The Girl Who Started Something New

Earlier today, Jayne Ann Krentz revealed the full cover for her upcoming novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much (written under the pseudonym Amanda Quick) on her Facebook page.

In her next historical novel, Ms. Quick is going to take on a whole new era – the 1930s! Romantic suspense against the backdrop of old Hollywood seems like the perfect recipe for a great story, so I am very excited to see where she takes her latest novel.

The American 1930s is an era that hasn’t been explored all that much in the romance genre. Writers, like Johanna Lindsey, have taken on the Wild West – which makes for a romantic read – but Old Hollywood seems to be left mainly alone…with only some of the older novels by Anne Stuart coming to mind. In fact, Goodreads lists only a total of a little over fifty books set in this time frame – which is a very small number considering how large the romance industry actually is.

And it’s not just the American 1930s that lack exploration, but whole other eras and even countries – with that much left unwritten, imagine how many stories we’ve missed out on. Oh, the lost words!

I hope other historical romance writers begin to expand out of the Regency and Victorian eras in Britain – not that I don’t love those eras, because I do and I will always read more stories set in these times – but for those rainy days when you crave variety, it’s time to tell new stories!

Thank you Amanda Quick for taking on something new and for reminding me that there are always new stories to tell!

The ever grateful,

Rika Ashton


5 responses

  1. Rika: Thank you so much for the encouraging post! I’m so excited about this new direction/era for my Amanda Quick career. All I’ve ever been able to do is write stories that thrill me and resonate with something deep inside me — and then hope like heck that some readers will be able to step into that world and join me for the ride. Fingers crossed that readers will enjoy exploring this new Amanda Quick fictional landscape as much as I’m enjoying it.


    September 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

    • Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today – it completely made my day!!! I’m never one to turn down a new story, especially one filled with mystery and romance, and The Girl Who Knew Too Much definitely sounds like it’s going to have plenty of that! But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how the setting and the new era will be created. I haven’t read many stories written in the 1930s but I have seen plenty of films and the book blurb gave me a classic film vibe.

      I can’t speak for other readers, but myself and some of the readers I have heard from are very excited for this new novel!


      September 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  2. Deb

    You might want to try Kerry Greenwood’s Phyrne Fisher books, set in Melbourne, Australia in the late ’20’s. They made a TV series from it, but the books are better.


    September 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I shall look for them the next time I go to the library or bookstore. 😊


      September 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    • Pat O'Brien Crouch

      I also am a fan of the Phrynee Fisher books. They are set in Australia in the 1930’s.


      September 3, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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