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Novel fans flock for penning

April 15, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - The promise of meeting best-selling romance novelist Nora Roberts brought Carolyn Lockhart here from the Eastern Shore Friday.

Lockhart, of Denton, Md., was among the more than 125 romance fans who attended the annual book signing at the Turn the Page Book Store Cafe in Boonsboro. The store is owned by Roberts' husband.

"When you pick up her book, they're so lifelike," Lockhart said. "Sometimes I read 'til 3 in the morning."

Lockhart read Roberts' latest hardcover release, the 400-plus page "Carolina Moon," in two nights.

Roberts headlined a group of 14 authors who attended the book signing.

She said it was the third time a group of authors have gotten together for the book signing just before their annual Washington Romance Writers spring retreat.

"It's a lot of fun," Roberts said. "It brings in a lot of readers and gets the retreat off to a nice start."

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Roberts recently returned from a six-week book tour, promoting her latest books, "Carolina Moon" and "Witness in Death," a paperback she released under the name J.D. Robb. Both books were released in March and remain on the New York Times Best Seller lists, Roberts said.

The books she authors as J.D. Robb are romance and suspense books, set in the next century with a detective as the main character.

Roberts, who lives outside Keedysville, has written more than 130 books.

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