Effing Feline is a pig

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I, Effing Feline, have the house to myself for the day. You see, Mr V’s off lollygagging at a writer’s conference. I’m left with one of those feeders that dispense as much cat food as I can eat. I consider it a challenge. Can I finish the entire container of food before he returns?

Watch me try! Burp.

Since he’s not here to make me write a cute intro, I’m going to go directly into the penultimate snippet from  Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee, featuring the most lovable of ugly pets, the skoot.

Skipping waaay ahead (since he isn’t here to object) Catt and Hank reach their objective: enemy headquarters and attack it just as the good guys are launching at attack from the air. The good guys win, but Catt is separated from Hank, injured, and taken to a hospital ship orbiting Banff. (FYI, Lance was her android copilot.)

Catt’s meager stores of energy ran dry. She sank back into a drugged sleep and dreamed of Hank. Of Lance, dear Lance, and then Hank some more. The stupid, lovable skoot shuffled through dreams, too. But mostly she dreamed of Hank.

Feeling better after resting, she opened her eyes . . .but kept dreaming. Must be dreaming, because she heard the unmistakable click of the skoot’s nails on the floor — and it had to be her skoot, because it limped in a five-legged rhythm. Catt tried to sit up. Moved a good ten centimeters up this time. That was progress.

“Whoa, there,” a voice said, “take it easy.”


Effing Feline here again, but just for a minute. Gotta go find a shoe to barf in so I can eat more food.

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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. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Sounds like she needs a bit more recovery time, but at least Hank is there. 🙂

    1. Yes, and her future is brighter because of it.

  2. nancygideon · · Reply

    Hurrah! The skoot is back. Love that little guy, even with a 5-legged gait (or maybe especially because of it!). Great scene, Ed. Have fun at the conference!

    1. I had fun writing the skoot.

  3. From dream to reality, pretty smooth! Enjoyed the snippet – she has it bad for Hank all right 🙂

    1. Her dreams have come true.

  4. 10 while centimeters – wow. Love the little detail about the 5 legged rhythm.

    1. For you non-Canucks/Brits/Aussies/Kiwis: 10 centimeters is 4 inches.

  5. Wonderful snippet. Your double did a good job!

    1. Effing can always be counted on to be Effing.

  6. So its her skoot now- must have worked his skooty charm on her. Way to skip ahead, Effing. I have soooo many questions!

    1. For the answers to those questions, see the buy links above.

  7. Great snippet! Can’t help but love that skoot. 😀

    1. The skoot shows that it’s what insight that matters, even if the outside is ugly.

  8. Ah! Now why didn’t she hear Hank’s footsteps as well as the skoot? Were they part of her dream?

    1. The skoot has noisy claws. Hank has soft shoes.

  9. Really enjoyed the snippet as always (and of course Effing’s contribution.) Hope you’re having a great time at the Conference and Good Luck with the RONEs.

    1. We both did ourselves proud at the award ceremony, even if we didn’t win the big one.

      1. ‘Runner Up’ is still an achievement, isn’t it, yay for us both!

      2. Darned right it is. Any sour grapes I might’ve felt about not winning vanished when I learned that the winner is in the process of moving to Kamloops, Canada, a town of only 60K. I was the oboist in the Kamloops Symphony for ten years, so I was a hometown reunion.

  10. Hooray for reunions!

    1. Reunions can be a good way to end a book. I did it with Alien Contact for Idiots, too.

  11. I loved this book, skoot and all. And Effing, there may be a consequence to your over-eating!

    1. Re Effing’s consequences, he’s willing to roll with the punches. And I do mean roll.

  12. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    I hope you’re having a great time at the conference. You may be dodging piles of partially digested cat food when you return.
    I recognize the confusion Catt’s feeling. I felt just like that the last time I had the flu…

    1. Yep, we’ve all felt sick enough to identify with Catt’s plight.

  13. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Yay, Hank! This snippet left me smiling. 🙂 Hope you’re having fun at the conference!

    1. Then the ending succeeded!

  14. Congratulations on getting 1st Runner-up at the Rones for this book!

    1. And congrats on getting 2nd Runner-up.
      Any sour grapes I might’ve felt toward the winner evaporated when I learned he’s moving to Kamloops, British Columbia. I was principal oboists in the Kamloops Symphony for ten years, so I identify with him.

  15. Sounds like she’s getting her reward after a hard fought battle–the skoot and Hank. Want to read this book so badly! Must charge my Kindle!

    1. Yes, indeed. Charge your Kindle and your credit card!

  16. Nice! I love mixing her dream with utter confusion!

    I think that Effing is a party animal. And sometimes…your snippets are a lot more fun when Effing is holding down the fort while you lollygag. lol

    1. Are you saying Effing’s more entertaining than I am? Wait till you see pictures from the conference.

  17. The shoot made it! That’s good. And she made it, too, though she definitely needs a little more time to heal. Sounds like she’s still on some good meds.

    1. She’s feeling no pain — at least not until Hank’s harsh, status-conscious mother appears as one last dragon to be slain.

  18. What’s real and what’s a dream? Sounds like Effing is having a rip-roaring (scarfing? Barfing?) time while you’re gone.

    1. Let’s face it:everything we write is either a lie or a dream. Personally, I prefer the latter interpretation.

  19. Diane Burton · · Reply

    This is such a great snippet. Better check your shoes, Ed, when you get home. Hope you enjoyed the writers’ conference.

    1. Shoes … check!

  20. I love the way Catt’s dream leads her right to Hank. A lovely awakening.

    1. That’s what romances are for — leading you straight from dreams to the man of your dreams.

  21. The shoot and Hank are there? ❤ Hope you enjoyed the writer's conference!

    1. It was great, but it’s great to be home, as well.

  22. Hank’s back 🙂 first the skoot, and then Hank 🙂 that was a great snippet, Ed ❤

    1. So glad you like it, Kathy. It’s the lead up to the big conclusion.

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