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Nora Roberts (born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950) is an American author of over 225 romance novels. She writes as J. D. Robb, Jill March and (in the U.K.) Sarah Hardesty. Roberts was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Life and career Personal life Early years Roberts was born on October 10, 1950, in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. Her parents have Irish ancestry, and she has described herself as "an Irishwoman through and through". Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. Although she had always made up stories in her head, Roberts did not write as a child, other than essays for school. She does claim to have "told lies. Really good ones—some of which my mother still believes." She credits the nuns at her Catholic school for instilling in her a sense of discipline. Marriages During her second year in high school, Roberts transferred to Montgomery Blair High School, where she met her first husband, Ronald Aufdem-Brinke. They married, against her parents' wishes, in 1968, as soon as she graduated, and settled in Boonsboro. Roberts' husband worked at his father's sheet-metal business before joining her parents in their lighting company. She gave birth to two sons, Dan and Jason. Roberts would later refer to this time period as her "Earth Mother" years, when she did crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children's clothes. The couple divorced in 1983. Roberts met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, a carpenter, when she hired him to build bookshelves in July 1985. Her husband owns Turn the Page Books bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland, and works as an adult content photographer and videographer. The couple also owned the nearby historic Boone Hotel. After it was destroyed by a fire in February 2008, it was restored and reopened as the Inn BoonsBoro in 2009; the suites were inspired by and named for literary romantic couples with happy endings.She is an ardent baseball fan, having been honored by the local minor league baseball team Hagerstown Suns several times. Writing career She began to write during a blizzard in February 1979. Roberts states that with three feet of snow, a dwindling supply of chocolate, and no morning kindergarten for her two boys, she had little else to do. She fell in love with the writing process, and quickly produced six manuscripts which she submitted to Harlequin, the leading publisher of romance novels, but was repeatedly rejected. Roberts says, I got the standard rejection for the first couple of tries, then my favorite rejection of all time. I received my manuscript back with a nice little note which said that my work showed promise, and the story had been very entertaining and well done. But that they already had their American writer. That would have been Janet Dailey. Dailey would go on to be embroiled in a plagiarism scandal in which she eventually confessed to stealing some of Roberts' work. Roberts once stated: "You're going to be unemployed if you really think you just have to sit around and wait for the muse to land on your shoulder." She concentrates on one novel at a time, writing eight hours a day, every day, even while on vacation. Rather than begin with an outline, Roberts instead envisions a key incident, character, or setting. She then writes a short first draft that has the basic elements of a story. Roberts then goes back to the beginning of the novel. The second draft usually sees the addition of details, the "texture and color" of the work, as well as a more in-depth study of the characters. She then does a final pass to polish the novel before sending it to her agent, Amy Berkower.She often writes trilogies, finishing the three books in a row so that she can remain with the same characters. In the past, her trilogies were all released in paperback, as Roberts believed the wait for hardcover editions was too long for the reader. All her new publications are released in hardcover first and e-book, with paperback editions following. Roberts does much of her research over the Internet, as she has an aversion to flying. Pseudonyms Nora Roberts In 1980, a new publisher, Silhouette Books, formed to take advantage of the manuscripts from the American writers that Harlequin had rejected. Roberts' first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, using the pseudonym Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson because she assumed that all romance authors had pen names.Between 1982 and 1984, Roberts wrote 23 novels for Silhouette, published under various Silhouette imprints: Silhouette Sensation, Silhouette Special Edition and Silhouette Desire, as well as Silhouette Intrigue, and MIRA's reissue program. In 1985, Playing the Odds, the first novel in the MacGregor family series, was published and was an immediate bestseller.In 1987, she began writing single title books for Bantam. Five years later she moved to Putnam to write single title hardcovers and original paperbacks, reaching the hardcover bestseller lists with her fourth hardcover release, 1996's Montana Sky. Roberts has continued to release single-title novels in paperback. She still occasionally writes shorter category romances. Her attachment to the shorter category books stems from her years as a young mother of two boys without much time to read, as she "[remembers] exactly what it felt like to want to read and not have time to read 200,000 words."Roberts was featured in Pamela Regis' A Natural History of the Romance Novel. Regis calls Roberts "a master of the romance novel form", because she "has a keen ear for dialogue, constructs deft scenes, maintains a page-turning pace, and provides compelling characterization." Publishers Weekly once talked about her "wry humor and the use of different narrators, two devices that were once rarities" in the romance novel genre. J. D. Robb Roberts had long wanted to write romantic suspense in the vein of Mary Stewart, but, at the urging of her agent, she concentrated on classic contemporary romance while she built a following of readers. After moving to Putnam in 1992, the publishing company quickly realized that they were unable to keep up with Roberts's prolific output. They suggested that she adopt a second pseudonym so they would be able to publish more of her work each year.Her agent, Amy Berkover, convinced the publishers to allow Roberts to write romantic suspense under the new name. She chose the pseudonym D. J. MacGregor, but right before publication, discovered it was in use by another author. Instead, her first romantic suspense novel was published in 1995 under the pseudonym J. D. Robb. The initials "J. D." were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while "Robb" is a shortened form of Roberts. As J. D. Robb, Roberts has publis.... Discover the J D Robb popular books. Find the top 100 most popular J D Robb books.

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    Vengeance in Death

    J. D. Robb

    He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic ridd...

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    The Silent Listener

    Lyn Yeowart

    'The Silent Listener is simply unforgettable.' Sydney Morning Herald'A tale of suspense and revenge, beautifully written.' The Age'A deftly wrought suspense novel from a remarkable...

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    J.D. Robb IN DEATH COLLECTION books 21-25

    J. D. Robb

    In this collection including books 2125 in J. D. Robb's #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, the incomparable Eve Dallasa hardshelled homicide detective whose logical min...

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    Obsession in Death

    J. D. Robb

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks the thin line between love and hate in the 40th In Death thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb… Eve Dallas has solved a lot of h...

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    Brotherhood in Death By J. D. Robb Conversation Starters

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    Brotherhood in Death: By J. D. Robb | Conversation Starters       A Brief Look Inside:  Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . . Dennis M...

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    New York to Dallas

    J. D. Robb

    #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas: one that will take her all the way to the city th...

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    Imitation In Death

    J. D. Robb

    The summer of 2059 is drawing to a sweaty close when a killer makes his debut with the slashing and mutilation of a prostitute. He leaves behind a note addressed to Lieutenant Eve ...

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    Teure Rache

    J. D. Robb

    Ein blutiges Attentat, ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit und die vermutlich lässigste Ermittlerin von New York – der neue Fall für Detective Eve Dallas aus der Feder von SPIEGELBestselle...

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    Concealed in Death

    J. D. Robb

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a conspiracy when she investigates the murders of some of New York City's troubled youth in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Dea...

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    The Hostage

    Melinda Di Lorenzo

    'Thrilling! The Hostage is an intense, whiteknuckle ride from start to finish' LAURA GRIFFIN'An actionpacked, don'tblinkoryou'llmisssomething kind of novel, which makes it impossib...

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    Delusion in Death

    J. D. Robb

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas must foil a terrorist plot in this explosive thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.It was just another afterwork happy hour at a bar d...

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    Night Whispers

    Judith McNaught

    Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught’s contemporary romances that will make “you laugh, cry, and fall in love again”...

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    Almost Heaven

    Judith McNaught

    This sweeping historical romance will take you from London’s drawing rooms to the Scottish Highlands as a young countess embarks on a twisting relationship with a handsome roguefro...

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    Once and Always

    Judith McNaught

    Let New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught who “is in a class by herself” (USA TODAY) sweep you off your feet and into another time with her sensual, passionate, and spe...

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    Trust But Verify

    Karna Small Bodman

    "Bodman's hardwon information and sheer storytelling talent make this a book to remember.” LEE CHILD, #1 worldwide bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series  "Karna B...

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    Finding You

    Carla Neggers

    The New York Times bestselling author of Harbor Island delivers nonstop suspense and pulsepounding romance in this thrilling mystery that “proves once and for all that opposites no...

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    The Ultimate J.D. Robb Reading List with Overview of Her Most Popular Series

    Ant Noel

    If you're a fan of heartpounding suspense, thrilling romance, and pulsepounding action, then you're in luck because J.D. Robb has written an entire library of books that will keep...

  • Witness in Death synopsis, comments

    Witness in Death

    J. D. Robb

    Writing as J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts presents the tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series. When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas...

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    Rapture in Death

    J. D. Robb

    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in commonand n...

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    New York Scandal

    Rhyannon Byrd

    'I was on the edge of my seat from page one all the way to the end. You must read this book!' Susan Stoker, New York Times bestselling author'A steamy read, with a dash of intrigui...

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    Someone to Watch Over Me

    Judith McNaught

    Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught’s contemporary romances that will make “you laugh, cry, and fall in love again”...

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    Perfect

    Judith McNaught

    Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught’s contemporary romances that will make “you laugh, cry, and fall in love again”...

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    J.D Robb IN DEATH COLLECTION books 30-32

    J. D. Robb

    Follow New York City homicide detective Eve Dallas as her investigations take her into the intriguing world of virtual reality, the seductive lifestyle of the rich and famous, and ...

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    Untraceable

    Laura Griffin

    With a “fast pace, tight plotting, terrific mystery, sharp dialogue, [and] fabulous characters” (Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author), this whiteknuckled thrill ride...

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    J.D. Robb The IN DEATH Collection Books 6-10

    J. D. Robb & Nora Roberts

    “When it comes to finding a killer, the smart money is always on Eve Dallas” (Booklist). Join the New York homicide detective as she takes on five tough cases in this collection th...

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    Interlude In Death

    J. D. Robb

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has brought romantic suspense to an electrifying new level with her In Death series. Now, in this thrilling novella she ...

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    J.D. Robb THE IN DEATH COLLECTION Books 11-15

    J. D. Robb

    Entertainment Weekly praised J. D. Robb’s In Death novels as “Law & Order: SVUin the future.” From the start, the series hooked readers with suspense, passion, thrills, and a “...

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    Immortal in Death

    J. D. Robb

    She was one of the most soughtafter women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of ...

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    J.D. Robb The IN DEATH COLLECTION Books 16-20

    J. D. Robb

    Take a trip to futuristic New York City and experience the thrill of the chase as Lieutenant Eve Dallas captures the worst kinds of criminals in this collection that includes books...

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    Naked in Death

    J. D. Robb

    In a world of danger and deception, she walks the linebetween seductive passion and scandalous murder... Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. I...

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    Time of Death

    J. D. Robb

    #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb presents three In Death stories that spotlight Lieutenant Eve Dallas doing what she does best: solving crime with skill, integrity, ...

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    Paradise

    Judith McNaught

    New York Times bestselling author “Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge” (Chicago Tribune) in this sensual and sweeping romance of two former lovers who mix busines...

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    Celebrity in Death

    J. D. Robb

    In this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas must solve the murder of an actress whose final role was to die for... Lieutenant ...

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    Tender Triumph

    Judith McNaught

    Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in this story of new beginnings and uncertain endings by Judith McNaughtthe New York Times bestselling author that USA TODAY raves “...

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    Brotherhood in Death By J. D. Robb Conversation Starters

    Daily Books

    Brotherhood in Death By J. D. Robb  Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside:    EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The cha...

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    Remember When

    Judith McNaught

    Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught’s contemporary romances that will make “you laugh, cry, and fall in love again”...

  • Apprentice in Death synopsis, comments

    Apprentice in Death

    J. D. Robb

    THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERLieutenant Eve Dallas must hunt down the deadly snipers terrorizing Manhattan in this fastpaced In Death thriller from J. D. Robb.  The shots c...

  • Betrayal in Death synopsis, comments

    Betrayal in Death

    J. D. Robb

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, comes a new novel in the futuristic series…Detective Eve Dallas investigates a homicide on familiar gr...

  • MatchUp synopsis, comments

    MatchUp

    Lee Child

    This “highly recommended” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) collection edited by New York Times bestselling author Lee Child pairs the beloved characters of twentytwo internation...

  • Blind Fury synopsis, comments

    Blind Fury

    Lynda La Plante

    When the body of a young woman is discovered close to a highway service station, Detective Inspector Anna Travis is brought on to the team of investigators by her former lover and ...

  • Double Standards synopsis, comments

    Double Standards

    Judith McNaught

    “Judith McNaught not only spins dreams, but she makes them come true.... She makes you laugh, cry, and fall in love again” (RT Book Reviews), especially in this romance that takes ...

  • Glory in Death synopsis, comments

    Glory in Death

    J. D. Robb

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections b...

  • J.D. Robb IN Death COLLECTION books 26-29 synopsis, comments

    J.D. Robb IN Death COLLECTION books 26-29

    J. D. Robb

    In a New York City of the near future, the streets are as tough as everand so are the cops. Especially Eve Dallas, the homicide detective who has made a name for herself solving th...