FCF 9 // Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

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Posted August 23, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Books, Favorite Cover Friday / 2 Comments

FCF 9 // Smoke Bitten by Patricia BriggsSmoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #12
Published by Ace on March 10, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Amazon | Goodreads
Also by this author: Silence Fallen
Also in this series: Silence Fallen

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill—until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything—even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won't, can't, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

So sorry for the lapse in posts for the Favorite Cover Friday weekly feature. I have covers scheduled, like Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, but I just haven’t written, edited, or scheduled the posts. I can’t promise that I’ll do better in the future since I don’t know what the future will hold but I’ll try my best to stay consistent.

But let’s talk about this cover for a second…

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs Cover Breakdown

I about squealed when Patricia Briggs’ Facebook page revealed the cover for the next story in her Mercy Thompson series. (I will admit to some frustration that we haven’t gotten a new Alpha & Omega installation, but I guess anything from Briggs makes for great news). I’ve always been a fan of Dan Dos Santos’ artwork, whether for Briggs’ stories or other authors, so I knew that whatever he would come up with for Smoke Bitten would ramp up my excitement for its story.

I’m sorry that my handwriting for the cover breakdown is super sloppy but I was trying out a new pen in the Procreate app and I guess I didn’t think that other people would have to read what I wrote lol. I hope that you all can at least make out the things that grabbed my attention on this cover and I hope that you all can understand why these elements were worthy of being listed.

I haven’t had the chance yet to read Storm Cursed but I’m hoping I can get to it before the release of Smoke Bitten because I have a feeling that this installment in Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series will carry a punch. If I’m not mistaken Silence Fallen worked as some sort of turning point in the series since it was more dialogue heavy than action heavy. A lot of storylines and questions were somewhat answered in Silence Fallen so that’s why I can’t wait to dive into Storm Cursed and Smoke Bitten because I know the series is going through another crescendo that will give the series a fresh wash.


“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty four novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty five. She has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Patty began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy; the non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of each book. Patty also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels; what began as a novella expanded into a full new series, all of which debuted on the NY Times bestsellers list as well.

Patty was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you’re good at math, you’ll have deduced that she’s currently twenty-nine. In fact, she’s been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don’t obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don’t argue, or she’ll make up a dragon right behind you . . .

Patricia was born book-privileged. Her mother was a school librarian, and she shared a room with an older sister who loved to read. Long after they had been put to bed, her sister would use the small night light to read Patty stories; her early favorites were fairy tales. Knights and castles, fair maidens, and monsters of every ilk became their nighttime companions.

Soon, Patty learned to read, and whole worlds were hers to explore. She rode on the Black Stallion, and flew the skies of Pern on a dragon. Sometime during that period she stumbled onto a treasure trove. Her older sister had begun collecting comic books; pristine originals were place in cellophane sleeves and organized in cardboard boxes. When her sister was away, they were removed by grubby fingers smeared with peanut butter and jelly for a clandestine read, returning with a faint smudges and wrinkled pages from reading under the covers. To this day, her sister periodically calls Patty and tells her how much more her original copies of the X-Men would have been worth if left pristine in their sleeves. The number keeps going up.

Patty is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she’s lying to them, which is what separates a fiction author from a politician. She loves to play with her imaginary friends, and meeting with readers who know her imaginary friends is a treat. Her biggest complaint with writing is that she has far more ideas for stories than time to write them.

Patty and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson; yes, it’s a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies.




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