Crystal Garden by Jayne Ann Krentz Interview

Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Jayne Anne Krentz in connection with her latest novel Crystal Gardens

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three “worlds”. As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

“I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names,” she says. “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.”

In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, DANGEROUS MEN AND ADVENTUROUS WOMEN: ROMANCE WRITERS ON THE APPEAL OF THE ROMANCE published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career. Each year at the annual convention of the Romance Writers of America she participates in a special day-long workshop for librarians and speaks on the importance of the romance genre.

“The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story,” Jayne says. “These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

**Photo credit Marc Von Borstel

Jayne took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:

NR: You write under three different pen names: Jayne Castle (futuristic setting), Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary) and Amanda Quick (historical). Do you have a preference?

Jayne:  Nope, no preference.  Having three identities as an author has kept me refreshed and invigorated throughout my career.  Each name and the accompanying world allows me to do a different kind of plot.  There are some stories that work great in my AQ historicals that just wouldn’t fly in my contemporaries.  And other things that work in futuristics would be hard to do in either historicals or contemporaries —  alien technology and dust bunnies, for example.

NR: The setting for Copper Beachwritten under your pen name Jayne Ann Krentz, was inspired by an actual location. Is the setting for Crystal Garden inspired by an actual estate? If so, where?

Jayne:  I actually got the idea for CRYSTAL GARDENS from a tour of a carnivorous plant nursery in California.  You never know where an idea will come from.

NR: Any hints on what we can expect for Beatrice and Clarissa, Evangeline’s friends from the investigation agency, in future Ladies of Lantern Street series?

Jayne:  This is definitely shaping up to be a trilogy.  Clarissa’s story will be next.  I’ll be writing it over the summer and it will be out this time next year.  Meanwhile, readers who enjoy CRYSTAL GARDENS might be interested in my August Jayne Castle release, THE LOST NIGHT.  A descendant of the hero of GARDENS (Lucas Sebastian) will appear in the next futuristic.  I just couldn’t help myself.

NR: If Crystal Garden were to be made into a film, who would you cast as Lucas and Evangeline?

Jayne:  Sadly, I have no clue because I don’t see many movies.   I try to keep up with that sort of thing by reading the Hollywood gossip magazines at my hair salon every month but I just can’t remember the names or faces of the stars.

NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books-to-movie challenge where we read the book, watch the movie, and discuss it. Which is your favorite or least favorite books-to-movie and why?

Jayne:  How about books to-TV?  Does that count?  I really enjoyed the Jesse Stone made- for-TV mysteries based on Robert B. Parker’s series and I can’t wait for the second season of SHERLOCK (the British series featuring a contemporary Holmes and Watson).

FINAL NOTE: 
Thanks for inviting me to do this Q&A here at Novel Reaction.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads my stories.  I have always felt that if you enjoy my books it is probably because we have a lot in common when it comes to world views, values and sense of humor.  That’s a terrific basis for a good friendship.  I wish you all a happy spring.

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Thanks so much for stopping by Jayne. I also can’t wait for the next season of Sherlock and Novel Reaction will be doing a books-to-movie challenge in May when it is released on PBS. 🙂 Jayne stopped by previously to talk about one of my favorite characters from her futuristic novels, dust bunnies, you can read Beware the Dust Bunnies here. You can read my review of Crystal Garden here.

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper Review

Jane Jameson’s life finally has leveled out and no one has tried to kill her for months in Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper, the fourth book in the Jane Jameson series. But then Jane witnesses a car accident of the boy she used to babysit who is now a hot teenager, when she rushes to his side he begs her to turn him into a vampire because he isn’t ready to die. Having been in his position in Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs Jane understands what he is going through, so Jane agrees to turn him, not realizing the Vampire council would make him her responsibility and have him moving in with her and Gabriel.

Having a teenage vampire with super hearing and an insatiable appetite has really put a cramp in Jane’s life. Until her new vampire child can get his urges under control her human friends can’t come over, not to mention the kink it has put in her love life with Gabriel. But when someone tries to kill Gabriel, Jane realizes that once again she is going to have to take care of the problem before the problem takes care of her.

I was tempted to give Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors a five star review based solely on Molly Harper’s correct use of the word milquetoast. Anyone who can use my favorite word correctly moves to the head of the class but the five star rating was given for quality of the writing above and beyond Harper’s great use of verbiage. While I find the character of Jane entertaining, what really makes the entire Jane Jamison series for me is the entertaining secondary characters and Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors keeps up this great story line. It is Harper’s entertaining secondary characters that give her novels such depth, warmth and never ending humor. I highly recommend the entire series, while Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors can be  read as a stand alone novel, to really appreciate the secondary characters back stories and craziness I would advise reading the series in order.

You can read an excerpt here.

Jane Jameson Series:

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs

Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men

Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

Rating: 

Content: 

Title: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

Author: Molly Harper

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 368

ISBN: 978-1451641813

Publisher: Pocket Books

Release Date: February 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash Review

Roxanne Vanderhaven always thought she was a good wife, until the day her husband pushed her over the side of a cliff and left her for dead. In Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash Roxanne is finally rescued by Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, but she isn’t sure what to do since her husband has tried to kill her and she has no where to go.

One of the six dukes of the Royal Entourage, Alexander Barclay has fallen out of favor with Prinny, the future King of England, after a night of drinking that left him without a memory of evening and public opinion outraged over the excesses of the Dukes of England. As punishment, Alexander is forced to go to his dilapidated estate and renovate it before he is allowed to return to London. After saving Roxanne, Alexander isn’t quite sure what to do with her so he decides to take her along with him, pretending that she an impoverished relative. But Alexander finds himself attracted to the already married woman, he isn’t sure what to do to be able to be with the woman he is starting to think he can’t live without.

Normally I don’t enjoy novels where one of the characters is already married but Sophia Nash handled the situation well in Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea. The story starts out like The Hangover with Alexander not remembering what happened, or even where all the dukes are. I started off disliking Alexander but by the end of the novel he had redeemed himself. Roxanne’s antics made me giggle and I was entertained throughout the story. The premise of the series is interesting and I will be reading the next book in the series.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Royal Entourage Series:

Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea

The Art of Duke Hunting 

Rating: 

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Title: Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea

Author: Sophia Nash

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.:  384

ISBN: 978-0062022325

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: February 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.