Effing Feline doesn’t love dog lovers #Sunday

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I, Effing Feline, wish Brett a happy birthday! Brett is the third of Mr V’s four children, and his petting  hand is gentle and loving, even if he’s a dog person. There. I’ve done my familial duty. Now I can tell you my REAL feelings about dog people!

I feel that —


Once again, I’m continuing with a snippet is from Mr V’s science fiction romance, Rescuing Prince Charming. During the most harrowing — and exciting — ten minutes of Dusty Johnson’s life, she and her mysterious alien companion found a saboteurs’ time bomb, carried it out of the prototype starship, and tossed it into the ocean, where it exploded harmlessly. The bomb may be gone, but their adrenaline isn’t. They embrace, and it’s more than simple hug. They’re going to be naughty.

As she stepped into Wiki’s warmth, the warning klaxon died, leaving silence echoing through the huge grotto. She’d never seen it so empty, which reinforced the dreamlike sense that this moment was different from all others and couldn’t be judged by normal standards. Laughing, she twisted in his arms and strained to look up at his face. It was a great face, an interesting blend of Native American and Asian genes. It was a hero’s face — her hero.

The nearest privacy lay deeper in the cave, where the workers’ offices and residences were, but they’d never make it before Security returned. Wasting this euphoria seemed like a tragedy.

“Come,” he said.

“Great idea,” she murmured, even though she didn’t do double entendres. Well, not usually; she was a technical writer, a woman who chose words that could be interpreted only one way.

Effing Feline here again. I hate it when Mr V censors me . . . but then I guess I can’t be too mad at him. He started a wonderful new segment: Vintage Effing Feline. Be sure to check it out!

(And oh yeah, visit other writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.)

Ed wants me to tell you that he’s super busy this weekend — in addition to the Tucson Festival of Books, he also has to play two concerts with his symphony orchestra. I’m sure you care about this boring things as little as I do. Be warned that he may be later than usual at visiting your posts, but as usual, he’ll comment on everyone.


Rescuing Prince Charming: A Native American Sci-Fi Romance

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.

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  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yes, I definitely sense naughtiness ahead. Great snippet! 🙂

    1. Provided they can find some privacy, yes.

  2. It was a hero’s face — her hero.

    Great line! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Laura!

  3. Happy Birthday, Brett!
    Really liked the last couple of lines. Nice touch.

    1. Brett sends you his thanks all the way from Toronto.

  4. Well, the longer they wait around, the less time they have. Love her technical writer personality.

    1. As a long-time tech writer, I always wanted to write a tech writer, and I finally got my chance. It was fun (and very easy!) to get into the proper viewpoint.

  5. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Have to take advantage of euphoria. I love her personality. You show it so well. This dog-lover is glad you censored Effing. I’m not sure I want to know what he thinks of us. Enjoy the festival and concerts.

    1. You’re a wise woman to ignore Effing’s feelings about dog people.

  6. Uh oh, sounds like they’d better decide what to do before everyone else returns or this could get embarrassing. Interesting snippet!

    1. Dusty would NOT like it if turned into embarrassing. Exhibitionism is not her thing.

  7. Great scene. Double entendres can be such fun no matter how they’re originally intended, or not.

    1. On the page, I find that double entendres have to be either broad or telegraphed; they aren’t as easy to pick up as in person.

  8. lol – didn’t o double entrendres – love it.

    1. The double entendre was an easy way to show what she’s thinking about.

  9. I have a sharp wit and sometimes double entendres get me into trouble, so I work hard to NOT include them in my conversations. Alas, old habits die hard and I still get into trouble. Thanks for sharing, Ed.

    1. Some of the best double entendres are accidental. It’s the extra spice of embarrassment, I think

  10. lol, I love that last para.

    Oh my, that Effing has a potty mouth! 🙂

    1. Yes, Effing has a potty mouth, even though he would insist only dogs drink from the toilet.

  11. Love the little splashes of humor throughout these scenes.

    1. I appreciate that, Ian. For the most part this is a serious story with no scenes designed for humor, but the little splashes, as you call them, creep in with no volition.

  12. Oh, I am loving this. favorite line: “that this moment was different from all others and couldn’t be judged by normal standards.”

    1. I added that line late in the process to emphasize that she is acting out of character.

  13. That last paragraph is amazing. 😀

    1. But, but . . . Amy, there isn’t a single fist fight in that paragraph.

  14. Does he have a better idea of where to go?
    I enjoy double entendres in conversation and in stories!

    1. You’ll have to read on to find out where he’s leading her.

  15. Love the consonance in that first line: ‘”…into Wiki’s warmth, the warning.”

    It felt like a warm breeze whispering off the pages. Nicely done.

    1. I honestly never noticed that before. Huh.

  16. I’m with Libby in loving the first line – although the ‘double entendre’ added your usual clever touch of mischief.humour! 🙂 As a dog lover I dread to think what might have had you not censured Effing – but I do quite like cats too – usually!

    1. I read somewhere that most people like both dogs and cats. I know I do. (And horses — I had a horse once, too.)

  17. Love it! Great tension in the scene and realistic thought-process by Dusty. Of course she’d question what she said when it was so unlike her perceived sense of self. But it was a perfect line for her to say, lol!

    1. She’s acting naughty and she’s feeling it, hence the double meanings.

  18. Enjoyed the snippet. I loved this line: “It was a great face, an interesting blend of Native American and Asian genes. It was a hero’s face — her hero.”

    1. Everybody has their own favorite lines. That’s interesting.

  19. Oh. man, they’re taking almost as long to get to the naughty as they did to get rid of the bomb! Thanks a lot Mr. Master of Suspense.

    1. Hey, blame the snippet- style format. All of this is in the first two chapters, 17 pages in total.

  20. Sounds like he has an idea… Hopefully he’s right about where they can find some privacy, or they’re in for some embarrassment when security finds them!

    1. Let me put it this way. There’s a lot, an awful lot, that Dusty doesn’t know about him . . . yet.

  21. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Hmm. They both have the same idea.

    1. They’re definitely on the same wavelength. No question about consent here.

  22. Finally getting my posts returned. Thank you for your patience, Effing! She may not think she doesn’t do double entendres, but she sure does! And that’s a doozy! Just go with the flow and enjoy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jenna.

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