Zinnia (St. Helen's Series #2)

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Jayne Ann Krentz writes as Jayne Castle for her stories set in the future, as Amanda Quick for historical romances, but whatever name she chooses, her dazzling bestsellers capture readers from the first sentence and keep them aboard through the last page of the story. Zinnia Spring's nickname, the "Scarlet Lady," would stop most women cold, but Zinnia rises above it by dressing defiantly in red! Ever since a tabloid ruined her reputation and her interior design business, this headstrong young woman has made a ...
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Overview

Jayne Ann Krentz writes as Jayne Castle for her stories set in the future, as Amanda Quick for historical romances, but whatever name she chooses, her dazzling bestsellers capture readers from the first sentence and keep them aboard through the last page of the story. Zinnia Spring's nickname, the "Scarlet Lady," would stop most women cold, but Zinnia rises above it by dressing defiantly in red! Ever since a tabloid ruined her reputation and her interior design business, this headstrong young woman has made a living using her psychic abilities - a highly prized skill that sets her apart on the space colony of St. Helen's. But when she's hired by casino owner Nick Chastain, their meeting of the minds - and hearts - has her seeing stars.

"Dazzling...a scintillating foray into love in another place and time." (Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this return to the futuristic setting of Castle's (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) Amaryllis, casino owner Nick Chastain searches for a full-spectrum "prism" who can focus his psychic talents and help locate his late father's long-lost journal. The journal, which holds the key to a treasure-trove of alien artifacts, is sought by manyincluding a prism named Zinnia Spring. In a world where divorce is non-existent and lifetime marriages are contracted by matched-couple agencies, Nick and Zinnia are labeled unmatchable. But as they join forces to find the journal and a dangerous murderer, the laws of society cease to exist for this star-crossed pair. A riveting but squeamish climax that takes place in a maze of carnivorous plants, brings this imaginative, finely crafted tale to a splendid conclusion while setting the pace for future volumes. (July) FYI: Jayne Ann Krentz (who also writes historicals as Amanda Quick) lives in Seattle. Some of her earlier pseudonymous futuristic novels (such as Starfire) have recently been re-released under her own name.
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Continuing her futuristic, paranormal series set on the imaginary world of St. Helens, where matched marriages are the norm and almost everyone is psychically gifted to some degree, Castle (Amaryllis, Pocket, 1996) focuses on two "matchless," highly gifted psychics. She gives them mysteries to solve, murders to avenge, and scandals to deal with and lets them discover their own "impossible" love in the process. There is a high-intensity level to this intelligently humorous romance that features a heroine with a scarlet reputation, a wealthy bastard hero, a demented but seemingly sane villain, and a lethal maze of carnivorous, almost human plants. Castle also writes contemporaries under her own name, Jayne Ann Krentz, and historicals as Amanda Quick and lives in the Seattle area. Note: Librarians will appreciate the casual, favorable references to libraries and librarians in this and in many of the author's other works.
Melinda Helfer
Dazzling...A scintillating foray into love in another place and time....An oasis of delight for readers who appreciate nuance and wit, as well as the heady charm of a great romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574901306
  • Publisher: Beeler, Thomas T. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: St. Helen's Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three "worlds". As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Wonderful Read

    I really enjoyed this. The same sort of tone as the Arcane series, but with twists and new developments and talents. Nick appears to be the quintessential bad boy, but he's actually a very sweet, romantic (at times even adorably shy) gentlemen - who can hold his own with the toughs of the world. And what he needs is a good woman to help him with his 5 year plan. In walks, quite by accident, Zinnia. Loyal, funny and bogged down by family issues herself, she feels she'll never find her one true match. But who can worry about that when there's been a murder right? That only scratches the surface. Serial killers, betrayal, drugs, attempted hit men, romance, forgery, mutant flora and so much more, it unfolds in a wild ride that kept me glued to it's pages. Another hit for Castle/Krentz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Fun

    Another fun summer read from Jayne Castle. Always good Characters and fast paced book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Enjoyed so much! Check it out!

    I enjoyed Zinnia so much that I bought it for my Nook, I had read it as a library book that I had to buy it for my E reader!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great book

    I really loved this book awesome

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Love the series!

    JAK is a great author and this small series is a very good example.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    This Whole Trilogy is amazing!!

    The Whole Trilogy (Zinnia, Orchid, and Ammarylis) is the best out of all of Castle's books. I wish, wish, wish she would go back to THESE stories!! I've tapered off reading her most recent ones over the last couple of years because they just don't keep me as enthralled as this World does.MUST READ

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    i loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

    Where's the ebook?

    I have this paperback from when it was first published and would love to add it to my ebook collection. The other 2 books in this series are available as ebooks, why not this one?

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