Must Love Hellhounds

Must Love Hellhounds

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by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook
     
 

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Four big names in paranormal-four adventures starring man's worst friend...

In these four original novellas, readers follow paranormal bodyguards into Lucifer's realm, where they'll encounter his fearsome four-legged pets; seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers, one who intends to eradicate the entire species of…  See more details below

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Four big names in paranormal-four adventures starring man's worst friend...

In these four original novellas, readers follow paranormal bodyguards into Lucifer's realm, where they'll encounter his fearsome four-legged pets; seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers, one who intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers; find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world; and embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind-and damn sexy-companion and a hellhound.

Editorial Reviews

Canines get a bad name in this quartet of original novellas about hell-raising hellhounds by four first-rate dark fantasy authors. This fearsome menagerie includes a three-headed dog, Lucifer's fierce four-legged protectors, and a seeing-eye hellhound. A trade paperback original with a bite.
Publishers Weekly
Four well-known fantasy writers bring magical dogs into the plots of otherwise standard paranormal novellas. Harris's urban fantasy, “The Britlingens Go to Hell,” pits bodyguards Batanya and Clovache against demons, wolfwomen and two hellhounds guarding some unusual prisoners. In Singh's paranormal romance, “Angels' Judgment,” vampire trackers Sara and Deacon must discover who is murdering vampires; one suspect owns a hellhound. In Andrews's sexy “Magic Mourns,” Andrea, a knight who helps people with magic problems, links with a shape-shifter to find a stolen corpse, but first they must get by a three-headed dog. In Brook's page-turning romance “Blind Spot,” Maggie Wren, CIA operative turned vampire's personal assistant, teams up with a hellhound to find her boss's kidnapped niece. Only the most obsessive dog fanciers will be really enthralled by the passing mentions of canines. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101140079
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
51,880
File size:
393 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination.  Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.



The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series -- set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.



Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.



In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.



Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. © 2004 Charlaine Harris



Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.





Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.



Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Andrew is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Andrew was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Andrew is still sore about that.) Together, Andrew and Ilona are the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban fantasy series and the romantic urban fantasy novels of The Edge. They currently reside in Portland, Oregon with their two children and numerous pets.
Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting, banking, and a (very) brief teaching career before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing--and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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Must Love Hellhounds 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
Nalini Singh "Angel's Judgment" This novella is from Nalini's Guild Hunter series. It follows Sara, the director of the guild before she became director and was a hunter. Sara and the Slayer, Deacon (slayers are Guild's internal police for rogue hunters) hunt down a suspected rogue hunter who has been performing unsanctioned vampire executions. This story was fantastic! It pretty much had it all; action, suspense, delectable sexual tension, mystery and the storyline was superb! This novella was exhilarating, impressively done and complete. It got me all hyped up to read the next Guild Hunter's novel, Archangel's Kiss due out 2/10/2010. This novella turned out to be my favorite story out of this anthology. 5+/5 Ilona Andrews "Magic Mourns" This novella is from the Kate Daniel's series. It focus's on Andrea, Kate's best friend. The story seems to pick up shortly after where Magic Strike's leaves off. I've been waiting on this novella for a long time, after getting just a tease of Andrea and Raphael's budding relationship. They are both hot-headed and at times volatile. Andrea and Raphael hunt down a necromancer who has stolen the dead body of Aunt B's mate (Aunt B is Raphael's mother and also the werehyena alpha), and finally hash out their issues. Unfortunately it's not at an opportune time, since they're being chased by a hellhound. It's so refreshing to see the male and female share the alpha/beta role, as oppose to the usual were story where the female only has value because of her mate's stature. This story was exciting, complete and well done. I also look forward to reading the next book in the Kate Daniels series Magic Bleeds due out 6/2010. 5/5 Meljean Brook "Blind Spot" I haven't read Meljean's Guardian series and have been on the fence about it for some time. This novella was easy to follow even though I am not familiar with the series. Maggie, a personal body guard and a hellhound named Sir Pup, help Geoff, Maggie's employer's nephew in rescuing Geoff's sister, Katherine who has been kidnapped. After enjoying this novella tremendously, I will definitely be picking up her Guardians series. This story was interesting, exciting and smoothly done. 5/5 Charlaine Harris "Britlingens Go to Hell" I've read several short stories by Charlaine and never really enjoy her novellas, however, I did find this novella the most enjoyable of the short stories I've read in the past from her. Two body guards are hired to guard a thief through his trip through hell, to steal back one of Lucifer's valuable treasures. This story felt a bit choppy. The storyline had great potential but fell a bit short of feeling complete. 3/5 This anthology was a success in my opinion. All stories kept to the hellhound theme and had a fun, humorous feel to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first 3 chapters in the first story and found it weird and cunfusing i personally would not get this book:(:(
CyanDragon More than 1 year ago
Each story held true to the books title and it was great that each author had their own original hound within their story. I have to say that Deacon and Sarah's story was my favorite of them all. It was the most complete and satisfying in what I look for in even a short story. My favorite hellhound (no contest) is Sir Pup. What a hound! Best I've ever encountered in all I've read that held a hound of hell within. He was so versatile, humorous and laid back for a hound of hell. I've read only from Charlaine Harris before (whom I am a fan of). But this helped me discover 3 new authors. One in which I'm extremely curious of the rest of her works (Nalini Singh).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please tell me why the ebook price is 12.99 when it's a paperback that starts out @ 7.99. I thought we were supposed to save money on books if we boughta nook not get overcharged!
cnctreasures More than 1 year ago
I really like this group of short stories. If you like Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse books you should like the rest of the stories
bluedog More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I was disappointed in these stories. I was looking for more interaction with the hounds and not so much on the heavy romance. I'm really tired reading about the women drooling over abs, tight rears, etc. I know I'm in the minority, but I'll be looking for stories with more gal action and not in the bedroom.
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As usual with these anthologies, I usually buy the book because of one author. In this case, it was MeljeanBrook. It was fun to see Maggie and Geoff together, and I enjoy anytime I get to read about Sir Pup. What a great secondary character.
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