Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society Series #3)

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A woman who hears voices. A man who sees visions. A killer who may elude them both.

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A woman who hears voices. A man who sees visions. A killer who may elude them both.

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Publishers Weekly

At the opening of Krentz's disappointing latest featuring the Arcane Society-a covert organization devoted to paranormal research-costume shop owner Raine Tallentyre hears voices: in her deceased aunt's home in Shelbyville, Wash., she discovers and rescues a potential serial killer victim, and locks in on the disturbed killer's vibes. Raine's aunt also heard voices, but was also known as the town nut; Raine thus hesitates in going public. Meanwhile, Zack Jones is a PI hired by the Arcane Society: he gets a visceral sense of crimes with visions, but tracks Raine because of the secret research her father was doing on a special formula that enhances paranormal powers. Raine, meanwhile, has always believed that her father was killed by a member of the Society-one of Zack's relatives in fact-and is wary of Zack's motives. Krentz, who wrote the Arcane Society novel Second Sightas Amanda Quick, knows how to make sparks fly among the gifted, but this outing feels comparatively flat. The paranormal elements don't coalesce with the boy-meets-girl story. A repetitious dwelling on Raine's past, whereby potential partners were creeped out by her abilities, is a less serious flaw than the way the denouement makes use of them. (Jan.)

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Gifted with the unnerving psychometric ability to feel past, violent thoughts and feelings of others and hear them as voices in her head, Raine Tallentyre has used her "intuition" to solve crimes but has learned the hard way not to share the whole truth. Zack Jones, a psychic mirror talent and private investigator, contacts her for help in stopping the evil Nightshade cabal in its deadly quest for power, and she encounters a man who actually understands and shares her abilities-and is drawn into a passionate, heart-stopping, multilayered adventure that takes all of their combined strength to survive. A crazed, witch-burning serial killer, a creative batch of lethal psychics, and exquisitely paired soulmates head the cast of a "sizzlingly" chilling story that takes readers on another incredible journey into the riveting world of the Arcane Society. Krentz (White Lies) continues her action-packed psychic paranormal series, which includes stories set in both late Victorian England (under her Amanda Quick pseudonym) and modern-day America. She lives in Seattle.


—Kristin Ramsdell
Library Journal
Isabel Wright, a dream analyst and lucid dreamer, is employed at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research until the owner dies and his son fires her. As an alternative, she begins training to be a motivational speaker. Soon she meets up with Ellis Cutler, who works for a secret government agency with an interest in dream research and who was one of her clients at the dream center. She's been decoding his dreams, some of which have been about her. One of the workers at the agency was killed, and Ellis believes he has some responsibility, because he should have been able to see the murder in his dreams. After a second murder, Ellis brings Isabel into the search for the killer. Laural Merlington is a competent reader and does a good job distinguishing one character from another in Krentz's latest. Recommended for public libraries.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515145816
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 451
  • Sales rank: 303,506
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.

Biography

A successful corporate and academic librarian-turned-author, Jayne Ann Krentz wrote serial romances for several publishers (including industry powerhouse Harlequin) before breaking out in the '90s as a writer of romantic novels. To say that she has been successful is an understatement: A New York Times- bestselling author with more than 23 million copies of her books in print, she writes three sub-genres of romantic suspense under three different pen names: contemporary romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, historicals as Amanda Quick, and futuristic/paranormal romances as Jayne Castle. (In her early career, she employed at least three additional pseudonyms!) In 2006, the prolific Krentz launched The Arcane Society series -- crossover thrillers written under all three noms de plume that feature members of a secret organization devoted to the study of the paranormal.

It would be hard to find a more passionate advocate for romantic fiction than Krentz. In 1992, she edited and contributed to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, an award-winning nonfiction essay collection that serves an eloquent apologia for the genre. She has also received the Jane Austen Commemorative Medal from Romantic Times magazine for her work educating readers about Romance. "The Romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story," she says on her website. "These are books that celebrate women's heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love." Clearly, her legions of loyal fans agree!

Good To Know

I have finally reached the point in my career where I have some say over cover art. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have absolutely no talent for cover art design. Thank heavens I'm with a publisher (Putnam/Berkley) that maintains a terrific art department.

I love green tea and red wine and was absolutely thrilled when it turned out that both are now considered health foods.

I love all animals except for squirrels which, I strongly suspect, are aliens from outer space who are here to take over the planet. You have been warned.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, WA
    1. Education:
      BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2008

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    A very enjoyable read.

    JAK does not disappoint in this novel. I did not want to put the book down as the suspense kept building from the first page. Her characters are well done and the hero/heroine are larger than life. And, of course, the sign of an experienced and fantastic writer. The dialogue is witty and quick paced. Sometimes it's painful to read books written by novice writers because the dialogue could make one grimace. So, it's always wonderful to read a JAK novel as I always trust her to deliver.<BR/>I also enjoy how she explains the paranormal powers of the characters. It recognizes that some of us have higher levels of intuitive power than others, but it's not a book about Super heros.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    After her aunt died, Raine Tallentyre returned to Shelbyville, Washington to arrange to have Vella¿s house sold. Raine is a psychic, a clairvoyant who hears the voices of evil people who have touched something she has touched. That is how Raine knows that a young woman is locked in a padlocked closet in her aunt¿s basement. When the police arrive and open the door she is still alive. The victim tells the authorities the man thought she was a witch and all witches had to die.----------------- Parapsychic Zack Jones is a private investigator for the Arcane Society, an organization dedicated to doing research on psychic powers he is not repulsed by Raine¿s powers because he has visions too. The Arcane Society is in a fight with Nightshade, an organization of criminal psychics, who stole the original formula of the founder of the Arcane Society to enhance paranormal abilities. The drawback is that every dose the person takes leads to insanity and finally suicide. Zack wants Raine to help him locate missing scientist Dr. Lawrence Quinn who was working on the formula to enhance para powers without going insane. The missing scientist was last scene in Oriana near the home of Raine¿s late aunt. Zacl wants to rescue the researcher or deal with him if he is a traitor and she wants to find out if her aunt was murdered. Together they make a great team in and out of the bedroom.------------------- Jayne Anne Krentz has written another best seller that is going to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. This latest Arcane Society novel is full of action, intrigue, romance and double agents who keep the protagonists busy trying to figure out who they are. The support cast is quirky, a Krentz trademark and add a degree of beauty to a fast paced thriller. Readers get a fascinating inside look at the Arcane Society. ------------ Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    You just can't beat Jayne

    This was an entertaining book. Would recommend to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Great writer!

    Great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Great

    She's done it again! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Read the series

    Jayne Ann Krentz is my favorite author. If you like paranormal you will like her writing.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    big recommended

    She is an excellent writer in all of her books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    good quick read

    I love Amanda Quick and now Jayne with this series. very innovative and good read.
    I was initially confused by the juxtaposing of the two authors and the time periods. but went to the Quick web site and followed the order there.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Well written and Enthralling

    Characters are well developed. Tri-phasic story line; Arcane, romance and mystery. You will enjoy it. 3 day book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    Great Read

    Another thrilling addition to the Arcane Society series. We start off with a seemingly innocent intro and find a kidnaping and attempted murder that only snowballs from there. We meet Raine, a deeply feeling woman who's had some troubles with her powerful gift and feels like no one understands. Then we meet Zach, and we find out he's one of the very few who can understand, as he's a very powerful level of his own. We get more into the para-talents and it's so interesting to see how it's progressing and learning what makes up both sides of that spectrum, Jones and Jones and their nemesis. Some old characters are back, Fallon is both mysterious and powerful, but also has this great banter with Zach. The killer of the story is way out there, and you think it can't get any more twisted, but you'd be wrong. We end up with not just a spin on the killer, but on several cases after all. Including the one Raine didn't even know she was a part of. Love, hate, power struggles, double crossing, humor, friendship, murder, this one is loaded with everything that makes fiction great. The supporting characters are also wonderful and help weave a very multi-layered story, much of which involves Raine's past. Hated to put it down. Great read. Can't wait to see what comes next.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Sizzling mystery, burning romance

    Krentz has another hit in her Arcane Society series. Raine Tallentyre is finalizing her aunt's estate, when she stumbles across a serial murderer and much more. To her assistance comes Zack Jones, a psychic investigator for Jones & Jones. The two join forces to stop a nefarious organization from taking over the Arcane Society and along the way they find love.
    So far, I have enjoyed the Arcane Society series. In this book, Krentz really begins to expand on the Arcane Society. The parallel world of modern psychics and the secret society is really developed and becoming more believable. Great action scenes, smooth love scenes, and terrific characters make up this great novel. A high recommendation for this series!

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Another great book!

    This was another great book from Krentz/Quick. I've been a fan for many years and I like most of the books she writes but I thought this was one of the better ones.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Family is what you make of it

    I enjoyed reading about Raine's ability to pick up impressions of what killers thuoght. She could have let it drive her crazy but she did her best to help the police without getting attention for it. I liked the fact that she tried to have positive relationships even though she could read impressions of her dates.

    Her parents were great. I liked the fact that they would stand up for her and her aunt when they made her into their family. Raine's comment about how she learned about life from them and that they were her parents rather than her aunt, even though her aunt had custody resonated. Probably because I see a lot of extended families raising children when the original parents can no longer do so for one reason or another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Love it!

    I wish I had these powers.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    love this series

    I have really enjoyed the Arcane Society books. The concepts are really unique and I think they are fast reads. Definitely ones for paperback so that you can take them with you and read when you can. All of the characters are interwoven well, and the books in the series are both contemporary by Jayne Ann Krentz, and historical with Amanda Quick.

    Great series if you like a little paranormal stuff in your romance/mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    An enjoyable book

    I enjoyed reading this novel and other contemporary ones by Krentz. I like how you don¿t have to read the first stories in this series to understand the story. I felt as though it kept my full attention from the first chapter to the last one. I found it hard to put down once I started to read. I recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait to read the next book in this series

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society Series #3)

    Sizzle and Burn is in a setting all of it's own. Meaning I could totally relate with author and how she get's right to the heart of the book. Her style and how she manages to have you sitting right on the edge of your seat. It's amazing! JayneAnn you did it again. You have braught us once again to reality. I often wonder with certain books if the author had to do much research before getting her whole complete story? I love how she really get's into each character. Loved it! I borrowed it from my local library but i think i will make it one of my own. This book is right up there with all the rest that she's written. Well done! ~LDTW~ :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    Well, I agree that this was not JAK's best arcane society novels. However, with that being said, I wouldn't necessairly pass it over if you are a devout reader of the series. This one seems to be an important milestone about the founders' formula. Also, the romance in this book was pretty hot, but the reader's voice was a little anoying. It could have been better, but for some reason it wasn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    GOOD READ-NOT HER BEST

    This is a pretty good, fast read of Raine Tallentyre, a girl with unyeilding powers. A good story with interesting ideas. However I don't believe this is Jayne Ann Krentz's best work. I would surely look to see what else she has done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Great Book

    Raine is such and intriguing character and I love how her and zack meet, a definite must read, I had a hard time putting this book down. I passed this book along to my grandma and she is loving it as well!!

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