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Jayne Ann Krentz, née Jayne Castle (born March 28, 1948 in Cobb, California, United States), is an American writer of romance novels. Krentz is the author of a string of New York Times bestsellers under seven different pseudonyms. Now, she only uses three names. Under her married name she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses Amanda Quick for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. She uses her maiden name for futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense writing. Over 35 million copies of Krentz's novels are in print. With Sweet Starfire, she created the futuristic romance subgenre, and further expanded the boundaries of the genre in 1996 with Amaryllis, the first paranormal futuristic romantic suspense novel. She is an outspoken advocate for the romance genre and has been the recipient of the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. Biography Personal life Jayne Ann Castle was born on March 28, 1948 in Cobb, California, United States. She and her two brothers were raised by their mother, Alberta, in Borrego Springs for the first decade of Jayne's life. She earned a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1970. Fearful that she would be unable to find a job using her degree, she elected to obtain her graduate degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. Immediately after graduation she married Frank Krentz, an engineer, whom she had met at San Jose State. The couple moved to the Virgin Islands, where Krentz worked for a year as an elementary school librarian, a time she refers to as "an unmitigated career disaster". Realizing that she enjoyed being a librarian but not the aspects of teaching that working in an elementary school required, Krentz moved into the higher levels of academia, including a stint in the Duke University library system. Krentz and her husband later moved to Seattle, Washington. Krentz has been generous in sharing her wealth with libraries. She established the Castle Humanities Fund at UCSC's University Library to allow the library to purchase additional books and has given money to 15 Seattle-area elementary schools to enhance their library budgets. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Writers Programs at the University of Washington extension program. Writing career Early years While working at Duke, Krentz began writing stories her way, combining elements of romance novels with paranormal twists. For six years she wrote and mailed proposals for new novels, consistently receiving rejection letters. She claims to have tried to stop writing several times during that period, but that it became a "compulsion". During this time she and her family moved to Seattle, Washington to further her husband's aerospace career. Pseudonyms and genres Krentz continued writing, and, in 1979, she sold her first novel, Gentle Pirate. That novel and several that followed were published within various category romance lines, as that was the only method in which contemporary romance was published. As more publishers began to release single-title contemporary romances, Krentz shifted into writing only single-title novels.Her first novels were released under her birth name, Jayne Castle. Krentz signed a contract allowing one of her publishers to own the name, and, after leaving that publisher, Krentz was unable to use that name on new works for ten years. This led to the creation of several pseudonyms, including Jayne Taylor, Jayne Bentley, Stephanie James and Amanda Glass. By the mid-1980s she had begun using only her married name, Jayne Ann Krentz, for all of her contemporary romance novels.Her 1986 novel, Sweet Starfire, was a futuristic romance, a subgenre that combined elements of romance novels and science fiction. The novel was a "classic road trip romance" which just happened to be set in a separate galaxy. In 1987 she published a second futuristic romance, Crystal Flame, which again allowed for a "traditional romance plot unfold[ing] in an extraordinary world". The success of these books encouraged Krentz to try to write a real historical romance with a humorous twist, which she released under the pseudonym Amanda Quick.She began writing paranormal futuristic novels of romantic suspense in 1996. Released under her maiden name, Jayne Castle, these novels are set far in the future in a world where everyone has a psychic talent and respectable people use marriage agencies instead of choosing their own mates. As is customary in her writing, in each case the protagonists have a mystery to solve or a villain to defeat.Psychic themes appear throughout Krentz's work. In 2006 she began a new series, called The Arcane Society, which includes books written as Amanda Quick (historical setting), Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary setting), and Jayne Castle (futuristic setting). The books tell the stories of members of the Arcane Society for the psychically gifted, and each hero and heroine has his or her own psychic power. The books feature a mystery for the protagonists to solve while they are learning to deal with their psychic abilities. The heroes of her novels are always alpha males who are as strong and determined as her heroines. Recognition More than 120 of Krentz's romance novels have been published, with 32 placing on the New York Times Bestseller List. In total, there are over 23 million copies of her books in print.Krentz's novel The Waiting Game was adapted for the Harlequin Romance Series teleplay in 2001. Her books have won many awards. Krentz has been nominated 22 times for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, winning in 1995 for Trust Me and in 2004 for Falling Awake. She has also received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.An outspoken advocate of the merits of romantic fiction, Krentz maintains that "[p]opular fiction encapsulates and reinforces many of our most fundamental cultural values. Romance is among the most enduring because it addresses the values of family and human emotional bonds." To help educate the public about the genre she became the editor of and a contributor to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, a non-fiction essay collection that won the prestigious Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. Krentz was the inspiration for, and first recipient of, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, created to "honor those in the romance community who have significantly impacted our genre". Bibliography References External links Official Jayne Ann Krentz Website The Waiting Game at IMDb. Discover the Jayne Ann Krentz popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jayne Ann Krentz books.

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  • Crystal Gardens synopsis, comments

    Crystal Gardens

    Amanda Quick

    New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick delivers “a promising start to a Victorianera series” with the first Ladies of Lantern Street novel…Evangeline Ames has rented a coun...

  • White Lies synopsis, comments

    White Lies

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    THE PHENOMENAL NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes us beyond the everyday boundaries of the mindand the heartin the second Arcane Society novel. ...

  • River Road synopsis, comments

    River Road

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romancethe latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach.Thirteen years ago, Lucy Sheridan was dragged out of a...

  • Lost and Found synopsis, comments

    Lost and Found

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    The author of Smoke in Mirrors and Soft Focus presents a sexy, irresistible story of two people searching for secretsand finding each other…Cady Briggs is useful to Mack Easton. He...

  • The Other Lady Vanishes synopsis, comments

    The Other Lady Vanishes

    Amanda Quick

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Quick conjures up a celluloid world that will be catnip to fans of that era evoking the sensation it was plucked straight from the Warner Bros. va...

  • The Vanishing synopsis, comments

    The Vanishing

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    From New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz comes a gripping new romantic suspense trilogy fraught with danger and enigma. Decades ago in the small town of Fogg La...

  • Trust No One synopsis, comments

    Trust No One

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A New York Times bestselling masterpiece of romantic suspense from the author of Promise Not to Tell...   When Grace Elland finds her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Wither...

  • Fade Out synopsis, comments

    Fade Out

    Rachel Caine

    Withoutthe evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville,the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire D...

  • Lake of Dreams synopsis, comments

    Lake of Dreams

    Linda Howard

    Dreams and reality collidewith potentially deadly consequencesin this stunning novella from New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard, available for the first time as a standa...

  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much synopsis, comments

    The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    Amanda Quick

    In 1930s California, glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins in this New York Times bestseller from the author of Tightrope.   At the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel on t...

  • Secret Sisters synopsis, comments

    Secret Sisters

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Untouchable and Promise Not to Tell delivers a novel that twists and turns...

  • In Too Deep synopsis, comments

    In Too Deep

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz presents the first novel in an Arcane Society trilogy set in a secluded coastal town in Northern Californiaa mysterious place w...

  • The 100 Best Romance Novels synopsis, comments

    The 100 Best Romance Novels

    Jennifer Lawler & Crimson Romance Editors

    "My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." Mr. Darcy, Pride and PrejudiceThe taboo affair of Jane and Mr. Rochester. The...

  • Illusion Town synopsis, comments

    Illusion Town

    Jayne Castle

    A new adventure begins on Harmony…    With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally uniqueand will take you on a thrill ride you’ll ne...

  • Untraceable synopsis, comments


    Laura Griffin

    With a “fast pace, tight plotting, terrific mystery, sharp dialogue, [and] fabulous characters” (Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author), this whiteknuckled thrill ride...

  • Dream Eyes synopsis, comments

    Dream Eyes

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The New York Times bestselling Dark Legacy novel from the author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense.....

  • Smoke in Mirrors synopsis, comments

    Smoke in Mirrors

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fastand died young. But her final scamembezzling more than a million dollars from a college endowment fundis coming back to haun...

  • All Night Long synopsis, comments

    All Night Long

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    From New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz comes an electrifying novel of passion, murder, and smalltown scandal.   Investigative reporter Irene Stenson hasn’t ...

  • Sizzle and Burn synopsis, comments

    Sizzle and Burn

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    “Krentz’s trademarksfast plotting, snappy dialogue, hot sexare all on display here, in a novel that ranks with her best.”The Seattle Times Raine Tallentyre always tried to heed her...

  • Dawn in Eclipse Bay synopsis, comments

    Dawn in Eclipse Bay

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    From New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz comes the second novel in a dramatic trilogy set in breathtaking Eclipse Bay, a town filled with rivalries as fierce and com...

  • Tightrope synopsis, comments


    Amanda Quick

    An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a top secret invention in this New York Times bestselling nov...

  • Heartbreaker synopsis, comments


    Julie Garwood

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood proves she is a master storyteller in this classic romantic suspense novel featuring FBI agent Nick Buchanan.In the still shadows...

  • Soft Focus synopsis, comments

    Soft Focus

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    With her hallmark blend of sparkling style and wit, intricate suspense, and steamy passion, Jayne Ann Krentz is truly one of a kind. One of today's premier storytellers, she has mo...

  • When All the Girls Have Gone synopsis, comments

    When All the Girls Have Gone

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth from the New York Times bestselling author of Untouchabl...

  • Canyons of Night synopsis, comments

    Canyons of Night

    Jayne Castle

    The island of Rainshadow is home to the mysterious, privatelyowned woods known only as the Preserve. Now, after fifteen years away, both Charlotte Enright and her teen crush, Sla...

  • The Scargill Cove Case Files synopsis, comments

    The Scargill Cove Case Files

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    Chilling paranormal suspense in a small California townby the New York Times bestselling author of the Arcane Society novels!As the director at Jones & Jones, a psychical inves...

  • Lightning in a Mirror synopsis, comments

    Lightning in a Mirror

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    The final installment in the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz.   Olivia LeClair's experiment with speed dating is not going wel...

  • Untouchable synopsis, comments


    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A man's quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying New York Times bestseller from the author of Promise Not ...

  • Promise Not to Tell synopsis, comments

    Promise Not to Tell

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying New York Times bestseller from the author of Untouchable.Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years ...

  • Mr. Perfect synopsis, comments

    Mr. Perfect

    Linda Howard

    Written in her “trademark darkly sensual style” (Booklist), New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard brings us an electrifying pageturner of passion and suspense with a capti...

  • Truth or Dare synopsis, comments

    Truth or Dare

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    The New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz is at the top of her game with Truth or Dare.

  • Blue Moon synopsis, comments

    Blue Moon

    Linda Howard

    Travel to the sultry bayou in this sizzling and suspenseful romance from New York Times bestselling “queen of romantic suspense” (Booklist) Linda Howard!Sheriff Jackson Brody knows...

  • Country Matters synopsis, comments

    Country Matters

    Tesni Morgan

    When Lorna Erskine inherits Hinton Priory deep in the heart of rural England she thinks she is set for a life of tranquillity and pastoral bliss. She's wrong. Her closest neighbo...

  • Amaryllis synopsis, comments


    Jayne Castle

    Acclaimed for her novels of “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a st...

  • Fired Up synopsis, comments

    Fired Up

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    The New York Times bestselling author presents the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it. . . .More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters ir...

  • All the Colors of Night synopsis, comments

    All the Colors of Night

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    An instant New York Times bestseller!Two psychics plunge into a dark world of deadly secrets in this second installment in the Fogg Lake trilogy by New York Times bestsel...

  • A Knight in Shining Armor synopsis, comments

    A Knight in Shining Armor

    Jude Deveraux

    New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time travel romance featuring a presentday heroine and a dashing hero from t...

  • Light In Shadow synopsis, comments

    Light In Shadow

    Jayne Ann Krentz

    Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who's developed an unusual career specialtyhelping recently divorced clients redesign their hom...

  • Mercy synopsis, comments


    Julie Garwood

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Heartbreaker comes a thrilling novel of passion and obsession featuring attorney Theo Buchanan.Like his FBI agent brother Nick, The...