessing from the first murder.

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