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by Deborah Ann Davis
Young Adult Fiction
Petir takes a rough tumble in the Connecticut woods, but awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow...and arrow. Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. But when she is captured by the enemy, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue the fair maiden.
“You cut, and I’ll wash,” instructed Cord.
Petir peered into the huge wooden bowl to find a variety of greens, roots, and mushrooms. “Where did all this come from?”
“We find many things in the forest besides you.” There was that mischievous smirk again.
He sifted the veggies through his fingers and held up a tightly curled green with a fuzzy brownish cover. “What are these?”
“Fiddleheads. They be young ferns. ’Tis past their season. We were lucky to find these.”
“You eat ferns?” asked Petir. Gross. This is the kind of babble you’d expect from a dream.
“Just peel off the outside and cook. They make for fine eating,” said Fryer over his shoulder.
“Sure they do. I suppose you can eat these, too?”
Cord looked to see what he was holding. “Milkweed stalks.”
“Milkweed? You mean that plant with all the white fluffy stuff?” Oh, yeah, dream-babble going on here. Absolutely.
“Yes, but you canna eat the mature plants. Only the young shoots are edible,” said Fryer. “You had them in this morning’s stew.”
“I did?” Petir took a moment to survey his stomach. He patted his belly. “Seems okay. Just don’t tell me there were any frogs in there.”
“Frogs? No, there were no frogs in there, but—”
Petir interrupted Fryer by raising his hands as if warding off the cook’s words. “Stop. Really. I don’t want to know. Just tell me what you want me to do, and I’ll do it, but spare me the details.”
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I’m DEBORAH ANN DAVIS, and I write Quirky New/Young Adult Fiction with a Twist. I began writing when searching for inspiration for my 5th grade English Journal. Lo and behold, my world was full of funny tales just waiting to be told. It never occurred to me to pursue writing, not even when I discovered my flare for telling stories at college parties.
After a string of undergrad majors, I realized I could reach a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As you probably know, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? I jumped into teaching with both feet and loved it for 27 years. It came with an added bonus: Once teens know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh. Go figure.
Twelve years after our first kiss, I reunited with, and married my childhood sweetheart. Together we coached our daughter's AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years, our daughter and our money went to college.
During a particularly nasty bout of Lyme disease, I turned to Fitness to boost my Health, and to Writing to boost my Happiness. Currently, I am a healthy and happy Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer who loves to write.
We presently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. When I’m not writing novels for my Love of Fairs series, I enjoy dabbling with living a sustainable life, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. I also promote increasing movement throughout your day as Wiggle Writer in my Merry Meddling blog at http://deborahanndavis.com/merry-meddling/ .
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