Effing Feline has itchy paws

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior posts on Mr. V’s behalf

I, Effing Feline, feeling an overwhelming urge to use a scratching post.  Or better yet, the couch. Oh, yeah!

First I have to check whether Ed Hoornaert, aka Mr. Valentine, is watching. Although otherwise a great pet, he cruelly suppresses my scratching instincts.

Goodie! The coast is clear!

Real fast before I go: Here’s today’s snippet from Mr. V’s newest release, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters. While Quinn was healing in a Med Casket that helped him realize his top-most desires, Marianne discovered he isn’t a Royal Guardian, but a con man. Here’s how she reacts.

She pointed the pistol at him. “Stay right there.”

“Marianne, I love you.”

“For once in your sewage-infested life, stop lying.”

“I deserve that, yeah, but I’m a changed man. What do you think my top-most desire in life is?”

“I don’t know and I don’t give a damn—but I’m willing to bet it’s something that’ll help you out of this jam then be forgotten in five minutes.”

“It’s you,” Quinn said, and his eyes glowed as he again held out his arms to her.

Her rage melted around the edges and turned into tears that slipped down her cheeks, because even now, knowing the truth about him, she wanted to believe him, wanted … something. If he touched her, she would shatter.

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Gotta run! Gotta scratch!



  1. Oh dear! To be falling in love with a con man is risky business Mr V. Effing? BAD kitty!

    1. Don’t you just hate cat-scratched furniture?

  2. Oh Marianne, you’re such a pushover! I bet she lets her cat scratch the couch too. 🙂

    1. Pushover? She’s holding a gun on him!

      1. Yes, but she’s gone all gooey inside. It’s a bad sign. 😀

  3. I nabbed my copy of Alien Contact for Sisters this weekend, and I’m loving the story. I can’t wait to get to this scene. Well done, Ed. Watching Quinn realize what he wants makes for a great character arc.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, Paula. I’ll have a spotlight on your new release tomorrow.

  4. Kid Sisters. 🙂

  5. chellecordero · · Reply

    Great quandary you’ve left the poor gal in, wanting something so bad but needing to protect herself just as strongly. Terrific tension. And I do feel for Quinn having to suffer for his misdeeds now that he has realized his true needs.

    1. Yes, I feel sorry for him, too…but it’s not like he’s atoned for his misdeeds. Yet.

  6. Love the last line. I have this sneaking suspicion he’s going to touch her, gun or not.

    1. He would have, except that I came up with another twist before he could reach out. The bad guys hunting Marianne and Quinn show up before she can decide whether or no to pull the trigger. If it’s not one thing it’s another, eh?

  7. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Oh that last line just says it all. Falling for the wrong guy isn’t good, but I have a hunch Quinn will redeem himself. Well, it’s my hope anyway. lol

    1. He’ll try, if Marianne doesn’t shoot him first.

  8. I love their rapid-fire dialogue, and how this tense exchange melts into a much different kind of emotion at the end.

    1. Seeing that she’s holding a pistol, ‘rapid-fire’ might have multiple meanings. 😉

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