Effing Feline hates palm sundays #8sunday

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I, Effing Feline, heard that today is Palm Sunday. Since Mr V has a palm tree out front, and because I am a Cat of Great Curiosity, I decided to sample this holy treat. I got a palm frond . . .

. . . and some ice cream . . .

. . . and I’m going to enjoy my treat while you folks read today’s snippet from Mr V’s science fiction romance, Rescuing Prince Charming. Yum!

Dusty Johnson and her mysterious alien companion acted heroically in getting rid of a saboteur’s bomb. Soaring on adrenaline-fueled lust, they need privacy to, shall we say, ‘bond more intimately.’ He pulls her into the empty office of the starship project’s Big Boss.

“We should go,” Dusty whispered, “or we’ll get into trouble.”

“You, the heroine? If you kicked the Kwadran prince’s stomach, he’d still kiss you on all four cheeks and give you a medal.”

Dusty’s chest and neck grew warm; blushes always started there before turning her cheeks apple red. “We can’t hide in here forever. What are we going to do?”

He said nothing, just stared with an intense, masculine gaze. Oh, yeah; they would finish what they’d come here to do. Celebrating with quickie sex—it would have to be quick or they’d get caught—would be wildly indiscreet, of course. Perfect.

Effing Feline here again. I hate hate hate palm sundaes! Yuck! Blech!

Visit other writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, or I’ll make you eat a Palm Sundae!


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. Effing, I think you better rethink Palm Sundaes!

    Dusty better rethink that quickie sex–at least until they get to more secluded quarters. I got a bad feeling about discovery here. Great sequence, Ed!

    1. Although I don’t want you to have bad feelings, Jenna, I’m glad this situation feels rife with tension. “Tension on every page,” a wise man once said.

  2. This is going to be a rushed job. lol. But what is a person to do when time is so limited?

    Effing, those palm trees make better scratch posts. Especially if they are houseplants. 😉

    1. Ah, but the door to this office has a lock. That helps a bit.

  3. Ed, I just realized you’re not on the linky list. If you’d like, I can add your link. 🙂

  4. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    I’ll pass on the palm sundae, thanks! 😛 Love the way you describe her blush. Quickies or slowies, any way works for me! 😀

    1. My chest and neck are warming as I blush, Julie. When a person is almost thrumming with excitement, as Dusty is, you just don’t need much of a slow build up, so quickies are great!

  5. Well, if you put it like that… Might as well go for it!

    1. You’ve come to the same conclusion Dusty has.

  6. She’s not listening to him. He doesn’t need to rush.

    1. And the difference between his approach and hers is supposed to hint at differences in their knowledge.

  7. kiss all 4 cheeks – love it! Tweeted.

    1. I have to admit, I kinda like that line as well.

  8. I still think this is a baaaadddd idea on their part but the longer they spend talking about it, the more chance they WILL get interrupted! Enjoyed the snippet…

    1. It isn’t as risky as it seems, because of circumstances the hero is aware of, though he hasn’t shared all the pertinent information with Dusty yet.

  9. Effing Feline might prefer a Catnip sundae 😉

    1. He prefers any with catnip. He’s a recovering addict, you know.

  10. Having just saved the day, I guess a little indiscretion can’t be too much to ask 🙂

    Throughout this scene, I do have to wonder who else around there was aware of the bomb and the averted threat?

    1. Although the people who evacuated the project are aware of the bomb threat, everyone left and there’s no one else in the cavern. The bomb threat was carefully timed for a one hour gap between security coverage during a changeover from Countess Cho’s clan’s security and the new Big Boss’s clan. The deeper reasons for the gap become apparent only toward the end of the book, when they uncover the people (creatures . . . whatever you want to call them) responsible for the sabotage.

  11. They don’t have a long time but it sounds like he’s ready to make it a good time! Love the urgency in the scene.

    1. It’s a good thing they’re both ready and willing. No need for foreplay, you know.

  12. Well, I guess the risk of discovery makes the situation even more exciting, they need less talk and more action though! 🙂 Effing, I don’t think chocolate icecream is a good idea anyway, doesn’t Ed give you any kibble?

    1. KIbble? You think Effing deigns to eat KIBBLE?

  13. Well, as long as the office is locked it should be okay. What’s the worst that could happen?

    1. I could think of dozens of things, easy. That’s what authors do, after all: think of horrible things that can happen to their characters.

  14. Diane Burton · · Reply

    It must be the lateness of the evening, but I just got the palm fronds and ice cream. Bad. Effing needs to be more careful. LOL Good snippet. The fear of discovery adds to the excitement. I know he knows certain things (no spoilers from me), but she’s very anxious. Good job.

    1. I will accept that simple “Bad” as the written equivalent of a punster’s highest accolade: a groan.

  15. “You, the heroine? If you kicked the Kwadran prince’s stomach, he’d still kiss you on all four cheeks and give you a medal.” I love this!

    1. The word that makes this sentence come alive is “four”.

  16. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    They better stop talking about or it’s never going to happen. lol They probably won’t have privacy for long.

    1. I agree. When nervous, Dusty tends to talk too much.

  17. Kiss all four cheeks … 🙂 … I like it …. after all the talking, I wonder whether they get to it … but will they get caught ?

    1. When writing this, I pictured a French military ceremony. The big shot pins a medal, then kisses the medalee on both cheeks . . . then goes to hands and knees for other two kisses.

  18. This quickie sex sure is taking a long time– but I suspect that’s do to our overlords’ cruel ten sentence limit. Tension is mounting!

    1. Glad to hear it, because in fiction, tension is everything.

  19. Jennifer Reynolds · · Reply

    I love the kissing all four cheeks. LOL Great sexy scene.

    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer.

  20. Bwaha! Love the “all four cheeks” comment! Great snippet as always.

    1. That comment is snarky and sexy at the same time.

  21. Omg, it’s too late in the night for a pun of that magnitude. Went right over my head for a good minute or two.

    And they are so getting caught. Doesn’t she know that talking about getting into trouble brings the people who can make trouble?

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