Undead and Underwater [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson “continues to put her own unique spin on paranormal romance” (Fallen Angel Reviews), and in this all-new anthology, she’s three times as outrageous as ever before…



Super, Girl!

Meet Hailey Derry, human resources representative and round-the-clock ...
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson “continues to put her own unique spin on paranormal romance” (Fallen Angel Reviews), and in this all-new anthology, she’s three times as outrageous as ever before…



Super, Girl!

Meet Hailey Derry, human resources representative and round-the-clock superhero. Born with the ability to convert anything she eats into crime-fighting energy, Hailey is now faced with her toughest challenge: the sexy new hire who has a mad crush on her. But how does Hailey break the news that she’s more of a Wonder Woman than he can imagine? She’d better think of something fast, because letting this guy go would be a crime.



Undead and Underwater

Betsy, queen of the undead, and Fred, the dour could’ve-been-a-princess mermaid, reluctantly team up to help a mutual friend in trouble. After all, a friend in need is a friend who, well, can really test your patience—because Betsy and Fred aren’t exactly BFFs. What they do have in common is the source of the problem: a man. And what’s more troubling than love?



Incomer

As leader of the Pack, it’s Lara Wyndham’s job to usher her breed to safety after the cataclysmic Kardashian Riots of 2025—and fend off the advances of Jack Gardner, a sexy Packer with alpha urges and a knack for getting into trouble. No matter how bad Lara wants it, she doesn’t need it. Not that intoxicating scent of his, or his talented mouth, or that perfect ass. Then again…



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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Three stories highlight connections between supernatural worlds, all of them tied together by one shoe-obsessed vampire queen. The latest in the Betsy Taylor vampire series consists of three novellas chronicling the exploits of the vampire queen and those near and dear to her. Super, Girl! introduces Hailey Derry, a superheroine trying to live her own life while maintaining her secret identity. When her company hires the likable Jamie Linus, Hailey imagines ways that her normal life might somehow incorporate a man (yes!), but menacing messages suggest that her romantic interest may be onto her, forcing her to expose her double life. In Undead and Underwater's unlikely pairing, half-human, half-mermaid Dr. Fredrika Bimm is forced to work with Betsy when a mutual acquaintance is threatened. While the danger behind the threat is real, there may be even greater danger when the two powerful supernatural beings meet. Can they set aside their differences to solve the case--and do they even want to? In Incomer, the Wyndham Werewolves have a new alpha who appears to be under attack during her first day on the job. Lara Wyndham, who already has the stress of wondering whether her old family friend Jack Gardner will make a play for her now that she's in charge, doesn't have time to deal with dead things showing up on her doorstep. This trio starts strong, but the frequent involvement of past characters leads to obfuscation only a die-hard fan would love or understand. Davidson would be well-served by taking notes from her characters, who sometimes complain about "nauseating endless speculative continual monologues."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101619568
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Undead/Queen Betsy
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 140,413
  • File size: 843 KB

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, most recently Undead and Unstable. With her husband, Anthony Alongi, she also writes a series featuring a teen weredragon named Jennifer Scales. MaryJanice lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children and is currently working on her next book.

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 25, 2013

    Undead, superhero, werewolves

    Usually i love her stories, but not this book! It didnt flow and it read disjointed. Very dissapointed. Not worth the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    This is irritating, i was expecting a full Betsy novel and inste

    This is irritating, i was expecting a full Betsy novel and instead i get a short stroy, I wouldn't have bought the book had I realized... What a rip off.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    ? Story

    I hate receiving a 22 page sample and do not get to read even pg 1 of the story nothing against the story since I obviously did not get to start w/the story B N you will not get any money from if I cannot read a samle

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog


    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
    Super, Girl!
    Hailey Derry has a secret, or rather a secret identity, she is the superhero It Girl. Not that she likes being It Girl, it makes her constantly late for work and she has zero life outside her superhero gig and her HR job but she can’t just ignore her freaky gifts. But it looks like someone at work knows who she is judging by the bossy post it notes that keep being left on her desk a week ago, which also just happens to be when the Jamie Linus, the man she unexpectedly lusts after started…

    MaryJanice Davidson does seem to have a way with the bizzare and quirky, which is great and something I do like; however, I figure at some point a story has got to make a tiny bit of sense and you have to be able to follow the dialogue. I mean I did follow what was happening (and the dialogue) but it was all so…silly. I don’t mind silliness it was just that, and with nearly everything I have read by MJD, it seemed like she was trying too hard to be funny and quirky and I was left feeling like I had read a kids cartoon (minus the sexy parts) when I was ten years too old for it.

    Undead & Underwater

    In this novella, two of MJD big characters, Queen Betsy and mermaid Frederika Bimm, meet up to help a mutual(ish) acquaintance who has gotten themselves into trouble. I don’t really follow either the Mermaid series or the Queen Betsy series, so I don’t know if this is a first or not!

    Although I did find this book a little boring and felt that I probably had to know more about the characters then I did, Undead & Underwater did have its funny moments; however, I mostly found it a little ridiculous and underwhelming. But, I imagine if you are a fan of one or both of these series already this will be a great book to read to get a glance at your favourite characters between books.

    Incomer

    Lara is the first alpha to have got the position because the previous job holder (in this case her father) retired, rather than have a big old dominance fight. It is now her first day on the job and she has a potential mate, a younger brother she doesn’t understand and some strange and slightly sinister packages being left on her back door step.

    This was actually my favourite of the three novellas, I am not sure why, it had the same vibe as the other stories, but I liked Lara more and her little brother made me laugh. I think this is also belongs in an established series by MJD, if so, it is worth reading as although the story is thin, I found the characters funny, and you will also get a hit of Fred and Betsy from her other series as well.

    I am not a huge fan of this anthology, MJD writing just isn’t to my taste, however, if you are a fan this book is a must have!

    *Review copy provided by publisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Disapointed

    I loved all the rest of these books and I am horribly disapointed in this book. This is a book of short stories that does not go on with the story line from the previous Betsy books. Not happy....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Disappointed

    I thought this would be the next installment in the series but it was simply a few short stories so I was very disappointed. I love this series and was anxiously awaiting the next one and feel very let down. Looking forward to the next full actual book.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Loved this whole book. Found myself laughing out loud at the ant

    Loved this whole book. Found myself laughing out loud at the antics of all th characters I have loved from her series. A great fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Good read

    It was a good read.

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