Hi! Mr Valentine (aka Edward Hoornaert) is joining a new blog hop this week — paranormal love Wednesday. Writers whose work is, shall we say, out of the ordinary, share up to four paragraphs, either published or unpublished.
My most recent release, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, stars a Native American who is literally out of this world — he hails from an alternate Earth. So that’s beyond the normal, right? Here’s the opening:
Chief? Quinn Lebatarde’s lips tightened at the insult, but almost immediately, he grinned. The tourist’s clothes shouted money to burn, as did his Rolex watch and expensive digital SLR camera. And so Quinn pocketed the money but held onto the cheap, plaster replica of an ancient Kwadran woodcarving the man and his wife were buying.
Time for some fun. Hordes of tourists crowded the streets, celebrating the birth of the heir to Kwadra’s throne. Business was great. Only three more ‘carvings,’ a mask, and some miniature totem poles remained on his rickety street-side table. And now the prospect of conning this man made Quinn’s day even brighter.
“All original,” he said to the couple in the thick accent and broken English dumb tourists expected. If you spoke too well, they didn’t believe you were from an alternate Earth. “Historic. Maybe I sell too cheap.” Instead of giving them their mythological monster from Kwadra’s distant past, Quinn clutched it to his chest. Not very hard, though. The trashy fakes broke under the least pressure. “Too cheap, ahha. Thirty dollah more.”
After just a few paragraphs, you already know that Quinn is a con man. So how does he get involved with the sister of a queen? Excellent question!
Another excellent questions is “Who else is on paranormal love Wednesday?” Click to find out.
Fleeing bloodthirsty rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her
… or is he kidnapping her, instead?
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 police, princes, and bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what future will he choose?
A worthy follow-up to Alien Contact for Idiots, the latest release from Edward Hoornaert soars as a grand adventure of science fiction romance in the spirit of Romancing the Stone.
Find Alien Contact for Kid Sisters at:
- Amazon Canada
- Amazon UK
- Amazon Australia
- Kobo Books
- Barnes and Noble
- and worldwide in trade paperback