I, Effing Feline, am livid with rage! I’ve discovered that some jerk has stolen MY money.
Last week I showed you one of my greatest poems. You have to admit, it would’ve made a great book. But what did I learn? Some jerk has stolen my greatness and made a litter box full of money with a book called I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. I’m outraged at this theft of MY IDEA!
But back to my job: writing this blog.
Ed is working on rewrites of his near-future SFR tentatively titled Audra Fleeing Audra Finding. Audra Verhailey, a runaway young mother, flees with her baby from Oregon to Kwadra Island — a “duplicate” of Vancouver Island that its Native American rulers “hopped” here from an alternate Earth.
Penniless and desperate, twenty-something Audra lets a Kwadran construction worker guide her up a wilderness mountain to a back entrance to Kwadra’s abandoned underground cities. She hopes to escape her abusive lover’s threat to get sole custody of her baby; he’s a lawyer, so the threats are believable. A brief flashback shows:
- That she has a history of running away from problems, and
- Why she panics when she’s alone with Mr. Helpful.
As a young teen, she ran away from home twice — which her foster mother, now her adoptive mother, had totally not deserved — so she knew all about girls who disappeared off the face of the Earth. Years ago, she had shared a tent with a street friend from Montana. They were veging out at Pioneer Courthouse Square when Evangeline met a fleek guy who seemed nice. She had wiggled her fingers at Audra in a cute, see-you-soon wave as she went off with him.
Never to be seen again.
The guy had had dark hair. Audra liked a boy in her class with blond hair, and that was the only reason she hadn’t flirted with this dude. But what if she, rather than Evangeline, had gone off with him . . . ?
She knew all this shit, yet what had she done? Gone off with a dark-haired guy who seemed nice.
Effing Feline here again. I have a plan to get even. I’m going to trademark the word Cat, then send threatening letters to authors with that in their title — and demand all their royalties. That’s a good idea, don’t you think?
The Trial of Tompa Lee is available on Instafreebie. This science fiction novel with romantic elements rose to #2 in Amazon sci fi back when I released the e-book. It was a hardcover in 2005 (my last foray into trad publishing) and I created the e-book when I got the rights back.
Praise for The Trial of Tompa Lee:
- “Tompa Lee is an attractive, ambitious vagabond.” — Arizona Daily Star
- “Ed Hoornaert is a marvelous writer: a terrific, engrossing storyteller and a consummate stylist.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo-Award winning author
- “A rollicking romp on a distant planet, full of adventure and heart.” — Amber Belldene, author of the Blood Vine series
- “Reminiscent of the best of classic Star Trek.” TheBestReviews.com
- “Hold a tissue ready, as Mr. Hoornaert knows how to squeeze the heart of the reader.” — Love Romances
- “Classic science fiction, but with enough character development to interest non-science fiction readers.” — Romance Reviews Today