Dirty Little Secret # 64

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This week’s question:

What is your take on anthologies? Love them? Hate them? And what is the last anthology you’ve read and enjoyed?”

Our Answer:

I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies.  Why?  Because it’s not an easy thing to write a good short story and sometimes they end up a disappointment.  That being said, I love the fact that I get to find new authors.  For example, I discovered Jaci Burton when I read Nauti and Wild.  My favorite theme for anthologies though is Christmas.  The one that I can think of I’ve loved the most recently was Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands, The Bite Before Christmas.  Right now I’m reading Midnight Scandals, a historical romance anthology that I picked up because of Courtney Milan, but I’ve discovered so far that I love Carolyn Jewel’s writing and will be getting a book of hers soon.

I like anthologies because they can give you a taste of a writer’s style before you really commit. It’s almost like test-driving. I love anthologies that follow some kind of theme. Like the one I’m reading now, An Apple For The Creature has to do with all school related things. Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter and Nancy Holder are just a few of the authors in this antho. 
I also love it when anthologies are series or author specific like the Angels’ Flight release by Nalini Singh or Into The Woods by Kim Harrison. If you’re a mega fan, those are good.
My fave collection is still probably Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews. It’s two of my fave authors and series for a very low price!


As a whole I am not a massive fan of anthologies, but there are exceptions and I have discovered some of my favourite authors that way! For example I got the “Playing Easy To Get” anthology for Sherrilyn Kenyon and Jaid Black but discovered a whole new obsession when Kresley Cole’s “A Warlord Wants Forever” was also in it!

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I’m not too much into them, but I do read some from time to time and I prefer anthologies of a single author. “Submissive Fairy Tales” by Kitty Thomas is my fave so far!


I love anthologies. The last one I read was “Love Bites” which had I think 5 stories the next in my TBR pile is “Hot in Handcuffs”. I like Christmas themed ones and anthologies that each story is about a member of the same family.

Maria D.

I kinda have the same feeling that Francesca has – I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies. They’re great to find new authors but if you are reading an anthology because you’re following a series and the author’s short story is included – then it’s bad because the story is never long enough and anthologies cost more than a mass market book. If the pricing model was different – then I would probably love them more


Anthologies do seem to be hit or miss, maybe more so than a traditional book, but I really enjoyed the Wild & Steamy anthology from Meljean Brooks, Carolyn Crane, and Jill Myles. That is how I found Carolyn Crane, who I love. I am not a huge UF fan, so I wouldn’t have tried her series without reading her novella.

C.S. Maxwell

Way late on getting my post out. I swear, kids need to go to school 12 hours a day…just sayin’.
Here is my DLS:
I like buying quick little stories that I know I’ll love and tend to stick with authors that are auto-buys for me. But I have discovered a few new to me authors this way.


I love how anthologies can introduce you to new authors but I hate that they’re so short! I hate it when I’m enjoying a story so much but then realize it’s almost over.

Breath of Life Reviews


I love anthologies! It’s a great way to find new authors!

I’m really not a huge fan of them but can’t seem to keep myself from buying them. I do tend to like the ones that are just 2 or 3 authors since the stories are at least a little bit longer. But any more than that and the stories are just too darn short for me.

I’ve got Magic Graves on my TBR list. The Bite Before Christmas too 🙂 Love those authors!


I love Christmas anthologies too! The Bite Before Christmas was amazing!