The aptly titled Bite is a collection of five vampiric tales of supernatural seduction that includes a never-before-published Anita Blake story by Laurell K. Hamilton, a new Sookie Stackhouse adventure from Charlaine Harris, and new stories from authors MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Vickie Taylor.
Hamilton's "The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death" is set in time between the novels Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly. Vampire hunter Anita Blake, just beginning to come to grips with her recent metaphysical connection with master vampire Jean-Claude, takes a highly unusual case. A runaway teenager with bone cancer wants to become a vampire; but in order for her to change, another vampire must in essence murder a child. Blake agrees to find the rogue bloodsucker and pass judgment as only she knows how.
In "One Word Answer" by Harris, everyone's favorite waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, learns that her only cousin has been murdered by one of the undead -- and the vampire Queen of Louisiana has sent her condolences in the form of an unusual gift. Davidson's "Biting in Plain Sight" revisits her Undead universe with a touching love story about a benevolent vampire and her human suitor and the tragedy that brings them together. Knight's "Galahad" looks at Arthurian legend with a decided twist -- the knights of the Round Table are actually warrior vampires! In Taylor's "Blood Lust," a researcher whose groundbreaking formula for synthetic blood was stolen by a maniacal vampire takes vengeance by becoming one of the undead!
Coming hot on the heels of the popular supernatural erotica anthology Cravings -- which includes novellas from both Hamilton and Davidson -- there's no question that Bite will be just as well received. With original tales featuring two of the fantasy genre's most popular heroines -- Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse -- and three stories from bestselling romance authors, this dark and sexy collection will appeal equally to fans of fantasy, romance, and horror. Paul Goat Allen