Sea Swept is the first novel in a stunning quartet of four men bound by the love of the extraordinary couple who took them in and raised them as brothers. Now grown and living on their own, the Quinn brothers must return to the family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father's last request.
A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight...
After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together—or tear them apart...
About 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.
Date of Birth:1950
Place of Birth:Silver Spring, Maryland
What People are Saying About This
"A storyteller of immeasurable diversity and talent." Publishers Weekly
On Thursday, December 4, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Nora Roberts, author of SEA SWEPT.
VogelBN: Welcome, Ms. Roberts. We are so pleased to have you with us tonight at BN!!
Nora Roberts: Wonderful to be here. Thanks for having me.
VogelBN: The audience is brimming with questions, and eager to chat with you....
Question: Can you give us a few hints about the next book in the SEA SWEPT rilogy?
Nora Roberts: The second book, RISING TIDES, will be out in July... It centers on Ethan, who's a waterman, and continues the story of the three brothers and Seth. We'll see more of where Seth came from, more interaction with the brothers. More romance.
Question: I'm from the Maryland shore, and the setting of SEA SWEPT was really familiar; was it based on a real town?
Nora Roberts: No, not really. I did a kind of blend of several towns on the Eastern Shore and made up my own. But I tried to be as authentic as possible.
Question: How do you change your pace/style between your more traditional romance titles and the J. D. Robb series? The J. D. series is very dark, gritty, and extremely sexually charged. Is it a difficult transition for you?
Nora Roberts: Not at all. I love doing them! I have such fun with the futuristic stuff and really, really enjoy exploring Eve and Roarke's relationship, as well as murdering people in gruesome manners. LOL. Terrific fun for me.
Question: The holidays are here once again! I'm curious, if you were to have five characters over to your home with your family -- who would you pick and why?
Nora Roberts: Wow. Tough one. Eve and Roarke, I suppose, as I spend so much time with them. Then it's tough. Maybe the MacKade brothers. After all, they're local boys. LOL.
Question: Aside from your own fabulous books of love, what's your all-time favorite love story?
Nora Roberts: Another hard one. I'm a huge fan of Mary Stewart's, so right off I'll say something like MY BROTHER MICHAEL. I love that book...but I really enjoy so many, it's a tough call.
Question: Hi, Nora!! I love all of your books!! Are you going to keep writing for Silhouette?
Nora Roberts: Absolutely. As long as I have ideas that fit the category framework, I'll keep writing them. I love doing category. I really appreciate the form.
Question: Do you think that romance is dying in the world we live in?
Nora Roberts: Oh no. I think romance never goes out of fashion, it's fluid. It changes to fit the needs of men and women as society changes, but it never goes away.
Question: Does your husband sell Janet Dailey's books in his bookstore? NoraR
Nora Roberts: No, he doesn't. I guess that's sort of a given.
Question: You've accomplished so much since 1981 with the debut of your first book. If you could, is there anything you'd like to do again differently?
Nora Roberts: Hmmm. I'd be more patient with my children when they were growing up.... But I must've done okay. They're great young men. I'd have started writing sooner. So many stories, so little time. LOL.
Question: Are there any Web sites about you and your work that you endorse? Is there a Nora Roberts fan club we can write to?
Nora Roberts: Actually, I have a Web page, and I'm pretty sure the URL is http://www.lightst.com/nora. As for a fan club, there is a marvelous group of ladies online. A couple of boards you might enjoy. On The Book Report and The Romance Realm.
Question: What is your background as a writer? With so many writers' groups and graduate programs -- are they a necessary background for success? NoraR
Nora Roberts: I don't have any background, if you mean education and such as a writer. Unless being Irish counts. We're born storytellers. I think you have to have a love of stories, of the written word. Otherwise how can you write? You have to have a good handle on English. But formal college, classes and so forth, not necessarily. You can be taught the nuts and bolts, but not the core of storytelling. You just have it.
Question: How many books do you write in a year? How long did it take you to complete SEA SWEPT?
Nora Roberts: I have no idea. Absolutely none. I never keep track of that sort of thing. It's a game I play with myself. Being obsessive/compulsive, if I were to time my books, I'd worry if one took me longer, or shorter, than another. Besides, it's not how long that matters. It's what you have when you're finished that counts.
Question: Do you find it more difficult to write romance titles now that your main characters in the J. D. Robb series are married?
Nora Roberts: No. I love writing relationship books. With the Robb books, I'm able to explore a marriage. In the other books I do, I continue to explore and enjoy the process of falling in love. It's a constant fascination to me.
Question: The cover of your latest is so beautiful.... I just can't stand the typical "Fabio" covers.... Do you have much to say about what jackets go onto your books?
Nora Roberts: I do have cover approval on my hardcover and paperback originals. For my categories, I don't. There just isn't time. But I've been very happy with my covers all around.
Question: So, is Seth really the brother of the Quinns? Will the truth be revealed by the final book in the trilogy?
Nora Roberts: You'll find out everything in the final book. I'd never leave my readers hanging at the end of a series. LOL. That wouldn't be fair.
Question: Nora, give us a hint, what will Eve give Roarke, the man who has everything, for Christmas?
Nora Roberts: Something that's close to his heart. And that's all you get until the book comes out.
Question: Where do you live?
Nora Roberts: I live in Maryland.
Question: You are probably the most prolific writer in the world. Where on earth do you come up with so many ideas?
Nora Roberts: It's my job. LOL. I haven't a clue where ideas come from, I just thank God for them.It's really the making of an idea into a book that separates the want tos from the does its. LOL.
Question: I've enjoyed all your books and hope you write for many years. I'm looking forward to reading your new book. Will you be doing any book signings nywhere for your new book?
Nora Roberts: For SEA SWEPT we'll be having a signing at my dh's store, Turn The Page, on Dec. 13. It's our big holiday signing. Lots of fun. Door prizes!!! LOL. Come see us.
Question: What is the difference between the novels you have written and how this one breaks away [from] your original style of writing?
Nora Roberts: I don't know how to answer that. I never think about changing style or sticking to style. I just write the story as it happens. I think maybe as this series is more from the male point of view, that's a bit of a change. But I often write from the male point of view.
Question: What can you tell us about SEA SWEPT? I don't even know the characters we're going to meet... NoraR
Nora Roberts: It's set, as is the trilogy, on Maryland's Eastern Shore and centers on three adopted brothers. In the first, their father is dying, and Cameron Quinn comes back home -- he's been racing and living it up in Europe. And they find themselves trying to raise the latest stray boy their father has taken in.
Question: In my copy of the FALL OF SHANE MACKADE, the copyright reads Elleanor Wilder. Who is that?
Nora Roberts: That's my married name. It was a mistake, someone dropped the ball and put my married name in rather than my writing name.
Question: How did you get your publisher to buy off on a romance with men as main characters? I've been wanting to do that for a long time. Do you think this will start a trend?
Nora Roberts: I don't believe in trends. Actually, I just wrote the books. I've done men as central figures before, and I'm very lucky to have an editor who's open to trying something a little different. Also, I'd have to say I have a track record -- built-up trust, so to speak. They'll give me some room.
Question: In my newest Publisher's Weekly, I see there is new book called HOMEPORT being published. Is this a continuation of SEA SWEPT as well?
Nora Roberts: No, HOMEPORT is my next hardcover, out in March, and doesn't connect to the trilogy. It's a romantic suspense, dealing with art forgery and such and set primarily on the coast of Maine.
Question: Could you describe some of your research techniques for us?
Nora Roberts: I don't think I have any real techniques.I just read and wander and now plug into the Internet and see what I can find on what I've decided will be my background. I'm totally disorganized when it comes to research. I just...punt.
Question: Do you have any close relationships with other romance novelists? If so, who?
Nora Roberts: I have a lot of very good and dear friends in the business. Ruth Langan is my oldest writing friend. Not that Ruth's old. LOL. But I met her first, years back. Also Marianne Willman, Patricia Gaffney, Mary Kay McComas, Julie Garwood, Catherine Coulter. Jeez. I'm leaving tons out. It would take all night.
Question: Nora, your characters are all so real...how long do you take to get to know them before you start to write their story?
Nora Roberts: I generally start right off, just getting the story down in a very rough first draft. I get to know my people during that time, then some time during the second pass, I know them better. By the time I'm finished, they're as real as my family. And don't ask me where's dinner. Mostly.
Question: Who is your all-time favorite writer, and what type of books does he/she write?
Nora Roberts: It's too hard. Mary Stewart is my oldest favorite, but I read across the board. Have a lot of well-loved writers I look forward to.
Question: What would you tell kids such as myself who have a dream of becoming writers?
Nora Roberts: If you want to write, write. Make no excuses. If you want to write, read. You can't write well if you don't love to fall into a story. Study. Learn your craft. Join a writing group so you'll make friends and have company whining. Writers whine. We can't help it. LOL.
Question: Do you think romance lit is a type of "porn" for women ?
Nora Roberts: No, of course not. Porn is sex for sex's sake. Romance is the celebration of relationships, of the grand mystery of men and women. The sex in them is a human and expected extension of emotional commitment. No emotional commitment in porn last time I looked.
Question: The settings for your books are so powerful -- would you please tell us how "place" influences you?
Nora Roberts: It's hard to say. There are places I've visited that just grab me, emotionally, visually. Other times I've set books -- most of them, actually -- in places I've never been but want to visit. It's like a canvas, I guess. I want a big, sprawling canvas sometimes; others, I want something small, intimate.
Question: Hi, Nora. What do you think is the difference between mainstream and category romances?
Nora Roberts: I could - -and have -- done whole workshops on this question. LOL.... But briefly, it's a difference in scope, in language, in reader expectation.... You have more room in mainstream, and you have to fill every inch of that canvas I spoke of. Category is generally more intimate, must move quicker. It can be very difficult to get a full, interesting story across in that brief time. Both are art, it's just different paint strokes.
VogelBN: This will be our last question for Nora Roberts...
Question: Nora, do you plan to write another series after this one?
Nora Roberts: Oh yes. In fact, I'll probably start on it this year. I'm planning on setting another trilogy in Ireland. My favorite place in the world.
VogelBN: Thank you so much for joining us this evening, Ms. Roberts... It has truly been a wonderful experience!!
Nora Roberts: My pleasure. Thanks for asking me.
VogelBN: We hope you will join us again upon the publication of your next book!!
Nora Roberts: Love to. It's always fun.
VogelBN: Good night!!
Nora Roberts: Night everyone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this book was just so damn cool! it wasn't one of those mushy, embarassing type books but was actually most of the time outrageously funny and sweet in a bad-boy way. Cam makes a fabulous romance hero, one of those guys that sweeps a girl off her feet and you can't help but fall in love with him because he's so hot! and i love the dialogue between him and anna and his brothers. in truth, the bottom line: this book was addictive, charming, sexy, and yet sweet in this seductive way. also... i love the way many of nora robert's books end. they always end in this classicly romantic way that tugs at a person's heart.
I have read some of her other books and this was my third series. Definitely different from her others that I have read. She really researches her locale, and the facts of the area that she writes about. Her characters are well defined in this book, so much so that you feel that you know them. Could not put it down and when I did,I could not wait to read the next in the series. It isnt necessary to read the series in order. However in my thinking it should since it shows a natural progression of the story.
Always can be sure that Nora Roberts stories will put a smile on your face.
As usual, Nora Roberts does not disappoint with this series. Although I love every one of her books that I have read, I really enjoy it when she writes from a male point of view. The book was really good, and very touching. It doesn't hurt that Cam is just about as sexy as they come, either. I would recommend this series and any other Nora Roberts to anybody.
Loved the characters and getting to know them. Nora Roberts' descriptions of the scenes and the characters made it easy to visualize the places and persons. You could actually feel the emotions of the characters.
just finished reading this and as usual it was very good. Have the rest of the series on my nook so cant wait to start #2...Rising Tides
Nora Roberts never fails to please the reader. This is a heartwarming story with its ups and downs that ends with a happily ever after for at least two of the characters. I can't wait to read the other books in this series!
I loved this book. Can't wait to read the entire saga of The Quinn Brothers. Read this book in 3 days and did not want it to end. Great summer read.
Loved these books
Nora Roberts did a wonderful job. As usual.
While I definitely don't think of this book as the best one in the series, it's still a great opener for what's to come. It was enjoyable in the sense that I got the family dynamic right away. Sure, there seemed to be a bit of resentment here and there, but what sibling doesn't have resentment sometimes? I enjoyed Cam as a person and I thought Anna was okay. She was a little too "Miz Spinnelli" and whiney at times for me. I know she's a social worker and she has to think of the welfare of Seth first, but I didn't care for the way she blew up every time Cam kept a little something about the family from her. She over-reacted at times and it made her less real to me. And Cam seemed very mechanical through the entire book. You pretty much knew what he was going to do when he was going to do it and how he thought about doing it. Now, I will admit that him sneaking into his own bedroom window to seduce her was very nice and unexpected. However, the best parts of this book were when the three--and sometimes four--brothers were together. Theirs was a relationship that was real. It was something I could look at and see my own sibling relationship in, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I hope there's more of that in the next one and not just twenty chapters of romance and lust with a bit of family thrown in.
Hard to put down. The first book of the Chesapeake Series.
This was very enjoyable read. Nora Roberts created another irresistible story!
I loved this book, couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. As usual, great job Nora!
Awesome read even 2nd time around!
If you get squeamish or are uncomfortable with abuse, rape, and abandoned children in your fluff-fiction, avoid this series.Cam has triumphed over an abusive childhood with the help of wonderful and saintly adoptive parents, and now travels all over the globe racing and bedding beautiful women. When he gets a message from one of his brothers (also adopted) that their father, Ray Quinn, has been in a very serious car accident and doesn't have much time, he rushes home.There in the hospital room, as their father dies, each brother swears to protect and care for the newest addition to the Quinn family: ten-year-old Seth DeLouter, who, much to the gossips' delight, has Ray Quinn's eyes.The brother must fight a beautiful social worker, Anna Spinelli, for the right to guardianship over Seth while they fight for the right to adopt, and soon Cam is more interested in wooing her than anything else.While I did like many of the characters, and Cam and Anna's relationship is pretty steamy, I guess I prefer my fluff reading a bit lighter all around. I'll probably continue listening to the series, though, as Roberts writes some steamy scenes!
The first of the Quinn Bros. Cameron. Oh, how I wish I was in that family. I've read this so many times. Strong characters, A winner
Ray and Stella Quinn took a chance on three abused boys - and built a family. Now that family is tested - with one more young boy's future on the line, Ray is dying and Cameron Quinn's life in the fast lane is about to take an abrupt turn. Summoned home, Cam finds a tangled mess of rumor, scandal, and potential disaster. Ray's latest rescue, a ten-year-old boy named Seth stirs of memories Cam would rather not face - and Seth's social worker, the curvy Anna Spinelli, stirs something else entirely.Vividly told, if a bit grittier than Roberts usually gets.
I'm not sure how many times I've read this. Four, maybe? It's been a while since the last time I read it (December, 2002, to be exact, so maybe this is only the 3rd time I've read it), but I remembered the plot and characters pretty well and figured I might have exaggerated how much I liked it. After all, 4 years ago I was much less critical than I am now. I certainly didn't think it would make me cry. Sheesh.Cameron Quinn races boats, drives fast cars, and prefers fast women. Until one day when he's just won doing the first and is preparing to entertain one of the third, he gets a fax ripping his world apart.His father has been in a car accident and isn't expected to survive.As if Ray Quinn's death wasn't enough, he left his three sons (all adopted as young teens after troubled childhoods) with the responsibility for another boy, Seth.As if that weren't enough, Ray's adoption of Seth wasn't yet final, and it's going to be an uphill climb to fulfill their promise to their father and keep him.So after years of excitement, traveling the world, Cam finds himself back home, trying to parent a surly 10-year-old, and faced with the grim prospects of both housework and having to get a job. The only bright spot is the sexy social worker he has to impress.Sea Swept is a romance novel. It's in the minority of romances, however, in that it's very much the hero's story rather than the heroine's. Anna's a great character, but she's already overcome the tragedy in her past, and her only problem is resolving the conflict between her personal and professional lives.Cam, however, completely changes his life, and it's an extremely well-written, affecting story of how he goes from planning to stick it out for just six months to falling in love, both with Anna and his new brother, and finding a new purpose in life.
Over the course of her career, Nora Roberts has proven repeatedly that she has the ability to craft unique, dynamic and engaging fictional characters and stories that immediately draw the reader in and make them want to invest their emotions in the novel¿s outcome. She particularly shines in this area when she is able to use the same characters or families over the entire story arc of a trilogy or longer series. The Chesapeake Bay Saga (of which Sea Swept is the first) introduces readers to Cameron, Ethan, Phillip and Seth Quinn, brothers not by blood, but by circumstance and choice. It also introduces us to Ray and Stella Quinn, their adoptive parents, Anna, Grace, Sybill, and Dru, their respective leading ladies, Aubrey, Grace¿s spunky daughter, and Gloria DeLauter, the villain of the piece. In Sea Swept, Roberts gives us the story of Cameron Quinn, daredevil playboy called home to forge a stable familial environment for his youngest sibling and feisty Anna Spinelli, Seth¿s passionate social worker. Roberts succeeds in creating a charming and surprisingly vulnerable leading man to root for and a heroine with grit and determination, both of which leaves the reader wishing more authors created characters even half as multi-dimensional and relatable.Although there are a number of steamy scenes, the story is less light-hearted and fluffy than one typically expects to find in a romance novel. With themes of abuse, rape, and neglect, this saga is definitely not for all audiences. An avid Roberts fan, I have read all but a small handful of her books. I¿ve enjoyed them all, but the Chesapeake Bay Saga and its host of warm, wonderful and emotionally-scarred characters is, in my opinion, her best work to date. Indeed, the stories in the saga resonate with me in a way that few in the genre have been able to. Having read the series start to finish a number of times, I can also say that this is one group of characters that I like enough to revisit.
Oh, I loved this. It was just the perfect combination of everything for me at just the right time.Sure, this is a romance, but it is more about family, loyalty and love that just boy meets girl. I love this family and I want to know how things turn out for them next.Cameron's progression from worldly playboy to a man with a sense of roots and place and family was nicely done - even if it took him a while to realise it, which Anna was a nice balance of passion and practicality to counter him.Yes, they had a misunderstanding, but it happened fairly reasonably at the end and was quickly resolved instead ofhappening for no good reason on page 10 and taking to page 300 to resolve.I'm looking forward to the next book now and finding out more about the Quinn family.
The first in the Chesapeake Bay trilogy and definately my favorite of the three. Cam's character is the more rough and saucy brother and his match is just as rough and saucy. I loved watching their relationship evolve and complete.
I always enjoy Nora Roberts book, especially since most of them are written in my neck of the woods. I am looking forward to reading #2 in the series.
This is one of the best of Nora Roberts stories!