- Meg Raymond
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If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, you may like some of the following books. Sookie is not only a telepath, but a spunky gal! This series features all kinds of fearsome creatures, but the humor shines through at all times.
One list you might like is "Books With Bite" featuring vampires, werewolves and other fictional creatures that go bump in the night.
A few favorites from this list include:
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner.
Kate Connor, Demon Hunter, is now a sububarn stay-at-home mom with a teenager and a toddler. Juggling car pools, play dates, teenage mood swings and a workaholic husband makes clearing out a horde of ravening demons seem pretty easy.
Cajun Cowboy by Sandra Hill
Talk about a bad hair day! Louisiana beauty salon owner Charmaine LeDeux has a loan shark on her tail, and Raoul Lanier, the six-foot-three hunk of testosterone she thought she divorced, has just delivered a bombshell: They're still married! At least the rundown ranch they've inherited together is the perfect hideout. Holy crawfish! It's hard enough for Raoul to play cowboy to a bunch of scrawny steer, let alone suffer the exquisite torture of living with the delectable Charmaine, who's declared herself a born-again virgin. What's a man crazy with desire to do? Seduce her on their home on the range, even if it means taking advice from bachelor ranch hands, Charmaine's belly-dancing great-aunt, and St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes.--catalog summary
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.
Beta male Charlie Asher finds one of Death's minions (supposedly invisible) in his wife's hospital room. This is just the start of a wild ride.
Fat Vampire: a Never-Coming-of-Age Story by Adam Rex.
Being a chubby teenager and a social outcast is bed enough, but when Doug is bitten by a vampire it means that he will be fat and fifteen - for eternity.
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Meena Harper, forced to write about vampires even though she doesn't believe in them, falls in love with Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is: Lucien's already dead! And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.--catalog summary
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
North Archer, Andie Miller's ex-husband, asks her to become the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already--and live in a haunted house! What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-in-law, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. And just when Andie thinks things couldn't get more complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if "maybe this time" things could be different between them.--catalog summary
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill from Publisher's
Weekly: (T)he half-man, half-bull supposedly slain by Theseus in the labyrinth is actually working as a cook at Grub's Rib in a small town in North Carolina.
Naked Brunch by Sparkle Hayter
Annie Engel hasn't been feeling herself lately. With good reason. A mousy secretary by day, she's been morphing into a werewolf at night. In the morning, she's not quite sure what she's been up to, but she knows she'd like to do it again. She soon discovers that her odd dreams and strange hangovers are actually the remnants of a night out on the prowl. (Book Description)
Soulless by Gail Carriger
A Jane Austen-like "comedy of manners" set in a Victorian England that is ALMOST like the one in the history books, with vampires as the political brains and werewolves as strategy-smart brawn. Alexia Tarabotti has the misfortune of being too tall, too brown (thanks to her Italian father) and a confirmed bluestocking and spinster at 25. Full of witty dialogue, "steampunk" like contraptions and a really devishly handsome Scottish werewolf.
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance-mysteriously appears, she has one last request...(from summary)
Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson
First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead. And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries. (Book Description)
Vamped by David Sosnowski
When (vampire) Marty decides to end his endless life of soul-crushing ennui -- call it vampire affluenza -- a three-foot blond obstacle is thrown in his path: Isuzu Trooper Cassidy, a refugee from a human hunting preserve. At first he thinks "midnight snack," but before the sun comes up, Isuzu...charms him into staying undead long enough to raise her in a world rife with danger and almost entirely populated by vampires yearning for the taste of real human blood. (Book Description)
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston's North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down, and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony.
Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn't always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.
Wilderness by Dennis Danvers
Alice White has a secret that stalks her steps and shadows her every thought and feeling. There is no friend or family member she can trust and confide in, especially not the strangers who are her willing accomplices in the fevered one-night stands that are as close as she dares come to love. (Book Description)
Some other booklists you may enjoy are:
Not Your Ordinary Romance
Gumshoes of the Galaxy
Dating and Other Disasters of Modern Life
These lists may be accessed from the Reading Room section of the library's home page, in the Booklist Archives:
Some other titles and authors you might like:
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Beta male Charlie Asher finds one of Death's minions (supposedly invisible) in his wife's hospital room. This is just the start of a wild ride.
Other authors to try: