Pretty much everybody disliked Beauty because it was overpriced and pointless. Even a lot of Hamilton's super-devoted fans thought so.
But then Affliction sank like the Titanic (but more quickly), and LKH found herself running late. So with publishers breathing fire down her neck, she had to drop the Anita Blake novel she had just started and start a new book in the more profitable Merry Gentry series. To recoup some quick cash, she also released the aborted novel as a short story.
Which is how we get to Dancing.
Whatever. On to the story.
- Dancing Part 1