I, Effing Feline, haven’t managed to track down any of my sisters yet (click here for the background), but I’ve discovered some cats who surely must be related to me. Today I’ll show you the first of my famous relatives.
Joan of Arcat is one of the most famous European cats. She’s considered a heroine of France because she led felines in a heroic defeat of English Bulldogs in the fifteen century. She’s called the Maid of Orleans, which in French is La Pucelle d’Orléans. Clearly the word ‘pucelle’ refers to a puss cat, right? And such a heroic purrsonage is worthy only of my lineage.
And now the very last snippet from Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee, featuring the most lovable of ugly pets, the skoot. Having survived the battle that liberated her moon, Catt (I still love that name) ends up on a hospital spaceship.
The skoot put its forepaws on the edge of the mattress and licked her wrist.
“We can come back in a little while, though, if you don’t feel up to visitors.” Hank’s forehead wrinkled in worry as he peered down at her.
That expression, aimed at her, brought her the rest of the way back to life, but talking was hard. “Water?”
“Here you go.” He held a cup to her lips as she sipped. “I thought I’d lost you when the tank was hit — I did lose you, actually, until the skoot led me to you, but you’re alive, alive.” He kissed her lips, a butterfly’s touch that told her better than any words she was, indeed, alive. “That’s a promise for later, okay?” he whispered.
Effing Feline here again. I mentioned last week that Ed, my pet human, was at a conference sponsored by InD’tale Magazine. This novel, Escapee, was declared the first runner-up in the science fiction CATegory.
Purrty please, join me in laughing at this picture of Ed dressed as Mr Valentine for the conference’s book signing. Look at those rubber abs (chuckle, snort).
The African Queen in Outer Space
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.