Steamy Penguins For Your Sampling Pleasure

Steamy penguins? you ask. Ex-CUSE me? Back in February of 2011, when Ernest Shackleton’s Scotch supply was discovered, Chuck Wendig of Terrible Minds challenged all comers to write a story with Shackleton’s Scotch as their prompt.

So I did.

The story is part of my collection TURTLE FEATHERS (a measly ninety-nine cents). Here’s a sample, including steamy penguins. Well, one steamy penguin, anyway.

Story with steamy penguins in

For A Few Bottles More – excerpt
by Marian Allen

Pilar Penguin lit a cigarette and blew a smoke ring into the frigid air.

This life, she thought. This life is no good. How long had it been since she had seen the sun? Well, six months, obviously, but it had been longer than that. She slept through the days now, weary and bleary from late nights at the cantina.

But what was she to do? Pehuen had put everything they had into the place. She either worked by his side or watched their lives come apart like a calving glacier.

She wiped the bar, flipping the cloth free at the edge so it didn’t freeze to the damp surface. Pehuen would be back soon, and then they would open the doors for the evening and the other penguins would trickle in by ones and twos. Pilar disapproved of guys coming in with their eggs tucked between their feet and their bodies, but Pehuen was right—either they let guys in carrying concealed or they had no customers at all for part of the year.

The door slammed open, and Pehuen slid in. His breath puffed out in steamy heaves that crystalized and fell.

“Pilar!” He staggered toward her, stumbling over his own feet.

“Calm down, mi marido.” She waddled sensuously toward him, offering him the cigarette still warm from her beak. “I am here, as always.”

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Warning! Contains steamy penguins!If you want to read the rest of the story — and you know you do — drop a buck and buy the collection.

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A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a story about a steamy penguin.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Steamy Penguins For Your Sampling Pleasure

  1. Jane

    March 9, 2014 at 10:34am

    Oh joy! Penguins with breakfast!

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    March 9, 2014 at 11:00am

    Well, that’s a side of penguins I’d never imagined!

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2014 at 1:09pm

      Hey, where do you think all those baby penguins come from? You think the stork brings them? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

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  3. Chris Graham

    March 9, 2014 at 4:25pm

    Hi Marian, got your book, but wish I could reblog this article to get you more sales 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2014 at 4:43pm

      Well, bless your heart! Have a banana! Have a whole BUNCH of bananas! 😀

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