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My working title has been UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER, and there are three novellas.
The first (UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER) is the Betsy/Fred team-up I've been threatening...I mean, promising to do. (To paraphrase Stan Lee: Because no one demanded it!) Yes, the queen of the undead and the dour could've-been-a-princess mermaid reluctantly team up to help a mutual "friend". Madison Fehr has gotten her silly self in a jam, and calls an old friend of the family for help (her mother and Betsy's mother grew up together). From the beginning, Betsy and Fred recognize how absurd their team-up is ("My life is now a buddy movie. A bad one. Because of you, Betsy Taylor! I hold you entirely responsible!"). It doesn't help that neither of them are cops or have any lawful authority. It also doesn't help that neither believes in the other ("There's no such things as--" "Mermaids?" "I was going to say vampires. But that works, too."). And it absolutely doesn't help that the reason they've been thrust together is because Madison Fehr has crappy taste in men. (Madison is the annoying intern readers met in SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, the one who "rilly rilly" loves dolphins.) Luckily Fred's old flame Prince Artur, who's been spending a lot of time at the New England Aquarium, stands ready to help. "And by luckily," Fred sighed, "I mean horribly."
SUPER, GIRL! (I like how it emphasizes the importance of correct punctuation
The last story, CRYING WOLF (alternate title: END OF DAZE), is set twenty-five years in the future, and features Lara Wyndham (now Pack Leader on Cape Cod) struggling to lead her Pack through the tremendous upheaval caused by the Kardashian Riots of 2025. Her father, Michael Wyndham, isn't dead, but caused an uproar by retiring (the only Pack Leader to ever do so; all others were killed in fights for dominance or died of natural causes) so Lara can learn how to lead while having the advantage of her father's advice and wisdom. Naturally, some of the more die-hard Packers (heh...Packers...) find this unacceptable, and move to dispatch both the Usurper (as they refer to Lara), the Monkeylover (Michael), and the Skank (one guess, and Jeannie Wyndham doesn't count). Meanwhile, she's fending off the distractingly yummy advances of Jack Gardner, Derik and Sara's son (we met them in DERIK'S BANE, and saw them again in UNDEAD AND UNWELCOME). Jack's got his father's alpha tendencies and his mother's gift for landing in fabulous trouble. If Jack would just go away and let her work, Lara figures things would settle down. Or at least seem less weird. Yes, that's the answer: Jack should leave and he should take his mouth with him, and his strong long-fingered hands, and his wonderful scent ("Cotton and...blueberries?" "I really love jam."), and he should definitely take his heart-stoppingly fine ass somewhere else...anywhere else...
I love novellas!!!