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Nora Roberts (born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950) is an American author of more than 225 romance novels. She writes as J. D. Robb for the in Death series and has also written under the pseudonyms Jill March and for publications in the U.K. as 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. Both of her parents have Irish ancestors, 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 attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her second year in high school, Roberts transferred to a local public school, 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 had graduated from high school.The newly married couple settled in Boonsboro, Maryland. 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 became a homemaker and would later refer to this time period as her "Earth Mother" years. Roberts spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children's clothes. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1983. Present Roberts met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, a carpenter, when she hired him to build bookshelves in July 1985. Her husband owns and operates a bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland called Turn the Page Books. He also works as an adult content photographer and videographer.The Wilders also owned the nearby historic Boone Hotel, which was undergoing renovations when it was destroyed by a fire in February 2008. It opened as the Inn BoonsBoro in 2009; the suites were inspired by and named for literary romantic couples with happy endings.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 or plot summary, Roberts instead envisions a key incident, character, or setting. She then writes a short first draft that has the basic elements of a story. After finishing the first draft, Roberts 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. When possible, she does the same with the in Death books, writing three in a row before returning to contemporary romances. 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.She is an ardent baseball fan, having been honored by the local minor league baseball team Hagerstown Suns several times. Writing career Beginning She began to write during a blizzard in February 1979 while housebound with her two small boys. Roberts states that with three feet of snow, a dwindling supply of chocolate, and no morning kindergarten, she had little else to do. While writing down her ideas for the first time, she fell in love with the writing process, and quickly produced six manuscripts. She submitted her manuscripts 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. Pseudonyms Nora Roberts In 1980, a new publisher, Silhouette Books, formed to take advantage of the pool of manuscripts from the many American writers that Harlequin had snubbed. Roberts found a home at Silhouette, where her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. She used 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. They were 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. The book 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 as well as original paperbacks. She reached 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 and her career were 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 novels in the vein of Mary Stewart, but, at the urging of her agent, she concentrated on classic contemporary romance novels while she built a following of readers. After moving to Putnam in 1992, the publishing company quickly realized.... Discover the J D Robb popular books. Find the top 100 most popular J D Robb books.

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  • 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...

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    Judith McNaught

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    Blind Fury

    Lynda La Plante

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

    J. D. Robb

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    Once and Always

    Judith McNaught

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    Love Me Tender

    Lorraine Mace

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    Fast - Summary

    Create Hours of Conversation: Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups Foster a deeper understanding of the book Assist in the study of the book, either individually or co...

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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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    Remember When

    Judith McNaught

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

    J. D. Robb

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    The Moonstone

    Wilkie Collins

    The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin...

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    Im Schutz der Nacht

    Nora Roberts

    Ein GentlemanGauner trifft auf die Liebe seines Lebens – doch ein gefährlicher Auftraggeber droht ihm alles zu nehmen ... Der neue große Roman von Nora Roberts!Harry Booth ist ein ...

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    J.D Robb IN DEATH COLLECTION books 30-32

    J. D. Robb

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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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    Father Brown Stories

    G. K. Chesterton

    Immortalized in these famous stories, G. K. Chesterton's endearing amateur sleuth has entertained countless generations of readers. For, as his admirers know, Father Brown's cherub...

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

    J. D. Robb

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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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    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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    Laura Griffin

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    Great Maritime Achievers in Science and Technology

    George MacBeath

    Generations of practical and ingenious Maritimers have given the word great things. Since the midnineteenth century, scientists have fanned out into the world from colleges and uni...

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    Nach dem Sturm

    Nora Roberts

    HollywoodGlamour trifft auf gefährliche Rache: der neue große Spannungsroman von Bestsellerautorin Nora Roberts!Cate Sullivan entstammt einer Familie von berühmten Schauspielern. A...

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    Dein Tod ist nah

    Sandra Brown

    »Sandra Brown ist eine Ikone, und ›Dein Tod ist nah‹ ihr bisher vielleicht bester Roman. Die rasante Storywird ihre Millionen von Fans begeistern!« New York Journal of BooksEin Man...

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    Double Standards

    Judith McNaught

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    Time of Death

    J. D. Robb

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    New York Scandal

    Rhyannon Byrd

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Brotherhood in Death By J. D. Robb Conversation Starters

    Daily Books

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    Brotherhood in Death By J. D. Robb Conversation Starters


    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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    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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    Lee Child

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    Human in Death

    Kecia Ali

    Kecia Ali’s Human in Death explores the bestselling futuristic suspense series In Death, written by romance legend Nora Roberts under the pseudonym J. D. Robb. Centering on troubl...

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    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...

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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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    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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    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...

  • The Strange Crime of John Boulnois synopsis, comments

    The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

    G. K. Chesterton

    The colossus of crime leaned over to the little rustic priest with a sort of sudden interest.'You have heard of it?' he asked. 'Where have you heard of it?''Well, I mustn't tell yo...