Effing Feline’s ears are ringing

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

Cousin Lee

Cousin Lee

I, Effing Feline, still like Cousin Lee … but he’s been here too hissing long.

If he gets to the food bowl before I do, there’s nothing left for me. He broke my cat climber by leaping to the top level. Yesterday we were playing with a catnip mouse, and when I actually got it from him for a moment, he roared at me. My ears are still ringing.  And when he’s hungry, I don’t like the way he looks at me.

I want my bed all to myself. I want my food all to myself. I want Mr V’s lap all to myself. Poor me! Pity poor, poor me!

This is (sob) the last snippet from Escapee. In the movie, African Queen, after Bogart and Hepburn become lovers, offscreen of course, there’s a short stretch of (sob) happiness. Bogart screeches like a monkey and roars like a hippo. At least he doesn’t roar like Lee; my ears couldn’t take it. Here’s an equivalent scene in Escapee.

Although Catt is happy in her love, she worries about her mother and sister back home, whom she supports with her profits. To alleviate her (sob) concern, and fully expecting to die when they attack the enemy, Hank rewrites his Last Will and Testament.

“Hank, you don’t have to do this,” Catt said.

“I want to. Who else am I going to name as my beneficiary?”

“Gee, I don’t know. How about your brother, or your sister, your parents, a pet mizzet, or your favorite charity?”

“Duke has a great job on Farflung Station. Helen is the stingiest person alive even though she’s rich. My parents are both generals, and their combined pensions alone make them richer than most of your hated patroons. I’m allergic to mizzets, and my friend the skoot doesn’t need money. And my favorite charity is, I find, your family.”

Crying catEffing Feline here again. Make sure you visit all the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sundays posts. (Sob.)

I’m really ready for Lee to Leeve. Can he go live with one of you? Purrty please?


Now availabe — Escapee
The African Queen in Outer Space

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Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun Banff, her harsh moon. And now an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.

Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station).  If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.

Don’t let this rousing adventure escape from you.



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Aww, how sweet, and yet sad. I hope it doesn’t come to that.

    And I hope Cousin Lee leaves soon so there isn’t an all-out brawl.

    1. Do you think Effing would stand a chance in a brawl against Lee?

  2. Such a good ending for a great story!

    Poor Effing. Oh my. His own food and his own bed isn’t too much to ask. And that is downright scary the way his cousin looks at him when he’s hungry! Poor, poor Effing…

    1. Aw, he’s really suckered you in, Teresa!

  3. Even though this piece is ‘financial’ there is a tenderness that comes through beautifully. Nice job, Ed.

    Effing? Nothing lasts forever, be the cat you are and tough it out!

    1. His generosity, even though it costs him nothing, is overwhelming for a woman who grew up poor.

  4. Oh, poor Effing. Cousin Lee should know it’s time to leave and not outstay his welcome or one will wonder why Effing liked him in the first place. As to Hank leaving his leavings to Catt’s family…sounds logical to me. Say thanks, Catt!

    1. I guess if you’re a lion, you never learn to properly take others’ feelings into account.

  5. Hank is protecting his estate, looks like he learned something from Prince this past week. 😉 Ha, I love the picture of cousin Lee. 🙂

    1. Which reminds me that I really need to update my will. It’s gotten complicated because my 4 children are now spread across two continents and three countries. I guess they inherited Judi’s and my youthful wanderlust.

  6. Wow I’m not sure how she will take her family being called a charity. (I’m not there yet but now that NaNo is over I’ll definitely have some time to finish the reading. Sorry to keep you waiting for the review.)

    1. How’d you do on NaNo? I reached my 35K goal with a whole 2.5 hours to spare.

  7. Great dialogue, and I love his response!

    Hang in there, Effing, salvation is coming!

    1. Uh … even if this is Sunday, I’m not sure Effing believes in human religions. But thanks for the sermon. 😉

  8. Have just started reading your book. Looking forward to it. Sympathy for Effing. Some guests just don’t know when it’s time to leave. Perhaps he could put some itching powder in the bed they share and then find somewhere else to sleep.

    1. I love that idea, Rachel. Then when Lee leeves, Effing would be driven crazy scratching. That’s the purrfect solution!

  9. Hope he didn’t just give her a reason to shove him out the airlock. But seriously, it’s been great fun to watch their relationship progress to this point.

    1. Really, Alexis! Would one of my heroines do such a horrible thing?

      Actually while writing this idea didn’t even occur to me. You have a criminal mind, my dear.;-)

  10. He seems to have an answer for everything! Nicely thought out 🙂

    1. Thanks for the compliment!

  11. Awww, I LIKE it. Well said by Hank – great snippet.

    1. As I wrote this, I was reminded of an early piece of writing advice: have your hero (not necessarily the heroine!) do something really, really nice.

  12. So sweet he wants to take care of her.

    Poor effing! Sounds like it’s time for Lee to go home.

    1. At the beginning of this book, Catt never would’ve guessed that he had such sweetness in him.

  13. Gak! Always a tense thing in fiction when someone starts dealing with a will. Makes you angst over the fact that it may be necessary soon.

    1. As in The African Queen, both of these two realize that attacking an overwhelmingly powerful enemy is dangerous, if not suicidal.

  14. Awww, poor Effing! I’d vote for the mizzet to get everything, but then, I’m not allergic to them. At least, I don’t think I am . . .

    1. The original mizzets (I use the term with the permission of its originator, Linnea Sinclair) were rat-like creatures. In my universe, they’re cute pets with psychedelic eyes.

  15. A sweet gesture and characteristic of Hank.
    Give Effing a bowl of his own food!

    1. He’s already proven himself to a nice guy, but this shows he’s super nice.

  16. Don’t let my wife know about Cousin Lee…she’s a sucker for kitties.

    The story…definitely not something to take lightly…

    1. Finally a volunteer! (You did just volunteer, didn’t you?) Lee will be sent to your home via Priority Post. Thank you!

  17. I must get this book to see if your ending also follows The African Queen’s. Maybe my favorite ending to a book/movie. 🙂 I think the making of a will always gives you a crisper understanding of your own mortality. Great snippet.

    1. You like the ending of The African Queen? I agree, it’s very uplifting, yet it’s so heavily dependent on chance. First the rainstorm that lifts them off the sandbar. Then the wreckage of the Queen just happening to hit the Louisa. Personally, I think the use of coincidence is a weakness that I tried to address.

      BTW, the book ends quite differently, with an anti-war feel. The Queen sinks without damaging the Louisa, the Germans treat Charlie and Rosie with courtesy and hand them over to the Brits who throw them in jail thinking they must be German spies, and when Rosie insists on getting married Charlie agrees because, after all, his wife back in London will never find out!

  18. Totally hooked!

    1. Glad to hear it, Gem.

  19. He’s got it all covered and she doesn’t get a chance to escape his selflessness. Love how you delivered the dialogue. And I’d take Cousin Lee but we already have a menagerie and I don’t think the dog would ever forgive me.

    1. Aw, Cousin Lee loves dogs. Preferably with ketchup.

  20. Love this–it’s funny and touching. And the kitty looks like my cat, Jackie, who passed away in 2011.

    1. You mean your Jackie looks like the kitty at the top of the page? The one with a mane?

  21. Oh, no, hope you get all your space–and stuff–to yourself soon!

    He has a point. If he can help her, why wouldn’t he?

    1. The fact that he even thinks of doing this speaks well of him.

  22. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    He seems geninuely fond of the guy’s family.

    1. In truth, he’s never met them. It’s Catt he’s fond of, and he’s doing this so she won’t worry about her family.

  23. Sat to see the end of this- loved it. Tweeted.

    1. I’ll be starting a new book next week. You’ll love it too, right?

  24. I finished reading Escapee last night. Great read. I loved the characters. I am sad about Lance.

    1. Yeah, that was a tough scene to write. It’s the book’s dark moment, when all seems lost..

  25. Oh no, Effing Feline, I am so sorry and sincerely hope that Cousin Lee will disappear soon!
    Love the snippet, especially the last line.

    1. Does this mean you’re volunteering to let Lee live with you?

  26. Favorite charity? Hmm… not sure that would go over well. lol But seems like he means well.

    1. He means very well indeed.

  27. chellecordero · · Reply

    A nice, a bit emotional, way to say what he thinks of her, in a good way. Good snippet.

    This pic of the tear on kitty’s face got to me…

    1. Neat picture, isn’t it? I got it through my subscription to Deposit Photos.

  28. Awww, all the feels!!! This was a great snippet that said a lot about him. I hope he doesn’t need to worry about that will!

    1. Right off the bat he needs to worry about how to radio the will off-planet without giving away their location to the enemy.

  29. Great last line for the ending … enjoyed the snippet.

    1. The opinion on that line has been rather mixed. Glad you like it.

  30. Poor effing. That tear picture is so pitiful! This final snippet makes me so glad I already have this book on my Kindle. 🙂

    1. Cats and dogs are really great at looking pitiful and tugging on the heartstrings, aren’t they?

  31. Poor Effing. I’d invite you to come stay with me but my rats probably wouldn’t like it.

    Love the way he countered her arguments. I think she’s going to lose this one.

    1. It really won’t be a loss for her, though, as she’ll no longer have to worry about what will happen to her mother and sister (whom she supports) if their attack doesn’t work.

  32. Well, you can’t really argue with logic. Makes perfect sense to me.

    1. Logical perhaps … but logic fueled by his feelings for Catt.

  33. Effing, I do feel bad for you, but come on, you’re EFFING FELINE – I bet you can outroar cousin Lee if you try!

    Love Hank’s shoot-down of her questions. Sounds just like a guy, but a guy in love so of course we’re all sighing happily now 🙂


    1. You might want to make that a short sigh, Marcia. After all, he’s changing his will because he knows there’s a good chance they’ll both die.

  34. Good exchange. It’s crisp in a way that allows the emotional aspects to make an impact.

    1. Thanks very much!

  35. The fact that he’s willing to leave everything to her certainly shows the strength of his feelings for her. Lovely exchange as always! I’ve really enjoyed this story.

    1. I’m glad to hear it, Rachel. Thanks for stopping by.

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