Your name is? #mfrwhooks


Today, another hook from my WIP titled Audra Fleeing Audra Finding, book 5 in the Alien Contact for Idiots series.

Audra Verhailey, a runaway young mother, flees with her baby from Oregon to Kwadra Island. Kwadra is an alternate Earth’s Vancouver Island. The Kwadrans “hopped” their island to our Earth when the environment of their planet became so polluted and globally warmed that it was close to uninhabitable.

Kwadran Duchess Opsie Beaverpaw has agreed to lead the search for Audra. After meeting the runaway’s uncle, an unexpected visitor knocks on Opsie’s office.

A young woman walked in — or rather, glided in like a fashion model. Her expensive and tasteful white gown, pleated from neck to knees, emphasized both her height and her extreme slenderness. Her complexion was immaculate, which always roused a flicker of spiteful envy in Opsie she batted it away. This visitor was young, but how young?

“Allow me to hope,” Opsie said as he pointed toward a chair, “that you are Audra Verhailey and I don’t have waste my time searching the depths for you.”

The girl grinned, which made her look very Kwadran. “You don’t recognize me, Duchess?”

The girl sat like a model—or perhaps like someone with either massive innate elegance or training in appearing elegant: knees together and pointed to one side, hands folded in her lap. This youth would never sit with her feet up on the desk.

“I guess that means I should,” Opsie said. “Your name is . . . ?”

I’ll give you a tiny hint: the visitor is a young woman who played a major role in book two of the series, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters. Be sure to check out the hooks by other great writers in the Book Hooks blog hop.

Audra Fleeing Audra Finding

She’s running from an abusive lover . . . but what is she running to?

When her abusive lover threatens to take custody of her baby, Audra Verhailey flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.

But can the safe isolation she wants for her daughter survive a search party, a gang of alien criminals — and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

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10 comments

  1. Wonderful description of her and her elegance. I’m more of a feet up n the desk kind of person. Tweeted.

    1. In her previous appearance in the series, as an 11-year-old, this girl was all brat. Her royal lineage has done a good job of spreading a layer of elegance over that bratty girl, but is she still a brat underneath?

  2. I’m intrigued. Love the description of her elegance. wish I was.

    1. One thing I’ve never aspired to is elegance. I tend to be in-your-face about being the son of a first-generation janitor, and do you wanna make something of it, jerk?

  3. LOL Son of a first-gen janitor, Ed. That sounds more like me than the pretty model here. Love how Opsie tallies her up.

    1. The pretty model doesn’t sound much like me, either. 😉

  4. You’re pulling out all the stops, Ed!

    Great excerpt.

    1. Lately I’ve the phrase you used several times. I assumed it was related to pipe organs. (Stops are the mechanisms that let air into a pipe.) I’m frequently curious about words and phrases. And I was right, which means I undoubtedly had read it before, but then almost forgot:

      “To pull out all the stops. Use all the resources or force at one’s disposal, as in The police pulled out all the stops to find the thief. This term comes from organ-playing, where it means “bring into play every rank of pipes,” thereby creating the fullest possible sound. It has been used figuratively since about 1860.” — Wikipedia

  5. I can’t imagine wearing that many pleats! Great excerpt, Ed. My dad was a truck driver and a mechanic with a 9th grade education, and he was a great dad!

    1. She’s an alien girl, so what can you expect of her fashion sense?

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