Faeries Gone Wild

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MARYJANICE DAVIDSON  “Tall, Dark and Not So Faery”

Scarlett is not your typical pint-sized faery. At six feet, four inches tall, she’s an unlikely candidate for a match made in heaven. But when she ventures to Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on royal orders to survey its extraordinary residents, she stumbles upon the one man who just may measure up to size…


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MARYJANICE DAVIDSON  “Tall, Dark and Not So Faery”

Scarlett is not your typical pint-sized faery. At six feet, four inches tall, she’s an unlikely candidate for a match made in heaven. But when she ventures to Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on royal orders to survey its extraordinary residents, she stumbles upon the one man who just may measure up to size…


William Timber is a cutthroat developer who refuses to let a few trees come between him and his next million. But when Avalina—a sparkling faery charged to protect all things green—comes to town, William is forced to choose between life as he knows it and the unknown reaches of his heart.

MICHELE HAUF “Dust Me, Baby, One More Time”

A librarian by day and a tooth faery by night, Sidney has absolutely no time to find Mr. Right. Until she flies smack dab into sexy, sun-bronzed Dart Sand, a man who makes her wings a-flutter…and whose allure could get her banished from the Mortal Realm.

LEANDRA LOGAN “A Little Bit Faery”

Tia is mystified when she strikes out on the Luna faery singles scene, in spite of her hourglass curves and vivacious charm. Then she takes off for Manhattan and lands on the doorstep of a steamy firefighter who sets her soul on fire—and shares a strong connection to her secret past.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This lighthearted romance anthology is as flighty and inconsistent as its fey protagonists. The most charming tale is Logan's "A Little Bit Faery," in which appealing young faery Tia Mayberry becomes enthralled by life in Manhattan and a sexy mortal firefighter. In Hauf's whimsical "Dust Me, Baby, One More Time," prudish fairy Sidney Tooth is forced to ally with the arrogant sandman Dart Sand against skeptical humans. Davidson pairs a tiny magical census taker with a half-mortal giant in the choppy, crowded "Tall, Dark and Not So Faery," while Greiman's banal "Pixie Lust" sets up naïve California pixie Avalina and real estate developer Will Timber, whose characterization is as wooden as his name. Even the most forgiving fans are unlikely to be enchanted. (June)

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"A great read." —Night Owl Romance

"A fun romp." —Darque Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250051653
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson has been credited with starting paranormal chick lit. She is the author of the Undead series and Me, Myself and Why? Her books have been listed on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and she lists her goals as “Working for world peace, figuring out how to make potstickers, and speaking at writer and reader conferences around the world.” She lives in Minnesota.


Lois Greiman was a horse trainer, model, fitness instructor, and veterinary assistant before selling her first book in 1992. Since then she has written numerous contemporary, paranormal and historical romance novels and mysteries. The recipient of an Affaire de Coeur’s Critic’s Choice Award, a Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Award, and a Midwest Fiction Writer’s Rising Star Award, she lives on her small farm in Minnesota with her family and menagerie of pets.


Michele Hauf has written works of romance, action-adventure, and fantasy for more than fifteen years, and France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. Her first published novel was Dark Rapture.


Leandra Logan is an award-winning author of more than thirty novels for adults and teenagers. She lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her family.


Reading the coyly self-deprecating autobiography on her web site, one gets the distinct impression that MaryJanice Davidson does not have the slightest interest in talking about herself. Perhaps it's because she simply doesn't have the time. Prolific does not begin to describe this chart-busting dynamo, the author of four bestselling series and literally dozens of novellas and short stories.

A writer with a few romances and YA novels to her credit, Davidson had tried for years to interest publishers in her idea for a humorous, tongue-in-cheek vampire romance. After dozens of rejections (and assurances that there was no market for paranormal!), she submitted her manuscript for publication online. An editor at a New York publishing house downloaded the story, was royally entertained, and contacted Davidson to acquire the print rights to Undead and Unwed. On the spot, she was offered a three-book contract.

When Undead and Unwed and its wry sequel, Undead and Unemployed, were released in early 2004, not one, but two stars were born: Davidson and her irresistible protagonist, the reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor. A smart, sassy, 27-year-old secretary, Betsy is killed in a freak car accident and wakes up (so to speak) to discover that she is not only a vampire but the much-prophesied Queen of the Undead. Readers loved Davidson's wry take on vampire literature, a genre long distinguished by its gothic self-seriousness. Betsy, with her smarty-pants attitude and passion for designer shoes, is one vampire queen who owes more to Sophie Kinsella than to Anne Rice.

While Davidson has continued to produce more Undead novels, she has also found the time to launch three other romantic fantasy series featuring 1.) a hybrid mermaid named Fred, 2.) an eccentric family of Alaskan royals, and 3.) a cyborg spy. All are infused with her trademark wit and imagination. In addition, she and her husband, Anthony Alongi, have written the Jennifer Scales series, originally marketed to young adults and re-released as fantasy fiction for all ages. Davidson also remains one of the most popular writers of paranormal romantica; her short stories and novellas appear regularly in anthologies.

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Davidson is not the only one in her family to achieve fame. Her mother once broke the world record for target shooting.

Before she devoted her time to chronicling the love lives of vampires and werewolves, Davidson was voted Miss Congeniality in her high school.

Even though Davidson is one of the most popular writers of modern monster fiction, in real life she is actually terrified of the undead. In fact, she is currently holding a contest on her web site asking readers to put together a twelve-step program to help her get over her fear of zombies!

As she writes on her website, Davidson lived a transient life as a young girl. Her father's career in the U.S. Air Force led her to live in such disparate locales as Guam, Mississippi, and North Dakota. As she grew older, her life in the working world was just as restless as her childhood. She tried her hand at everything from waitressing to modeling to editing to a stint as a medical test subject (!) before settling on a career as a bestselling novelist. These days, her life may be a bit more settled, but it has hardly slowed down.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Davidson

"I'm a former model -- worst job ever, honestly."

"I'm a gigantic sushi hog -- it's pretty much my favorite meal."

"The more terrible and groaningly awful a horror movie is, the more I like it."

"Um, I like bubble baths? Seriously. I know that sounds like something a Playboy Bunny would say, but I really do."

"I like taking my kids to new restaurants and encouraging them to try new dishes -- we did "Dim Sum" just the other day."

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Chapter One

Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Pop.: 6,661

7:28 p.m. CST Tuesday, during the Law & Order marathon on TNT

She came out of the woods like an arrow, a six-foot, four-inch arrow with the huge diaphanous wings of a dragonfly and the split ends of a beach bum, and she didn’t float, or flitter.

None of her kind did.

She moved smoothly, like a machine, her toes always exactly 1.3 inches off of the grass and, as she neared the house, the gravel.

She was holding a clipboard and a pen, and her eyes were the color of ice. Her hair was the color of tree bark, and hung halfway down her back in a riot of rich brown waves.

She moved up the driveway, eyeing with some trepidation the gray Escape that now appeared much closer than she had first assumed. In fact, it was rolling toward her, the gravel crunching beneath the wheels.

No one was driving, which, although she wasn’t entirely surprised, still made her uneasy. She’d heard rumors, of course, which was part of the reason she was here, but surely all the rumors couldn’t be—

"Nice wings. You look like an escapee from a children’s ice-skating show." The small SUV came to a stop six inches from her toes. "This is private property, you big dumb dragonfly, so why don’t you hit the bricks?"

She was intimidated enough by a fairy’s natural uneasiness around machinery; being spoken to by a vehicle was even more unsettling. "I—I’m here on official business."

The car stereo chortled static. "Official dragonfly business?"

She had no idea if the machine was joking or not. The voice was feminine, with a raspy edge. In her nervousness, her feet settled to the gravel. She tiptoed around the SUV but didn’t have the nerve to turn her back on the vehicle and continue up the drive. "Official fairy business. I’m a counter."

"Kitchen or bathroom?"

She pondered that for a moment, puzzled, then answered, "Household. I count things."


She blinked and hugged the clipboard to her chest. "Because. Because that is our nature. We count."

" ‘We’ being uptight accountants with wings …?"


"Huh." The engine thrummed thoughtfully and the headlights popped on, then dimmed. Almost as if—ha-ha!—the machine was deep in thought. "Must be the brat. Must be."

She was edging around the hood and now she was walking backward, still far too rattled to fly. "Yes, well, I have to count."

"It’s just as well," the vehicle called after her as she began an undignified scramble up the steps. "It’s been really dull around here! Hey! Get back here. Where d’you think you’re going? We’re having a conversation, aren’t we? Hellooooo?"

Excerpted from Faeries Gone Wild by Mary Janice Davidson.

Copyright © 2009 by Mary Janice Davidson.

Published by St. Martin’s Press.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Not That Wild

    I found this set of stories rather boring. The only story I really found amusing was about the tooth fairy and sandman. My recommendation for reading this book would be to check it out at the library, read that one story, and then return it the next day. Or better yet just read it at the library or book store. If your looking for a set of really good short stories check out my recommendations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2009

    Fun Faery Fables

    I enjoyed the stories in "Faeires Gone Wild", but I think you have to be a fan of the genre. I don't know what to call it, but I'd describe it as a crossover collection combining fantasy, romance and a hybrid sci-fi/horror theme. I mean it in a good way, and I put some of my favorite recent reads in this group (MJ Davidson's other books, Morganville Vamps series, my beloved Sookie Stackhouse books, even the Twilight series) -- there's a long, lovely list of titles I've enjoyed in this loosely related category. Happily, the authors typically imbue their tales with plenty of humor...and some heat things up with plenty of sex. You'll find examples of pretty much the whole range of possibilities here. In fact, one thing I particularly enjoyed about this collection is that some tales were told with a light, comic touch, and some were actually raise-your-hackles scary. Many of the authors in the "FGW" collection were unfamiliar to me, but I'm already planning to seek out other titles. My only complaint is that the quality was a bit uneven, but I still think it's a successful collection overall.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Faeries Gone Wild A Great Anthology

    Tall Dark And Not So Faery- Fairy Scarlett has been sent to Cannon Falls, Minnesota to take a census of the town. The door she knocks on is the home of several creatures. l. Ezra the vampire.2. Owen the werewolf. 3. Dryad and her mixed baby. 4. The Violent Fairy (Lent) 4.Judith the enchanted SUV. 5.Ireland & Micah.
    Scarlett is six four and isn't really looking for a romance, but suddenly Coffee Ray shows up. Coffee Ray is about seven foot and is half giant.

    This was a funny story. I loved the since of humor everyone had.

    Pixy Lust- Avalina is a faery who's been charged with protecting everything green. Suddenly while she is sleeping William Timber accidentally captures her and she turns his life upside down.

    I loved this story. I was in tears at the end and I didn't want it to end.

    Dust Me Baby, One More Time- Sidney Tooth has been the local tooth fairy for decades and librarian by day. One night while trying to collect a tooth Sidney runs into Dart Sand, the local sandman. They are attracted to eachother immediately. But Sidney is focused on her jobs. But the mothers of Reverie have decided to ban the tooth fairy. Sidney wants a relationship with Dart, but is afraid of rocking the ship. Will Dart help Sidney find away to get the mothers to believe again.
    I loved this story. I could relate to Sidney, she was nothing but work, and never thought of herself.

    A Little Bit Faery- Tia Mayberry has always felt different from the other faeries. It isn't until she is thrown out of her condo, that she finds out why. She's part human. Now she knows why faery males run from her when she's aroused.
    Tia moves to Manhattan and suddenly falls for Alex Simon. But can Alex accept her for what she is?

    This was a pleasant story. I didn't like it as much as the other three. But that's the way anthologies are

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009


    Just didn'g find this read engaging. Even the Davidson entry was disappointing. Seems as if she tried to fit too many characters into her entry.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

    Summer reading

    A good mix of story types in this genre.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Didn't like this book at all!

    Talk about offbeat. Goofy story lines. Not my cup of tea at all. I had to force myself to continue reading the book. The first story was the worst...the others somewhat better, but not something that would encourage me to purchase anything else by these authors.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009


    This is a wonderful "afternoon" book.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Fun Read

    Just finished this anthology & like usual, I would have liked for each story to be longer...but then you have a novel, not short stories! This is a fun read, great take-along for any of those summer activities. I highly recommend it as an addition to all the other MaryJanice Davidson stories. I didn't know the other authors, but enjoyed each story.
    Light reading, great for a summer time get-away.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    these are four fun urban fantasy romances

    "Tall, Dark and Not So Faery" by MaryJanice Davidson. The Fairy king sends six foot plus Scarlett to conduct a census of the residents of a paranormal shelter in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Used to males being below her shoulders, she is taken aback when she meets for the first time a hunk taller than her whose heart matches her heart in size.

    "Pixie Lust" by Lois Greiman. Wealthy developer William Timber plans to cut down the forest for his next project; Avalina the California prim and proper pixie is responsible to keep the area green. As they disagree on his project, they agree on love.

    "Dust Me, Baby, One More Time" by Michele Hauf. Librarian Sidney Tooth moonlights as the tooth faery so has no time to find a man though her prim and proper behavior does not help her. That is until she meets arrogant sex machine Dart Sand the sandman who, if she helps him on his quest, might exile her from the mortal realm; but she wonders if that is all bad since she would be with him in more than just her dreams.

    "A Little Bit Faery" by Leandra Logan. A confused single vivacious fairy Tia Mayberry decides to test the bright lights of Manhattan though she always goes home alone. This time her desire leads her to Simon, a mortal firefighter who blazes his heart into her soul.

    Although the tales except for Leandra Logan's are thin as expected for a novella collection, these are four fun urban fantasy romances.

    Harriet Klausner

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