by Deborah Ann Davis
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
Fairly Certain is the unlikely adventure of nineteen year old Petir Capota, a computer geek who finds himself back in the days of Robin Hood after falling out of a tree in Connecticut. He awakens surrounded by a band of young British scavengers, clothed as if in Old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow…and arrow. Normally, fair maiden types don’t go for computer geek types, but for some reason, Petir is fairly certain he can do whatever he wants in this realm.
With the conflict of the Royals escalating, Maid Rianne has joined the outlaws hiding in the forest, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she merely feels flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her own knight. However, that does not explain the quickening of her pulse produced by Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.
The outlaws bring Petir to their camp to tend his injuries. To Petir’s delight, and to Maid Rianne’s dismay, they invite him to join their merry band. It’s all fun and games until she is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue the fair maiden.
Petir gently jostled Maid Rianne. “Lord Robert’s a jackass, Rianne. How can he not appreciate what an incredible warrior you are?”
She blushed at his words. “Lord Robert knows what it takes to compete. ’e is correct. I have never succeeded.” She eased away from him. “You are kind, although you do not understand competition.”
But she was wrong. No one would compare Ping-Pong to swinging a sword, but the principles were the same. He had to choose his words carefully if he was going to make her hear him. “I understand enough about competition to know the only one you really compete against is yourself. Who cares if you win against a bush-league opponent if you played your worst? Where’s the honor in that?”
“There is none, of course.”
“Right, but if you achieve your personal best, who cares if you lose? You can’t control who shows up to compete. You only have control over who you bring to compete.”
Maid Rianne regarded him with her mouth open after his outpouring of words. “Yea verily, Lord Petir. Ye must teach me about your Ping-Pong. It has served you well.”
Once again, he took her by the shoulders. They were firm and warm under the fabric of her dress. He ignored the thumping in his chest caused by her proximity. “Go compete, Maid Rianne. Show them what a true warrior can do.”
Maid Rianne took a deep breath and placed her hands on his cheeks, drawing his face down to her. She kissed him soundly. “I will win this tournament for you, m’lord.” Grabbing her discarded bow and quiver, she darted into the fair, leaving him reeling.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
DEBORAH ANN DAVIS writes Quirky New/Young Adult Fiction with a Twist. She began writing when searching for inspiration for her 5th grade English Journal. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny tales just waiting to be told. As she grew older, it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.
After a string of undergrad majors, she realized she 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? Then there’s an added bonus: Once teens know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh. Go figure.
After a particularly nasty bout of Lyme disease, she turned to Fitness to boost her health, and to Writing to boost her happiness. Currently, she is a healthy and happy Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer.
Twelve years after their first kiss, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart. Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years, their daughter and their money went to college.
They presently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. When she isn’t writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, she enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day.
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