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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | October 22, 2011
Becky Jones had her eye on the horseshoe diamond pin and the sapphire earrings in the jewelry case at the Inn BoonsBoro Saturday night. "Those are my picks," Jones said. But the pieces were part of no ordinary assemblage of sparkle and glitter at the boutique inn owned by world-renowned romance novelist Nora Roberts and Bruce Wilder. The jewelry actually was from Roberts' personal collection and slated to be sold at auction to benefit the Washington County Free Library and ProLiteracy Worldwide, LLC.  "When I looked through (my jewelry)
By HEATHER KEELS | | September 2, 2011
A new fitness center owned by author Nora Roberts is on track to open at the beginning of October near the author's romance-themed inn in Boonsboro, according to the gym's manager. Fit in BoonsBoro, a two-story fitness center for men and women, will open in a building being renovated at 3 St. Paul St., Manager Heidi Bodenheimer said. Roberts decided the building - a former tanning salon - needed some "TLC" and thought a fitness center would fill an unserved need in the growing Boonsboro community, Bodenheimer said.
By MARIE GILBERT | | July 1, 2011
As a child, Meg Cabot was a Disney princess worshipper. Her favorite fairy tale was "Beauty and the Beast," she had a Snow White cake for her sixth birthday and remembers drawing Cinderella endlessly on her notepads. Today, Cabot is watching her own Cinderella story unfold. She has become a best-selling author, hitting the jackpot when she penned "The Princess Diaries," a young adult novel that was adapted for the big screen. But Cabot's writing success isn't just for kids.
May 31, 2011
The Nora Roberts Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., to help advance the study of romance literature. The school also will use the grant to establish an academic minor in romance fiction and to launch an online creative writing course in the subject. In addition, the college plans to use the funds to help build a core American romance library collection, including the complete works of Roberts, as well as to establish an endowed fund to support the collection.
By DON AINES | | April 29, 2011
If a prize was given for whoever came the farthest for Friday's Washington Romance Writers Pre-retreat Mega-Signing, Rabbi Arthur and Simi Zuckerman would have likely won — although their presence at the Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro was more of a detour. "We were in the area, but when my wife saw this, everything stopped," said the Portland, Ore., man, noting that they had been touring Civil War sites. "All of a sudden Boonsboro was on our list. " Chatting with first-time authors like Anita Clenney and more veteran scribes like Mindy Klasky, more than 150 people, the vast majority of them women, waited patiently to get the latest romance novels signed by more than a dozen authors.
By MARIE GILBERT | | April 2, 2011
She looks a lot like Oscar, but her name is RITA. And she enjoys a good love story. She’s a golden statuette that symbolizes excellence in published romance fiction. And each year, during an Academy Awards-like ceremony, she goes home with the best writers of treachery, heartache, heroes and heroines. This summer, three Washington County authors are hoping to walk away with the coveted trophy. Nora Roberts, Susan Donovan and Gail Barrett have been named finalists in the 2011 contest, which is presented by the Romance Writers of America.
By MARIE GILBERT | | February 19, 2011
To promote her new J.D. Robb book, "Treachery in Death," author Nora Roberts spent Saturday traveling the world. First, she chatted with fans in South Africa, then Serbia and Nigeria. India was on the itinerary, as well as Canada. And she never left Boonsboro. It was a virtual book tour — a new and growing phenomenon that's making the Internet a popular destination for meeting your favorite writers. Wonder where authors get their inspiration? Curious about their hobbies and lifestyles?
By MARIE GILBERT | | February 17, 2011
The odds are pretty good that you or someone you know has been visited by a vampire. Or maybe it was a shape-shifter or a werewolf. They're hard to avoid, because they seem to be everywhere — on television, in movies and in best-selling books. In fact, otherworldly creatures have almost become mainstream. Maybe it's because they've come a long way from Bram Stoker's version of Dracula. Today's undead are charismatic and sultry and have ethereal good looks. And they have legions of fans all bitten by the paranormal bug. The flurry of interest in the supernatural bodes well for Jeaniene Frost and Pamela Palmer, who have found their niche writing paranormal fiction.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | January 19, 2011
The Nora Roberts Foundation is donating $13,000 to Boonsboro High School, with $8,000 going to the band to buy musical instruments and equipment, and $5,000 going to the drama department, school system officials said. The Board of Education voted 7-0 Tuesday night to accept the donation. Several board members expressed gratitude for the foundation's donation as well as its past donations. Donna Brightman said that during her 3 1/2 years as a board member, Roberts has made several donations to the school system.
October 29, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Nora Roberts Foundation has made a five-year pledge to support Renfrew Institute through the institute's "Today's Horizon Fund. " The foundation has made a five-year pledge of $10,000 annually, according to Tracy Holliday, the institute's assistant director. These undesignated funds will help Renfrew maintain daily operations, update technology and insure adequate staffing. Nora Roberts, an author of romance novels, mysteries and popular fiction, lives near Boonsboro.
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