From somewhere under her long skirt . . . #MFRWhooks

More today from The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, a science fiction romance that’s among my personal favorites because of the heroine. Sandrina is far and away the best character I’ve created — best in the sense of morality, goal in life, and good intentions.

But she also has a less-than-perfect side. Here she’s a Peeping Thomasina, spying through a ceiling ventilation grate at Duke, whom she loves from afar, having breakfast with Lockey, a kick-ass princess who spent the night at his place. Then the grate comes open, spilling Sandrina into a mess.

Before Duke finished the sentence, Sandrina’s legs became unstuck. She covered her head with her arms as she plunged face-first into a plate of jam-covered toast.

For a fraction of a second, shock kept Duke motionless. The spy hit the table with a dull, plastic crash. The table held, but food flew everywhere. Floor. Chairs. His lap.

Lockey shouted. Duke shouted.

She pointed her stunner at the bumbling spy. He dove for his needler near the couch. “Freeze, you hunk of space shit,” he said.

The intruder lay face down with her skirt concealing her upper body. Her underpants were as dull and unattractive as her station-issue khaki dress. The part of him not holding a gun noted that her shapely legs made up for the panties’ lack of sex appeal. But this was no time to think such things about a woman he might have to shoot.

“What are you doing here?” Lockey demanded.

He tightened his grip on the needler. “Answer her!”

From somewhere underneath her long skirt, the intruder made a soft shlupping sound.


She tugged down her skirt, which was ripped along a seam from hem to thigh. Holding the seam together, she turned to him. Tears cascaded along her flaming, jam streaked cheeks.

Duke put down the needler and knelt beside her. “Are you hurt? Is anything broken?”

“You know this spy?” Lockey still held her stunner in two hands, ready to shoot.

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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. Defeating a small army of pirates single-handedly is the perfect opportunity.

And they didn’t count on Lockey. This kick-ass princess knows every weapon and martial arts system in the galaxy. She fell in love with Duke at first sight, so 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 with—and 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 Book One in the Repelling the Invasion series — look for Book Two within the next few days. It is available wherever fine e-books are sold, including:



  1. Just one of the great scenes in this book…

    1. And you’re a great fan, Lisabet

  2. lol – good idea not to have “those” thoughts about someone you might have to shoot. Love it.

    1. Of course. He’s being totally logical, you know.

  3. What a great scene and what a mess. You always amke me laugh just imaginging the scene.

    1. Then I have succeeded, Jan.

  4. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    Nothing like a bit of pratfall to add to the comedy.

    1. Sandrina has been able to sneak around the space station without any problems . . . until Duke. Now she’s suddenly all flustered and clumsy.

  5. Really cute excerpt, Ed. Sounds like a fun book.

    1. Of course it is. In my totally biased opinion, it’s an extremely fun book!

  6. I enjoyed reading your snippet, Ed. The title of the post is attention-getting!

    1. Snippet titles are easy. Just search the snippet for the most provocative phrase.

  7. when is a spy not a spy? I have to read more. good job. tweeted

    1. When they’re just a peeping Thomasina . . . though in fairness, she was neither looking for nor finding anything sexual.

  8. Funny scene and what a way to start the day…ruining breakfast and a skirt. LOL

    1. Some days are like that . . . but it’s about to get worse.

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