Thursday, January 31, 2008

On the Book Cart

The cart isn’t looking too romantic this week, but the good news is that one of the few romances on it is Sizzle and Burn the new Arcane Society novel from Jayne Ann Krentz. This one falls into both the romantic suspense and paranormal categories; it’s set in modern day Washington State with both hero and heroine displaying paranormal abilities. The two are up against a group of criminals who also have psychic abilities and no hesitation about using them for their own gain. This one looks like a real page turner! I am currently in the middle of the previous contemporary Arcane Society release, White Lies, which has a really likeable cast of characters and a great pace, so I am looking forward to Sizzle and Burn.

Krentz also writes under the names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Says Krentz, "I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names...The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books." The three worlds she refers to are the settings she uses for her series. The novels by Amanda Quick are set in the late Victorian era and feature the early days of the Arcane Society, a paranormal research group. Her contemporary titles are written under her real name, Jayne Ann Krentz, and take place in a variety of settings. Some of these feature the Arcane Society in modern times, and others are straight contemporary romances. As Jayne Castle, she writes stories set in a futuristic world where paranormal abilities are a strong element of the plot. Regardless of series or pseudonym, Krentz always provides resourceful, likeable heroines and enough plot twists to keep you guessing.

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