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Feel the Touch of Darkness. . .

Follow a vampire who can be as deadly as her prey.  Meet a down home
southern girl who's found out, much to her chagrin, that vampires are her
type. Feel the euphoria of fear in the shadow of a ...

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Overview

Feel the Touch of Darkness. . .

Follow a vampire who can be as deadly as her prey.  Meet a down home
southern girl who's found out, much to her chagrin, that vampires are her
type. Feel the euphoria of fear in the shadow of a reluctant Queen of the
Undead.  Step closer to the hot-blooded edge of passion as a strange new
mythology of the night is unveiled.

The bite is back in vampire fiction as today's most provocative authors of
vampire fiction cast their irresistible spells on you . . .

The brightest and hottest authors --including New York Times best-selling
authors Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris--tell all-new tales
featuring their best known and loved characters.

* From Laurell K. Hamilton, a never-before-published Anita Blake story
in which Anita, temporarily separated from her vampire lover Jean-Claude,
must go to him for help on a case.  Where she finds herself once more
falling under his erotic spell. . .

* A brand-new, Southern Vampire story by Charlaine Harris features
Sookie Stackhouse and the vampires who have come to define her romantic
life, and have ended her hope of a normal one. . .

* Newly crowned Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor reluctantly assumes her
royal duties in MaryJanice Davidson's brand-new novella.

* Introduced in the anthology Hot Blooded and the romance Master of
the Night, Angela Knight has created a fascinating universe melding
Arthurian lore with erotic vampirism . . .

* Finally, in the romantic novella "Blood Lust", popular romance
author Vickie Taylor brings her own unique spin on vampires . . .

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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

Publishers Weekly
Those looking to take a brief taster's tour through five sexually charged paranormal worlds may enjoy the stories and novellas served up in this anthology, but readers with an appetite for something a little more meaty likely won't be sated. Although Hamilton's name dominates the cover, her contribution is a meager 30 pages, which amounts to little more than a teaser for her next Anita Blake novel. Harris's offering is similarly slim and static, though it shows off the cleverness of Sookie Stackhouse, the psychic heroine of her Southern Vampire series (Dead to the World, etc.). By far, the collection's best offerings are Knight's "Galahad" and Taylor's "Blood Lust." In the former, a fledgling Majae (i.e., witch) teams up with the famed knight Sir Galahad, who's really a benevolent vampire, to destroy a nest of deadly cultist vampires. And in the latter, Taylor imagines a much more traditional world, wherein vampires can't touch anything sacrosanct and are organized hierarchically, a system the protagonists, a junior vampiress and a microbiologist-turned-vampire, are about to dismantle. The action moves swiftly in both stories, as does the romance, but like the other entries in this anthology, they lack depth and development. Nevertheless, this is a suitable introduction to the various worlds these authors have popularized. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Here is a collection of five romantic vampire tales by some of the genre's most popular authors. In Hamilton's "The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death," a desperate mother begs vampire hunter Anita Blake to save her teenage daughter. Anita takes the case but needs the help of the seductive vampire Jean-Claude. Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of Charlaine Harris's "One Word Answer," finds herself in a jam. Fortunately Sookie's undead former lover Bill steps in to help. Easily the most charming tale in the collection is MaryJanice Davidson's "Biting in Plain Sight," in which Sophie, a beautiful vampire, finds true love with Liam, an unpretentious good ol' boy from northern Minnesota. In Angela Knight's imaginative and erotic romance, "Galahad," brand new witch Caroline combines her magical powers with those of the handsome vampire warrior Galahad as they fight the forces of evil. Vickie Taylor's "Blood Lust" is the one disappointment: its boring plot, silly characters, and awful writing are often cause for unintentional humor. Read the first four stories and skip the last. Recommended for general fiction and romance collections.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515139709
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 493,730
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton
Toss everything you think you know about vampire stories and sword and sorcery novels into an open grave, because Laurell K. Hamilton is reinventing the genres with chills, thrills, and giggles. With her popular Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, Hamilton is making dark fantasy fantastically entertaining again.

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:

Table of Contents

Feel the Touch of Darkness. . .

Follow a vampire who can be as deadly as her prey.  Meet a down home
southern girl who's found out, much to her chagrin, that vampires are her
type. Feel the euphoria of fear in the shadow of a reluctant Queen of the
Undead.  Step closer to the hot-blooded edge of passion as a strange new
mythology of the night is unveiled.

The bite is back in vampire fiction as today's most provocative authors of
vampire fiction cast their irresistible spells on you . . .

The brightest and hottest authors --including New York Times best-selling
authors Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris--tell all-new tales
featuring their best known and loved characters.

* From Laurell K. Hamilton, a never-before-published Anita Blake story
in which Anita, temporarily separated from her vampire lover Jean-Claude,
must go to him for help on a case.  Where she finds herself once more
falling under his erotic spell. . .

* A brand-new, Southern Vampire story by Charlaine Harris features
Sookie Stackhouse and the vampires who have come to define her romantic
life, and have ended her hope of a normal one. . .

* Newly crowned Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor reluctantly assumes her
royal duties in MaryJanice Davidson's brand-new novella.

* Introduced in the anthology Hot Blooded and the romance Master of
the Night, Angela Knight has created a fascinating universe melding
Arthurian lore with erotic vampirism . . .

* Finally, in the romantic novella "Blood Lust", popular romance
author Vickie Taylor brings her own unique spin on vampires . . .

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great paranormal anthology

    ¿The Girl who was Infatuated with Death¿ by Laurell K. Hamilton. Ms. Rhonda Mackenzie wants vampire executioner Anita Blake to find the vampire that has bitten her daughter two times and kill. If she is bitten three times she will become a vampire which is what she wants because she will lose one leg, perhaps two if she doedn¿t changes over. Anita asks the master of the city, Jean-Claude if he will help her find the vampire. After not seeing him for a long time because she was learning to control her powers, Anita realizes her feelings for him have not changed.......................... ¿One Word Answer¿ by Charlaine Harris. Telepath Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps Louisiana is visited by Mr. Cataliades and Waldo the vampire to inform Sookie that her cousin, a vampire who was staked, left her estate to her cousin. Mr. Cataliades informs Sookie that Waldo killed her because she was the favorite of the queen of New Orleans and he wants Sookie to stake the vampire Sookie doesn¿t want to but Waldo makes sure that he will not be returned to his queen to be tortured............................ ¿Biting in Plain Sight¿ by Mary Janice Davidson: In the town of Embarrass, everyone knows that the vet Dr. Sophie Tourneau is a vampire but they ignore that fact because she takes great care of their animals. Liam is in love with her and when she goes out hunting a serial vampire killer, he insists on accompanying her. He tells her how he feels and she takes him to bed and drinks his blood. She cares about him but she¿s not sure if she is better off without any emotional ties to a mortal. When they go after the vampire killer, Liam impresses Sophie with his actions and his commitment to her........................ ¿Galahad¿ by Angela Knight. Caroline was turned by a vampire into a witch with magical powers and immortality. She lives in Avalon in the mageverse where vampires and witches form a symbiotic relationship. Witches need their blood drained every few days to lower their blood pressure and vampires have a willing blood source. Caroline has a vision about humans drinking from a cup and turning into vampires who are the antithesis of the undead in the mageverse. Galahad, pure of heart and a vampire is assigned by Morgana Le Fey to work with Caroline to find the threecups and destroy the evil vampires. Along the way fall in love but Galahad fears Caroline won¿t want him once she learns all the ugly things he had to do to defeat the bad guys........................ ¿Blood lust¿ by Vickie Taylor. Garth funded Daniel Hart¿s research into making synthetic blood but stole the formula, Daniel¿s girlfriend and his house before revealing himself as a vampire. Daniel asks vampire Deadre Blue to turn him a vampire so he can kill Garth, his girlfriend who is now a vampire and then himself. Deadre doesn¿t want to do it but when he is accidentally killed, she feeds him her blood and he turns into a vampire. Deadre has fallen in love with Daniel and goes with him to fight Garth the enforcer to the High Matron. The synthetic blood make Daniel Garth¿s equal and their upcoming battle will leave one of them dead........................... All five authors have a different take on the vampire mythos but that doesn¿t mean one story is better than another. This is one of the best vampire romance anthologies ever produced bringing back cult favorites like Anita Blake and Sookie. The stories by the other authors would make a great series............................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    A Good Book!

    I liked it but I really liked Angela Knights story in the book. It was very thrilling and romantic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Awful

    I bought this book since Charlaine Harris wrote one of the stories. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was very disappointed; not a single story I found interesting. I dislike each and every story in this book. I felt like tossing it in the trash after a few pages; the only reason I read it all the way through was because I was bored and had nothing else to read or do at the time. I will just stick the Sookie Stackhouse novels from now on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i think that the book was undescrible and that everyone sould read it. I have a whole list of friends waiting to read the book and i think the list has about 50 or more people waiting. the book should not be for people under the age of 12

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    Great Stories

    The authors in this anthology are great. I enjoyed the novellas. This book introduced me to Angela Knight. I liked her story "Galahad" so much, I now have read all of her books!

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Gotta love Laurelle!

    Nice selection of short stories guaranteed to entertain-highly recommend.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Great first 2 chapters, but...

    Ther first two chapters of this book are very good - the same quality you would expect from these famous writers. I LOVED and adored the chapter from Laurell K Hamilton. I cannot tell you how excited I was to get some insight into the goings-on that happened between Blue Moon and Obsidian butterfly. LKH writing was, as usual, palpable and you really could feel Anita's feelings. And, of course, it has a favourite character that makes a memorable appearance.

    But, Charlaine Harris's chapter can be found in her OWN book of short stories. I have to admit I was a little disappointed to buy a book with a story I'd already read elsewhere.

    Angela Knight's chapter was too short to move as fast as it did. Probably my least favourite chapter (no offense!).

    Vickie Taylor's chapter was interesting. Again, a little fast, but at least it layed some ground work to make the story not feel too rushed. There was really nothing for development or insight with the 'bad guys,' but at least the 'good guys' had a little more background and character development.

    MaryJanice Davidson's chapter was probably the best of the three 'unknown' writers. She had pretty good character development, good background, great backstory, and the ending, though a bit predictable, was good.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Fun Book

    While I felt that there are some in between stories for a lot of the other series for some of the authors, like Laurall and Charlene... the stories were fun.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    I didn't like any of the stories--what a waste of money.

    I am no longer buying anthologies because I like one (or none) of the stories. Buying this book was a waste of money.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Bite sinks teeth in!

    Liked all of the authors but Harris was best in my opinion. She has a way of pulling you into the charachters feelings and thoughts.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    Another Great Collection

    I just had to let you know that this is a nice collection of stories by really excellent authors. Even short as they are, each one is really a story you can get into. Usually there's one or two dogs in a collection like this, but I enjoyed ever last word of this collection. I hope you do too!

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    I loved all the short stories in this book.

    This book lets you dive into 5 different authors. It's a quick read, and a lot of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Bite

    I bought this book in order to read the Sookie Stackhouse short story. I was a little disappointed that it was so short. I enjoyed the first short story by Laurel K. Hamiliton as well but the rest of the stories were awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    Charlaine Harris fan

    I got this book only for the short novel on Sookie Stackhouse. I thought it would be a lot more Eric the Vampire's relationship with Sookie. I didn't get my fix for the Stackhouse novels like I needed but the other stories were fairly entertaining. The only complaint is, I felt like I was left wanting more but I suppose that's the purpose of short stories. All in all, a decent read when you are bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

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    Bite me. Please!

    Seriously, a great read with many great stories about vamps and the like. I think I read this in, like, four days or something. If you are a fan of this genre, pick it up!

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    LOVE IT

    LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT... Talk about some of your best all role into one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Not What I Expected

    Looking at the authors of this book, I expected it to be better than it actually came out to be. I would say probably two of the stories were good. The others seemed to drag on for a little longer than necessary. It is a good quick read but is not something that will stick in your mind for long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    Wonderful!

    Bite really was what first drew my attention to a new favorite author known as Angela Knight. The other author's also displayed talent in their writing and I will read some of their books as soon as I've read all of Angela Knight's and Johanna Lindsey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    really great!!

    this book is really good. i have never read any of Angela knight's stuff until now..and she really blew me away. biting in plin sight by ms.davidson was very boring and really had no point.but all of the other stories in this book were very good with many sensual parts to it. i recomend anybody who loves vampires,sex,and magick to buy this book.enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Anthology

    *** If you like vampires, then this is a treasure trove for you. Although the last two entries in the book tend to drag it down just slightly, the one entitled Galahad would not do so if it were less, shall we say - biologically correct? Ms. Knight does exhibit true creativity in re-inventing the Grail quest, much more so than certain best sellers. If you buy the book just to read Ms. Davidson, Ms. Harris, and of course Ms. Hamilton's contributions, you will not waste a dime. Ms. Harris and Ms. Davidson both have down to earth humor that will tickle and charm you. Anita Blake fans will be thrilled to get an anthology story that does not merely reprint a chapter from one of the long books. Taking place between Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly, the Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death returns fans to a classic period of Anita's characterization. Although Death does not refer to Edward as might be hoped, it is still a commendable story that is not weighed down by the aspects that has long time fans feeling rather mutinous in regard to the latest books. ***

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