Deception Cove

By Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Krentz, Amanda Quick)

Book 2 of the Rainshadow Series

Deception Cove by Jayne Castle

In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for…

As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini.

Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her.

On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience.

Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode…

Book description from Amazon: Deception Cove (A Rainshadow Novel)

So, sounds entertaining enough, huh? I’m actually in the middle of this book right now. I started it a while ago, and I’m not really sure why, but I let other stuff take precedence and haven’t finished the book yet! I’ve read plenty of other stuff in the meantime, but thinking back on it, I think it was because I’d just finished Crystal Gardens (by Jayne Castle’s pseudonymous alter-ego Amanda Quick). I enjoyed that book a lot, and although Deception Cove was good, it wasn’t historical and I was in the mood for historical.

Now that it’s come back to my attention, I think I’m going to spend a few hours and finish the book. :)

Guinevere Jones Books from Jayne Castle to Be Released as Ebooks

I received an exciting email today from Berkley/NAL. In their announcement of a new eBook imprint, InterMix, they also mentioned Jayne Castle, a known pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick.

…later in the year [2012], InterMix will bring back four novels in the classic Guinevere Jones series from bestselling writer Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, that have long been out of print and have never been available as eBooks

Guinevere Jones Books

A short list of the 4 books in question. Click the links to go to Amazon, where you’ll find more information. I wouldn’t buy just yet, because all these books are out of print and sell for ridiculously high prices. Unless you’re a collector of course, then you might want to buy the Guinevere Jones books just to add them to your collection. Who am I to judge?

About Reading the New Jayne Castle Book Canyons of Night

Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle is in my hands and next on my to-be-read list. That means I could get to it as soon as tomorrow night, assuming I can finish the non-fiction book I’m in the middle of. I am practicing patience, so I will finish that book first before I move on to Canyons of Night but to be frank, I’m very excited. If you’ve read anything here on this site, you probably realize how big a fan I am of the Jayne Castle books.

So between the news about the Guinevere Jones books and the prospect of reading Canyons of Night finally, this has been a really nice day!

Jayne Castle Book Canyons of Night is Book #3 of The Looking Glass Trilogy

Canyons of Night book cover

I have a soft spot for Jayne Castle books. When I discovered the release date for Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle is coming up very soon, I got excited. Another book in the world of the ghost hunters set on Harmony? I love the Harmony books. I still think my favorite is Dark Light, but that’s not to say the rest of the books in the series aren’t great. They are. Each one has a hero to die for and a heroine who isn’t afraid of a little mystery. Not to mention all the paranormal elements that make the books highly entertaining.

Buy Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle

Canyons of Night comes out on August 30, 2011 and is going to be available as a paperback, Kindle book, Nookbook, audiobook (from Audible), audio CD, and in other ebook formats from ebooks.com. See below for links.

About Canyons of Night

Growing up on Rainshadow, Charlotte Enright knew better than to ever go into the Preserve, until that one fateful night with Slade Attridge — a night neither of them would forget. Now, fifteen years later, both have returned to the island: Charlotte to take over her late aunt’s antiques shop and Slade to fill the police chief’s position.

Able to read auras, Charlotte senses something amiss in Slade, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting him — again. That is, as long as his dust bunny “deputy” keeps his paws off her merchandise.

Hiding a psi injury, Slade is afraid of his powerful desire for Charlotte. But a series of increasingly violent crimes draws them closer together — and into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve…

You can buy the Canyons of Night audiobook CD in abridged and unabridged format from Amazon, or the audio download from Audible.

Here are the links to make it easy to order Canyons of Night online.

Amanda Quick Books

Amanda Quick Books, Also Writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle

Books written as: Jayne Ann Krentz | Amanda Quick | Jayne Castle | Stephanie James | Jayne Bentley | Jayne Taylor | Amanda Glass

On this page: Series and Connections | My Favorites

The River Knows
The River Knows is a recent favorite.

The good thing about historical romance (or period romance) is that it doesn’t age in the same what that novels with contemporary settings do. For that reason, Jayne Krentz’s Amanda Quick historicals have stayed current in a way that her older contemporary romantic suspense hasn’t managed. Therefore, don’t hesitate to get all the old books and read from the earliest Amanda Quick novel to the most recent. Several of her older stories are my absolute favorites.

Until recently, most Jayne Ann Krentz and her Amanda Quick novels have been stand alone, but she’s started the Arcane Society series of novels and these share much more in common. They’re still stand alone novels. I prefer JAK’s Amanda Quick novels. They’re much sexier than the contemporary stuff she writes under JAK.

Also, I have a page that details some summary information about pseudonyms for Amanda Quick.

Ravished (Amanda Quick) bookcover
Ravished (Amanda Quick) is without doubt my all time favorite historical romance novel and I’ve read it an embarrassing number of times since I bought it.

Books by series or connection and interconnected stories

My Favorites

Ravished remains my most beloved Amanda Quick novel.

The Beast of Blackthorne Hall is beyond compare, and Harriet is my favorite heroine of all the great Amanda Quick novels.

I adored the chemistry between Gideon and Harriet, but I think the thing I liked most about the book was Harriet’s unrelenting faith is Gideon’s goodness and honor.

And the opening had to contain my favorite lines of all time.

— From the opening of Ravished by Amanda Quick

It was a scene straight out of a nightmare. Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, stood on the threshold and gazed into the cheerful little anteroom of hell.

There were bones everywhere. Savagely grinning skulls, bleached ribs, and shattered femurs were scattered about like so much devil’s garbage. Chunks of stone with teeth and toes and other odd bits embedded in them were stacked on the windowsill. A pile of vertebrae littered the floor in one corner.

In the center of the unholy clutter sat a slender figure in a stained apron. A white muslin cap was perched askew atop a wild, tangled mane of chestnut-brown curls. The woman, obviously young, was seated at a heavy mahogany desk. Her slender, graceful back was turned to Gideon. She was sketching busily, her entire attention focused on what appeared to be a long bone embedded in a chunk of stone.

From where he was standing, Gideon could see that there was no wedding band on the supple fingers that held the quill. This would be one of the daughters, then, not the widow of the late Reverend Pomeroy.

Just what he needed, Gideon thought, another rector’s daughter.

Another favorite is Deception, which I recently reread. Olympia and Jared are a fun couple and I loved the pirate themes in the story. It’s also another story where there’s family involved–loving, if misguided family–and I really enjoy stories that have that added depth.

The River Knows is my most recent favorite for several reasons. The suspense was neatly done and the hero, Anthony Stalbridge, and heroine, Louisa Bryce, were interesting. I liked that the hero had a loving family–many of Quick’s heroes aren’t that lucky.

Available as ebooks:

Amanda Quick Books

Jayne Castle Books

Jayne Castle, Also Writing as Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz

Books written as: Jayne Ann Krentz | Amanda Quick | Jayne Castle | Stephanie James | Jayne Bentley | Jayne Taylor | Amanda Glass
On this page: Series and Connections | My Favorites

All the Jayne Castle books I’ve read have been from her more recent science fiction paranormal series that involve the Curtain. These books are all exceptional. I admit, though, that I’m very good at suspension of disbelief when it comes to matters of sketchy science fiction.

bookcover image for Dark Light Silver Master bookcover

The truth is, these books are much more paranormal than sci-fi or even futuristic, regardless of the premise of humans having traveled to other worlds and coloning alien planets. The Curtain that allowed the space travel has since closed and stranded those colonists on planets that gave rise to psychic advancements of the human species.

Ghost Hunter bookcover After Glow bookcover

These Jayne Castle books are great fun because they allow for not-so-politically-correct heroes who are larger than life. Strong, competent, dangerous men who know how to protect what’s theirs (namely, the heroine). Reading is often a fantasy fulfillment

Also, I’ve created a page outlining Jayne Castle’s (Jayne Ann Krentz’s) pseudonyms.

Harmony (After Dark and Bridal Jitters) bookcover

Books by series or connection and interconnected stories

My Favorites

I particularly love the St. Helens series, but I’ve grown very partial to the Ghost Hunter books too lately. It helps that there are new books being added to that series, whereas it look as if St. Helens has been abandoned.

Silver Master is another great book by Jayne Castle that I particularly like.

Honestly, it’s hard to pick favorites because there just aren’t enough Jayne Castle futuristics to go around.

Available as ebooks:

Jayne Castle Books

Book trailers and videos for Jayne Castle’s books

Ghost Hunter Series from Jayne Castle

More about the Ghost Hunter Books

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Buy books in the Ghost Hunter series by clicking the book title.

Bridal Jitters (novella)

After Dark

Cadence City – Emmett London, Lydia Smith

The characters from this book have enough unresolved issues that having them show up again in the second part, After Glow, makes perfect sense.

After Glow

Cadence Guild – Emmett London, Lydia Smith

One of my favorite things about this book was getting to discover Emmett’s secrets. I truly enjoyed the longer length of this two book tale.

Lydia Smith still doesn’t know what happened to her during her “lost weekend” while she was trapped in the catacombs beneath Cadence City. Emmett London has a secret past that he’s never bothered to fill Lydia in on. When Lyndia finds an old acquaintance dead of an apparent drug overdose, her dreams of her lost weekend lead her to believe she might be onto a murder.

Ghost Hunter

Aurora City Guild, Cadence City – Cooper Boone, Elly St. Clair

I tend to like the stories where the hero and heroine already know each other at the story’s beginning, at least as written by Jayne Castle (Krentz and Quick). She has a knack for bringing together the storyline without leaving me feeling that I’m missing something important. She does that here.

Elly St. Clair and Cooper Boone are already engaged when the story opens, but that doesn’t last long, as Elly is just about to give Cooper’s ring back to him. She believes he has asked her to marry him because of her family connections. He’s recently been made head of the Aurora City Guild, and Elly is ready to take herself and her broken heart off to Cadence City. She does, but he follows and what ensues is an exciting story of alien catacombs and ghost hunter goodness.

I really enjoyed this one. Cooper is a sexy hero, and Elly is an interesting heroine, quirky as usual for Jayne Castle books, but that’s one of the reasons I love ’em. If I wanted real-to-life I would read more biographies.

Silver Master

Cadence City, Frequency City Guild – Davis Oakes, Celinda Ingram

Silver Master is an excellent addition to the series. Davis Oakes isn’t a rising Guild Boss nor an ex-Guild Boss, which is an interesting change, but he is certainly a sexy investigator. The dust bunnies play an important role in this one, and Detective Alice Martinez from After Glow puts in an appearance. After having read all the books through Dark Light, I can see an interesting pattern of connections between characters and books that has developed. That’s the reason I like series. When an author takes advantage of the possiblities a series offers, she creates a universe for her readers that draws us back again each time a new book is released.

Celinda Ingram is a matchmaker with a powerful talent for reading people’s psi waves. Her abilities allow her to match people successfully. A past scandal very nearly put an end to her career and she’s not ready to end up in the middle of another. Davis Oakes is a security specialist who’s currently working an investigation for Cadence City Guild Boss Mercer Wyatt (introduced in the After Dark and After Glow books). He’s looking for an artifact that Celinda bought and the case has turned deadly.

I really liked Celinda, and she turned out to be a surprising character. This isn’t a book you’ll want to miss in the series.

Dark Light

Crystal City Guild – John Fontana, Sierra McIntyre

The underground rain forest discovered by Elly St. Clair in Ghost Hunter makes an appearance in Dark Light, as Sierra McIntyre and John Fontana work to discover the identities of those behind a conspiracy to distribute a highly addictive drug to burned-out hunters.

This book is a great addition to the series. Although not advertised as an addition to the Arcane Society books, this one does reference the Arcane Society at one point, which I thought was neat.

I picked up Dark Light on Friday evening and read it Saturday. Although the mention of the Arcane Society was interesting, it didn’t change the flavor of the book, which was nice. I like the Arcane Society books, but there’s a definite difference between them and Jayne Castle’s Ghost Hunters books.

I’m a bigger fan of Jayne Krentz’s older Amanda Quick books because the characters of those stories share more in common with the characters of her paranormal series. Strong male leads, intriguing and fascinating female leads, lots of plot, but a definite focus on the romance developing between the characters. Some of the newer Amanda Quick and Jayne Krentz books lack the really strong male leads. The stories are still good overall, but that’s a particular bit that I’ve missed lately. The romance has been downplayed in favor of the story’s plot. To some degree, this story isn’t as romance-centered as some of the other books in the Ghost Hunters series, but it’s fun to read.

Obsidian Prey

I really liked this book but I never got around to writing a review for it.

Midnight Crystal

Part of the Dreamlight Trilogy.

I’ve written a review of Midnight Crystal.

Canyons of Night

Part of the Looking Glass Trilogy.
See a recent post for more information about Canyons of Night.

Amanda Glass Books

Amanda Glass, a Jayne Ann Krentz pseudonym

Books written as: Jayne Ann Krentz | Amanda Quick | Jayne Castle | Stephanie James | Jayne Bentley | Jayne Taylor | Amanda Glass

On this page: Series and Connections

Shield's Lady bookcover
Shield's Lady written by Amanda Glass. Click image to buy
Shield's Lady bookcover (as reissued with Jayne Ann Krentz as author)
Shield's Lady cover as reissued with Jayne Ann Krentz as author. Click image to buy

Jayne Ann Krentz only wrote one book under the name of Amanda Glass. The use of a pseudonym for one book that is similar to others written under JAK boggles the mind. I’m sure at the time there seemed to be a sound reason for the use of another name on this book–but I don’t know it.

I have a summary of Jayne Ann Krentz’s pseudonyms on a separate page.

Books by series or connection and interconnected stories

Jayne Castle Book Trailers

Book Trailers and Videos for Jayne Castle’s Books

Jayne Castle has released several cute book trailers (video ads) for her books in the Ghost Hunters series. I like them because they feature the dust bunnies, which just happen to look exactly as I pictured them! My favorite is the Dark Light trailer because of how it incorporates the teaser for the story itself. The dust bunnies are cute, but it’s the book’s story that appeals to me most.

Silver Master

This book trailer is for Jayne Castle’s Silver Master. It features Araminta the dustbunny.

Dark Light

This book trailer is for Jayne Castle’s Dark Light, and features Elvis the dust bunny.

Silver Master (Cadence City – Davis Oakes, Celinda Ingram) :: There’s a neat video trailer for Silver Master

Dark Light (Crystal City Guild – John Fontana, Sierra McIntyre) :: Watch the cute book trailer for Dark Light

All “Ghost Hunter” (aka “Curtain”) Books

All Jayne Castle Books

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bookcover image for Dark Light

Stephanie James Books

Stephanie James Books, also writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle

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The Man in the Mask, a reissue of two Stephanie James novels
The Man in the Mask is a reissue of two Stephanie James novels, Night of the Magician and Fabulous Beast

I’ve read more of Stephanie James’s books than I can actually remember, and I blame that on the fact that I was heavily into Silhouette Desire romance novels back when I was a teenager. At that time in my life, I rarely paid attention to who I was reading, since all my books were by way of the local library and a few book-loving relatives. I read what I had on hand.

That said, there are several titles that stand out and that I actually remember from the list below.

Here’s a page outlining Stephanie James’ (Jayne Ann Krentz’s) pseudonyms.

My Favorites

Night Of The Magician stood out for me, possibly because it had elements of magic and paranormal that weren’t usual to the Silhouette Desire line at the time.

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Stephanie James (reissues as Jayne Ann Krentz)