Effing Feline’s unfaves

I, Effing Feline, told you last week about some of my favorite things. Now some unfaves:

  • dogs
  • cats that are cuter than me
  • people who think other cats are cuter than me
  • food that isn’t meat or fish
  • dogs

And now, a snippet from Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee, featuring the beloved skoot. Captain Dukelsky wants Catt to risk her life by flying her around their world to attack enemy headquarters. She had said no — but after a night of introspection, she has a change of heart.

“I’ll do it,” she said in a firm, prim voice.

Dukelsky stopped just outside the ‘fresher door, sleep dulling his expression and shadowing his eyes. Claws scrambling, the skoot and the kitten raced each other to reach him first. The skoot won and danced around him on its four hind legs, tongue slathering the air.

“I said, I’ll do it,” she repeated.

He ran a hand through his hair. “Does this mean you had the same dream I did?”

“Pardon?” Glancing at the front of his shorts, her neck and face warmed in a blush.

Effing Feline here again. Did I mention I don’t like dogs?

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The African Queen in Outer Space

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Edward 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 world, you’ll love Escapee.




  1. I wonder what his dream was…

    1. Ahem, Well, I don’t have any adult warnings on my website so I can’t go into details . . .

  2. lol @ Paula’s comment!

    You paint images with your words, Ed. 🙂

    1. I didn’t pain any images of his dream, though. Just hints.

  3. Drop a hint, and leave the rest to people’s imagination!

    The skoot is growing in appeal now. I wonder what Effing would think about it?

    1. Effing has chosen to highlight the skoot, so I suspect he’s in an “anything but human” frame of mind.

  4. A glance can reveal so much. Great snippet.

  5. hmm, things are hotting up *gasp*! Effing, I feel your pain, but dogs are nice, really they are!

    1. Effing knows Twiggles the Dog, who is one of the nicest dogs we’ve ever owned, but that hasn’t changed her opinion.

  6. Exciting dream was it? lol

    1. That’s left entirely to the imagination.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, sounds like this could be a slightly awkward situation for him.

    1. At the moment she’s more embarrassed than he is.

  8. Based on your last line, she did and yeah, you’d probably need adult warnings considering her reaction. LOL Great snippet. I really want to read this as I loved The African Queen and also think the skoot is very appealing. 🙂

    1. The book itself would warrant a warning, though like most of my books the heat rating isn’t extreme by today’s standards.

  9. You rascal. The word is out and so is his dream. Great snip, my friend. So much fun!

    1. He’s stiff partly asleep, so it’s perhaps excusable that he lets out, so to speak, how he feels about her as a woman.

  10. Oh dear, not sure they’re on the same wave length here but a fun excerpt!

    1. This is pretty much the halfway point of the book, so there’s plenty of time yet for them to get in tune.

  11. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    I think they have different ideas about what it is she’s willing to do.

    1. At least he’s checking with her rather than assuming she meant what he had in mind.

  12. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Oh, that must have been some dream!

    1. A pleasant dream, surely!

  13. Love the mental image of the skoot race and victory dance. 🙂

    1. If you put animals in a story, I figure you have to have them perform some animal cuteness.

  14. nancygideon · · Reply

    Unfulfilled dreams, obviously! I love animal cuteness, an answer to comic (and sexual tension) relief!

    1. Animal cuteness is one of the things that makes the tenseness between the two humans more bearable.

  15. Ooooh what did they dream?

    1. I don’t have parental warning on my site, so I can’t go into details. 😉

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