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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Interview: Patricia Briggs (Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega #4) Book Tour

So excited! We have Patricia (Patty) Briggs visiting the flock today. I got to meet her a few years ago and she remembers me! I must have made an impression on her...wonder why? Oh, well...Patty talks about her Alpha and Omega series, the Fae, and how a sheep changed her life!

Sharon: Hello! We are so happy to have you visiting the flock. This is your first time here, but we’ve met before. 2012 in Charlotte, NC. Here is a pic of us together...good times people, good times.
Patty: Ahhhhhhhh. I remember you!
Katie: Don’t worry, we chained Sharon to the chair this time. No man handling the guests.
Sharon: I regret nothing!
Patty: Regret is for weaklings! I agree totally.

Sharon: For the poor little lambs that haven’t read the Alpha and Omega series would you tell us about it?

Patty: The Alpha and Omega series is set in our world, but the monsters are real. The werewolves have finally admitted their existence, but they haven’t told the humans everything. Charles and Anna Cornick are werewolves, and their job is to try to keep the peace between werewolves and humankind.
Sharon: I love the fae you’ve created for your world. It is one of the reasons I’m looking forward to this book, but what in the world are simulacrums? And do you think I can “privately” interview Alistair Beauclaire? He’s single right? *Rawr*
Patty: Yay! Someone else who loves the evil, scary fae! Simply, a simulacrum is something or someone that imitates or impersonates something else--like in Harry Potter when Harry and Ron drank the potion that made them look like Draco’s friends. In my world, the fae use a bit of hair (or personal item) to fashion a non-living entity that takes on the appearance and characteristics of the person the hair belonged to. I regret to inform you that Alistair is not speaking to me at the moment. As soon as he does, I’ll let him know about your request. He is single—I think. Hmm.
Sharon: That's okay, I'm a patient person *twitch,twitch*

Katie: With all these paranormal movies out there, do you think the world needs to see some Fae? And can Hollywood get them right?
Patty: Now you’re talking. That would be cool. Joss Whedon could get the fae just right. The big trouble is walking that line of “I am differently moral” without falling into trite evil villain number four. Joss Whedon could do it; he can do anything. My fae aren’t going to the big screen (or the little one) for a while anyway. Which is probably just as well since Joss doesn’t need to use other people’s stories—he’s a storyteller himself—and I’m not sure I’d trust anyone else with my fae.

Sharon: You can trust me with them! Well, at least with Alistair...
Katie: *hits Sharon on head with foam sword* Stop! She knows...*rolls eyes*
Sharon: But..*dodges moon pie*

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Sharon: If you could have a dream flower garden what would you have in it?
Patty: Dream flowers, what else goes into a dream flower garden, silly? Iris are my favorite flower, with dahlias a close runner up. Lilacs were my favorite until I was eighteen and the lilac bush outside my window finally started to make me sneeze.
Sharon: You are lucky enough to visit us during the Year of the Sheep! How have sheep influenced your life?
Patty: Don’t talk to me about sheep. A sheep ruined my life! I was all set to become a supermodel/surgeon when a sheep called me over and explained to me that my looks were no better than average and surgeons are generally smarter than I was. She was so convincing that I dropped all my plans and became a writer. So the four people that I would have saved (by removing their brain tumors and then inspiring them to live with my model-perfect face) died. One of them was set to become an Internet tycoon who would have brought real high-speed Internet to my little town. Instead we struggle with less than awesome download speeds and no hope for better. That sheep ruined my life.

Sharon: What do you normally have for breakfast? Do you like cereal?
Patty: Diet Mountain Dew—I take my caffeine cold. I don’t mind cereal, I just don’t like eating until I’ve been up for a few hours. By then cereal seems . . . well, breakfasty and it is already time for lunch. I do like apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Katie: Did you grow up watching soap operas? I loved Days of Our Lives, was there a show that you just could not get enough of?
Patty: No soap operas . . . Hmm. When I was in kindergarten, my sister and I would hustle over to a neighbors house where they had cable and watch Dark Shadows whenever we could, does that count? I also had a surreal experience while sunbathing in the center courtyard of my college dorm (women only). The dorm was shaped like a doughnut and a lot of us sunbathed in the center open section because there were no men to ogle us while we were still winter white. I heard a gunshot and then screams and cries in full-surround stereo. It scared me for a moment before I realized what had happened. Apparently a major character on (I think) General Hospital was shot and most of the dorm was watching the same show.

Rapid Fire: 

Sharon: Wildfire or Horse With No Name?
Patty: Horse with No Name. I have no patience for senseless tragedy.

Katie: Coke or Pepsi?
Patty: Diet Mountain Dew

Sharon: That's a win for Pepsi!

Sharon: Ride on the beach or ride in the snow?
Patty: On the beach!

Katie: Long man hair or short military cut?
Patty: Short.

Sharon: neck massage or back massage?
Patty: Neck.

Katie: Sword or crossbow?
Patty: Crossbow!

Sharon: Thor or Captain America?
Patty: Thor is cute, but Cappy is for me!

Katie: Slice your neck nice and slow or rip out your spine you dirty scum!!! (sorry, got carried away there.)
Patty: I’ll never tell <Grin>

Sharon: Dean or Sam?
Patty: Dean. There is no contest.
*Sharon high-fives Patty*

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4)
by Patricia Briggs
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Ace
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

About the Author:
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!

Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list.


  1. I love Patricia Briggs! Great interview.

  2. Awesome interview ladies, thank you! I love Patty's books :)

  3. Awesome interview! I love the books!

  4. I love the Mercy Thompson and the Alpha and Omega series! This was a great interview! ☺

  5. I love the Mercy Thompson and the Alpha and Omega series! This was a great interview! ☺

  6. I LOVE this interview!!! OMG, another Joss fan, AND a Dean gal. The diet Mt. Dew is icky, but hey, no one is perfect. I just reread the Fair Game to prepare for Dead Heat, which I haven't gotten yet, but I will. I really love this series.

  7. LOVED the interview! This is one of the few series that is a "keeper" and on my self in hardback.

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