Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her "America’s favorite novelist."
Roz Harper is a woman who has lived life on her own terms. She had dearly loved her first husband. After his death, she had thrown herself into raising their boys, and then into making a business out of her passion for gardening. Roz likes her life just as it is, and it would take a very special man to convince her to take that leap of faith into love again. A man like Dr. Mitchell Carnegie, the genealogist she's hired to research the origins of the family ghost, known as the Harper Bride. Mitch and Roz are drawn together from the start. But the Harper Bride is enraged by the sight of love, and though she may have brought Mitch and Roz together, she will stop at nothing to tear them apart.
Recently widowed, Stella Rothchild is no stranger to the ghosts of the past, but the move from Michigan back to her roots near Memphis, Tennessee is supposed to be about the future. Her two energetic young sons are thriving in their new school. Stella's got a great job managing successful nursery 'In the Garden' and an interesting boss and landlady in local legend Roz Harper. She even has a new friend in Hayley Phillips, the feisty young pregnant woman who turns up at Harper House, Stella's new home, looking for a job. More than that, Stella feels an instant attraction to 'In the Garden's' landscaper, Logan Kitridge, who gets under her skin and makes her feel truly alive for the first time in years. But there is someone at Harper House who isn't happy about Stella's growing feelings for Logan - the Harper Bride, an unidentified woman whose grief and rage have kept her spirit alive long past the death of her body. Love and loss broke her mind, and in her madness, she will stop at nothing to destroy the new passion that Logan and Stella have found.
Olivia MacBride still has nightmares about the night her father murdered her mother. Her parents had been Hollywood's golden couple, until Olivia woke one night to see her raging father, scissors in hand, holding her mother's dead body. After her father's imprisonment, Olivia is sent to live with her grandparents on the Washington coast. But as she grows older, she is tormented by the need to discover what really happened that night. With the help of young writer Noah Brady, Olivia is compelled to revisit the ghosts of her past. What she doesn't know is that the past is still very much alive - and a shocking truth is about to be uncovered . . . Strong women. Powerful suspense. Fall into the grip of a Nora Roberts novel and it will never let you go.
In Hidden Riches, Nora Roberts plunges into the exotic and decadent world of antiques with a story in which possession is a lethal obsession and a simple mistake leads to a string of savage murders. At its swirling center is Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer who buys a curious selection of auction items - objects she considers humorous novelties for her inventory. Yet it soon becomes obvious that this merchandise is a magnet for something sinister; in fact, her genteel antiques shop becomes the focus of an international smuggler whose passion for beautiful objects knows no bounds. As Dora and her intriguing upstairs tenant, former cop Jed Skimmerhorn, probe into the robberies and deaths surrounding the mysterious shipment, they discover a shadowy path leading across the continent to the smuggler, a man who will stop at nothing to regain his hidden riches. Dora and Jed find that they, like the treasures the man craves, are susceptible to his crushing grasp.
In the conclusion to her acclaimed 'Three Sisters Island' trilogy, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts masterfully evokes the quaint charm of New England, weaving a spellbinding tale of true love - and sheer magic. Mia Devlin knows what itís like to love with your whole heart - and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared - and determined to live without love.The new owner of the islandís only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Miaís affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference - for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns up her heart. But sheíll need his help - and his powers - to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near, they must take the first steps toward destiny - and come together to turn back the dark.
bA New York Times Bestselling Author /b PHer car had stalled on an isolated road in Maine, and Genevieve Grandeau found herself pounding on the door of an old lighthouse. But the man who answered wasn't the old seafaring gent she'd expected. . . . Grant Campbell was a loner - rude, surly and impossible. But Gennie was no pushover, and she found that combination irresistible. Of course, Grant was also intelligent, sarcastic, tender, secretive . . . and extremely good-looking.