Effing Feline spreads tuna fish

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior / Sunday Snippet posts for Mr. V. Click the pic for info.

I, Effing Feline, am washing myself. Ed gave me the remnants of his tuna sandwich, and I love tuna.  Now I’m washing myself to spread the glorious aroma all over my body.

I’m sharing another snippet from Mr V’s SF romance, Escapee. After their remote mining moon is attack by enemies, Catt Sayer, the crusty captain of a decrepit airship, lands at a destroyed army base to look for survivors.  She finds only one: Hector Dukelsky, a by-the-book army captain.

She can’t leave him there to die, so she grudgingly invites him aboard her airship. When he tells her to carry his luggage and calls her Miss Sayer, she explodes.

“It’s not Miss Sayer, it’s Captain Sayer, owner and operator of the only transportation capable of carrying you to safety so you can bloviate another day. I’m not your servant.”

Dukelsky cocked his head to one side. His eyes seemed to focus on her for the first time and his voice lost its peremptory quality. “I shall carry the kitten and the skoot, as well their food. If, however, you would rather carry the animals…?”

Suppressing a shudder, she glanced at the spindly-legged reptile. It flicked saliva off the end of its tongue, then smiled at her. Imagining how she’d taste covered with catsup?

Effing Feline here again. Forget about how she’d taste covered with catsup. How would she taste covered with tuna fish? Yum!

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The African Queen in Outer Space

escapee smallerEdward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station).  If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.

Don’t let this rousing adventure escape from you.




  1. I love his calm, deadpan response to her outburst. That kind of back and forth dialogue can be so fun to read and write.

    1. I’m glad you could pick up on their different emotional takes on this scene.

  2. I loved this book, and I loved the relationship between Catt and Hector. I just went to Amazon to make sure that I reviewed it – and I did. Great stuff!

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel!

  3. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    I love the effing feline lol!

    1. I never intended for him to be such a long-running alter ego (three years and counting) but he’s helped me discover that cantankerous anti-heroes are easy to write.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I love this tension already between them. 🙂

    1. People do love bickering characters.

  5. It’s a hit. You have humor, romance and animals. What more can a reader ask for.

    1. I’m going to be focussing on scenes featuring the scoot, because I was really happy with how it turned out.

  6. Oh boy, I’d be pretty angry with him too. Great snippet!

    1. He’s used to giving orders because he’s an army captain. She’s used to not following orders because she flies her airship with only the help of an android. All in all, they have issues to work through.

  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    I love Catt’s reaction to the thought of carrying the skoot.

    1. She dislikes the skoot even more than she dislikes Captain Dukelsky, which is saying something.

  8. He sounds like he comes with a lot of baggage (sorry, couldn’t resist). And drooling baggage at that! Fun snippet.

    1. Even worse — drooling baggage with teeth!

  9. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Because of your snippets I bought this book. I loved it! The dialogue between them is great.

    1. That is a very sincere compliment, Diane!

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Just love their banter!

    1. The emotions behind the banter bring the conversation to life.

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