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Four favorite authors present their favorite characters in all-new tales of bloodlust, appetites that must be sated again and again, and the passion that feeds them.

"Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita Blake tale) By Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita is attending a friend's wedding when Nathaniel, her pomme de sang, makes known in no uncertain terms that he wants to take the relationship
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Berkley Books (first published June 28th 2004)
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My review is only for Dead Girls Don’t Dance. It is the story of the beginning of the relationship of Andrea and Daniel, who you’ll meet again in Undead and Unappreciated.

Andrea, after a couple of years unconscious straggling around as a newbie vampire, now runs into Daniel. Andrea had a serious crush on him in college, but back then, Daniel wasn’t interested in her.

Now he is very interested. Daniel reacts very smoothly to the news that Andrea has become a vampire, and attaches himself to her si
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Four short stories by four great authors.

Blood Upon My Lips by Laurell K. Hamilton
This is a condensed and slightly modified version of the first 13 chapters (95 pages) from Incubus Dreams , the 12th book in the Anita Blake series. It leaves out a lot of parts that don't specifically have to do with the Ardeur, making slight modifications to the story to allow it to flow smoothly without the missing pieces. Thus new readers who may have picked up this anthology as their first introduction to An
First off, I don't care much for short stories. Very, very few authors are good at developing characters, plot, setting, etc. to write a good short story.

Second off, I think it's a rip-off for an author to write a series and then continue the story line in a short story in a book such as this, especially if that short story is going to be referred to in subsequent books. I really appreciate the authors who add their short stories at the end of a novel--a lagniappe, as it were, to the audience.

Carolyn F.
Anthology 4.75 out of 5 stars. Excellent for an anthology.

1. "Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita Blake tale) By Laurell K. Hamilton - I started reading this and I kept thinking that I've read this before. I searched for this title or series # in the list of titles. Nothing. So I kept reading, knowing what was coming next. Then I went back to the anthology's blurb and saw this: ***This short story is a condensed version of Incubus Dreams, book 12 in the Anita Blake series! No wonder, I have read it. I
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Three hundred years ago, Molly was cursed by a vengeful goddess to become a succubus, a creature who lives off men's sexual energy. For all that, she remains very much human at heart. When a strange man literally falls at her feet, wounded and amnesiac, she takes him in and cares for him, physically and soon emotionally as well. She calls him Michael, and together they try to piece together who he is, where he has come from and who is chasing him.

I loved this sto
Blood upon my Lips - Laurell Hamilton - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 10.5... hmmm I found this a disturbing story... she has multiple lovers, but not under her control, but the vampiric connection with Jean-Claude... and this story is of two of those almost lovers - one Damien, a servant vampire who craves her touch, and whose touch soothes her, and the other a shapeshifter, 20 year old Nathaniel - a strip dancer - called her pomme de sang - an outlet for her - it's confusing - her lust, her emot ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Four stories by four different authors. Overall, the book was a one star for me. The individual story that I did read (and enjoyed), I would rate 3.5 stars. It is "Originally Human" by Eileen Wilks, and can be downloaded separately as an e-book.

1. Anita Blake series that I read several books of, until it devolved into porn. This story is written WELL after I gave up on the series; skipped
2. Davidson; Vampire porn--skipped
3. Wilks' well done short story that I reviewed (link above)
4. York; skippe
Mar 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Sadly, this is my second time to read/own this anthology book. I initially bought it (used) because I was going through my Anita Blake fixation. I had discovered Laurel K Hamilton's books and was tearing through them. I read the Anita Blake story but honestly don't recall reading any of the others. Because I only sort-of enjoyed the Anita Blake story, I took it to Half Price Books and abandoned it.

I have now just finished my Queen Betsy (Mary Janice Davidson) fixation and Cravings has one of the
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it

"Dead Girls Don't Dance" - This selection takes place between the first two books of Davidson's Queen Betsy series which is about a ditsy girl who suddenly becomes Queen of the Vampires. It is set in Minnesota, which is fun for me because that's where I live. Davidson is very realistic in describing her setting and even the language is very genuinely Minnesotan. I appreciate that quite a lot.
The main focus of this novella is a vampire named Andrea who is awakened on a Lake Michigan beach by a g
Tremont G
Apr 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Hamilton - Blood Upon My Lips - ZERO STARS!
& this story was terrible on many levels.

Basically, it should never have been a short.

Too much crap going on, no background, I didn't understand & couldn't focus on, care about or even keep track of all the characters.

Unfulfilling/frustrating conclusion.

I've never read anything by Hamilton & I wondered if maybe it would have been better had I read her other books in the series. So I looked up people's reviews of other books in this ser
Oct 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
I gave up reading this book because instead of being a series of short stories it appears to just be the start of a book by each author. If I wanted to read those I'd read the full book, not just several chapters. Thankfully I got this from a book swap so it didn't cost me a penny.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005, 2015, e-books
"Blood upon My Lips" Laurell K. Hamilton (excerpt Incubus Dreams) read 8/3/2005

Dead Girls Don't Dance by MaryJanice Davidson read 8/4/2005

Originally Human by Eileen Wilks read 8/5/2005

"Burning Moon" by Rebecca York read 8/2/2005
re-read Sept 2015
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These stories were so incomplete it was annoying! I can honestly say I didn't enjoy any if them. Too bad since I really do like books by almost all the authors.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rating is just for the undead series.
Kim Shumaker
"Beyond the Ardeur" by Laurell Hamilton - 3 stars
There is a reason for a series to have a reading order and the Anita Blake series is a perfect example. Of the series I have read Book 1, Guilty Pleasures, and now Book 12.5, Beyond the Ardeur (also released as Blood Upon My Lips). I do not recommend reading the books out of order. This story involved Anita, Nathaniel, Damian, Micah and Jason. A lot of characters for such a short story. The "ardeur" seems to be some all-consuming hunger/passion t
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
All short stories. I got this book because of one of my favorite authors - Laurell K. Hamilton.
"Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita Blake tale) By Laurell K. Hamilton -
This short story is a condensed version of book 12 in the Anita Blake series, Incubus Dreams!
I don't like when Authors take a clip of their series, an already released book, and just put it in one of these short story compilations. To me that is cheating. It isn't a short story, it is part of a novel, so you don't get a real ending out
Terry Fedosky
Four stories by four different authors. I'm not crazy about books like these, but, since I love fantasies, especially about vampires, I thought I would give it a try. Besides, I was snowed in and couldn't get to the library.

I didn't care for the first story, Blood Upon My Lips, at all. It was confusing and didn't make a lot of sense to me. I know, I know. How do supernatural beings make sense anyway? The story just needs to make sense.

I loved Dead Girls Don't Dance. It was quirky and a lot of fu
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another oldie but goodie (2004).
Blood on my Lips by Hamilton focuses on Anita's relationships with Nathaniel and Damian.
Dead Girls Don't Dance by Davidson is a really fun story set right after Betsy becomes queen of the vampires. It focuses on one of her subjects, a very new vamp named Andrea, who feels an undeniable compulsion to come pay homage to the new queen.
Originally Human by Wilks concerns a succubus (cursed, not born) who is making plans to leave before people start noticing that sh
Overall rating: 3.5 stars rounded up

List of short stories featured:

Beyond the Ardeur (Anita Blake short story) by Laurell K. Hamilton: didn't read
Dead girls don't dance (Undead/Queen Betsy #1.5) by MaryJanice Davidson: 3.5 stars
Originally Human by Eileen Wilks: didn't read
Burning Moon by Rebecca York: didn't read
Catherine Rivera
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have given it a 3.5 but I can't give it half a star. I enjoyed Eileen Wilks story about the succubus. It was very interesting and packed a nice story in a few pages. I wasn't just OK with the original purpose of my getting this book, Laurell K Hamilton's story was OK. That may be why it took a while to read it. I was able to put the book down.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Neale Sourna
Read only a couple of the stories and abandoned it.
Carmen Davalos
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wanted Anita to bed Nathaniel, he is getting sexier un each book
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm only familiar with one of the authors work so I was left guessing at the other characters.
Mary Ellen
Love these short story compilations! I always discover new authors. Really great stories and some laughs thrown in. The final werewolf story at the end by Rebecca York was great!
Heather Hamilton
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2010, paranormal
Blood Upon My Lips by Laurell K. Hamilton

I don't know what was going on here. Anita is some chick who channels dead people has acquired some strange mixture of powers that no one really understands. She exhibits the social craving of a pack and so is "dating" like 4-5 guys -- a couple of vampires, a couple of werewolves. She has a vampire servant, and is tied to another vampire in some way, and the mixture of magical powers from the different paranormal creatures is creating such a confusing exp
So I had to skip Hamilton's story only because I've not even read the 4th Anita Blake book (still working on that) and I was completely lost.
On to Mary Janice Davidson... you can't go wrong with her! I loved her Undead books and this little story of Andrea making her way to Minnesota with Daniel (who happens to find her in the sand on a Chicago beach and also happens to be her college crush before she was turned) to pay homage to Elizabeth the vampire Queen had all the quirky, funny, sexy drive
Rating reflects all of the stories BUT the Laurell K Hamilton. I tried, I really tried, to find a place in my heart for some time in Anita's world reconnecting to characters I was once fond of. Too bad this novella is right at the cusp (pun intended) of When This Series Went To CrapTM. Sigh, I really spend too much time in these reviews hating on Anita Blake. Truce? I'll probably only last the night.

The Eileen Wilks story (the reason I ordered the book), "Originally Human," was fantastic. Having
Blood Upon My Lips Laurell K. Hamilton *
This story reminded me why I gave up her books. I adored the Anita Blake series early on.. I respect Hamilton for being a pioneer for the paranormal fiction when the only other thing out there was Anne Rice (yuck). But the series has gone down a path I have no interest in following. It's either Anita telling us how she's one of the guys (btw, complaining about other women does NOT make you one of the guys), or sleeping with several of the guys while compla
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked Cravings. What I liked the most its the fact that the characters are unusual. Not always the perfect beautiful girl or boy next door. We have Anita as her damaged vampire service, Andrea and her issues, The Middle aged Molly and a Blind Woman named Antonia.
The first story its BLOOD UPON MY LIPS from Laurell K. Hamilton. I read all the books from Anita Blake series and as much as I love Nathaniel I don't think that was the best choice for this book because she has better scenes than this
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more

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