On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Undead and Unreturnable

(Berkley, October 25, 2005)

Even the undead celebrate Christmas, and Betsy is in heaven shopping for gifts.

But all is not merry in the mansion. It’s become infested with ghosts—really needy ones who have no qualms asking Betsy to run errands for them to rectify their pasts. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose, and, being tall and blonde, Betsy perfectly fits his type.

They say Christmas is a time for friends and family. But with a half-sister who’s the devil’s daughter, an evil stepmother, a fiend living in her basement, and assorted spirits and killers running amok, Betsy is not sure she’ll survive the holidays. Oh, right. She’s already dead…


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MaryJanice Davidson is the best-selling author of several romance novels, including UNDEAD AND UNWED and HELLO GORGEOUS. Her books have been on the USA Today best seller list, as well as the New York Times list. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, two children, and dog, and is secretly addicted to Peanut Buster Parfaits.

“This is one of the funniest, most satisfying series to come along lately. If you’re fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, don’t miss Betsy Taylor. She rocks.”—The Best Reviews

“Mary Janice Davidson is a refreshing voice to both the romance and vampire world of writing…I cannot recommend her enough!”—ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Website: http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net

May you all make your wordcounts today!

Love to all,


Blogger Michele said...

Can't let comment spam be your only thing to see here.

Therefore, I will add that I've had the book that you are highlighting this week on hold at my library for about 2 weeks. I think I'm first in line with seven people after me....I don't buy hardcovers sight unseen. (assuming-as bad as that is to do-that this one is also a hardcover) Reason: cost consideration. I hear many readers state that as soon as a book comes out by a favorite author, it is a "Must Buy", sight unseen, no matter what form it arrives at; trade, hardcover or soft. To each their own, however, for every batch of cookies baked, sometimes one doesn't come out right, maybe a little over or under cooked... still edible but not good enough to donate to a bake sale ....same with books.
MJD's last hardcover, truthfully, wouldn't have been worth the price..(soft cover,yes) but that is only my personal opinion and preference. Not that I didn't like the story...I did...but there wasn't enough "meat" as in her previous books. I've observed that many folks tiptoe around saying anything negative..how healthy is that? NOT.
At least U. and U. sounds like it has more substance and plot. A reason to read it, not just so the reader can 'visit' their favorite characters in lieu of the heftier volume coming down the pipeline. That falls into the category (in my mind) of a novella. I can only think of one author that does that on purpose and makes it work.

Off topic,
you thrilled Brandy with your comments to her. She's going to take your advice.
Bonnie said nice things too.
I believe you "made their day"
So, Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.
You made my day too.
May you have a perfect writing session today!

8:17 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks Michele. Since I was at the computer when the spam came through I got rid of them fast. I guess I'll have to go to a login thingie. I'll watch for a week or so.

Well, I like visiting blogs...glad you enjoyed the drop in!


8:22 AM  

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