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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
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EL James tops Forbes' top-earning author list

EL James tops Forbes' top-earning author list

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- EL James, the British scribe who wrote "50 Shades of Grey" and its two sequels, topped Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning authors.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
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Patterson tops rich authors list

Patterson tops rich authors list

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. crime novelist James Patterson is the top-earning author in 2011-12, earning $94 million thanks to the 14 new titles he published, Forbes reported.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
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Rimes, Arquette to star in Lifetime movie

Rimes, Arquette to star in Lifetime movie

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian and Rosanna Arquette have been hired to appear in the U.S. television movie "Nora Roberts' Northern Lights," Lifetime said.
Locklear to star in new Lifetime movie

Locklear to star in new Lifetime movie

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television actress Heather Locklear is set to star in the Lifetime Original Movie, "Flirting with 40."

Tyler Perry wins top book Quill award

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Tyler Perry's "Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings" received the Quill Award for book of the year as selected by U.S. readers.

Locklear to star in Lifetime's 'Angels'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Heather Locklear has been tapped by cable TV's Lifetime Network to star in a movie based on Nora Roberts' novel, "Angels Fall."

'Montana Sky' on Lifetime

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The new Lifetime movie original movie "Montana Sky" based on a Nora Roberts novel, is set to star John Corbett, Ashley Williams, Diane Ladd and Charlotte Ross.

Washcloths not 'girly' enough in hotels

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- While the majority of U.S. business travelers are men, hotel chains are straining to feminize rooms by replacing bathroom washcloths with wash mitts.

Authors auction naming rights for charity

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Sixteen top U.S. authors are auctioning off naming rights to a character or place in their books to raise money for the First Amendment Project.

Potter's Rowling tops authors hall of fame

SEATTLE, July 8 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling, creator of "Harry Potter" and his fellow wizards, was named No. 1 on the first authors hall of fame chosen by Amazon.com.

Booklist -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Hardcover Fiction 1. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 91
By United Press International

Booklist -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Hardcover Fiction 1. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 59
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Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts, author of over 160 books, signs copies of her new book "Blue Smoke" at Barnes & Noble in New York on October 21, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Nora Roberts (b. Eleanor Marie Robertson, October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA), is a bestselling American author of more than 165 romance novels, and she writes as J.D. Robb for the "In Death" series. She also has written under the pseudonym Jill March, and by error some of her works were published in the UK as Sarah Hardesty.

Nora Roberts was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2006, her novels had spent a combined 660 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 100 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone. Her novels have been published in 35 countries.

Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, the only daughter and the youngest of five children. She is of Irish descent as both of her parents have Irish ancestors, and has described herself as "an Irishwoman through and through" . Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. Although she had always made up stories in her head, Roberts did not write as a child, other than essays for school. She does claim to have "told lies. Really good ones -- some of which my mother still believes." She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, Roberts transferred to a local public school, Montgomery Blair High School , where she met her first husband, Ronald Aufem-Brinke. They married, against her parents' wishes, in 1968, as soon as she had graduated from high school.

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