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.”
“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.
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!