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Jayne Ann Krentz

(Jayne Ann Castle Krentz)
USA (1948 - )

aka Jayne Bentley, Jayne Castle, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Amanda Quick, Jayne Taylor

Jayne Ann Castle was born on March 28, 1948 in Borrego Springs, California. Her mother, Alberta Castle, raised her with her two brothers,Stephen and James. In 1970, she obtained a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and later she obtained a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University, where she met Frank Krentz, an engineer. After her graduation, they married and moved to the Virgin Islands. She worked in the Duke University library system, where she began towrite her first romance novels. The marriage moved to Seattle, Washington, where they continue living.

Now, Jayne Ann Castle Krentz with her seven pennames is considered a pillarin the contemporary romance genre. For some years, she only uses three pennames for each of three different periods from time: "Jayne Ann Krentz"(her married name) from the present, "Jayne Castle" (her birth name) from the future and her most famous penname: "Amanda Quick" from the past. She isfamous for her work ethic, beginning her writing by 7 am six days a week. Her heroines never are damsels in hardships, they are often heroes. Her novels also contain mystery or paranormal elements.

Enthusiastic of the romantic genre, she has always defended its importance. To help educate the public about the romantic genre she became the editor and a contributor to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, a non-fiction essay collection thatwon the prestigious Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. 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 theUniversity of Washington extension program.
Lost Colony
1. Sweet Starfire (1986)
2. Crystal Flame (1986)
3. Shield's Lady (1989) (as by Amanda Glass)
Sweet StarfireCrystal FlameShield's Lady
Verity Ames / Jonas Quarrel
1. Gift of Gold (1988)
2. Gift of Fire (1989)
Gift of GoldGift of Fire
1. Dreams 1 (1988)
2. Dreams 2 (1988)
A Shared Dream (omnibus) (1992)
Dreams 1Dreams 2A Shared Dream
Ladies and Legends Trilogy
1. The Pirate (1990)
2. The Adventurer (1990)
3. The Cowboy (1990)
The PirateThe AdventurerThe Cowboy
Eclipse BayDawn in Eclipse BayA Summer in Eclipse BayTogether in Eclipse Bay
Whispering Springs
1. Light in Shadow (2002)
2. Truth or Dare (2003)
Light in ShadowTruth or Dare
Dark Legacy
1. Copper Beach (2012)
2. Dream Eyes (2013)
Copper BeachDream Eyes
Whirlwind CourtshipUneasy AllianceGhost of a ChanceLegacy
Man with a PastThe Waiting GameWitchcraftTrue Colors
Twist of FateThe Ties That BindBetween the LinesThe Family Way
A Coral KissThe Main AttractionChance of a LifetimeTest of Time
Midnight JewelsFull BloomA Woman's TouchLady's Choice
The Golden ChanceSilver LiningsToo Wild to Wed?The Wedding Night
Sweet FortunePerfect PartnersFamily ManWildest Hearts
Hidden TalentsGrand PassionTrust MeAbsolutely, Positively
Deep WatersFlashSharp EdgesEye of the Beholder
Soft FocusLost and FoundSmoke In MirrorsFalling Awake
All Night LongRiver RoadTrust No One
Man With a Past / True ColorsDreamscapeEverlasting Love: Connecting Rooms / Resurrection / Lake of Dreams / Role of a Lifetime / Tricks of FateHeart's Desire: Connecting Rooms / Lake of Dreams / Resurrection
The Power of Love: Waiting Game / Diamond Girl / This Matter of MarriageDangerous Desires: Too Wild To Wed? / Montana Man / Falling AngelPrivate Eye / BeguiledLegacies of Love Collection: Legacy, No Stranger, and Wedding Bell Blues
The Golden Chance / Silver LiningsStolen MemoriesMeant to Be: Dreams / Waiting Game / Perfect HusbandTake 5: Call it Destiny / Velvet Touch / Heartland / Soul Mates / Designing Woman
Absolutely Positively / Grand PassionFamily Passions: Family Way / Chances Are / Presumed GuiltyBedazzled: Joy / Impulse / TrustSweet Starfire and Crystal Flame
Worth the RiskOne More Time: Lady's Choice / Midsummer Madness / Tempestuous ReunionEverybody's Talking: Edge of Eternity / My Phony Valentine / Main AttractionWitchcraft / Last Chance Cafe / Bayou Reunion
The Private Eye OmnibusNo Going Back: Soft Focus / After DarkThe Pirate, the Adventurer and the CowboyDangerous Games: Devil to Pay / Wizard
Tough Enough: The Cowboy / The Cougar / Odd Man OutWildest DreamsReckless Nights: Stormy Challenge / Reckless PassionPassionate Surrender: A Passionate Business / Price of Surrender
Full Bloom / Compromising Positions
Connecting Rooms
Jayne Ann Krentz recommends
The Sheik
The Sheik (1921)
E M Hull
"This was the first romance novel I ever read and it changed my life."
Friends and Lovers
Friends and Lovers (1983)
(Friends and Lovers, book 1)
Diana Palmer
"Nobody tops Diana Palmer... I love her stories."
Starlight (1983)
Debbie Macomber
"Debbie Macomber's stories sparkle with love and laughter. Every page glows with heartwarming romance."
Cattleman's Choice
Cattleman's Choice (1985)
Diana Palmer
"Nobody tops Diana Palmer... I love her stories."
Dearly Beloved
Dearly Beloved (1990)
Mary Jo Putney
"A gifted writer."
Undercurrents (1991)
(Undercurrents, book 1)
Stella Cameron
"Stella Cameron is sensational!"
Fire and Rain
Fire and Rain (1994)
Kathleen Eagle
"Sensitive, sensual, satisfying."
It Had to Be You
It Had to Be You (1994)
(Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"Outrageous, heartwarming, wonderfully sensual... I loved it!"
All the Winters That Have Been
All the Winters That Have Been (1995)
Evan Maxwell
"At last a love story that is truly from a man's point of view - terrific. I loved it!"
The Bargain
The Bargain (1995)
Francis Ray
"A warm, sensual romance... Will touch your heart."
Blush (1996)
Suzanne Forster
"Wild, dangerous, erotic."
Significant Others
Significant Others (1996)
Sandra Kitt
"Sophisticated, heartwarming, strong, and fast-paced... satisfies in every way."
Forsaking All Others
Forsaking All Others (1997)
Gail Link
"Gail Link was born to write romance!"
Ritual Sins
Ritual Sins (1997)
Anne Stuart
"Dark and dangerous... Exciting stuff!"
Twilight (1997)
Sherryl Woods
"Sherryl Woods always delivers a fast, breezy, glamorous mix of romance and suspense."
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty (1998)
Judith Ivory
"Judith Ivory writes lush, lyrical romance that seethes with passionate intensity."
The Mail-order Mix-up
The Mail-order Mix-up (1998)
(Winchester Brides)
Pamela Toth
"Pam Toth gives readers everything they look for in a great romance..."
Some Kind of Magic
Some Kind of Magic (1998)
Theresa Weir
"Theresa Weir's writing is poignant, passionate, and powerful."
Kiss the Moon
Kiss the Moon (1999)
Carla Neggers
"When it comes to romance, adventure and suspense, nobody delivers like Carla Neggers."
Close Encounters
Close Encounters (2000)
Sandra Kitt
"Sandra Kitt is carving out a unique place for herself in the world of women's fiction."
The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man (2001)
Maggie Shayne
Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels (2002)
(Marine , book 1)
Susan Andersen
"Bright, smart, sexy, thoroughly entertaining."
Out of the Shadows: Forever and the Night and for All Eternity
Out of the Shadows: Forever and the Night and for All Eternity (2002)
Linda Lael Miller
"Lush, sensual, and exciting."
Hush (2002)
Anne Frasier
Always in My Heart
Always in My Heart (2002)
Catherine Anderson
"Anderson never fails to touch the heart."
Falling Star
Falling Star (2002)
(Celestial Trilogy, book 1)
Diana Dempsey
"Clever and glamorous... A novel with a heart."
When Night Falls
When Night Falls (2002)
Cait London
"An exciting distinctive voice."
When the Storm Breaks
When the Storm Breaks (2003)
Heather Lowell
"Absolutely terrific."
Heart Thief
Heart Thief (2003)
(Celta, book 2)
Robin D Owens
"I loved HEART THIEF! This is what futuristic romance is all about. Robin D. Owens writes the kind of futuristic romance we've all been waiting to read; certainly the kind that I've been waiting for. She provides a wonderful, gripping mix of passion, exotic futuristic settings and edgy suspense. If you've been waiting for someone to do futuristic romance right, you're in luck, Robin D. Owens is the author for you."
Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes (2004)
(Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan, book 5)
Catherine Anderson
"Anderson's powerful stories of love lost and found never fail to touch the heart."
Daisy's Back in Town
Daisy's Back in Town (2004)
(Lovett, Texas, book 1)
Rachel Gibson
"What a find!"
Crazy Hot
Crazy Hot (2005)
(Steele Street, book 1)
Tara Janzen
"Edgy, sexy and fast. Leaves you breathless."
The Devil Served Tortellini
The Devil Served Tortellini (2005)
(Recipes with Romance, book 1)
Shirley Jump
"Shirley Jump will delight you."
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom (2005)
(Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom , book 1)
Julie Kenner
"I loved Carpe Demon! ... Great fun."
Heart Choice
Heart Choice (2005)
(Celta, book 4)
Robin D Owens
"Robin D. Owens...provides a wonderful, gripping mix of passion, exotic futuristic settings and edgy suspense"
Crazy Cool
Crazy Cool (2005)
(Steele Street, book 2)
Tara Janzen
"Edgy, sexy and fast. Leaves you breathless!"
Sex, Lies, and Online Dating
Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (2006)
(Sex, Lies, and Online Dating, book 1)
Rachel Gibson
"What a find!"
Bad Girls Don't
Bad Girls Don't (2006)
(Girls Do Or Don't, book 2)
Cathie Linz
"The author that readers of romantic comedy have been waiting for."
Wild Indigo
Wild Indigo (2007)
(Wild Mystery, book 1)
Sandi Ault
"A fascinating, deeply mysterious read. I loved it."
Night Life
Night Life (2007)
(Pharaohs Rising, book 1)
Elizabeth Guest
"Welcome to Elizabeth Guest's world: lush, exotic, intensely romantic."
Big Girls Don't Cry
Big Girls Don't Cry (2007)
(Girls Do Or Don't, book 3)
Cathie Linz
"The author that readers of romantic comedy has been waiting for."
Demonfire (2010)
(DemonSlayers, book 1)
Kate Douglas
"Wildly entertaining. A fabulous new world for fans of the paranormal."
Beautiful Sacrifice
Beautiful Sacrifice (2012)
Elizabeth Lowell
"This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement."
The Entity Within
The Entity Within (2013)
(Entity, book 2)
Cat Devon
"A new twist on the vampire story - fresh, fabulous, and wildly entertaining."
The Sharing Spoon
The Sharing Spoon (2013)
Kathleen Eagle
"Kathleen Eagle crafts very special stories."
The Boss Courted Trouble
The Boss Courted Trouble (2013)
(Sweet and Savory, book 5)
Shirley Jump
"Shirley Jump will delight you."
The Grove
The Grove (2013)
(Guardians of Destiny , book 2)
Jean Johnson
"Jean Johnson's writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining."
The Playboy Savored Seduction
The Playboy Savored Seduction (2013)
(Sweet and Savory, book 4)
Shirley Jump
"Shirley Jump will delight you."
Dark Spirit
Dark Spirit (2014)
(Spirit Wild, book 3)
Kate Douglas
"Edgy and intense, infused with sensuality and danger."
Driving Mr. Wrong Home
Driving Mr. Wrong Home (2014)
Shirley Jump
"Shirley Jump's stories sparkle with warmth and wit."
Dark Refuge
Dark Refuge (2014)
(Spirit Wild, book 4)
Kate Douglas
"Edgy and intense, infused with sensuality and danger."
The Guild
The Guild (2014)
(Guardians of Destiny , book 3)
Jean Johnson
"Jean Johnson’s writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining."
Slow Burn: Seducing Mr. Right / Take Me
Slow Burn: Seducing Mr. Right / Take Me (2014)
Cherry Adair
"Cherry Adair writes for those of us who love romantic suspense fast and hot!"
Betrayed (2014)
(Rockfort Security, book 2)
Rebecca York
"Rebecca York's writing is fast-paced, suspenseful, and loaded with tension."
The Kraken King
The Kraken King (2014)
(Iron Seas, book 4)
Meljean Brook
"Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of steampunk romance."
Folly (2015)
(Alex Duggins Mystery, book 2)
Stella Cameron
"Fast-paced, edgy, and wonderfully atmospheric."
Tall, Dark and Immortal
Tall, Dark and Immortal (2015)
(Entity, book 4)
Cat Devon
"Clever plotting, sexy vampires, witty dialogue, and a whole lot of heart make for a real joyride."
Give It Up
Give It Up (2015)
Lori Foster
"Lori Foster delivers everything you are looking for in a romance."

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