Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (A Penguin Special from Berkley) [NOOK Book]

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The steamy outtake that takes readers even further into Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling novel, Kiss the Dead.



You’d think I’d get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty ...
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Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (A Penguin Special from Berkley)

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Overview

The steamy outtake that takes readers even further into Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling novel, Kiss the Dead.



You’d think I’d get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty and the fact that he was mine, and I was his, would forever surprise me.



With a vampire like Jean Claude around, it’s far too easy for Anita Blake to doubt her own appearance—and the hold it has on those who love her. But one hot tub and two incredibly sexy men—Jean Claude and Asher—will make her feel like the most lusted-after woman alive…or undead. Not bad for a mere human…



“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author



Includes an excerpt of Kiss the Dead, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101579305
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 14,673
  • File size: 558 KB

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I was very disappointed to discover that the actual story only c

    I was very disappointed to discover that the actual story only covered 28 pages! After showing the cover and the usual credits at the beginning (covering 7 pages), and with the last pages being a preview of Kiss The Dead, I would not have spent the 2.99 for no more than this.
    Save your money, no one can write a story in 28 pages!
    I love her books and read each one that comes out but this left me with a feeling of being taken. I will carefully watch the page numbers, kb's, MB's, etc. before purchasing from now on.

    78 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Does LKH really need money so bad that she is charging her reade

    Does LKH really need money so bad that she is charging her readers for the first 2 chapters of her yet to be realeased book?? Shame on you! Save your money people - was not worth the money for 33 pages. I am absolutely shocked and so disappointed she is charging her fans for this!!

    53 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Sadly I found this special ebook lacking in most everything exce

    Sadly I found this special ebook lacking in most everything except for erotic porn (which is what her books are basically with plot). I'm tired of her with all the guys, I get it's a big theme and all but let's get to action beyond the sheets (or water). I started reading her because of the first few books had more action (some sex I guess) but plot galore now - I guess if sex is plot then it's full of it. I suspect this will be my last LKH book :(

    46 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Really?

    This was what other great authors would have posted for free. Kinda dissapointing and I feel a bit taken. I'm a fan and will buy LKH's next book, but I should have used the money I spent on Beauty on the new book instead.

    40 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Bad

    Her books continue to get closer to porn.
    Her books started out so good and have spiraled down since
    This was a total ripoff to loyal fans should have been a freebe if published at all.

    39 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Wait for the next book

    Your paying for a teaser for her next book. This was a disappointment .

    33 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    I cannot believe that this was actually "published" an

    I cannot believe that this was actually "published" and sold as a separate entity. It is not a novella or even a short story. This is, at best, a ten minute read - containing nothing more than a single sex scene. The scene is one that could be easily swapped with any of the dozens of sex scenes throughout this series - nothing remotely unique about it. Any other author would have offered this "outtake" on her website for free - but apparently LKH and her publisher think that every single word she writes is gold. Pathetic. Don't waste your money - this "ebook" is garbage.

    31 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Save your money

    33 pages only about 15 of which are dedicated to this story. Beauty is just a bathroom sex story with no reason or plot. I love the anita black series but this was a waste of money in a bad economy.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Elfqueen54

    I am verydisappointed that I paid $3 for a 15 page story!! This should have been free as it is really a teaser for her next book. I have all the Anita Blake books and love them but I feel this is a rop off!!

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Laurell's blog

    If you had read her blog you would know exactly what Beauty was about. LKH you did not disappoint. Always look forward to the chemistry between Anita and Jean Claude. Keep it coming. Look forward to the release of Kiss of Death next month. Hopefully our favorite vamp is flexing his powers. Only one question... why was Beauty removed from the book?

    18 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Wtf

    2.99 for 22 pages i cannot believe this. Dont know if i will buy the next book...

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    Don't waste your hard earned money. I thought I was getting a b

    Don't waste your hard earned money. I thought I was getting a book, not 15 pages! Very Sad!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Waste of time and money. Very disappointed.

    I can't believe I actually paid for this and read it. Love this author and will continue to read her novels....but this...disappointed.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Disappointed fan

    I have purchased every anita blake book published. I love the series and was upset that it seemed to be ending. Imagine my surprise to see not one but two books coming out!! I purchased both of course but wish this one was longer. This was not really a "book". A little bit disappointed!! I read it in an hour.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Great out-take

    If you are a true fan of Anita, this is perfect to tide you over until the new book. If you think it is too much sexual activity, then you do not know Anita well enough. I absolutely love the moments between jean claude and anita. Too few usually. So this excerpt made me super happy!

    12 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I enjoyed this book! Bought it yesterday, finished it in a coupl

    I enjoyed this book! Bought it yesterday, finished it in a couple of hours later. LOVED THIS BOOK


    11 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Steam is right. I missed Jean-Claude in the last book so it was

    Steam is right. I missed Jean-Claude in the last book so it was really nice to see him again. Totally worth the $

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Do NOT Buy

    I am a big Hamilton fan but I am very sorry I bought this book. What a waste. Starts on page 7, the actual read ends on page 22... I don't care if it was "on the blog" that it was two chapters from her coming book.... I don't have time to check her blog before I buy a book. An "eSpecial!" I thought for sure this would be a short story with Anita only... Maybe on a zombie raising mystery like in her first books. WOW was I disappointed! I will buy her next book because I love her stories, but I am very disappointed that Hamiloton has treated her fans this way! $3 for 15 pages of a story we are going to pay $15 for in a couple days! RIDICULOUS!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Read LKM's blog

    Great outtake of what is to come from the much anticipated book. All of you who have negative remarks about how short this is - Laurell had in her blog & web site that this was a chapter that was cut from her latest book. Regardless, I am waiting for Kiss the Dead to come out. Laurell is an amazing writer.

    9 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    I enjoyed it, but like other readers said the first 7 pages are

    I enjoyed it, but like other readers said the first 7 pages are title, credits, etc, then the last 14 pages were a preview from Kiss the Dead, so it was really only 12 pages, and while I like LKH I don't think it was worth $0.25/page. It was nice to see Anita, with JC and Asher, but I really feel like I should have just waited.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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