I, Effing Feline, have been enjoying a cartoon that my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, reads daily — Garfield. The intrepid puss teases Odie, a dumb dog. It’s encouraged me to tease Mr V’s dog, Twiggles, about her lack of a tail. A tailless dog — ridiculous!
Want the truth, though? I’m jealous.
You see, Twiggles appears in Newborn, Mr V’s upcoming science fiction romance. Why aren’t I in the book? Grumble, grumble.
Jo Beaverpaw is born fully grown and well armed, with a compulsion to kill her alien nation’s most wanted fugitive. Today I’m skipping ahead to the middle of the book. Our assassin heroine is recuperating from a fall in the same remote hospital as her target, named Squitt. But Squitt is guarded by Darby Lapierre . . . handsome, sexy Darby, whom Jo is falling for.
To avoid him, Jo climbs onto the roof at night, intending to sneak over to Squitt’s room. But the &^%!@ dog causes problems, as dogs often do.
“Arf,” the dog yapped unhelpfully, “arf arf arf!”
Accustomed now to the dark, I made out a dim animal shape in the center courtyard, dashing from left to right and back, making an unholy racket. Twiggles was pretending to be a brave watchdog, bark bark bark, and I could do nothing about the noise. Soon lights would pierce the darkness. People would shout. Darby would find me—a wet, pathetic failure crouching for dear life on the roof.
“Shh,” I whispered to the dog. “It’s me, your friend. Are you barking because I said your breath stinks? I apologize.”
Effing Feline here again. This scene captures the essence of dogs. They’re noisy nuisances!
She was born to kill
Jo Beaverpaw is born fully grown, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny … which is to kill her alien nation’s most wanted fugitive. Her life is pre-programmed and straightforward – until she meets the sexy bodyguard of her intended target.
Newborn is the third exciting book in Edward Hoornaert’s near-future romance series, Alien Contact for Idiots. If you agree that The Terminator should’ve starred a bad-assed yet petite female, don’t miss Newborn.
The Trial of Tompa Lee, Mr V’s biggest selling science fiction novel, is free this weekend!