Effing Feline isn’t to blame #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, wished you a Happy Halloween last week, even though that was too early — but it’s not my fault. Twiggles the dog is to blame. She tried on her costume and wanted a picture, and that confused me. It’s all her fault!

I’ve selected another snippet from Escapee, book 2 of the Repelling the Invasion series. 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. She urges him to flee in her airship.

And yet he sat there, typing a report, probably describing events in such a way as to exonerate himself.

“The Proxies landed an invasion station at Norquay, on the other side of Banff,” she said. If news of the largest assault ship in the galaxy didn’t wake him up, nothing would.

Nothing did — Dukelsky ignored her and kept typing.

“Rundle City is half-flattened,” she continued, determined to puncture his calm. “Proxies have taken over.”

“How many?”

“Survivors, you mean?” She tried to make her tone of voice proclaim he should care about his own people, though she suspected he didn’t.

“No, Proximanian soldiers,” he answered, still typing.

Effing Feline here again. I’ve noticed that Twiggles the dog is to blame for a lot of things that go wrong around here. I knock over the antique beer stein that belonged to Ed’s grandmother? Twiggles fault for moving it. My fur makes Ed sneeze? Twiggles fault for making me shed from nervousness because she lives in the same house.Those ^#@@ dogs!

Oh, I almost forgot, which would’ve been Twiggles’ fault. Ed wants me to apologize in advance in case he’s late getting around to your snippets (Twiggle’s fault!). He’s in Toronto visiting sons #2 and #3, which throws off his routine.

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Book 2 in the Repelling the Invasion series

A Disillusioned Soldiers
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 is a brand-new edition of the science fiction romance that was the Rone Award’s First Runner Up as the best science fiction novel of 2016.  The re-release, with new material throughout, will go live November 23 — the birthday of my oldest son, to whom the book is dedicated. Until then, it’s available for pre-sale. Don’y let it escape you!





  1. Cats are *never* to blame, Effing!

    1. Something tells me, I’m not sure what it is, that you’re a cat person, LIsabet.

  2. Cats on overload here. And yes, they are perfect, not at all like the 3 dogs here.

    1. You’re in a position to know, then!

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I’m sure he has his reasons for working on the computer, but at least she got a response from him.

    1. If she keeps prodding him, she’ll get a response she doesn’t like.

  4. They’re really talking at cross-purposes!

    1. They’re talking without communicating.

  5. I like the mystique of his silence, perhaps confused as his calm. Maybe he’s in a bit of shock?

    Enjoy visiting your sons. 🙂

    1. I definitely enjoying their company! Son #3 has a dog now, a mellow English Lab, and while he’s at work the dog takes over entertaining us. An added bonus is that the daughter in law from Amsterdam is here for a couple weeks, training for a new job. A former boss recruited her for a new position with Tucows . . . except that this Toronto girl will be working from the Netherlands at a job in Toronto. The global economy can be very confusing.

  6. Sounds like the captain knows something she doesn’t, or he’s in shock. Adventure about to happen, I’m certain. Great snippet, it makes me curious to his motives and lack of panic.

    Effing, it’s all ok. I never blame the cat, even if it really looks like I should. Just ask the dogs.

    1. He knows something and he’s used to his subordinates following orders when he asks them to leave him alone until he finishes.

  7. A single-minded man – but the number of their enemy’s troops is valuable information.

    1. Valuable indeed. Overwhelming, too.

  8. How could Effing EVER be at fault?! Perish the thought. Enjoyed the excerpt, his concentration on the report is spooky and intriguing, given the entire situation. Can’t wait for more!

    1. Considering that his actions are intended to make your wonder about him, while at the same time revealing his personality (in this and following scenes), your comments make me feel great.

  9. I love how much you’ve revealed about each character in this scene, based solely around the report he’s typing. Whose fault is it for not properly punctuating the first two ‘Twiggles’ faults’? 😀 Have fun with your sons!

    1. It’s great to see the boys — and the cool weather is great, too. Snowflakes last night.

  10. Snowlfakes! It’s chilly here in the UK, but no snow yet. Poor Effing (not) for getting blamed for everything. My dog says he knows the feeling. Great excerpt as always, and he’s so preoccupied with whtever it is he’s typing, it must be important! Personally though I think I’d feel like shaking him!

    1. She feels like shaking him, too, but it’s like trying to shake a mountain.

  11. Just realised I’ve invented a new word – snowlfakes. Now I’ve just got to figure out what artificial snowls are! 🙂

    1. In your next story, I expect to see a creature called a snowl. Understood?

      1. Absolutely – I’m onto it! 🙂

  12. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Keep that snow up north. We don’t want any in Michigan yet. Effing gets into so much trouble then blames Twiggles. Poor dog. Good snippet. You make the reader wonder about his silence. She’s so intense. What a difference in their personalities.

    1. The snow didn’t stick, thankfully — but I’ll point out that Toronto is *east* of Michigan, not *north*. Which goes to prove that there’s always that one reader who’ll pick up on the any tiny mistake the writer makes.
      As for intensity in the snippet, he’s pretty intense, too.

  13. Dukelsky and his typing are really making my heart beat faster! I’m sure any useful information she’s giving him will go into his excellently composed report.

    1. Oooh, so guys typing reports make your heart beat faster. Strange turn on, but chacun a sa gout.

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Now why is he so silent? Interesting. Have fun with your sons.

    1. His reason will soon become apparent.

  15. great dialogue around the “how many?” One assumed one thing and the other meant a different thing. Shows their characters.
    Hope you didn’t get snow in Toronto. We did out here in the eastern 1/2 of Ont.

    1. My son noticed a few flakes Saturday night while walking the dog, but that’s all

  16. He’s definitely doing… something. Planning, perhaps? They still need to work on that communication!

    1. They desperately need better communication.

  17. Intriguing snippet. why is he so focussed on his report?

    1. See Nancy’s comment below. She’s thought about this carefully.

  18. nancygideon · · Reply

    The rout duty is probably all that’s holding him together at this point. The tension is palpable in this scene, Ed, with emotions (some seen, some not) about to come to a head. Loving it.

    1. Right on, Nancy!

  19. Love that the Captian ignores Nancy. He is hiding his stress. I am sure you were upset over the stein breaking. I have my dad’s steins from sister. I am sure Effie feels horrible. No doubt you gave her a good tongue lashing of curses. Do not worry if you blog is late. Family comes first. I hope you are having a good visit

    1. We have another stein, although it has a long crack. I hope to pass it along to one of my grandchildren — how many people have a keepsake from their great-great grandmother?

  20. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Great tension with him typing and her wanting a reaction.

    1. Typing seems like such interruptable task, doesn’t it? So what’s his secret?

  21. Oh, a dog person!

  22. I’m not quite sure why she’s so dismissive of his intent typing, but it sounds like it may be important. With all the disruption, though, will the report (or whatever he’s typing) be able to get through? Intriguing snippet.

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