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Subject: Arcane books by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 6:29 PM ET
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So I noticed that this series is written under 2 dif psuedonyms.  (or is JAK her real name?) Anyway: I noticed the Quick ones are historical and the JAK ones are contemporary.  Do you read them in order based on publication date like she has them listed on her website. Or are they basically seperately running series and just have the Arcane society in common?



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Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I read them in order based on publication dates.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:20 PM ET
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I don't like historicals so I just read the JAK books and I have not had any trouble following the story lines.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:26 PM ET
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OK thanks.  I guess I will read them somewhat in order by time period as I acquire them.



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Date Posted: 9/12/2009 7:29 PM ET
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It seems this author takes on pseudonyms for various writing styles and publishers.

Her historicals are written by her alter-ego, Amanda Quick; her contemporaries are written by Jayne Ann Krentz; her futuristic/sci-fi titles are written by alter-ego Jayne Castle; in the late 70s/early 80s, she wrote for McFadden as Jayne Bentley; in 1980, she published one Tiara Romance as Jayne Taylor; in the 80s, she wrote for Silhouette as Stephanie James, while writing for Harlequin as Jayne Ann Krentz; and, in 1989, she wrote one Lovestruck Romance for Warner Books as Amanda Glass.

I would be inclined to read all the historicals first. It seems sometimes that when authors write prequels, they are inspired to elaborate on the back story. The only down side to that is if they change the story as they go along (you know, the narrative in a contemporary may give one history, but when the history is fleshed out in its own book, it gets altered).

I would imagine that some pseudonyms are used to meet contractual requirements, others are different hats. i.e., Nora Roberts writes romance while J.D. Robb writes thrillers; Shelley Bradley writes contemporary erotic romps (plot lite), while Shayla Black writes edgier, more complex erotica and paranormal romance.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 9:44 PM ET
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Yeah I was thinking after my 2nd post that I will try to get all the historicals done first.  My library has them all. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 11:49 PM ET
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I have read them in order both ways and I would suggest reading them in order with historicals first and then contemporaries.  The series is ongoing, though, so it is kind of a moot point. Do read them in some kind of order though so at least you know who is who when they are mentioned again. :)

By the way, her futuristic series is now tied into Arcane as well.

She had a lot of pen names because sometimes publishers prefer you use one, sometimes they don't. If authors moved from one publisher to another, they ended up with more than one name out there.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I just read Dark Light and it mentioned the Arcane's.

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Yeah. And Obsidian Prey's hero is a Sweetwater.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 1:54 AM ET
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I'm an avid fan of this series.She's putting them out simultaneously. Meaning she's got new ones coming out both as JAK and AQ at the same time.

I read them in order by author name .... all JAK in order and all AQ in order. I wouldn't call the historicals, prequels. They're like individual series that have a heavy connection through the Jones' and the Arcane Society but can be read as two series. And they can be read as standalones too.

And they are awesome!!

I wonder if she's starting to weave the Arcane society into her Jayne Castle books? I'll have to keep an eye on that! :P

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 10:32 AM ET
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OK I am not liking those light colors.  Reading that green part hurt my eyes and I confess I did not read the whole thing.

I've decided that I'm going to read them historicals first then contemporaries.  At least the ones that are currently published.

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 1:25 PM ET
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So funny that I found this thread!  

I was just looking into this the other day!   I recently got "White Lies" & thought it was the first in the Arcane series.  (That's how it's labeled in PBS- maybe beause of the different names the author uses?)   Then I went to JAK's website & went, "Huh"??!!

So now, I'm going to have at least 2 more series to read...  (At least if they're good, then I don't mind!)

Should the Jayne Castle stuff be read after the Arcane series,  are they stand alone series, or should they be read kind of by the dates published alongside the Arcane series?

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 1:56 PM ET
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Debbie,

The Jayne Castle books are a different series than the Arcane series.  The new Jayne Castle book mentions the Arcane memberbs but that is all the connection the two series have so far.