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ISBN-13: 9780515139709
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 536,240
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series; the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series; and the Midnight, Texas series.

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including the Undead novels featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor. With her husband, Anthony Alongi, she also writes a series featuring a teen weredragon named Jennifer Scales. MaryJanice lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children and is currently working on her next book.

Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse novels and former newspaper journalist.

Vickie Taylor is the national bestselling author of Carved in StoneFlesh and Stone, and Legacy of Stone.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

Table of Contents

Feel the Touch of Darkness. . .

Follow a vampire who can be as deadly as her prey.  Meet a down home
southern girl who's found out, much to her chagrin, that vampires are her
type. Feel the euphoria of fear in the shadow of a reluctant Queen of the
Undead.  Step closer to the hot-blooded edge of passion as a strange new
mythology of the night is unveiled.

The bite is back in vampire fiction as today's most provocative authors of
vampire fiction cast their irresistible spells on you . . .

The brightest and hottest authors --including New York Times best-selling
authors Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris--tell all-new tales
featuring their best known and loved characters.

* From Laurell K. Hamilton, a never-before-published Anita Blake story
in which Anita, temporarily separated from her vampire lover Jean-Claude,
must go to him for help on a case.  Where she finds herself once more
falling under his erotic spell. . .

* A brand-new, Southern Vampire story by Charlaine Harris features
Sookie Stackhouse and the vampires who have come to define her romantic
life, and have ended her hope of a normal one. . .

* Newly crowned Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor reluctantly assumes her
royal duties in MaryJanice Davidson's brand-new novella.

* Introduced in the anthology Hot Blooded and the romance Master of
the Night, Angela Knight has created a fascinating universe melding
Arthurian lore with erotic vampirism . . .

* Finally, in the romantic novella "Blood Lust", popular romance
author Vickie Taylor brings her own unique spin on vampires . . .

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Bite 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third story, "Biting in Plain Sight" by MaryJanice Davidson was really good and worked pretty well as a standalone story. I don't know if this author has written anything else on this theme, but if so this would inspire me to read it. Her main character is a vampire vet - all the people who live in her village know she's a vampire but it's not talked about. When she hears of trouble she finds one of the fellow villagers wants to help her and this is the start of an investigation into a rogue vampire who is causing young mortals to commit suicide. Sophie and her new assistant Liam, the friendly but slightly dim-seeming farmer, ride to the rescue and find each other in the process. It was a well-written book and I enjoyed it very much. With Hamilton, it was like going back to the time when the Anita Blake novels were still riveting. This story took place before the ardeur and metaphysical contacts began to monopolize the plot and before Micah and other expendable characters came along. The story, albeit short, was a real treat. And Harris's Sookie Stackhouse story is my favorite one in the book. It tells the reader in various levels that Bill is now just a trusted and reliable friend of Sookie's. There is still some tension there though. After all, he still cares for Sookie and tries to protect her at all cost. MaryJanice Davidson's novella is told in third person and it centers on two new characters, but it was fun to read about Betsy Taylor and friends from other characters' points of view. I am not a big follower of Angela Knight, and Vickie Taylor is unknown to me, but their stories were entertaining. The last three stories center more on romance than anything else. As a whole, Bite is an excellent anthology.   
harstan More than 1 year ago
¿The Girl who was Infatuated with Death¿ by Laurell K. Hamilton. Ms. Rhonda Mackenzie wants vampire executioner Anita Blake to find the vampire that has bitten her daughter two times and kill. If she is bitten three times she will become a vampire which is what she wants because she will lose one leg, perhaps two if she doedn¿t changes over. Anita asks the master of the city, Jean-Claude if he will help her find the vampire. After not seeing him for a long time because she was learning to control her powers, Anita realizes her feelings for him have not changed.......................... ¿One Word Answer¿ by Charlaine Harris. Telepath Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps Louisiana is visited by Mr. Cataliades and Waldo the vampire to inform Sookie that her cousin, a vampire who was staked, left her estate to her cousin. Mr. Cataliades informs Sookie that Waldo killed her because she was the favorite of the queen of New Orleans and he wants Sookie to stake the vampire Sookie doesn¿t want to but Waldo makes sure that he will not be returned to his queen to be tortured............................ ¿Biting in Plain Sight¿ by Mary Janice Davidson: In the town of Embarrass, everyone knows that the vet Dr. Sophie Tourneau is a vampire but they ignore that fact because she takes great care of their animals. Liam is in love with her and when she goes out hunting a serial vampire killer, he insists on accompanying her. He tells her how he feels and she takes him to bed and drinks his blood. She cares about him but she¿s not sure if she is better off without any emotional ties to a mortal. When they go after the vampire killer, Liam impresses Sophie with his actions and his commitment to her........................ ¿Galahad¿ by Angela Knight. Caroline was turned by a vampire into a witch with magical powers and immortality. She lives in Avalon in the mageverse where vampires and witches form a symbiotic relationship. Witches need their blood drained every few days to lower their blood pressure and vampires have a willing blood source. Caroline has a vision about humans drinking from a cup and turning into vampires who are the antithesis of the undead in the mageverse. Galahad, pure of heart and a vampire is assigned by Morgana Le Fey to work with Caroline to find the threecups and destroy the evil vampires. Along the way fall in love but Galahad fears Caroline won¿t want him once she learns all the ugly things he had to do to defeat the bad guys........................ ¿Blood lust¿ by Vickie Taylor. Garth funded Daniel Hart¿s research into making synthetic blood but stole the formula, Daniel¿s girlfriend and his house before revealing himself as a vampire. Daniel asks vampire Deadre Blue to turn him a vampire so he can kill Garth, his girlfriend who is now a vampire and then himself. Deadre doesn¿t want to do it but when he is accidentally killed, she feeds him her blood and he turns into a vampire. Deadre has fallen in love with Daniel and goes with him to fight Garth the enforcer to the High Matron. The synthetic blood make Daniel Garth¿s equal and their upcoming battle will leave one of them dead........................... All five authors have a different take on the vampire mythos but that doesn¿t mean one story is better than another. This is one of the best vampire romance anthologies ever produced bringing back cult favorites like Anita Blake and Sookie. The stories by the other authors would make a great series............................... Harriet Klausner
caramia2 More than 1 year ago
I liked it but I really liked Angela Knights story in the book. It was very thrilling and romantic.
SEB More than 1 year ago
I bought this book since Charlaine Harris wrote one of the stories. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was very disappointed; not a single story I found interesting. I dislike each and every story in this book. I felt like tossing it in the trash after a few pages; the only reason I read it all the way through was because I was bored and had nothing else to read or do at the time. I will just stick the Sookie Stackhouse novels from now on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that the book was undescrible and that everyone sould read it. I have a whole list of friends waiting to read the book and i think the list has about 50 or more people waiting. the book should not be for people under the age of 12
dragonfairy on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The various stories presented in this gave me the insight into each writer that I needed to make me decide to actually read their works. If you are unsure of what Charlane Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Laurell K. Hamilton and the others are like, give Bite a try. I was laughing and having fun the entire book! A great read!
paltner on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Bite (Jove, 2004) is a collection of vampire tale by female authors all of whom add a touch of romance to their stories.Probably the best known is Laurall K Hamilton, author of the very popular Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. In "The Girls Who Was Infatuated With Death", a desperate mother begs Anita to find her teenage daughter before the girl allows herself to be turned into a vampire. Anita takes the case but needs the help of the gorgeous, seductive vampire Jean-Claude to find the teen. First, however, they must slake their lust before turning to the problems of a runaway.Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of "One Word Answer" as well as CharlaineHarris's Southern Vampire series, finds herself in a jam when ordered by the vampire queen of Louisiana to stake a rogue vamp. Fortunately Sookie's undead, former lover Bill steps in to help.MaryJanice Davidson's "Biting in Plain Sight" is easily the most charming story in the collection. This sweet, amusing tale has a more languid pace than the raucously funny Undead Series (beginning with Undead and Unwed) which brought the author much critical acclaim. Sophie is a vampire who finds true love with Liam, an unpretentious good ol' boy from northern Minnesota. Together they, aided by Betsy (Queen of the Vampires and Eric Sinclair (her sexy consort) track down and eliminate a rather, dumb, bad-guy vampire.Angela Knight's imaginative romance, "Galahad" is set in the same universe as her novel Master of the Night (Berkley, 2004). Caroline has recently acquired the magical powers of a witch which she uses in combination with those of the vampire warrior Galahad as they fight the forces of evil bent on the destruction of mankind. There is a good deal of action nicely intertwined with erotic play.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Good collection of stories. The ones from Harris and Davidson are good. Hamilton¿s story is OK, but nothing great. I especially liked Knight¿s tale of Sir Galahad as a vampiric warrior.
Darla on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Bite is an anthology featuring a who's-who of story authors. I usually buy an anthology based on one of the authors, but any one of these names could sell the book, except that I got Vickie Taylor confused with Karen Taylor. Sorry about that! * "The Girl who Was Infatuated with Death" by Laurell K. Hamilton" This is a short story in the Anita Blake series, and takes place, time-wise, between Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly, a period I know I've speculated a lot about, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Anita's hired by an anxious mother to prevent a 17-year-old girl from becoming a vampire. The story gives us some nice Anita/Jean-Claude moments, and also features an interesting moral dilemma in the Anitaverse, as the girl from the title has compelling reasons to want to be turned. * "One Word Answer" by Charlaine Harris This is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Her cousin Hadley has died, leaving Sookie a legacy. Turns out Hadley had become a vampire, and the vampire Queen of Louisiana has come to offer Sookie the chance to stake the vampire who killed her cousin. Vampires Bob & Bubba are there as well, and while this is a short story, it's a fun read and a nice addition to the series. * "Biting in Plain Sight" by MaryJanice Davidson Like her story in last year's Cravings, this story is in the Betsy Taylor series, but written in 3rd person POV from a perspective other than Betsy's. Which is a lot of fun, btw--we know how Betsy views herself, and it's interesting to see how other characters view her. Dr. Sophie is a veterinarian in a small town with a don't-ask-don't-tell policy: she's a vampire, but she's also a very good vet, and they don't want her to leave. Liam has had a crush on her forever, but has been too shy to do more than round up barn cats for her to treat until a series of teen suicides that Sophie realizes is the work of a vampire. She decides to take the information to Queen Betsy, and Liam takes the chance to make himself indispensible to her. The story is full of Davidson's trademark humor and sensuality, and appearances by Betsy, Eric, & the librarian, who's right up there with the orangutan in the Discworld books on my list of favorite fictional librarians. * "Galahad" by Angela Knight This story is in the Arthurian vampire series. Caroline is a new maja, or witch. She's been left alone in Avalon while everyone else is off fighting the vampires created before the defeat of the bad guy from Master of the Night. Caroline has a vision of herself and a swordsman fighting off more vampires and knows that she has to help. When she finds the swordsman, he turns out to be Galahad. The Galahad. Who's not particularly happy about having to take a green witch into battle, or having to teach her the basics of life as a maja, including undoing the mistrust caused by the vampire who made her. This series keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to see what's next. * "Blood Lust" by Vickie Taylor This is about Daniel, a microbiologist who's developed a completely synthetic blood, a product with tremendous benefits. But a vampire trashes his lab, steals the formula, and the woman Daniel loves. So Daniel searches for a vampire himself. His intentions are to become a vampire, revenge himself on his enemy, then kill his girlfriend and himself, setting them free from being evil fiends. But when he finds Deadre, a vampire, but not much of an evil fiend, he finds that nothing's quite what he expected. It's an entertaining vampire story, as well as a story about how revenge and love change a person.
Jebbie74 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This was the first book I had ever read by Hamilton et al. I never thought I would be interested in paranormal/vampires but these short stories were very well written and urged me to read more about them.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Laurel K Hamilton's "The Girl who was Infatuated with Death" had Anita needs to talk to Jean-Claude but oh angst she's got issues with him, works out most of angst, talks to Jean-Claude, solves the problem, goes to bed with Jean-Claude. Strangely enough the plot part of Incubus Dreams was almost the same story, only with more men. 2.5/5Charlaine Harris's One Word Answer was a Stookie story. Stookie getting revenge on someone who killed her cousin. 3/5Maryjanice Davidson's Biting in Plain Sight was the best of the series, Betsy didn't appear until quite late and it was the story of a community who had come to terms with their vampire, a man who wanted to be closer to her and the adventures they had while dealing with a vampire who convinced people to kill themselves for love. 4/5Angela Knight's Galahad was a cute story about Vampires and Witches being magical beings created to save the world. I'd actually like to read more in this vein (yeah I couldn't help myself) 3/5Vickie Taylor's Blood Lust was a story about a man who created an artificial blood and the implications that that would have for the vampire community. 3.5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A couple of people could have put up a better fight at the ends.
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mbWA More than 1 year ago
The authors in this anthology are great. I enjoyed the novellas. This book introduced me to Angela Knight. I liked her story "Galahad" so much, I now have read all of her books!
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