P.N. Elrod Omnibus

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P.N. Elrod's favorite short works available for the first time in digital format for her "Lunch Time Reading Series." More

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About P.N. Elrod

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P.N. Elrod is best known for her ongoing urban fantasy series, The Vampire Files, featuring vampire PI Jack Fleming. Set in post-Prohibition Chicago, Jack's first big case was to solve his own murder! There are twelve novels and counting from Ace Science Fiction.

Elrod's sold more than 22 novels to Ace, Baen, Benbella, and Tor, and as many short stories to various publishers since 1990.

She's edited several theme anthologies for St. Martin's Griffin, including the award-winning My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding, My Big, Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, and Strange Brew. She's worked with the top names in the genre, including Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Charlaine Harris, Lori Handeland, and Lilith Saintcrow.

In April of 2011 she was awarded with the prestigious Pioneer Achievement in Vampire Fiction from RT Book Reviews Magazine at the Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles.

She is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency http://www.knightagency.net/

Elrod's most recent sales:

A new urban fantasy collection for St. Martins Griffin-- Hex Appeal release: June 2012

A three-book Steampunk series for Tor-- On Her Majesty's Psychic Service.


Praise for P.N. Elrod’s works:

“Elrod knows how to pace the action without resorting to caricature. These characters, including the vampires, believable...a pleasure to know!” – Library Journal

“Clever characterization, wicked wit, and palatable mayhem...[an] entertaining detective romp.” --Publisher’s Weekly

Filled with snappy action and sharp dialogue, and featuring a likable hero, Elrod’s latest is certain to be a hit with the fang-loving crowd.” – Booklist

“Elrod crafts some of the snappiest mysteries around that just happen to feature one of the most well-realized vampire characters in current fiction. The pacing never flags and the plotting never disappoints.” --Crescent Blues

“Mixing genres is always a difficult task, but it is one P.N. Elrod has mastered in her Jack Fleming novels. She tells and exciting story with all the elements of a classic mystery and blends in the proper amount of vampiric fantasy, resulting in a good story that will keep readers going until the end.” --Tulsa World

Interesting twists, good period detail, fine characterizations and snappy dialogue.” --Publisher’s Weekly.

This entertaining first installment in a new series by the author of The Vampire Files offers deft touches of wit, beauty and suspense. – Publisher’s Weekly.

"Fascinating subplots, humor and action." - Starlog

"Characters are well-drawn, the good and the bad ... The book's chief joys are the voice of Jonathan and the portrayal of Tory life during the American revolution." - LOCUS

P.N. Elrod ups the stakes (pun intended) in this latest, and best installment of the Jack Fleming saga. Chills, thrills, and dark doings in ‘30s Chicago, heralded by the arrival of a darkly fascinating new vampire character with a deadly secret. Elrod takes her universe into unexplored territory with Dark Road Rising.” – Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampire series

“The book is as dark and decadent as blood and chocolate. The writing pops, and Jack Fleming is a narrator to die for.” --Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City series.

“The setting is captivating, the characters are original, and the plot will leave you hungry for more.” --Lori Handeland, author of The Nightcreature series

“Dark Road Rising kept me up all night. A satisfying, smart, genuinely savvy read—with a lot of bite!” --Lilith Saintcrow, author of the Dante Valentine series.

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Review by: Ed Dravecky III on July 30, 2012 :
A great collection from an amazing writer. I can't wait for her next Omnibus!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Jan Pailthorp on Dec. 5, 2011 :
Wonderful selection of short stories. Includes several with characters from the Vampire Files. I'm a huge Escott fan. P N Elrod never disappoints!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Patrick Prescott on June 12, 2011 :
There is so much to her stories that make you recall movies, pop culture and history. Fun reads.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Logan Waterman on June 12, 2011 : (no rating)
P.N. Elrod writes smart books. And she writes fun books. At the same time. After the vampire craze has finally died down, and “urban fantasy” has become watered-down self-referential clichés, The Vampire Files continue to be among the best series going. It crosses many lines and genres, from vampire and urban fantasy, to pulp and noir. Jack Fleming is charismatic, likable and above all a character we can identify with. He is smart enough to be engaging, and witty enough to be fun. Yet he has no problem with a little two-fisted action, when the situation calls for it. Elrod obviously loves the period in which her books are set, and has researched it well. The stories are immersive and realistic in the settings and language, but can still be easily followed by someone who has not spent far too much time watching Bogart and Hepburn. Not that you CAN spend too much time watching Bogart and Hepburn. All her characters are fully formed three-dimensional people with distinct voices and personalities. There are gunfights, gangsters, vamps (of both varieties), mysteries, intrigue, and sex, and a friendly ghost.
Though there are some sexy moments, and some violent ones, overall I would recommend this to an older YA reader, especially one who has shown a proper disdain for vampires of the “sparkly” type. And anyone who likes a damn fine, old fashioned film-noir type pulpy story, with a bit of that old black magic thrown in for spice. Check out Elrod’s stuff. You will not be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Michael Bernardi on May 27, 2011 :
I'm a big fan of Pat Elrod, so when I found out about this collection, I bought my copy at once, and was not disappointed.

While I had read some of the stories before, there were more than enough that I hadn't that I felt the small outlay well spent.

Also it's very nice to have all these stories collected in one place, instead of scattered around various anthologies. I enjoyed all of these, even the re-reads, except for the Hamlet one (I'm not a big Shakespere fan).

But in a collection only finding one dud (just not my genre) is pretty good going.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: TexasRed79109 on May 24, 2011 :
This collection of short stories is great for reading one at a time, when you just have a few minutes. The characters are real, the plots are marvelous, with just the right amount of twists to keep you coming back for more. If you are already familiar with P. N. Elrod's novels, you will love these short additions to her canon. But even if you are just now getting to know these people, you will love the stories, and probably go out and buy the books.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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