Jayne Ann Krentz Books

Jayne Ann Krentz is an American author who is widely known for her romance novels, many of which made it to the best sellers list of New York Times on several occasions. Apart from using her real names, Jayne Ann Krentz also uses her pen name, Amanda Quick to write down historical romances as well. Jayne Ann Krentz maiden name is mainly used for her futuristic romance and paranormal suspense novels. Born 28 March 1948, Jayne Ann Krentz was raised in Kobb, California. Brought up alongside her two brothers in Borrego Spring Area by their mother, Krentz spent more than a decade in the Borrego Springs Area. Later on, Krentz began her education, which eventually turned her into the writer she is today. Jayne Ann Krentz was admitted to the academic powerhouse, the University of California where she was awarded a bachelor’s degree in history.

Order of Ladies and Legends Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Pirate 1990
2 The Cowboy 1990
3 The Adventurer 1990

Order of Ladies of Lantern Street Series

# Read Title Published
1 Crystal Gardens 2012
2 The Mystery Woman 2013
3 'Til Death Do Us Part 2016

Order of Lost Colony Series

# Read Title Published
1 Crystal Flame 1986
2 Sweet Starfire 1986
3 Shield's Lady 1989

Order of Dark Legacy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Copper Beach 2012
2 Dream Eyes 2013

Order of Dreams Series

# Read Title Published
1 Dreams 1988
2 Dream, Part Two 1988

Order of The Arcane Society Series

Order of Whispering Springs Series

# Read Title Published
1 Light in Shadow 2002
2 Truth or Dare 2003

Order of Lake & March Series

# Read Title Published
1 Slightly Shady 2001
2 Don't Look Back 2002
3 Don't Look Back 2002
4 Late for the Wedding 2002

Order of Vanza Series

# Read Title Published
1 With This Ring 1998
2 With This Ring 1998
3 I Thee Wed 1999
4 I Thee Wed 1999
5 Wicked Widow 2000
6 Lie by Moonlight 2005

Order of Eclipse Bay Series

# Read Title Published
1 Eclipse Bay 2000
2 Dawn in Eclipse Bay 2001
3 Together in Eclipse Bay 2003

Order of Looking Glass Trilogy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Quicksilver 2001
2 In Too Deep 2010
3 Canyons of Night 2011

Order of Dreamlight Trilogy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Fired Up 2009
2 Burning Lamp 2010
3 Midnight Crystal 2010

Order of Gift Series

# Read Title Published
1 Gift of Gold 1988
2 Gift of Fire 1989

Order of Guinevere Jones Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Desperate Game 1986
2 The Chilling Deception 1986
3 The Sinister Touch 1986
4 The Fatal Fortune 1986

Order of St. Helens Series

# Read Title Published
1 Amaryllis 1996
2 Zinnia 1997
3 Orchid 1998

Order of Ghost Hunters Series

# Read Title Published
1 Bridal Jitters (Short Story) 1999
2 Charmed 1999
3 After Dark 2000
4 Harmony 2000
5 After Glow 2004
6 No Going Back 2004
7 Ghost Hunter 2006
8 Silver Master 2007
9 Dark Light 2008
10 Obsidian Prey 2009
11 Illusion Town 2016

Order of Colter Series

# Read Title Published
1 Fabulous Beast 1984
2 The Devil To Pay 1985

Order of Rainshadow Series

# Read Title Published
1 Canyons of Night 2011
2 The Lost Night 2012
3 Deception Cove 2013
4 The Hot Zone 2014
5 Siren's Call 2015

Order of Jayne Ann Krentz Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 A moment past midnight 1979
2 Turning Towards Home 1979
3 Maiden of the Morning 1979
4 Queen of Hearts 1979
5 Vintage of Surrender 1979
6 Gentle Pirate 1980
7 A Passionate Business 1981
8 Wagered Weekend 1981
9 Right of Possession 1981
10 Bargain With The Devil 1981
11 Legacy 1982
12 Corporate Affair 1982
13 Renaissance Man 1982
14 Lover In Pursuit 1982
15 Velvet Touch 1982
16 Stormy Challenge 1982
17 A Man's Protection 1982
18 Relentless Adversary 1982
19 Affair of Risk 1982
20 Spellbound 1982
21 A Negotiated Surrender 1982
22 Power Play 1982
23 Reckless Passion 1982
24 Serpent in Paradise 1983
25 Battle Prize 1983
26 Raven's Prey 1983
27 Body Guard 1983
28 Price Of Surrender 1983
29 To Tame the Hunter 1983
30 Gamemaster 1983
31 Conflict of Interest 1983
32 The Silver Snare 1983
33 Uneasy Alliance 1984
34 Nightwalker 1984
35 Gambler's Woman 1984
36 Double Dealing 1984
37 Call It Destiny 1984
38 Ghost of a Chance 1984
39 True Colors 1985
40 Man with a Past 1985
41 Cautious Lover 1985
42 The Waiting Game 1985
43 Trading Secrets 1985
44 Golden Goddess 1985
45 Witchcraft 1985
46 Wizard 1985
47 The Ties That Bind 1986
48 Between The Lines 1986
49 Twist of Fate 1986
50 Green Fire 1986
51 Second Wife 1986
52 The Family Way 1987
53 Test of Time 1987
54 Chance of a Lifetime 1987
55 Midnight Jewels 1987
56 The Challoner Bride 1987
57 A Coral Kiss 1987
58 The Main Attraction 1987
59 Joy 1988
60 Full Bloom 1988
61 A Woman's Touch 1989
62 Lady's Choice 1989
63 Saxon's Lady 1989
64 The Golden Chance 1990
65 Seduction 1990
66 Surrender 1990
67 The Wedding Night 1991
68 Sweet Fortune 1991
69 Silver Linings 1991
70 Scandal 1991
71 Too Wild To Wed 1991
72 Rendezvous 1991
73 Family Man 1992
74 Perfect Partners 1992
75 Ravished 1992
76 Reckless 1992
77 Wildest Hearts 1993
78 Hidden Talents 1993
79 Dangerous 1993
80 Deception 1993
81 Desire 1993
82 Grand Passion 1994
83 Mistress 1994
84 Trust Me 1995
85 Mystique 1995
86 Everlasting Love 1995
87 Absolutely, Positively 1996
88 Mischief 1996
89 Deep Waters 1997
90 Affair 1997
91 Flash 1998
92 Sharp Edges 1998
93 Eye of the Beholder 1999
94 Dangerous Affair 1999
95 Affair of Honor 1999
96 The Private Eye 1999
97 Soft Focus 1999
98 Soft Focus 1999
99 Lost and Found 2000
100 Smoke in Mirrors 2001
101 Full Bloom 2001
102 Falling Awake 2004
103 The Paid Companion 2004
104 Dangerous Affairs 2004
105 Wait Until Midnight 2004
106 All Night Long 2005
107 The River Knows 2007
108 The Man In The Mask 2007
109 Wildest Dreams 2013
110 Reckless Nights 2013
111 River Road 2014
112 Otherwise Engaged 2014
113 Connecting Rooms (Short Story) 2014
114 Ruthless Love 2014
115 Trust No One 2015
116 Garden of Lies 2015
117 Secret Sisters 2015
118 When All The Girls Have Gone 2016
119 The Girl Who Knew Too Much 2017
120 Promise Not to Tell 2018

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published
1 Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women 1992
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After being awarded a bachelor’s degree in History, Jayne Ann Krentz still went ahead and applied for a degree in the field of Library Sciences from the University of San Jose State. The main reason why she opted for an additional degree in Library Sciences is that she believed the degree was going to prepare her for her future career. As it eventually turned out, Jayne Ann Krentz fancied being a librarian and not the teaching side of the field. Currently, Jayne Ann Krentz lives with one Frank Krentz, who is an engineer by profession. Jayne Ann Krentz got married to Frank Krentz after the two met at San Jose State University. After a brief stint at Duke University, where she was in charge of the school’s library, Jayne and her husband had to move on. Now, the two live together in Seattle, where Jayne Ann Krentz continues to pen down more books. For more than six years, Jayne Ann Krentz would constantly submit her stories to different publishers, but she was always faced with rejection.

During her time at Duke University, Jayne Ann Krentz began combining elements of paranormal and romance together. It was until the year 1979, Jayne Ann Krentz managed to sell her first novel, the Gentle Pirate after Jayne and her husband had just relocated to Seattle so that her husband would be able to further his career aerospace. After this period, Jayne Ann Krentz operated under several pen names as she was working on her voice and tone as well. Some of the pen names that she used include Jayne Taylor, Jayne Bentley, Stephanie James and Amanda Glass. During the mid-eighties, Jayne Ann Krentz decided to work using her real names as she was progressing into the field of contemporary romance.

Later on, Jayne Ann began to introduce elements of science fiction into her books, such as Sweet Fire, which incorporated Jayne Ann Krentz trademark romance. Krentz followed this up with book such as Crystal Flame, which was published in the year 1987. During this time, Jayne Ann Krentz began using the name Amanda Quick, a name that she used to experiment with her exceedingly famous brand of historical romance. As time went by, Jayne Ann Krentz began to gain acknowledgment for her work as she managed to get commercial and critical attention. 32 of her novels have claimed the number one spot on the bestsellers list of New York Times.

Jayne Ann Krentz Awards

Jayne Ann Krentz is the recipient of the highly coveted Susan Koppelman Award.

Jayne Ann Krentz Books into Movies

Some of the works by Jayne Ann Krentz that have been adapted for screenplay include The Waiting Game which was released in the year 2001.

Best Jayne Ann Krentz Books

The Desperate Game: This is one of the best books written by Jayne Ann Krentz. Using her pseudonym of Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz penned down the Desperate Game, a book that went on to become the first book in the Guinevere Book series. With an exceedingly distinctive style of writing, The Desperate Game is a thriller novel that still holds up to date as it did during the 1980’s. The book begins as some major shipments are missing and one Zachariah Justis is hired to locate the shipment by, the owner of StarrTech Company. One Guinevere Jones had managed to take more than 2000 dollars while she was still working as an employee for the company. Using the money to blackmail her, investigator Zachariah manages to get the assistance of Jones to locate the missing shipment. As she seeks revenge, Jones begins to suck dry his expense account, while at the same time working her way deep into it.