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Zinnia (St. Helens Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Castle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLE 

Capturing the “lively sensuality” (Library Journal ) of the passion-filled, near-future space colony of St. Helen’s, the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz delivers “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist)!

Ever since a false tabloid story ruined her reputation and her interior design business, Zinnia Spring has been labeled the “Scarlet Lady” of St. Helen’s. Now, headstrong Zinnia makes a living using her psychic abilities—a highly prized skill that attracts the attention of another planetary outcast, Nick Chastain. The rough-edged casino owner craves what he doesn’t have— respectability—and he enlists Zinnia to help find his father’s journal and dig up answers to his own mysterious past. Zinnia doesn’t have to be psychic to know what else Nick wants; soon they’re reaching the electrifying heights of ecstasy—and danger. For when a ruthless killer crosses their search, it will take everything in their power to keep their feet on terra firma and survive a deadly trap!

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From Library Journal

Continuing her futuristic, paranormal series set on the imaginary world of St. Helens, where matched marriages are the norm and almost everyone is psychically gifted to some degree, Castle (Amaryllis, Pocket, 1996) focuses on two "matchless," highly gifted psychics. She gives them mysteries to solve, murders to avenge, and scandals to deal with and lets them discover their own "impossible" love in the process. There is a high-intensity level to this intelligently humorous romance that features a heroine with a scarlet reputation, a wealthy bastard hero, a demented but seemingly sane villain, and a lethal maze of carnivorous, almost human plants. Castle also writes contemporaries under her own name, Jayne Ann Krentz, and historicals as Amanda Quick and lives in the Seattle area. Note: Librarians will appreciate the casual, favorable references to libraries and librarians in this and in many of the author's other works.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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.

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

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  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BQESJ4I
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YUC28G
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another keeper !!! :) March 16, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a "paranormal futuristic romance"... The name is quite long but explains well what this novel is about. It can be read as a sequel to "Amaryllis" or on its own. It takes place in the Earth colony of St. Helens, were people are divided between those with psychic powers (talents) and those who can help them to focus those powers, thus increasing them (prisms).
The main characters in this book are Nick Chastain, a powerful matrix talent and casino owner, and Zinnia Spring, a full spectrum prism. They meet because Zinnia thinks Nick kidnapped one of her clients,a stormy beginning for an exciting relationship. What follows is a mad chase for a missing journal, and a developing love story that keeps you enthralled...
I really loved this book, and consider it to be a real keeper !!!. I only regret it wasn't longer... If you have at least some imagination (a necessary ingredient in this kind of book, read it now: you won't regret doing so!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly, Simply, Delightful! JAK's at her best April 3, 2002
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They recently repacked Amaryllis and Zinnia into a single volume called Harmony, so I got these out and decided to reread them. And found I enjoyed them more the second time around. Maybe this stems from the past few Jayne Anne Krentz/ Amanda Quick books not living up to the standard of her talent, making these shine even more. These St. Helen's books, set on Harmony a plant where Earth traveler colonized are Jayne Anne writing as Jayne Castle, and writing at the very top of her form. Originally, her fans had mixed reviews over these books. This was before Paranormal Romance hit big in the sales. Now they are getting a much-deserved second look. Amaryllis, Zinnia and Orchid are the trio of tales set in this Futuristic world, with After Dark and After Glow continuing the sagas.
Zinnia Spring (don't you love JAK's names?) was called the Scarlet Lady by the press. She was mistakenly caught in the middle of a tacky tabloid triangle scandal. An interior decorator, she decides to take lemons and make lemonade. Instead of trying to shout her innocence or trying to hide, she plays the reputation for all its worth, creating a real Lady in Red. She dresses red, she drives red.

When sexy Nick Chastain, owner of a Casino, hires her things really heat up for both. Nick and Zinnia, like all the off-worlders, have a little something extra to their make up. In the Earth Colony of St. Helens on Harmony, people evolved with two supernatural talents: they were either a prism or a psychic. The prisms serve to increase the power of the psychics by channeling their powers through them, amplifying it and keeping it stable. Even the strongest of psychics needs a prism, for without them they cannot control and maintain their powers for long periods.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read! June 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this second book of the series, Ms. Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) introduces us to Zinnia Spring and Nick Chastain on earth colony St. Helen's. Here we learn about another Prism/Talent pair that track down the missing journal of a doomed exploration, lead by Nick's late father. Sparks between Zinnia and Nick burn bright when they join in their "link" and as their romance grows. The reader also will enjoy revisiting friends and places from the previous story.
If you're a fan of futuristic romance with a psychic twist, this book is for you! I've enjoyed all three books so far (the first: Amaryllis, the second: Zinnia, and the third: Orchid), and am looking forward to more!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUV IT LUV IT! August 6, 2001
By U. Russ
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the Favorite one in this futristic trillogy. The chemisrty between Nick and Zinnia never fades...from when they meet and are thrown together to solve the murder/mystery, the passion is always there. Along with passion, there's scandal, as well as action better than the other books in the set. If you don't buy all three-or even if you are planning to, but this one first! (even though this is the second in the set.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Mystery April 25, 2000
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Zinnia is the second book in a Paranormal Mystery series set in the future on a distant planet. The inhabitants of the planet are Earth's progeny but they have developed 'Talents'. This book is as entertaining as the first, Amarillys. The female character is spunky and determined. The male leading man is 'hunky'. The chemistry between them is exciting. I like the author's imagination and I've enjoyed finding out more about the 'veil' and this strange planet. It was a light, fun, read. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best writer of futuristic romances May 10, 1997
By A Customer
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On the planet of St. Helens, a group of earth colonists cut offfrom their home planet, has fashioned a society that is unlikeanything that exists on Earth today. The planet itself changed the colonists in some inexplicable fashion. It has brought out the psychic talents in some of the people, but that power cannot be used without a matrix to focus that ability. Agencies spring up that match a registered matrix to a psychic so that they can work as a team without being burned out. Rarely does a prism and a psychic team up without proper sanctioning. ..... The latter is the case with Zinnia, a registered prism, and Nick, an unregistered psychic. They meet when Zinnia is hunting down her missing client who she thinks Nick has snatched. When she realizes that he knows nothing about the disappearance, they form a partnership to learn what happened to the missing person and to recover the journal that once belonged to Nick's father. He hopes that the diary will give him answers to the three decades old mystery of who murdered his parents. Someone wants to keep the pair from learning the truth. This diabolically clever individual will resort to murder to insure that certain secrets remain buried. It seems doubtful that Zinnia and Nick, in love and working as a team, can surmount the forces that conspire to permanently remove them from the picture. ...... Jayne Castle (AKA Jayne Anne Krentz) has written another potent futuristic romance, filled with her trademark charm, humor, and delightfully eccentric characters. Like the prequel, AMARYLLIS, ZINNIA has a delectable mystery at its core that is so entertaining that it could sell as a superb who-done-it. This is necessary read for fans of the talented author, futuristic romance lovers, and amateur detective novels. ....
Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
I have the other two books in this world she has designed and have been looking for this one for a long time. Got it and it's as good as the others.
Published 15 days ago by Corliss W. Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars a little boring
Out of the three books in this series, this is my least favorite. I almost stopped half way through the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patchy
4.0 out of 5 stars Enoyable
I enjoyed reading it with it's different aspects. I liked the type of talent, but would have liked more depth on what a prism would truly be for other than focusing powers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teresa R. Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars love it.
loved it in paper back, love it on line. no, like really... i need my own profile to hook me up with a mate!! thanks, jayne.
Published 1 month ago by trace
5.0 out of 5 stars As I always say I'm a huge JAK fan.
I bought this to supplement my paperback copy which is wearing out. I'm trying to get as many of her books on Kindle as possible as I picture myself in a nursing home somewhere... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marie a
5.0 out of 5 stars Jayne Castle is one of my favorite authors. She has spun another great...
Jayne Castle is one of my favorite authors. She has spun another great story with "Zinnia". It has entertaining characters and fascinating events all the way through;such... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Eggleston
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Big Jayne Castle Fan
I love Jayne Castle books, especially the ones about Harmony. Jayne is an exceptional writer. These books are so good that I read them over and over again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eve the Muse
4.0 out of 5 stars Everytime I read it it gets better and better
I couldn't seem to put the book down. I don't know where she comes up with her ideas for the worlds she invents but they are unique and her descriptions make you feel like you are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Zinnia
Jayne Castle kept me enthralled to the end. The humor added to the mystery and romance made this story unforgettable.l
Published 3 months ago by lola donnelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, wrote a winner story here. Her other two books in this series, Amaryllis and Orchid, are equally good. I'll read them again.
Published 3 months ago by Kathy Ann
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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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