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Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace (Jennifer Scales Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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She knew that growing up would mean changing. But Jennifer wasn't prepared for the blue scales or the claws, since no one had told her that she came from a bloodline of weredragons. Her greatest challenge? Protecting herself from her family's ancient enemies and preparing herself for fierce battles. And that's a lot to expect of a girl just coming into her own.


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Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace (Jennifer Scales Series #1)

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Overview

She knew that growing up would mean changing. But Jennifer wasn't prepared for the blue scales or the claws, since no one had told her that she came from a bloodline of weredragons. Her greatest challenge? Protecting herself from her family's ancient enemies and preparing herself for fierce battles. And that's a lot to expect of a girl just coming into her own.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440622298
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Series: Jennifer Scales Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 242,636
  • File size: 648 KB

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Anthony Alongi is a fantastically good-looking, talented writer who doesn’t deserve his fantastically good-looking wife, the gifted writer MaryJanice Davidson (Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated, Undead and Unreturnable, Undead and Unpopular, Undead and Uneasy, The Royal Treatment, Hello, Gorgeous!, “Wicked” Women Whodunnit). He spends far too much time playing games on the computer and doesn’t appreciate his wife, although he makes a mean bacon dinner and stumbled his way through Carleton College and Harvard University. He is a contract writer for Hasbro, Inc. His interests include annoying his wife, chasing his children around the house, and writing his wife’s bio.

Biography

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.

Good To Know

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Oh no!

    Diamond Tiara's at it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Secrets: Part Three

    "Of course I can." Scootaloo rubbed her eyes. <br>
    "A retard is a cruel name for somepony with a disability." <br>
    "Oh. What disability do you have?" <br>
    "My wings can't hold the weight of my body and I can't fly an inch above the ground and anybody could fly better than me!" She wailed, breaking into sobs. Tears streamed down her face. <br>
    "Oh, Scoot. I didn't know." I wrapped my wings around her and sighed. "I feel sorry for you." <br>
    "You don't have to." Just then, a counselor yelled for us to get on the start line. Me and her lined up next to each other. We both gulped nervously. <br>
    "GO!" All the other fillies took off like rockets. We started taking off slowly and uncertainly. I wobbled dangerously. Scootaloo started falling straight onto the safety pads and I caught her. But, adding her weight, we started falling. I panicked and started flapping my wings furiously until we landed on a soft cloud. "Keep going!" A voice yelled. A hot air balloon was flying straight up very bumpily. The driver was a white unicorn filly with a pink and purple mane. "You can do it Scootaloo!" <br>
    "Ready, Hazy Dream?" I nodded. We started flapping together vigorously, me still holding her. It was like real flying, it was fast and smooth. When we finished, we realized we were in last place. Diamond Tiara smirked. "I guess there isn't anything worse than an orphaned, retarded blank-flank who got last place." Scootaloo tried to look unhurt, but I could tell she was crying. The filly in the hot air balloon was wailing, crying a waterfall. Soon, I felt a sharp jab in my flank. I looked over to see Diamond Tiara poking me with her horn. She whispered, "You're hanging out with this retard? Loser! Blank-flank!" I started to defend the two fillies next to me, but soon I burst into tears.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    entertaining

    This was an entertaining read, not too much dialogue. Still have to find out what Crescent Valley is.........

    Also recommend: The Claidi Collection: Books 1-3 by Tanith Lee

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

    Jennifer Scales is just like any other fourteen-year-old girl. She's going through some...changes. But it's all normal, right? <BR/><BR/>Not exactly. In JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE (don't let the title keep you away; it's not what it sounds like), Jennifer's parents tell her some...surprising news. She's going to be changing a lot more than most people do at her age. In fact, she's going to be getting scales, horns, and claws--at least some of the time. Jennifer is a weredragon, from her dad's side of the family (her mom never has a tail the way Jennifer and her father do), and her parents waited to tell her until the day of her first morph. Whenever there's a crescent moon, Jennifer, her father, her grandfather, and so many other seemingly normal people turn into dragons. <BR/><BR/>That gives Jennifer a lot to deal with. She's got her friends (who she can't tell), school, and, well, being a fourteen-year-old girl. She's got to put her life on hold, though, when she goes to her grandfather's farm to become a dragon, and learn the skills she needs for that (at first, even standing up is hard!). Jennifer (and all weredragons) also has some ancient enemies, though: beaststalkers (humans with the power to hunt weredragons) and werearachnids (people who turn into giant spiders every crescent moon). As if starting high school wouldn't be hard enough! <BR/><BR/>JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE is a fast-paced story that I read all in one sitting! The writing isn't particularly remarkable, but it's simple enough to keep the reader focused on the story. The characters all seem pretty realistic, if a bit removed from the narrative. The idea is pretty original--a great spin-off of the less original, and more often written about, idea of werewolves. MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi's writing allows the reader to easily suspend disbelief, and every bit of the story seems as if it could be happening right now, despite what common sense tells us. <BR/><BR/>This is a fantastic and unique young adult fantasy novel that every fantasy fan (and perhaps those new to fantasy) should read! If you do, you'll certainly want to pick up the next book in the series, JENNIFER SCALES AND THE MESSENGER OF LIGHT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    a reviewer

    Jennifer Scales is just like any other fourteen-year-old girl. She's going through some...changes. But it's all normal, right? Not exactly. In JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE (don't let the title keep you away it's not what it sounds like), Jennifer's parents tell her some...surprising news. She's going to be changing a lot more than most people do at her age. In fact, she's going to be getting scales, horns, and claws--at least some of the time. Jennifer is a weredragon, from her dad's side of the family (her mom never has a tail the way Jennifer and her father do), and her parents waited to tell her until the day of her first morph. Whenever there's a crescent moon, Jennifer, her father, her grandfather, and so many other seemingly normal people turn into dragons. That gives Jennifer a lot to deal with. She's got her friends (who she can't tell), school, and, well, being a fourteen-year-old girl. She's got to put her life on hold, though, when she goes to her grandfather's farm to become a dragon, and learn the skills she needs for that (at first, even standing up is hard!). Jennifer (and all weredragons) also has some ancient enemies, though: beaststalkers (humans with the power to hunt weredragons) and werearachnids (people who turn into giant spiders every crescent moon). As if starting high school wouldn't be hard enough! JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE is a fast-paced story that I read all in one sitting! The writing isn't particularly remarkable, but it's simple enough to keep the reader focused on the story. The characters all seem pretty realistic, if a bit removed from the narrative. The idea is pretty original--a great spin-off of the less original, and more often written about, idea of werewolves. MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi's writing allows the reader to easily suspend disbelief, and every bit of the story seems as if it could be happening right now, despite what common sense tells us. This is a fantastic and unique young adult fantasy novel that every fantasy fan (and perhaps those new to fantasy) should read! If you do, you'll certainly want to pick up the next book in the series, JENNIFER SCALES AND THE MESSENGER OF LIGHT. **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    BEST SERIES EVER besides Harry Potter. A MUST READ series!

    This series is a must read. I read this book in three days! thats how good this book was. i was also thinking that like the harry potter series and eragon series and the narnia series, that they should make this series a movie. i wanted to get that statment to the author but dont have the email adress. this would make a great movie!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Definetly Good Enough

    Golly! She really starts out bratty. I'm glad when she finally improves her attitude. Because she is 14 not 3. Despite that I really did enjoy this book. The battle in the end was very well thought out and the rest of the book was pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    great and fast read

    this book was very fun to read and very fast-paced, although i think the end was too abrupt. still, this is a good book for those that love fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    great new fantasy team!!

    This is a wonderful book! Mary Janice Davidson is primarily known for her spicy paranormal romance books (none of which you'd let your teenager read...well you shouldn't let your teenager read. I guess I can't speak for everyone.)This book has none of her weaknesses little or no description and an abrupt ending)and all of her strengths. This must be the contribution of Anthony Alongi. The story reads nothing like anything Ms Davidson would have written on her own and the reader definitely benefits from the writing of her husband. They have captured what it is like to be a teenager dealing with parents during a difficult time of your life. The teens act like teens and the parents act like parents. You can see and understand everyone's point of view. Often when writing for teens the parents are made out to be so terrible that you can't imagine having parents like that or being a parent like that. These are real people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. It's witty, creative, well thought out fantasy. I can't wait until the next in the series comes out. YES! It's the 1st of what I hope is a long long series. The world deserves more fantasy written for intelligent teens that treats them like intelligent teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    Great book for kids and adults!

    I just got finished reading Jennifer Scales to my daughter and we both loved it. She really enjoyed the characters and the funny moments while Jennifer learned to be a dragon. A nice, fun book that everyone will enjoy. Reccomended!

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