Hotter Than Hell [NOOK Book]

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Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark . . . and different.

Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker's dozen of today's boldest and best ...

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Overview

Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark . . . and different.

Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker's dozen of today's boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon . . . and hotter than the sun.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times BOOKclub
“With this incredibly talented lineup, readers are in for a wild and varied ride! The 12 stories run the gamut from supernaturally sexy to sad and disturbing, with no shortage of intriguingcharacters and creative plots.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"With this incredibly talented lineup, readers are in for a wild and varied ride! The 12 stories run the gamut from supernaturally sexy to sad and disturbing, with no shortage of intriguingcharacters and creative plots."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061983344
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 129,389
  • File size: 788 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in Michigan. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon;  A Perfect Blood; Ever After; and The Undead Pool, plus the graphic novel Blood Work. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery series.


Martin H. Greenberg is an anthologist who lives with his wife and young daughter in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is a college professor. He has several grown children. Over the years he has collected stories for more than 100 books including Things That Go Bump in the Night, Spaceships and Spells, Dragons and Dreams, and Werewolves, all for HarperCollins

Biography

Bestselling paranormal fantasy author Kim Harrison went all the way through school with nary a thought of becoming a writer. A biology major in college, she took only the required English courses needed to graduate. So when the writing bug hit her later in life, she found herself at a real disadvantage with grammar, spelling, and other basic weapons in the scribbler's arsenal. However, her love of books was her saving grace. Always a voracious reader, Harrison instinctively recognized the role of plot, pacing, and character development in good storytelling. She set about writing with great enthusiasm and plugged away for the better part of decade, until she was able to bring her skills up to par.

Harrison's debut novel grew out of frustration with a growing pile of rejection notices. In an attempt to get publishers' attention, she set out to craft something deliberately weird and edgy. She conceived a motley cast of vampires, werewolves, pixies, and witches, including a sexy bounty hunter named Rachel Morgan, and threw them together in a short story. Then, her agent introduced her to editor Diana Gill, and together they refined and expanded Harrison's idea into a full length novel.

Published in 2004, Dead Witch Walking became a bestseller, launched a blockbuster series, and catapulted Harrison into a pantheon of paranormal superstars that includes Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. As if to validate her inclusion in these ranks, Harrison's stories have also been included in several bestselling paranormal collections.

Good To Know

  • Harrison claims that her muse exists in music. In our exclusive interview, she explained, "Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it's a soft manipulator of influence and change. I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. And I'll admit that if I can, I'll steal that nugget of truth, study it, facet it, polish it, and place it in my writing."

  • On her MySpace page, Kim lists the following as her heroes: "My parents. Anyone who pursues their dreams when no one believes they can reach them. Single moms and dads."

  • Rachel Morgan and her otherworldly cohorts exist in and around an alternate version of Cincinnati, Ohio -- a "little big city" Harrison was familiar with from her Midwestern youth. She always tries to incorporate "Cincy" sights into her series novels, so readers are likely to find allusions to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other local neighborhoods and landmarks.

  • As a tribute to one of her favorite actor/directors, Harrison has given some of her Rachel Morgan novels titles that play on well-known Clint Eastwood films: For a Few Demons More, Every Which Way but Dead, The Outlaw Demon Wails, etc.

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    Hotter Than Hell

    Music Hath Charms

    Tanya Huff

    As Glen maneuvered his car over the rutted field the sign insisted was the parking lot, Ali frowned out the tinted window at a line of teenagers dressed in white and leading enormous brown cows and wondered if her partner had lost his mind. Bands that played the county fair circuit might be a step above garage bands, but it was usually a small step. Bedford Entertainment needed to sign a group that could pull in some numbers, and she didn't think they'd find that here.

    "What's up with the kids and the cows?" she wondered as they bounced to a stop next to an impressively rusted pickup.

    Glancing past her as he shifted into park, Glen shrugged. "Different leash laws in the country, I guess. Come on, they're on in twenty minutes."

    He'd brought her here to see a band named NoMan. Five-man, country-rock, fronted by two brothers, Brandon and Travis Noman. One sang lead, one played...well, in country-rock she supposed it was a fiddle, wasn't it? She wasn't sure about the name but names were easy enough to change. They were backed by guitar, bass, and drums but she had no information on the musicians.

    When asked, Glen laughed. "Backup doesn't matter, Ali, it's the brothers you're here to see. You could back those two with?.?.?.??with boy-band leftovers and they'd still kick ass."

    "A ringing endorsement."

    He laughed again. "You'll see."

    The stage had been set up at one end of the midway. It had a back and a roof of sorts and the ubiquitous three guys in black t-shirts screwing around with the sound system, but there was no disguising it was actually a hay wagon or that haybales had been arranged in rows for the audience. This explained Glen's instruction to wear jeans.

    "How rustic," she murmured as they settled on a bale at the end of the fourth row.

    "Trust me."

    She closed her hand around his arm. "Please tell me you didn't sleep with them and you've dragged me out to the middle of nowhere to hear a thanks-for-the-fuck audition."

    He laid his hand over hers, large and warm and calming. "I didn't and it isn't. Although I would have. Couldn't get close."

    Leaning around him, Ali realized the bales were filling fast with an interesting cross section of humanity. She hadn't known baseball caps came in such a wide variety of colors. A closer look at the packed first three rows...the rows between her and the stage...and she realized no one sitting there could be considered either old or young and they all exuded a certain visceral anticipation as they waited for the show to start.

    Evidently, NoMan had groupies. A decent enough showing for a Saturday afternoon gig at a county fair but not the kind of numbers that would have kept Glen away from the prize. Nor, more importantly, the kind of numbers that would make them the saviors Bedford Entertainment needed.

    On the other hand, if they were as good as Glen said they were, she could build their numbers to the point where they'd become what she needed. And if they weren't?.?.?.??at least she'd got out of the city for the afternoon. There had to be some truth in what everyone said about fresh air.

    "If you'd got to them, would they?" she wondered, determined to distract herself.

    Mouth by her ear, he murmured, "I pegged them as enthusiastically nondiscriminating."

    Well, she was all for enthusiasm. Settling her weight against Glen's shoulder, she found a certain amusement in noting the envious looks being sent her way. Six foot meant a lot of leg in tight jeans, the heavy white shirt emphasized the breadth of his shoulders, and the rolled-up sleeves exposed muscular forearms. It might have been gym muscle, not work muscle, but he didn't look out of place amid the surrounding country boys. The light dusting of freckles across his nose just added to the wholesome appeal.

    "What are you smiling about?"

    "The bottle redhead in the front row keeps turning to give you the eye."

    He drew his tongue over a full lower lip, watched her squirm and said, "Her boyfriend's not bad."

    "And that's why I was smiling."

    "Bitch."

    "And that's why you love me." Ali had a feeling she was attracting some attention herself, felt that prickling between her shoulder blades that said someone was staring. The feeling grew and, although she'd had every intention of ignoring it, she finally turned. No mistaking the familiar figure standing just behind the last row of hay bales.

    He winked. He pushed back the curl of thick, dark hair that fell over his forehead and he unmistakably winked one brilliant blue eye when he caught her staring.

    Bastard.

    She tightened her grip on Glen's arm. "Tom Hartmore's here."

    Muscle tensed but Glen didn't turn. "If Tom's here then Mike's interested."

    "You think?" she snapped. There was nothing Michael Richter's Vital Music Group liked better than finding a band just on the verge of breaking out and thrusting them out onto the world stage. Vital made stars out of guts and raw talent...Ali had to give them that...and they were so good at it most of the musicians took years to realize they'd signed an iron-clad contract giving away rights to everything up to and including posthumous work. Michael Richter didn't believe in death cutting into his bottom line.

    "Tom could be doing some preliminary scouting. Working on rumor. If he had actual word on the band?.?.?."

    "Then Mike would be here himself, he wouldn't send Tom." The knot loosened in Ali's stomach. They were still one step ahead.

    Hotter Than Hell. Copyright © by Kim Harrison. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    • Posted March 16, 2012

      I Also Recommend:

      Great Book. very hot. enjoyed it immensely.

      Great Book. very hot. enjoyed it immensely.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2008

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      HOTTER THAN...

      Even if you don't normally like anthologies, there is such a variety of authors and styles in Hotter than Hell that you're sure to find more than a few that you'll like. And since the stories here are truly short stories, instead of the usual four novellas, there are a dozen little tidbits from some of the hottest paranormal romance(PNR) and urban fantasy (UF) authors. Weighing in at 30 to 50 pages each, most of the authors manage to squeeze a fair amount story into these sexy shorts even though the setup is fast and consummation follows quickly to leave room for the resolution.<BR/>My favorites of the bunch were Liu's, Arthur's and McCray's. Liu's two lonely souls coming together had such a sweetness to it, and I am a fan of Arthur's shifters; this one reminded me of her Imajinn releases which you should check out if you like this one. But the real surprise for me was McCray's tale, I liked the story and liked that she avoided the cruder language she employs in her Magic series. The strangest entry was Saintcrow's, which seemed like it was randomly carved out of a larger story. And Harrison's was the one I liked the least, I read these out of order and the twist to the story left a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste coming on the heels of one of the sweeter romances in the book. Great read. Check it out.

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    • Posted October 20, 2008

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      Hotter Than Hell.....

      Tanya Huff "Music Hath Charms" A bit confusing and not interesting in the least. <BR/><BR/>Marjorie Liu "Minotaur in Stone" Slow start and rocky middle. The story is a bit romancey for me. The usage of Greek mythology is the redeeming factor that made this story interesting. The sex was ok, just a bit weird, being that she was having sex with a creature that has the head of a bull and the body of a man. <BR/><BR/>Cheyenne McCray "Demon Lover" Exquisite story! Extremely sexy. Cheyenne really knows how to get you to connect with the characters. The story is about an incubus who falls in love. I'll stop there so I won't give anything away. The sex was hot and sensual. The scenes have a lot of sexual tension in them. This is the first time I've read anything thing from this author. Her story was so compelling that I will definitely check out her others books. <BR/><BR/>L.A. Banks "Equinox" Just about as perfect a story as you are going to get. The story has a lot of subtle humor that I loved. I also loved the contrast between old times and modern times. I love how different cultures were used. Definitely something different from the norm. <BR/><BR/>Susan Krinard "Ride A Dark Horse" Not really sure what to say about this one. It was mediocre at best. <BR/><BR/>Keri Arthur "To Die For" Extremely intriguing and sexy. Keri sure knows how to tell a story. This story was about two paranormal agents. One a werewolf, the other a were shifter. The assignment they are given thrust them into more than danger. This story had it all; mystery, action, sexual tension and great sex. I have not read any of Keri's books but I definitely plan to pick one up in the near future. <BR/><BR/>Heidi Betts "Curse of the Dragon Tears" This story was predictable but was still extremely interesting. Laura is on a quest that brings her to Scotland, land of her foremothers. She is on a quest to find the man her great-grandmother cursed 100 years ago. This was a great little story and will not disappoint. <BR/><BR/>Lilith Saintcrow "Brother's Keeper" This is the first story that I have liked from Lilith since Dante Valentine series. Lilith always has great plots, for some reason her Jill Kismet drags out every moment and emotion. In this story Lilith delivers! I have always wanted Lilith to delve more into the sex-witches from the Dante Valentine series and couldn't be more thrilled with this terrific story. Hopefully we will hear more from Selene & Nokolai in the near future. <BR/><BR/>Susan Sizemore & Denise Little "Like A Virgin of the Spring" Just couldn't hold my interest. <BR/><BR/>Carrie Vaughn "Life is the Teacher" Entrancing story. Disappointingly short, I wanted a lot more. Emma's a new vampire that experiences her first real feed. <BR/><BR/>Linda Winstead Jones "Moonlight Becomes You" Charming little story. Claire suspects her next door neighbor of being a vampire. Little does she know he has his own secret suspicions for her as well. <BR/><BR/>Kim Harrison "Dirty Magic" Mia the banshee returns. A couple things have changed for Mia since we last heard about her in Dates From Hell. Mia is now a mother of a beautiful daughter, has a husband and a lover or so we think. This short story is full of twist. I didn't even see the end coming. Needless to say, I would love to see more of Mia in the near future. <BR/><BR/>The good stories in this book more than make up for the dull ones.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 26, 2009

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      HOT is a understatment!

      I could not believe how HOT this book was! It is a must read!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 19, 2009

      very,very good read

      a mix of mysticism,spirituality,fantasy and the occult.charactors are vibrant,emotional and the stories are fast paced,overall a perfect mix

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 7, 2009

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      A strong collection with a lot of variety

      I chose this book because I had enjoyed two of Kim Harrison's other short story compilations, Dates From Hell and Holidays Are Hell. Though not as strong as those two books, this one still had a lot to offer. The styles and theme of the stories varied widely, from pure paranomral romance to mystery to environmentalist propaganda (L.A. Bank's Equinox, which I enjoyed despite the heavy-handed message.) Despite what could have been a restrictive theme--each story features at least one steamy sexual encounter where one or both partners is a supernatural being--there is a lot of originality in this collection. The standouts were Tanya Huff's highly entertaining Music Hath Charms, Marjorie M. Liu's haunting Minotaur in Stone, Susan Krinard's Ride A Dark Horse, and especially Harrison's own chilling contribution, Dirty Magic, featuring Mia the banshee from the Hallows world. (Buy this book for the end of that one alone!) The only objection I had to this book was that some of the authors seemed restricted by the shorter format: these are short stories, not novellas, but while some managed to get a full plot in with a few chapters (Krinard and Keri Arthur, especially), others floundered. One of my favorite authors, Lilith Saintcrow, struggled; her story seems like the what it is, the first few chapters of future work, rather than a complete story in itself. Susan Sizemore and Denise Little seemed to have a similar problem, cramming way too much world-building and plot into a short story already overloaded with character development and extraneous sex. Still, if you like urban fantasy or paranormal romance, this is at the very least a great way to find new authors whose worlds you want to explore.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 10, 2013

      Good Reads

      Harrison's book was the best, the others were a pleasant surprise.

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    • Posted November 27, 2012

      Watch what you ask for!

      Fifty Shades of Gray with Demons, Vamps, Werewolves and such.

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    • Posted June 30, 2010

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      Great Collection!

      I thoroughly enjoyed most of the stories included in this book (my favorite being the Stone Minotar). If you like paranormal short stories then you will like this book!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 19, 2008

      I Also Recommend:

      It's gettin' hot in here!

      Dark, dangerous and totally hot--no pun intended! This latest offering is some of the best I've read. There's all sort of paranormal stuff going on here and it's totally delivious, not the least bit devious. Well, maybe a little. Nice. Very, very nice.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 9, 2008

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      Hotter Than Hell lived up to its title verey well. All of the short stories were really good and I have to say that my most favorite was Miss Kim her self. She did a really good job at editing and at writing her short story as well. The other authers such as keri arthur, heidi betts, and Lilith Saintcrow were also excellant.

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