Can a great book kill a career?

Sheild's Lady CoversThis one nearly did. Shield’s Lady was the third in a trilogy of ground breaking futuristic romances that nearly tanked NYT bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz’s career. This book had to be released under the name Amanda Glass to  limit the damage. After that experience she switched to regency-set romance and the name Amanda Quick to continue telling the marriage of convenience stories she’d originally hoped to set in the Lost Colonies world. Not really a tragedy as I love her Quick books too. Later in her career she went back to writing futuristic romances under the name Jayne Castle. Thank goodness the reading public discovered how great these books are! This personal favorite of mine is definitely worth digging up if you’re a fan of any of her pseudonyms.

What I loved about the heroine:

Sariana is courageous and bossy in the face of the hero’s dangerous reputation. She’s a buttoned downed business woman trying to prove herself in a clan of flamboyant jewelers.

What I loved the about the hero:

Gotta love a guy who can manage to be both appalled by and attracted to the heroine at the same time.

Other stuff I love about the book:

Like all of JAK’s books this one is full of wit and humor. The characters are so compelling that they could carry the story alone, but there is also some very clever world building for those of us who want to dive into a fascinating place and culture.

Sensuality level: Sensual

Genre: Futuristic romance

Primary format: Print

Publication date: 1989

7 thoughts on “Can a great book kill a career?

  1. Charlie, I love JAK – never knew she had the pen name Amanda Glass. I’ll have to check that out. I just finished touring your site and it’s awesome. I can see real potential here in rivaling something like the ‘Dear Author’ site. I wish you much luck and will check back often to see what you’re up to in the blogosphere. Hmm…I wonder if you can mention to JAK at nationals that you recommended her book and see if she’ll come take a look and drop a comment. That would be way cool.

    • Hi Lena!

      I think this is the only book released under the Amanda Glass name. And it has been rebranded under her JAK name now. I would love any excuse to chat with Jayne, but she’d probably rather I suggest her newer books. I will be getting to talking about new books, but I wanted to start by talking about the ones that got me started reading in the genre.

      Thanks for all of the kind words about the blog. I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

  2. Charlie,

    I’m a dyed in the wool JAK fan in all her iterations. Her Jayne Castle books are my most favorite. I read and reread them because I want to spend more time with her characters. I also collect her books and I’m enough of a fan that I don’t loan any of her books out. If I want someone to read a certain book of hers, I’ll buy it for them.

    I have a tote bag from Nationals 2002 that she autographed for me. I’ve threatened to frame it, but haven’t gotten that far.

    Shield’s Lady is a book I’ve read several times. I’ve also got Sweet Starfire, a 1986 sci-fi release.

    • Hi Maggie!

      I never knew you were a fan of futuristics. Yay! I have Sweet Starfire on my keeper shelf, too! Jayne’s books are my comfort read. When I want a boost of happiness I pick up one of her books and read or re-read. They are just as good on second or third read.

      I’m so glad to learn you’re a fan. Now I have someone to talk with about cof-tea, rock-rugs, and Icers.

  3. I knew JAK wrote under JC and AQ, but I had never heard of Amanda Glass. Learn something new every day, eh? *laugh*

    You’re descriptions are so good now I’ve got two more book to add to my ever-growing TBR pile. Thanks a lot!

  4. I never knew the Amanda Glass name. But I think Maggie is right the Sweet Star Fire and the Shields lady have been re-released under Jayne Castle.

    Either way I love her in all her incantations.

    BTW I LOVE you blogosphere entrance here.

    Maggie won’t you please give us your dictionary of blog words????

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