Effing Feline seeks his roots

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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, aka La Puss Cat d’Orléans.

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).

Ridiculous, eh? Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday authors.

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. Good snippet, Ed, but I fear that Effing’s commentary has outshined your weekly 8-10. lol

    Congrats on the great RONE finish.

    No post fr me this week.

    1. The cat thinks he’s more popular than me. He’s probably right.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Congrats, Ed! That’s wonderful! Great things happening in this snippet! The kiss, and the revelation that the skoot saved her. Maybe it’s not such a bad creature. 🙂

    1. Yep — don’t judge a skoot by its snout.

  3. Totally wonderful complete with romance. As for you, tighten the abs, big guy.

    1. The funny thing is that with the sexy abs on I look overweight. Well, more overweight.

  4. Wow – I don’t know who’s the most striking – Mr Valentine or Joan of Arcat! 🙂 (By the way, I think you’ll like the heroine of the next book I’m going to be ‘snippeting’, Effing,but I’m saying no more.)
    Great snippet as always, Ed, I’m just going to have to buy this book, aren’t ! Congrats on the RONE and thanks for the vote, by the way!

    1. Effing awaits your heroine with baited (i.e. fishy) breath. I hope your enjoy Escapee. I have your RONE book, too, though I haven’t read it yet. I’ll be sure to leave a review!

      1. Thanks Ed – she’s the one in the RONE book! I have yours on my Kindle – in the tbr asap pile! I’ll leave a review too, but it might take a while!

  5. Great snippet – so happy the skoot brought them back together.

    And super congratulations on the RONE achievement.


    1. Thanks so much, Daryl, and for the tweet, as well.

  6. That picture is a treasure, Ed! And kudos on your 1st Runner-up finish! Just bought Escapee (been promising myself to do so for too long). It’s officially on the TBR list!

    1. I have one of yours on my TBR, as well. I’m a fairly slow writer and an even slower reader, unfortunately. Maybe I savour the words too much?

  7. Loved the snippet, Hank has a way with promises all right…

    1. He’s basically a generous sweetheart.

  8. Great snippet. Skoot is fast becoming one of my heros. And congrats on the Rone award.

    1. It’s been fun showcasing the skoot’s small role in the story.

  9. Ooooo that ending paragraph was amazing…. 😀

    1. Glad you liked it, Amy.

  10. There’s so much awesomeness in this post I don’t know where to start, so I’ll just say Congratulations!

  11. great snippet, love the butterfly kiss and its impact! Looks like a fun conference.

    1. My fake abs were a big hit at the book signing.

  12. Congrats on first runner-up at Ind’Tale!
    Enjoyed the snippet. A kiss and promise for more. 🙂

    1. They still have to face down his status-conscious mother, who’s a general and quite used to ordering everyone around, including her sons.

  13. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    Yes. I’m looking forward to later.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Andrea.

  14. Sweet snippet. Hopefully she’ll warm up to the skoots now. (Did the injured one from last week get help?)

    1. I skipped ahead, over the passages where the skoot got doctored. This is the same one.

  15. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Congrats on the RONE finish, and I like the skoot. I knew he was a good creature.

    1. It was fun developing this pet. Think it could’ve qualified for the Pets in Space anthology?

  16. That skoot has earned pampering for life, I’d say. 🙂 And what a sweet promise to make.

    Looks like you had fun at the conference!

    1. The skoot may have earned an appearance in another book, though perhaps not. I don’t know if I’m going to bother with another book in this series. I’ve had to pester the publisher about getting a publication date for the third book (this one’s sequel).

  17. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I read this book before, so I’ve enjoyed the snippets you’ve chosen. Effing’s commentary outshone your snippet this time.Such a tender kiss.

    1. Sigh. I guess I’ve got to talk to him about not being so interesting.

  18. I like the way he makes promises 🙂
    Congrats on the Rone prize. Well done!

    1. A romantic hero simply has to be good at making sweet promises.

  19. Great snippet. I’ve been following your effing feline posts for a while, just haven’t commented. You had me hooked a few weeks back, but this one. Yes, I definitely need to read this one! Congrats on the runner up for the award! Keep up the great work!

    1. Welcome aboard the Effing Express, Ellie!

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