Dancing: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella [NOOK Book]

Overview

Vampire hunter Anita Blake leaps into uncharted territory in the all-new novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.


For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking...

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Dancing: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella

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Overview

Vampire hunter Anita Blake leaps into uncharted territory in the all-new novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.


For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…


Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…


Includes a preview of Affliction, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel


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


“Long before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, [there was] sexy, strong-willed vampire hunter Anita Blake.”—USA Today


“Laurell K. Hamilton is the reigning queen of the urban fantasy world.”—Midwest Book Review

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


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698156432
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 4,009
  • File size: 677 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.

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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 November 9, 2013

    Whew!! Almost back to the Anita that I fell in love with This is

    Whew!! Almost back to the Anita that I fell in love with
    This is really more a short story that makes a timely statement, but not in your face
    Frankly I stopped reading LH because it felt like the latter books were just LH master bating and the over feminizing-of every male had gotten way overboard
    And then the half stories that simply did not add up and actually could have been really good side stories if LH wasn't so busy trying to write orgy's that were inserted for no  reason
    I really thought there was a story with her not only becoming a master of a vampire but also one that could walk during the day. Actually I just check in from time to time in the hopes that LH remembers the true Anita one that is still as tough as nails but more wiser

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Not your typical Anita

    This was a good read. It is different than what we are used to in the series. No sex, violence, vampires, or zombie raising. Just a typical bbq with the cops and their families. It is always good to see Micah and Nathanial. Plus we got to see the family man side of Zerbrowski. This was a good novelette addition to the series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Don't waste your time or money

    This novella was a complete joke. It is about nothing more than a picnic at a fellow officers home. Anita takes Micah and Nathaniel about a friends young son. Nothing even remotely interesting happens. Nathaniel gets recognized as a stripper causing a stir and we are reminded many times about how good looking Micah and Nathaniel are but also that Anita can't be as touchy feely with the men due to the other attendees of the cook out. The title comes from a bet that is made regarding dancing and whether Nathaniel can get other party members to dance. Nothing supernatural or action worthy takes place. Save your time and money.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    A different view of Anita's world

    Anita and her two sweeties at a police family picnic. We have never seen her world from this perspective before. Some lessons on acceptance and what makes up happiness. I love Anita and all her guys and her complex love life but this is a little preachy and heavy handed. Lets get real, how many of us are going to have half a dozen true loves to explain to everyone? A nice problem if you can get it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Love this look into Anita's life

    Always love Anita and her kicking butt, nice change to see a domestic moment. Hope to see more short stories like this!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    It was good. Was nice to not have all the sex. A little touchy f

    It was good. Was nice to not have all the sex. A little touchy feelly for Anita. I am a fan of earlier Anita books when she kicked but. Not had sex all the time. I wish she would develop more non sexual characters for her book. What happened to her zombie raising job? Never see her just doing that job. Please LKH develop more of Jean Claude and Richard, and not in bed. Love your Princess Meredith books. Please write another.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Anita series as a whole

    I have always been a big fan of LKH and the Anita Blake Series. This was a nice read, but so miss the story lines in her earlier books. Now the later books are more about all kinds of accepted relationships. I understand things evolve, but what about the power with Anita, Jean Claude and even Richard. Seems Jean Claude and Richard have taken a back seat. In earlier books JC was very much a main character. Just cant imagine the Master of the City taking a back seat. Dont get me wrong, LKH is still my favorite author and Anita my favorite series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Clean book

    This was a very good story that was clean and funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Great Read!

    Another great read my Laurell K Hamilton. I love the Anita Blake series and pretty much read anything to do with her. I loved this story but of course it was just too short. I know its a Novella but as always leaving me wanting for more. It was well written and had Anita and her two main squeezes along with the little Matthew this time. Great to get a different point of view to the prejudices she faces with all her partners. If you enjoy Anita then you will enjoy this as well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Needed a fix of Anita!

    Yes, this is a short stort but I was jonesing for Nathaniel and this cop bbq was just fine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Please include page count in future review blurbs

    Yesterdays novellaa are published as full books with 170 page coount page counter

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Different but Wonderful

    Loved the glimpse into the otherside of Anita & those that accept her life style. Great to see how tense situation among families can be turned into positive lessons. Would like to see more interaction like this, even have Jean-Claude included. Could be very interesting & fun. Can't wait for next full book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Love at 1st bite

    This novella obviously didn't have me licking my fingers to turn pages or like they were covered in bbq. sauce, which was a nice change. Doing finger swipeing to eat up this little treat of a read was so heart warming that I truly found my self tearing up after the experience being transported back to when my grandfather was alive and being a Sheriff Pedro Martinez had said the reason why he does anything is for us the family. Laurell really did paint the picture perfectly 1st the stress and preperation of deciding to go to a gathering, the fears of being judged, then finally just letting it all go and being in the moment. Thats exactly what this little look into Anita's life meant for me let them transport you to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    Wonderful short story in the world of Anita Blake.  Nice to see

    Wonderful short story in the world of Anita Blake.  Nice to see interactions with Anita, Nathanial, and Micah as well as the glimpse into Zerbrowski's family life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Anita Blake can become an obsession! She and her crew are such lively and interesting characters that even a novella can bring you right back into their stories. Engaging, and lots of fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Great Short Story

    I personally liked how the relationship between Anita, Micah, and Nathaniel is described intimately and also how it focus on something soft and beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Blah

    Needs to stop making everything a message about Poly relationships. More Zombies like the old days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    always great

    always great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Short, Sweet but Overpriced.

    This is only about 51 eReader pages. There is none of the usual high energy chase or sex scenes. It is sweet look into the lives of Micah, Nathaniel and Anita.
    On the down side I think it is ridiculous to pay $2.99 for a book. At most the author/Barnes and Noble should be charging is $.99. I am disappointed that authors have not caught on to the damage they are doing to this industry as a whole. I think I would rather buy used paperbacks than put up with gouging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Josie

    Walks in

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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