Undead and Unappreciated (Betsy Taylor Series #3)

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Reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor may rule the topsy-turvy world of the undead, but now Betsy's discovered that she has a long-lost half-sister who's the devil's daughter—and destined to rule the underworld.

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Overview

Reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor may rule the topsy-turvy world of the undead, but now Betsy's discovered that she has a long-lost half-sister who's the devil's daughter—and destined to rule the underworld.

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Special bulletin to fans of Betsy Taylor, shoe fanatic and inadvertent queen of the undead: The third outing in the irresistible comic vampire series (Undead and Unwed and Undead and Unemployed) is here. Betsy is still struggling with her new life, trying to keep up with old friends while running a vampire nightclub. This time, she discovers she has quite the family tree, including a long-lost half sister who is the daughter of the Devil and is destined to take over the world. In her Operation Keep an Eye on the Spawn of Satan, Betsy tracks down her little sister, Laura, a pretty, normal-seeming college girl in the Twin Cities. Naturally, adventures ensue: Betsy is set upon by a pack of moody vampires, turns evil for a few hours, and resolves her hate-love relationship with the charismatic Eric Sinclair, king of the vampires. And of course, there is some hot vampire sex and a lot of talk about shoes. What's not to like! Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425207222
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/6/2005
  • Series: Undead/Queen Betsy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 278,275
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.83 (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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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with MaryJanice Davidson

Heart to Heart: We love Betsy Taylor, inadvertent queen of the undead. How did you get started on this series?

MaryJanice Davidson: Would you believe, it was as simple as a picture in my head I couldn't get rid of? I had this vision of a tall blonde woman waking up in her own coffin, and not only was she dressed badly in cheap shoes, but she didn't even know she was a vampire. And I thought, how come she doesn't know? In the movies, you always know you're a vampire. How'd she wind up in a coffin in bad lighting? And the Betsy series was born.

HtoH: Will the hardcover debut bring her a bigger audience?

MJD: Cripes, I hope so!

HtoH: And will Sinclair ever...evolve? Grow up? Whatever?

MJD: I think he will, most definitely. You know what they say about the redeeming powers of love.

HtoH: You've had one of those "overnight successes" that took years.

MJD: You're right, it did take years! Oh, wait. That's not a question.

HtoH: Did you always write funny? Did you always enjoy writing in different genres?

MJD: Yup and yup. I guess it all goes back to my rampant immaturity. I can't be the straight man, so to speak, when I'm writing. As for writing in different genres, I like to read in different genres, so I guess that's why I write in them, too. I'd get bored if I had to write the same thing all the time.

HtoH: Were there any particular books you read as a teen that prompted you to become a writer -- and a writer with an interest in the paranormal?

MJD: Oh yes...there was this one book, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, about a teenager with telekinesis, that I could only find on my summer vacation when I'd visit my grandpa's house. So every summer, I'd get that book out over and over again until school started.

HtoH: Can it really be true that starting in July [2005], you have a release every month through February?

MJD: Yes! It can be true.

HtoH: Does that include a new book for the sexy werewolf Derik, introduced in Derik's Bane?

MJD: Close...there's a Wyndham werewolf novella that I'm literally finishing this week. It's called A Fiend in Need, and it's Antonia's story (the grumpy psychic werewolf from Derik's Bane).

HtoH: Are you getting enough sleep?

MJD: Tons! Although, if I'm on a hot streak I'll often look up and realize it's after 10:00 p.m., which is a long day of writing when you start around 8:00 in the morning. What can I say? I'd rather write than just about anything else.

HtoH: Is it too quiet in Minnesota?

MJD: Never! If it was less quiet out here, I wouldn't be able to think all these stories up.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    LOVE THIS SERIES!

    Twilight can't even compare to this series--I have read the series published thus far. LOVE IT! Waiting for more from Mary Janice Davidson. I recommend this series to many of my students looking for something new and exiting to read--have started our own bookclub at school and this is one of my top trades!!! Keeping them coming MJD. LOVE IT!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous wacky fantasy

    Betsy, Queen of the vampires, detests everything about her new life except the midnight sales. The worst part of being an undead is she desires the king her alleged spouse Eric Sinclair, but on the other hand wants nothing to do with him or his minion. Her dad arrives to inform Betsy that she is not to come to her evil stepmother¿s baby shower, which is why the event is being held during the day; Sinclair offers to go in her place. Her flustered dad lets slip that his spouse had a child when Betsy was thirteen and her father was still married to her biological mother. Apparently, the child is her stepsister. --- They visit step-mom and Eric hypnotizes her into revealing a little more information about Betsy¿s half-sister starting with abandoning the infant on the floor of a hospital lobby. As Betsy investigates with the unwanted help of Eric, her gay roommate and two other vampires, they begin to find a devilish trail towards the long lost half blood relative.--- The third ¿Un¿ and ¿Un¿ contains all the wacky fun from the previous two tales (see UNDEAD AND UNWED. and UNDEAD AND UNEMPLOYED), but retains a brisk sparkle due to the delightful amateur sleuth investigation. Betsy is her usual irreverent self still wondering how she became queen and why she cannot escape Eric¿s lure though a late shoe sale still solaces the soul (that is if she has one). MaryJanice Davidson is at her humorous biting best with this devilish tale of our favorite vampiress since Vampirella started seeking a blood relation.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    3/3/13

    3/3/13 Another fun entry in the "Undead and..." series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Betsy Taylor series

    Another fun and funny book as good as the first two. As I said if you are looking for deep meaningful reading this ain't it. This is purely fun. A great beach book. Fun and funny. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    To darn funny

    These books are hysterical! All the power in the world to betsy, who is witty, sarcastic, and caring!

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Love the Undead Series!

    I love the Undead series, and none of them disappoint. The same goes for book #3 "Undead and Unappreciated". Now, although this book is a fun, light read chick lit, it doesnt have as much going on as the first two books. Betsy is basically having issues with Sinclair, but thats almost as far as it goes. She DOES however find out that she has a sister who is "satans spawn" but for this book, the get along well. So im very interested to see what happens in the next few books.

    Anyway, its a fun chick lit read, and I am very much into the Betsy Taylor series. It easy to read and goes pretty quickly, but you find yourself engrossed in it all.

    Once again, highly recommended!

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    BE AWARE

    These are a fast and fun read but be aware that in book 9 in the last 2 pages she changes everything she laid out in the previous 8 books about the characters and the history about them So have fun with this series just be aware that with the authors plot twist the first 8 books become irrelevant she betrays everything about the characters that she laid out in the first 8 books. So enjoy but be aware

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    So romantic

    I was actually on the edge of my seat alternating between hystarical laughs and sheer dread the romance would be the end of me.. thankfull i couldn't put it down (again) and was delighted touched nad laughing all at the same time! No matter what mood you're in these books will brighten your day!

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Mindless Good Fun ...

    The Betsy Taylor series of books are mindless good fun; chick lit at their finest. Not as engaging as the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, but worth a read if you are looking for a quick, fun read.
    Betsy Taylor is less of a "regional character" than Sookie. Though Betsy lives in the midwest, she could live anywhere, whereas Sookie is a daughter of the south through and through.
    Did I say Betsy has a thing for shoes?

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Loved IT!

    Love this whole series it has something for everyone, you wont be dissapointed.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    Another Hysterical Installment

    I adore Betsy's vapid conversation, her show fetish, and her adoring consort Sinclair. When I need a laugh, MJD is always a writer who can brighten my day. It's great to see the series continuing with new twists and intrigues to keep the vampire queen busy.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Two Warnings: Not for Kids or Teens; Read Book One First!

    If you haven't read book one of this series, don't read this book until you do. The books must be read sequentially. Some writers of book series give you enough background information to keep up even if you're reading the books out of order. Davidson does not. She picks up where she left off and moves on. Characters and events that happend in a previous book suddenly are in this story and you have no idea who they are or why they're involved. Unfortunately I picked this book up and started reading, not realizing it was part of a series. I was mostly lost all the way through. Even with this problem, the book is fun. Warning: Thsi book is definitely nor for children or prbably even teens. Davidson can get downright graffic in her sexual descriptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

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    I Loved This Series

    I loved reading this series. It was great fun.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    I loved this one

    This book is the third in the "undead series" and far more the best. There are a lot of twist and turns that make Betsy Taylor take a closer look at her attitude of being Queen and her relationship with Sinclair. I was waiting for this change to take place. This book is definately a must have.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor, Queen of the Vampires, is having yet another bad day. Her stepmother, The Ant, is pregnant with her half-sibling, and still as unlikeable as always. Her dad, stopping by to encourage her not to make an appearance at the baby shower, lets it slip that Betsy has another half-sibling that was given up years ago. Determined to find out who this brother or sister is, Betsy goes on a reading binge, locking herself in the library with her copy of The Book of the Dead. <BR/><BR/>Totally forgetting that too much vampire book in one sitting can make you insane, Betsy reads until common sense is pushed by the wayside. She attacks her best friend, Jessica, verbally harangues her friend Marc, tells off Tina, the vampire king's right-hand-lady, and jumps Sinclair's bones. <BR/><BR/>To make matters worse, Betsy discovers that her long-lost half-sister, Laura, is more than just the adopted daughter of a minister and his wife--she's also the daughter of the Devil, who took over The Ant's body while she was pregnant. <BR/><BR/>Talk about a bad week! The latest installment of the life and times of Betsy is as funny as ever, filled with MaryJanice Davidson's one blend of sarcastic wit. I can't wait for the release of UNDEAD AND UNRETURNABLE, to pick up Betsy's life where this book left off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    The Latest in the Perils of Betsy

    Elizabeth 'Betsy' Taylor, Queen of the Vampires, is having yet another bad day. Her stepmother, The Ant, is pregnant with her half-sibling, and still as unlikeable as always. Her dad, stopping by to encourage her not to make an appearance at the baby shower, lets it slip that Betsy has another half-sibling that was given up years ago. Determined to find out who this brother or sister is, Betsy goes on a reading binge, locking herself in the library with her copy of The Book of the Dead. Totally forgetting that too much vampire book in one sitting can make you insane, Betsy reads until common sense is pushed by the wayside. She attacks her best friend, Jessica, verbally harangues her friend Marc, tells off Tina, the vampire king's right-hand-lady, and jumps Sinclair's bones. To make matters worse, Betsy discovers that her long-lost half-sister, Laura, is more than just the adopted daughter of a minister and his wife--she's also the daughter of the Devil, who took over The Ant's body while she was pregnant. Talk about a bad week! The latest installment of the life and times of Betsy is as funny as ever, filled with MaryJanice Davidson's one blend of sarcastic wit. I can't wait for the release of UNDEAD AND UNRETURNABLE, to pick up Betsy's life where this book left off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    It wasn't as good as the others

    I read this and was kind of dissapointed... It didn't have the same charm as the others. Somthing was lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Great Read !!

    I am a BIG fan of MJD's Undead series. I was overly excitied to start the book. I read it in 2 days only because I was required to put it down every now and then. I must say I was a little upset with how the book left off. But the book over all was enjoyable. I am currently reading her next one. Undead and Unreturnable. :) Looking good so far..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Wow. . . what happened MJD?

    I would recommend to all who love Mary Janice Davidson that they wait until this book comes out in paperback. I don't know what her editors were thinking but this book was super short, with overly large font and IN HARD BACK! Betsy was still funny but the story line just ,sort of, fell flat. I could read the first two books in this series over and over again. But I think that I will be waiting for Undead and Unreturnable(#4 book in the series) to come out in paperback before I purchase it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Dropped the ball

    Amusing but nowhere near the quality of the first two books. Much to short to be offered in hardback. The story is choppy and seems almost to be random thoughts stuck together with no continuity, as though Ms. Davidson could not decide where she wanted to go with Betsy. She would start a story line and then suddenly reverse it. I almost get the feeling she is tired of writing this series. Wrap this one up MJD, and move on.

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