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Bon Rapports

By Marella Sands


from Ardeur

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This is one essay from the anthology Ardeur

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper and richer, and more perilous, with every book.

Straddling the series’ dominant themes of sex and power, Ardeur gives Anita fans a deeper look into the dynamics, both personal political, that have kept readers fascinated throughout the run of the series. Why is the ardeur the very best thing that could have happened to Anita, personally (aside from all the sex it requires her to have with hot men)? How is Anita’s alternate United States a logical legal extension of our own? And as the series continues, what other bargains might Anita have to make with herself and others in order to keep the people she loves safe from harm?

About the Author

Paranormal thriller writer Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of two series. The first Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel, Guilty Pleasures, was published in 1993. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, published in 16 languages. A Kiss of Shadows introduced Merry Gentry, a Fey Princess of the Unseelie Court and Los Angeles Private Investigator.Hamilton currently resides in St. Louis with her husband, daughter and pampered pug.

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About the Author

Marella  Sands

Marella Sands is a native St. Louisan and member of the writers group Alternate Historians ( She earned degrees in anthropology from the University of Tulsa and Kent State University and currently teaches a class at Webster University on J.R.R. Tolkien. She has published both fiction and nonfiction. The author’s household includes the author, her husband, a multitude of pet rats, and four cats.

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