Effing Feline survived — whew!

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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, lost something precious a few nights ago — sleep. Why? Because there was a lot of shooting in my neighborhood.  I survived, though it was extremely close — and I was, of course, extremely brave throughout the ordeal.

My pet human, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine, says there was no shooting. It was fireworks, instead. It’s ridiculously arrogant of him, don’t you think, to assume he knows more than I, a cat?

I’m presenting another selection from Mr V’s latest WIP, Alien Contact for Heroines. The last few snippets have dealt with an apparition who visited Dusty in the middle of the night. Today we  jump ahead several days and switch to the POV of the hero, Prince Reese Eaglesbrood. He and Dusty have shared a brief, blistering affair, but he resists becoming emotionally involved with an American commoner.

Maybe he was still asleep, because who did he see on the other side of the room, but Dusty. Her body was clothed only in shadows. She just stood there, saying nothing. 

Was this a message? That Dusty was the woman of his dreams?

The dream was remarkably realistic.  The bedclothes slid against his body as he shifted position, and when he breathed, he felt his chest’s rise and fall.

Dusty glided toward him — not walked, glided — and a flowery smell accompanied her. Reese’s breath caught as a shaft of light from the window stripped the shadows from her nakedness.

Effing Feline again, hoping that none of you experienced any of that noisy shooting last Thursday. Make sure you read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.

Other science fiction romances in the same series:

Alien Contact for Idiots

When American Indians from the future of an alternate Earth move their entire island nation to our Earth, Seattle biologist Ell Harmon makes the first alien contact and yearns to help the newcomers settle peacefully. But can she hold to that dream during their long quarantine together when she learns that Prince Tro Eaglesbrood has seduced her heart solely for the good of his kingdom?

Alien Contact for Kid Sisters

Marianne Harmon is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.

Quinn Lebatarde, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?

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Proud Papa

Ed here. I’m a proud papa of three great sons and one great daughter. One of my offspring gets over a minute and a half air time in this video about redesigning part of Yorkville, Canada’s ritziest neighborhood. Skip directly to 3:20 to see and hear son #3 in action.

What have your children done that makes you proud of them?



  1. (my first response disappeared into the ether, so this is my second attempt.)

    Mr V, you are wicked. Here I was wondering about not -Juan, and now you’ve got me with maybe-Dusty!

    Congratulations on the awesomeness of your progeny! You deserve to be proud.

    1. Thank, Kim. They are pretty awesome, in my unprejudiced opinion.

  2. Sorry Effing Feline was annoyed by humans and their bang bang to ring in the new year. Princey boy, I fear has been struck by the love bug! 😉

    1. Yes, he has been, Dani. It’s going to take him a couple hundred more pages to admit the inevitable, though.

  3. chellecordero · · Reply

    I don’t think it’s the dream that is remarkably realistic. Great description, it’s easy to feel his confusion.

    Brett is a very impressive sounding and good looking young man… good for you, proud papa!
    My kids, daughter and son, are EMS 1st responders (her-paramedic; him-emt) and save lives for a living; my daughter is also a volunteer firefighter. So I can truly applaud parents taking pride in their kids achievements, we belong to an elite group. Kudos.

    1. Thanks for checking out Brett’s minute of fame, Chelle. Your children have hold down very responsible positions, too, so take a bow!

  4. ” A shaft of light from the window stripped the shadows from her nakedness.” What a beautiful phrase.

    1. Glad you like it, Cara.

  5. daezarkian · · Reply

    Great snippet, Ed! And I agree with Cara, I love that last line, terrific description!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy New Year.

  6. nancygideon · · Reply

    My felines slept right through it with an indignant “Silly humans and their noise.” Great tease to start off 2016, Ed!

    1. I can picture your cats giving a sneezing snort that translates as “Silly humans and their noise.”

  7. Another interesting snippet with a fabulous hook ending.
    Glad Effing feline handled the “shooting” well.

    1. Many thanks for the tweet, Victoria!

  8. So glad Effing survived the mayhem unscathed. I believe you, feline!

    I have a feeling Mr. Eaglesbrood is in for a pleasant surprise.

    1. We’ll see, we’ll see.

  9. Bravo Ed. Your son speaks so well and with confidence, it’s a pleasure to listen and watch him.
    Re: you’re writing. A big WOW today. Love to you and Happy New Year,

    1. Thanks, Charmaine. I never did ask Brett how many takes it took to get this final product.

  10. Quite the dream, a little too realistic as he may discover? Excellent excerpt, leaves me wondering but wanting to read more!

    1. Realistic … except for the gliding walk, as though not using her feet.

  11. Lovely scene, and it has me wondering if Dusty has been sucked into whatever alternate dimension not-Juan came from.

    1. I approve of your conjecture, Alexis, even though it’s wrong. 😉

  12. Deja-vu here? Is there a rash of these midnight sightings going on? I really want to know what the heck’s going on, which is a good thing. 🙂 Sorry Effing was upset by the fireworks. But Happy New Year to you both!

    1. Does two sightings constitute a rash? Two is all we know about … at this point in the book, at least.

  13. Oh, something strange is happening here! Who are these visitors that move so strangely? What do they want? This snippet makes me curious.

    My kitties were similarly not enthused with the fireworks. The things we humans do!

    1. Pets have to put up with a lot of noise from us humans, eh?

  14. So do the aliens embody a familiar shape, or is he truly dreaming?

    1. Great readerly questions, Rose.

  15. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    The last line is fabulous. I loved it.

    1. People like nudity, eh? 😉

  16. A fellow Canuck – eh??
    Love that last line – as a shaft of light from the window stripped the shadows from her nakedness – very visual.

    1. A Canuck from the BC Interior, up toward Jasper, who’s been transplanted to Arizona. I get back north two or three times a year, though. and come hockey season I’m all Canucks (as in Vancouver Canucks).

  17. My cats couldn’t care less about the bang-bangs, but the dogs hate them with a purple passion! Love the snippet, especially the last line.

    1. Surprisingly, my dog (yes, I have one, a sweetie named Twiggles) didn’t mind the fireworks very much.

  18. Aw, poor Effing. Great snippet, though it looks like it must be more than just a dream…

    1. I like the way you’re thinking, Elyzabeth!

  19. I love the snippet, and Effing made me smile! Gunshots, fireworks…who’s to say?

    As for the last bit – I’m sitting with my 14 year old. He just installed Steam on my computer, and downloaded some games he’d like me to sample, He also edits fanfiction, and has earning a good reputation for that work.

    But, more importantly, I have a kind, happy, generous, creative son, and a kind, happy, daring, dramatic, creative daughter, eleven and a half (yesterday). I’m very proud of the fact that they are themselves -bright and passionate people.

    1. Eleven-and-a-half is a great age, especially for girls; I’ve read that they’re at their most daring and confident then. Having had only one girl and having a memory that scarcely stretches so far back, I can’t say from my own experience.

      As a 14-year-old boy, I had just started playing the oboe (which I still play), so it was a good age for me.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Effing Feline, I am impressed by your pet human’s writing. I would forgive him the thing about the fireworks and keep him around a little longer. I definitely want to see where this “dream” leads…

    1. Considering that this is science fiction, the dream might lead them to the other end of the universe … who knows? 😉

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