Scooped! Featuring Feehan, Liu and Krentz

Each week readers email me questions about authors, books and series. I do research online, contact publishers and authors and check in with my fellow editors at RT to answer everyone's questions. Recently I've been noticing readers asking questions on the same topics, so I’ve decided to post answers to popular queries online every week in a feature I’m calling ‘Scooped!’ 

So do you have a question for me about what is happening in the publishing world? I promise to give you the inside scoop on your favorite authors and books; just send me a message at MorgansScoop@gmail.com

Question: I only recently discovered Jayne Ann Krentz’s Arcane Society novels and absolutely love them. But I am a little confused since it seems like the author writes these under different names – help! – Trish 

Morgan: Ah, yes. The Jayne Ann Krentz / Jayne Castle / Amanda Quick conundrum. I know it well. Let me break it down for you – under the Krentz name you will find contemporary romances, the Castle name is for the author’s futuristic stories and the Amanda Quick pseudonym is reserved for historical romances. The Arcane Society novels span all three time periods, so you will need to look for all three names in order to get the whole series. For a complete list of Arcane books, you can visit the author’s website

So why the three names? Krentz says it wasn't deliberate. During an interview she admitted to me that she never thought all three would attract a fan base. Sometimes it is nice to be proven wrong!

BREAKING NEWS: I just got word that Ms. Krentz has sold two more Arcane novels for each of her pen names which means readers have at least 6 more books in the series to look forward to.  

Question: I saw on the Upcoming Releases page that Jennifer Crusie has a new book coming called Maybe This Time. Will this be a return to the Jennifer Crusie style I know and love? (No more of this co-authoring with Bob Mayer craziness please!) – Katy 

Morgan: At the end of this month you can get your hands on the first Cruise - and Crusie alone - novel since 2004’s Bet Me. Expect more mature-woman high jinks and this time Crusie takes on child-rearing, an adventure she hasn’t had any of her main characters tackle yet. 

To hear all about this new book, you can watch my interview with the author here

Question: Julia Quinn’s Penelope from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is my all time favorite heroine. I want more heroines like her. Any suggestions? – P.K. 

Morgan: For this question, I turn to RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney who follows historical romances closely. “In the historical genre I’d suggest Loretta Chase’s Lady Olivia Wingate-Carsington from Last Night’s Scandal. My other two favorites of the month are Tessa Dare’s Lily Chatwick from Three Nights With A Scoundrel and Violet Redmond from Julie Anne Long’s I Kissed An Earl. But if you are in the mood to be adventurous, the last heroine that I absolutely adored was Echo Adams from Katherine Allred’s Close Contact. Olivia, Echo and the others will have you re-reading their novels for their spunk-factor alone! (Although their sexy heroes won’t be a hardship to read about either.)” 

Question: I LOVE Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk and Steele series but can’t find any information online about the next one. Do you know anything about the next D&S book? – Cantrell 

Morgan: Liu’s next Dirk & Steele entry, In the Dark of Dreams, releases November 30th. I’ve had the chance to read it and all I can say is that D&S fans will LOVE this new adventure.

In In the Dark of Dreams, the author returns readers to the ocean where mermen abound including Perrin, our loner hero with a shady past. It is because of this past that no one trusts him – not even his fellow shifters at Dirk & Steele – that is until Jenny comes back into his life. Perrin and Jenny met as children and the encounter left them able to enter each other’s dreams. Now they are together again and must work as one in order to save the world. 

And as an added treat, because I like you Cantrell, I really do - I’ve got your first look at the book’s cover. Enjoy! 

Question: What looks good this month? – Phil

Morgan: Not too chatty there, huh Phil. That’s okay, I like the strong silent type. I’m assuming since you wrote to me at RT BOOK REVIEWS you are asking about fiction picks, so here are some of my favorites for August: the paranormal Water Bound by Christine Feehan, the historical A Kiss At Midnight from Eloisa James, the mystery Murder At Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepard, the science fiction novel Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal and finishing up the list is my series pick, Claimed! By Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Have questions you need answers to? Email me at MorgansScoop@gmail.com and you might be featured in next week's post.