The Official Nora Roberts Companion

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With insights into the #1 New York Times bestselling author's life, work and career —and little-known facts about her most popular novels —this beautifully designed book celebrates Nora Roberts's enduring legacy of powerful, passionate storytelling.

The books: a complete, cross-referenced list of Roberts's books—with trivia, quotes, and family trees

The career: a timeline of Roberts's career, with a list of ...

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With insights into the #1 New York Times bestselling author's life, work and career —and little-known facts about her most popular novels —this beautifully designed book celebrates Nora Roberts's enduring legacy of powerful, passionate storytelling.

The books: a complete, cross-referenced list of Roberts's books—with trivia, quotes, and family trees

The career: a timeline of Roberts's career, with a list of major milestones and quotes from some of her best reviews

The fans: inspiring true stories of how Roberts's books have changed her fans' lives, a list of fan clubs, photos of her with her fans, and "favorite" lists—Best Kiss, Best Hero, Best Opening Line—all voted on by fans

The phenomenon: romance writers, industry-insiders, booksellers, reviewers, and fans talk about Roberts's success

Plus, Roberts answers her readers' most frequently asked questions, reveals her favorite foods, music, and movies, and discusses the fine art of writing romance.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With an introduction by Roberts herself and a foreword by Julie Garwood, this handy trade paperback is sure to appeal to the author's huge fan base and will be a lifesaver for librarians needing to sort out her various series and linked books. Readers will be especially pleased with the comprehensive listing of Roberts's publications to date, complete with color photos of the jacket covers, and the family trees for her series, as well as a variety of trivia, comments, and biographical information. Romance Reprints As most readers already know, many best-selling writers' earlier books are now being reprinted. Coming in January 2004 from Simon & Schuster is Catherine Cookson's Kate Hannigan. First published in Britain in 1950 and never before released in the United States, Cookson's debut novel will be of interest to her fans and libraries that have substantial collections of her works. Zebra has just issued Janet Dailey's Maybe This Christmas, which includes two of Dailey's previously published stories: "Darling Jenny" (1974) and "Strange Bedfellow" (1979). Originally published in mass market paperback by Silhouette in 1983 under the pseudonym of Billie Douglass, Barbara Delinksy's Fast Court has now been published in hardcover by Severn House, which this month is also releasing Johanna Lindsey's classic 1990 historical romance Gentle Rogue. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425183441
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 265,536
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Little worked for Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton Bookseller for many years, first as a bookstore manager, then as their national book buyer for romance, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. She then joined Kensington Publishing, where she edited her own line of romance, Denise Little Presents. She's currently executive editor at Tekno Books.

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.

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When I was asked if I’d authorize publication of The Official Nora Roberts Companion, I was delighted. Probably the only thing that would have delighted me more was if said companion was—with apologies to both our spouses—say, David Duchovny during a long weekend in Aruba.

But since that was not to be, this is nearly as exciting for me.

It’s almost as much of a shock as a thrill to see my professional life compiled, to date, in one volume. A shock because these twenty-some years have gone very quickly, and a thrill because I’ve had such a wonderful time during them. From that first snowy afternoon in 1979 to the rainy one in 2001 as I write this, I’ve been blessed to be able to do something I love, to go places I never expected to see, to meet people and forge friendships that have enriched my life more than I can say.

No one makes the trip alone, and I’ve been incredibly lucky in my travel companions. I’m grateful to the publishing professionals who’ve worked so hard on my behalf, and who’ve been springboards, wailing walls, pals, and teachers. My agent, Amy Berkower, who’s been my partner, my friend, and my advocate from the beginning, is the most solid of foundations. To Amy, Al Zuckerman, Jodi Reamer, and all the brilliant minds at Writers House, you’ve made every step of the journey easier, smoother, and special.

My thanks to Isabel Swift, my editor of nearly two decades at Silhouette, for showing me early on that the creative relationship can also be a warm, funny, and familial one. I owe a tremendous debt to everyone at Harlequin/Silhouette for taking a chance on a very green writer, and making her feel at home.

I owe no less to the marvelous team at Putnam Berkley, headed by the incomparable Phyllis Grann when I came on board. My thanks to her for giving me yet another family, and the priceless gift of Leslie Gelbman as my editor. With Leslie I’ve been able to try a few new routes, including that leap into the mid-twenty-first century as J. D. Robb.

So much goes into the publication of a book, beyond the book itself. I’m grateful to the sales force, marketing, publicity—even Liz Perl at Berkley who drags me away from home and onto the book-tour circuit every year.

And a very special thanks to Kathy Onorato of Creative Promotions for handling with such cheer and efficiency the details that would make me insane.

I’m forever indebted to the bookseller, my bridge to the reader, for the support, the enthusiasm, the sheer volume of labor it takes to put a book into a reader’s hand. I’m sorry I haven’t managed to visit every store in every city in every state to thank you personally. Though Liz may manage it yet.

My sons were three and six when I started writing. They grew up with it—they had no choice. Writing allowed me to stay at home with my kids and make a living, a luxury few people manage. I thank my sons, Dan and Jason, for learning the vital rule of a writing household: Don’t bother me unless it’s blood or fire. And, as they grew more responsible, arterial blood and active fire.

Writers, at least this writer, can be moody, self-absorbed, absentminded, and inexplicably cranky. I warned my husband of these traits before we married, but he didn’t run away. Thanks, Bruce.

My parents gave me another foundation—an appreciation for relationships and family and all the chaos that goes with it. My four brothers gave me an understanding of men, whether I wanted it or not! My work would certainly have taken a different tone without them.

Friendships made through the business have been invaluable. I’m not sure what I would have done without the hearts and ears and humor of other writers. They are my jewels. Adding particular glitter to my life are Ruth Langan, Marianne Willman, Patricia Gaffney, and Mary Kay McComas. I love you guys for every laugh, every smart-ass comment, every eye roll behind my back, and for giving me the pure pleasure of the friendship of women.

Last, but certainly far from least, I come to the reader. Without you, I’m talking to myself. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a lot more satisfying to know someone’s out there listening. From my first fan letter from the thirteen-year-old girl who hid a copy of Irish Thoroughbred under her mattress so her mother wouldn’t know she was reading it, to the woman in Astoria, New York, obsessed with black-haired virgins, to the girl from Nairobi who wanted me to find her a pair of red silk pants and a nice Muslim boy, it’s been an adventure.

I’ve enjoyed, laughed over, puzzled over, fumed over, treasured, and wept over countless letters and e-mail posts. It’s an amazing thing, this intimate connection made between writer and reader. Certainly not every book discussed in this volume, or yet to be written by me, will connect favorably with every reader. But we connect, and that’s the beauty of storytelling.

I can only hope that those of you who’ve read my work have enjoyed the experience half as much as I enjoyed the experience of telling the tale. And that you get some portion of the pleasure out of The Official Nora Roberts Companion that I have.

It’s not David Duchovny, but there’s enough on these pages for you to pick your own fantasy.

—Nora Roberts

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Table of Contents

The Official Nora Roberts Companion Foreword by Julie Garwood
Introduction by Nora Roberts
Part One: Nora - Up Close and Personal
"True-Life Romance: Nora Roberts Revels in the Pleasures of Success" by Nanci Hellmich
Sound Bites from Nora on How to Learn to Write
"Nora Roberts: A Celebration of Emotions" by Judy Quinn

Part Two: The Career
A Publisher's Journey: An Interview with Leslie Gelbman
From the Beginning: Nora Roberts at Silhouette
Timeline of a Career
The Mind of an Agent: An Interview with Amy Berkower

Part Three: The Books
The Nora Roberts Concordance: A Complete Alphabetical Guide to the Books of Nora Roberts
The Language of Love Reprints
From Book to Screen: Nora's Books into Movies
On Location with Nora: A State-by-State and Country-by-Country Title Listing

Part Four: A.K.A. Robb, J. D. Robb
The Life of "In Death": An In-Depth Look at the J. D. Robb Books
J. D. Robb's In Death Books: In Chronological Order

Part Five: The Series
The MacGregors: America's Family?
The Bonds of Brothers: The Quinns of Chesapeake Bay
The Luck of the Irish: The Irish Connection and Nora
A Series of Miracles: A Look at the Rest of Nora Roberts's Series

Part Six: Traveling with Nora
The Cayman Islands
Irish Eyes Are Smiling...
Cork, Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Part Seven: The Booksellers
The Family Bookstore
An Interview with Tommy Dreiling, Romance Buyer for Barnes & Noble by Susan C. Stone
Appreciating Nora: A Talk with Sharon Kelly Roth at Books & Co.
Selling Nora: An Interview with Anne Marie Tallberg, Former National Romance Buyer for Waldenbooks
Bookseller's Corner: A Talk with Beth Anne Steckiel

Part Eight: A Circle of Friends
Nora in Their Own Words

Part Nine: The Fans

Part Ten: Nora by Net
Connecting Nora's Fandom

Part Eleven: A Last Word from Nora
The Votes in a Kiss

About the Editors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012


    There is not enough information. I am especially disappointed with the J.D. Robb list since it stops at about 12 books when Nora has written 33 so far. I really wanted to be able to check the brief plot description of each book as a memory refresher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

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    This book is not a complete listing of all her work. Editors need to start paying attention and not assume things are correct just because of who the author is. Granted Miss Roberts is an extraordinary author, but that is no excuse for sloppy work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    See what you have missed...

    Nora Roberts has emerged as one of the queen's of romance, earning a place in the hearts of reader's around the world. What makes her special out of the hundreds of authors populating bookshelves? The Nora Roberts Companion answers that. Biographical details and an explanation of her methods give fans insight into how the books they love come to be. Through the eyes of her friends and fans and the pages of her own journals, we learn how well loved Nora is. It will come as no surprise to many that Eve Dallas and Roarke top the polls of favorites. We are also given hints of upcoming novels and a concordance of past ones. The only drawbacks of these two features is having to wait for the former and suddenly realizing how many you might have missed of the latter. ...................... ***** Like the companion volumes written to many television shows such as the X files or Buffy, the Nora Roberts Companion will be a pleasure for true fans and may be the perfect vehicle for new fans to come aboard. *****

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