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Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance ...

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Love, Supernatural Style

Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before….


New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb—with a new Lieutenant Eve Dallas story

New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton—with a new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter tale


USA Today Bestselling Authors, Susan Krinard and Maggie Shayne

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although this anthology features some of the most popular names in futuristic and paranormal romance, it reads more like a catalogue than a cohesive book. Robb's "Interlude in Death," featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas, kicks off the collection and is the strongest of the four entries. The story's suspense is as well drawn as the romance, and readers won't have to be familiar with Robb's In Death series (Betrayal in Death, etc.) to enjoy this futuristic thriller. In contrast, "Kinsman," Krinard's (Touch of the Wolf) tale of two telepaths who try to prevent an interspecies war, falls victim to its own exposition and draws to a conclusion that is steamy but familiar. The remaining two stories are more traditionally paranormal. Shayne's "Immortality" features Puabi, a Dark Witch of Sumer who is reincarnated to right an ancient wrong, and Hamilton's "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin" finds Vampire Hunter Anita Blake in an S/M club with her two lovers, a Master Vampire and a werewolf king. As one might imagine of such a setting, the sensuality is dark and intense, but this will be no surprise to fans of Hamilton's Vampire Hunter novels (Obsidian Butterfly, etc.). Each of the works in this anthology is solid and should please current fans, but as a whole, the stories are only loosely connected and would have benefited from a stronger theme to tie them together. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515131093
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 631,051
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

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.
Susan Krinard graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts with a BFA, and worked as an artist and freelance illustrator before turning to writing. An admirer of both romance and fantasy, she enjoys combining these elements in her books.
Maggie Shayne is a national bestselling author who has appeared on the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists. When she's not writing, she spends her time exploring the mysteries of the cosmos, reading Tarot, collecting crystals, and studying the customs and rituals of long-forgotten civilizations. She lives in upstate New York.


Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Read an Excerpt

From Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb

“What’s this about, Commander?”

“Belle was right. I admire your work. I was intrigued to find us on the same program. You don’t generally accept speaking engagements.”

“No. I like the streets.”

“So did I. It’s like a virus in the blood.” He leaned back, nursed his drink. The faint tremor in his hand surprised her. But working the streets doesn’t mean being on them, necessarily. Someone has to command—from a desk, an office, a war room. A good cop, a smart cop, moves up the ranks. As you have, Lieutenant.”

“A good cop, a smart cop, closes cases and locks up the bad guys.”

He gave one short laugh. “You think that’s enough for captain’s bars, for a command star? No, the word ‘naive’ never came up in any of the reports I’ve read on you.”

“Why should you read reports on me?”

“I may be retired from active duty, but I’m still a consultant. I still have my finger in the pie.” He leaned forward again. “You’ve managed to work and close some very high-profile cases in the murder book, Lieutenant. While I don’t always approve of your methods, the results are unarguable. It’s rare for me to judge a female officer worthy of command.”

“Excuse me. Back up. Female?”

He lifted his hand in a gesture that told her he’d had this discussion before and was vaguely weary of it. “I believe men and women have different primary functions. Man is the warrior, the provider, the defender. Woman is the procreator, the nurturer. There are numerous scientific theories that agree, and certainly social and religious weight to add.”

“Is that so?” Eve said softly.

“Frankly, I’ve never approved of women on the force, or in certain areas of the civilian workplace. They’re often a distraction and rarely fully committed to the job. Marriage and family soon—as they should for women—take priority.”

“Commander Skinner, under the circumstances, the most courteous thing I can think of to say is you’re full of shit.”

He laughed, loud and long. “You live up to your reputation, Lieutenant. Your data also indicate that you’re smart and that your badge isn’t something you just pick up off the dresser every morning. It’s what you are. Or were, in any case. We have that in common. For fifty years I made a difference, and my house was clean. I did what had to be done, then I did what came next. I was full commander at the age of forty-four. Would you like to be able to say the same?”

She knew when she was being played, and kept her face and tone neutral. “I haven’t thought about it.”

“If that’s true, you disappoint me. If that’s true, start thinking. Do you know, Lieutenant, how much closer you would be right now to a captaincy if you hadn’t made some ill-advised personal decisions?”

“Really?” Something began to burn inside her gut. And how would you know the promotion potential of a homicide cop in New York?”

“I’ve made it my business to know.” His free hand balled into a fist, tapped lightly, rhythmically on the tabletop. “I have one regret, one piece of unfinished business from my active duty. One target I could never keep in my sights long enough to bring down. Between us, we could. I’ll get you those captain bars, Lieutenant. You get me Roarke.”

—Reprinted from “Interlude in Death” by J.D. Robb, featured in the Out of This World anthology by permission of Berkley, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright © 2001, Nora Roberts. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    This anthology does NOT contain 4 full length short stories.

    I just wanted to post a cautionary statement to potential buyers of this book. The short story by Laurell K. Hamilton is ONLY an excerpt of her full length novel, Narcissus in Chains, to be published in October. This anthology contains the first 100 pages of the full length novel. None of the advertisement of this anthology stated this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    When is the next series coming out

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers ... I brought the books 'Out of this World' and 'Silent night.' just for her JD Robb novels and the brilliant writing of Eve Dallas and Roarke ... I can't wait until the next adventure comes out ... I try to read the books but somehow can't wait until the next audio gets out to hear Susan Ericksen voice come across my music system ... keep them coming. I also have the 'Remember When' and was quite satisfied with the combination of the two stories. Waiting for 'Vision in Death.' I prefer the unabridged versions though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    What rp is this.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Wavrn to lasan

    Im bored

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012


    Wanders around befor deciding to buy a book entitled 'Extraordanairy Adventures of Alfred Kropp'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012


    Buys pancake mix, eggs, milk and water and brings it to hers and Arrianas house

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Scarlet Angel- The market

    A large, overcrowded area with everything imaginable. This is where everyone comes to buy food, clothing, and many other items. Its easy to get lost in such a large crowd...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Out of This World review

    As a big Laurell Hamilton fan I had to add this one to my collection. I thought the other authors did well but I didn't love them enough to go out and buy their books.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    4 stories by wonderful authors

    Interlude in Death - good who-done-it in space with cops as prime suspects.
    Kinsman - spaceship disappearance which has a good deal of romance/humor.
    Immortality - story of betrayal and healing with witches set around the sea.
    Magic Like Heat Across My Skin - more adventures with Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003


    This is 4 pieces of fiction by the top names in paranormal romance fiction! The J.D. Robb is a fun Eve Dallas short novella, Susan Krinard gets a new take on her werewolves, the Maggie Shayne offering is part 4 to her Witches trilogy Eternity, Infinity and Destiny, and the Laurel Hamillton is just plain Anita Blake brand of fun! This is not a themed collection so much as a treat for fans of all 4 authors- and a chance to get to know these series in short form. One of the best! I have read this several times and wish it was available in a hardcover ( not large print) to go on my keeper shelf - my paperback is worn out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    An interesting beginning

    I bought this book mainly for the Maggie Shayne entry. It was good enough for a short story but I would recomend reading her 'Destiny' before picking up 'Immortality' or new readers will be lost in the rules of her world. As for the other authors, I have become hooked to J.D. Robb's 'in Death' series since they are extreamly well writen and not at all predictable. 'Kinsmen' was weak but enjoyable, and 'Magic like heat across my skin' was intense and surprising, since it was my first encounter with Anita. I enjoyed it, but was dissapointed when there wasn't a real ending, which is apparently due to the fact that it is an excerpt, NOT a short story. All in all it was a good anthology, but unless you are prepared for new authors, whith themes that are VERY loosely connected, I would recomend starting out on these author's full length novels first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Almost a Complete Disappointment

    I was extremely disappointed by what I thought would a very good collection of stories. The first, by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) was written in the style of a bad romance novel. Instead of being a bad romance novel it's a bad mystery story. I have tried in the past to read a romance novel by Nora Roberts and I could not finish it. That was the case with this story as well. I got about half way through before I finally just gave up out of complete disinterest. The second story, while not terrible, was not all that interesting either. I got less than half way through that before also giving up. I have never read anything else by this author, but from this story I would say her style is mediocre at best. The third story was actually the only one that I enjoyed at all, hence the two stars instead of one. It had a little bit of a twist in that I didn't expect the heroine to start out as an evil witch, literally. The fourth story by Laurell K. Hamilton was the biggest disappointment of all. I love her writing and have read all of her books, including the one that this supposed 'story' is an excerpt from. Actually, I just read Narcissus in Chains (the book from which this is the first few chapters) a month ago. I was really looking forward to reading the Laurell K. Hamilton story, but a few paragraphs in I realized I had already read the material. This is false advertising if I ever saw it. Maybe if I had read the reviews more carefully on this book I would have realized it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting otherworldy anthology

    From paranormal to supernatural to futuristic romance, this anthology has something for everyone who likes their romances to step outside the normal romance guidelines. All four tales are so good, readers will think they were written by authors that are OUT OF THIS WORLD. <P>¿Interlude in Death¿ by J.D. Robb. New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas goes off planet to give a talk at the interplanetary law enforcement and security conference. Once there an enemy of her husband offers her captain bars if she helps take Roarke down. Soon killings directed at Roarke follow leaving Eve to fight for her life and that of Roarke¿s. <P>¿Kinsman¿ by Sue Krinard. Two telepaths try to stop a war from breaking out between the human colonists and the Shaavrin race. The Shaavrin refuse to allow humans in their space sector unless a kinsman is aboard. Kori and Jonas must stop a plot to destroy the existing order while finding time to deepen their relationship. <P>¿Immortality¿ by Maggie Shayne. A beautiful witch turns to the dark side when her child dies. The witch lives for four thousand years, but then almost dies. Matthew, who is mourning his wife and unborn child rescues her. Together they find the love and acceptance they never found with their deceased spouses. <P> ¿Magic like Heat Across my Skin¿ by Laurell K Hamilton. Anita breaks her self-imposed silence to ask for help from her vampire lover Jean Claude in getting back one of her were-jaguars. To do so he insists that they must merge auras. She reluctantly agrees with the results being something never before seen in this world. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    A collection of four explosive stories...

    This anthology was much more than I had hoped for. Laurell K. Hamilton and J.D. Robb are my two favorite authors, but I've never read books by Krinard or Shayne before. I was almost surprised that I enjoyed all four stories. J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, contributed 'Interlude in Death.' This mystery/romance story follows her bestselling In Death series, as NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, chases an esteemed *rogue ex-cop* at an intergalatic conference. The cop harbors a personal vendetta against Roarke because of his mysterious past. As always, Eve and Roarke catch the villain, and manages to find time to chill out together. All in all, the story stands well alone, and will prove satisfying whether you're a long-time Robb fan or a new reader to the series. Susan Krinard's story 'Kinsman' is a futuristic/romantic thriller. When her brother's ship disappears during a secret space mission, a young princess of a small planet asks a 'Kinsman,' (a member of a special human *race* that possess certain telepathic powers) for aid. Along their journey to find the missing prince and his crew, the two discover a conspiracy brewing among the Kinsman's own people. They also discover that they're falling in love. I find this the weakest of the four stories, mostly because there were a lot of names and species that I didn't really understand. Also, *alien* type of stories are just not my thing. Perhaps I'll try her next wolf novel, SECRET OF THE WOLF, of which there was a short excerpt in the anthology. Maggie Shayne's 'Immortality' continues her Witch series. Puabi is an Immortal High Dark Witch who finds, after 4,000 years of existence, that she doesn't want to continue her old, evil ways. After being rescued by an unsuspecting human man and getting stranded on his island, Puabi rediscovers the zest to her life, as she and Matthew grow ever closer. However, Puabi's powers are slowly but surely diminishing. And there is unknown danger on the island. Tied into all this is the memory of Gabriella, Matthew's dead wife, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Puabi, although the two women are polar opposites. The ending is very poignant, with a wonderful plot twist. I had no difficulty following the plot, although I am new to Shayne's Witch books. I really loved this story, and I'll definitely pick up her other books now. A short excerpt of Shayne's upcoming romantic suspense novel, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, is included in the anthology. 'Magic Like Heat Across My Skin' is a sizzling, six-chapter preview of Laurell K. Hamilton's long-awaited NARCISSUS IN CHAINS, the 10th book in her bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. After six months of celibacy, our heroine comes back to St. Louis and finds out that her wereleopards have been kidnapped by a rival group of shapeshifters. To get them back, she seeks her old lover, the sexy vampire Jean-Claude, for help. Jean-Claude agrees, but only if Anita will take the *fourth-mark* so that she has a chance to fight and live. At the S&M club Narcissus in Chains, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard (Anita's werewolf lover) *marry the marks,* merging their energies and completing their triumvirate of power. Anita may be a vampire hunter, necromancer, lupa of Richard's pack, and Nimir-Ra of the wereleopards, but she is human nevertheless. The line between humans and monsters is all-too-thin sometimes, and by consumating the marks, Anita may have become irrevocably changed now. Also, the story tends to lean toward the 'erotic' side of romance, which will no doubt create mixed feelings among Hamilton's loyal fans. New readers will most likely find this story difficult to follow, but very, very sensual. I found Laurell's writing style a bit 'off,' but I still can't wait for NARCISSUS IN CHAINS in October!

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