Effing Feline’s Thoughts on Labor Management

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I, Effing Feline, solved last week’s problem in a very satisfying way. If you recall, the bird who was my typist/editor was on strike for more birdseed. I’ll tell you how I did it in a minute.

Last week, we left Marianne, the heroine of Mr. V’s very soon-to-be-released Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, sprawled on a hotel room floor–a marriage proposal from Prince Reese having been rudely interrupted by a terrorist bomb blast. Here the prince deposits Marianne in an old tunnel under the  hotel for safekeeping.

As Marianne looked at the murky ladder, a shiver quivered through her. She was neither claustrophobic nor afraid of the dark, but this hole looked like a sewer. She sniffed–didn’t smell like one, luckily.

Reese was right, though—she was in the way and by arguing, she was causing trouble. “Okay, I’ll go,” she whispered.

“Good woman,” he said in English as he slipped his jacket onto her. It came to her knees and the arms swallowed her hands, making her feel like a kid playing dress-up—a little kid who couldn’t do anything to help.

“A Royal Guardian is stationed down there to protect you,” Reese said, “so obey Captain Charleyjohn!”

Don’t worry, folks, about the heroine seeming to be a shrinking violet. By the end of the book, Marianne is a kick-ass female, NOT insecure and helpless. If you liked Romancing the Stone, you’ll love Alien Contact for Kid Sisters.

Speaking of insecure and helpless … heh, heh … how, you ask, did I, Effing Feline, solve my labor dispute? By plucking a tail feather and threatening to eat the bird, of course. Now he works for even less!

Be sure to check out the other posts on Eight Sentence Sunday.

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  1. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    So glad to know Marianne will soon realize she can kick some butt. lol I’m going to enjoy seeing how she gains her confidence. 🙂

    1. Well, Michelle, it’s a long story … about 300 pages long. 😉

  2. Mr V? I think you may be hiding a business how-too book up your sleeve. I love an elegant solution to a pressing problem 😉 Marianne is a smart girl(given, of course, there are still a few hundred pages left to make her stand 😊 ).

    1. That’s Effing’s idea not mine — I come from a union family. Maybe I should try to unionize the bird?

  3. Sometimes, it’s best to follow orders. I like the “sewer”

    1. You do, eh? Personally, I don’t care too much for sewers, but to each their own. 😉

  4. Love “shiver quivered” for at least momentary damsel-in-distressing.

    1. Yeah, I was playing around with word sounds. Hope it doesn’t distract too much.

  5. Great eight Ed! I think I need all of these books for my kiddos. Mr. V on your book cover on your banner looks like Bo Duke 🙂

    1. Nah — dark hair, not blond.

  6. good teaser scene. I want to know what’s going to happen in the tunnel

    1. Well, she has a savior down there to protect her. And what a savior he is!

  7. Dynamite scene and of course, oh so amusing. I also enjoyed quiver/shivered.

    1. Huh. I guess shiver quivered works, then.

  8. I definitely want to know what’s going to happen next! Terrific excerpt…

    1. Next week’s excerpt will at least hint at the answer.

  9. It seems a little bit scary. I want to know what is going to happened to her in that hole.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

  10. A royal guardian, hmm sounds interesting. We’ll see what happens next. 🙂

    1. Marianne’s sister is the queen of Kwadra. In book 1 of the series, Alien Contact for Idiots, Kwadra Island appears on our earth from an alternate timeline, in which Native Americans rule their land and have highly advanced technology.

  11. Well, while Effing’s way of handling disputes could certainly be more genteel, he does have some good ideas in his furry little head. And no, I don’t blame Marianne for dreading the idea of being brought down to a sewer. Nice how you show the jacket being so long on her too. It’ll make a nice mental contrast.

    1. I liked the jacket image, too. It emphasizes Marianne as a kid sister and kind of helpless, even though she’s 22.

  12. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    It’s good to know she’s going to come into her own. Nice excerpt, and Effing gets right to the heart of the matter.

    1. Yeah, he’d loved to get to the heart … with his teeth!

  13. chellecordero · · Reply

    I like how the jacket seemed to swallow her up. Sometimes the smallest packages carry the most dynamite.

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