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

I, Effing Feline, must make this quick.  My life is busy; I have more chores than just writing these posts for my servant, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine.  When Mr V has a migraine, I must curl up on his lap and heal him with the magical power of my purrs.  And tonight he has a migraine.

Without further ado, then, here’s another selection from Mr V’s latest WIP, Alien Contact for Heroines. I’ve been skipping around in this manuscript like a kitten chasing yarn.  So what the heck — here’s a passage showing the reaction of our heroine, Dusty, to her first encounter with the hero, Reese.  Although strangers, they have just worked together to heroically dispose of a bomb, and then they celebrated with a wild embrace.

Dusty sighed and hugged her elbows.  Who was she kidding?  She had to see this guy again.  Soon.  If the rest of the man were even a fraction as incredible as his courage and his lovemaking…

“Reese,” she whispered.  Then again, slowly and sensuously: “Reese.”

Dusty ambled down the secret passage, trailing her fingertips along the wall.  What a day.  What a terrifying, wonderful day.

Effing Feline again.  Shh, everyone.  Migraine, remember?  I’m off now to perform my other delightful duty.

Make sure you read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors and Sunday Snippets folks.

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. Haha! Dusty has it bad. “Dusty ambled down the secret passage, trailing her fingertips along the wall.” In the idiot stage of falling in love. 🙂 You’ve shown it well.

    Effing, please tell Mr V that I hope his migraine is gone!

    1. “Idiot stage” — I love it. And it’s very appropriate.

  2. chellecordero · · Reply

    Hi Ed (don’t worry Effing, I’m whispering), hope your migraine has bid you adieu.

    Reese certainly has had an effect on Dusty. I like the sensuous feeling of “trailing her fingertips along the wall.” …a very visual peek into her psyche.

    1. The whole ‘touching something gently and lovingly’ thing can be a great way to express thoughts about a lover who’s elsewhere.

  3. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Love the visual. Dusty has definitely fallen.

    1. That she has…and it’s only chapter three. Reese has a ways to go to catch up.

  4. It’s good to mix terrifying and wonderful at least that was eventful enough in both directions. I hope she’ll see Reese again soon.

    1. Reese has just joined a group of techies sequestered underground in a secret research facility. With only 200 people down there, she won’t be able to avoid him.

  5. Oh, she’s fallen hard. Love it. I hope Ed’s migraine is doing better. Keep purring, Effing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Elyzabeth.

  6. Poor Mr V, hope you get better soon.

    Ah, that idiot stage of love! Indeed, been there a few times.

    1. It turned out not to be a bad headache. Thanks for the good wishes!

  7. Nice, clean piece. You really convey how she’s fallen for Reese in just a few subtle descriptions and a few sentences.

    1. Yeah, I didn’t want to spend a long time on this, so instead of going into rhapsodies, I took just a few sentences.

  8. He sounds like a dream man, and I want to know more about him. Great snippet

    1. He sounds like a dream man at first, but he has issues that she’ll soon learn about.

  9. Agree with Kim, she’s gone off the deep end. 😉

    1. The initial stages of love are very similar to temporary insanity.

  10. Wonderful visuals and wonderful characterization, all in a short excerpt. You’ve got this writing thing nailed, Ed! Hope you’re feeling better.

    1. Visuals and aurals (the way she says his name) and tactiles (brushing against the wall with her fingertip).

  11. Ed, despite the migraine, you’re doing well in the writing department. Lovely description of romance-so ditzy and fun.

    1. LOL. Dusty, a sober and highly intelligent geek, would undoubtedly bridle at being called ditzy.

  12. I hope she gets to see him again. Great snippet. 🙂

    1. I wouldn’t have a book if she didn’t!

  13. Love it. Perfectly captured the moment most of us have gone through at one time or another. Fantastic snippet! And from one chronic migraine sufferer to another, I hope you feel better soon! Hot towel on my forehead and a cold one on my neck helps me.

    1. Cold towel? I go for the nuclear option — an ice pack on the back of the neck.

  14. I’m glad to hear Effing has chores. My cats are such lazy bums. Hope the migraine gets better.

    Poor Dusty, she’s gone all smooshy.

    1. Lazy bums, absolutely. But don’t they lay with you and (sometimes) purr when you aren’t feeling well?

      1. Well yes, they do. They can be especially snugly when I’m under the weather. Though one of them purrs the loudest when it’s close to mealtimes, so I detect some self-interest there. I guess they sort of earn their keep.

  15. Sounds like Dusty has been bitten by the love bug. Nice pieces. Sorry about the migraine. As a fellow sufferer, you have my profound sympathies.

    1. People have used words like ‘smooshy’ and ‘ditzy’ — and yet the persona she presents to the world is that of an unemotional, compulsive geek. Funny what love can do to a person.

      1. The first stages of love have been compared to temporary insanity, I believe. We’ve all probably seen people who are normally cool, calm and collected, act like dizzy schoolchildren at such times.

  16. Ah the headiness of new love…
    Glad to hear that Effing is helping you through a migraine, even if does view it as a chore.

    1. To him, everything but eating and sleeping are chores.

  17. I love her slightly dreamy, lightly ditsy reaction….terrific excerpt as always. I hope the migraine is gone by now – I had a bad one yesterday due to the weather changing, so I totally sympathize.

    1. Wow, a lot of writers seem to be migraine sufferers. I wonder if it’s something about the personality types drawn to writing?

      1. I think it is more likely the hours spent at the keyboard writing. I have started to develop RSI too. My doctor says I should take regular breaks, but sometimes you can’t tear yourself away from the story.

    2. RSI — ouch! I had that years ago and it’s never quite gone away. It’s better now that I’ve given up the day job of technical writer. (Guess what high tech job Dusty has? You got it — tech writer.)

  18. Oh, she is in love!

  19. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yes, he certainly left a wonderful impression. Wonderful excerpt. I hope Mr. V’s migraine is gone or subsiding by now.

    1. Agreed, great first impression — even though the first words he ever spoke to her were “Pull down my pants.” And no, I don’t write erotica; in the circumstances, it’s actually a logical request.

  20. siobhanmuir · · Reply

    Fun snippet. I hope the migraine is gone. Feel better. 🙂

    1. All gone, except when I bend down.

  21. Love the excerpt and hope the migraine has gone away. They are the worst!

    1. It wasn’t one of the really bad migraine, thank the stars.

  22. Love that last line….terrifying and wonderful. Nice stars-in-her-eyes narrative here. (And do feel better soon.)

  23. whispering – great snippet – a joyful happy one – the beginning of love.

    Isn’t it amazing all the things cat purrs can heal.

    1. Purrs can’t cure love bug bites, though.

  24. Ah, there’s no cure quite like the purring cat in the lap cure. Great snippet. I think I’m in love with Reese too.

    1. And to think that Reese isn’t even in this scene…

  25. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    The love bug bit Dusty real bad!

    1. Think maybe she ought to put some calamine lotion on that bite so she doesn’t scratch it too much?

  26. I’ve read high-stress situations like this cause fast bonding… but that bond doesn’t always last when you’re out of that situation!

    1. The way the movie Speed ends with a discussion like this–that relationships built on high stress circumstances didn’t last. Sandra Bullock quips that they’ll have to build the relationship on sex, instead.

  27. Hope your migraine is a thing of the past, Mr. V. Loved this snippet! I can see her in that dreamy “I’m in the mood for love” sort of stage, running her fingertips along the wall. Very romantic!

    1. The lady is in a tactile frame of mind!

  28. Fun scene you have here. I love the combination of terrifying and wonderful. Nice!
    I hope you get lots of useful feedback from our fellow Snippet Sunday friends.

    1. Opposites that coexist are great for internal tension, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by.

  29. [What a day. What a terrifying, wonderful day.]

    Love it! I had just such a day. Then I married him.

    1. There has GOT to be a novel in there somewhere!

  30. I love how she discovers his courage and lovemaking before getting to know the rest of him. Get the important things out of the way first! 🙂 Great snippet!

    1. At least one … no, two … important things remains for her to discover.

  31. This was sweet, and I love how smitten she is. 🙂

    1. Yeah, the lady has it bad.

  32. Love that last paragraph. She’s hooked.

    1. Yep. Hook, line, and sinker.

  33. Oh I love those last few lines and the scene it depicts as she trails her fingers. I absolutely just fell in love with this snippet. And she’s certainly falling head over heels as well. Well done!

    1. The trailing fingers was the last thing I added to this passage.

  34. *whispering* … nice snippet, a lot said in a few words.

  35. I know I’m very late to the unveiling of this snippet. I hope this week was a much better one, Ed. Migraines are the worst. Enjoyed the excerpt. Loved this line especially, ‘If the rest of the man were even a fraction as incredible as his courage and his lovemaking…’
    Stay well.

    1. It’s never too late. Thanks for stopping by.

  36. Oh she has her love goggles on. She is quite smitten with this one!

    1. Scenes like this slide easily off my pen (or they would if I wrote longhand). I guess that’s why I write romance.

  37. She’s really begun falling for him, come what may!

    1. Now we’ll see if her infatuation can survive what may come.

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