TGIF!  One of my favorite authors is Patricia Briggs, author of the Mercy Thompson series.  She started out as a traditional fantasy author with such books as “Masques” and “Steal the Dragon,” but I think that she really shines in the urban fantasy genre. The books in the Mercy Thompson series include “Moon Called,”  “Blood Bound,”  “Iron Kissed,”  “Bone Crossed,”  “Silver Borne,” and “River Marked.”  The main character, Mercedes (Mercy) Thompson is a half Blackfoot mechanic who also happens to shape-shift into a coyote, thanks to the magic of her father’s people. Her world is one where werewolves, vampires, Fae and witches are all very real, though the Fae are the only ones to have “come out” to the public.  Mercy was raised by her great-uncle’s werewolf pack when her mother couldn’t deal with her shape-shifting child.  Mercy leaves the pack at 16 (with a broken heart), moves back in with her mother, finishes college, then decides that being a mechanic is a better fit for her than teaching. Her love interest is Adam Hauptman, the local Alpha werewolf, also her neighbor. Former boyfriend from her pack days is Sam, who adds triangular interest. Friends include her former boss(and metalzauber Fae) Zee,  vampire Stefan, werewolf Warren, police detective Tony and Adam’s daughter, Jessie.  Mercy’s character is complex: sarcastic, wise, yet vulnerable in unexpected ways.

Patricia’s other series, Alpha and Omega, also takes place in Mercy’s world, though the storyline centers more around the Montana wolf pack, with Sam’s werewolf brother, Charles, and his new mate, Omega werewolf Anna, being the main characters. It has an addictive storyline and a sweet romance.  So far, the series consists of “Alpha and Omega” and “Hunting Ground,” with “Fair Game” to be released in January 2012.   I highly recommend any of Patricia’s books. They WILL keep you up way past your bedtime.