14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series
Edited by Laurell K. Hamilton

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?

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Best of Smart Pop essays: Editors picks
Posted May 3rd

Since this site gives us the opportunity to highlight not just our books, but the individual essays our authors have written for us (and, okay, since it also gives you the opportunity to buy those individual essays), we wanted to figure out more ways to showcase them. Thus: Editors Picks. Periodically we–and/or some of our past guest editors or book contributors–will select 3 essays we particularly love from our Smart Pop titles and offer a little commentary on why we think you’ll love them, too.

From Leah:

My three picks today have...

Guest post: The restriction of language
Posted April 12th

Throughout April, Ardeur contributors will also be serving as guest bloggers. They look good wearing all those hats, trust me.

First up is Marella Sands, who wrote the Ardeur essay “Bon Rapports,” which playfully examines the lack of “sexy words for sexy things” while examining sex on the pages of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Marella uses the same quick wit from her essay in her post below, although with a slightly different spin. I don’t know if you’d consider a male...

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