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  • Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Jayne Explains Dust Bunnies

    Next week the fourth book in my Ghost Hunter series, SILVER MASTER, arrives in stores. (Tuesday, August 28th, to be precise but it will probably show up sooner in some places and later in others. Such is the nature of the book publishing business). As anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows I write this series under my Jayne Castle name. Anyhow, as I was saying, the book will be out soon and, like the others, it features a dust bunny.

    Fans of the Ghost Hunter series love the dust bunnies. As a result, I always get a lot of email asking me what dust bunnies actually look like. In the stories they are variously described as looking like "something that came out of the dryer lint tray" or that "rolled out from under the bed". They have fluffy gray fur. They also have four eyes -- their daylight baby-blues and a second, amber pair that they use for hunting. Dust bunnies are cute and they form psychic bonds with their human companions but they have a dark side that is pretty well summed up with the old saying: "By the time you see the teeth, it's too late".

    In spite of my astounding powers of description, I always get a lot of email from readers who want to know what a dust bunny looks like. I have been keeping an eye out for a small beast that closely resembles a dust bunny. I am happy to report that Cissy (my glorious webmaster) and I have found an actual dust bunny, thanks to Betty Chu. So, for those of you who have always wondered what dust bunnies look like, here's your visual. Her name is Araminta.

    And if you click the "play" button twice she will tell you a little about SILVER MASTER.

    --Jayne


    31 Comments:

    Anonymous ChrisTinaC said...

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA--- I thought it was a cute stuffed animal, not a REAL BUNNY! Did it wig you out when you found out that your "imaginary" creature was so close to a real bunny, or did you know all along???? And if you DID know, then --- rockrugs, anyone?

    Yours with a smile

    Chris H

    8:49 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ah!

    CLEVER!

    I'm loving this..and really, I think you did Araminta justice.

    She looks very fetching..hope max appreciates her.

    Guess I'll find out for sure on the 28th or thereabouts.

    Rebecca

    8:53 PM  
    Blogger karende said...

    Urk. It won't play on a slow dialup! That's okay, though, the dust bunnies of my imagination keep me quite happy. I particularly liked the one with the jewelry fetish.

    And Silver Master is already for sale on ebay.

    karibear

    8:58 PM  
    Blogger Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

    Very, very cute. The morning of August 28th I'll be at my local Barnes and Noble asking where my copy is. Can't wait.

    I miss Media Play. When I used to show up the morning of a release, if it wasn't on the shelf I could always convince the employee to go in the back and dig one out for me.

    Big sigh.

    9:35 PM  
    Blogger elizabeth said...

    As one of the cheerleaders for the dust-bunny fan club, all I can say is YES!!!

    10:45 PM  
    Blogger Stella said...

    Well, hmmmm, to tell or not to tell. Oh, tell, every time. Jayne, now everyone knows what sort of slippers you wear...

    Araminta is a love, the short is fabulous and so is the story. Yawn, what a surprise:)

    Stella

    12:36 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dust Bunnies Rule !!!

    I love the Ghost Hunter series and have already ordered both the book and the CDs. The short is just icing on the cake.

    Like karende I also enjoyed the dust bunny with the jewelry fetish. I have a multi stone bracelet that would look fabulous on her.

    I can only add that I love your descriptions in this series. You make this world come so alive in my imagination. I have enjoyed all the Jayne Castle stories and hope there will be many more to come.

    1:46 AM  
    Blogger DFender said...

    AAWWWRRRIIITTTTEEEEE!!!
    tap...tap...tap...

    3:19 AM  
    Blogger DFender said...

    By the way - Dust bunnies, to my recollection:

    Fuzz (Lydia & Emmett)... who loves pretzels.

    Rose (Elly & Cooper)... who certainly loves her bling.

    Can't wait to meet Araminta! YaY!

    8:21 AM  
    Blogger Darla said...

    I bought SM last night at Walmart...and can't wait to get it started!

    Awsome Dust Bunnie...where can I get my very own???

    8:27 AM  
    Blogger Cbell said...

    I love that. Love it, love it. Very creative and catchy. I can't wait to read the book.

    8:29 AM  
    Blogger Elizabeth Guest said...

    Jayne, love the dust bunny! Love the trailer! I've already ordered my copy of SILVER MASTER.

    Of course, I would love to have an Araminta of my own, but I suppose there are limits to how much happiness one person can stand in a single day!

    ~EG

    9:39 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jayne,

    I love that cute dust bunny and the trailer.

    I have a slow dial up so YouTube did not work for me but I was able to access the clip from "Watch the video here" from the JAK news letter.

    Looking forward to the book.

    Joy

    11:02 AM  
    Blogger Jayne Ann Krentz said...

    Sorry to learn about the dial-up problems with the video. My husband did warn me that would be an issue for some people. But he thought the YouTube connection would prove faster for dial-ups. Doesn't sound like it. Glad to hear it worked from the newsletter.

    Ain't technology grand?

    --Jayne

    1:52 PM  
    Blogger karende said...

    Technology beats snailmail all to rags. The clip might very well work if I could get a dialup faster than 24.6 kbps. I have a 56 K modem, but the phone company has really old equipment up here. In fact, I couldn't get a connection faster than 14.4 until someone ran into a phone pole and took out one of their router boxes. I don't want to wish harm on anyone, but a few more judicious crashes and we might just get up to speed! Otherwise, I'm in a dead zone - no DSL, no wireless.

    karibear

    2:25 PM  
    Anonymous Ranurgis said...

    Araminta really is cute. I have some "dust bunnies" on a magnet that I bought about 20 years ago--see, I already appreciated them before you wrote about one. Mine, I presume, are much smaller, no bigger than my thumbnail, so I had something of an idea. But this is so much cuter. Is the trailer the same one you wrote about in the Newsletter?

    I don't get Quicktime on this computer so I'll have to go to the new laptop to have a look. I'm anxious to get your book so I'm getting it from Amazon. I hope they're a little bit ahead of the pack.

    If I can get this on the laptop, I'll add a note. I was finally able to see a Utube there too. Ah, progress!

    7:41 PM  
    Anonymous Ranurgis said...

    P.S. Any more Amarantas around? Are they for sale somewhere or did someone make one for you?

    You could actually make money selling these. Then everybody could have one.

    7:45 PM  
    Anonymous Cissy said...

    For those of you on dialup who want to see the vid, there's a work-around that will let you watch it on YouTube. Just click the YouTube vid and when it starts to load/play, immediately click Pause. Wait for the red bar to go all the way across, then click play. This gives the video time to load completely, instead of trying to stream it, which if you're on dialup, is problematic.

    8:42 PM  
    Blogger Elizabeth Guest said...

    Cissy, you're a genius! :-)

    Thanks!
    ~EG

    6:13 AM  
    Blogger Lori Foster said...

    Jayne, I LOVE the video. Very cool. Cissy did a GREAT job.
    Love the dustbunny too! Adorable. The book sounds amazing!

    Lori

    6:34 AM  
    Blogger Jayne Ann Krentz said...

    Thanks for the positive feedback on the dust bunny vid! I owe it all to Cissy. And thank you, Cissy, for the tip on watching it for dialups.

    12:37 PM  
    Blogger jackietoo said...

    Silver Master looks great!

    Could you please tell me the names and order of all the Ghost Hunter stories?

    Thanks!!
    Jackie

    2:05 PM  
    Anonymous dani from oz said...

    "Bridal Jitters" in Charmed anthology (1999)

    After Dark (2000)

    After Glow (2004)

    Ghost Hunter (2006)

    even better still, you could click on Jayne's picture, go to her website and there is all of the books lists. :) I like the linked book list.

    7:16 PM  
    Blogger Jayne Ann Krentz said...

    Hey, thanks, Dani!Couldn't have said it better, myself. I'm also happy to report that the first two books in the series, AFTER DARK and AFTER GLOW, have recently been reissued with startling new hunk covers.

    --Jayne

    11:27 AM  
    Blogger Barbara Elness said...

    I've loved the Ghost Hunter stories, including the dust bunnies. I'm really looking forward to Silver Master, and I loved the video, great idea to have Araminta introduce the story.

    12:57 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I can't believe it! I found the book yesterday at a small book store. I told them that I was surprised to see it and they said they checked first to see if it was okay to sell it. Needless to say, I've already read it. Loved it. And I won't give any spoilers!

    Jayne, will there be more Ghost Hunter books in the future?

    Evie

    1:10 PM  
    Blogger karende said...

    As much as I love the world of Harmony, I also enjoy St. Helens. Any plans to return there? They do have the curtain and alien artifacts, so there should be something similar to dust bunnies there, too.

    karibear

    1:29 PM  
    Blogger jackietoo said...

    Thanks! :D

    7:42 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jayne,
    Congratulations. I got the book on preorder from B&N, and I loved it. Great story, great dust bunnies, and a great read. When does your next Jayne Castle come out?

    K.L.

    9:23 AM  
    Anonymous Kim said...

    I bought my copy today, and read it in about four hours! It ended way too soon for me!

    Thanks for a great book!

    Kim

    9:07 PM  
    Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

    Jayne, bought Ghost Hunter yesterday at my local grocery while getting lunch and finished it last night! Now going back to Charmed and After Dark to tide me over until Jan. 08--I LOVED the first chapter of your latest Arcane novel. Fantastic cliffhanger. I would congratulate you on being such a tease if I wasn't in the excruciating throes of literary blue balls! hehe

    9:34 AM  

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