Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

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You all gave so many great suggestions. Thank you! The five winners (chosen at random) are Susan G; eap; Katie Jo; Marcy Shuler; and bn 100. Please email me at nrobardsthompson @ yahoo. com and give me your mailing info. I’ll get your book out ASAP.

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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Simply the best

When College Girl was in high school, she made some great friends. Wonderful, smart, talented girls I was happy for her to call friends. What was even better was her friends had great moms who became my friends. When the girls graduated and went off to different colleges, the moms made a pact to keep in touch. That can be difficult as we’re all busy career women. Barb is a journalist; Debbie is a financial guru for an international company, and, of course, I’m always in “the cave” writing. Since we love reading, we decided each month we would read a book and then get together for dinner and discuss it. Whoever hosts the dinner gets to choose the next book. It’s been great fun. I’m so happy to maintain and nurture a friendship with these women.

Next time, it’s Barb’s turn to choose. She asked me what I would consider the best contemporary romance novel. It’s a question I should be able to answer. I could name several. In fact, many of the books on my best-loved list are written by my sister Jaunty Quills. But name just one? Wow. That’s difficult.

Still, I was so happy she wanted to read a contemporary romance. As you can imagine, that’s near and dear to my heart. I immediately thought of turning to you for help, dear readers. I told Barb I would pose the question to you and see what you said. Then I would compile a list and let her choose what sounded best to her.

So what say you? What is THE BEST contemporary romance novel? Or if that is too difficult to answer, which contemporary romance novels should be on the best contemporary romance novel list?

I will give away FIVE copies of my May release FALLING FOR FORTUNE, book five in the 2014 Fortunes of Texas series, to five people who make suggestions.

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

 

 

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

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Nancy has been deep in the cave on deadline. So, she’s just now posting the winners of her April 3 blog, A TREE GROWS IN CELEBRATION and Judy Duarte’s April 4 guest blog.

The winner of Judy Duarte’s April 4 blog is Pearl. You’ve an Amazon gift card. Please email Judy at  judyduarte@aol.com with an email address where she can send your gift card.

Nancy’s winner is Pam Lowery! Pam, you are the winner of a copy of CELEBRATION’S BABY. Please email Nancy through her website at NancyRobardsThompson.com and let her know where she can send your book.

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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Please give a warm welcome to our special guest, Judy Duarte!  I had the pleasure of working with Judy on Harlequin’s 2014 Fortunes of Texas series, and I was thrilled when she agreed to join us today.  So, without further adieu…

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You Gotta Love Those Kids… 

One of the things I love about writing a romance—in addition to creating a beautiful love story—is the chance to create unique and entertaining secondary characters who add that special something to the book.   And that’s why I especially enjoyed writing A HOUSE FULL OF FORTUNES!

 

 Everyone loves a funny sidekick, a dastardly villain, or an older and wiser friend.  But personally, my favorite secondary characters are children.

                                                                        

Having raised five of my own, I’ve also been blessed with their cousins, their friends, and now kids at the pooltheir children—my grandchildren.  Needless to say, I’ve put in my share of babysitting, volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and teaching Sunday school.  I’ve cooked for kids, cleaned up after them, rocked them to sleep and disciplined them.   Over the years I’ve come to understand kids and to always expect the unexpected whenever they’re in the room. 

 

When writing Toby and Angie’s romance, I had the opportunity to create not one, but three children.   Toby Fortune Jones had taken in three foster kids who had nowhere else to go.  And while his heart was in the right place, he found that it isn’t always easy to juggle the needs and personalities of three youngsters.  He soon found himself relying on Angie Edwards to help him with his adorable brood.  

Kids-Say-the-Darndest-ThingsArt Linkletter was right.  Kids really do say the darnedest things.  That’s what makes them so fun to include as secondary characters.   But when doing so, a writer needs to make them as realistic as possible.

 

 My daughter, who is also an author, once stopped reading a book because she couldn’t wrap her head around the fact that the heroine’s son kept asking his grandmother for more helpings of her delicious okra and vegetable stew.  My daughter said, “Have you ever heard a seven year old boy beg for okra?  I’m sure there might be one or two out there, but at my house, it’s a battle just to get my kids to eat carrots with ranch dressing.  I’m not buying it.”

A HOUSE FULL OF FORTUNES!So kids can be cute, they can be funny, and they can be a challenge.  But when created realistically, they can add so much to the layers of a book.  I tried my best to do that with Brian, Justin, and Kylie.  I hope my readers agree—and that they’ll enjoy watching Angie and Toby fall in love, in spite of  all the antics and obstacles they have to overcome in A HOUSE FULL OF FORTUNES!

Judy is giving away an Amazon gift card to one person who posts. So, please join in on the fun and leave a comment below. 

 

 

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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 family tree

A friend of mine can trace her family tree all the way back to Henri II, of France and Charlemagne. When she told me this, I was enthralled and envious. I’ve always wanted to know my ancestry, but I’ve never had time to research it. Several years before my grandmother passed away, I asked her to write down the birth and deaths dates of as many relatives as she could remember. But she could only recall four or five generations. I’ve urged my father, who’s retired and busier now than when he was doing the 9-5 grind, to take up the project. So far, I haven’t been able to get him to sit still long enough to do it. Yet, after hearing about my friend’s roots, I’m longing to learn about my lineage. Plus, I’m convinced that she and I must be distant cousins since we both have relatives from the Ozarks – could those roots stretch all the way back to France? Maybe that would explain why I’m such a Francophile.    

In my current release, CELEBRATION’S BABY, I channeled some of that curiosity about my roots into the story. My heroine is adopted and she when she discovers she’s pregnant, the need to know about her past takes on an entirely new importance.    

Have you ever traced your family tree or do you know of anyone who has? Any interesting findings?  Any good tips on how to start the process and what to expect along the way?

 I’ll give a copy of CELEBRATION’S BABY to one person who posts.

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Celebration's Baby

 

RT Book Reviews gives CELEBRATION’S BABY 4 stars! They say, “…Thompson unveils not one but two romances in this latest Celebration, Texas story, showcasing vivid storylines and rich, flowing narrative. Bia and Aiden are so right for each other; it’s fun to watch them get bull’s-eyed by Cupid’s arrow…”

 

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