A book with a corgi--albeit a cameo part--and a small ninja (she defends Betsy so she qualifies) vampire named Tina and a scene in which they're trapped in The Pit, not a pit, THE Pit. It's like MJ looked into my dark dreams and spit it out on paper.
I saw MJ speak at a conference years ago and have adored her ever since. I knew if her writing was even half as clever and funny as her keynote speech, I'd be hooked. She does not disappoint.
Love, love this book! So fresh. So different. Betsy, our undead heroine, is a fashionista, ex-secretary gone dead. She's the quintessential modern woman with a lot of sass and a killer shoe collection. Fighting bad guys and taking the vampire crown was never her life--or death--dream, but she's handling it as best she can, while trying to maintain some normalcy in her new dead life. With human sidekicks like Marc and Jessica plus the little ninja vamp, Tina (yes, I'm rooting for her), she's ready to take on the challenge--sorta--of staking a claim for her right to live (die?) a regular life (death). Well, as soon as she sorts out the vocab. ;)