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

Follow a vampire hunter 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.
Includes never-before-published stories featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake and everyone's favorite vampire-loving waitress, Sookie Stackhouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101146842
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 136,346
File size: 577 KB
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. 159 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
alesi1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too Short. Really short stories for my taste. I stopped reading after the second story at only page 50 something. I think that you really need to read previous books to know what the short story is about. I had only read LKH books from these authors and still thought too short. I will continue reading at a later time.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this for the Charlaine Harris story, but also really enjoyed Angela Knight's Mageverse story. It was so good, I sought out the series! The other two entries were just okay, nothing special. However, don't bother with the Hamilton "story." Once again, she takes the first couple chapters of a novel that will be coming out and publishers throw it into an anthology to attract buyers with her name. I expect that from publishers, you'd think Hamilton would be more considerate of her fans.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an anthology I'd picked up for the Charlaine Harris story, One Word Answer. Instead of an anthology stuffed with 10 or 15 mediocre short stories, this was 5 short stories that were quick, easy and enjoyable reads.The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death by Laurell K. Hamilton comes straight from the Anita Blake universe. In this, Anita's asked to find a teenage girl before she receives her third vampire bite. When she finds herself enlisting the help of Jean-Claude, this becomes less about the girl and more about Anita and Jean-Claude. It's basically your afternoon quickie, but that's okay.One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris comes from the Sookie Stackhouse universe. In this one, she is presented with the news of her cousin Hadley's death and an interesting opportunity is hers for the taking. It does fill in a minor hole in the series, but doesn't hold much suspense for anyone that's read the series because Sookie's behavior is fairly predictable. This is the only one of the stories that presents no romantic element which is odd, as Sookie's love-life is usually pretty ample plot-line material for Ms. Harris.Biting in Plain Site by MaryJanice Davidson is the story of small-town vampire veterinarian, Sophie, and Liam's road-trip to St. Paul to track down a vampire that's been toying with teen girl's hearts and leaving them to commit suicide before his game gets out of control. Liam's human and has had a crush on Sophie ever since he could remember. Sophie hasn't had a close relationship with a human being since Ed died and they were just friends. And now they're mixing pleasure with the business of visiting Queen Betsy who turns out to have her own set of quirks. It's a cute story with a decent mix of humor and action.Galahad by Angela Knight is a Mageverse story and is nearly straight-up bodice-ripper. It does involve a very different Sir Galahad and a newly recruited Majae, Caroline, who has spent her new time in Avalon conjuring up calorie-free Chunky Monkey and catalog furniture until a vision of an evil vampire cult and their intentions draws her out of her home. Caroline and Galahad's story is a mix of sex, mageverse mythology and violence which can only mean that we'll have our adventure and cake and eat it while mixing plenty of metaphors.Blood Lust by Vickie Taylor is an interesting entry to have in the same book as a Sookie Stackhouse entry. In Blood Lust, the invention of synthetic blood is done by a human being and is immediately stolen and hidden away by a vampire who is not sharing it with anyone in his community. If you've read the Sookie Stackhouse books, you know that synthetic blood is the key to having vampires out in the open - because the invention in that universe was a liberating product that was freely sold. I like that this is the flip side - a world where vampires strictly control whether or not you can feed on humans - the discovery of a blood substitute is a threat to those in power. Of course, no one counts on an angry microbiologist kidnapping his own vampire, having himself turned and seeking revenge on the vampire that took his fiance and his formula. Of course, there is that uncontrollable blood lust that extends to the romantic between he and his maker to contend with as well. It's a fun entry where the action actually does play out instead of getting steamrolled by the romance.All-in-all, it is what it is. And if you're looking for stories in your series or some quick and easy paranormal romances to read or just enjoy vampire fiction that's an easy afternoon read, these are fun stories.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death by Laurell K. HamiltonI am sure that at some point this short was included as a scene in one of the books or perhaps it was part of something else I read. It was very familar anyway. Since I have read all of Anita Blake there wasn't anything new in this for me.One Word Answer by Charlaine HarrisLike the first story this was a "scene" and without the context of the books I don't know how appealing it would be. As with Hamiltons story, it felt very familiar but there wasn't anything new in it for me.Biting in Plain Sight by MaryJanice DavidsonThis was a fun little short, though not quite a story more an extended scene. A romance really, with Sophie, a small town vet who also happens to be a vampire, adored by Liam - a local farmer. Liam gets up the courage to tell Sophie how he feels and in amongst tracking down a serial killer, they get it together. We get a glimpse or two of Queen Betsy and Sinclair, as well as the other familiar Undead series characters. A good way to introduce the Undead series to those who havn't read them.Galahad by Angela KnightA raunchy read - unexpected after the first three very tame stories. I got drawn into this, initially it seemed a little absurd, but my interest grew. Having not run across the author before I plan to add her to my "to read" list.Blood Lust by Vickie TaylorA strong short story this is really the only one that lives up to the title. A good mix of plot, action and sex so that you feel something has been resolved.
jgmccann8704 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great stories. I got this book from the library because I love Laurell Hamilton and this book opened me up to new authors I had never heard of.
dragonfairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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