I talked about this last year, and listed a few of my favorite (paranormal) novellas — the kind of novella that I loved so much, I’d have bought the anthology just for that, and thought it was worth the money. They were:
- â€œFairies Make Wishes, Tooâ€ by Maggie Shayne â€” in A SPRINKLE OF FAIRY DUST (like a fairy Little Mermaid)
- â€œEverything She Does Is Magickâ€ by Maggie Shayne â€” in BEWITCHED (Virgin Hero would have sold me on this, anyway)
- â€œA Dream of Stone and Shadowâ€ by Marjorie M. Liu â€” DARK DREAMERS (read this one recently; the voices are incredible. *happy sigh*)
- â€œRoarkeâ€™s Prisonerâ€ by Angela Knight in SECRETS VOL. 2 (I remember thinking: shit. this is what I want to be writing.)
- â€œLoveâ€™s Prisonerâ€ by MaryJanice Davidson in SECRETS VOL. 6 (The elevator scene isnâ€™t for everyone, but works for me.)
- â€œThe Nekkid Truthâ€ by Nicole Camden in BIG GUNS OUT OF UNIFORM (and itâ€™s even in first person, which Iâ€™m usually kind of squiggy about in romances)
- â€œThe Night Owlâ€ by Emma Holly in HOT BLOODED (the hero is justâ€¦yeah. And the heroine, too. But itâ€™s so sweet how heâ€™s tongue-tied around her. Awwww.)
- â€œDark Journeyâ€ by Anne Stuart in STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT — about Death, and a little holiday that he takes.
Since then, I’d add to the list with Patricia Briggs’s “Alpha and Omega” in ON THE PROWL and Kresley Cole’s “The Warlord Wants Forever” in PLAYING EASY TO GET, Nalini Singh’s “Beat of Temptation” in AN ENCHANTED SEASON … okay, and I know there are others, but my memory is not-so-good, and I sucketh at the record-keeping. (Also, I haven’t read as much in the past year as in previous years. The anthologies in my TBR pile are almost as high as the single-titles.)
So are there any out there that you think are worth the price of the entire anthology? I’ve listed paranormals only here (I fudged a little on “The Nekkid Truth”) but I should also compile a list of my favorite contemporary and historical novellas at some point — but feel free to mention novellas in any genre.