I, Effing Feline, want to honor my mummie. Problem is, I don’t really remember her. Based on the best evidence I have, though — namely her offspring, ME — I can extrapolate what she must look like. Strong, noble, powerful, like so:
Today, another snippet from Secrets of Love and War, Mr V’s current WIP. We’re continuing where last week’s snippet left off. In response to loud sounds from the sky, Cynthia O’Connor’s clan sister cries “War comes?”
The girl hunched over and covered her earpads with saucer-like hands. Riksids’ ears were less sensitive than humans’, but Kaushelle was a mere adolescent, and timid.
Cynthia reached for Kaushelle’s arm but lost her balance and splashed to the cold, soft mud, landing on her backside with face raised to the war-torn heavens. With her ears and mind numbed, vision mushroomed to encompass the world. The sky above was an opaque sheet of clouds hiding behind the lacelike branches of a gourdwillow tree, with a bright green lorzential dangling from a branch. Hidden by the clouds, more sonic booms exploded as the unseen enemy invaded the sky.
“So soon,” Kaushelle screamed, “your people reach us so soon?”
Cynthia pulled one hand from the muck’s embrace, then the other, dripping a torrent of muddy water as she rose. “Humans aren’t my people, you are—we’re members of the same familium.” She was Riksid only by adoption, but still…
Effing Feline here again. I just got an IM from an impertinent reader who is undoubtedly a (sneer) dog person. Yes, Ms Smartass, I know I’m a domestic shorthair and the picture is a lioness — but you must admit that the picture capture my heroic spirit!
Secrets of Love and War is a working title that may or may not last. Here’s the book’s tagline:
The destinies—and hearts—of a nurse and an injured enemy pilot become entangled as they search for the horrifying truth underlying the war between their planets.
The Trial of Tompa Lee is available for free in the
Alien Adventure and Romance cross promotion.