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Jayne Castle is an American author that writes romance. Her married name is Jayne Ann Krentz. ‘Jayne Castle’ is her maiden name as well as a pen name she occasionally uses when she writes fiction.
Order of Guinevere Jones Series as Jayne Ann Krentz
|1||The Desperate Game||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||The Chilling Deception||1986||Description / Buy|
|3||The Sinister Touch||1986||Description / Buy|
|4||The Fatal Fortune||1986||Description / Buy|
Order of Lost Colony Series
|1||Crystal Flame||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Sweet Starfire||1986||Description / Buy|
|3||Shield's Lady||1989||Description / Buy|
Order of Dreams Duology Series
|1||Dream, Part One||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||Dream, Part Two||1988||Description / Buy|
Order of Gifts Duology Series as Jayne Ann Krentz
|1||Gift of Gold||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||Gift of Fire||1989||Description / Buy|
Order of Ladies and Legends Series
|1||The Pirate||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||The Adventurer||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||The Cowboy||1990||Description / Buy|
Order of Futuristic World of St. Helen's Series
|1||Amaryllis||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||Zinnia||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||Orchid||1998||Description / Buy|
Order of Futuristic World of Harmony: Ghost Hunters Series as Jayne Ann Krentz
|1||Bridal Jitters (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||After Dark||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||After Glow||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||Ghost Hunter||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||Silver Master||2007||Description / Buy|
|6||Dark Light||2008||Description / Buy|
|7||Obsidian Prey||2009||Description / Buy|
|8||Illusion Town||2016||Description / Buy|
|9||Guild Boss||2021||Description / Buy|
|10||Sweetwater and the Witch||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Futuristic World of Harmony: Rainshadow Series as Jayne Ann Krentz
|1||Canyons of Night||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||The Lost Night||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Deception Cove||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||The Hot Zone||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||Siren's Call||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||Illusion Town||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Eclipse Bay Series
|1||Eclipse Bay||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Dawn in Eclipse Bay||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Summer in Eclipse Bay||2002||Description / Buy|
Order of Whispering Springs Series
|1||Light in Shadow||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||Truth or Dare||2003||Description / Buy|
Order of Society Series as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick
|1||Second Sight||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||White Lies||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Sizzle and Burn||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||The Third Circle||2008||Description / Buy|
|5||Running Hot||2008||Description / Buy|
|6||The Perfect Poison||2009||Description / Buy|
|7||The Scargill Cove Case Files (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Dreamlight Trilogy Series as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick
|1||Fired Up||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Burning Lamp||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Midnight Crystal||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Looking Glass Trilogy Series as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick
|1||Quicksilver||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||In Too Deep||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Dark Legacy Series
|1||Copper Beach||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Dream Eyes||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Fogg Lake Series
|1||The Vanishing||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||All the Colors of Night||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||Lightning in a Mirror||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Jayne Castle Standalone Novels
|1||Vintage of Surrender||1979||Description / Buy|
|2||Queen of Hearts||1979||Description / Buy|
|3||Gentle Pirate||1980||Description / Buy|
|4||Wagered Weekend||1981||Description / Buy|
|5||Right of Possession||1981||Description / Buy|
|6||Bargain with the Devil||1981||Description / Buy|
|7||A Man's Protection||1982||Description / Buy|
|8||Relentless Adversary||1982||Description / Buy|
|9||Affair of Risk||1982||Description / Buy|
|10||Spellbound||1982||Description / Buy|
|11||A Negotiated Surrender||1982||Description / Buy|
|12||Power Play||1982||Description / Buy|
|13||Conflict of Interest||1983||Description / Buy|
|14||Double Dealing||1984||Description / Buy|
|15||Trading Secrets||1985||Description / Buy|
Jayne Castle Anthologies
|1||Charmed||1999||Description / Buy|
The American author has published novels as Jayne Taylor, Amanda Quick, Jayne Bentley, and Stephanie James, to mention but a few.
Born in 1948 in Cobb, California, Jayne attended the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. in History) and San Jose State University (Library Science). The author studied library science because she realized soon after graduating from the University of California that her history degree was unlikely to get her a job.
Later on, she married Frank Krentz. After moving to the Virgin Islands, Jayne tried to pursue a career as an elementary school librarian. But she grew to dislike the teaching component of her position.
The Duke University library system was far more rewarding. But library science was not her primary passion. The author wanted to write novels. She started penning romance stories with a paranormal element during her stint at Duke. It took Jayne six years to secure a publisher.
She received so many rejection letters that the author was tempted to quit. But for Jayne, writing was a compulsion. It was in her blood. She couldn’t walk away from it no matter how hard she tried.
Jayne believes that most aspiring authors share a similar trait. They eventually succeed because they have a stubborn streak that won’t permit them to surrender.
Initially, she published her novels as ‘Jayne Castle.’ Unfortunately, she had to abandon the name after leaving her publisher. The writer’s contract with the publisher prevented her from attaching the name to new novels for a decade.
She responded by creating a plethora of pen names. But after a while, she discarded them all in favor of ‘Jayne Ann Krenzt,’ her married name.
In the 1990s, Jayne resurrected the ‘Jayne Castle’ pseudonym, using it to publish stories set in the distant future. The author hates critics that dismiss popular fiction, especially romance.
She is drawn to the genre because it tackles the emotional bonds that enrich existence. Inspired by the likes of Nancy Drew and Walter Farley, her past as a librarian comes in handy when she performs research for her historical novels.
She maintains a fairly strict schedule, writing six days a week from 7 in the morning to noon. Jayne doesn’t waste her afternoons. She assigns those final hours of the day to research.
The author relies on a loose outline to guide her. She has tried to create detailed outlines. But Jayne always abandons them after a few chapters as new ideas flood her mind, forcing the author to rethink her story. Her books explore concepts like honor and family.
Jayne Castle Awards
Jayne has won Romance Readers Anonymous and All About Romance Reader Awards.
Best Jayne Castle Books
The author is an avid supporter of libraries. She also donates money to various charities. Jayne’s best novels include:
After Dark: Life on earth changed dramatically when a door to another world suddenly opened. The last thing the human explorers expected was for the door to close behind now. Suddenly stranded on an alien planet, the settlers built a new civilization.
Centuries later, Lydia Smith lives in a society where humans like her have developed psychic abilities. Lydia is a para-archeologist. After surviving a bothersome encounter in an alien tomb, she was working part-time at a museum, doing what she could to salvage her career, when Emmett London, a dangerous man, entered her life.
Canyons of Night: Charlotte spent her childhood on the island of Rainshadow. She was smart enough to know that the Preserve was off-limits. And yet, she still ventured into the privately owned woods, accompanied by Slade, for a night they never forgot.
It has taken fifteen years, but Charlotte and Slade have finally returned to Rainshadow. With her aunt dead, Charlotte has to run her antique shop.
They can’t stay out of each other’s way because Slade is the new police chief. Charlotte would be lying if she said that her heart had stopped yearning for him. But Charlotte also knows that something is amiss. She can read auras.
Slade’s love for Charlotte is just as strong. But he refuses to reveal his psi injury.
When Does The Next Jayne Castle book come out?
Jayne Castle doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Sweetwater and the Witch and was released on September, 20th 2022. It is the newest book in the Futuristic World of Harmony: Ghost Hunters Series.