Effing Feline Needs Money (now on SFFS, too!)

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes these SFFS and Eight Sentence Sunday posts on Mr. Hoornaert’s behalf

I, Effing Feline, neade munny.

Lemme try that again. I need money!  The bird who does my typing is on strike and threatening to fly north from Arizona fur the summer unless I pay him more birdseed. I’m a creative geenius but a terrible speller–yet how’s a poor riter to make any money when services cost so much? Typists an editors make more than i do! Sigh.

Last weak I interduced the heroine of Mr. V’s soon-to-be-released  Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, as well as Reese, a prince from an alternate Earth she likes but doesn’t luv.  Skipping ahead a bit, he slips a huge ring on her finger.

The diamonds flashed and winked in the light, alive with splendor and legend—but she pulled drunkenly at the ring, wanting it off right now. Reese knew American customs well enough to understand the significance of that particular finger.

“Marianne, be my wife,” Reese said, “my princess.”

She opened her mouth, not knowing what she could possibly say.

And she never did find out.

Without warning, the hotel shook from the deafening roar of an explosion. The map crashed to the floor. Plaster dust rained into the air. Marianne’s teeth rattled.

As though blown by a giant’s sneeze, she bounced off the bed and landed hard on her bottom.

Ends with a bang, eh? Be sure to check out the other posts for Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday and Eight Sentence Sunday. And tell me, quick, how to get Mr. V on the NY Times bestseller list so maybe I can afford to pay the stoopid bird!

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29 comments

  1. I like the sudden change of direction in this scene – I’ll be intrigued to see where it goes.

    1. The explosion marks the end of Act One, with the marriage proposal left up in the air, with the prince thinking she accepted and her not remembering one way or another.

  2. The new book sounds just as funny, if not more so, than the first!

    1. This is my “Romancing the Stone” book, so I’m glad you see the humor, Aurora!

  3. Oh dear me! I agree with Peter. You think the scene’s heading one way, then it goes off in a completely different direction. Love that!

    1. Yup, this scene is a big turning point.

  4. “alive with legend and splendor” – I think Marianne may be in more of a fix than she thinks! Poor Effing Feline!

    1. I figured indie writers could sympathize with the poor puss cat’s financial plight.

  5. chellecordero · · Reply

    Wow, just when I came in close for her response, that blast knocked me for a loop as well. Way to keep us hanging on. I definitely want to know what will happen next.

    1. I hope you didn’t get knocked onto your bum like Marianne. That would be undignified.

  6. Nothing like a well-timed explosion to interrupt an awkward moment!

    1. While writing this, the explosion was the point of the scene and the proposal was a way to fill in words–although of course I use it later in the book.

  7. Saved by the boom? I like the narrator’s humor and how you work it into the descriptions. It adds a nice “light” quality to the moment.

    1. Even when I try to be serious, humor seems to creep in. A manuscript I recently sold to a publisher was supposed to be serious, even grim; but when my son, one of my best beta readers, read it, he said he really liked the humor. I didn’t even know there WAS any humor! But he was right; it’s there.

      1. I have the same problem. I didn’t realize how much people considered me funny until I started receiving critiques.

      2. In my own case, I think humour creeps in because I have an ironic outlook on life, sort of like Jane Austen supposedly had. (I’d rather identify with her than with some smartass who never knows when to be serious…and even here, my sense of irony bubbles to the fore.)

  8. Eh, this is a cliffhanger at it’s finest…Curious to see what happens next:)

  9. I like the explosion intereupting the scene. Adds a nice piece of drama to it 🙂

    1. I’m glad it’s drama, rather than melodrama. The bomb is the external incident that throws my hero and heroine together.

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Love the imagery and the humor. Great titles you have for your books, too. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen–especially for the comment about titles, because I don’t feel I’m very good at it. Alien Contact for Idiots is by far the best I’ve ever come up with.

  11. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Wow, I like that she doesn’t remember. Nice drama.

    1. Yeah, I played around with different outcomes about that and decided ignorance was bliss. I’ve established earlier in the chapter that she’ had too much wine at the royal ball, so between that and a bomb blast, I figure her confusions is believable.

  12. Certainly does end with a bang! I wonder if her memory will ever come back. That could be rather awkward to remember the ring long after the fact. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  13. Certainly does end with a bang! I wonder if her memory will ever come back. That could be rather awkward to remember the ring long after the fact. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Looks like my wordpress is acting up too. Hope this only comes through once.

  14. Guess not. LOL

    1. Thanks for stopping by so many times, Jenna!

  15. Diamond, prince, explosion – what’s not to love? Fun snippet!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alexis.

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