Dead Heat Coming Soon

By: Mike Jan 25, 2015

It's been a couple of years since the last Alpha and Omega book. Like many readers, I wish Patty was a faster writer! Her goal is to produce a book every nine months. When you figure a month or so for signings and promotion, it's actually a fairly ambitious schedule.

We're making preparations for the upcoming launch of Dead Heat. Patty is, as usual, stalking the internet for early reviews and biting her nails. Every book she expects to be told that she's lost her touch, the magic is over, and it's time for Cinderella to turn in her ball gown and glass slippers and get back to scrubbing floors. And every time a book gets a favorable review, she's delighted and a little surprised. We've only seen a couple of very early reviews for Dead Heat, but we did find that it's one of the top picks at Romantic Times which is a very good thing! Hopefully, you'll like it as well.

You know, one of the perpetual chestnuts of the literary crowd is that genre books are just fluff: the intellectual equivalent of junk food. While they may appeal to the unsophisticated mind looking for uncomplicated and artificially-sweetened pablum, there's surely nothing of value there. In fact, genre books are sure to dull your senses, blunt your intellect, and leave you mentally and morally impoverished for having read them.

As I was reading Dead Heat I was struck by how many weighty and philosophical issues were raised. As I thought about it, I've come to believe that a lot of genre fiction is far more than brain candy — the best books have me thinking about things long after I've closed the covers. I think, perhaps, that the cognoscenti are selling genre fiction short. Is it possible that genre fiction can be as meaningful and insightful as strictly literary works, while simply being more palatable?

Dead Heat is, if I say so myself, an easy and very entertaining read. However, it made me think about life, and death, about saying goodbye, and consider how the choices we make affect what we leave behind us. Deep thoughts for light entertainment, especially considering that the book was upbeat and cheerful. I'll be waiting to see what the readers think of it!


Mercy Is Back in Comics

By: Mike Aug 14, 2014

A few years ago we launched a series of Mercy Thompson comic books. The series launched with an origin story called Homecoming that was eventually released as a graphic novel, and then we tried to adapt the a couple of the Mercy and Alpha and Omega novels to the comic book format. We got to work with some very talented people, and it was fun to see the stories in graphic form, but there was something missing.

Almost two years ago, we called Nick Barruchi, the president of Dynamite, with a feeling of dread in our stomachs. We carefully explained that while we enjoyed working with him and his crew, we felt that final product was slightly lackluster, and that we would not be continuing. Much to our amazement, instead of anger and blame, Nick agreed with our assessment. He carefully explained that re-hashing the novels meant that we were playing to a limited audience. That meant production costs had to be controlled, which affected how much time the artists and writers could spend, which obviously affects the final product. Then he made us an offer — if Patty would come up with an original story idea, something that she would be comfortable basing a novel on, and let him base a graphic novel on it, he would do his best to blow her away.

We thought it over, and decided to take a chance. Patty thought up a creepy story that might have made a good novel, and sent it to Nick. Frankly, our expectations weren't too high. Then we saw the story draft, and it was good. We began to hope. The first art rolled in, Patty asked for a few corrections, and they were made promptly and the revised panels showed a great deal of promise. We got more excited. Then we saw the colored versions, and we have to admit that Nick has kept his word. This is a comic we're proud to be part of.

The original plan was to skip the comic medium, and publish this as a stand alone graphic novel, but after seeing the first dozen or so pages, it was decided to release it in comic form first. So, the first eposide of Mercy Thomposon: Hopcross Jilly will be available in October. You can find more information on Dynamite.com.