The Bite Before Christmas

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This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night...

The Bite Before Christmas

The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. . .but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and...

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Overview

This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night...

The Bite Before Christmas

The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. . .but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and she seems to feel the same way about him. Problem is, he’s not sure it’s quite the same way. After all, the snowstorm has derailed her blood delivery, which leaves him the only available meal on the menu...

Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday—at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a stranger shows up and reveals long-buried family secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer...and lives.

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In vampire romance fiction, two bites are sometimes better than one. This two course wintry meal features a pair of torrid paranormal tales. Lynsay Sands' novella The Gift finds bold and beautiful Katricia Argeneau happily snowbound in a remote cabin with sexy cop Teddy Brunswick and in Jeaniene Frost's Home for the Holidays, Christmas preparations are interrupted by the arrival of a very ravenous vampire. Three hundred and fifty pages to put you in the mood for the season.

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Two paranormal romance authors, both best sellers in mass market, join forces and migrate to hardcover for the holidays. Each contributes a story. Sands continues her Argeneau vampire series in "The Gift," which finds Katricia Argeneau pleased to be snowbound in an isolated cabin with her heartthrob, while "Night Huntress" Frost's "Home for the Holidays" has Cat and Bones battling a bad vampire instead of hanging mistletoe. Great expectations here, with a whopping 100,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062022608
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 104,203
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
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Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    these are two thrilling vampire romances

    "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands. Port Henry Police Chef Teddy Brunswick is snowed in without electricity at Marguerite Argeneau's isolated Colorado cabin. He cannot escape as downed trees block the road and his truck is frozen. Next door is Katricia Argeneau who tells him she has food while he has a fire in the fireplace. Tricia is excited as she cannot read her fellow stranded traveler, which means that Marguerite is probably right that the man who looks like her grandfather is her life mate. She tells him she is in law enforcement as a Council Enforcer in New York and that Marguerite is her aunt; he knows what she is but is unsure what he is to her.

    "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost. Cat arranges a surprise birthday party for her beloved husband Bones the vampire. Fabian the ghost, Spade, Ian, Mancheres, Denise and Kira arrive, but Annette fails to show up. Ian goes to see why. Blood is everywhere and Annette looks like she was tortured but refuses to say by who in spite of her sire Bones demanding she does. Bones catches a vampire in the woods; he says he is his half-brother Wraith. Ian distrusts Wraith while Cat has doubts too. After a few hours, Cat decides to kill Wraith in order to save her beloved who acts as if he is entranced. She obtains help from Ian and Denise, also affected by Wraith.

    With strong casts, these are two thrilling vampire romances that are part of each author's respective series (Lynsay Sands' Argeneau saga and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress saga).

    Harriet Klausner

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Great book!

    I love both authors; for those of you criticizing Jeaniene Frost, to bad for you! You don't know what an excellant series in her books you are missing. The first book in the series featuring Cat and Bones starts out a little slow but OMG! Stick with it and you won't be disapointed! Keep up the good work!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Very Good & Good!

    Lynsay Sands "The Gift" featuring Port Henry's Police Chief Teddy Brunswick and Katricia Argeneau deserves a 5-Star rating. The unfolding love story is developed completely and touches one's heart. Only flaw is the story ends too quickly. Because of this story, I am adding the book to my permanent collection.

    Jeaniene Frost "Home for the Holidays" featuring Kat and Bones is good. I always enjoy when the hero and heroine work together to solve the problem from early in a story rather than a large part of the story being them fighting against each other. Should get a 3.5 to 4 Star rating.

    Because the book contains only 2 stories, it is so obvious that Ms. Sands writng abilities far outshine Ms. Frost. Perhaps such a new talent should not be featured side by side with a professional. Bunny

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Surprise!

    I gave it four stars instead of five because I felt like Lynsay Sands shorted us on another great Argeneau book!!! This book contains two stories. The story by Lynsay Sands, author of the Argeneau Vampire Series and a story by author, Jeaniene Frost. I have read all of the Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands and almost missed this one! Her story is only 75 pages and is the story of Teddy, the sheriff of Port Henry, who already knows about the immortals, finding his life mate! I was sooo excited and happy for him! I wish this had been a whole book included in the Argeneau Series! The story is named "The Gift". Don't miss this one if you are following the Argeneau Series!!! The other story was a good story about a different type of vampire group and fighting a demon. I enjoyed it, but already follow enough authors in this genre... PLEASE, Lynsay, don't hide Argeneau characters in short stories that are not part of the Argenuea series!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Major Disappointment

    I purchased this in hopes of reading full story about the Argeneaus. Similar to the other negative reviews, I wanted a more involved story about them rather than one from an author that I am not familiar with. The amount of pages dedicated to Lynsay Sands characters were far less than the Frost story. In addition, the cost of this book was significantly higher. Rather than paying for a novel with combined authors, I would have preferred to pay less for a short story from a single author. I would not make this purchase again in the future.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Great read

    I really enjoy both the nigh huntress series and the argeneau series and so I was looking foward to catching up with the characters.
    Lynsay Sands "The Gift" was about Teddy finding his lifemate. I reall y like Teddy and I'm glad he has a lifemate but this sory was very light. I didn't feel the connection or feel like they were falling in love. I give it 3 stars.
    Frost's "Home for the Holidays" on the other hand was great. I love Cat and Bones but this story had Cat and Ian working together to save Bones and their friends. I think Ian is hilarious and I was happy to have so much of him in this novella. I give it 5 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Great Short Stories

    I really enjoyed both stories in this book. I am a huge fan of the Night Huntress series & the last novel was kind-of a let down. However, the story in this book made up for my disappointment. As for the Agreneau story, I have been wishing that Teddy would join the clan for quite some time & loved how it all came about. I hope he reappears in future novels so we can see how the happy couple is doing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I don't know why I love this type of novel, but I do. For one thing the characters are thoroughly likeable and deserving. But I also love this kind of storyline, where there is some paranormal element in it. It makes the whole book very suspensful

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Really good.

    This book has two short stories in it. I was already a fan of Jeaniene Frost and that was why I purchased this book. So, when Lynsay Sands work I was blown away. The short story is apart of a 18 book series and I've now read all 18 books. Some of them twice. Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost are both remarkable!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Neither author will leave you disappointed! I bought it to read one of the authors stories and out of bordem I red the other and love it so much I bought the rest of the series to read as well! Thanks again, Authers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Great Book! Found a new author to love.

    I've enjoyed all of Lynsay Sands books. This did not disappoint me. Plus, I've never read Jeaniene Frost before, and found it to be a great read! Can't wait to collect her back issues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Disappointed

    I waited a long time for the next Argeneau book to be available. I've read all of the Argeneau family books. This book was two stories in one. Teddy's story was only 78 pages long. The plot was rushed, glossed over, and didn't have enough descriptive details. The character, Teddy, deserved a book of his own. I could give a rip about the other vampire story in the book. I hope Ms Sands doesn't do this again.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    good short read

    good short stories!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I really enjoyed both Linsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost's novellas

    I really enjoyed both Linsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost's novellas in this book. This book is recommended, especially if you are a Linsay
    Sands fan wondering about Teddy.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    Neither of these stories have anything to do with Christmas. Jus

    Neither of these stories have anything to do with Christmas. Just take place in the holiday season.

    The Gift by Lynsay Sands was just offal. It had potential but was just crude and all about sex. I did not get through it. Definitely not worth reading.

    Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost however was much better. I actually enjoyed it. It is the first I have read from this author so I did not know the characters but the story stood well on its own. I now have a desire to read previous stories to get some more background on them. This story was a typical paranormal bad guys try and take over good guys. Only some of the good guys are not affected and have to fight for all.

    There is a lot of language in it and a sex scene between a married couple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Disappointing, to say the least....

    I have purchased most of Sand's ARGENEAU series and was very satisfied with the story line and characterizations in previous works. BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a serious descent beneath Sand's works in this series.
    -------LME

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Great reading.

    I enjoyed the suspense and story line. This was a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Loved it !!!

    Very good, great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    N

    Both are awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Two great stories!

    Two of my favorite authors in one book, can't get better then that!! :)

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