Laurell K. Hamilton
1. Laurell has always been fascinated with the darker side of things. Staying up late, alone, as a child to catch the Creature Feature on television.
2. When Laurell was 13, she discover a short story collection titled “Pigeons from Hell”. “It was the first heroic fantasy I’d read. It was fights, swords, monsters I decided not only did I want to become a writer, it was this I wanted to write”. She chanced upon another book in the high school library “The Natural History of the Vampire”. She read it so many times she nearly memorized it. When it’s suggested that her choice of creepy films and stories were unseemly when her friends’ companions were dolls: “I wasn’t like most girls” she said.
3. Laurell does not shy away from sex or violence in her books. “I was a kiss to be so believable it give the reader shivers. 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, world building or character development. Everyone [in the book] has someone to lust after, but Anita is like me. She doesn’t see herself as a lust object.”.
4. A question that gets asked a lot is “What is Laurell really like?” Hmmmm…. She is not Anita, though you can see bits of Anita in her. She is the truly the warm, generous, friendly person you see at cons and signings. I am blessed by her continuing friendship.
5. Before her writing career kept her so busy she volunteered at an animal shelter. Not as a keeper but as a person who went out and shared time and love with unwanted pets. Unfortunately, she had to drop that from her busy schedule. She says that all work and no play makes the writer grumpy. But I have never seen her act that way.
6. She writes as fast as she can manage. And that brings up the topic of publication dates. Laurell does not set these, the publisher does. It is a complicated formula of length of time from last book by author, other authors who are publishing something, printer schedules and multiple bookhouses juggling. Laurell has little control over the when.
7. I know she wishes she could answer each fan mail herself. But if she did that we would get no books! She gets a lot of mail. And for those wondering, Laurell is a self admitted technophobe (read the computer confuses her), though she is learning to use the email with help from her friends.
8. The awe she generates often confuses her. She sees herself as an ordinary person, nothing special.
9. She writes because to not write even for her own enjoyment would be like not breathing. It is just something she has to do. Thankfully she is willing to share that wonderful talent with us all.
10. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, two pug dogs and one boxer/pug dog.
11. Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel – the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the BLOOD NOIR , number sixteen in the series, in which Anita’s complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve.
12. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton’s Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now five novels exceeding one million copies in print. A LICK OF FROST, the sixth in the series debuted October 23, 2007.
Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He’s also one of Anita Blake’s best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her—not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father is dying. He needs Anita because she’s a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy, who agrees to go home with him and help him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is about as much an everyday guy as Anita is a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be?
Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better.
Laurell K. Hamilton and Jonathon Green have finally released the official prequel to the long-running novel series, written exclusively for comics, and featuring the adventures of a younger Anita Blake as she teams up with popular characters Edward and Jean-Claude for a vampire hunt fans will absolutely love sinking their teeth into. It’s the perfect story for old and new fans alike!
DANSE MACABRE $ 24.95 (Book 14)(483 Pages)(also in mass market paperback for $ 7.99)
It was the middle of November. I was supposed to be out jogging, but instead I was sitting at my breakfast table talking about men, sex, werewolves, vampires, and that thing that most unmarried but sexually active women fear most. Anita Blake needs to be concentrating on a dangerous situation: The ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something altogether new. The ardeur seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. As Jean-Claude says, the ardeur is hunting powerful prey. The unexpected effect of this is that Jean-Claude’s own power as a Master Vampire has grown to new levels—and Richard, never predictable, is changing, too. But as the days pass, Anita’s less interested in vampire politics than in ancient, ordinary dread she shares with woman down the ages: she may be pregnant. And, if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a werewolf, or someone else entirely, she knows perfectly well that being a Federal Marshal known for raising the dead and executing vampires is no way to bring up a baby.
THE HARLEQUIN $ 25.95 (Book 15)(422 Pages)(also in mass market paperback for $ 7.99 coming out on Tuesday, April 29th)
I have felt such power only once before…
Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend of Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he’s an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help—especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt. That was the first warning of the Harlequin.
The flow of power that connects Anita Blake with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City, and with Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been growing and changing, increasing exponentially. Their power seems to have attracted attention, and it’s a kind of attention no one would desire. Jean-Claude and Richard need to be strong allies now. Nathaniel and Micah need to give all their love and aid. And Anita will need to call on Edward, whose utterly human ruthlessness in her defense makes him the right man for the job.
Here is the list of all the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series books in order as Laurell K. Hamilton has them:
GUILTY PLEASURES $ 7.99 (Book 1)(266 Pages)
THE LAUGHING CORPSE $ 7.99 (Book 2)(293 Pages)
CIRCUS OF THE DAMNED $ 7.99 (Book 3)(329 Pages)
THE LUNATIC CAFE $ 7.99 (Book 4)(369 Pages)
BLOODY BONES $ 7.99 (Book 5)(370 Pages)
THE KILLING DANCE $ 7.99 (Book 6)(387 Pages)
BURNT OFFERINGS $ 7.99 (Book 7)(392 Pages)
BLUE MOON $ 7.99 (Book 8)(418 Pages)
OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY $ 7.99 (Book 9)(596 Pages)
NARCISSUS IN CHAINS $ 7.99 (Book 10)(644 Pages)
CERULEAN SINS $ 7.99 (Book 11)(547 Pages)
INCUBUS DREAMS $ 23.95 (Book 12)(658 Pages)(also in mass market paperback for $ 7.99)
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My aunt Queen Andais will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie—trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards…and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainly is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.
Now Mistral, Queen Andais’s new captain of the guards, has come to my bed—defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives. Not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may life another day.
My royal guards surround me, and my best loved—my Darkness and my Killing Frost—are always beside me, sworn to protect and make love to me. But still the treat grows greater. For despite all my carnal efforts I remain childless, while the machinations of my sinister, sadistic Queen and her confederates remain tireless. So my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles, hoping to outrun the gathering shadows of court intrigue. But even exile isn’t enough to escape the grasp of those with dark designs.