How I met MaryJanice Davidson…and why you should read Queen Betsy from book one! #giveaway #BookBloggers
I met MaryJanice Davidson at the airport on the way to Authors After Dark 2013. Here I was in line to board the plane—headed for my FIRST EVER reader con—standing in line behind this very unassuming, friendly-looking woman (who managed to be both self-effacing and witty without really trying for either) when something about her whispered author to me. So I struck up a conversation right there at the gate.
[quote]I met MaryJanice Davidson at the airport on the way to Authors After Dark 2013.[/quote]
Was she going to a conference? Oh handy! I was going to the same one! Am I a writer? Oh no, I’m a blogger, although not one featured at this particular con (sadly). Was she an author? Oh yes, she’s the MC of the whole event, she calmly tells me. As if it’s no big deal to know you’ll be speaking in front of a few hundred people in a matter of hours. And oh yeah, you’ve attained such success as an author that even I—who at that time had not yet had the pleasure of trying out a MJD book—have heard of you and know that you’re the keynote figure at this whole big conference shebang. Oh, I recognized her then: MaryJanice (no space, folks!) Davidson, author of the sensationally popular Queen Betsy paranormal series.
[quote]She’s the MC of the whole event, she calmly tells me. As if it’s no big deal to know you’ll be speaking in front of a few hundred people in a matter of hours.[/quote]
Which is, of course, when my paralysis of the mouth began to set in. If you’ve ever met a famous person, you probably know what I’m talking about. This very nice woman, with whom I had been comfortably engaged in conversation only seconds before, was now a celebrity out of my little blogger self’s league. Still, I brazened through it and kept up the convo until we got to our seats. Which were in the same row. And our middle person didn’t show. Happy-dance meets heart-pounding-a-thousand-miles-a-second meets I’m-going-to-throw-up-anytime-now meets OMG-OMG-play-it-cool-and-ask-clever-questions generally sums up how I felt for those 63 minutes of epic plane ride.
[quote]OMG-OMG-play-it-cool-and-ask-clever-questions generally sums up how I felt for those 63 minutes of epic plane ride.[/quote]
I guess she enjoyed the conversation, because as we landed in Savannah, MaryJanice Davidson gave me her email address. The personal one that doesn’t have a fancy author branding behind it. And you know what? I never used it. I kept thinking ‘Soon! Soon I’ll have something MJ worthy to talk about, to plan with her! It will be amazing!” And then life happened and I stopped blogging for a year. And we fell out of touch. (Okay, we were never ‘in touch’ but you know what I mean… *grin*)
The moral of this story? There’s really no moral…or point, really. Other than to say that my short flight from Atlanta to Savannah for AAD13 was one of the most memorable of my life. I hopped on that opportunity like a bee on honey and learned the most fascinating things about Ms. Davidson. Did you know that Disney optioned her mermaid series for film? (Since that happened years ago and we still haven’t seen those sexy merfolk on the big screen, I suspect Disney had ulterior motives. Sad.) And do you have any idea just how invasive fans can be when they talk to romance authors? This was one of those moments that made me realize that I need to be very careful about the questions I ask, the assumptions I voice. I mean, we all know that authors have private lives too, but my jaw was on the ground after some of the stories she told me (all in her signature good humor, of course).
[quote]This was one of those moments that made me realize that I need to be very careful about the questions I ask, the assumptions I voice.[/quote]
After that chance meetup, I never really had the opportunity to connect with MJ in person again, but I did give Queen Betsy a try, and I laughed so hard throughout that whole story. UNDEAD AND UNWED is full of crazy and fantastical and hotness. As the Undead series comes to a close with the release of its final book, UNDEAD AND DONE, I’m taking a moment to look back and where it all started and to share this fab paranormal series with all of you. I’d meant to write up that review—the one I never got around to 3 years ago—for Undead and Unwed for this tour, but sadly the notes from my 2013 read only contain three lines, starting with:
Betsy wastes no time in smashing all the rules and tropes of traditional paranormal romance, starting with actively trying to kill herself (for real this time, to do the job right) before revealing her newly undead self to her grieving friends and family rather than scurrying off into the dark to live forever alone.
Run-on sentence aside, when the heroine of the story opens by trying to off herself, then takes her failures with outrageously good humor, you know you’re in for a treat. I’ll still get around to posting that review, but for now, lets chat about the Queen Betsy series and take a look back at where it all began…
You know what? There IS a moral to this story. Authors are people just like the rest of us. And readers (including authors) fangirl over the same tropes and archetypes and cliques in romance, just like in any other genre. Be proud of what you read, and don’t be afraid to reach out and tell your favorite authors—no matter how “big name” you may think they are—how much you enjoy their work. Then talk about books and love and life! You never know when you’ll meet someone amazing, and you never know how long you’ll have with them. MJ, thanks for the most eye-opening 63 minutes of conversation I’ve ever had. <3
Being dead ain’t as easy as it looks…
Betsy Taylor turns 30, gets laid off, is killed by an SUV and wakes up dead all in the same week. The vampire community is convinced she’s their prophesied Queen. But she’s not having any of it—she’s got shoes to buy! And now the undead world is being turned upside-down by a Bela Lugosi throwback and her subjects expect her to take care of it! Why didn’t she read the handbook? But her would-be consort, Eric Sinclair, is (annoyingly) ever-present. If only he wasn’t so tall, dark, gorgeous…and undead.
Now all the Undead fun is wrapping up in Undead and Done…
In UNDEAD AND DONE, all hell has literally broken loose. The existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy’s half-sister—and frustrated former antichrist—Laura, and life for the undead will never be the same. It’s up to Betsy to do some damage control, but her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.
With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the Queen of Hell.
About the author
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead series, the Wyndham Werewolf series, and the new Insighter series. With her husband, Anthony Alongi, she also writes a series featuring a teen were dragon named Jennifer Scales.
Giveaway (US only)
One reader on today’s post will win a print copy of the final book in the Queen Betsy series, Undead and Done! Fill out the prize widget below and leave a comment!
- What would YOU ask MaryJanice Davidson if you met her?
Follow the tour
Check out the rest of the tour stops for MJ’s new Undead and Done!
10/1: The Romance Studio
10/2: Crazy Chaotic Book Babes
10/3: Vampire Book Club
10/4: GraveTells (you are here!)
10/5: We So Nerdy
10/6: Krissy’s Book Shelf