Effing Feline has great litter

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I, Effing Feline, just learned that I have sisters. Sisters! I feel like I’ve slept leapt onto the pages of one of my pet human’s books. Talk about a plot twist.

I know this because Google says cats have more than one kitten in a litter — but clearly, no other males could stand comparison with me. Ergo ipso factotem,  I must have sisters. Many sisters. Google also says the record for kittens in a litter is 19, but the Gooey folks don’t know about me. Clearly, my litter would have to be the greatest ever.

Okay, the fun stuff is over — back to a snippet from Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee featuring the most lovable of ugly pets, the skoot. Skipping ahead a bit, Catt and Hank have fallen in love while making the long journey to attack the invader’s headquarters, filled with 10,000 enemies. Here Hank proves he’s a nice guy and really love Catt — by making out his will.  Can you guess who he’s naming as his heirs?

“Hank, you don’t have to do this.”

“I want to. Who else am I going to name as my beneficiary?”

“Gee, I don’t know. How about your brother or sister or your parents? A pet mizzet? Your favorite charity?”

“Duke has a great job on Farflung Station, Helen is the stingiest person alive even though she’s rich, my parents are both generals, and their combined pensions alone make them richer than most of your hated patroons. I’m allergic to mizzets, and my friend the skoot doesn’t need money. My favorite charity is, I suddenly find, your family.”

Effing Feline here again. I’m considering going in search of my sisters. Think I should?

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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. That’s a really generous will! Sometimes the best people to receive our money aren’t our blood families.

    1. I was looking for some way to demonstrate that Hank is a good guy, but the options were limited since virtually all the action takes place inside a small airship. This fit the bill and also let him show his ingenuity in figuring out how to send the will off-planet without alerting the enemy.

  2. He does seem like such a nice guy. This kind of puts the icing on that cake. Not many would do that. Great snippet for character development.

    You may need to check your linky link, Ed. When I clicked your name I got an error message. I had to access your blog by clicking your name on your comment on my website.

    1. Cake . . . icing . . . Ooh, that sounds good right now.

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    If that doesn’t prove his love, I don’t know what does. Nice snippet! 🙂

    1. She’s been supporting her family back home (on another planet). By sacrificing her ship, she’s giving up the ability to support them, so he’s going to make it up to her.

  4. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    I also got the error message, Ed. Luckily, I know where you “live.”
    Nothing says loving like making your sweetheart your beneficiary.

    1. I know what happened to give you the error, but it’s not something I can fix.

  5. I know the feeling that Hank’s expressing. Perhaps I’ll leave my money to a cat charity. That will please Effing! So under Hank’s crochety exterior lurks a Mr Nice Guy.

    Ditto about the link, but not hard to find you.

    1. Effing purred. Good job, Rachel.

  6. Being extremely rich like these characters sounds so nice right about now:)

    1. I’m not sure I’d know what to do with all the money if I were rich. I wouldn’t mind finding out, though.

  7. Oh no. He’s allergic to mizzets!!

    1. Uh . . . does that worry you for some reason?

  8. nancygideon · · Reply

    How can you argue that logic? It’s as apparent as Effing’s regarding his litter mates. What a great hero!

    1. I tried to make him every woman’s dream man.

  9. That is a nice sentiment, but I can see how she might bristle at having her family referred to as a charity. And thinking about 19 other little Effings running around sent a chill up my spine- er, I mean, a warm fuzzy around my heart.

    1. I love your reaction to Effing’s litter.

  10. If none of your relatives can actually use the money (or need it), then it’s a better choice to do something else with it. I sure hope he doesn’t end up needing that will, though!

    1. Never fear. This is a science fiction ROMANCE, and that means there’ll be an HEA.

  11. I’m hoping he doesn’t end up needing that will too, I’m getting quite fond of him! As for the thought of 19 female Effings, Yikes! My little dog shudders at the thought! 🙂

    1. You dog has my sympathy, Hywela.

  12. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Definitely a nice guy. Generous, too. Good snippet.

    1. He needs to be a bit over-the-top in his niceness to overcome her extreme prejudice against ‘patroons’ i.e. powerful people with lots of money.

  13. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Wow, that is really generous. Enjoyed the snippet.

    1. Yep. Now all he has to do it die…

  14. Great characterization! Duke and his Angel of Farflung was such a great story! I have to read this one, too. 🙂

    1. I must admit that Guardian Angel of Farflung Station is one of my favorites. Unlike most of my stories that come grudgingly, in dribs and drabs, the outline of the story leaped out at me literally overnight, and the first draft was done in a matter of weeks.

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