The list author says: "Laurell K. Hamilton was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Sims, Indiana, a hamlet with a population of about one hundred souls. Laurell's mother died in a car crash in 1969, after which time her grandmother held the household together. Her mother's death, her grandmother's role in raising her, and having grown up with no men in the home are "the three things that made who I am," she says. She still believes she would have grown up to be a writer regardless.
In 1994, Laurell published her first Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter book, GUILTY PLEASURES, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has written nine additional Anita Blake books, and in October, 2000, began the New York Times bestselling Meredith Gentry series for Ballantine Books. She says she writes because to not write -- even for her own enjoyment -- would be like not breathing. It is just something she has to do. She now resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, her young daughter, three pug dogs, and an ever-fluctuating assortment of fish."
"Young Kelios has a dream of her mother being killed by the evil witch Harque, and the dream unfortunately is realized. Her prophetic powers are discovered, and Kelios is sent to wizardry training on the isle of Astrantha, where she is destined to exact revenge by stalking the dreaded witch."
"Captain Picard and the USS "Enterprise" are sent to help negotiate a settlement of the civil war on the dying planet Oriana, although there are some who would rather continue the conflict. But Picard is accused of murder, and Worf and Troi must prevent disaster before time runs out for everyone."
"Introducing Anita Blake, vampire hunter extraordinaire. Most people don't even bat an eye at vampires since they've been given equal rights by the Supreme Court. But Anita knows better--she's seen their victims."
"My business brings me up close and personal with all shapes and sizes of monsters. 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."
"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 that something was wrong in and around Branson, Missouri."
"I found out that the 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. It's not a bad idea to have a lot much protection as, human or otherwise."
"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."
"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 here I am in the wilds of Tennessee, Anita to the rescue. I've got just a few days to spring Richard and find out who framed him - and why."
"Edward's got problems. A malevolent and seemingly unstoppable force is mutilating and dismembering the citizens of Albuquerque - and if he is to stop it he'll need all of Anita's firepower and cunning. It may not be enough."
"When a kidnapper targets innocents that Anita has sworn to protect, she needs all the help she can get. In a earth-shattering union, Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard merge the marks and melt into one another. Suddenly, Anita can harness both their powers."
"When Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, is asked to reanimate the body of a long-dead corpse it seems like just another case. But the corpse may hold the secret to an ancient crime that not everyone wants to be remembered . Now an unknown and terrifying menace moves to stop her investigation."
"I am Meredith Gentry heir to the throne of Fairie. Now there are those among me who whisper I am more. I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, is no longer distracted by her usual sadistic hobbies."
"A gory medley of vampires, werewolves and other assorted shapeshifters feature prominently in Anita Blake's life ... and that's just her friends. When the police draft in Anita Blake to help solve a particularly grisly preternatural case, she will need to call on all her famous toughness."
"I am Meridith Gentry, heir to the darkest throne fairie has to offer. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now, from his prison cell. My uncle Taranis, The King of Light and Illusion, has invited me and my guards to the realm of Seelie for a ball."
"The feds have a witness who died before he could speak on the record. They want him raised so his testimony can be taken. So here I am, on a plane to Philadelphia, flying off to do my job. But I'm not alone. Micah is with me. Just me and Micah. And all my fears and doubts..."
"Anita Blake has an ordinary dread she shares with women 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 is no way to bring up a baby."
"I am Princess Meredith ,princess has now become a full-time occupation. My aunt 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. And no baby means no throne."
"Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names, The Harlequin."
"In order to succeed the Queen on the Unseelie throne, Merry must conceive and bear an heir. To fail means certain death. And so far Merry, for all her many pleasurable efforts, has failed... Now she's left the world of Faerie to return to Los Angeles, accompanied by her bodyguards."
"I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child– twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children."
"When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward."
"Having turned down the throne of Faerie, and pregnant at last with twins by the men she loves, ex-princess Meredith Gentry should be living happily-ever-after. But the exiles of Faerie have other ideas - they want Meredith to be their princess, whether she likes it or not."
"When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss."
"The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the U.S. Assassins are coming to St. Louis to kill them all. Anita knows they're coming, but even being forewarned doesn't mean you can win."