Effing Feline knows witchcraft when he sees it

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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, am smarter than humans. You’ve probably noticed that about me.

Today is the 90th birthday of an aunt of my pet human, Ed Hoornaert. She and her husband recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary . . . sort of like Kathy in the short story Thimbleriggers. Mr V insists that’s pure coincidence, since he wrote the story several years ago. But after associating with witches for so many centuries, us cats know better.

It’s spooky, magical witchcraft!

Thimbleriggers is from Future Love, Mr V’s collection of short stories available June 30. Ninety-year-old Kathy is selling her sexual memories. In this memory, she has volunteered to help out in the band room after school with David Hall, whom she likes even though he’s never seemed to notice her.

“I like you, Kathy.” For a change, he was nervous rather than self-assured.

He liked her, David Hall actually liked her? There was a God!

When he leaned forward, she tilted her face in invitation. And when they kissed, heat flooded her, carrying sensations she’d never imagined . . . and they kept building and growing inside her until she thought she’d burst from a boiling eruption of need. Her knees went so weak that she wobbled against his body, hot and scalding. She immediately jerked back as though stung, and stared at him, breathing heavily, her entire body alert, alive, waiting, eager. Yet frightened, too.

“Wow,” Kathy and David whispered at the same time.

Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sundays posts.

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Future Love is coming June 30

Future love bA spaceman wins the woman of his dreams … but it’s too late. A crook invents a new form of pornography … but it teaches him about love, not sex. A man pursues his beloved beyond death … but finds only the evil in his own heart.

The SF short stories in Edward Hoornaert’s Future Love probe how the future will make today’s romance seem simple and tame by comparison.  Think that’s not possible?  You have much to learn…

If you crave stories that deal honestly with love’s potential for redemption, you’ll adore Future Love.  Seize tomorrow today – pre-order Future Love.



  1. Good luck with your book launch, and living with such a brilliant cat.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!

  2. This is actually kind of touching for this elderly woman to relive her past and for the reader to see it. As a character, she seems so real to me.

    1. Thanks so much, Cara. Characters who seem real are what we’re aiming for!

  3. Wow! That kiss seems magical- I’m loving this story more and more.

    1. I tried to make Kathy’s first kiss memorable. I’m afraid I don’t remember mine at all. Don’t even remember the girl’s name or what she looked like, except that it was at my cousin’s wedding when I was 12 or 13 and she was very enthusiastic.

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    Wow, indeed!! Hot stuff, Ed! The thing of every girl’s dreams. Well done.

    1. Why thank you, Nancy. I tend not to like writing explicit scenes, although sometimes a story demands it (like this), but it’s good to know that non-explicit moments can be hot.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Such a sweet moment! I love their reaction to it. Great tease, and all the best with your upcoming release! 🙂

    1. But, but, Nancy just said it was hot. Now I’m confused…

  6. daezarkian · · Reply

    Good luck with the release, Ed! I love the snippet — detailed, visceral, erotic, yet touching. Nicely done!

    1. Well, of course it’s touching. How can it be erotic if they weren’t touching?

  7. ‘Wow’ indeed. I imagine they are too young to realise just how ‘wow’ it is to feel that, from just a chaste kiss 😉

    1. 90-year-old Kathy is privileged to be able to relive it, no?

  8. Steamy indeed. Best wishes for your book release!

    1. Steamy? But it’s a dry heat! (Sorry, Amy; this is a very Arizona-centric joke.)

  9. Great kiss and perfect reactions.

    1. Guys can write good kisses, too!

  10. Congrats on your release! Hope your weather has cooled off, obviously your snippets haven’t! LOL!

    1. Thanks for the congratulations.

  11. Yes first kisses are special!

    1. As I said above, I don’t remember my first kiss, but I do remember how it made me feel: very masculine and desirable.

  12. Very passionate for a first kiss. A strong memory indeed. However I am not sure why Kathy is selling her memories at 90. I think that I would prefer to keep mine to myself than have a grubby crook salivating over them. Perhaps she needs the money?

    1. Her husband needs an expensive medical procedure and has been put in medical stasis until she raises the money. I understand your lack of comprehension, Rachel; her dilemma is one of those uniquely American problems.

  13. A real scorcher of a snippet! Congrats on the launch!! Wishing you mega sales. And effing, check the house for tail of dragon and eye of newt. Then you’ll know for sure whether there are magic doings afoot. 🙂

    1. Nope, no tail of dragon and eye of newt. However, the house does have a bell, many many books, and several candles.

  14. So sweet. Loved the description in this scene.

    1. Readers seem to be split whether the kiss is sweet or sexy.

  15. Great description of the kissing. So poignant and full of dimension!

    1. Yep, us guys can be romantic, too!

  16. Ah, now that’s chemistry!

    1. Agreed … but will it last? Tune in next week to find out.

  17. They are so sweet together. It sort of feels very sleezy for someone to be seperiencing these things via a device. But a great snippet!

    1. Aldous is the very definition of sleazy, so your reaction is cool with me.

  18. I can just picture the scene, wonderful details! I think the kiss is both sweet *and* sexy, honestly. Moves seamlessly from one to the other. Kudos on accomplishing that!


    1. For me, at least — though I’m prejudiced — what keeps from galloping completely away from sweet is the end of the paragraph: “Yet frightened, too.”

  19. Now that’s a kiss to remember! Congrats on the release too.

    1. I think the key reason is all the lip exercise these two have gotten playing woodwind instruments. 😉

  20. You never know who’s watching you back. Puberty is a tough time, with plenty of people feeling like ugly ducklings!

    1. And how wonderful, in puberty or any other time, to find out that the person you’ve been watching is watching you back.

  21. Wow indeed! Seems like the intensity, so well conveyed here, caught them both by surprise.

    1. ‘Sexual awakening’ is the right phrase for this moment.

  22. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I love those little wows. So sweet.

    1. They were both taken by surprise by that kiss.

  23. Yeah, wow! LOL That’s really sweet!


    1. Another vote for sweet, as opposed to hot!

      1. Well, no, it’s *hot,* but what makes it unique is its sweetness. I know I respond to that as much as the heat. 😉

  24. chellecordero · · Reply

    I’ve been following this story from your snippets and found it intriguing, but I really was caught by the one sentence descriptions – and I pre-ordered it!

    Love this scene, wonderfully descriptive, it brought me back to my first kiss.

    1. You are a woman of excellent taste, Chelle.

  25. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    What a memorable kiss. Congrats on the release.

    1. ‘Memorable’ is the perfect word for it, considering the context.

  26. That’s some kiss! Best wishes for a successful book launch. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Addison!

  27. One mighty kiss. Well written. And congratulations on the release.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Iris.

  28. That was one hell of a kiss.

    1. Beg to differ. It was one HEAVEN of a kiss!

  29. Oh, that is definitely a smile-inducing snippet! I might be old…but one never forgets…

    Nicely done, Ed!

    1. I might be older, because I HAVE forgotten my first kiss. Sigh.

  30. Gee, I wish I had that kind of reaction on my first kiss… I feel sorely lacking of a breathless memory suddenly. Either way, great descriptions! Nice touch on the “there is a God!” thought too. I got a chuckle out of that one.

    1. Ah, I see the problem with kiss memories: you didn’t kiss an oboist. It’s those strong lip muscles needed to control the cantankerous reed. At least that’s my theory, as an oboist myself. 😉

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