Effing Feline finds a man #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, think October is the best month. Why? Because Halloween gives you humans a chance to do what you should be doing every month — pretend you’re something else. Like , oh, perhaps — a cat?

Today I’m moving on to the sequel of The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, Escapee is book 2 of the Repelling the Invasion series. Like Guardian Angel, it’s a second edition, changed a bit from the book Ed recently got back the rights to. After researching trademarks with paranoid care, he added a subtitle: The African Queen in Outer Space, because this book is patterned after the classic movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.

But it is not merely a retelling. For one thing the setting, Africa had a major effect on the movie, and so does my doomed, virtually uninhabited mining moon, Banff. Different setting, different problems. For another, my creative juices quickly took over and made this mine. After all, Maleficent isn’t a merely retelling of Sleeping Beauty, is it?

Licking her lips while taking quick, nervous breaths, Catt Sayer stared at the forward windscreen. Her eyes darted from one of the airship’s instrument displays to another and then back to the windscreen. “You sure the fort won’t spot us hiding in this canyon?”

“Sure?” Lancelot’s electronic voice was deep and creamy, every woman’s wet dream, and his face and physique were sexier than his voice. “Certainty is impossible. Escapee is out of the fort’s line of sight, but neither the canyon walls nor clouds can protect us from electronic surveillance.”

“I know that, Lance.” Most of the time she preferred the uncomplicated companionship of her handsome android copilot, but other times she wished for someone a bit less literal. “It was a rhetorical question, seeking reassurance that we’re unlikely to get caught.”

Effing Feline here again. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a guy in a cat costume? However, knowing that most of my readers are female, I persevered and found a man dressed as the Lion King. My apologies for the fact that he’s wearing a shirt.

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

Escapee: The African Queen in Outer Space will be available for pre-sale soon. In the meantime, did you know that the first edition of Escapee was InD’Tale magazine’s first runner up for best science fiction book of 2016?




  1. I didn’t realize you already had the sequel ready, Ed! Fantastic.

    1. And book three, brand new and not a re-release, should come out pretty soon, as well. I’m aiming for early in the new year.

  2. Something tells me they’ll get caught sooner than later!

    1. You mean you think Captain A-Hole will be the first one to notice her sneaking up to the fort? Maybe . . . but not in the way you might expect.

  3. An electronic voice was deep and creamy ?? Hmm … interesting start to the new book. Might convince me to watch the African Queen one day 😉

    1. Oh, you really should watch The African Queen. It’s a great love story plus a David vs Goliath story plus a fascinating travelogue.

  4. Ed, another twist in your terrific story. Iris, the movie is so marvelous-a not to be missed.

    1. What she said about the movie. It’s #100 on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 of All Time.

  5. nancygideon · · Reply

    Awesome! This scene yanked me right in (darn you, Ed and Efffing!) Visual, fun and right on the edge. Congrats on the rerelease (and the Rone shout out!).

    1. So what’s wrong with yanking you right in? That’s what we’re trying to do with these snippets!

  6. Effing, congrats on finding your man! I hope I’ll be invited to the wedding. Loved the dialogue in this scene. Happy re-release to you, and good luck on the next book in the series! 🙂

    1. Book three is drafted, rewritten a couple times, beta read, and ready for final revisions before sending to the editor. It’s coming, it’s coming.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Yes, the nuances that androids may never be able to pick up on. Great snippet!

    1. Lance isn’t just a human in android’s skin. There are big differences between them and the real thing.

  8. I can see why Effing loves Halloween! The holiday made for him LOL….enjoyed the snippet. This is one of my favorites among your books! If you’ll forgive a thought re the proposed new subtitle, NOT about the copyright or the TM, I respect the research you did! But that’s a reference to a 1951 movie of a 1935 novel, is it going to resonate with or say anything to the modern scifi romance audience? I think I’d put it in the blurb maybe, not as subtitle. (“This novel has the same rollicking adventurous spirit as the classic adventure tale ‘The African Queen’ blah blah blah words to this effect…)

    1. You make a convincing argument. Food for thought!

  9. Love the bit about her wishing he was a little less literal. Being married to someone who’s been nicknames Spock – I totally understand her thoughts 🙂


    1. Ah, I identify with your husband then.

  10. Two questions leap to mind: 1. What the heck are they doing hiding in that canyon and 2. How far does her relationship with her handsome android companion go? (Dirty minds want to know). Fun snippet!

    1. The answer to question one is answered soon in the book. The answer to number two is implied. For what it’s worth, the human hero, when he appears, wonders the same thing.

  11. Really enjoyed this snippet as always. I have to say I think Veronica has a point, the refererence to the Afrcan Queen needs to be made, but perhaps as she suggests in the blurb. And I’m with Alexis, I immediately thought ay, ay, what’s going on between her and this smooth voiced android then?

    1. Wondering about the android is natural and encouraged. As for the African Queen thing, for one person to say this. For two people to say it is quite another. Hmm.

  12. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Congrats on the RONE award runner up! Great line: “The voice was deep and creamy, every woman’s wet dream…” Though being too literal would put a damper on the whole fantasy. lol Great snippet as usual.

    Male models don’t need to be shirtless to be purr-fect. Just saying. lol

    1. From my bio: “You’ve all seen those hunky heroes on the covers of romance novels. Washboard abs. Handsome as hell. Allergic to wearing shirts. That is not me. And yet, in a way, I’m a real live Harlequin hero. For I inspired the hero in a romance novel.”

      The book I inspired, “Mr Valentine,” has a bare-chested guy on the cover, of course.

  13. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Great snippet. The African Queen is one of my favorite movies.

    1. Mine too. On top of that, it’s structure is close to perfect, as I found out when I analyzed it.

  14. She’s got such a crush… 😉

  15. Being literal is rather what robots and androids do, I think. She should be used to it!

    1. She should expect it, certainly. That doesn’t mean it isn’t an irritant.

  16. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Congrats on the Rone Award. Well-deserved. Great snippet. Loved the line about rhetorical questions. Excited about the upcoming re-release.

    I forgot to sign up this week. http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

    1. I’ll check out your post right now, Diane.

  17. Enjoyed the excerpt and love the pic of the guy dressed as a lion. 🙂

    1. Even though he’s wearing a shirt?

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