Patricia Briggs

Born: 1965

Occupation: Writer

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Patricia Briggs

His voice was soft and sweet as molasses; but my mother once told me that you had to trust that the first thing out of a person's mouth was truth. After they have a chance to think about it, they'll change...

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I like that people can just look at you and know that you are taken, that you are mine.” He closed his eyes and laughed. “And yes, I know that sentiment is at the top of the Women’s Liberation Movement’s...

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I feel like I'm lost in an anime movie" I said, as Coyote picked the thing up. "One of the tentacle-monster ones." Most of them were X-rated and ended up with a lot of dead people.

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MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.

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I thought you were dead. Stupid. As if I'd die without taking you with me.

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Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life. ~ Bran

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Truth is without flourishes or manners and runs with a logic all its own.

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Vampire politics make the very complicated dance of manners that is werewolf protocol look like the Hokey Pokey.

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Zee said, grumpily, “Liebling, this is not a good idea.” “Zee,” I told him, “I am completely out of good ideas and am doing my best with the bad ones I have left.

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Things change whether you want them to, or not--unless you are dead. Don't hold so hard to the past that you die with it.

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You’re a dead man,” Kyle said. “Warren doesn’t take kindly to people who hurt me.

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That is the freakiest thing that ever happened to me.” I nodded toward the mess. “And if you knew my life, you’d realize just how freaky that is.

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Charles could care less about shoes - and he suspected he wasn't alone among men in his feelings. Shoe, no shoe, he didn't care. Naked was good, though over the past couple of weeks he was beginning to...

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I used my history degree about twice a year whether I needed to or not.

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It was unsettling to be in love with someone who looked like the face in her nightmares.

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Over the years, she'd learned not to question him to closely—mostly because he wouldn't answer her.

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Sometimes I have the urge to conquer large parts of Europe.

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You okay now ?" he asked. "Okay." He tightened his arms and lifted me off my feet. "Mercy?" he growled into my ear. I wrapped my legs around his waist. " Yeah" , I said. "Me too.

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It's only fair to warn you that you sealed your fate tonight. When you knew you were in trouble, you came to me. That makes twice, Mercy, and twice is almost as good as a declaration. You are mine now.......

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The Elders were closer to the Maker of All Things and should be deferred to whenever they made their will known.

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Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, "At the very least, you will be polite to them.

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Reluctantly, I pulled out my necklace and showed it to them. Samuel frowned. The little figure was stylized; I suppose he couldn't tell what it was at first. A dog?" asked Zee, staring at my necklace....

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And that's when Anna realized that what the wolf had been asking Bran for was death. Impulsively, Anna stepped away from Charles. She put a knee on the bench she'd been sitting on and reached over the...

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If she know how strongly he felt, she'd have run out the door. He wasn't used to the possessive, or the savage joy she brought to his heart. It ate at his control, so he turned his attention to the music....

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She open her eyes and met his. The impact was so strong he was amazed that his figures continued playing with out pause.

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She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.

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Adam swore harshly. "New werewolves are dangerous, woman. Especially when they are cold and hungry." He looked at Mac, and his voice changed completely, the heat and anger gone, "Mercy, come here." I didn't...

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A werewolf tossed me against a giant packing crate while I was trying to rescue a frightened young girl who'd been kidnapped by an evil witch and a drug lord.

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When a man is on the verge of passing out from pain, it seemed wrong to notice how beautiful he was.

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I hope this means you'll quit asking me to kill you. It gives me indigestion.

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I was too busy fighting the river to worry about adjusting my beliefs in accordance to reality.

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Trouble seems to follow me around, waiting to club me with a tire iron.

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It was complicated. I understood it, mostly, but I had to think a little sideways to do it.

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I am the reality of all coyotes. The archetype. The epitome. You are just a reflection of me.

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I didn't like anyone except me having their hands all over him. There had been possession in Wolf's touch, and Adam belonged to me.

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Stefan: "Indian with a dot, not a feather.

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That’s a pretty lame superhero name,” I told him. “Scooby-Doo is already taken,” he said with dignity. “Anything else sounds lame in comparison.

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All life is rife with possibilities. Seeds have possibilities, but all their tomorrows are caught by the patterning of their life cycle. Animals have possibilities that are greater than that of a fir tree...

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Moonlight streamed in, sending loving beams over his face. He closed his eyes and basked in it, and I could tell it was calling to him, even though the moon was not full. She didn't speak to me, but Samuel...

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I give you Mercedes Athena Thompson, our newest member." Much awkwardness ensued.

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I was in the middle of a dream about garbage cans and frogs - don't ask, and I won't tell.

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Mercy?” “Just a minute,” I told Adam. “I'm in the middle of a revelation.

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I would slay dragons for you,” he told her. “I suspect that finding an unoccupied bedroom will be easier.

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I liked Lost in Space,” Stefan said. “The movie or the TV series?” “The movie? Right. I had forgotten about the movie,” he said soberly. “It was better that way.

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All change brings bad things and good things to replace the bad and good things that were before. It is natural to look back and say it was better before—but that does not make it true. Different is...

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Happiness is German engineering, Italian cooking, and Belgian chocolate.

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To make great art, you had to expose your soul, and some things should be left safely in the dark.

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Leslie had learned two valuable things about the fae that day. They were powerful and charming -- and they ate children and puppies.

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One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed. (Bone Crossed)

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His grandfather had often told him that he tried too hard to move trees when a wiser man would walk around them.

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C’est moi, c’est moi,’tis I,' I told him. It seemed appropriately melodramatic, though I didn’t know if he’d catch the reference. I shouldn’t have worried. Unexpectedly, he laughed. “Trust...

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A cowboy, a lawyer, and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned,” I murmured. Warren—who had once, a long time ago, been a cowboy—snickered and wiggled his bare feet. “It could be the beginning...

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It was Adam, but he was too late. He couldn’t love me anymore. He would be so angry with me. I had to hide. He didn’t love me so he might hurt me when he was angry. When he calmed down, that would...

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She crawled,” Ben said. There were tears in his voice. That was wrong. Ben barely even tolerated me on the best of days. “She crawled to the bathroom to clean herself again. If it weren’t for the...

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I think I’ll just go take a shower,” I said. It wasn’t until Samuel stiffened that I remembered I’d just come out of the shower. So much for playing normal.

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I like what you've done to your face," Ben said, tapping his eye.

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I think that I can count on the fingers of one hand the times you've actually said the word ‘women' and not replaced it with an epithet referring to female genitalia." "Hey, he's not that bad," Warren...

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I thought you couldn't make it here until morning," I said. "I hurried.

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Hey, Adam,” I said. I thought you’d want to know that Warren and Darryl made it out of the vampire den alive.” I sucked in my breath. “You didn’t actually agree to their meeting on Marsilia’s...

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Are you going to tell me what that was about?” Adam asked as we went back upstairs. “Sometime,” I told him. “When we're telling ghost stories around a campfire, and I want to scare you.

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When I die of heart failure the next time you frighten me like that, you can put that on my gravestone —‘I didn’t mean to startle her

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It Wasn't Hard To Follow The Scent Of Blood To The Living Room Where The Fae Had Been Killed. It Had Been A Violent Death, Perfect For Creating Ghosts.

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There was I thinking being a shifter had its upsides. Looks like I was wrong.

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If it would benefit you, I would kill every wolf here. But there are things that you need to do -- and interfering with that is not protecting, not in my book. The best way for me to protect you is to...

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Never trust a mechanic who drives new cars. They're either charging too much money for their work, or they can't keep an old car running - maybe both.

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He didn't say anything more, just waited for me to tell him what I'd been thinking. It was pure speculation, and I was opening myself up to ridicule by saying anything at all. I sat on the stool and realized...

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He was obviously dead. But since he was a vampire that wasn't as hopless a thing as it might have been.

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We are none of us perfect, and...we learn to take these imperfections and make them only a small part of who we are

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But you can't marry someone to fix him, even if you love them.

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You should be home sleeping. What is the use of having a man in the house, if he cannot take care of you for a while?” “Mmm,” I said. “I give up. What's the use of having a man in the house?

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Charles looked at her thoughtfully. "People talk to you," he said. "That could be useful.

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I don't get mad, I get even.

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Yes,” I told him. “I think the guy playing the Pirate King was awesome.” He stopped where he was. “What?” I asked, frowning at the big smile on his face. “I didn’t say I liked the Pirate...

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When is the last time you were a tourist?” she asked archly. He just looked at her. Charles, she had to agree, was not tourist material. “Right,” Anna told him. “Buck up. You might even enjoy it.”...

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She sees ghosts,” said Samuel, impatient with my whining. I see dead people,” I deadpanned back. Oddly, it was Uncle Mike who laughed. I hadn’t thought he’d be a moviegoer.

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Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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She'd never have allowed herself to be held by anything as mundane as a few bars and a reinforced door

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He can stop me in my tracks, but he can't make me do someting I don't want to

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My foster mother always laughed and said it was his reputation for knowing everything that allowed for him to appear infallible: all he had to do was walk through the room and see who looked guiltiest...

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I'm not threatening to kill myself. But you need to know this about me because—if you want to be my mate—I won't be like Leo. I won't let you sleep around with anyone else. I won't be forced either....

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He'd woken up after flying from Boston to Montana to find his da cooking breakfast for them: sausage and pancakes shaped like deer. It wasn't just any deer, either - they looked like Bambi from the disney...

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Are you done yet?' Issac called Charles tilted his head back and called back, 'I suppose that's why they call you the five minute wonder.' Anna could feel her eyes round and her mouth drop open 'I cant...

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Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.

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What would a racist call werewolves? Wargs? She kind of liked that one, but suspected that racist bastards didn't read Tolkien.

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My father would take you wherever you wanted to go," he told her softly. "I was pretty sure I could talk you into staying, but I underestimated how badly hurt I was." "Stupid," she said tartly. He looked...

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Yes, well," said his da with a hint of a grow that told him just how worried Bran had been about him, "that'll teach you to dodge a bit quicker next time." "Sorry," he apologized meekly as he sat in the...

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Um. Charles thinks that his wolf has chosen me as his mate." "In less than one full day?" It did sound dumb when he said it that way. "Yes." she couldn't keep the uncertainty of her her voice, though,...

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It is not wise to give something old and powerful something they care about. And I am very old.

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I told them," he said in a clear, carrying voice, "that they should not give someone as old and powerful as I a daughter to love. That it would end badly.

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Dance when the moon sings, and don't cry about troubles that haven't yet come. (Moon Called)

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Cheeses crusty, got all musty, got damp on the stone of a peach,” I agreed. He looked blank, so I repeated it with proper emphasis. “ ChEEZ-zes crusty. Got Al -musty. Got DAMp on the StoneofapeaCH.

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Is it like a Harry Potter thing?" He turned his head then. "A what?" "A Harry Potter thing," she said again. "You know, don't say Voldemort's name because you might attract his attention?" He considered...

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Anna followed, keeping a sharp eye out for things he might back into or over. She wondered if Isaac did this all the time-and, if so, how he avoided getting photos in the paper with captions like "Local...

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Mine" he said. Adam's eyes narrowed. "I don't think so. She is mine." It would of been flattering,I thought,except that at least one of them was talking about dinner and I wasn't certain about the other.

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My grandfather would have loved to have met you," he told her huskily. "He would have called you 'She Moves Trees Out of His Path.' " She looked lost, but his da laughed. He'd known the old man, too. "He...

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A man who will risk nothing for love is not a man

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Zealots are like one track-pony. Don't get in their way without expecting to get hurt.

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For Adam, screwed-up bonding thing or not, I’d wait forever. “Really?” he asked in a tone I’d never heard from him before. Softer. Vulnerable. Adam didn’t do vulnerable. “Really what?” I...

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There is something incredibly arousing about being wanted. I pulled my hand back and sucked in a deep breath. “Adam,” I said.

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Tim was dead. And he's always been a loser. I'd be damned if I was going to be the victim of a loser - or anyone else.

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I knew he would never leave me, never let me down-because the man had never abandoned anything in his long life. If I hadn’t taken the gold rope of our bond, I knew Adam would have sat on me and hog-tied...

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Do you have any idea how much I love you?” he asked. ”Enough to accept my apologies?” I suggested in a small voice. ”Heck no,” he said, and pushed off from the wall, stalking forward. When he...

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Mine, ... Mine is what she is.

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A dominant wolf's desire to protect was a strong instinct- Samuel was very dominant. Give him an inch, and he's take over the world- my life, if I let him. Mercy

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Much awkwardness ensued.

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You forgot the ‘my precious,’” Anna said dryly. “If you want to act like a freaking nutcase, you have to do it right.

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Charles preferred his deer to taste like meat and his pancakes to look like pancakes. Brother Wolf thought he was too picky. Brother Wolf was probably right.

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Women are the bloodthirsty sex," said Ric sadly. "We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, Kill it. Squish it.

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Mercy," said my mother thoughtfully, "you never told me your werewolf neighbor was quite that hot.

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He sighed. " I don't think an apology will do, Mercy. Because an apology implies that you wouldn't do it again. And, under the circumstances, you wouldn't do anything differently, would you?" "No.

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Never accept the blame for what evil people do. We are all responsible for our own actions.

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Knowing someone desires you is the greatest aphrodisiac

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Humans, werewolves, or, apparently, vampire, it doesn't matter; get more than three of them together and the jockeying for power begins.

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The devout belief that the world is explainable is both a terrible vulnerability and a stout shield.

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During my last year of college I wrote the same ten pages over and over again. Those ten pages became the first few pages of my first novel. I can still recite the opening paragraph from memory - only...

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His brother maintained that what sent people backing away was neither his size nor his mother's blood, but solely the expression on his face. To test Samuel's theory, Charles had tried smiling - and then...

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There is no cash in battling evil: just the opposite in my experience

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Cheeses crusty, got all musty, got damp on the stone of a peach.

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Your woman tells me you will hunt me down and eat my marrow while I live." "Did she?" Charles looked at her, and she saw the approval in his face. She doubted anyone else would have read anything at all....

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Asil left Bran alone with his thoughts then, because if he stayed, Bran would argue with him. This way, Bran would have no one to argue with but himself. And Asil had always credited Bran with the ability...

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Asil has appointed himself my guardian?" asked Charles softly. Asil was overstepping himself. "He was bored, he told me," said his father. He gave Charles a small smile. "I have given him a job so he doesn’t...

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He had lived a very long time, and only since he gained Anna had he learned to fear. He’d discovered that he had never been brave before—just indifferent. She had taught him that to be brave, you have...

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People as old and powerful as he should never be given someone to love. For Anna he would destroy the world.

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Never accept the blame for what evil people do. We are all responsible for our own actions." She was lecturing him, so she stopped. "Sorry. Hang around with Bran too long, and see if you don’t start...

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Bran was the only person I knew who could use words like "blackguard" and make them sound like swear words-but then he could have said "bunny rabbit" in that tone of voice and weaken my spine with the...

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She tried to imagine what Charles would do if another man came up to him and said, "You bring me joy.

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He loved her beyond all reason and didn't expect her to love him back. He was just waiting for her to wise up.

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Apparently deciding Charles’s brief introduction wasn’t good enough, his brother reintroduced himself. “Dr. Samuel Cornick, elder brother and tormentor. Very nice to meet you, Anna—

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After I shut the door behind me, I heard Darryl say "of course eating him would work too.

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She crawled on top of him, naked and warm and soft, smelling like a miracle that had saved him from a lifetime of aloneness.

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Samuel laughed out loud. "You still haven't figured it out, have you, Mercy? He never was mad about the car. He was the first one at the scene of the accident. He thought you'd killed yourself. We all...

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Mercy: “Can't sleep with a dead man in my closet.” Ben: “You killed someone?” Ben asked with interest

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Christmas garland and a rock?" he said, a smile in his voice."Why not an ornament?" "Wolves aren't fragile," I told him. "And they're... stubbon and hard to move

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Why is it that all cars are women?" he asked. "Because they're fussy and demanding," answered Zee. "Because if they were men, they'd sit around and complain instead of getting the job done," I told him.

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Where does a werewolf sleep? Anywhere he wants to.

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Drink it,” I told her. “It’s good for what ails you. Caffeine and sugar. I don’t drink it, so I ran over to your house and stole the expensive stuff in your freezer. It shouldn’t be that bad....

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Some people will tell you werewolves can only shapechange under a full moon, but people also say there's no such things as ghosts.

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Just as I’ve always known there are monsters in the world, monsters and things even more evil, I’ve always known that it is God who keeps evil at bay.

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We’d spent years as adversaries, two predators sharing territory and a certain, unwelcome attraction. Somehow, during all those years I spent outwardly acquiescing to his demands while making sure I...

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Americans in particular are oddly innocent in their faith that science holds explanations for everything.

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Now, I'm not very vain. If I'd ever been, making my living covered in various grease and dirt mixtures would have cured me quickly. Still, I wasn't up to facing two sexy men when I had one eye swollen...

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He bit the nape of my neck and I moaned.

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Don’t lick the guests, darling. Bad manners.

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Honey, ... When a wolf watches a lamb, he's not thinking about the lamb's mommy.

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Anna: “I thought Indians built fires with fiction.” Charles: “I can do that, but I'd like to eat sometime in the next day or so. Sterno and Bic are much faster.

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He left the key in the ignition. No one was likely to come up here and steal the truck- and if anyone did... well, he could deal with Charles

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The warmth of his body shouldn’t have felt good. He was angry and every muscle was tense. It was like being leaned on by a very heavy, warm brick. A sexy brick.

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If you could just see your face,” she told me. “You look like a cat in a bathtub.

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I don't like it when I outweigh my men.

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Any idiot can put up a website.

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Some people are boys longer than others.

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He stepped back with exaggerated courtesy. But when I walked past him, he swatted my rump. Hard enough to sting. “You need to be more careful,” he growled. “Keep interfering in my business and you...

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I narrowed my eyes at him. "Stuff that. I'll write a doctoral thesis. Then I can go do what most of the other people with doctoral degrees in anthropology do." "What's that?" asked Calvin. "You don't need...

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Maybe I should go back to teaching school about crazy people instead of being one. (Jim Alvin)

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But that was the trouble with ancient artifacts - no one really knew what they did.

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Bran was stripping her futon down to the bare mattress when she entered her apartment. It was sort of like watching the president mowing the White House lawn or taking out the trash.

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Dont let the bastards grind you down?" Bran looked at me incredulously.

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So in the sweltering heat of a July night, I sang a Christmas carol to a room full of fae, who had been driven out of their homelands by Christians and their cold-iron swords.

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Anna looked at Brother Wolf. ‘I’d like to see someone try to put a radio control collar on Charles. It might be fun to watch on YouTube.

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A second floor window opened, and Kyle stuck his head and shoulders out so he could look down at us. “If you two are finished playing Cowboy and Indian out there, some of us would like to get their beauty...

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I could hear him laughing. Son of a bit*h. I would kill him. I didn't care if he was coyote or the son of Satan.He was a dead man walking.

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Such a small thing to cause so much trouble.

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His heart's occupied elsewhere," said Ben from behind me. "And even if it weren't he's not interested in your kind. But, I'm available and ready." "You don't have a heart," I told him.” Just a gaping...

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People who know other people’s secrets can’t afford to do things that impair their ability to control their mouths.

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It is one of those lessons that every child should learn: Don't play with fire, sharp objects, or ancient artifacts.

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The trick to going wherever you want unchallenged in a hospital is to walk briskly, nod to the people you know, and ignore the ones you don’t. The nod reassures everyone that you are known, the brisk...

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My will broke at the sound of his voice, and my head turned with as much inevitability as a sunflower turning its face to the sun.

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Heart turned to me, his face thought­ful. “Yes­ter­day morn­ing. Yes, that means that Daphne hadn’t been home for two days be­fore that.” He smiled at me. “You were sup­posed to be the Al­pha’s...

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This was not a man who wanted to give up his mate. This was a man trying to do the honorable thing—and give her a choice, no matter hiw much it cost him.

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Fortunately, he'd found that most people were easy to locate at five thirty in the morning. .

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Reincarnation?” He shrugged. “I’ve never seen any evidence that it’s real. But I’ve never seen anything that disproves it either. I believe the afterlife is better than what we have here—and...

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Tis the gift to be gentle, ’tis the gift to be fair, ’Tis the gift to wake and breathe the morning air, To walk every day in the path that we choose, Is the gift that we pray we will never never lose.

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Want to play some Battleship?” I wasn’t leaving him alone with that thing in there. Chad armed himself with a notebook, and we went to war. Historically, war has often been used as a distraction for...

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See you tomorrow,” he said, instead. “All right.” Then, impulsively, I asked, “Do you have a place to sleep tonight?” “Sure,” he said with a smile, and started off as if he had somewhere...

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I don’t think you’re supposed to be able to get at that information,” said Leslie. “Don’t look,” said Goldstein, peering over Charles’s shoulder. “We don’t know anything about illegal...

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If she kept wondering about how much of her life Bran engineered, she’d end up on a funny farm knitting caps for ducks.

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Patricia Briggs

What do you mean?” Leslie’s voice was cool, as if she questioned witches who were flat on their backs being threatened by werewolves every day.

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Patricia Briggs

There isn’t a person in this city more dangerous than a wolf whose mate is in danger.

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Patricia Briggs

It is the way of mortals. They fling themselves at life and emerge broken.

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Patricia Briggs

Taking out werewolves, I gather and surmise, is akin to taking out a SEAL team.

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Patricia Briggs

And thus Charles found himself wandering around a hotel, trailing federal agents as he held a cardboard coffee cup holder in each hand, instead of out killing misbehaving werewolves.

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Patricia Briggs

You are a sick, sick man,” I told him. “Thank you,” Ben replied, looking modest.

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Patricia Briggs

Coffee or orange juice?” “Water is fine.” His eyebrows went up. “Uh-oh,” Auriele said, but she was smiling. Darryl was not. “Are you implying that my coffee is not the best in four counties?...

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Patricia Briggs

Adam has always had . . . heroic tendencies.” I touched Adam’s arm. “He’s my hero.” There was another pause. . . “That is the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard you say,” Bran said. “Be...

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Patricia Briggs

Pack is for comfort when you hurt, I thought, putting my head back down. And for the first time in a long time, maybe the first time ever, I appreciated being a part of one.

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Patricia Briggs

If it looks like a hallway, feels like a hallway, and acts like a hallway—is it important to figure out that it isn’t a hallway?

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Patricia Briggs

When we got to the moron who was sitting in the only path to the stairway, Adam caught my waist and lifted me over before stepping over the man himself. “Scott?” Adam said as we headed upstairs. “Yeah?”...

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Patricia Briggs

Don’t try threatening an Alpha. They don’t like it.

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Patricia Briggs

Most of the pack would rather have Darryl mad at them than Auriele.

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Patricia Briggs

You don’t have the courage of a half-bred mongrel.

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Patricia Briggs

Charles was most comfortable by himself or, if that wasn't possible, with his pack in the wild. Talking for hours in a crowded auditorium was not on any list of things he enjoyed—or things he was good...

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Patricia Briggs

New rules. If you are smart enough to live, you won’t hit Charles’s mate in front of his father.

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Patricia Briggs

I'm a coyote shapeshifter playing in a world of werewolves and vampires---outmatched is n understatement.

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Patricia Briggs

You play games with people's lives.(...) You forget that they are fragile.

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Patricia Briggs

He was like Superman, but with fangs and oddly impaired morals.

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Patricia Briggs

Even after all this time, I keep forgetting that heroes can be found in unlikely places and persons -- like mechanics who can turn into coyotes.

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Patricia Briggs

Ben rubbed his muzzle over Kyle’s shoulder in a way that I think was supposed to be reassuring. Kyle sucked in a breath. Either it hurt, or the reminder that the werewolf was big enough to rub his shoulder...

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Patricia Briggs

You will eat this and go to sleep, so your pronouns get their antecedents back.

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Patricia Briggs

Do they always flirt with biblical quotes?" Asil asked Tad. In long-suffering tones, Tad said, "They can flirt with the periodic table or a restaurant menu. We've learned to live with it. Get a room you...

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Patricia Briggs

In this dream, I wasn’t a coyote shapeshifter trying to hold a werewolf, I was Coyote’s almost daughter, and I had all the strength of the world in my arms.

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Patricia Briggs

Coyote never loses. Because I change the rules of the games my enemies play. What are the rules of your game?

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Patricia Briggs

Yes,' he said sincerely. 'Such a one deserves peanut butter on the seat of his pants.

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Patricia Briggs

Werewolf games,' Mercy said solemnly, 'play for keeps, or go home.' She was so cute sometimes it made Adam's heart hurt.

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Patricia Briggs

I was going to fight vampires, and my name wasn't Buffy--I was so screwed.

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Patricia Briggs

She understood his passion because she felt the same way: as if nothing was more important than the touch of her skin to his, as if she'd die if he left her.

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Patricia Briggs

Then he'd come back home and found out that war didn't cause fear- love did.

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Patricia Briggs

She was on the far side, leaving two cold feet of mattress between them. He knew that she'd fall asleep like that... and then gradually move over until she was plastered against him. Then he could go to...

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Patricia Briggs

Paranoia: the gift of the survivor and the burden of the overtired, stressed, and terrified...

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Patricia Briggs

Sometimes broken people stay broken.

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Patricia Briggs

Obstreperous, ‘huh,” said Tad. “I see you’ve been using that Big Word of the Day calendar I got you last Christmas.” “That is irrefragable,” I told him solemnly.

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Patricia Briggs

Civilization is vastly overrated.

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Patricia Briggs

Wizards don't all look alike.

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Patricia Briggs

Sometimes I think I live more closely to the past than the present.

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Patricia Briggs

Intelligent men are dangerous.

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Patricia Briggs

It's easier to dismiss ghosts in the daylight.

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Patricia Briggs

This world has need of song and sword.

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Patricia Briggs

Trying is always enough.

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Patricia Briggs

Being a martyr is highly overrated.

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Patricia Briggs

I can't protect you from knowledge.

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Patricia Briggs

Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent's blade.

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Patricia Briggs

Survivors can't always choose their methods.

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Patricia Briggs

You can't cage an eagle for long without destroying it.

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Patricia Briggs

A stupid ruler is much more of a problem than an insane one.

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Patricia Briggs

Dragons and legends...It would have been difficult for any man not to want to fight beside a dragon.

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Patricia Briggs

A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn't mean in winter.

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Patricia Briggs

A king who trusts no man is weak.

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Patricia Briggs

The main thing to remember is that making love is at onces the silliest and the most sacred act humans can perform.

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Patricia Briggs

My father always said that too many words cheapened the value of a man's speech.

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Patricia Briggs

My father said that a silent person is trying to hide something.

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Patricia Briggs

Baking is like washing--the results are equally temporary.

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Patricia Briggs

A man's immortality can be found in his children.

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Patricia Briggs

I was going to have to come up with a rank for myself besides Alpha's mate. In the pack, I was just Mercy- but if ten more people called me the Alpha's mate, I was going to hit someone. It sounded like...

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Patricia Briggs

Knowledge is a better weapon than a sword.

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Patricia Briggs

Evil must always be fought.

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Patricia Briggs

Only cowards torture women.

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Patricia Briggs

Let's save tomorrow's troubles for tomorrow.

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Patricia Briggs

Time was such an odd thing. One moment you could talk to someone, then suddenly, they were gone.

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Patricia Briggs

If there was such evil in the world, was it possible that there was good, too?

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Patricia Briggs

Wizards are a secretive lot.

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Patricia Briggs

If creation was given no limit, ultimately everything would cease to exist.

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Patricia Briggs

Some truths are truths, no matter who says them.

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Patricia Briggs

You cannot sacrifice the world for your children.

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Patricia Briggs

Don't make light of any man's pain.

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Patricia Briggs

Fear makes idiots out of us all, at some time or other.

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Patricia Briggs

A man learns with age, if he is lucky.

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Patricia Briggs

Over a lifetime of dealing with difficult women, I have learned it is often better to give into their demands immediately.

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Patricia Briggs

The only certainty life contains is death.

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Patricia Briggs

When life doesn't meet your expectations, it was important to take it with grace.

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Patricia Briggs

You'd tell the world what your best friend wore to sleep if you thought it made a good enough story.

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Patricia Briggs

It is hard to accept being different, hard to have people avoid looking at you, and still believe in yourself.

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Patricia Briggs

People will do amazing things to ensure their survival.

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Patricia Briggs

I jerked my chin toward Frost’s body. ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.’ Hao said, “Life is not safe. A man might spend his whole time on earth staying safe...

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Patricia Briggs

Are we going to Portland?" I asked. "Or Multnomah Falls?" He smiled at me. "Go to sleep." I waited three seconds. "Are we there yet?" His smile widened, and the last of the usual tension melted from his...

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Patricia Briggs

Adam didn't approve of Wal-Mart.

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Patricia Briggs

Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny.

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Patricia Briggs

Mercy is not a proper Indian name."..........."Rash Coyote Who Runs With Wolf. We could shorten it to Dinner Woman.

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Patricia Briggs

Some of the fae have an odd idea of bride send-offs," he explained "including, according to Zee, kidnapping." "I forgot about that." And I was appalled because I knew better. "Bran and Samuel are probably...

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Patricia Briggs

Warren made a noise, the first one I'd heard out of him since we'd come into the room. I'd have been happier if he hadn't sounded scared. "Easy, Warren," Adam told him. "You're safe here.” "If you die...

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Patricia Briggs

Mercy," he said,"in a fair fight between near equals, I'll back you every time. It's the demons, vampires, and river devils I worry about, and I'm working on that.

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Patricia Briggs

Someday, I'm going to meet some supernatural creature who tells me everything I should know up front and in a forthright manner - but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Patricia Briggs

Take a note: it usually works better if you wait until I do something stupid before getting mad at me.

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Patricia Briggs

Wolves eat coyotes," Gordon said[...] If he weren't an old man, I had some rude things I could have said to that. "Yes," observed Adam blandly. "I do." Yep. That was the one that came to mind. And he didn't...

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Patricia Briggs

He stopped what he was doing and pulled out his magic phone. Okay, the phone wasn't magic, but it does things my computer struggles with.

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Patricia Briggs

Mmm, he rumbled into my ear. I thought that being married meant that I never go to bed hungry.

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Patricia Briggs

There are big bad wolves all over the world who tremble at the sound of his name, yet a little puny coyote girl peanut-buttered the seat of Bran Cornick’s car because he told her that she should wear...

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Patricia Briggs

Don’t fuss. I love you just as you are, Mercy. I don’t need to swallow you whole, I don’t need to be in your head at all times. I just need to know that you’re there.

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Patricia Briggs

Death is not such a bad thing. What would be a bad thing would be living without challenges. Without knowing defeat, we cannot know what victory is. There is no life without death.

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Patricia Briggs

I suppose we must work on being gracious and grateful until we can do for ourselves. Someday the wheel of fate will put us in a position to be of use to them, and we will remember how much easier it is...

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Patricia Briggs

Usually the people I do know are sufficient to spawn any number of nightmares without inventing any.

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Patricia Briggs

I don't break; I bounce.

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Patricia Briggs

Mine. He was mine, and not even death would take him from me—not if I could help it.

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Patricia Briggs

Not that I'd really been planning on keeping the attack secret; it had just been an option I'd wanted to keep open if I could.

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Patricia Briggs

If you leave me naked and waiting on the bed without making love to me, I’ll—” I didn’t get to finish the threat. I think it was the word “naked,” though maybe it was “bed,” but before...

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Patricia Briggs

No-pocket jeans are only slightly less irritating than thong underwear.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss