I, Effing Feline, have a word for you. Just one little tiny word. To see what it is, though, you’ll have to read on.
I’ve selected another snippet from Escapee, book 2 of the Repelling the Invasion series. (Minus the African Queen subtitle, you’ll notice!) Enemies from the Proxima star system have invaded the isolated mining moon where Catt Sayer makes her living flying supplies to military bases. She’s between bases during the attack and thus escapes capture. After landing at the ruins of the Castle Mountain base to search for survivors, she finds just one. Captain Dukelsky sits amidst the ruins, calmly typing a report. She urges him to flee in her airship.
“As soon as the Proxies have destroyed all resistance, they’ll send garrisons to secure all important outposts. Including Castle Mountain. We need to get out of here while we can, then hole up somewhere while we figure out what to do. I know a canyon that might be safe for a little while.”
Instead of answering, he continued typing.
Unable to contain her fury, Catt shot to her feet, stomped over to him and seized his shoulder to force him to face her. It was like trying to move a mountain, but he did lower his hands to his side.
“Proxies don’t take prisoners,so everybody must be dead,” she said in a voice that trembled with the effort of not clawing at his face. “Where are their bodies — or don’t you care? You just sit there all prettied up in your fanciest uniform and fill out reports.”
Effing Feline here again. Want to know what my one little word is? Then lean close to your computer. That’s right, like that. Here it is, then.
Book 2 in the Repelling the Invasion series
A Disillusioned Soldier
Hector Dukelsky, an upper-class career officer, yearns to fight a righteous war instead of defending corporate interests on Banff, an isolated mining moon torn by volcanoes. That dream seems dead when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s on leave. He returns to smoldering rubble, with no chance to survive let alone strike back at the enemy.
A Pilot with a Chip on Her Shoulder
Catt Sayer, a working-class fugitive from the law, earns a meager income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won career vanishes when invaders capture Banff. While searching for survivors, she rescues Hector and flies him to safety. But he doesn’t want safety. He wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack the enemy headquarters.
A Dying Moon
Catt is sure Banff will kill them long before the enemy can, yet she agrees to Hector’s mad scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and his noble dream—and his love—conquer her heart. She pits her life and love against Banff’s lethal environment, even though the only reward for success will be the opportunity to face 10,000 enemy warriors.
Escapee will go live November 23 — the birthday of my oldest son, to whom the book is dedicated. Until then, it’s on presale at a few outlets, with more to come.