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The bonds of love...

The bonds of matrimony...

The bonds between husband and wife...

Let's face it-some bonds are made to be broken.

Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle.

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Overview

The bonds of love...

The bonds of matrimony...

The bonds between husband and wife...

Let's face it-some bonds are made to be broken.

Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515147285
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 498,368
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (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.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    This is a super thematic romantic fairy tales collection

    "Can He Bake a Cherry Pie?" by Laurell K. Hamilton. Elinore rejects her father's arranged marriage to the perverted earl; instead she decides to rescue Prince True from the witch in the cave who proved women are stronger than men.-------

    "The Shadow of Mist" by Yasmine Galenorn. Siobhan Morgan the wereseal selkie rejects the arranged marriage with the man who raped her; Terrance has searched for her for over a century demanding she complete the contract. Siobhan ponders her next move.-------

    "The Tangleroot Palace" by Marjorie M. Liu. The king orders his daughter Princess Salinda to wed the warlord, but instead Sally flees to a magical forest where a queen demands she complete a quest or else.----------

    "The Wrong Bridegroom" by Sharon Shinn. At Kallenore Castle, King Reginald offers his daughter Princess Olivier in marriage to the first man who completes three tests successfully.---------

    This super thematic romantic fairy tales collection is owned by the independent women who reject men ordering them to marry mates not of their choice; bravely they insist on much more from a mate.-----------

    Harriet Klausner

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Not worth paying for

    I only purchase books from authors I know and like, because I reread them. I bought this book b/c Laurell Hamilton was one of the authors and I own all of her books. I read all the stories and promptly returned the book. I had no desire to ever reread them.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Great book

    This is great group of stories, I really love these books. Not only do I get an extra book from my favorite authors. These are a great way to find new favorite authors!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Agreed With "Not Worth Paying For" Review

    I bought the book because I thought it would be a good way to read something from Laurell Hamilton, who people seem to rave about. I was very disappointed. Can't say I would go purchase anything else written by her. Enjoyed the Yasmine Galenorn installment as it has her 'Sisters of the Moon' characters in it. Marjorie Liu made a unique contribution. This was first thing of Sharon Shinn's I have seen. Nice plot line.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended - not your plain boring old fairy tales!

    I really enjoyed this book. Fresh new twist on the old fairy tales. I will always buy anything from Laurell K. Hamilton as well as Marjorie M. Liu and Yasmine Galenorn. I love their writing and my daughter has been enjoying their books as well. This was the first time I have read anything from Sharon Shinn, but will have to check out her other works. Thank you ladies for all of the memorable hours we spend in your worlds. You all have great talent. I recommend your books to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    My Favorite Fairy Tale

    This collection was okay in general, but the first story (Laurell Hamilton) is one that I look forward to telling to my children, especially my daughters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

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    A fun book to fill in on favorite series

    The anthologies are fun and give those little connections to favorite characters in the series written by each author. The book is fun to read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    I am a huge Laurell Hamilton fan so I had to pick this one up. I thought the other authors did well but not enough for me to run out and purchase any of their work.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Happily Ever After

    I loved the title, cover and theme of this book. This is a great set of short stories about Princesses facing a fate worse than death but are triumphant in the end. The first story was my favorite! Who said you needed a prince in your life to be happy? I hope you enjoy reading these stories... I sure did!

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Happily Never After for sure

    Definitely a different take on the whole "happily ever after" theme. Took a few minutes to get into it but then I caught on. Not necessarily my favorite from all the others but worth reading

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