Effing Feline gets a nibble–but not a fish, unfortunately

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

Usually my pet human, Ed Hoornaert (aka Mr. V) lets me choose the book I steal a snippet from. Not this week. He wants me to highlight The Trial of Tompa Lee because he has a nibble, a teensy little maybe of a nibble, to produce it for television.*

Coming soon, maybe?

Coming soon, maybe?

Big effing deal. A fish nibble? Hooray! A TV nibble? Yuck, because TVs taste terrible.  I’ve tried them.

Although I will say that flat screen models make good scratching posts.

Visiting the intensive care unit of the Vance’s infirmary always rubbed the scabs off painful memories. Beyond even that, though, Dante Roussel hated the reason for this visit. Unpleasant tasks were the essence of a policeman’s job, of course; he’d known that when he accepted the demotion to Military Discipline nine years ago. But the job kept getting harder, rather than easier.

Dante took a deep breath and assumed the erect posture he expected of himself as the head of ship security. He stepped to the open door of the ICU.

There she was. Naked.

“Well, Tompa Lee,” he whispered, “we meet at last.”

* This is Effing Feline again. The nibble happened because a former classmate and fan is friends with a producer up in Canada; she talked him into looking at the books. Don’t get your hopes up, because these nibbles rarely produce edibles.  You’re much better off spending your time checking out the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.

B-Trial paperbackThe Trial of Tompa Lee is the first book in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, a space opera with romance in each volume, although it isn’t SF romance per se. The books are:

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Only her enemies can save her from alien injustice.

Tompa Lee is a homeless ‘street meat’ who has clawed her way up to the bottom-most rung of the Space Navy . . . but her dream job plummets into a nightmare when she’s framed for mass murder on an alien planet.

Dante Roussel is the Navy policemen who surrenders Tompa to the Shons . . . but he is horrified to learn that their justice requires trial-by-combat, so Tompa must conquer three hundred accusers.

Awmit is an old, lower-class Shon who is the sole witness to Tompa’s innocence . . . but to prove it, he must find the valor and the strength to fight to the death at her side.

Can Tompa learn to trust and love not only a member of the alien race that wants to slaughter her . . . but also the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice?



  1. Awesome news of the ‘nibble’- may it turn into something satisfying and lucrative!
    I love the phrase “rubbed the scabs off painful memories”. Masterful, Ed.

    1. Dante’s first up-close encounter with Tompa also introduces the wound in his past…literally.

  2. Naked introductions are so awkward- what do you do with your hands when you have no pockets? 🙂 This sounds like a very interesting story premise. Congrats on the nibble- that’s very exciting!

    1. Never mind your hands. Where do you put your eyes.

  3. Enjoyed the snippet. Judging from the cast of characters, the story sounds like movie. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Good luck!

  4. Great snippet! Lots of fun, as usual. 😉

    1. An intensive care unit and she calls it fun. Hmm.

  5. Ed, one snippet after the other leaves me entranced. This one is in a class by itself. Nibbles? I have an option on one of my books and another will be a part of a movie. It’s fun to think of it. Maybe our dreams will come true.

    1. That’s great new, Charmaine. I hope the option turns into real film, or whatever they use these days.

  6. The infirmary – not a good place to lie.

    1. Yeah, this isn’t an auspicious beginning to Dante and Tompa’s relationship.

  7. snippets, nibbles and bites all sound good to me 🙂 Im going to wish you luck and cross my fingers for success on a potential new venture. Meanwhile I’m going to one click because the blurb sold me

    1. Hope you enjoy the book, Michelle!

  8. I totally hear you, Effing Feline, on the nibbles, but you never know. Something could come. Especially as this is a fab snippet. Love the description of Dante and can’t wait to learn more about him and Tompa Lee.

    1. The cat lacks a writer’s soul, know what I mean? To him a nibble means a fish on a line and any other meaning is boring.

  9. SO exciting re the nibble, which I hope turns into something full fledged for you! Enjoyed the excerpt, so many things to think about, plotwise, which is fun. Loved the ending.

    1. Thanks, Veronica!

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Hope the nibble turns into much more. Good luck!

    Interesting snippet. No need to dress up for this meeting. 🙂

    1. I guess if you’re in intensive care, as Tompa is, fashion isn’t important.

  11. Congrats on the nibble, Mr V! The premise for this story is outstanding. I just downloaded it on Amazon. Thank you!

    1. Hope you enjoy Tompa, Teresa. I think it has the most exciting ending I’ve ever written…but be forewarned, I was rebelling against the romance genre when I wrote it.

  12. A nibble is still exciting, and congrats for that! And how intriguing was this snippet? Love the last line.

    1. In earlier scenes from Tompa’s POV, Dante has been on the periphery of her awareness, but she’s afraid of him because he’s a cop and she used to live on the streets.

  13. Really great setup. Sounds like awesome television to me.

    1. I could see it on SyFy channel.

  14. Holy Catfish, Ed! That’s so amazing! I could definitely see this series on FX.
    (Don’t be such a naysayer, Effing. This could happen!)

    Great snippet, BTW.

    1. ‘Holy Catfish’? You’re a lady after Effing’s heart, Paula.

  15. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Hooray for you! I hope your nibble pans out. The snippet was intriguing this week.

  16. chellecordero · · Reply

    Definitely an intriguing snippet and kudos on that nibble, hope it turns into a whole big bite.

  17. That doesn’t make his job sound at all fun. I wonder how much longer he can keep doing it?

    1. Although I know the answer to that, I think I’d better not tell you yet.

      1. I wasn’t expecting you to. 🙂 But I like to speculate.

  18. Haha, great scene! Good luck on the nibble! Fun stuff!

    1. Another person who thinks intensive care units are fun! Writers are weird, you know?

  19. I’m wondering why he accepted the demotion. There must be more story there, right?

    My Kindle is about to add another volume to the lengthy TBR list. Is it wrong to hope for a long winter for reading and writing in?!

    And Effing, i imagine TVs would taste terrible. I wish you a nice fat fish, and Mr. V a nibble that turns into a gobble.

  20. There’s definitely a story behind the demotion, and it has to do with his backstory wound. As for a long winter to read, you clearly don’t live in Arizona. Winter is when we come out of hibernation and do things like hike and garden.

  21. That’s one memorable, unforgettable introduction!

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