Hush

Hardcover - December 30, 2014
ISBN: 1476766584
ISBN-13: 9781476766584
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Her Last Whisper

Hardcover - August 26, 2014
ISBN: 0804178267
ISBN-13: 9780804178266
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Hunted

Hardcover - December 10, 2013
ISBN: 1451678711
ISBN-13: 9781451678710
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The Last Kiss Goodbye

Hardcover - August 13, 2013
ISBN: 0345535820
ISBN-13: 9780345535832
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Shiver

Paperback - June 25, 2013
ISBN: 1451678681
ISBN-13: 9781451678680
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The Last Victim

Hardcover - August 7, 2012
ISBN: 0345535405
ISBN-13: 9780345535405
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Sleepwalker

Paperback - July 24, 2012
ISBN: 1439183732
ISBN-13: 9781439183731
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Justice

Hardcover - July 19, 2011
ISBN: 1439183708
ISBN-13: 978-1439183700
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Shattered

Paperback - April 2011
Penguin Group; ISBN: 0451233549
ISBN-13 9780451233547

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Shameless

Hardcover - April 13, 2010
Pocket; ISBN: 0743410610
ISBN-13 9780743410618

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Pursuit

Paperback - February 2, 2010
Signet; ISBN: 0451229525
ISBN-13 9780451229526

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Guilty

Paperback - March 31, 2009
Putnam Adult; ISBN 0451226690
ISBN-13 9780451226693

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Obsession

Hardcover - April 2007
Putnam Adult; ISBN 0399154167
ISBN-13 9780399154164

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Vanished

Hardcover - April 2006
Putnam Adult; ISBN 0399153381

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Superstition

Paperback - May 2006
Signet; ISBN 0451218728
Hardcover - April 2005
Penguin Group (USA); ISBN 0399152806

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Bait

First Time in Paperback - July 2005
Signet; ISBN 0451215494
Hardcover - July 2004
Putnam; ISBN 0399152024


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Beachcomber

First Time in Paperback - July 2004
Pocket Star; ISBN 0743453492
Hardcover - August 2003
Atria; ISBN 0743453484

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Whispers at Midnight

First Time in Paperback - August 2003
Pocket Star; ISBN 0743453476
Hardcover - January 2003
Atria, ISBN 0743453468

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Complete Bibliography

ISLAND FLAME, historical, 1981 (my first book - I was so thrilled!)
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SEA FIRE, historical, 1982, sequel to ISLAND FLAME
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FORBIDDEN LOVE, historical, 1983
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AMANDA ROSE, historical, 1984
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TO LOVE A MAN, 1985 (this, my first romantic suspense novel, was written on a yellow legal pad in the ladies' room of the orthodontic office where I worked on my lunch hour; I was inspired by my surroundings, so check out the opening scene - it takes place in an outhouse.)

DARK TORMENT, historical, 1985 (Publishers Weekly called this one "spellbinding")
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WILD ORCHIDS, romantic suspense, 1986 (don't miss this: it's wild, funny, and hard to get; the heroine is a teacher, and my working title for it was "How I Spent My Summer Vacation)
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LOVING JULIA, historical, 1986 (everyone loves this one )

NIGHT MAGIC, romantic suspense, 1987 (this was supposed to be my spy novel, and I have always had a particular soft spot for it; it features a burnt-out spy named Jack, Clara the romance writer, who is probably the most like me of all my characters, and Puff the cat. My sister inspired it, my cat became Puff, and its working title was a tongue-in-cheek Some Kind Of Hero. If you read it, you'll understand why. Also, it won a "Wally", from Waldenbooks, for the best-selling contemporary romance of the year)
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DARK OF THE MOON, historical, 1988 (okay, I love this one, too; if I didn't love them, I wouldn't write them, right? Connor d'Arcy, Lord Earl of Iveagh, is one of my very favorite heroes)
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DESIRE IN THE SUN, historical, 1988
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TIGER'S EYE, historical, 1989 (I'm really trying not to write a comment about every book, but I just can't help myself with this one: Publisher's Weekly called it "a delightful tale" and it's another one of my favorites)

MORNING SONG, historical, 1990
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GREEN EYES, historical, 1991

THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN, historical, 1991
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NOBODY'S ANGEL, historical, 1992 (my first hardcover; it won another "Wally" from Waldenbooks, for the best-selling hardcover debut romance in 1992; I love the story, and Susannah is one of my all time favorite heroines)
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ONE SUMMER, romantic suspense, 1993 (my first contemporary hardcover features Rachel, a prim and proper teacher, and Johnny, her bad boy former student; it's steamy)
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MAGGY'S CHILD, romantic suspense, 1994 (the setting for this is Louisville, my home town)
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WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT, romantic suspense, 1995 (this one features a ghost, it's funny, and is a favorite with fans and - ahem! - its author)
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HUNTER'S MOON, romantic suspense, 1996 (The Literary Times called this one "Exciting... A real thriller and the most wonderful story...." Of course, I'm too modest to agree, but....)
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HEARTBREAKER, romantic suspense, 1997 (this is an action-packed adventure novel; it is scary - and hilarious)
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THE SENATOR'S WIFE, romantic suspense, 1998 (very steamy!)
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THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, romantic suspense, 1999 (paranormal elements and a "hold-your-breath" story)
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GHOST MOON, romantic suspense, 2000
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PARADISE COUNTY, romantic suspense, 2000 (this one is set in Simpsonville, Ky., very close to home; "You'll find this thriller hard to put down. Don't miss it." The Old Book Barn Gazette
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SCANDALOUS, historical, 2001 (this, my first historical in a decade, was written purely for fun; it was a gift to myself - and my readers; "Robards.... presents longtime fans with a story to savor....Scandalous will delight regency and mystery readers as well." Romantic Times
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TO TRUST A STRANGER, romantic suspense, 2001 (I love these characters: Josephine the poodle, Julie, a former beauty queen turned pageant gown designer whose biggest problem was clients getting boob jobs before their final fitting until someone started trying to kill her, and Mac, also known as Debbie, also known as our hero. Here, in Julie's words, is a description of him: "When a six-and-a-half foot tall transvestite crosses his arms over his eye-popping chest, gives you an impatient look, and starts tapping his pointed patented leather toe, the effect is galvanizing...." The Old Book Barn Gazette said of this one, "It's dynamite."
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MANNA FROM HEAVEN, from the anthology WAIT UNTIL DARK, romantic suspense novella, 2001 (And, yes, 2001 was definitely a prolific year for me; sometimes these things just happen. Anyway, this is hard to find and definitely worth looking for. It's fast-paced and "flat-out hilarious".)
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IRRESISTIBLE, historical, 2002 (this won the Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine for Best Historical Romance of 2002)
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WHISPERS AT MIDNIGHT, romantic suspense, 2002, ("One of Robards' best....." The Columbus Dispatch)
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BEACHCOMBER, romantic suspense, 2003 ("Riveting." Cosmopolitan)
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BAIT, romantic suspense, 2004 (this is another one I absolutely love; Publisher's Weekly called it "....another hold-your-breath drama." Zelda the prize-winning pooch is a character dear to my heart, and Maddie Fitzgerald is one of my favorite heroines.)
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SUPERSTITION, romantic suspense, 2005 - It's funny and suspenseful, with great characters including a hunky police chief who may or may not be cracking up, a beautiful TV reporter trying to save her career, a pot-bellied pig, a medium with "psychic's block" and a judicious sprinkling of ghosts. "Karen Robards is one of the best writers of romantic suspense available today. Fans...will love Superstition.... Ms. Robards always delivers a thrilling reading experience." Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews.
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VANISHED, see excerpt.
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OBSESSION, see excerpt.
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So, friends, there you have it: my life so far. Thirty-four books and a novella. And counting, as I'm finishing book number thirty-five presently. Let me know which one is your favorite, and why! I'll post the results on-line.