Today is the release day for Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs and we are super excited to have her here to talk about her new release! Dead Heat is the fourth novel in the wonderfully awesome Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series. Read Steph’s review of Dead Heat here.
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.
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DFT: What’s up next for Charles and Anna in Dead Heat?
Patricia: Charles and Anna travel to Scottsdale to say goodbye to an old friend and find themselves in the middle of a hunt for a fae who preys upon children, an immortal serial killer who must be stopped.
DFT: How long after the events of Fair Game does Dead Heat take place?
Patricia: A few months. Fair Game ends in the fall and Dead Heat takes place in February of the following year—which actually puts it just before the events in Night Broken (Mercy Thompson).
DFT: In a related question, where do the events of Dead Heat take place in the context of the Mercy Thompson timeline?
Patricia: See above
DFT: Will we see any Mercy Thompson characters pop up in Dead Heat?
Patricia: Not this time, even Bran has only a minor role.
DFT: At this point, has Charles dealt with his ghosts permanently, or will that continue to be an issue that pops up?
Patricia: Charles has dealt with that issue—but it has changed him permanently. I’m not planning on bringing it up again, except as an aspect of Charles’s motivations.
DFT: In Fair Game, there’s a brief scene where Anna contemplates the idea of trying to have or adopt a child. Is that an idea we’ll see come back?
Patricia: Yes. It is part of Dead Heat, which deals with themes of life, death, and family.
DFT: I really liked the character of Isaac in Fair Game. Will we see him again at some point?
Patricia: I like him, too. I certainly hope he reappears. If not in the books than I might have to give him a short story
DFT: Do you have a favorite character in either the Alpha & Omega or Mercy Thompson series?
Patricia: I don’t. I love them all (even Bran’s wife Leah). If I don’t enjoy a character, then I take him or her out of the story entirely and find someone else to write about. <Grin>
DFT: Do you have a preference between writing in the 1st person of Mercy Thompson or the 3rd person of Alpha and Omega?
Patricia: No. I do enjoy the switch, though. It keeps me from feeling like I’ve been writing the same book for ten years!
DFT: Who are some of your favorite authors/books, be it in urban fantasy or another genre?
Patricia: I read a lot—so I’ll winnow it down to books I’ve read in the last few weeks. As of this moment I have just reread Thea Harrison’s paranormal romance Dragon Bound for the umpteenth time. She does a marvelous job of making her dragon feel like he really is an awesome cosmic power who has been alive forever—without taking away from the peril she puts her main characters in. Just a terrific job of craftsmanship in that book—though I do love all of her books. I also love Anne Bishop’s work, which is handy since we are going on a book signing tour together (Dead Heat for me, Vision in Silver for her). I just got to read the manuscript for The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first novel in Jim Butcher’s new steam punk series—which was, of course, awesome. Jim can’t do anything but awesome (No, he didn’t pay me to say that.). I did a binge read of Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniel series last month. Again. And I recently discovered a new (to me) series, Pax Arcana, by Elliot James. There are currently two books, Charming and Daring. I highly recommend them!
Thank you for inviting me to spend some time with you!
Available March 3, 2015 from Ace/Penguin
About this Book:
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.
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