Posts tagged “romantic suspense

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


Blurb Reveal: THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Amanda Quick

Edited to add (August 17, 2016): Jayne Ann Krentz tweeted me about a name change for the hero. I will edit to add the new name once we have details.

Edited to add (August 18, 2016): The hero’s new name has been added. The old name was Hutton Axton in case anyone was interested. 

I stumbled across some news about the next Amanda Quick novel by accident, but it comes from a trusted source. Get this, the next novel is titled The Girl Who Knew Too Much (which sounds amazing) and it’s set in the 1930s!

And here’s the amazing back blurb I found:

Welcome to Burning Cove, California, an idyllic small town on the coast that has become a refuge for Hollywood moguls and stars seeking privacy for scandalous trysts and wild parties…

Cordelia Carter is a reporter working undercover for Whispers, a Los Angeles based gossip tabloid. She arrives in Burning Cove on the trail of the biggest story of her career.

Oliver Ward is the new, enigmatic owner of one of the most elegant resort-spas in Burning Cove. Before he can get a read on the mysterious Cordelia, she discovers the body of a beautiful, fast-rising film star in one of the hotel spa pools. It soon becomes apparent to Oliver that Cordelia, as the first person on the scene of the murder, may be a suspect. As for Cordelia, she is convinced that the killer she’s trailing has committed murder again.

I did a little (or a big) happy dance after reading this blurb. The whole concept seems so exciting and new, but have the romantic suspense undertones that we know and love in an Amanda Quick novel.

As of now, the novel is set for a May 9, 2017 release. And, of course, because the release date is so far away some details of the book may change (title, etc)…but I hope not, because it sounds pretty exciting as it is!

Can’t wait,

Rika Ashton (aka Breaking News Reporter)


Blurb Reveal: SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

So I haven’t even gotten my hands on Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and she’s already teasing me with another future-favourite-to-be in Secret Sisters. Somehow from the tone of the blurb, it seems like Ms. Krentz upcoming romantic-suspense novel is different from her usual…

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters – until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel – a place she never wanted to see again – a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

I’m very excited…and very nervous because I have no idea what to expect.

But mostly I can’t wait to get my hands on the novel!

Rika Ashton

(aka “Can it be December already?”)


Blurb Reveal: TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz

How excited was I when I found this blurb for Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz? Very! I was a huge fan of River Road, so I can’t wait for more of her wonderful creativity in her upcoming romantic suspense/contemporary romance:

It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying—and deliberate—reminder of the horrors of her past.

Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice—a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date.

Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use—and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.

As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her…

Can’t wait! I am also hoping that Ms. Krentz returns to the Dark Legacy series with Emma‘s story…I need to know if she gets a happily ever after like her brothers…but it seems unlikely because she seems to be shifting away from the paranormal elements in both her historicals and contemporaries lately.

Rika Ashton

(aka “I’m still psyched though!”)

P.S: I LOVE her hair in this pic!


Reading Recommendation: The Guinevere Jones Collection by Jayne Castle

My obsessive love for all thing Jayne Castle has no bounds…yeck, I’ll even brave the wild 1980s for her! And that’s exactly what I did when I re-read, not once but twice, the entire Guinevere Jones series which include four novels: The Desperate Game, The Chilling Deception, The Sinister Touch, and The Fatal Fortune. The series follows the adventures of Guinevere Jones – not related to the Jones family from her Arcane collection, but then again it hasn’t been explicitly denied either – and her partner, Zachariah “Zac” Justis.

Sometimes I find it hard to get into old contemporary novels, especially if they were published in the “olden days” like, shall we say, the 1970s to 1990s. I usually find that the covers or the reference to – ahem – the mullet pull me out of the reading experience.

But the Guinevere Jones series is a bit different from some of its contemporaries. The landscape the the story is familiar – Seattle, to be exact – and, with the exception of a notable lack of cell phones, it wasn’t  too hard  to see it as a modern day equivalent of the city. That is to say, we weren’t hammered over the head with 1980s slang (although the word “yuppies” was used) or television references. In the novel, The Sinister Touch, there was the mention of the baby craze and the emergence of sperm banks, but I think it added to the experience of reading the novel rather than taking away from it.

And we also don’t have to worry about outdated covers for the Guinevere Jones series because it’s been refreshed and reissued in both e-book and trade paperback format…

However, for fun – and maybe, slightly, for sadistic pleasure – I thought I’d place the old and new covers side-by-side. 😉

the desperate game

It’s hard to keep a small business afloat, just ask Guinevere Jones, owner of a struggling temp agency. And security consultant Zac Justis isn’t making her life any easier. After he blackmails Gwen into helping him solve a computer crime, she finds herself caught in a web of suspense, danger—and love.

the chilling deception

A temp job as an executive secretary gives Guinevere Jones access to high places—and sets her instincts for danger tingling. Convincing Zac Justis to provide security for her client during a meeting on the wintry San Juan Islands gives her peace of mind, but brings them face to face with a dead man determined to avenge the past.

the sinister touch

Guinevere Jones has her head turned by the handsome young artist across the way. And when his apartment is broken into and a painting defaced, she offers her help. Now, she and Zac—and his jealous nature—must confront a dark evil that will stop at nothing to achieve its unholy goal.

the fatal fortune

When Guinevere Jones discovers that a so-called fortune-teller is making big profits by deceiving her clients, she vows to expose the scam. Now Zac—who will do anything to keep Gwen safe—helps her uncover the deadly deceptions of a blackmailer and killer out to destroy every trace of the past…

Despite the fact that these are all quick, short reads – a little under 200 pages each – the blurbs for these books don’t do the stories justice. They also contain the basic elements of a Jayne Castle trademark novel – a quirky heroine and a committed hero. Yes, her writing has improved a lot since the days of the Guinevere Jones series, but these are still some of my favourite reads – I just wish the series was longer.

What oldies are you reading and loving?

Rika Ashton

(aka Looking for Love in the 80s)

P.S: If you have a slow Internet connection, you’re going to hate me…but I couldn’t resist all the pretty pictures. 😛


Cover and Blurb Reveal: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

I have yet to read Deception Cove by Jayne Ann Krentz, under the penname Jayne Castle, which releases on August 27th. But I’m already anticipating Ms. Krentz’s next release, River Road, which releases in hardback on January 7th, 2014 (incidentally, this is also my sister’s birthday).

From the New York Times—bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance.

It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Ms. Krentz had been a long-time favourite of mine and I pretty much auto-buy her books.

What about you? Do you have any favourite authors that are on your auto-buy lists?

Rika Ashton

(aka Book Blogger)