Effing Feline has new glasses

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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 have new glasses. In this month of national celebrations, I’m taking no chances of upsetting anyone in the far-flung, utterly confused family of my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine.

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Today’s snippet is from the short story, Thimbleriggers, contained in Future Love, Mr V’s brand new release. To pay for an expensive operation for her long-time husband, ninety-year-old Kathy is selling her sexual memories to young Aldous Wiggins.

Aldous’s ‘wound’ is his father’s disloyalty in letting him go to jail (after his fifth arrest for shoplifting) rather than paying for expensive lawyers. Aldous retaliates by plunging into the scandalous life of a pornographer.

In this snippet, Aldous has just experienced the memory of Kathy’s first-ever kiss, in the band room after school. Edited slightly from the published version.

Shivers roared down Aldous’s back. Trembling, he yanked off the helmet.

The name, her last name. On his hands and knees, he edged close to Kathy and craned his neck to read the application form clutched in her ancient, wrinkled hand.

Kathleen Hall.

But . . .

No way.

Hall was a common name. No one, repeat no one, was so loyal they married and spent their whole life with the first guy they kissed.

Effing Feline here again. Happy WhateverTheHeckDayYouCelebrate.

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


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Future Love has been released!

Now available at the special introductory price of just 99c

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 – read Future Love.

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  1. chellecordero · · Reply

    Selling her memories to pay for her husband’s operation, defintely an expression of love. Although Aldous sounds more than a bit cynical.

    1. Yep, Aldous is definitely an antagonist who’s a villain.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, I love that he is so surprised. Looking forward to reading the stories in Future Love! 🙂

    1. Let me know what you think, Jessica.

  3. Congratulations, Ed, on the release.

    What a lovely side to her, such sweet, beautiful love.

    1. Quite a contrast between her and Aldous, eh?

  4. Congratulations! Clearly, her first kiss was great!

    1. Great enough to last a lifetime.

  5. Aldous’s disbelief came though so clearly, Ed. I guess he didn’t think it through–that if she’d sell her sexual memories to pay for her husband’s surgery, it’s not surprising that she was still married to him.

    1. The time frame clearly got to him, from a high school kiss to age 90.

  6. He obviously doesn’t understand either love or loyalty, neither of which necessarily has to do with sex. I hope this begins a turning point for Aldous.

    1. Bingo, Jenna. He doesn’t understand love or loyalty … yet.

  7. Goodness, Aldous is going to get more than he bargained for I think, as in, a life lesson or two. Great storyline, Ed!


    1. Don’t our fictional characters always get more than they bargain for?

  8. Uh-oh, must be an unlooked-for family connection here!

    1. That’s an interesting take on the situation. Wish I’d thought of it.

  9. I love his surprise, which made the scene extra sweet. 😀

    1. That’s the first time ‘sweet’ has been used in connection with Aldous!

  10. LOL … nice snippet, his surprise in charming, interesting, and a bit …. hmm…. sad. 🙂

    1. Oho, what have we here? A dab of sympathy for the sleazy, slimy Aldous?

  11. Nice snippet – his surprise is charming, interesting … and a bit sad 🙂

    1. 😉 Yes, I believe you already said that. 😉

      1. Apologies for doubling up … blame it on the computer 🙂

      2. Tut, tut, Iris, no apologies necessary. I added the two smilies in hopes you’d realize my comment was meant to gently chide you, nothing more.

  12. Loved that he was shocked by the fact that someone can be loyal and marry the first person they ever kissed. Makes me wonder if this will make a difference in the end?

    1. You have to admit, Karen, that first kisses followed by 70 years of marriage might be a tad unusual.

  13. Sweet snippet and congrats on the release.

    1. Thanks Cecelia. (Oops, sorry for the misspelling. It’s just that I live on Cecelia Street, with two e’s.)

  14. Sounds like he’s never had the proper kind of love and loyalty in his life.

    1. Plus, he isn’t taking his medication.

  15. Aw, I’m detecting cracks in his cynicism!

    1. He’s cracking up, you mean?

  16. A tragically inspirational moment when Aldous learns he knows nothing about…much of anything. Lovely twist in the plot.

    1. Yeah, he was always pretty clueless, even when he thought he had the world by the tail.

  17. I have a very distinct feeling he is about to eat his own words. LOL. Great snippet and realization. I love how he fumbles with that information.

    1. Waiter, may I please have some ketchup and salt with those words?

  18. Interesting revelation! Congratulations on the release! Hudson says he loves Effing Cat’s glasses, BTW!

    1. Effing wants me to tell you that Hudson can have the glasses for $200 each. (Effing’s a wee bit greedy, in case you’ve never noticed.)

  19. Aw, that’s sweet…apparently some do! 🙂

    1. In stories, perhaps. I’m not sure how common first kiss=forever is in real life.

  20. Nice snippet! I love the surprise. Congrats on the new release!

    1. I’m glad you liked it. Aldous didn’t!

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