Effing Feline and Ildephonse: Countdown Day -1

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I, Effing Feline, have gotten interested in tracking down my ancestors, and I’ve discovered some cats who are worthy of my bloodline. This cat has suffered from horrible press, with some random ungulate stealing his glory. All cats, but few humans, realize that the ungulate was a mere spectator, but he hoofed it quickly to a phone and contacted some dudes who wrote a song about the wrong hero!

We cats get no respect.

Another snippet from Rescuing Prince Charming, Ed’s newest sci fi romance that goes live  on Monday. (Does that means it’s now in Ed’s womb? Or dead?) Anyway, Dusty Johnson and an anonymous guard found a time bomb hidden in the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Since Dusty is closer to the exit, she asks for the bomb. He hesitates because she’s a she.

“Like I’m so far away it won’t kill me? Since you can’t disarm it, I’ll have to carry it to someone who can. Hurry!”

He took a deep breath and held out the shoebox. “This goes against my sense of chivalry.”

“Screw chivalry.” She reached for the box—but he pulled it away from her grasp.

“I’ll have you know I’m a gentleman.”

“And the School for Chivalrous Gentlemen taught you that Take off my pants is a polite greeting?”

“Is Please take this bomb off my hands any better?”

Effing Feline here again. BTW, the heroic cat with the bright idea wasn’t named Rudolph, but Ildephonse, same as Ed’s great-uncle. (Seriously, that was the uncle’s name.) So sing the song the right way, okay? “Ildephonse the red-nosed kit cat…”

When you’re done singing, visit the other writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Releasing Monday, December 4, 2017

Rescuing Prince Charming
Alien Contact for Idiots, book four

She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.

Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Although she yearns to return to anonymity, that moment of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark secrets—and thrust her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she is his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.

Rescue your own prince charming at these fine outlets:

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Finally, pick up a FREE copy of Alien Contact for Idiots (the first book in the series leading up to Rescuing Prince Charming) at the Invasion and First Contact e-book giveaway.

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  1. In that kind of situation, there’s no time to try to be chivalrous! I’d just want the bomb disarmed as soon as possible, no matter who does it.

    1. He’ll come to that same conclusion very soon, but the shock of holding a bomb has driven such logical considerations out of his head. Temporarily.

  2. Oh Ed, I loved today’s dialogue. Well done!

    1. One of the things I love about Dusty is her smart-ass mouth.

  3. Chivalry & a time bomb – this sounds like so much fun. Thanks for today’s snippet, Ed.

    1. You have a strange idea of fun!

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    LOL All this petty arguing while their lives are at stake. Seems normal. 🙂 All the best with your release!

    1. Thanks, but I’m not sure I need luck. Divine intervention, perhaps.

  5. Tomorrow’s the day!!

    How does Effing plan to celebrate? (Probably by sleeping, right?)

    1. And eating. Don’t forget eating.

  6. Hey guys, now is not the time to argue about this! Great dialogue.

    1. Don’t worry, they’ll get their act together soon, though they’ll continue to bicker.

  7. What amusing banter! Meanwhile, the bomb’s ticking.

    1. I’ve no doubt that the adrenaline the bomb adds loosens their tongues to say things they might not say otherwise.

  8. I am underwhelmed with the story. Bring it on, big guy!

  9. They are going to argue themselves into oblivion if they don’t stop the chitchat and take care of the bomb! LOL Wonderful snippet!

    1. No doubt they’ll regret any time wasted in talking. Nonetheless, they have to establish some sort of plan and sufficient trust to carry out the plan. That’s the deeper meaning of this banter.

  10. Somehow “take off my pants” is a hundred times a better greeting that “take this bomb off my hands.”
    Good snippet.

    Oh and Congratulations on your up and coming release day.

    1. You think it’s a better greeting? If I try it and get a black eye, it’ll be your fault, Daryl!

  11. Sort of a funny excerpt – in the good way! – as they have this snarky debate while the bomb continues to metaphorically tick. A great snippet indeed and best wishes with the new book!

    1. If they were a trained, professional team, they wouldn’t need the banter to establish what they’re going to do. At this point, he doesn’t trust her. She’s blocking his exit and now wants to take charge of the bomb — but he really has no other alternatives other than to be snarky and reluctant. I hope these unspoken reasons are somewhat clear to readers when they have the complete text in front of them.

  12. I think they need Effing to step in and slap them around. Glad this is being released soon!

    1. I’m going to be so glad it’s over and done with. I’m really tired of promoting it.

  13. Great snippet! They’re bantering even through the danger, lol.

    1. One of the lessons Dusty learns is that when she’s under great pressure, she says things she wouldn’t think of saying in normal circumstances.

  14. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Super dialogue. I loved the last line.

    1. They’re banter was lots of fun to write.

  15. You’ve got a great story going here, Ed. I’m really enjoying the snippets.

    1. I sure hope readers agree with you, Chris!

  16. Love the banter and snarkiness while the bomb is ticking its way to blowing them to smithereens! Great excerpt and congratulations on the forthcoming release. As for Effing’s ancestor – is that why Effing thinks he can fly? (By the way, our stable cat is called Dusty!)

    1. Is your stable cat nice? And can it fly?

  17. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    I love the banter, but I think they need to concentrate on getting rid of that bomb! Great snippet.

    1. Wait just a second, until the next sentence. Sheesh, so impatient!

  18. Lol, no time to argue, what the hell is wrong with this guy?!

    1. What’s wrong with him?
      1) He doesn’t quite trust her.
      2) He needs a few seconds to figure out what to do with the bomb.

  19. While holding an armed bomb is no time for a conversation about the finer points of manners! 😮

    1. They’ll get moving right after this exchange.

  20. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Such a great excerpt. This book is going to be great. My copy downloaded last night. Can’t wait to read it.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, Diane!

  21. nancygideon · · Reply

    What a great scene in a wonderful book (two chapters to go . . . now that life and holiday chaos is behind me). Love these characters!

    1. This comment thrills the cockles of my heart . . . whatever cockles are.

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