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Аманда Куик


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Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, Stephanie James) - Джейн Ан Кренц е една от водещите авторки на съвременна дамска проза. Има издадени десетки съвременни и исторически романси както под своето име, така и с популярния сред почитателките й псевдоним Аманда Куик. Освен него тя използва още 5 псевдонима. Джейн Ан вярва все повече в значението и приноса на романтичната литература в живота на жените по света. Обича вегетарианската кухня и от 30 години е щастливо омъжена за любовта на живота си Франк Кренц. Живее в Сиатъл, щат Вашингтон.

=Аманда Куик (псевдоним)=



1. With This Ring (1998)

A romance of Regency England revolves around a set of forbidden rings suffused with the powers of Aphrodite, a sinister thief, a noble necromancer, and a willful beauty.

2. I Thee Wed (1999)

It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears-until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant. Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party's guests-and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma... For Emma. the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the m .w of her dreams-and even her very life...

3. Wicked Widow (2000)

Madeline Deveridge is aware of the whispers behind her back, the rumors that she dispatched her husband to the next world and concealed her crime. But she has a far more pressing problem than her reputation as the Wicked Widow. It's impossible to believe that her late husband is haunting her and her aunt, but something odd is happening, and Madeline doesn't dare take chances. Summoning the brilliant, reclusive Artemas Hunt, secret owner of London's favorite pleasure pavilions and master of arcane talents, she blackmails him into providing help. As soon as the bargain is struck, Artemas and Madeline find their arrangement complicated by searing desire, and the frightening recognition that the ghost poses a very real danger. Now they must plunge into a world of intrigue and ancient mysteries, where a calculating killer--and a tantalizing passion--will not be denied.

4. Lie by Moonlight (2005) Излъжи ме нежно

След като неочаквано е уволнена от девическото училище, в което преподава, Конкордия Глейд приема предложението да стане учителка на четири осиротели момиченца в усамотения замък Олдуик. Само за един месец тя осъзнава, че нищо не е каквото изглежда, и че предишната учителка на децата мистериозно е изчезнала. А най-странното е, че градинарите и конярите се държат като пазачи. От случайно подслушан разговор Конкордия разбира, че животът на момиченцата е в опасност, и решава да организира бягството им от странния замък. Плановете й се провалят, но тъкмо когато всичко изглежда загубено, на помощ й се притичва загадъчен непознат, който сякаш изниква от нощната тъма.

Lavinia Lake / Tobias March

1. Slightly Shady (2001) Любов по неволя

Още в мига, когато красивият чужденец нахлува в римския й антикварен магазин, Лавиния разбира, че този човек ще й донесе само неприятности. И се оказва права - Тобиас Марч я убеждава веднага да изостави магазина си и да го последва в Лондон. Но там животът й е в опасност и само Тобиас може да й помогне. Но Лавиния се заблуждава за намеренията на този тайнствен мъж - той се страхува не за нейния живот, а за нейното сърце...

2. Don't Look Back (2002)

As if a head for business and a nose for trouble aren't enough to distinguish Lavinia Lake from other women, Lavinia is also well versed in the practice of mesmerism. Nobody knows this better than Tobias March, who has fallen hopelessly under her spell. But Lavinia has retired her powers in favor of their partnership--providing "discreet private inquiries for individuals of quality." But when Celeste Hudson, the wife of a family friend and fellow mesmerist, is found murdered, with a gentleman's cravat wound around her lovely neck, Lake and March get on the trail of the killer. Any number of ruthless types--which may include the grieving husband--are after Celeste's priceless bracelet, said to possess legendary powers. And soon they will be after Tobias and Lavinia too, as the investigation leads them from the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the darkest reaches of men's psyches.

3. Late for the Wedding (2003)

An invitation to a country house party at Beaumont Castle provides a perfect solution to Tobias and Lavinia's most exasperating challenge: how to escape the chaos of London for a remote, relaxing--and above all romantic--retreat from prying eyes and wagging tongues. But the lovers' plans are foiled when their first cozy interlude of the weekend is disrupted by the appearance of a stunning woman from Tobias's past. Aspasia Gray's beauty is as haunting as her connection to Tobias. Her long-deceased fiance was a friend of his--in addition to being an eccentric assassin. The mysterious nature of the bond between Tobias and Aspasia makes Lavinia more than a little uncomfortable. Especially as her first encounter with Aspasia occurs when she finds her in Tobias's bedchamber... It seems Aspasia is seeking protection--and solace--after receiving an ominous message that eerily recalls the past. Suddenly the obstacles standing betweenTobias and Lavinia appear greater than just a little London gossip--and far more deadly.When events at the castle suggest someone is imitating the dead killer's methods, the team of Lake and March fervently pursue the investigation--and each other--as their leads take them from Society's most elegant haunts--and most discreet hideaways--to London's shadiest backstreets. As their relationship heats up, so does the intrigue. Soon Lavinia will have to employ all her talents to flummox the scoundrel who so rudely interrupted her rendezvous. And then she and Tobias can get back to more pleasurable affairs.

Ladies of Lantern Street

1.Crystal Gardens (2012)

Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There are rumors enough already, about treasure buried under his garden, and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle - who died of mysterious causes. With Evangeline's skill for detection, and Lucas's sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they have a common enemy. And as the energy emanating from Crystal Gardens intensifies, they realize that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long...

2. The Mystery Woman (2013)

The new Ladies of Lantern Street novel from Amanda Quick explores the crimes, passions, and paranormal secrets of Victorian London. Under the plain gray skirts of Miss Beatrice Lockwood's gown, a pistol waits at the ready. For Beatrice is a paid companion on a secret mission - and with a secret past - and she must be prepared to fight for her life at any moment. Yet she is thrown oddly off guard by the fierce-looking man who joins her in foiling a crime outside a fancy ball - and then disappears into the shadows, leaving only his card. His name is Joshua Gage, and he claims to know Beatrice's employers. Beyond that, he is an enigma with a hypnotically calm voice and an ebony-and-steel cane. . . . Joshua, who carries out clandestine investigations for the Crown, is equally intrigued. He has a personal interest in Miss Lockwood, a suspected thief and murderer, not to mention a fraudster who claims to have psychical powers. The quest to discover her whereabouts has pulled him away from his mournful impulses to hurl himself into the sea - and engaged his curiosity about the real Beatrice Lockwood, whose spirit, he suspects, is not as delicate as her face and figure. He does know one thing, though: This flame-haired beauty was present the night Roland Fleming died at the Academy of the Occult. Guilty or not, she is his guide to a trail of blood and blackmail, mesmerism and madness - a path that will lead both of them into the clutches of a killer who calls himself the Bone Man. . . .

3. Otherwise Engaged (2014)

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. Now they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. Yet Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her - for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge -gossip about their hours alone in a ship's stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him - as tenuous as it may be.


Seduction (1990) Прелъстяване

Този роман просто не може да бъде подминат! Неподражаемо духовит и екстравагантен, искрящ от вълнуваща еротика и дълбоки, възвишени чувства, размесени с щедра доза загадъчност, аристократизъм и великолепие, той доставя невероятно удоволствие и докосва най-нежните струни в душата на човек. Това е история за невероятната и ексцентрична аристократка Софи Доринг, заела се да отмъсти за поруганата чест на прелъстената си и изоставена сестра. Несъзнателно тя успява да научи един силен и достоен мъж да обича истински отново.

Surrender (1990) Отдаването

Това е една прекрасна история за необикновено ухажване и вълнуващи среднощни приключения, която се разиграва в ослепителните салони на лондонското висше общество и в едно далечно прокълнато имение. Виктория Хънтингтън смята себе си за много опитна в отблъскването на авантюристи и зестрогонци, докато не попада на Лукас Колбрук, загадъчния и вълнуващ млад граф на Стоунвейл. И когато той я хваща здраво в примките на диви и безрасъдни среднощни лудории и лунни разходки с коне, тя открива, че е безсилна да се съпротивлява на обаянието му. Привлекателният граф ще използва всяка нейна слабост, за да я спечели и в крайна сметка да се ожени за нея.

Scandal (1991) Скандал

Заради своята репутация, завинаги опетнена от едно младежко неблагоразумие, прекрасната Емили Фарингдън води живот на стара мома до момента, в който започва една необикновена кореспонденция и се влюбва безумно. Чувствителен и интелигентен, нейният благороден приятел по перо изглежда въплъщава представата на Емили за истинския мъж. Но Саймън Трейхерн, загадъчният граф на Блейд, изобщо не е това, за което се представя. Воден от тъмни, загадъчни страсти и от една трагична тайна, Блейд е накарал цялото лондонско общество да падне в краката му, но не и Емили... Никога Емили. Но макар и да знае истинската причина за неговото ухажване, тя се отдава на прелъстителния му чар.

Rendezvous (1991) Рандеву

Това е предизвикателен разказ за една свободомислеща красавица, кабинетен учен лорд и луда, необуздана любов, която не се подчинява на никаква логика. Аугуста Болингър е уверена, че всичко това е просто една ужасна грешка. Не е възможно безчувственият и надут граф Грейстоун да иска да се ожени за нея. Носят се клюки, че търси годеница, която трябва да бъде истински пример за добродетел. А Аугуста е жена, която не се подчинява на обществените правила. Затова една нощ смелата красавица посещава графа, за да го убеди, че ще бъде лоша съпруга. Но когато посред нощ се вмъква през прозореца в кабинета му, Аугуста постига точно обратното-затвърждава решението на Хари да целуне сладките й устни и да научи тази лудетина на истинско поведение!

Ravished (1992) Красавицата и звярът

Хариет Поумрой има нужда от храбър и силен мъж, който да се пребори с шайка крадци, използващи любимата й пещера да трупат плячка. Но когато вика на помощ Гидиън, виконт Сейнт Джъстин, тя не знае, че привлича самия дявол. Наричат го звяра от Блекторн Хил заради белязаното му лице и тъмно минало. Но Хариет не се страхува от него. В мрачния му поглед тя открива нежност и страст, а и тайна болка. Сграбчена в лапите на Звяра, тя трябва да намери начин да завладее сърцето му...

Reckless (1992) Рицарят

На шестнайсет години Фийби Лейтън си е представяла, че Гейбриъл Банър е смел и достоен рицар, роден да спасява изпаднали в беда принцеси. Ето защо осем години по-късно, когато се нуждае от помощ, тя не може да помисли за друг, освен за Гейбриъл... Но когато се оказва насаме с него на една среднощна среща, Фийби изведнъж осъзнава, че е в ръцете на опасен прелъстител, ни най-малко не приличащ на рицаря от мечтите. Може би една целувка ще реши съдбата й доживот...

Dangerous (1993)

From a magnificent ballroom ablaze with lights to an imposing country house steeped in shadows comes a breathtaking tale of an impetuous miss -- and a passion that leads to peril... At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian's forbidding presence at three in the morning - and thoroughly kissed before dawn. She was a country-bred innocent and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastain found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get....

Deception (1993) Измама

Джеърд Чилхърст е въплъщение на най-смелите мечти на Олимпия Уингфийлд. Той прилича на смел пират, преоблечен в дрехите на учител. Неговите целувки и разкази за екзотични места покоряват сърцето й. Но скоро невинната Олимпия ще открие, че загадъчния и чувствен мистър Чилхърст не е просто учител, а бъдещ граф, който крие множество тайни.

Desire (1993)

From the windswept, craggy coast of a remote British isle comes the thrilling tale of a daring lady and a dangerous knight...bound by the tempests of fate -- and by the dawning of...DESIRE Upon her father's death, beautiful, headstrong Lady Clare knew that she must wed, for the protections of the Isle of Desire now fell to her. Yet when her guardian's choice of prospective husband rode through her castle gates, she felt utterly betrayed. All sinewy muscle and savage steel, Sir Gareth of Wyckmere was not the poet she'd requested but a fearsome knight whose only interest was in war. Legions of robbers had fallen beneath the Hellhound of Wyckmere's sword, and now this bold warrior was certain that he could tame one willful wife. Yet even Gareth could not deter Lady Clare from trying to mold him into her ideal...until their clash of wills ignited a passion that set them both aflame...and a treacherous plot put their love and their lives in deadly peril.

Mistress (1994)

After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters. Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer's hands, and by posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain. Overnight, Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers, including one she does not expect -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his "mistress". He is everything they say he is... arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.

Mystique (1995) Любов и грях

Провъзгласена за "изключителен автор", създателката на бестселъри Аманда Куик разкрива поредния си грандиозен роман, вълнуващ разказ за легендарен рицар, своенравна лейди и смелото търсене на един смайващ кристал...

Mischief (1996)

Imogen Waterstone needed a man, and not just any man: one with an implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she invited Matthias Marshall, the Earl of Colchester, to her home. For who better than the legendary explorer to help her lure a ruthless enemy to ruin. Yet when Imogen urges Matthias to masquerade as her spellbound suitor -- and let it be known that she possesses a priceless treasure map -- she never anticipates his electrifying response -- or her own. Suddenly, the unconventional lady is in the thrall of true passion... and vulnerable to a malevolent threat that emerges from the labyrinth of London society.

Affair (1997) Романтична афера

Шарлот Аркъндейл знае добре всичко за мъжете, но нищо от богатия й опит не може да я подготви за срещата с неустоимия Бракстър. Като човек, който винаги се е ръководил от здравия си разум, той от своя страна не може да повярва, че единствено важното за него сега е как да се сближи с тази влудяващо независима жена. Затова решава да извърши романтичен експеримент с непредсказуемата алхимия на страстта.

With This Ring (1998)

Leo Drake, the "Mad Monk of Monkcrest", is notoriously eccentric and unquestionably reclusive. But he is also a noted antiquities expert, which is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance. The freethinking authoress of "horrid novels," Beatrice is searching for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects played a role in her uncle's death. Beatrice finds Leo every bit as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels--and she's convinced he's the only one who can help her. But after only five minutes in her company, Leo is sure he's never met a woman more infuriating ... and more likely to rescue him from boredom. Yet the alliance may well prove to be the biggest mistake of their lives. For a villain lurks in London, waiting for the pair to unearth the Forbidden Rings--knowing that when they do, that day will be their last...

The Paid Companion (2004) Компаньонката

Граф Артър Сейнт Мерин търси жена. Намеренията му са чисто практични – трябва му здравомислеща и сравнително привлекателна девойка, която няколко седмици да представя като своя годеница пред висшето общество. Така ще отблъсне многобройните изискани дами, желаещи да се доберат до титлата и богатството му, и ще спечели време за осъществяване на тайните си планове. Само че намирането на подходяща кандидатка се оказва по-трудно, отколкото е предполагал... докато от агенцията му представят Елинор Лодж. Безвкусното й облекло и косата й, прибрана на старомоден кок, не могат да прикрият изящното й тяло и пламъка в златистите й очи. А мечтите й за независим живот правят неустоимо щедрото предложение на графа. Обаче Елинор не е сигурна какви ще са последствията от този маскарад. Защото Сейнт Мерин очевидно крие нещо. Не след дълго тя открива, че тайните му са още по-мрачни от потискащата му къща, и че наглед невинната авантюра ще доведе до опасни последствия. Граф Артър също прави откритие: жената, от която очаква да е покорна компаньонка, ще му стане партньорка при преследването на нагъл убиец... и ще се превърне в красавица, пробуждаща у него неподозирана страст.

Wait Until Midnight (2004)

Gentle Reader,

It could have been a scene from one of my novels. As a rule, respectable ladies do not accept calls from Mysterious Gentlemen on business of the most grave importance--but I confess that I was possessed of a lively curiosity. The past three years had been so determinedly dull, I hoped Mr. Adam Hardesty would offer a tiny respite from it. Indeed, upon first glance, Mr. Hardesty had such a formidable, thrilling presence, he quickly became the model for the villain in the sensation novel I was currently writing. Imagine my shock and distress then, when Mr. Hardesty accused me of being party to a plot of murder, blackmail, and general villainy! I knew nothing of such occurrences, and pro-claimed my innocence. Unfortunately, Mr. Hardesty left unconvinced, and I had an uneasy feeling over what his search would uncover. You see, Gentle Reader, though I live a most uneventful life now, my past contained a Great Scandal that would be ruinous if resurrected. To protect my secrets from Mr. Hardesty's investigation, I concluded that I would need to conduct an inquiry of my own, and if that meant sharing my findings with Mr. Hardesty, so be it. And my course of action had nothing whatsoever to do with the illicit, passionate feelings that he aroused in me--feelings that propriety would definitely frown upon...

Yours most sincerely,

Caroline Fordyce

The River Knows (2007)

The first kiss occurred in a dimly lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings's grand house. Louisa Bryce never saw it coming. Of course, handsome, wealthy Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was merely meant to distract the armed guard about to catch the two unlikely sleuths. After all, the only thing these two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in uncovering the dastardly secrets of Mr. Hastings--a prominent member of Society whom they suspect of murder. Brought together by their desire for the truth, Anthony and Louisa finally discover the incriminating evidence they're looking for. But bringing Hastings to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate, especially since their thrilling attraction to danger--and, it turns out, to each other--might very well get in the way.

Otherwise Engaged (2014)

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship's stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

Garden of Lies (2015)

The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern's employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes. Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes… If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

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Lie by Moonlight (2005) - Излъжи ме нежно

Книгата With This Ring (1998) не влиза в серията Ванза.Единствената й връзка с нея е упоменаването на гл.героиня няколко пъти във втората книгата от поредицата Wicked Widow (2000).

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Е как може "Плеяда" да издадат последната книга от поредицата Ванза "Излъжи ме нежно" :eek:. Тамън се надявах, че ще има нещо за ученичките а то... в потрес съм :mad:.

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