Swimming Without a Net (Fred the Mermaid Series #2)

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As Fred the Mermaid tries to fit in with her own kind, she finds herself hooked on both Artur, the High Prince of the undersea realm, and Thomas, a hunky marine biologist. She's also caught between two factions of merfolk: those happy with swimming under the radar-and those who want to bring their existence to the surface.
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Overview


As Fred the Mermaid tries to fit in with her own kind, she finds herself hooked on both Artur, the High Prince of the undersea realm, and Thomas, a hunky marine biologist. She's also caught between two factions of merfolk: those happy with swimming under the radar-and those who want to bring their existence to the surface.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515143812
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Series: Fred the Mermaid Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 641,865
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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.

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 March 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    MJD Never Disappoints

    The Fred Bimm trilogy is a hoot. A very original take on the traditional mermaid. Funny and sarcastic. Too bad about no more books in the series, but the story stands well as a trilogy; no need to sequalize it infinitely. Maybe we'll see Fred in a few short stories.

    Not a serious read, but fun and entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Not as good as Betsy

    Not as good as Betsy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    MERMAID RP

    @ 'fish out of water'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Chy

    I love fariy tales and i think the merdmaid books she wrote will be great!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Good read

    Fred is in the middle again and how fitting is that? She tries to see both sides but stands with her mermaid half but not tell them what to do. So she stands a lone, just she does for most things.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    A dissapointing read!

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series. But this one was a total letdown. Nothing got resolved and it felt like the book was hastily thrown together with no idea for a plot at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Another Of My Favorites

    Besides the first book, 'Sleeping with the Fishes', i greatly enjoyed reading this exciting novel. I hope to see another of this series soon because I would like to see how Fred handles going with her chosen to where he lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Quick and Quirky as ever

    Finish the story already! The Undead series at least finishes a story in the book. This two guys drama was interesting in the first and still unsatisfying in the second. All and all, I'd rather wait until she's done with the series if this is how it will be written.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    another wacky amusing romp from MaryJanice Davidson

    In Boston blue haired Fred is a somewhat grouchy half human half mermaid who detests SLEEPING WITH FISHES though she admits some of those purebreds are hunks at least one is ¿ she only has met one. However, she is even grumpier than usual as she went from no men to two men (well one man and a merman) back to no men as marine biologist Thomas Pearson and Prince Artur have left her to pursue other activities. ------------------ Making matters worse is her best friend Jonas and her boss Dr. Barb are a disgustingly loving pair making her ill especially since no one is pawing her. However, she has a bigger issue as her father and his mer-people demand her presence. The issue being debated is whether to reveal themselves to the blind surface dwellers and they want her feedback as the only known half-breed. She thinks what a way to finally meet her biological father as she swims the Caymans only Thomas and Artur are also there after an almost one year abstinence that would please the Bush family values, but makes Fred¿s life even further complicated.------------------- The second Fred mermaid tale is another wacky amusing romp from MaryJanice Davidson, the queen of this sub-genre. The story line is fast-paced but loaded with humor as Fred does not take whale crap from fools or persecutors lightly she meets plenty of those who think humans and half humans are beneath watery mammals and the fish on the food chain. Although somewhat darker than her previous efforts to clean up Boston Harbor, readers will enjoy her antics as she meets the paternal side of the family after three decades without knowing up front who gave her the blue hair.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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