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Jayne Ann Krentz

(Jayne Ann Castle Krentz)
USA flag (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.
Verity Ames / Jonas Quarrel
1. Gift of Gold (1988)
2. Gift of Fire (1989)
1. Dreams 1 (1988)
2. Dreams 2 (1988)
A Shared Dream (omnibus) (1992)
Ladies and Legends Trilogy
1. The Pirate (1990)
2. The Adventurer (1990)
3. The Cowboy (1990)

Whispering Springs
1. Light in Shadow (2002)
2. Truth or Dare (2003)
Dark Legacy
1. Copper Beach (2012)
2. Dream Eyes (2013)


Man With a Past / True Colors (1991)
Dreamscape (1993) (with Bobby Hutchinson and Anne Stuart)
Everlasting Love (1998) (with Linda Howard, Kasey Michaels, Linda Lael Miller and Carla Neggers)
Heart's Desire (1998) (with Linda Howard and Linda Lael Miller)
The Power of Love (1998) (with Debbie Macomber and Diana Palmer)
Dangerous Desires (1999) (with Barbara Delinsky and Anne Stuart)
Private Eye / Beguiled (1999) (with Lori Foster)
Legacies of Love Collection (1999) (with Stella Cameron and Heather Graham)
The Golden Chance / Silver Linings (2001)
Stolen Memories (2001) (with Stella Cameron and Tess Gerritsen)
Meant to Be (2001) (with Barbara Delinsky and Kristine Rolofson)
Take 5 (2001) (with Candace Schuler and Sherryl Woods)
Absolutely Positively / Grand Passion (2001)
Family Passions (2002) (with Barbara Delinsky and Tess Gerritsen)
Bedazzled (2002) (with Rita Clay Estrada and Vicki Lewis Thompson)
Sweet Starfire and Crystal Flame (2002)
Worth the Risk (2002)
One More Time (2002) (with Lynne Graham and Christine Rimmer)
Everybody's Talking (2003) (with Jasmine Cresswell and Marie Ferrarella)
Witchcraft / Last Chance Cafe / Bayou Reunion (2003) (with Amanda Stevens and Rebecca York)
The Private Eye Omnibus (2004) (with Julie Miller and Dani Sinclair)
No Going Back (2004)
Dangerous Affairs (2004)
The Pirate, the Adventurer and the Cowboy (2006)
Dangerous Games (2008)
Tough Enough (2012) (with B J Daniels and Lindsay McKenna)
Wildest Dreams (2013)
Reckless Nights (2013)
Passionate Surrender (2014)
On the Edge (2015) (with Stella Cameron and Mel Curtis)
Series contributed to

Non fiction
Jayne Ann Krentz recommends

The Sheik (1921)
E M Hull
"This was the first romance novel I ever read and it changed my life."

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."

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 (1994)
(Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers, book 1)
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 (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 (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 (1998)
(Winchester Brides)
Pamela Toth
"Pam Toth gives readers everything they look for in a great romance..."

Some Kind of Magic (1998)
Theresa Weir
"Theresa Weir's writing is poignant, passionate, and powerful."

Kiss the Moon (1999)
Carla Neggers
"When it comes to romance, adventure and suspense, nobody delivers like Carla Neggers."

The Gingerbread Man (2001)
Maggie Shayne

Head Over Heels (2002)
(Marine , book 1)
Susan Andersen
"Bright, smart, sexy, thoroughly entertaining."
Out of the Shadows
Out of the Shadows (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 (2002)
(Celestial Trilogy, book 1)
Diana Dempsey
"Clever and glamorous... A novel with a heart."

When Night Falls (2002)
Cait London
"An exciting distinctive voice."

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."
When the Storm Breaks
When the Storm Breaks (2003)
Heather Lowell
"Absolutely terrific."

Daisy's Back in Town (2004)
(Lovett, Texas, book 1)
Rachel Gibson
"What a find!"
The Devil Served Tortellini
The Devil Served Tortellini (2005)
(Recipes with Romance, book 1)
Shirley Jump
"Shirley Jump will delight you."

Carpe Demon (2005)
(Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom , book 1)
Julie Kenner
"I loved Carpe Demon! ... Great fun."
Crazy Hot
Crazy Hot (2005)
(Steele Street, book 1)
Tara Janzen
"Edgy, sexy and fast. Leaves you breathless."
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."

Beautiful Sacrifice (2012)
Elizabeth Lowell
"This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement."

The Entity Within (2013)
(Entity, book 2)
Cat Devon
"A new twist on the vampire story - fresh, fabulous, and wildly entertaining."

The Grove (2013)
(Guardians of Destiny , book 2)
Jean Johnson
"Jean Johnson's writing is fabulously fresh, thoroughly romantic, and wildly entertaining."

Betrayed (2014)
(Rockfort Security, book 2)
Rebecca York
"Rebecca York's writing is fast-paced, suspenseful, and loaded with tension."

Slow Burn (2014)
Cherry Adair
"Cherry Adair writes for those of us who love romantic suspense fast and hot!"

The Kraken King (2014)
(Iron Seas, book 4)
Meljean Brook
"Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of steampunk romance."

Give It Up (2015)
Lori Foster
"Lori Foster delivers everything you are looking for in a romance."

Only Beloved (2016)
(Survivor's Club, book 7)
Mary Balogh
"Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance."

Wild at Whiskey Creek (2016)
(Hellcat Canyon, book 2)
Julie Anne Long
"Julie Anne Long's writing glows with emotional intensity."

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