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Pre-Order Now: Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

It is time to test something!

For almost two decades, I usually post pre-order books no more than 4 months before the publication date. I do this for several reasons, the best being I don’t want to deal with mailing address changes all of the time.

But posting The Illustrated Assassin’s Apprentice signed by Robin Hobb so early has resulted in a lot more pre-orders coming into the website. This is good for business, obviously. And when Patricia Briggs’s assistant Ann let me know that the new Mercy Thompson book’s cover was going to be revealed and if I wanted to place the pre-order page up now, I almost said no. Then I realized we could test out the earlier pre-order period again. And see how it all went.

Mercy Thompson is back in Smoke Bitten! Pre-order HERE NOW! And Patty will be signing in March, likely the day before the book’s release. Here are more details about Smoke Bitten:

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.

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New Signings: Briggs, Brooks, Williams

Hey Everyone,

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend.

Due to the amount of mail I’ve received in the last week since I posted the other signings, I decided to post the pre-order pages for three more books, all of which are publishing in May 2019. These three books will be bestsellers and I’m excited about all of them. Here are the links to pre-order now since some people didn’t feel like they wanted to wait and order. Ha!


Mercy Thompson is one of the best characters in not only urban fantasy but fantasy in general. She is back in a new story where war is breaking out between various factions of fae and the real world–and we can’t have that now, can we? This is Mercy’s 11th, which says something about how beloved a series it is. And Patty will be signing copies, which means I’ll probably get to drive to her Washington State farm and have the signing there! Woot!


Brooks has long been a staple on The Signed Page, and I’m always excited to support his work as well as help his fans get signed books. The Stiehl Assassin is Book 3 in The Fall of Shannara, the penultimate book to the entire series. I’m reading it now and it’s great. Also, I still have a lot of copies The Skaar Invasion, Book 2 of The Fall of Shannara, so I thought I’d discount that book to $20. And don’t forget signed copies of Street Freaks over on Grim Oak Press!


Osten Ard has a warm place in my heart. After The Sword of Shannara, I bet The Dragonbone Chair was the thickest book I had read up to that teenage point. Now Williams has returned to his epic epic epic fantasy series with The Witchwood Crown and its sequel, Empire of Grass! I’ll be likely traveling to get this signing done but it is worth it. Williams is one of the kindest authors I’ve met and he loves his fans. Plus, that Michael Whelan cover! Sheesh, gorgeous!

There you have it! Three books for May! Now people can pre-order them and stop pestering me about it! Ha!

Best Wishes,

Shawn Speakman

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Update: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

The signing for Burn Bright did not go as initially planned but we have a new plan in place now!

Patricia Briggs will be signing the pre-ordered copies of Burn Bright this Monday, April 9th. I will then ship the books out over those next couple of days. When your order has shipped, you will receive an email with a tracking number.

Thank you for your patience!