Books: Many Bloody Returns

cov-Harris-ManyBloodyReturns-photo-20150111This is a collection of short stories edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner. The quality is good. Contributors include Jim Butcher. I got this copy from the public library by reserving it so it’s sent from its home library to mine.

I prefer the humourous to the horrific. These are the stories and a version of their author introductions:

  • Dracula Night. Charlaine Harris writes the Sookie Stackhouse novels. She also writes about Harper Connelly, a lightning-struck locator of corpses. Her Website is http://www.charlaineharris.com.
  • The Mournful Cry of Owls. Christopher Golden has written The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, and Of Saints and Shadows, as well as the Body of Evidence teen thrillers. He is a coauthor, with Thomas E Sniegoski, of the dark fantasy series The Menagerie, the young readers fantasy series OutCast, and the comic book miniseries Talent. He collaborated with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola to write Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. His website is http://www.christophergolden.com.
  • I Was a Teenage Vampire. Bill Crider is the author of fifty published novels and many short stories. These include Too  Late to Die, Dead on the Island, A Murder Among the OWLS, and, with his wife, Judy Crider, the short story “Chocolate Moose.” See http://www.billcrider.com.
  • Twilight. Kelley Armstrong is the author of the paranormal suspense series Women of the Otherworld. Her website is http://www.KellyArmstrong.com.
  • It’s My Birthday, Too. Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files novels about Harry Dresden, wizard, and of the Codex Alera series. Look for him at http://www.jim-butcher.com.
  • Grave-Robbed. P.N. Elrod is the author of twenty novels and as many short stories. She is best known for The Vampire Files series, about undead detective Jack Fleming. She has co-written three novels with Nigel Bennett. She can be found at http://www.vampwriter. com.
  • The First Day of the Rest of Your Life. Rachel Caine is known for the Weather Warden series and her new young adult series, The Morganville Vampires. She has written many other books and short stories. Her website is http://www.rachelcaine.com.
  • The Witch and the Wicked. Jeanne C. Stein is the author of the Anna Strong series, starting with The Becoming and Blood Drive. Her website is http://www.jeannestein.com.
  • Blood Wrapped. Tanya Huff has written over 25 books, including the Vicky Nelson Blood series, adapted for television as Bloof Ties. This short story is from the world of the Smoke (and Blood) books. See http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/tanya-huff/.
  • The Wish. Carolyn Haines has written more than fifty novels. The latest in her Mississippi Delta series is Ham Bones. She also writes single novels, such as Hallowed Bones and Penumbra. Her website is http://www.carolynhaines.com.
  • Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two. Tate Hallaway has written other novels for the characters in this story: Tall, Dark, and Dead and Dead Sexy. See http://www.mninter.net/~sprounds/Tate_main.html.
  • Vampire Hours. Elaine Viets is the author of two mystery series. The Dead-End Job series includes Mystery with Reservations. Her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series includes Accessory to Murder. Her website is http://www.elaineviets.com.
  • How Stella Got Her Grave Back. Toni L. P. Kelner is the author of the Laura Fleming Southern mystery series and the Where Are They Now series about a freelance entertainment writer. See http://www.tonilpkelner.com/.

 

Home Improvement: Undead Edition

Book cover shows a house with a hand reaching out of the ground towards it

Home Improvement: Undead Edition

The short stories in Home Improvement: Undead Edition are about supernatural creatures who take on the problems of renovating. Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner are the editors. This is their fourth collection.

The editors have produced other collections throwing together random concepts to see what the authors could do with them:

  • Many Bloody Returns, about “vampires and birthdays;”
  • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, about “werewolves and the holidays;” and
  • Death’s Excellent Vacation, about “creatures out of their normal habitat.”

The stories entertained me so I’ll be ordering the others from the library.

The stories are these:

  • If I had a Hammer by Charlaine Harris
  • Wizard Home Security by Victor Gischler
  • Gray by Patricia Briggs
  • Squatters’ Rights by Rochelle Krich
  • Blood on the Wall by Heather Graham
  • The Mansion of Imperatives by James Grady
  • The Strength Inside by Melissa Marr
  • Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare by E. E. Knight
  • Through this House by Seanan McGuire
  • The Path  by S. J. Rozan
  • Rick the Brave by Stacia Kane
  • Full-Scale Demolition by Suzanne McLeod
  • It’s All in the Rendering by Simon R. Green
  • In Brightest Day by Toni L. P. Kelner

Girl survives plane crash

Courage and resolution can start young. Sailor Gutzler, 7, freed herself from the wreckage of a crashed airplane, ascertained that her parents were dead, and walked nearly a mile through bush and briars to the nearest house, where she asked for help. Girl survives crash of small plane.

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Is this a space suit?

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This is our second granddaughter, four months old.

Happy baby

This is our new grandchild.
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Triathlon!

Swim, bike run.

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This is our first granddaughter competing in a triathlon.

Baby shower

I went to a baby shower for Lily, a new cousinlet. I must say that the guests did her proud, equipping her for the next few years at least.

A young baby in a green dress is held by a grandmotherly woman

There was even cake.
A flat, rectangular cake, iced and with the inscription, "Welcome Lily"

How to wear a baby sling:

A young woman wears a striped baby sling with a young toddler sitting in it