Wordy Wednesday guest post: Fair Puckled by Bella Leone (& a giveaway!)
Today I'm so happy to have a guest post by Bella Leone, whose short story "Fair Puckled" is available from Torquere Press starting today. She's also a great friend and fellow Book Bunny. Take it away, Bella!
What is Fair Puckled?
Well, it's my new story that was just released by Torquere Press!
It also is a fun Scotish-ism. Something my Scottish greatgrandmother, Lula, would say sometimes that always made me laugh as a kid. When you’re “fair puckled” you are confused or out of sorts. My main character Jackson is definitely fair puckled in this tale.
I started writing "Fair Puckled" when I was trying for an awesome story for my dear friend Rheana’s birthday. I write her a story every year and last year we had spent a lot of time debating the merits of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon in our book club. James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser is one of our favorite male characters. So when I started writing I thought about what it would be like if someone like Jamie Fraser liked dudes. Not sure why... my mind just wanders sometimes.
I’m a bit of a nerd and I love opposites attract stories so I thought about who would be the complete opposite of a giant, manly, muscle-bound Highland warrior. Pale, scrawny history nerd in glasses and a cardigan, no?
It all just rolled together so seamlessly. I was able to write a majority of it on my layover in an airport filled with Boy Scouts.
When I delivered the goods to Miss Rheana, she adored it and encouraged me to keep writing. I decided to develop it further and look for a place to publish. Torquere Press published my first story, "Happy Hour," in September of 2011 so they were my logical first choice. I was thrilled when they expedited the release for the 20th of June. I’m so glad they liked it and I really hope you guys will too!
Also I hadn’t realized, but the release of Disney/Pixar’s new movie Brave, is June 22nd. I am so excited that my naughty little story about my nerd and my Highland warrior will be out at the same time as this awesome story about a tough, bright Scottish redhead fighting to change her own destiny!
I hope you’ll love Jackson and his adventures in Scotland! Head over to my site www.bellaleonebooks.com for a sneak peek at "Fair Puckled" and my other books. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter!
When Jackson Stuart accompanies a professor on a research trip to Scotland for the Highland Games, he is thrilled to see the majestic country he has only ever read about in books. The one thing his books haven't prepared him for is the stunning ginger warrior who wants to welcome Jackson to Scotland in the very best way. When he gets a true taste of the warrior, he may never go home to Boston.
I am giving to one lucky person PDF copies of Bella's short stories "Fair Puckled" and "Happy Hour." Just leave a comment with your email address to enter. (By entering, you are indicating you are over 18 years old and erotic materials are not illegal where you are.)
And check out my post on hot guys in kilts on Bella's website. Commenting on that post will get you a second entry in the giveaway.
You have until 11:59:59 PM on Sunday, June 24th to enter. Good luck!