Effing Feline yawns #wewriwa

Ed’s latest book, Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, is now available

It may be alive, but I, Effing Feline, yawn. Tell me, what difference does this novel make to me, a cat? Sure, sex and violence are supposed to sell, and the book has sex:

  • female-controlled kisses
  • an offer of a blow job
  • young people driven sexy by pheromones in the air
  • middle-aged folks getting it on (or off, depending on your point of view)
  • a young mom finding true love at last
  • a duchess finding true love at last

. . . and violence:

  • a gang of murderous rebels
  • a 14-year-old fashion model saving the old folks with a smuggled gun
  • an army of cleaning robots who sweep bad guys off their feet
  • a robot programmed to kill

But so what? There’s no cat food or catnip in the whole hissing book!

Audra, the primary heroine of Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, has a lot of difficulty trusting men. It’s no surprise, then, that the first kiss between her and Tal, the hero, is a long time coming — and it’s an unusual kiss. He puts his arms behind him and tell her to kiss him.

“So kiss me.”

“You won’t move?”

“No,” he said like a bad ventriloquist, scarcely moving his lips.

She let out a single laugh then sobered and said, “Stay put, okay?” As she edged closer, she wondered if she should she put her arms around him, or maybe on his shoulders.

His gaze never left her as she neared, and he swallowed forcibly, the knot in his throat lifting and falling. His breathing quickened and an exhale parted his lips. Her hand trembled as she braced it on the counter beside him, leaving an inch of space.

She’d never done this before, never been in control with a kiss’s success totally dependent on her; control-freak Tom certainly wouldn’t have let her.

Did guys feel this nervous about first kisses?

Effing Feline here again. Be sure to check out the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Alien Contact for Runaway Moms

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

When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island. But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

Tal Pelletier’s life has degenerated into drinking, fighting, and physical labor, but he used to be a brilliant technician. When Audra asks his help sneaking into Kwadra’s abandoned cities, it represents a second chance, because she and her baby remind him of the wife and child he lost. But can he protect them from the killers—and, more importantly, the demons inside him?

Alien Contact for Runaway Moms is available now from these fine retailers. Get it now before it runs away!



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    What an awkward start to their first kiss. But it’s almost always like that. Great snippet and congrats on your new release!

    1. Having found the love of my life in high school, it’s been so long since I’ve had a first kiss that I don’t remember.

  2. Delicious snippet , Ed. You sure know how to tell a story.

    1. Delicious snippet and tasty kiss.

  3. Maybe there will be catnip in the next book, Effing.

    If you ask nicely….

    (Were there cats in Kwadra?)

    1. I’m a cat person, Lisabet, so of course there are cats in Kwadra. A Siamese named Priscilla played a prominent role in Rescuing Prince Charming, and a cat and her kittens made a brief appearance in Runaway Moms.

  4. It sounds like the correct approach to encourage an abused woman. How did he learn this trick?

    1. They say great writers steal, so I guess I’m a great writer. I lifted this scene from an historical romance set in China — a man is trying to teach a former concubine how to love, as opposed to just have sex.

  5. Love this first kiss. Is nice to know he was nervous too. Yeah, your book is out!

    1. In the two love stories in the book, both women have the same issues to overcome re: love and sex. Someone reading this book might come to the conclusion that I’m a not a forceful lover, but that’s because the women in the story need a gentle hand that allows them to feel they have things under their own control.

  6. Yes, yes, yes! The guy is freaking brilliant. If she doesn’t love him after this, then I wash my hands of her.

    1. I guess the author deserves his sobriquet “Mr Valentine?”

  7. First of all congratulations on the release into the world of this book Ed – it’s on my Kindle, now all I need is to find the time to read it! 🙂 (yes I know, get my priorities right, my own WIP can wait, LOL! ) Love this snippet, there’s something very alluring about a guy who is so sensitive. I agree with Sue, how could she possibly fail to love him. Effing Old Chap, there’s more to life than catfood and catnip you know!

    1. I have TWO of yours on my Kindle. The problem is, I feel guilty when I’m reading rather than writing. In a very real way, getting serious about my writing has ruined my life.

  8. I love everything about this snippet. Congrats on the new release! ANd tell Effing to go read Garfield :p

    On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 3:36 AM Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) wrote:

    > Ed Hoornaert posted: ” Ed’s latest book, Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, > is now available It may be alive, but I, Effing Feline, yawn. Tell me, what > difference does this novel make to me, a cat? Sure, sex and violence are > supposed to sell, and the book has sex: fema” >

    1. Garfield — of course! I don’t know how, but I’ll have to work him into a blog post sometime.

  9. Congrats on the release Ed! I hope it pulls in a lot of royalties. I think first kisses can often be awkward. I sure felt the awkwardness in this snippet!

    1. My first ever kiss wasn’t awkward. They served booze at my cousin’s wedding, even to the 13-or-14 year olds, and both the girl (whose name I don’t remember) and I had had enough to be uninhibited.

  10. There are killer robots? Why did no one tell me this? I mean, the first-kiss snippet is great, but…killer robots!

    1. As Lisabet noted in her review, there are more bits of gee-whiz technology in this book than in most of the series.

  11. Nice twist on the first kiss! Best wishes with the new release. I’ll be sure to get it onto the New Releases post. Enjoyed the snippet, very easy to visualize the scene from your description!

    1. It can be hard to make first kisses distinctive.

  12. Chris Grover · · Reply

    Fab snippet. I just knew it had to happen. Well done!

    1. Oh, this isn’t the end of their interactions . . . although I suspect the course of their relationship will surprise many readers.

  13. Such a lovely way of inspiring trust. Your alien could teach humans a thing or two about what a woman wants/needs. Congratulations on the release, Ed! Sounds like your book has it all!

    1. Except bestsellerdom.

  14. I don’t know about all guys, but it sounds like Tal has first kiss jitters!

    1. He feels that she’s his Spirit Guide who’s going to teach him how to get over the losses that ruined his life. He isn’t supposed to lust after her or kiss her.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Sounds like a typical, awkward first kiss.

    1. Typical? With the guy’s hands held behind his back? Tell me, Elaine, all about your love life.

  16. If two people’s first kiss wasn’t awkward, I’d be suspicious. This is probably a notch above average, though!
    I missed the sign up, but here’s my WeWriWa post

    1. A notch above as in … more awkward? Or simply better?

  17. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Such a tender moment. Love Tal for being so understanding and patient.

    1. That’s what I like to hear — readers loving my characters!

  18. Aw, this is sweet. But it sounds like this book has everything except what truly matters: catnip.

    1. Yep. Forget about the feline market.

  19. Awkward much? I feel bad for both of them, because awkward is so difficult to get over. I’m pretty certain they will get past it.

    1. Let’s put it this way. Their second kiss involves major fireworks.

  20. You’ve put the awkwardness as well as the emotions very well into words. Great snippet!

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