Keep that thing away from me #mfrwauthor

After missing a couple weeks, I’m back with a hook from Escapee, a re-release of an award-winning science fiction romance. Catt Sayer and Hector Dukelsky are fleeing an enemy invasion, in an airship. They have company — an ugly creature called a skoot, which was described earlier like this:

“Except for sparse fur, its head was crocodilian, as was its rough hide, but its short tail was plumed and its legs were doglike, even if there were six of them. The lolling tongue was sort of doglike, too, except it was longer than an anteater’s. All in all, a hideous combination of features. She would never understand why people kept them as pets.”

The skoot hopped off the couch and trailed her toward one of the doors at the back of the room. Sayer skittered away as though afraid. “Keep away from me. Go.”

“Sorry,” Hector said. “He doesn’t know any better. Skoots love people and follow them around. That’s how they get their name. People are always telling them to scoot out of the way.”

“Why’d you bring your pets, anyway? Don’t you know there’s a war going on?”

Anger and helplessness made his voice go flat. “These two are the only survivors of the attack. I owe it to the troopers who owned them to ensure they survive.”

“Oh. Well.” She paused with the ’fresher door open. The facilities behind her were as tiny as on a shuttle, with toilet and sink that folded down from the walls into combination shower/dryer. A person could use just one function at a time. “I’d appreciate it, Dukelsky, if you’d try to keep that thing” — she waved in the skoot’s direction — “away from me.”

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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. That dream dies when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s away, leaving him alone in smouldering 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 meagre income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won life 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 journey 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 scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and slowly 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 ten thousand enemy warriors.

Escapee will be released on November 23 — the birthday of my oldest son, to whom the book is dedicated. Until then, it’s available for pre-sale.



  1. What does Effing think about skoots?

    Looking forward to this. When is the release?

    1. The book releases November 23.

  2. Scoots don’t sound very appealing but people do like strange pets.

    1. That’s pretty much what I want readers to think. By the end of the book, though, the skoot will have proven itself friendly, loyal, compassionate, and even heroic.

  3. Skoots – I remember them. They’re great.

    1. Skoots are an acquired taste — you have to learn to like them.

  4. I love this that she is afraid of the Scoot. I like how he acquired them. A fun read.

    1. My aim/ was to create a creature people are unlikely too love — but by the end of the book, they wish they could have a scoot of their own.

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