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Tuesday, August 24, 2010:
2 ARCs of the anthology "The Beast Within" up for grabs!
Meet three men without boundaries, hell-bent on satisfying their deepest desires-and those of the women who drive them wild.

The Howling by Erin McCarthy

When Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian disappears, she finds comfort in his brother's arms. But Sebastian is much closer than Liv realizes-and he'll stop at nothing to protect her from the feral danger that comes alive only when she sleeps...

Smoke On The Water by Bianca D-Arc

In the misty fog of a lakefront village, zombies are roaming wild-and zombie hunter John Petit must stop the carnage. John is also fighting a different kind of battle: a forbidden passion for his new partner, Donna. With her help, killing zombies is a walk in the park, but keeping his desire in check is making him sweat...

Redeeming The Wizard by Jennifer Lyon

Gage Remington was once a powerful wizard; now he's a recluse who keeps the world at bay. But when Mira Tate arrives at Gage's door, she stirs in him an attraction he can't deny. Soon, Gage will risk everything to keep Mira close-even the secret that may be his ruin...

Erin has 2 ARCs for her upcoming anthology, The Beast Within, up for grabs. Interested?

Well I'm glad to hear that (assuming you said yes) *g* All you have to do is answer this question:

Do you like anthologies? Why or why not?

Contest will end at noon on Sunday, August 29th. All eligible entries must include an answer to the question. [Also a little public service announcement: for those of you who may not be aware, ARCs are NOT FOR SALE. Readers should not sell them to make a profit from it.]

Good luck!



  1. I love them because I get another new story from my favourite authors. I don't like them because the stories are too short for my taste.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Great giveaway. :)

    I like anthologies well enough...the only draw back being that the stories are shorter. And when the story is good - longer is better.

    But I can see how a story in an anthology can be used as a starting point for a series. And that is always a good thing. :)

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  3. I like Anthologys cause I not only get to read authors I like in them but a few I have never read. I have found some great new to me author that way :)

  4. I love anthologies, it gives me a chance to sample authors in a particular genre, also there is usually a big ticket name attached to the book so you typically get to revisit characters from a favorite book. :)

  5. I love anthologies -- it gives me a chance to find new authors.

    Do not enter me in the contest!

  6. I love anthologies as it gives the reader a chance to try new anothers at a reasonable cost. Also if my reading time is really short it gives me a chance to actually finish a story where with a full length novel I would feel like I am reading forever to complete it.

  7. To be honest I don't know if I like anthologies, because I've never read one. So this would be a good oportunity to try it!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I'm of two minds with anthologies: I find they are great because I get to discover great new authors I haven't heard of/read from before, my only complaint is that in anthologies the stories tend to be too short, I want more! :-D

    Thank you for the great giveaway! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I love anthology's!

    I get to read different authors...if I don't like a story I can just skip it and not have wasted a book. I also like that I can read a story and put the book down after LOL!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. I love anthologies.I like finding new authors this way. And I also read them because alot of the series I read have short stories in them.

    I have this one on my wish list thanks for the chance to win it.


  11. I like anthologies just as I enjoy cookies...I can get pleasant tastes of creativity, discover what I like and go back for more if I choose. And there's a lot to be said for having different tastes to select from! Thanks for the contest.

  12. I love anthologies! ;-) More bang for the buck!

  13. I enjoy anthologies. It gives you a chance to get to know the characters more indepth, as well as keeps old "friends" around for a while longer.

  14. I love anthologies when in the mood for something short and sweet. It's also a fabulous way to find new authors I wouldn't normally pick up off the shelf.
    splendawren at gmail dot com

  15. honestly, I've read only two anthologies so far... I loved them, but the stories were part of a series, therefore I have no experience with "ordinary" anthologies...
    greetings, Ina

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  16. I love them because they include a story from an author that I love and they help me find new authors that I might enjoy, which they usually do.

  17. I like anthologies. Shorter stories for quick reads and I get to read more than one author---some of them new to me. Thanks!

  18. I love anthologies and especially when there are 3 connected stories by the same author. But I enjoy multiple author books then I can sample a new author.

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  19. I love anthologies. It's 3 books for the price of 1! And it adds variety to the reading with 3 different stories.

  20. Count me in. I like anthologies because I sometimes find new to me authors. I can get a taste of a new author with a short story and usually know if I would want to try longer books.

  21. I love anthologies. It gives me a chance to sample new (to me) authors. I also like the fact that I can get through an entire story in one sitting.

  22. I love anthologies. I get so wrapped up in books that the rest of the world disappears. That doesn't leave my 4 children and dh happy. An anthology easily allows breaks w/o having to feel like I'm ripping myself out of the story. Plus, this is my favorite way of finding new authors.

  23. I love anthologies for a variety of reasons. They let me try out new authors, I have found quite a few from anthologies. They let me read shorter stories in some of my already favorite worlds. They can let us learn a bit about other characters that would normally not get a whole story or book of their own.

  24. I love anthologies! They are a great way to find new authors to read.

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  25. I do because I get a sneak peak at authors I may not have previously heard of. I also enjoy reading short stories of characters from series novels.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  26. I like anthologies some times. It's nice to be able to read short stories, but some stories I really wish that an author was able to make the short story into a full length story.

  27. I like anthologies because I get to try out several new authors for the price on one. Also they are great when you don't have alot of time.

  28. I really like anthologies. Normally I get one or two favorite authors and maybe a new person to try.

    Great contest Stacy

  29. I love anthologies because they're a shorter read and it also gives me a chance to discover new authors.


  30. I love anthologies because there are those time where you want to read something to pass the time, but only have a short time to finish. I read pretty fast so anthologies are great for the visit to the Dr or Dentist office. Also, I have found most of my favorite authors such as Erin McCarthy, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black to name a few, by reading anthologies. It gives you an idea of what there novel's will be like and then I searched them out. It really is a great marketing/advertising opportunity. The only downfall would be the length, however I only grab an anthology when I know I am in the mood for a short story. Keep up the excellent work Erin!

  31. Yes, I like anthologies. I've always enjoyed reading them because it gives you a chance to sample a variety of authors that you might not have tried otherwise. I've found a lot of great authors that way.


  32. I love anthologies because I get a full story quickly and they can add details to an author's series. They also give me the chance to read new authors.

    I also do not like them because when they are stand alone stories sometimes I do not feel like I have enough to get to know the characters. I also usually have unanswered questions at the end that make me want the anthology to become a novel.

  33. Please don't include me in the giveaway Stacy. However, I do want to answer your depends :) I don't ever buy anthologies, unless the story is part of a keeper series (I bought the anthology with Patricia Briggs' Alpha & Omega novella in it for example :) And...I usually only read the stories I want to read - I flit through the rest :) What can I say, I'm not really one for taking chances. Saying that, I did read a great novella last year...I just wish the author would right the series (the down side to anthologies :)

  34. I do enjoy anthologies for the the length of the novellas and it usually offers us a chance to discover a new author.

  35. I love anthologies as that's one major way I find new-to-me authors.


  36. Some anthologies are good. But I buy them quite rarely. Usually if I do happen to buy one, it's because the writers are my favorite authors and the stories are part of some really good series.

  37. I like anthologies, because not only are they usualy all linked to the same theme. Which is a total bonus, specially if its something your interested in, but it also gives you a chance to read stories by authors you may have never heard of and hence, fall in love with their writting as well.
    Their usually shorter than a novel, which makes them a quick read. Especially if you read them in the middle of the night :D


  38. I love anthologies, because they are always a short and sweet read. In the amount the author has, they can portray and entire story with background and still have you hanging on the edge of your seat wishing for more.
    Their great to read if your looking for something specific eg: baseball, vampires, dukes etc...
    You can learn about authors you have yet to hear of, they can possibly become your fav author.
    And lastly, you can learn of authors who enjoy writting in your fav genre, and may have other books in that same genre. :D


  39. I like anthologies, because while I can read a sttory by a favorite author, I might also find some new favorites.

  40. I love to read anthologies and find new authors and, also, get short stories from authors and series I love.

  41. I love anthologies! I love that it gives you the convienence of more than one story in a single book, why limit yourself to one when you coauld have a few. It also gives me a chance to read and become interested in new authors I may not have found otherwise all because of a previous author I already loved.

  42. I enjoy anthologies because you can discover a new author while reading stories by other authors you enjoy. They're shorter stories that allow a nice break from what you're currently reading. I also like the variety of genres and time periods in an anthologies, great variety.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  43. I'm going along with everyone the story is too short. But alot of times you get a story about a character from a serie you know and love.


  44. I usually like anthologies, especially those that have something in common between all the tales. Also sometimes I just want a short story to read in a few free moments and they are great introductions to new authors writing styles and worlds.
    I've discovered several of my favorite authors through anthologies - such as Sherilyn Kenyon and Patricia Briggs.

    Sometimes the stories can be a bit uneven as not every author is able to build the story arc in such a short space and I dislike the anthologies that are all part 4, 5 or 6 of various multipart series. So I only tend to pick up anthologies that include at least one or two of my favorite authors.

  45. Anthologies are great. I meet new authors and love when I get to revisit a world by a known author with a great story that just would not make a whole book by itself. Or even meet a new world from a loved author :)

  46. I love anthologies - I get to be introduced to many new authors this way! The only part that isn't great is when you find an author whose story you loved and that is the only thing they have published. Thanks for hosting. Please enter me! I am an old follower.

  47. Anthologies have their good points and bad points. Bad- they are not long enough if they don't relate to a series that is already out. Good-I love a short story about a character that I'm already familiar with but if is something totally new, it seems just as I get into it, it's over. I do think it is a good way to "meet" a new author though.

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  48. They aren't my favorite because you just get started on them and it seems like the story just got started but looking at the picture on the front of this cover...wowsa, he's a hot tamale! This just might be the one to change my mind!

  49. I do like anthologies. You get to try new to you authors and read some of your favorites too. Also, when you are busy but want your romance fix, reading a novella is perfect.

  50. I've actually never read one. But I do like my stories to be long...
    However, all these stories sound amazing! So I'd love to read them.

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