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Fired Up: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society, No. 7) Hardcover – December 29, 2009

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Catherine Coulter and Jayne Ann Krentz: Author One-on-One
In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors Catherine Coulter and Jayne Ann Krentz and asked them to interview each other.

Catherine Coulter is a New York Times bestselling author and her books include Whiplash, Knockout, and The Beginning. Catherine Coulter Read on to see Catherine Coulter's questions for Jayne Ann Krentz, or turn the tables to see what Krentz asked Coulter.

Catherine: Tell me how you developed the Arcane Society. Was it a flash, then you fleshed it out?

Jayne: One way or another, I’ve been working toward the Arcane Society novels my entire career. They combine three elements I have always loved to work with: romance, suspense, and a strong psychic vibe. When I look back, I can see that romance and suspense were always at the core of my stories. As for the psychic stuff, I injected that whenever I thought I could get away with it. Now I’ve got it all in the Arcane books. I am one very happy camper.

Catherine: Tell me about how you came up with the “Curtain” and the worlds of St. Helens and Harmony—green quartz cities and the catacombs. What an amazing imagination you have.

Jayne: These are the futuristic romances that I write under my Jayne Castle name. They involve the same three elements that I love most—romance, suspense, and the psychic thing—but because they are set against a futuristic landscape I get to make up all the rules. The Curtain was my way of explaining how the worlds in these books were colonized by humans. By the way, it was while writing my first futuristic romances that I realized I might be able to write historical romance. That was when I fired up my Amanda Quick career. If you look at the core stories, you can see that there are a lot of similarities between the Jayne Castle books and the Amanda Quick books. Except for the dust bunnies, of course.

Catherine: Speaking of dust bunnies—I love them all—Araminta, Elvis, Max—how did you think of them? Did they, as most characters do, name themselves?

Jayne Ann Krentz Jayne: All I can tell you is that those dust bunnies sure seemed like a good idea at the time. But the little suckers have taken over the books. It’s like writing cat books. Once you stick cats into books you can’t get rid of them. Same with dust bunnies.

Catherine: I remember you were considering a pseudonym a while back and asked me what I thought. If I remember correctly, I was very much against it since I loved your books. I didn’t think you should change your name, and I’d heard horror stories about published authors who did that, but you went ahead and chose Amanda Quick. And what happened? Horror stories? I don’t think so—you hit the New York Times list right off. (I don’t believe you’ve ever again asked my opinion on anything.) How did all this come about?

Jayne: Nonsense, Catherine, of course I always seek out your advice! But as far as pen names, I assure you I did have a plan. The idea was to see which of my three worlds worked best: the Jayne Ann Krentz contemporaries, the Amanda Quick historicals, or the Jayne Castle futuristics. I intended to pick the one that clicked with readers and drop the other two. I never expected all three to attract an audience, but that is what happened. I am absolutely thrilled, because having these three fictional landscapes keeps me excited as an author. I never get bored. When I come out of one world I am ready to plunge into a different one. I realize that people can’t remember three pen names, but I’m hoping they will remember the word "Arcane.”

(Photo of Catherine Coulter © Charles Bush)
(Photo of Jayne Ann Krentz © Sigrid Estrada)

From Publishers Weekly

In Krentz's paranormal Arcane Society series, she bounces from contemporary romantic thriller (Running Hot) to steampunk historicals (Perfect Poison, as Amanda Quick). This trilogy kickoff concerns the present-day descendents of Nicholas Winters and Sylvester Jones, magic-obsessed 17th century rivals locked in a generation-spanning struggle. In Seattle, paranormal PI Chloe Harper is hired by financier Jack Winters to find the Burning Lamp his ancestor Nicholas created. Unrealistic whiz-bang action follows, including otherworldly powers that Winters must learn to control and a romance that may unleash an ancient curse, occasionally interrupted by psychic mobsters who also pursue the lamp. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled with the brand-new intrigue, but newcomers will need to read earlier books to understand Krentz's world. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399155961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love many of Jayne Ann Krentz's books, but this is not one of them. It features the hero Jack Winters, a descendant of the renegade psychic Nicholas Winters who's descendnts Jones and Jones have been monitoring to make sure they do not use their psychic gifts for harm. When descendants reach their mid-thirties they sometimes pick up a second gift and descend into madness. Jack has now discovered a second psychic gift that he hopes will be eradicated via the Burning Lamp. First, however, Jack has to find the lamp. He turns to Chloe Harper, a private investigator, with a family background of psychics. Her ability is as a sensitive to dreamlight and its psychic imprints. She finds the lamp for Jack and together they end up battling some evil followers of Nightshade.

While I found the story a bit laborious in terms of trying to remember what went on with Arcane, J&J, and the various legends alluded to in previous books, the story did flow. We also get a more indepth look at Fallon Jones who has appeared in most of the Arcane-based books. I am assuming his story will be out soon too. Ms. Krentz does a good job of fleshing out her psychic aspects of her stories and her characters stay "in character" in terms of their abilities.

I struggled with whether to give the book three or four stars. I don't really care for Krentz's deeper journeys into the psychic realm, but do like her writing style. It is my understanding this is the first of a trilogy with the second book going back to the Victorian era (not sure if it is under Krentz or Amanda Quick) and the last set in the future (again not sure if it will be a Krentz or a Castle book).
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Dayton on January 5, 2010
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Let me preface my comments by saying I am a huge fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle...and in the really old days...Stephanie James (dating myself there!) I just did a quick inventory of my bookshelf and stopped counting at 90 of her books. What has always amazed me about Ms. Krentz is the huge variety in the story lines and (perhaps with the exception of the Stephanie James books) their originality, freshness and just plain sizzle...and not just in the steamy bits. It boggles the mind to think how one person has so many unique stories inside her, and how she can just reach out and suck her readers right into the pages of the book. Her characters just sparkle. get the picture...I love her books.

But I've got to say about this one -- not so much. I won't summarize the plot, as most of the other reviewers have already more than covered that waterfront. And while the story line on Fired Up is fair enough...the book as a whole just lacks the zippiness of her usual style. Even the "steamy bits" were more lukewarm than steamy. The characters seemed to lack depth -- and I found myself thinking about previous books, story lines...the laundry...all kinds of things when I was reading it. And usually with Ms. Krentz's books, I am so totally immersed in the story that the house could be falling down around my ears and I'm oblivious.

Not to say that I wouldn't have bought this one anyway...but it made me a bit sad...having put it on pre-order in June of last year, I was really looking forward to it. I guess I'll l keep my fingers crossed for the second in this trilogy, and hope that maybe it will pick up there.

And to the reviewer who drove 2 hours and paid 20 bucks...well gee...since you could have had it delivered to your house by Amazon for less than that, inclusive of shipping, I guess you do regret it...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By PamelaJ on January 3, 2010
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I agree, this book definitely isn't in JAK's usual style. However, having said that, if you are a fan, you will have to read it and the subsequent 2 books that will soon be available. Considering all of the wonderful books she has entertained me w/over the years, I have to stay loyal. I took a break from re-reading Light in Shadow (Zoe and Ethan Truax) to read Fired Up. I wanted to ditch Fired Up and go back to Light in Shadow! But I persevered. Neither Jack nor Chloe are anything like her usual characters. I'm sure there's a lot of pressure from her publisher to push out books. Not every book can be a winner...
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Plot Summary: Jack Winters is a direct descendent of Nicholas Winters, the madly brilliant 17th century alchemist who tinkered with his own DNA and passed on a curse. According to the myths, Jack will turn into a Cerebrus - a person with three psi talents - and then go insane. His only hope is to locate the Burning Lamp, one of Nicholas Winter's inventions, and a woman capable of working dreamlight energy. Jack believes he's found the right woman in private investigator Chloe Harper, and he hires her to locate the lamp.

It's been a while since I've read a Jayne Ann Krentz novel, and I thought she was in fine form for Fired Up, the first book in her new Dreamlight Trilogy. However, I do want to point out that I didn't buy this one. I've been waiting patiently to get my hands on a copy from the library, and I might feel a bit differently if I paid full-freight for a hardcover. I'd be willing to pay for the mass market paperback (when it comes out), but no, I don't think the story is worth $17, or whatever it's going for on Amazon right now. Alrighty, with that caveat in place, I'll continue.

If you're wondering how this can be book one and book seven at the same time, well, Ms. Krentz has come up with a complicated idea for this trilogy that only makes sense to her current fan base. Her Arcane Society novels are paranormal-mystery-romances where different couples use their various psi talents to solve mysteries. The Dreamlight Trilogy is being inserted in the middle of her Arcane Series, which is already six books strong. I enjoy them a lot. Things get complicated because Ms. Krentz writes under three different pen names, and each persona writes in a different subgenre.
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