Back in March 2011, Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) was part of the DBWAHA March Madness book tournament.
As part of the game, during the second or third round, I pledged to write a short story featuring the character Rory if I won that round. I did win the round (eventually losing in the Elite Eight to historical romance novelist Courtney Milan), but because the mere thought of writing a short story intimidates me, it took me months to work my way through it. Due in large part to a challenge by writer N. K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy, you should read it), I managed on the day after Thanksgiving 2011 to finish this story about a sabertooth cat who can wear the form of a man.
You can read “To Be A Man” here, on my website, right now (in January 2012 I will try to make an ebook version available).
Disclaimer: The story has no redeeming social value whatsoever. It includes mild adult content and certainly innuendo. Also, no dogs were actually harmed in the writing of the story. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
ALSO (potentially spoilery):
For those interested in such details, the story takes place in the same time frame as the very end of Cold Magic. In Chapter 28, when Bee and Cat realize they are essentially prisoners in the Barry household, Rory offers to turn into a sabertooth cat as a distraction so they can escape. They get out of the house and continue their adventures. After the confrontation at the factory and while being escorted home, Cat overhears two soldiers talking about a sabertoothed cat that got into the prince’s menagerie. The story follows from there. In the last chapter of Cold Magic, of course, Rory shows up while the two young women are crossing the city at night.