Maddie was gung-ho to leave the house this morning, practically dragging me down the front steps and up the street toward Wickersham Park. As we reached the park, she sniffed around a corner tree while I caught my breath. “What’s the big hurry, Maddie?” I asked.

“I’m looking for leprechauns,” she replied, resuming her search through the park. “It’s Saint Patrick’s Day.”

Maddie peeked around trees, and under benches.

“Found one,” she announced.

“Maddie, that’s just a leaf.”

“Oh,” she said, disappointed.

Maddie sniffed around the sign. “There’s one.”

“Maddie, that’s just your reflection in a puddle.”

“Oh,” she shrugged. “Nuts.”

Maddie sniffed around a little longer, but eventually grew tired of hunting, so we turned around and wandered back home. In the few moments before heading down to work, we sat on the couch, and I asked, “Why’d you want to find a leprechaun, anyway?”

“I was hoping he’d share his pot of treats with me.”

I scratched her head. “Maddie, leprechauns have pots of gold, not treats.”

Maddie thought for a moment, then said, “Oh, then it’s all right that I didn’t find one. What would I do with a pot of gold, anyway?”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Night Shade Books!

We’d love to buy you a pint of Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day. But instead, here’s the perfect book to nurse your hangover: Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey, an urban fantasy novel set in 1970s Northern Ireland.

Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed he was the bastard of a Protestant… His mother never spoke of him and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between The Fallen and The Fey flares up, Liam learns the true nature of his father, and is drawn into a centuries-old supernatural conflict that mirrors the contemporary strife…

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