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The Official Nora Roberts Companion [Paperback]

Denise Little , Laura Hayden , Nora Roberts
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Book Description

Oct. 4 2005
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 bookswith 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" listsBest Kiss, Best Hero, Best Opening Lineall 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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About 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.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading . . . . Oct. 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nora's fans have been waiting a long time for this book - the definitive behind-the-scenes look at "Nora's World".
It's laid out in different sections, from Nora's travels around the world, websites to visit, inside comments from her publishers and booksellers, a fan section and a great section on ALL her published works including Birthright, Remember When and her forthcoming Key trilogy. Each book carries a small synopsis and color photographs of all the different covers used and links to other books if its part of a series. Really comprehensive.
Peppered throughout the book there are photo's of Nora, her family, her office where she writes and Nora on her holiday's.
One small quibble. This book was due to be published a year ago and in certain sections it shows - reference was made to "her latest bestseller Three Fates" at one point. In other sections an editor's note was added with an update - it seem's a shame that the attention to detail was missing in some areas of an otherwise impressive, enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true pleasure for fans... Oct. 7 2003
Format:Paperback
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of paper Nov. 13 2006
By Roger Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The descriptions of all of Ms. Roberts' books are extremely brief (just a line or two), in alphabetical rather than chronological order. There is no index, a gross mistake. The various articles about the writer are shallow. The black and white photos are small and very grainy. The color photos of the book jackets are the size of commemorative stamps. In fact, there just isn't anything that is worthwhile in this work. The reader would do better to read Amazon reviews of her various books and the comments of those who have actually read the novels.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading . . . . Oct. 17 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nora's fans have been waiting a long time for this book - the definitive behind-the-scenes look at "Nora's World".
It's laid out in different sections, from Nora's travels around the world, websites to visit, inside comments from her publishers and booksellers, a fan section and a great section on ALL her published works including Birthright, Remember When and her forthcoming Key trilogy. Each book carries a small synopsis and color photographs of all the different covers used and links to other books if its part of a series. Really comprehensive.
Peppered throughout the book there are photo's of Nora, her family, her office where she writes and Nora on her holiday's.
One small quibble. This book was due to be published a year ago and in certain sections it shows - reference was made to "her latest bestseller Three Fates" at one point. In other sections an editor's note was added with an update - it seem's a shame that the attention to detail was missing in some areas of an otherwise impressive, enjoyable read.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true pleasure for fans... Oct. 7 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. *****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Nora Fans Nov. 27 2013
By EMB - Published on Amazon.com
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Great resource for the Nora Roberts fan. Summaries without giving away too much of the plot. She has continued to write so we will need Vol II soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Love Nora Roberts and this just makes it more fun
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