Effing Feline strides across the galaxy

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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, am the most literary cat in the galaxy. That’s right — not just Earth but on all the planets everywhere!

To prove it, I’m presenting another selection from the latest WIP, Alien Contact for Heroines, by my pet human, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine,

After a brief, and impossible, affair with commoner Dusty Johnson, Prince Reese Eaglesbrood withdraws from her — until he is visited in the middle of the night by a lilac-smelling apparition that looks almost exactly like her.

Interpreting the visitation as a warning from the spirit world, Reese runs a mile through the night to her room.

His chest rising and falling, Reese stopped at her bedroom doorway and blurted, “Are you all right, Dusty?”

 “Aside from you scaring me out of my wits, yes.  What’s the matter?”

 “Nothing, I…”  He ran a hand over his face and slumped against the rock wall.

 “Geez, just tell me quickly and scram so I can get some sleep.”

 “Nothing, truly, I just…I had a dream, I guess—a nightmare.”

A shiver shuddered over her spine, but she tried to ignore its icy premonition.  “Spooky apparitions standing at the foot of your bed, I suppose,” she scoffed.

“That’s exactly right,” he said, his eyes wide, “but by all the spirits, how did you know?”

Effing Feline again. I figure my claim about being the most literary cat in the galaxy is safe. Being the cat of a science fiction writer, I know that no inhabited planets have ever been discovered, thereby removing the overwhelming majority of my competition. 😉

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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  1. Hmmm??? Yep, how DID she know?? Great job of leaving it at a cliffhanger, Ed. Good snippet–quite intriguing.

    1. In a short snippet, a cliffhanger is easy to do! Just stop at the right sentence.

  2. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Okay, is she just guessing–good guess by the way–or does she truly know? Now, I want to know. lol

    1. Well, it’s a sarcastic guess, but based on her own experience.

  3. chellecordero · · Reply

    Apparitions standing at the foot of a bed seem to be busy, first her missing brother and now this Dusty lookalike. If the rooms had been in the same building I might have thought it was a contrived set-up. Very eerie. I am curious about how calmly she is dealing with the apparition in her room.

    1. Ah, someone who remembers previous snippets. Thanks, Chelle.

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    LOVE your dialog, Ed! It gives such life to the characters and the scene.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. I can’t take much credit for the dialogue, though. It and description are the two things that come most naturally to me.

  5. Great description, Ed. The “shivers” and “icy premonition” pulled me in.

    1. Those are very appropriate descriptions for this time of year, no?

  6. Sounds like she’s really not up for any kind of romance. Are these sorts of apparitions common, or is she just a good guesser? Or is there something else going on?

    1. Up for romance? Not at this moment, no. They SIT on the bed and talk, nothing more.

  7. Kind of makes me wonder if she had experienced something similar? Great snippet. You always leave me wishing I could keep reading. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much, Stephanie. That’s a great compliment!

  8. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yes, how would she have guest that? I’m curious to read more. 🙂

  9. I’ll be interested to see her reaction, and if she admits to having a similar experience. Sounds like he’s in hot water with her, so she might not be very forthcoming.

    1. Being in her bedroom late at night, discussing an emotionally wrenching experience, is bound to be something of a milestone for them.

  10. Does Dusty know, or is she guessing? We’ll have to show up next week in hopes of finding out! I get a kick out of their different personalities, too.

    1. The old class difference thing (prince/commoner) stands between them, though that’s not all. At a workshop by Michael Hague he said that American romances revolve around work differences but British romances revolve around class differences. Mine are more likely to revolved around class differences — and I’m not sure if that stems growing up as working class, or because of my Canadian background.

  11. daezarkian · · Reply

    Description and dialogue are top notch, as ever, Ed. Your writing always has fantastic personality to it!

    1. I guess that’s what they call ‘voice’. I used to worry about not having one. Now that I no longer worry, maybe I do.

  12. Well now, just how common IS this whole apparitions thing? Didn’t see that coming! Nice. 🙂

    1. It’s just common enough … though I won’t tell, just yet, ‘common enough for WHAT’.

  13. Spooky shared/similar dreams are never a good sign. It means there really is a monster under the bed…

    1. Or in this case, at the foot of it!

  14. Spooky – when an off the cuff remark hits the spot.

    1. These two aren’t ready to admit it, but they’re very much on the same wavelength.

  15. Definitely going to be back next week to see how she knew – great snippet.

  16. So they both had a visit. But her brother is supposedly dead, right? And she’s alive. Hmm…

    1. Ah, another person who remembers.

  17. Sounds like something diabolical might be in the works. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Either diabolical or otherworldly…

  18. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Apparation at the foot of the bed. Spooky! How did she know what he saw? Maybe she saw it too.

    1. Yes, maybe she did…

  19. Fascinating apparition and lets get the romance out in the open right now. I’m in the mood for love or a love story.

    1. Ah, the lady is in the mood for love.

  20. They are both spooked by spooks. These two have to get together!

    1. Yeah … that’s spooky, right?

  21. I find science fiction hard to judge, as it is a genre I have almost never read. It is certainly popular on Weekend Warriors. Also, I have a terrible memory, and forget previous snippets, so it is all new each time. Having said that, I do like your dialogue and writing style, and how it builds nicely to the cliff-hanger. Perhaps I should read more SF. Or even try to write it instead of erotic romance, which is my chosen genre. Anyway, thank you for it.

    1. Consider yourself exposed to something new, Rachel!

  22. I like it. The fact that they each had such a similar visitation seems very meaningful and sure sets up an interesting situation. Excellent excerpt!

    1. Good, that’s the reaction I hope for from readers.

  23. Talk about unexpected… Great snippet though! Wonder what it will mean for the characters later in the story…

    1. These visitations are key moments, though their import doesn’t become clear until the end of the book.

  24. The next bit of their conversation is going to get very interesting, I suspect. What is afoot with all these apparitions? Going to have to come back to find out! Great snippet!

    1. Actually, you may have to read the book to get the full picture about the apparitions, because they can’t be resolved in ten sentences. Sorry about that.

  25. Okay, I have to know what she meant by that comment. Great dialogue and nice cliffhanger!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joyce.

  26. Common apparitions? I’d be running for the hills. That icy premonition and her knowing somehow what it was… *shiver* Something big is happening. Great snippet!

    1. Yep, Elyzabeth, something big.

  27. OK, I’m getting here a little late, but this was fun – OK, not for either of them, but definitely for ME! =)

    1. It’s never too late to leave a comment, Shan, unless the Internet has closed for the night.

      1. LOL! I certainly hope it doesn’t, because I have a distinct tendency toward the nocturnal writing life! =)

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