Just a Few More Days Until Copper Beach Hits Stores

Copper Beach is in stores on January 10, 2012. I’ve had my preorder in on Copper Beach for a couple of months now, since my birthday when I used a gift card to stock up on upcoming favorites.

Copper Beach - Jayne Ann Krentz

Since I’m a total fan of Jayne Ann Krentz (I think even her bad stuff is better than most other authors’ good stuff, LOL), I’ve been waiting for this since In Too Deep, which is now finally available in paperback. Now’s the time to start keeping an eye our for a bargain priced hardback for that one too.

After this book, JAK will be releasing Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street) as Amanda Quick in April 2012. Both are paranormal romance and mystery, and it looks like Arcane Society is finally out of the picture for now. Although I have enjoyed the series, I’m definitely ready for a break from it. I’ll be sure to post about whether or not Copper Beach is a stand-along beginning to another series. The book is being called A Dark Legacy Novel, implying this is the beginning of a series and not identifying itself with any affiliation to Arcane.

In Too Deep Audio Book

Jayne Ann Krentz’s newest Arcane Society book is available to buy as an audio book from Audible. In Too Deep is book #10 of the Arcane society paranormal romance series.

In Too Deep Audio Book

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The In Too Deep Jayne Ann Krentz audio book is narrated by Joyce Bean. (She also narrates the Darkfever books from Karen Marie Moning.) This edition of In Too Deep is unabridged and lasts 9 hours and 24 minutes! That’s plenty of time to become engrossed in this lively tale of romance, mystery, and the paranormal.

Jayne Ann Krentz follows up her highly successful Dreamlight Trilogy – written in collaboration with her two alter egos, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle – with a brand-new Arcane Society story arc that begins in a secluded coastal town in northern California.

Scargill Cove is the perfect place for Fallon Jones, confirmed recluse and investigator of the paranormal. It’s a hot spot, a convergence point for unusually strong currents of energy, which might explain why the town attracts misfits and drifters like moths to a flame. Now someone else has been drawn to the Cove – Isabella Valdez, on the run from some very dangerous men.

When she starts working as Fallon’s assistant, Isabella impresses him by organizing his pathologically chaotic office – and doesn’t bat an eye at the psychic element of his job. She’s a kindred spirit, a sanctuary from a world that considers his talents a form of madness. But after a routine case unearths an antique clock infused with dark energy, Fallon and Isabella are dragged into the secret history of Scargill Cove and forced to fight for their lives, as they unravel a cutthroat conspiracy with roots in the Jones family business…and Isabella’s family tree.

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More on Jayne Ann Krentz’s pseudonyms

I ran across an interesting post today, where author Jayne Ann Krentz explains her three names. I’ve got a page on this site devoted to her pseudonyms, so I thought this was a relevant topic. I’ve also previously discussed my thoughts about authors and pseudonyms from a readers perspective in my post titled The Art of the Pseudonym. I specifically talked about Jayne Ann Krentz’s efficient use of pseudonyms and asked a few questions she’s answered in her post JAYNE EXPLAINS HER THREE NAMES.

I said:

I wonder sometimes how much of Jayne Krentz’s decision to go forward with the Arcane Society series was simply a decision to find a good way to cross-promote her different books. Maybe at this point she wishes she were using only one name. I can’t say and I shouldn’t speculate, because I can’t know the answer without asking, and I probably won’t do that.

I never did ask…but someone must have.

She said:

Yes, if I had it to do it over again, I would have stuck with one name. But what’s done is done. So I have concocted a brilliant rationale for my three names, one that makes it look like a shrewd, well-thought out career choice rather than the result of a lot of bumbling and pratfalls along the way.

How refreshing to finally know the answer. :)

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz goes on sale Tuesday, December 30th

I didn’t get this one for a Christmas gift, so I guess I’ll be buying it for myself. I don’t mind, but I have to say, I’m really looking forward to it. I like the way the Arcane Society series is shaping up these days. Just yesterday I finished reading The Third Circle, the latest historical entry in the series of paranormal romances.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to this book more and more. That said, I think I’m looking forward to the next historical set novel even more! I want a story about Caleb Jones. I wonder if Amanda Quick will give me one? What do you think?

Oh, and if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t skip the book trailer for Running Hot.

The Eclipse Bay Trilogy by Jayne Ann Krentz

So today I started listening to the Eclipse Bay Trilogy. Eclipse Bay is one of the few books, along with its sequels, I haven’t read by Jayne Krentz. I don’t know why I didn’t read them, other than that they didn’t come out in hardcover, but I’m so glad I decided to read them now. It’s like a sweet little Christmas gift to myself while I wait to find out if I got Running Hot as a present.

I’m trying out a new format for the book though. I’ve downloaded the audio version of Eclipse Bay and I’ve been listening to that as I do Holiday stuff that needs doing, such as gift wrapping. The thing is, though, I feel like I’m missing something. The first love scene in the book was completely glossed over. I know I was listening in bed (I have the book on my smartphone) but I thought I might have fallen asleep or otherwise skipped over something, until I realized I had an abridged version. I wasn’t aware that it was abridged when I downloaded it. I took a look at the book (I have a paperback copy of Eclipse Bay, of course) and that was how I discovered the abridged-ness of the audio version I was listening to.

Bummer.

I was really enjoying not having to work at reading a book. However, there’s no way I can enjoy it now, knowing that I’m probably missing all the good stuff.

Now I’m just trying to decide if I want to finish listening, or go to the book and start over from the beginning!

What would you do?

Waiting impatiently for Running Hot

Unfortunately for me, Running Hot (by Jayne Krentz) is on my Christmas wish list. Running Hot is the newest addition to the Arcane Society series.

I try not to buy anything this close to Christmas when I’ve told people what I would love to get. I have a friend who wants to do a book exchange with me as our Christmas gifts to each other. I’ve also got family members who’ve told me not to buy anything that’s on my Amazon wishlist until after Christmas. Since I love surprises (especially when they’re things I really like), I never ask for my gifts early and I don’t ask for hints.

Running Hot bookcover

See how pretty this cover is? I can’t wait to find out who got this for me for Christmas! Even if that turns out to be me for myself. :) Hardcover books do make great gifts.

The Art of the Pseudonym

Jayne Krentz has made her pseudonyms work for her. Even now, when many of her books’ themes are starting to overlap–contemporaries with psychic elements, historicals with paranormal leanings, and futuristics with both paranormal, science-fiction, and psychic turns–she has a distinct use for each pseudonym. I’m not sure how many other authors have followed her lead with the use of pseudonyms, but I can name several who have done the same, years after Jayne Krentz split herself into three different authors.

Nora Roberts began writing futuristic romance/mystery under the name J.D. Robb. Sherrilyn Kenyon writes paranormal romance, but using the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor, she writes historical romance novels.

I’m not taking real names into consideration, because I’m most interested in why authors’ write books under different names, not why they don’t choose to use their real names on their books.

Heather Graham Pozzessere used Heather Graham Pozzessere for her category romance novels. She branched out into single title romance and suspense with Heather Graham. She writes historical and paranormal romance as Shannon Drake, but she also used to write historical romance under the name Heather Graham, and she did write some single title suspense as Heather Graham Pozzessere. So how does one differentiate between Heather Graham’s pseudonyms? To me, this isn’t nearly as efficient and artful as Jayne Krentz’s use of pseudonyms.

Jayne Krentz differentiates her books by time period with her pseudonyms. She continues to publish contemporary romance novels under her Jayne Ann Krentz name. She publishes paranormal/science-fiction romance set in the future on worlds other than Earth under her Jayne Castle name. Using Amanda Quick, she publishes historical romance fiction, mostly set in the Regency or Victorian era, but she’s also published several medieval era romance novels as Amanda Quick.

There was a time when the delineation between her books was stronger. Her contemporaries weren’t very paranormal, but now, with the Arcane Society series, she’s blurred the lines between her style of books. This isn’t a bad thing. She’s able to use her strengths from each type of book and combine them into one strong series.

Some authors don’t see the need to separate their books. L.E. Modesitt Jr. writes both fantasy and science fiction under his one author name. I haven’t read any of his science fiction, and I’ve never been surprised by picking up a book that I thought fit into his fantasy worlds but was in fact a science fiction story.

I wonder sometimes how much of Jayne Krentz’s decision to go forward with the Arcane Society series was simply a decision to find a good way to cross-promote her different books. Maybe at this point she wishes she were using only one name. I can’t say and I shouldn’t speculate, because I can’t know the answer without asking, and I probably won’t do that.  :)

I think if an author chooses to use a pseudonym, the way Jayne Krentz has used them is a great way to do so.

What do you think about it? I don’t mind when authors write different types of books under one name, even if those books are very different, although I do like consistency too. What about you?

Running Hot is only 2 months away

I’m very much looking forward to this particular book. After reading and loving White Lies, I’m ready for another contemporary setting in the Arcane Society books. I’ve been seriously considering going to all ebooks so that my library won’t be quite so large, but I don’t know if I can do that with Jayne Krentz’s books. I really like her covers, and I have to say, I LOVE the cover for Running Hot.

bookcover for Running Hot, a Jayne Krentz book

Running Hot (Arcane Society, Book 5)

Dark Light was so good. Although it wasn’t directly an addition to the Arcane Society series, it definitely made mention of it and it even had a pretty significant role as far as the heroine of the book was concerned. However, Dark Light has been out a while now, and I’m ready for another book from my favorite romance author!

Running Hot is set in Maui, in the 21st century and is book 5 in the Arcane Society series. The book also ties in with the Eclipse Bay trilogy.

Cover Copy:

Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she’s got zero field experience. She’s from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She’s a librarian, for heaven’s sake. As for Grace, she’s not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn’t so good with a gun. Nice résumé for a bodyguard . . .

But even before they reach their hotel in Maui–where they’ll be posing as honeymooners–Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them. Problem is, they need to remain vigilant day and night, because it soon becomes clear there’s more going on here. Rogue sensitives–operatives for the underground group Nightshade–are pouring into the luxury resort like there’s a convention. Grace recognizes those dark spikes in their auras. She saw the same pattern in someone else in another life–a life she hasn’t revealed to Luther or anyone else. And she understands how dangerous these people can be . . . especially with those para-hunters at their sides.

While the pair’s employers at Jones & Jones scramble to get them backup, Luther and Grace have to think on their feet. The criminals in their midst aren’t just high-level sensitives: They’ve enhanced their talents with a potent–and unpredictable–drug. And as Grace knows all too well, if you don’t control your powers, your powers will control you. . . .