Jayne Castle Books

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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.

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Order of Guinevere Jones Series as Jayne Ann Krentz

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1 The Desperate Game (As: Jayne Ann Krentz) 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 Dreams Duology Series

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1 Dream, Part One 1988 Description / Buy
2 Dream, Part Two 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Gifts Duology Series as Jayne Ann Krentz

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1 Gift of Gold 1988 Description / Buy
2 Gift of Fire 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Ladies and Legends Series

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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

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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

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1 Bridal Jitters (Short Story) (As: Jayne Ann Krentz) 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
11 People in Glass Houses 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Futuristic World of Harmony: Rainshadow Series as Jayne Ann Krentz

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1 Canyons of Night 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Lost Night (As: Jayne Ann Krentz) 2012 Description / Buy
3 Deception Cove (As: Jayne Ann Krentz) 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

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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

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1 Light in Shadow 2002 Description / Buy
2 Truth or Dare 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Dreamlight Trilogy Series as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick

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1 Fired Up 2009 Description / Buy
2 Burning Lamp ( By: Amanda Quick) 2010 Description / Buy
3 Midnight Crystal 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Looking Glass Trilogy Series as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick

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1 In Too Deep 2010 Description / Buy
2 Quicksilver ( By: Amanda Quick) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Canyons of Night 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Dark Legacy Series

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1 Copper Beach 2012 Description / Buy
2 Dream Eyes 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Fogg Lake Series

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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

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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 (As: Jayne Ann Krentz) 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

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1 Charmed 1999 Description / Buy
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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 People in Glass Houses and was released on May, 7th 2024. It is the newest book in the Futuristic World of Harmony: Ghost Hunters Series.


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