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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 10:13 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/26/2010 2:20 AM ET
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i've read those stories and i think most of her books, and i don't recall those characters showing up in any of her novels.  they definitely don't have their own book.



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Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:59 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/26/2010 9:40 AM ET
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Actually, I didn't care too much for MJD's story in Fairies Gone Wild... (maybe anthologies just aren't my thing, though.)

The series that got me into MJ Davidson was the "Queen Betsy" series... (She's a vampire, if you like those types of storylines).  

The first one is:

Undead and Unwed.   

I haven't tried her werewolf series yet, but I hear they're funny too.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 10:32 AM ET
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I love, love, love the Queen Betsy series.  It is real light hearted for the most part and funny!!! 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 12:55 PM ET
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I get tired of the Betsy humor.  Can only take so much shoe talk.  I like Fred the Mermaid and the Werewolves.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 1:47 PM ET
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i think if you haven't tried her novels at all, Fred the Mermaid is a good place to start.  it's a complete trilogy, not an ongoing series, and it does have that same kind of humor.  the first one is Sleeping With the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid, Bk 1)

i like Queen Betsy too, but you definitely don't want to read too many of them in a row, and the series has gotten darker as it's gone on.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 3:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:51 PM ET
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well I wouldn't go as far as to say the two are similar. At least the sookie books are on a more serious note throughout the books. Queen betsy is just a fun read...its witty and sarcastic. I love MJD and CH but they really couldn't be compared to each other.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 11:14 PM ET
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No.  MJD is much more humor.  Much more fluffy.  I really wouldn't compare them.  I'd put Patty Briggs or Jim Butcher much closer to CH.  MJD will just look thin in comparison.  Of course, there is a time for fluff and shoes.

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 3:03 PM ET
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I recently started the Queen Betsy series - the first 100 pages I really enjoyed, but now I am having a hard time getting through this little book. The main character is so annoying and I hate the dialog -- the author uses such corny phrases. The main character is condescending and ends most statements with name calling of some sort. I am half inclined to just not finish the last 50 pages and get rid of the rest of the books I accumulated in this series. Does anyone have any comments one way or another to either encourage me to stick it out because it will be worth it or agree with this opinion and not waste my time?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 9:32 PM ET
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MJD is definitely a specific taste.  Or a specific time.   I personally think Betsy is more annoying that some of the others.  Sounds like you are one of the many who should avoid MJD. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 8:05 PM ET
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I enjoy Mary Janice Davidson immensely and second the recommendation for her Queen Betsy series.  My favorite series by her though is the alternate history Alaskan Royals series.  I re-read the first one especially all the time.  It is roll on the floor funny.  The first book is The Royal Treatment and I think there are 3 in the series at this time.  The first one is in stock at PBS!  

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 1:57 PM ET
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I really like MJDs humor and the series that got me started on her was They Alaskan Royals series. I like the Fred series the second best. I like Betsy, but she does get old after a while. I had 2 of her books on my shelf and shipped them off without reading them because I really didn't think I could stand to read a book about an airhead who was obsessed with shoes. I ended up ordering them back again later to get the whole series. She is great for a quick, mindless humor shot. The co-authored Jennifer Scales series is very good and a little less fluffy than the rest of her work.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 9:48 PM ET
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I have to space out the Betsy books, I can't take them one after another, I do like them but not right in a row.  I usually will read one after reading a darker series, just to lighten things up.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 10:07 PM ET
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Okay I am the odd one of the bunch - this is one of the few series that I read thru completely.  Maybe I was just in the mood for funny at the time but I loved this series so much!! Can anyone think of a series that is really similiar to these?  I would love to read it!!!