Anita Blake series
1. Guilty Pleasures (1994)
"'I don't date vampires. I kill them.'
My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me the Executioner. What I call them isn't repeatable.
Ever since the Supreme Court granted the udead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I've seen their victims. I carry the scars...
But now a serial killer is murdering vampires - and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer..."
2. The Laughing Corpse (1994)
"'The older the zombie, the bigger the death to raise it.'
After a few centuries, the only death 'big enough' is a human sacrifice. I know, because I'm an animator. My name is Anita Blake.
Working for Animators, Inc. is just a job - like selling insurance. But all the money in the world wasn't enough for me to take on the particular job Harold Gaynor was offering.
Somebody else did though - a rogue animator. Now he's not just raising the dead... he's raising hell. And it's up to me to stop it."
3. Circus of the Damned (1995)
"'Most women complain that there are no single, straight men left. I'd just like to meet one that's human.'
I'm Anita Blake, expert on creatures of the night. I've dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed - but not won - by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City.
And now a darkly dangerous vampire named Alejandro has hit town. He too wants me for his human servant. A war of the undead has begun. Over me.
I would be flattered. If my life weren't at stake."
4. Lunatic Cafe (1995)
"'You don't volunteer for slugfests with vampires. It shortens your life expectancy.'
And you don't fall in love with a werewolf. It interferes with your work. Especially when you're a preternatural expert, like me. My business brings me up close and personal with all shapes and sizes of monsters. And not all of them want to kill me.
Take for instance, the local pack of lycanthropes - they're werewolves to you. A number of them are missing, and they've come to me for help. Maybe because I'm dating the leader of the pack. I've survived a lot - from jealous vampires to killer zombies - but this love thing may kill me yet.
5. Bloody Bones (1996)
"First, there were the dead in the graveyard, two hundred years dead. I'd been hired to raise them to settle a dispute over who owned the land they were buried in.
Then there were the three dead teenagers in the woods, slaughtered in a way I'd never seen before.
And then they found the dead girl, drained of blood and left in her bed. I knew what that meant of course. It didn't take a degree in preternatural studies to figure out something was wrong. And I was right in the middle of it. My name is Anita Blake. Welcome to my life..."
6. The Killing Dance (1997)
"These days my life is a cross between preternatural soap opera and an action-adventure movie.
The first hit man came after me at home, which should be against the rules. Then there was a second, and a third. Word on the street was that Anita Blake, preternatural expert and vampire killer extraordinaire, was worth half a million dollars. Dead, not alive.
So what's a girl to do but turn to the men in her life for help? Which in my case means an alpha werewolf and a master vampire. With professional killers on your trail, it's not a bad idea to have as much protection as possible, human or otherwise.
But I'm beginning to wonder if two monsters are better than one..."
Quotes from 'The Killing Dance':
"Domestic bliss? Who, me? My life was a cross between a preternatural soap opera and an action adventure movie. Sort of As the Casket Turns meets Rambo. White picket fences didn't fit."Anita
7. Burnt Offerings (1998)
"'You can't trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.'
That's what I've always said. That's what I've always believed. But now I'm the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake,. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I've become part of the problem.
So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town - an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It's the monsters who are in danger now. And it's up to the Executioner to save them from the inferno..."
Quotes from 'Burnt Offerings':
"I'm not sure there are enough white roses in the world to make me forget Richard...
But I'm not sure there are enough cozy afternoons in all eternity to make me forget Jean-Claude."Anita
"Perhaps you could wait upon committing absolute suicide for us until after we have survived this evening."Jean-Claude<
8. Blue Moon (1998)
"'Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody.'
You never forget your ex-fiancee. And when the call came at three in the morning, I thought for a moment it was him. It wasn't. It was his brother. And it wasn't good news. Apparently, the former love of my life had got himself thrown into jail for assaulting a woman.
Since I make my living as a preternatural expert, I tend to believe almost anything's possible. But though he may be one of the monsters, Richard would never harm a woman. So it's Anita to the rescue. I've got just a few days to spring Richard and find out who framed him - and why. There's a full moon coming, and if my werewolf love is still behind bars when it rises, he'll be facing a lot worse than an assault charge..."
Quotes from 'Blue Moon':
"Victims become an "it" very quickly, because sometimes it's too horrible even to say, "he," or "she." When you're scraping pieces of someone's loved one off your hands, it has to be an "it." Has to be, or you run screaming. So, I was covered in black, greenish it."Anita
9. Obsidian Butterfly (2000)
"Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, has dealt with - and destroyed - a lot of monsters. But her old mentor, Edward - ruthless killer, bounty hunter, assassin - may be worse than any of them.
But Edward's got problems. A malevolent and seemingly unstoppable force is mutilating and dismembering the citizens of New Mexico - and if he is to stop it he'll need all of Anita's firepower and cunning.
It may not be enough."
We get a fascinating insight into Edward's life, particuarly his lovelife when he is in the guise of Ted Forrester. Also, we meet Olaf.
Quotes from 'Obsidian Butterfly':
"The greeks believed that once there were no male and female, that all souls were one. Then the souls were torn apart, male and female. The greeks thought that when you found the other half of your soul, your soul mate, that it would be your perfect lover. But I think if you find your other half, you would be too much alike to be lovers, but you would still be soul mates."Edward
'"What are you trying to say?" Olaf demanded.
"She is like a piece of my soul, Olaf."
"You are mad," Olah said, "a lunatic. Soul mates, bah!"
I kind of agreed with Olaf on this one.
"Then why is the thought of giving her a gun while I hunt her one of my greatest fantasies?" Edward asked.
"Because you are mad," Olaf said.
Hear, hear, but I didn't say it out loud.'Olaf & Edward, from Anita's point of view.
10. Narcissus In Chains (2001)
"Returning to St. Louis after a tough case in New Mexico, work is the last thing that Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, wants to think about. The woman the vampires call The Executioner is still no closer to choosing between her two lovers and after months of celibacy, she craves them like never before.
But when a wereleopard is abducted from a seedy club, Anita is plunged once more into the dark world of shapeshifter crime and werecreature power struggles. A sinister force seems to be targeting the lycanthropes and Anita may be their only hope - but only if she can survive herself."
11. Cerulean Sins (2003)
"Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter is not quite as human as she once was. Consumed by both the lusts of the vampire and the primal hungers of the wereleopards, her desires must be sated. But it is Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, who needs her now.
When she is asked to reanimate the body of a long-dead corpse, it seems like just another case to Anita. What she will soon discover is that the corpse may hold the secret to an ancient crime that not everybody wants to be remembered...
In this pulse-pounding new story of suspense and sensuality, Anita will need to muster all the dark forces of her passion if she is to save the ones she loves the most."
Anita and Jean-Claude find themselves in deep, deep trouble when Belle Morte sends her envoy, Musette, to visit St. Louis, three months early.
Quotes from 'Cerulean Sins':
"I couldn't see Damian's face, but I was betting it was as carefully blank as the rest. Jason was staring at Musette as if she had sprouted a second head, an ugly, spiky second head. She was a zealot, and zealots are never quite sane."Anita
"If a guy says he'll be okay, you just take him at his word, even if you don't believe it. The only exception is when lives are at stake, then the guy code can be broken, but the guy that you broke it with will probably never forgive you."Anita
"'Your cell phone is on the floor on my side of the bed. I dropped it when you started convulsing.'
'I was not convulsing.' I said.
'Oh, sorry, I dropped it when you had your raging, overwhelming, screaming orgasm. Was that better? It sounded better, didn't it?'"Jason & Anita
"'Fine, you've made your point.'
'Have I? It's always so hard to tell with you. Sometimes I think I've won the argument, then you get a second wind, and beat me all to hell with it.'"Jason & Anita
12. Incubus Dreams (2004)
'The pulse-pounding new novel in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.
As consultant to the Regional Preternatural Crime Investigation Unit, Anita Blake is called in on what appears to be a case involving a serial killer - a vampire serial killer - who may be preying on strippers. She's sure that none of the local vamps are responsible, but her judgement may be clouded by a conflict of interests. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City - something both her human friends and her ex, the alpha werewolf Richard, are quick to point out.
Surrounded by suspicion and overwhelmed by her attempts to control her own primal lusts for vampire, werewolf and shapeshifter, Anita is about to be pushed to her limits - and beyond.'
There is a LOT of Jason, Damien and particuarly Nathaniel in this book.
Quotes from 'Incubus Dreams':
"Though we'd had offers for menage a trois of every description. I felt like I needed a button that said, 'No, I don't want to have a bondage three-way with you, thanks for asking, though.'" Anita
Micah (A Novel-Lite) (2006)
Sneak peek here
13. Danse Macabre (2006)
Sneak peek here
And... Anita is going to be a Comic
Read More about that here.