Roberta Pearce


Roberta Pearce’s relationship with romance novels began when she fell into a box of her aunt’s dog-eared treasures that miraculously opened at the most interesting bits. All through post-secondary adventures – Russian Lit: good; torrid love scenes: better – this amour de HEA took her, though it goes without saying that she failed French. One day, she decided to make a useful contribution to society and write HEAs rather than just reading them, and still seeks one for herself in real life.

First-time participant and winner of 2013 NaNoWriMo, Pearce is still waiting for her cheque. Her influences include Fyodor Dostoyevsky [his dreamy side], Douglas Adams, Rupert Brooke, Emma Darcy, and Omar Khayyam. While she currently has no pets, she once had a pair of Siamese fighting fish named Pat and Mike, whose ghosts appear occasionally in her novels. Her imaginary hobbies include climbing Kilimanjaro and enjoying lofty literature. Her real hobbies include drinking copious bottles of wine with good friends while discussing anything that pops to mind.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Jane Eyre. I've read this book so often; seen every possible movie/miniseries adaptation . . . I love Jane. She's a strong woman with a morality that comes from herself, not structured by social convention.
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Ditto on the re-reads. Lisbeth Salander is an over-the-top heroine with a pretty awesome sidekick [hey, Mikael's cool, but he's definitely the sidekick, right?].
3. Pillars of the Earth. Big, bold, complex, stuffed to the flying buttresses with facts [!] and still a complete page-turner. I devoured this novel. War and Peace it ain't - thank goodness [yeah, War and Peace not on this list].
4. Emily of New Moon. I still get chills remembering how I got chills when reading "She's gone into it! She's gone into it!" [Shiver]
5. The Silver Chair. I know; not *the* biggest of the Narnian books. But when I was in university, I happened to trip across this book in a used bookstore, and didn't remember it. Then, I opened it . . . it all came flooding back to me, the memory of being a little girl and reading it the first time. It was the greatest nostalgic experience ever. So I have a soft spot for it. And hey, who doesn't love Puddleglum?
What do you read for pleasure?
Naturally, I love my own genre, so do read a fair amount of contemporary romance. I'm very fond of Megan Hart's novels, and love the way she captures those nuances of character as she does, and she constructs some of the most heart-wrenching scenes I've ever read. All the Jack Reacher novels - Jack is an awesome hero! I've just recently got into reading more historical fiction, and I'm loving Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel!
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Where to find Roberta Pearce online


Famous Penultimate Words
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,840. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Someone killed Adie Wilding—and now they’re trying to kill her again! Just a normal young woman, Adie has a busier day than expected when she’s shot on a busy London street, dies, and is revived. Then she meets to-die-for Nathan Crawford, and together they unravel the motives behind the shooting. With a heavy fog on her memory, Adie alternates between clever and ditzy—even as the body count rises!
The Value of Vulnerability
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,060. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ford Howard is not the sort of man a smart girl plays with. But Erin Russell rediscovers her playful side around the time she meets him, so challenges him to a one-up flirtation in the back of his limo. Soon, his carefully constructed persona is under threat. But Erin teaches him—to get everything you want, you’ve got to be vulnerable.
For Those Who Wait
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fiona’s no longer the naïve girl who tried to seduce the object of her fantasies five years ago—Noah Wilding is back in her life: divorced, bitter, and just as sexy as ever. She misses the person she used to be, and hopes she can find herself again in his arms. Certainly worth a shot—and a great excuse for naughty behaviour! After all, she's waited for him a long time . . .
A Bird Without Wings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,190. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Callie Dahl is interested in one thing: money enough to buy her own home. Zero interest in love . . . though she indulges in the guilty pleasure of an at-far fantasy of her boss, Lucius Ransome. So when he asks her to disprove a long-standing Ransome Family legend, it’s a tossup for her whether the main attraction is the bonus he’s promised or the chance to spend time in his company!

Roberta Pearce's favorite authors on Smashwords

Henry Martin
Latest book: Mad Days of Me: Eluding Reality.
Published September 9, 2013.

Smashwords book reviews by Roberta Pearce

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Jan. 29, 2014

    The instructions were beautifully clear, and my books uploaded flawlessly, and accepted without fuss to the Premium Catalog. Moreover, the formatting allowed me to upload to Amazon with equal ease, whereas in the past [before this Guide], there were many issues, especially with the embedded cover. Thank you, so, so much!
  • The Common Ground on March 16, 2014

    First off, let me say that I am not a poetry aficionado. Maybe that’s not the word I want. Connoisseur? Better word. And I’m not that, either. But I love poetry nonetheless. I love how it inspires. How little lines evoke a moment, a memory, an emotion. On the bookshelf behind my favourite reading chair, I have a collection of favourite volumes: Tennyson, E. Pauline Johnson, Arnold, Keats. They collect more dust than fingerprints, but they are always there, waiting for my mood. There is no reason that Ms. Daniels’ collection should not occupy that shelf also. My four-star rating: lost half a star for some formal style issues [not many, but they distracted] and half a star for some poems that did nothing for me. Which is so unfair. Poetry is subjective. Well, damn, everything human can make that claim. [A note: I wasn’t always sure if I misinterpreted “cleverness” as “error” - and I’ll not cite any examples, because . . . well, that’s for a reader to decide on his/her own.] But the point is, I didn’t like or “get” all of the poems in this collection, while others moved me deeply - which is to be expected. For me, the parts I loved were inversions of tropes and expectations; delicately reworded clichés; raw emotional venting of anger and sorrow; a bit of Jungian psycho-synchronicity allusion. Of course, on the off-chance that Ms. Daniels reads this review, she may well shake her head in dismay that none of that was in there. But it doesn’t matter. Because reading this work changed little bits of me, and that’s what good poetry should do. A poet does not hold an enviable occupation. But I’m glad that poets exist still - especially ones of Ms. Daniels’ skill - in order that I may enjoy such efforts.