Effing Feline gives you orders #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, came across an extremely disturbing image on the Web. It contains secret knowledge that you humans are not supposed to know. I hereby order you to forget this image. That’s an order!

We cats want you to know that we value you and are your obedient pets. Nothing more, got that? We have no power over you, so relax and trust us.

Today I continue to highlight a book that Ed will be re-releasing October 4, 2018: The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station. Until the release date, it’s available for a special introductory price of just 99c. Unlike the near-future Alien Contact for Idiots series, this one is a space opera set in the far future — in other words, more what people raised on Star Wars think science fiction should be.

Today’s snippet picks up from last week’s. Here we get the hero’s first impression of the heroine, who is different in several ways from most heroines you read.

Every second lamp in the Magenta 7 corridor was out — Quartermaster MacDougall’s dismal idea of belt-tightening — and the girl slowed a tiny bit in the dark stretches and sped through the light. A ghost couldn’t have moved with more silent grace, or a greater air of innocent unconcern. She spoke to no one. Farflung Space Station had fewer than seven thousand permanent residents, so only visiting spacers were friendless, but she wasn’t a spacer. She wore a grey, station-issued smock so baggy it slipped off one smooth, bare shoulder. The smock spoke of volunteer work, poverty — or an attempt at anonymity.

The clincher: When she turned sideways to avoid a collision with a gaggle of spacers in vermilion ship’s uniforms, he saw dirt streaking the front of the smock, as though she’d crawled through . . .

Through what? None of the sanctioned parts of the station were that dirty, so she’d done or was about to do something. But was it a criminal matter, like an underage hooker offering forbidden fruit, or merely youthful mischief?

Effing Feline here again. Here is the image that I order you to forget. It never happened. Can’t happen. Hasn’t happened to you personally, nor to anyone you know. You feed your cats out of love, not coercion. Got that?

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

The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station

Three Strangers Facing an Enemy Invasion

The space pirates think they’ve conquered Farflung Space Station—but they didn’t count on Duke. The station’s Head of Security wants to prove to his army-officer parents he’s outgrown his youthful rebelliousness, and defeating a small army of pirates (almost) single-handedly is the perfect opportunity.

And they didn’t count on Lockey. This beautiful, kick-ass princess knows every weapon and martial arts system in the galaxy. She fell in love with Duke at first sight, and now winning his heart and destroying the pirates are her greatest desires.

And most importantly, the pirates didn’t count on Sandrina. After loving Duke from afar, she now yearns to fight for him. The attractive waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station, though nobody knows it yet.

They’re about to find out.

The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station is available now on Amazon for pre-order at a special introductory price of just 99c.



  1. You are getting sleepy, Lisabet, very sleepy . . .

  2. I love your description of her.

    1. I hope you have a reasonably good mental picture of her.

  3. oh wow … lots of great information in this snippet.

    1. Hope you can remember it all, Iris.

  4. Is this a test? If so, I passed. Exciting and frightening all at once. Super fine snippet!

    1. Thanks, Charmaine.

  5. Chris Grover · · Reply

    I have a great mental picture of your female character. Very well done. And Effing, just so you know, anyone who owns a cat knows all about the mental games they play.

    1. I wrote and then deleted a sentence describing the female’s ears, because I read that they’re distinctive and difficult to disguise . . . but I wasn’t sure this would help the readers get a mental picture of her.

  6. So many mysteries implied in one snippet – very skillfully done indeed! Excellent excerpt…

    1. A policeman like the hero has an eye for mysteries, more so than an ordinary guy.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Definitely not what one expects when first meeting the heroine, but an extremely intriguing snippet!

    1. Seeing her from the POV of a suspicious policeman puts a different slant on things.

  8. Great snippet. I can picture her well. Oh, and can I have your address? I suddenly have the inexplicable urge to send Effing a case of gourmet tuna.

    1. Gourmet tuna would be fine, but he prefers salmon.

  9. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    What an image of her. Great way of introducing her to the readers.

    1. Just wait until he tries to arrest her . . .

  10. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Great snippet, Ed. She isn’t your usual heroine but so intriguing.

    Effing, I’ve told you before I am NOT a cat person. So no hypnotizing me. Got that! For some reason, I’m feeling so tired…

    1. And people wonder why cats stare so intently!

  11. It makes so much sense that a suspicious policeman would describe her so exactly. Wonderful details in this snippet. Well done!

    And Effing, I’ve lived with cats all my life so maybe I’m immune to hypnosis. 🙂 That picture is a hoot!

    1. Either you’re immune to hypnosis, or you’ve been their catspaw for your entire life. Which is it?

  12. She is definitely interesting! I’m pretty sure my cat is hypnotizing me right now. It’s why I don’t get enough writing done.

    1. That’s right, blame the cat. If you don’t have young kids to blame, a cat is the next best thing.

  13. I love how the assemblage of clues leads to more questions than answers. That’s life.

    1. It seems like a very police-type approach. I’m glad you picked up on that.

  14. I love your description of her Ed – and I’m so intrigued by this snippet I’ve pre-ordered the book (Yet another one of yours for my Kindle). Well, it’s my birthday a few days before its release and that will be my gift to myself! Effing – what image?

    1. Wow, Hywela, you’re now my favorite woman in the world, supplanting my wife, who’s done nothing special for me since dinner time.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Great detail. I have a good picture of the heroine in my mind.

    1. A policeman’s POV is a great one through which to see a character for the first time. They’re trained to observe.

  16. Enjoyed this excerpt. Hypnotized by a feline. Hmm, is usually me sending a cat to kitty heaven with gentle massage behind their necks. Cat’s eyes are mesmerizing!

  17. And that is not accidental.

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