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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books; paperback / softback edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980245389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980245387
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi, I'm Parker Blue, writing Young Adult (edgier novels spanning the gap between the younger set and adult) urban fantasy as well as paranormal romance. I live in Colorado Springs with three dogs, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to Val's telepathic hellhound mutt, Fang. I hate writing bios so that's all you're gonna get. Okay, okay. Instead of more boring bio stuff, how about some of my likes and dislikes?

Stuff I love, in no particular order:

- The color red--a bright, orange-red just makes me happy.
- My Mini Cooper--just adore this car.
- Shiny things. I must have been a magpie in a previous life.
- Making shiny things. Love to bead!
- Dogs--they love you unconditionally and are great at stress relief.
- Numbers. So sue me--I love math. It always makes sense.
- Chocolate. Come on, that's a no-brainer.
- The mountains of Colorado. Their awe-tastic beauty is good for the soul.
- Diet Coke. What can I say? I'm addicted.
- Reading. Escaping into a cool new world someone created out of their imagination? It doesn't get much better than that.
- Oh, yeah. And writing. Making up my own world out of random bits of my twisted psyche is the best!

Things I'm not so crazy about, besides the obvious things everyone hates (war, pestilence, famine, you know the drill):

- Blogs that dis other people. What's up with that?
- Going to the dentist. Need I say more?
- Politics. Big yawn.
- Television shows that ask people do stupid things for money then make fun of them.
- Seafood. Ick. Just...ick.
- Yard work. I need lawn gnomes!
- Writing bios. Enough already!

The Demon Underground Series, in order:

Book 1, Bite Me
Book 2, Try Me
Book 3, Fang Me
Book 4, Make Me
Book 5, Dare Me
Book 6, Catch Me

There is also a short story, Forget You, that occurs five years before the beginning of the series.

Paranormal Romance:
"Wolf Rising" Novella in the Magick Rising anthology
The Healer's Passion

Thanks for stopping by!

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Harmony Book Reviews on December 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bite Me is one of those books that has been sitting on my shelf forever and I'm just now getting around to reading. It's also one of those books I wish I'd picked up the second it came in my mailbox.

While the first couple of chapters start out slow, Bite Me quickly wrapped me up in lots of suspense, drama, and romance. It was a nice change of pace from many of the other paranormal books out there because, instead of fawning over the vampires and their hotness, these characters are kicking vampire butt. In fact, my favorite thing about the book was the characters. They had spunk and personality, which added so much to the story. I also loved all of the different paranormal creatures introduced.

Like I mentioned, the plot moves pretty quickly and there's a lot of fun vampire-butt-kicking, as well as some romance and drama.

The one thing I do feel like I need to mention is that while this is marketed towards YA, there's a lot of romance that I feel would also be more suited for an adult novel. But, that's just my personal opinion and while it didn't take away from the story for me, I just wanted everyone to be aware of that.

Overall, I highly recommend this.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 29, 2009
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Val Shapiro is a teenager who is part succubus, but seven-eighth humans. All her life she has tried to suppress the demon she calls Lola as if it was a separate part of her. Two things appease Lola's appetite: sex and the bloodlust of battle. Since she almost killed a boy she kissed, Val uses Lola's bloodlust to fight vampires killing humans.

One night when she is fighting a vampire, she discovers her sister Jen has snuck in the back seat of her car. When they return home, their mother kicks Val out and forbids her any contact with Jen and her step-father agrees. Needing a job, Val obtains work with the Special Crimes Unit that deals with paranormal crime; executing vamps preying on humans. She is assisted by a sidekick dog who is a hell hound and who becomes her friend. She is partnered with Dan, a man she likes more than is safe for his well being due to Lola, but she is unable to dampen the sparks between them. They search for a vampire lair while the vampire Alejandro has started a movement to get humans to donate blood to a blood bank and they will be paid in cash or enthrallment. Val has to rescue Jen before she is turned and find her missing stepfather.

The heroine's mom comes across like Cinderella's stepmother, throwing out of her home the offspring she loathes to protect the daughter she loves. Jen's father seduced her using his incubus powers and the woman has never forgiven him and struck back at him through a surrogate: his child. Teenagers will empathize with Val whose differences set her apart from her peers, but make her a strong SCU operative. Parker Blue provides an entertaining romantic supernatural thriller that fans of Stephanie Meyer will want to bite into the tale.

Harriet Klausner
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on September 27, 2009
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BITE ME is the first book of Parker Blue's Demon Underworld series for young adults. The main character, Val Shapiro is turning eighteen. She isn't your typical teen though. She's part human, part demon. Her stepfather has tried to help her deal with the darker side by hunting vampires. Some might feel this is too much like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I didn't. The demon side of her persona is a constant battle. If she doesn't let it out to kill vampires, she might end up like her father who went insane and committed suicide.

Val comes with additional baggage. Although she has a good relationship with her stepfather, her mother has trouble coping. Her half-sister, Jen, wants to be just like her. The problem with that is her sister is human. When Jen is discovered sneaking out of the house to follow Val on one of her hunts, Val's blamed as a bad influence. She's kicked out of the house. This doesn't stop Jen. In fact, it has the opposite effect.

Val finds a job with the San Antonio Police Department's Special Crimes Unit where she can put her skills to use. Although she is relieved to have a job, she is forced to take on a partner, Dan Sullivan. To add to the mix is a hellhound, Fang. Together, they make an unbeatable team to hunt vampires. But when the vamps target her family, their skills might not be enough to save them.

This story has wall-to-wall action. I loved Val, Dan, and Fang. Can't wait for book two!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 9, 2009
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Val Shapiro doesn't patrol the streets of greater San Antonio hunting vampires for kicks, nor is she fulfilling some sacred, ancient prophecy. She's just trying to cope with life as a demon/human offspring and sate the lust of her succubus half (Lola) by dusting vamps after dark. When her little sister, Jennifer, tags along on the nightly hunt without permission, Val returns home to find herself kicked out and forbidden from making further contact with her family, all on her eighteenth birthday.

Having met up with Special Crimes Unit hunky detective Dan Sullivan while patrolling the night before, it's not long before Val's on her way to earning a living from her slaying duties. With her new half-terrier/half-hellhound sidekick, Fang, in tow, and Dan's sister, Gwen, as a roommate, Val's just in time to investigate the New Blood Movement. While NBM's leader, Alejandro, says the group wants nothing more than an improvement in vampire/human relations, Val and her SCU colleagues have their doubts. When a rash of innocent humans are targeted by rogue vamps and New Blood's most recent volunteer disappears, Val's no longer letting Lola out just for kicks.

In some ways, Parker Blue's BITE ME treads familiar ground, specifically a young girl hunting big bad beasties in the night; but that trope is turned on its head in several ways. The slayer herself is half-demon and has not taken up the call of vampire hunting to fulfill a lifelong destiny. Val is, quite simply, an isolated, neglected young girl with limited options when it comes to satisfying her demon's desires. Ms. Blue takes the idea of self-determination a step further by not making vampires evil by nature.
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