Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sidekick Showcase [50] Oh Mother

Sidekick Showcase, previously known as Sidekick Saturday, is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! I will post my Sidekicks on Saturday, then whichever day during the week that you would like to post yours, you can put your link in on my page. Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fit's in the week's topic
• Share a picture (if you can) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick

The month of May is all about mother figures...naturally. 
I have several in mind, but one stood out right away, Mercy Thompson's mom, Margie. One day when Mercy was a tiny little thing she turned into a coyote. And just like that turned back into her human body. What's a young single mom to do? Well, Margie hunted down the Alpha of all Alphas, Bran to teach and care for Mercy. I imagine there are few things harder than to accept you are not what is best for your child. Despite the strained mother/daughter bond, Margie remained a part of Mercy's life. It is almost always comical when the two interact, mostly because Margie is a girly-girl. Mercy is so very not. If I were casting Margie I'd go with Patricia Arquette, 5 foot nothing, usually blond, can switch from ditsy vixen to mama bear in a heartbeat. Plus, she was only 17 when she had our favorite coyote slash VW mechanic.

Patricia Arquette at Heart Truth 2009"I heard the distinctive clack of a bullet chambering, and a quick glance showed me my mother with a wicked-looking Glock out and pointed at Stephan. It was pink and black-trust my mom to have a Barbie gun-cute but deadly." Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

I'll have my Theme Song post up soon. This month will be all about soundtrack songs! Go crazy people. Also coming this week is a sign up for the Soul Twister, Anna 3 blog tour coming in July. I'll be sending out ARCs at the end of May. Anyone interested in starting the series is so very welcome. I will be happy to send the first two over! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

(By The Heart Truth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)


  1. YAAY! I'm reading the most recent one in the series next, and I'm soooo excited :D I think your choice for her image is such a good one! That line about her in the books also is my favorite. I'm with you on trying to imagine how hard it would be to be Margie. When I first realized that she had been raised by people outside of her family (a foster father and mother), I thought her mom wasn't a part of her life and didn't care to be. I was so glad to find out differently!! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Oh, man, you're reading the latest Mercy Thompson? I have it, got it in the mail because I totally splurged and bought myself a hardback copy, but I can't bring myself to reading it yet. Because then what? Nope. But I did just see on her website that another Alpha and Omega book is coming out next year. hehe.

      I was also glad to see despite Mercy's hardships growing up, she wasn't abandoned. Maybe she felt that way, but deep down the girl knows she was loved so much!

  2. Wow. She sounds like the strongest mom ever! I don't know this book and honestly, it sounds a little weird, but interesting. Coyote?

    I hope you had a great weekend, Robyn. :) Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh, you would love this series, Athina. It's a werewolf, vampire, witch, fae, type story with a good mystery woven in and bad guys who aren't pretty and good guys who aren't pretty either...except for Adam. Mercy is a coyote shifter (sort of) in a world full of old school werewolves. There's Stephan the vampire who loves Scooby Doo. The vamps are not tame, neither are the wolves. Okay, I went on and on. The weekend has been soggy! Lots and lots of rain.

  3. You are SOOO right, Robyn! Margie did, what I assume is, the hardest thing for a mom to do. And her interactions with Mercy are always comical. :) This is yet another series I need to get caught up on (I'm 2 behind). And it's a series I ADORE!!! Great choice, girl!

    1. I love Margie! You're only 2 behind. The best 2! Nah, they're all the best. Looks like you have time to catch up because next year Briggs' releasing another Alpha and Omega installment, so maybe that means a longer wait for Mercy. Have you read that series? The latest book, Fair Game, is a game changer and there's reference to it in Frost Burned (#7-second to the last one).

      I love your pick this week! I knew you were going to choose Daisy. I loved it when her car got shot and she was so crazy pissed about it.