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Guest Author & Giveaway: A Letter from Patricia Briggs

Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their…well, Inspirations and Influences. The cool thing is that the writers are given free rein so they can go wild and write about anything they want. It can be about their new book, series or about their career as a whole.

Today, we are thrilled to have Patricia Briggs – a Book Smuggler favorite – over for a guest post! To celebrate the release of the third book in her Alpha and Omega series, Fair Game, we have a Dear Reader letter – not from Patricia Briggs, but from the heroine of the Aplha and Omega books, Anna Latham Cornick. (We’ll also have a review of the book later in the day.)

Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Anna!

Dear Reader,

Hello. Anna Cornick here. I know most of you were hoping for Charles. I did ask him. But he just gave me “the look” and went back to work on his computer. Really, you are better off with me anyway because that man doesn’t say anything about anything if he can help it.

Fair Game is out, now–the story about how Charles and I went out looking for a killer and came back with more than we bargained for. Life is like that sometimes. I wish things would have gone better. However, if there is one thing the past few years has taught me is that life as a werewolf can be rewarding, exciting and awesome (especially if Charles is around), but it is seldom easy. The hope is, by putting this story out here for you, you will get the real background about why things turned out the way they did. With the facts in hand, you have maybe half of a chance at making the call as to who the villains and the heroes of the piece were. At the very least, you’ll know who I hold responsible.

The older werewolves (yes, I’m talking about Bran explicitly, though not exclusively) get all Zen about changes. Bran has seen governments rise and fall. He is fluent in several languages that only he now speaks. He is a survivor of the highest order. But even Bran is worried. Life is about to get interesting, and it all starts–for Charles and I, anyway—in Boston, where someone is killing werewolves.

Best Regards,

Anna Latham Cornick

Thanks, Anna (and Patricia)!

Giveaway Details:

We have ONE autographed copy of On The Prowl up for grabs (note: the anthology contains the very first Alpha and Omega story that introduces readers to Anna and Charles)! The contest is open to addresses in the United States only, and will run until Saturday March 10 at 11:59 PM (PST). To enter, simply leave a comment here, letting us know the title of your favorite werewolf novel. Good luck!


  • Justine
    March 6, 2012 at 6:31 am

    The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

  • Peggy Martinez
    March 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I <3 Mercy Thompson series!

  • CrystalGB
    March 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

    My favorite werewolve books are Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series.

  • Katy
    March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Iron Kissed in the Mercy Thompson series

  • Katrina
    March 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Kelley Armstrong’s books and prequels about Elena!

  • Rachel Neumeier
    March 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    MOON CALLED. It was Patricia Briggs who got me into not just werewolves but UF. In fact, the ms I just sent my YA publisher? Werewolves. And it’s Patricia Briggs’ fault.

  • Rachel Neumeier
    March 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    MOON CALLED. Patricia Briggs got me into not just werewolves but UF. In fact,the ms I just sent my publisher? Werewolves.

  • Chenise Jones
    March 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rhylee
    March 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I don’t know if its my favorite, but the first one I read and liked was Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klaus.

  • pscott
    March 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Moon Called!!! It brought me back to loving UF after a certian nameless author broke my heart by jumping the shark.

  • SandyG265
    March 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. Probably because it was the first werewolf book I ever read.

  • mc23
    March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Moon Called

  • jude
    March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Moon Called–discovered via pre-release praise by Lynn on Paperback Writer.

  • Lisa
    March 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    “Shiver” (& sequels) by Maggie Stiefvater. Thanks!

  • Wendy
    March 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause is and always will be my favorite werewolf book

  • Wendy
    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause

  • Wendy
    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

  • Joan
    March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

  • Angie
    March 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Aw, what a fun idea. I can’t wait to read this!

    And favorite werewolf book? BLOOD BOUND. Hands down.

  • Teresa N
    March 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    “Moon called” jump-started my love of werewolves and the urban fantasy genre, so I’d have to go with it as well. Can’t wait to read the latest Briggs 🙂

  • Stacy
    March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Any of the Mercy Thompson books! But if I had to pick one… Moon Called. That’s the book that started it all for me too!

  • Tina
    March 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t know if Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series counts as werewolf novels, but I love the shapeshifters in them!

  • Lashawn
    March 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Moon Called is the best!

  • Tiah
    March 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Thank your for the giveaway! My favorite werewolf book is Blood Bound.

  • jenn
    March 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    *struggles to remember werewolf novels self has read*… Oh. Dear. I cannot remember. Okay I will now use this as an excuse to say that Lupin in HP is epic and that his first name may very well come from Remus, twin brother of Romulus, the two founders of Rome who were raised by wolves. =)

  • Audrey M
    March 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I loved moon called it’s what really got me interested in werewolves 😀

  • Stephanie K.
    March 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    My favorite werewolf book is Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

  • Julie Witt
    March 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Definitely the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater! That series was SO good 🙂

  • S B
    March 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Wow that’s a tough one. I can’t decide between the Mercy books or the Anna and Charles books. They are all Awesome! I have read and reread them so many times!

  • Jen B.
    March 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    This is a tough question because I have different wolves for different occasions….I love the Mercy Thompson series even if it is a story about a coyote! I also enjoy Lydia Dare’s Westfield Wolves series. It’s fun and lightweight.

  • Serena
    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klaus.

  • Audra Holtwick
    March 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Moon Called

  • Michelle L.
    March 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway! M favorite werewolf book would be the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series.

  • Heather
    March 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

    My mind is drawing a complete blank on werewolf novels at the moment. Maybe I haven’t read any? I clearly have some catching up to do… 😳

  • sarac
    March 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

  • Dani S.
    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klaus has to be one of my faves

  • Jacqueline C.
    March 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    For me it’s a three-way tie between Patricia Briggs’s Iron Kissed, Cry Wolf, and Hunting Ground. I’m halfway through Fair Game so it may end up being a four-way tie!

  • Lynn Pauley
    March 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Cry Wolf by Patricia — I picked it up at the store, read it in about 2 hours and then went on a glom of all the Mercy Thompson books and the rest of Patricia’s backlist

  • Amelia P.
    March 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I know this is along the lines of what most people are saying, but as far as pure awesome werewolfness goes, I’d have to say Cry Wolf!

  • jen m
    March 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    i’m not sure i’ve read many werewolf books. but i freaking love oz from buffy. and he is a werewolf. also buffy is the best thing ever. ok its not a book and its not really werewolfy, per se. regardless, the giveaway looks awesome! thanks!

  • Beth
    March 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Derik’s Bane by MaryJanice Davidson!

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