I, Effing Feline, refuse to admit any wrongdoing. It’s the Russians’ fault. Maybe the Chinese. They must’ve hacked my account. Trust me on this!
You see, every once in a while I’m willing to obey the rules and include the information about Weekend Writing Warriors that I’m supposed to — but I haven’t done it for ages. So here goes:
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Join us to share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 02/04/17 and 09:00 AM on Sunday 02/05/17. Visit the other participants on the list and read, critique and comment on their 8sunday posts.
This omission is absolutely not my fault. I am a cat, which exonerates me from any culpability for any and all wrongdoings, omissions, or torn drapes.
Today, I chose a selection from The Trial of Tompa Lee, the first science fiction novel that my pet human, Ed, ever got published, nearly 12 years ago. In cat years, that’s … well, forever. Although Trial has strong elements of romance, it isn’t SFRom. Here’s the very opening.
They’d started without her, the maggoty cockroaches.
Tompa Lee tried the door handle again. Locked. Clenching her fists, she glared at the sign on the door of the K Deck mess hall: Briefing in Progress Do Not Enter. How dare they flickin’ shut her out!
After a moment, though, she slowly stuffed her anger into hiding. Sailors in the Commerce Space Navy didn’t lose their temper.
But it wasn’t her roach-damned fault she was late. No one had told her about the flickin’ briefing.
Tompa Lee is a homeless ‘street meat’ who has clawed her way up to the bottom-most rung of the Space Navy . . . but her dream job plummets into a nightmare when she’s framed for mass murder on an alien planet.
Dante Roussel is the Navy policemen who surrenders Tompa to the Shons . . . but he is horrified to learn that they require a trial-by-combat, so Tompa faces three hundred accusers.
Awmit is an old, lower-class Shon who is the sole witness to Tompa’s innocence . . . but to prove it, he must find the valor and strength to fight and die at her side.
AN UNFAIR TRIAL
Can Tompa learn to trust and love not only a member of the alien race that wants to slaughter her . . . but also the cop who betrayed her to cruel alien justice?
The Trial of Tompa Lee is currently free, so this is a great time to make it your own:
Finally, my most recent book, Newborn, is available at a reduced price during Patty’s latest cross promotion.