Pittsburgh Werewolves and Dragon Joy

- 2 comments - New Publications, Short Fiction

Hooray! Editor (and writer!) Heather Shaw has just launched a fabulous new magazine, Persistent Visions, and the very first short story they’re publishing is my funny werewolves-in-Pittsburgh story, “Pack Dynamics”! This is a Meet the Parents story gone wrong…with werewolves! It’s set in a neighborhood where I used to live (Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh), and it was so much fun to write.

Thanks so much to Heather for buying it, and to my brother Ben for inspiring this story as a Christmas gift! (He asked for another urban fantasy story in the same vein as “Undead Philosophy 101”, my vampires-in-East-Lansing story, and this was the result!)

You can read the story here. I hope you guys enjoy it!

“Pack Dynamics,” of course, is a story for adults (although I think it would be perfectly okay for YA-aged readers and up), but I had some really great MG news this week, too.

Look what’s sitting in my UK editor’s office now – ARCs of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart!


That’s not the final cover of the book – that pot of enchanted hot chocolate actually comes from the back cover of the final book! :) – but I adore it. And the UK cover artist, Freya Hartas, has also done gorgeous interior chapter-header illustrations that will probably appear in both the UK and US editions. She shared one of them here!

You can preorder the book now in the UK (from Waterstones or Amazon UK) and in the US, too (from Amazon only, so far – I’ll make sure to add links to IndieBound and B&N as soon as they go up)! And you can find out more about it here.

Now Patrick and I are about to go out to celebrate our (belated) wedding anniversary, which got delayed this year due to kid-illness and deadline stress. But we’re not waiting any longer! It’s time for movies and anniversary goodness. Hurrah!

Happy Friday!


  1. Happy belated anniversary, congratulations on the lovely book-art (yay!) and a big ‘thank you’ for the short story link. Pack Dynamics is so much fun and I urge everybody to go and read it right away :-) x

    • Oh yay! I am so happy you enjoyed Pack Dynamics. Thank you for telling me that! And thanks so much for the good wishes. :) xx

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