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Authors: Jeanne C. Stein

Tags: #Vampires, #Strong; Anna (Fictitious Character), #Contemporary, #General, #Urban Life, #Fantasy, #Fiction, #Occult & Supernatural

Haunted

PRAISE FOR THE ANNA STRONG, VAMPIRE SERIES

CROSSROADS

“Stein continues to challenge her gutsy heroine, both emotionally and physically, and Anna’s choices could affect mankind. Another for your must-read pile!”


RT Book Reviews
(4½ stars)

“Anna continues to evolve into who she was meant to be without losing her humanity. She is a charmingly fun heroine until you come up on her bad side, then she becomes a kick-ass heroine readers will delight in . . .
Crossroads
will take readers on some twist[s] and turns that won’t let you put this book down until the very end, and then you will be hungry for the next installment.”


Fresh Fiction

CHOSEN

“With each book in the series, not only have Stein’s characters become stronger but so has her writing . . . hard-hitting urban fantasy with a hard-hitting female lead.”


Fresh Fiction

“[I] cannot wait to see where Anna’s adventures take her next . . .
Chosen
is an excellent book and probably the most enthralling book in the series thus far.”


Bitten by Books

“From the opening chapter of this terrific series, Stein has sent her gutsy heroine on an uncharted journey filled with danger and bitter betrayal . . . In this pivotal but emotionally brutal book, skillful Stein reveals some critical answers and delivers some devastating blows. Like a fine wine, this series is improving with age. Brava!”


RT Book Reviews
(4½ stars)

RETRIBUTION

“The fifth book in the exceptional first-person Anna Strong series is a powerful entry in an amazing saga.”


RT Book Reviews
(4½ stars, Top Pick)

“Ms. Stein has a true gift in storytelling and continues to add exciting new elements to this well-built world.
Retribution
is an engrossing read with an action-packed story line and secondary characters that are every bit as intriguing as the heroine. This is a must-read for fans of the series!”


Darque Reviews

LEGACY

“Urban fantasy with true depth and flair!”


RT Book Reviews
(4½ stars)

“As riveting as the rest . . . one of my favorite urban fantasy series.”


Darque Reviews

THE WATCHER

“Action fills every page, making this a novel that flies by . . . Dynamic relationships blend [with] complex mysteries in this thriller.”


Huntress Book Reviews

“An exciting, fast-paced novel . . . first-rate plotting.”


LoveVampires

“Dazzles readers with action-packed paranormal adventure, love and friendship. With many wonderfully executed twists and turns, this author’s suspenseful writing will hold readers spellbound until the very end.”


Darque Reviews

“Snappy action and plot twists that will hold readers’ interest to the last page.”


Monsters and Critics

BLOOD DRIVE

“A terrific tale of supernatural sleuthing . . . provides edge-of-your-seat thrills and a high-octane emotional punch.”


RT Book Reviews
(4½ stars)

“I loved this book . . . hugely enjoyable . . . an exciting read and everything any vampire-fantasy fan could hope for.”


LoveVampires

“Once again Jeanne C. Stein delivers a jam-packed story full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat! Just like [with] the first book in the Anna Strong series,
The Becoming
, I could not put this book down even for a second. You will find yourself cheering Anna on as she goes after the bad guys. Jeanne C. Stein has given us a wonderful tough-as-nails heroine everyone will love!”


Night Owl Reviews

“Jeanne C. Stein takes on the vampire mythos in her own unique manner that makes for an enthralling vampire thriller. Readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Tanya Huff and Charlaine Harris will thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced novel filled with several action scenes that come one after the other, making it hard for the readers to catch a breather.”


Midwest Book Review

“A really great series. Anna’s strengths and weaknesses make for a very compelling character. Stein really puts you in [Anna’s] head as she fumbles her way through a new life and the heartbreaking choices she will have to make. [Stein] also introduces new supernatural characters and gives a glimpse into a secret underground organization. This is a pretty cool urban fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series.”


Vampire Genre

THE BECOMING

“This is a really, really good book. Anna is a great character, Stein’s plotting is adventurous and original, and I think most of my readers would have a great time with
The Becoming
.”

—Charlaine Harris, #1
New York Times
bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

“A cross between MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series, starring Betsy Taylor, and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. [Anna’s] a kick-butt bounty hunter—but vampires are a complete surprise to her. Full of interesting twists and turns that will leave readers guessing.
The Becoming
is a great addition to the TBR pile.”


Romance Reviews Today

“A wonderful new vampire book . . . that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”


Fallen Angel Reviews

Ace Books by Jeanne C. Stein

THE BECOMING

BLOOD DRIVE

THE WATCHER

LEGACY

RETRIBUTION

CHOSEN

CROSSROADS

HAUNTED

HAUNTED

JEANNE C. STEIN

THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

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HAUNTED

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PUBLISHING HISTORY

Ace mass-market edition / September 2012

Copyright © 2012 by Jeanne C. Stein.

Cover art by Cliff Nielsen.

Cover design by Judith Lagerman.

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ISBN: 978-1-101-61126-5

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To the people of Mexico caught in the cross fire. I wish there was a real-life hero to save you.

Contents

PRAISE FOR THE ANNA STRONG, VAMPIRE SERIES

ACE BOOKS BY JEANNE C. STEIN

TITLE PAGE

COPYRIGHT

DEDICATION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

EPIGRAPH

 

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

CHAPTER 16

CHAPTER 17

CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 20

CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 22

CHAPTER 23

CHAPTER 24

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