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All-new sensuous stories from four of today's most provocative authors.

Laurell K. Hamilton

MaryJanice Davidson

Eileen Wilks

Rebecca York

Four favorite authors present their favorite characters in all-new tales of bloodlust, appetites that must be sated again and again, and the passion that feeds them.

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Overview

All-new sensuous stories from four of today's most provocative authors.

Laurell K. Hamilton

MaryJanice Davidson

Eileen Wilks

Rebecca York

Four favorite authors present their favorite characters in all-new tales of bloodlust, appetites that must be sated again and again, and the passion that feeds them.

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Cravings is a quartet of unabashedly erotic novellas by four of today's most provocative writers -- Laurell K. Hamilton, MaryJanice Davidson, Eileen Wilks, and Rebecca York -- that includes a new Anita Blake tale by Hamilton that is as bloodcurdling as it is enticing!

Hamilton's "Beyond the Ardeur" -- an excerpt from her next Anita Blake novel, Incubus Dreams -- begins with everyone's favorite vampire hunter attending a friend's wedding. At the reception, sandwiched between two supernatural hunks -- Nathaniel, a stripper/wereleopard, and Damian, a green-eyed vampire -- Anita struggles to control her insatiable need to feed. As her yearning for lust (sexual energy, blood, etc.) grows, so does the potential for one unforgettable wedding reception!

MaryJanice Davidson revisits her Undead universe with "Dead Girls Don't Dance," a laugh-out-loud story about a vampire who fatefully gets unearthed by an old college crush. Andrea Mercer is a relatively young bloodsucker trying to find a way to Minneapolis to pay homage to the new vampire queen. When she hitches a ride with a former love interest, Daniel Harris -- a hulking stud muffin with the IQ of a head of lettuce -- she realizes being dead isn't necessarily the end of the world.

"Originally Human" by Eileen Wilks chronicles the plight of a three centuries-old succubi who must decide what to do with an extremely handsome -- and extremely naked -- man with amnesia. Rebecca York's "Burning Moon" is a bittersweet tale about a werewolf hunting down his wife's killer --- and the revelation he finds at his quest's end.

Stuffed with steamy supernatural sensuality, Cravings is perfect summertime reading. In a word: Hot! Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
One need only glance at this anthology's lineup of authors to know that it's bound to be loaded with kinky, creative sex. And indeed, that's exactly what Hamilton delivers in "Beyond the Ardeur," which uses the setting of a wedding to bring back virtually the entire cast of characters from her popular series about necromancer Anita Blake. While Hamilton's fans will enjoy revisiting these night creatures, some may be disappointed to find that this tale is all sex and no slaying; the only mystery is which paranormal hunk(s) will satisfy Anita's ardeur. Far more suspenseful is York's "Burning Moon," which follows a blind tarot reader and a werewolf as they steam up the sheets and try to trap a serial killer. Equally compelling but more inventive is Wilks's "Originally Human"; neither the succubus heroine (whose age varies between 19 and 300, with stops at 50 and 35) nor the reader uncovers her amnesiac mystery man's identity till the final pages. Davidson, meanwhile, delivers nonstop, witty repartee and a surprise denouement in "Dead Girls Don't Dance," a delightful romance between a vampiress and her old college classmate. By turns sensual, suspenseful and amusing, this anthology will satisfy almost any craving. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515138153
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 665,901
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
Ruth Glick has written more than seventy novels, most of them under the pseudonym Rebecca York. She and her husband live in Columbia, Maryland.
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Surprising

    I bought the book because of Hamilton, I love her Anita Blake series. But I was suprised to find more authors with interesting stories in the same genre. Thank goodness. I have already read 3 more of MaryJanice Davidson's books. I have however read Hamiltons newest book, the one that this story is an excerpt of, and she has went from books with a lot of plot and no sex to books with a lot of sex and no real plot to speak of. It was very disappointing to say the least, and I wouldn't spend money on it if I hadn't already.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    Not that cool...

    Most of the stories in this anthology have a promising start, but the plot lines are horrible. I understand that erotica is an integral part of the horror genre, but erotic overkill, in my opinion, shouldn't qualify as real horror. I think the authors have geniune talent. They just need to stop watching soap operas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    loved it

    i loved th stories...well almost all of them. i didnt liked laurell hamilton's story it didnt catch mmy attention and i was confused the whole time. i liked all the other stories though they were great. two thumps up for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    A thrill to read

    After Undead & Unwed I couldn't wait to read another story from Mary Janice Davidson. Her writing is hilarious. My first exposure to the vampire world and now I am hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Can it get any better?

    I always love how LKH out does herself each time. It took me an hour to get through her short story, but it was well worth it. I was completly shocked by the turn the story had taken in the end. I love all of her characters, especially Anita Blake. Who is tough, but with a soft side she does her best to hide. Favorite series, and I can barely wait to read the entire book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    meh, okay

    FYI, the laurell k hamilton story about anita blake was published in one of the main books for the anita blake vampire hunter series....SOOO if you have already read that series it's a re-read. Loved rebecca york's story. But I think that kind of passion only happens in the supernatural world. Eileen wilks, if you have read the lupi series, this is a major eye opener and makes you wonder if Molly and Micheal will be making an appearance in her future novels. Liked davidson's story..kinda hard for me to interpret all of the "like" "um" and "you, knows". but entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Fun in the sun read

    I did not read the Anita Blake story as I listen to Hamilton's Princess Meredith sereis on audiotape and that is a lot of sex and I really don't want to overdose. Anyway the rest of the book was good. I mainly bought it for Eileen Wilks 'Originally Human', (excellent story)from her Lupus universe. Hopefully we will see a full length novel based on characters from the world she has created. I was not that thrilled with MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unwed but this short story featuring characters from that series was funny. I liked Andrea, don't call me Andy, much better then I liked Betsy. Anything by Rebecca York and her moon series is worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    WOW

    This book was awesome! I bought this book because Laurell K. Hamilton had a chunck of her next story in it but i got great treat when i finished the book. Each author did there self justice I read the whole book in less than a day I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Outstanding

    OMG i love the Anita Blake serious and the characters and all the Merideth Grey novels the serios are filed with a passion of sex, death, and suspision L.Hamilton is an Outstanding writter i cant wait for her next book, im having trouble finding something to read nothing seems to match her way of catching the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2004

    Best Short Story collection in a long time!

    This is the absolute best short story collection I've read in a long time. There wasn't a single story that didn't grab your attention and run with it. I could barely put the book down. I especially liked Mary Janice Davidson's 'Dead Girls Don't Dance'. It was witty and sensual. Just enough action to whet your appetite, but not enough that you thought it could be scripted into a soft core adult movie.

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