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by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor

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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


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.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The aptly titled Bite is a collection of five vampiric tales of supernatural seduction that includes a never-before-published Anita Blake story by Laurell K. Hamilton, a new Sookie Stackhouse adventure from Charlaine Harris, and new stories from authors MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Vickie Taylor.

Hamilton's "The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death" is set in time between the novels Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly. Vampire hunter Anita Blake, just beginning to come to grips with her recent metaphysical connection with master vampire Jean-Claude, takes a highly unusual case. A runaway teenager with bone cancer wants to become a vampire; but in order for her to change, another vampire must in essence murder a child. Blake agrees to find the rogue bloodsucker and pass judgment as only she knows how.

In "One Word Answer" by Harris, everyone's favorite waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, learns that her only cousin has been murdered by one of the undead -- and the vampire Queen of Louisiana has sent her condolences in the form of an unusual gift. Davidson's "Biting in Plain Sight" revisits her Undead universe with a touching love story about a benevolent vampire and her human suitor and the tragedy that brings them together. Knight's "Galahad" looks at Arthurian legend with a decided twist -- the knights of the Round Table are actually warrior vampires! In Taylor's "Blood Lust," a researcher whose groundbreaking formula for synthetic blood was stolen by a maniacal vampire takes vengeance by becoming one of the undead!

Coming hot on the heels of the popular supernatural erotica anthology Cravings -- which includes novellas from both Hamilton and Davidson -- there's no question that Bite will be just as well received. With original tales featuring two of the fantasy genre's most popular heroines -- Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse -- and three stories from bestselling romance authors, this dark and sexy collection will appeal equally to fans of fantasy, romance, and horror. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
Those looking to take a brief taster's tour through five sexually charged paranormal worlds may enjoy the stories and novellas served up in this anthology, but readers with an appetite for something a little more meaty likely won't be sated. Although Hamilton's name dominates the cover, her contribution is a meager 30 pages, which amounts to little more than a teaser for her next Anita Blake novel. Harris's offering is similarly slim and static, though it shows off the cleverness of Sookie Stackhouse, the psychic heroine of her Southern Vampire series (Dead to the World, etc.). By far, the collection's best offerings are Knight's "Galahad" and Taylor's "Blood Lust." In the former, a fledgling Majae (i.e., witch) teams up with the famed knight Sir Galahad, who's really a benevolent vampire, to destroy a nest of deadly cultist vampires. And in the latter, Taylor imagines a much more traditional world, wherein vampires can't touch anything sacrosanct and are organized hierarchically, a system the protagonists, a junior vampiress and a microbiologist-turned-vampire, are about to dismantle. The action moves swiftly in both stories, as does the romance, but like the other entries in this anthology, they lack depth and development. Nevertheless, this is a suitable introduction to the various worlds these authors have popularized. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Here is a collection of five romantic vampire tales by some of the genre's most popular authors. In Hamilton's "The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death," a desperate mother begs vampire hunter Anita Blake to save her teenage daughter. Anita takes the case but needs the help of the seductive vampire Jean-Claude. Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of Charlaine Harris's "One Word Answer," finds herself in a jam. Fortunately Sookie's undead former lover Bill steps in to help. Easily the most charming tale in the collection is MaryJanice Davidson's "Biting in Plain Sight," in which Sophie, a beautiful vampire, finds true love with Liam, an unpretentious good ol' boy from northern Minnesota. In Angela Knight's imaginative and erotic romance, "Galahad," brand new witch Caroline combines her magical powers with those of the handsome vampire warrior Galahad as they fight the forces of evil. Vickie Taylor's "Blood Lust" is the one disappointment: its boring plot, silly characters, and awful writing are often cause for unintentional humor. Read the first four stories and skip the last. Recommended for general fiction and romance collections.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, and Merry Gentry series.

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.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
B.A., Marion College

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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
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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