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on 2 November 2015
We're back on St Helen's and this time the main characters are Zinnia and Nick. I particularly liked Nick, he was the sort of man that appeals to me. Confident and careless of others opinions of him. I loved his tacky decor, his authority and total beleif that he could buy himself respectability. As usual with Ms Krentz there is a mystery to resolve, threats and danger, and a wide cast of extra's, including some from the previous book in this mini-series. The writer has really given a sense of time and place and as usual the characters are well rounded, with individual personalities whilst not getting away from the basic romantic tropes. Light and easy to read, great for when you want to lose yourself for a few hours and don't want to have to concentrate too much. A nice book, that leaves a nice feeling
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on 10 May 1997
On the planet of St. Helens, a group of earth colonists cut offfrom their home planet, has fashioned a society that is unlike anything that exists on Earth today. The planet itself changed the colonists in some inexplicable fashion. It has brought out the psychic talents in some of the people, but that power cannot be used without a matrix to focus that ability. Agencies spring up that match a registered matrix to a psychic so that they can work as a team without being burned out. Rarely does a prism and a psychic team up without proper sanctioning. ..... The latter is the case with Zinnia, a registered prism, and Nick, an unregistered psychic. They meet when Zinnia is hunting down her missing client who she thinks Nick has snatched. When she realizes that he knows nothing about the disappearance, they form a partnership to learn what happened to the missing person and to recover the journal that once belonged to Nick's father. He hopes that the diary will give him answers to the three decades old mystery of who murdered his parents. Someone wants to keep the pair from learning the truth. This diabolically clever individual will resort to murder to insure that certain secrets remain buried. It seems doubtful that Zinnia and Nick, in love and working as a team, can surmount the forces that conspire to permanently remove them from the picture. ...... Jayne Castle (AKA Jayne Anne Krentz) has written another potent futuristic romance, filled with her trademark charm, humor, and delightfully eccentric characters. Like the prequel, AMARYLLIS, ZINNIA has a delectable mystery at its core that is so entertaining that it could sell as a superb who-done-it. This is necessary read for fans of the talented author, futuristic romance lovers, and amateur detective novels. ....
Harriet Klausner
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on 30 June 1999
Though I have never been a fan of sci-fi futuristic stuff, this book made me almost change my mind. It was an excellent read that made me feel as if I was right there with the action. The paranormal stuff actually enhanced this book and the story line.
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on 22 March 1999
I loved it!!!! Ms. Castle further developed the world of St. Helens which she created in Amarallys and again her characters of Zinnia and Nick were wonderful.
It may not be the most original series you'll ever read but if you're looking for just the right touch of fantasy and mystery and most importantly romance and chemistry, this is the way to go.
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Since they will be repackaging two from this series under the title of Harmony soon, I got these out and decided to reread them. And found I enjoyed them more the second time around. This is some of JAK's best writing of late. I had been a wee tad disappointed in her last couple HBs and her Amanda Quicks. She seems to have polished her diamond too much and lost some of the spontaneity that was her trademark. But Amaryllis, Zinnia and Orchid, and the off world antics, are her at top form and if fans of JAK has missed these, them do grab them when they come out as Harmony 2 in 1 package.
Zinnia Spring (don't you love JAK's names!!) was called the Scarlet Lady by the press when she was mistakenly caught in a tacky tabloid triangle. She is an interior designer and instead of trying to live that down, she plays it for all its worth, creating a real Lady in Red. She dresses red, she drives red...
But when she is hired by Nick Chastain, owner of a Casino, things really heat up!! For both Nick and Zinnia, like all the off-worlders, have a little something extra to their make up. In this off world, a colony of old earth, people are either psychics or prisms. The prisms server to increase the power of the psychics by channelling their powers through them and amplifying it. Even the strongest of psychics needs a prism, for without them they cannot control and maintain their powers.
Though he has hired Zinnia for her decorating ability, he needs something more from her. He wants his respectability. He is an over the top psychic, but he needs the perfect prism - and that is Zinnia. For years, because of Nick's father's lost journal, he had been labelled a bastard, the blacksheep. He hopes with the journal to prove his parents were married and gain that respectability - and all trails end and begin with the Scarlet Lady.
This is ONE super read for Jayne Anne Krentz Fan.
Don't Miss it! Or Orchid or Amaryllis!!!
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on 5 August 1997
Ms. Krentz (writing as Jayne Castle) has successfully delivered a completelly enjoyable mix of light science-fiction and romance, with a touch of mystery for flavour. Her fictional world of St. Helens is a mystifying blend of all the right elements of the past and the present, with just the right touch of the future to make it interesting: the old-fashioned way the inhabitants go about their lives worrying over scandals aka the 19th century, the of-the-hand usage of car- phones and computers, very much like our today and the obscure and misunderstood interactions of psionic power and their effect on people and society... perhaps the way of the future?

Character-wise, Mr. Nicholas "Nick" Chastains, possessor of a strong dose of the rare "Matrix-talent", casino-owner and bastard in the real sense of the word (the population of St. Helens is very class-oriented) comes across as a well-rounded individual. Ms. Zinnia Springs, as the heroine of the novel, emerges from the pages as a compelling young woman who underwent several serious upheavals in her personal life and though declared "unmatchable", has managed to find herself a new job, build herself a future and get herself a husband... definitively a good, strong woman- figure, reminiscent of Lt. Nicole Shea of "First Flight".

"Zinnia" was a throughoutly enjoyable experience, one you will not be able to put down unless of course, it is part of your matrix to do so.

J. Latimer
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on 17 September 1997
Ms. Castle(Jayne Ann Krentz) has done it again. She has converted a non-reader of futuristic tales, into an avid fan who can't wait for the next in the series! Her characters are so well drawn, intelligent and communicate so well. She writes some of the best dialogue you will find in romances today. The premise of the psychic needing a prism to focus is a great hook and works. One of the things that I especially like about Jayne's work, is she has her hero and heroin together for most of the book. I don't like a romance that the "couple" spend chapter after chapter apart.

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on 15 September 1998
I must say that it is rare to find a book by Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz that stinks. I have read romances over 10 years and this author never fails to entertain. I try to collect all of her works and read them until they are in tatters. As a rule, I hate futuristic romance. However, in true Jayne style, her books are humorous, full of intrigue and make me wish for a hero like Zinnia's in my life. I also love it that your female leads have real names like Augusta, Orchid, etc. It makes the character more human. You never disappoint me, Jayne. Your number one fan! [Maggie] I will even eat Mac&Cheese to afford your books.
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on 25 November 2012
The book arrived quickly and was well-packed, as described and lightweight as a story but rather trite in content though readable.
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on 4 November 2015
Wonderful book
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