Nora was selected to Quirk Books’ Literary Baseball All-Star Team! She’s playing the hot corner, just like her favorite baseball player, Brooks Robinson.
This got me to thinking: who would I vote onto a Romance All-Start Baseball team?
I’m not going to choose positions, but for me, Nora would captain a team of Romance vets including Jane Austen, Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer, Linda Howard, Mary Balogh, Nalini Singh, Jill Shalvis and Sarah Morgan.
Who would play on your Romance All-Star team?
We’re having a quick discussion about the Dream trilogy on Nora’s Facebook page. This is probably my most favorite of all the trilogies — I love those women and their friendship and generosity toward each other.
Or it could be that a Laura is the heroine of Finding the Dream.
Once I actually suggested to Nora that it might be simple and elegant to just name all her heroines Laura forever more.
She — rather unsympathetically — told me no. I’ve slowly accepted that decision over the past decade and have instead enjoyed the variety of names of characters over the years. My favorites? Brooks (The Witness) and Cilla (Tribute). I love Ford as a hero’s name too!
Readers have shared stories about the names they love in Nora’s books. Some people have named their babies after a beloved character and send lovely photos.
How do you feel about character’s names? Do you have a favorite? ~Laura
How would you like to have brunch with Nora?
Now’s your chance as we begin taking reservations for our “Fall into a Brunch with Nora”. The brunch will be held at 11:00 AM on Sunday, July 14th at Dan’s Restaurant & Tap House. The price of the Brunch will be $30 per person. This price includes your meal, drinks (non-alcoholic), dessert and gratuity for the wait staff. Due to limited seating, we ask that you refrain from purchasing tickets for spouses or family members who are not Nora Fans.
Payment for the Brunch will only be accepted in “cash” format, i.e. cash, check or money order. Payments through PayPal can NOT be accepted.
We will also be holding a raffle for a chance to sit with Nora!! Three very lucky people will be chosen to sit at Nora’s table. These tickets can be purchased for an additional fee ($5.00 each) and all proceeds will go towards The Nora Roberts Foundation. Right before the Brunch, Nora will draw the names of those who will sit at her table. We will not be selling these tickets the day of the brunch, so please get yours early.
The final cut-off date for the purchase of tickets (Brunch and Raffle), or for reimbursements of ANY kind is June 28, 2013.
If you purchase a ticket and then find that you will not be able to attend, please contact me before this date. I will NOT be able to issue any refunds after the June 28th deadline.
If you would like to attend the Brunch, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you a reply email with all the needed information so that you may purchase your tickets.
Hope to see you there!
Nora and I love to spend time at home though she seems to achieve that a little more consistently than I do these days. She’s at her desk writing (next year’s hardcover — no title yet) while I’m heading out on a tour of the Mid-Atlantic states that will go from New Jersey to Virginia over the next week.
Guess where I’d rather be?
It’s taken a while but I’ve learned the beauty of driving to an audiobook soundtrack. And instead of the usual 10 books (you know, 2 to read, 8 just in case) in my extra bag I’ve now got a kindle loaded up for reading when I get to the next stop. (This time I’m driving, but when I fly I do carry at least one take off and landing book)
What are your tricks for keeping up with your favorite authors while you travel? And who do you plan to read this summer? ~Laura
Turn the Page Bookstore took part in the spring edition of Girls’ Night Out in Boonsboro last Thursday. I drove up to meet Nora and our pal Sarah for the event. The weather was perfect, everyone was in a wonderful mood and conversation flowed on any and all subjects. Here are a couple of photos:
The Nora Room at Turn the Page.
Some of the crowd around the front door.
What else do girls do on a a night out but show off their “guns”? (That’s Sarah, Nora and me, Laura.)
For some people, the best part of the evening was running into Nora.
Here’s the question of the day: If you ran into Nora on the street, what would you say/ask?
At Turn the Page events, we meet a lot moms and daughters who share the love of Nora’s books. With Mother’s Day (US) on Sunday, I wondered a couple of things: do you share your books with your mother? How much influence did your mom have on your reading choices?
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and for all those moms out there — hope a wonderful book is part of your Mother’s Day. ~Laura
And could invite Nora’s fictional characters to the table, who would you pick? And why?
Let’s keep this one out of the In Death world for now, so nobody from Eve and Roarke’s circle, OK? That will be be a future fascinating thread of conversation.
Did anyone see Nora’s post in the Weekend, weekend (http://fallintothestory.com/weekend-weekend/) thread? Well I’ve got the proof of her weekend’s work here! (Nora’s still working on her mag photo skills so I told her I’d post the photos).
Cleaned up beds.
Nora goes for the unusual in her flower pots.
Cleared out and ready for blooming!
So, did you accomplish all you wanted to this weekend? Or did you end up doing something completely unplanned?
What’s everyone doing this weekend? I know Nora can’t wait to get her hands in the dirt of her gardens. I’ll limit my black thumb to pots of flowers and get outside for a walk or two. ~Laura
If you don’t want to read anything about Thankless in Death, please back out of this post! I’ve covered up the information, but just in case, you need to know.
Thank you to everyone who shared their opinions on spoilers in such fun and upbeat ways. I deliberately left out my opinion on the subject other than to say it’s sort of a moot point for me because I read the books early.
So how do I feel about them? I think it’s fun to find out some elements before reading a book but not how they are written into the story. I feel, strongly, that plot elements like a killer shouldn’t be in spoilers. I think every reader deserves to find out life-changing events in an ongoing series (such as Eve becoming pregnant or a captain) on their own.
Case in point: I honestly believed that New York to Dallas was a book that would be undermined by spoilers. That to know some of the big plot points going in would make the actual reveals anticlimactic.
So I’m stating in advance that if information that rocks an In Death character’s world comes into my hands, I’m not going to post it here.
Perhaps it’s far more correct to say I lean toward teasers about a book — the first chapter, the cover — rather than outright spoilers. And in the case of Thankless in Death, it’s a nice one.
I’ll share it below, If you want to read it, you’ll need to highlight it with your mouse. And then, I’m going to disallow comments. Just let the little bit of news simmer for now:
The Irish are coming back for Thanksgiving dinner along with Nixie, Kevin, Elizabeth and Richard DeBlass. Readers have been clamoring to see Nixie again so this should make everyone happy. Haven’t read the scene yet, but I keep imagining Nixie and Kevin teaming up with Sean to bedevil Eve.