Effing Feline announces a sale #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am getting ready for Christmas. The most important preparation is convincing the world of the crucial role cats have played this holiday season. After all, felines invented good cheer by their use of catnip. Here is my Exhibit A:

In Mr. Valentine’s recently released sci fi romance novel, Escapee, enemies have invaded the mining moon where Catt Sayer, a civilian pilot, makes her living flying supplies on a decrepit airship. She picks up a lone survivor, Captain Dukelsky, who wants her to fly her airship to the far side of the moon to attack the enemy’s base.

To avoid this suicide mission, Catt jettisons the cannon he planned to use for the attack — thus killing the last military option he had. He’s totally dependent on Catt’s hospitality and piloting skill; his only alternative is to leave the airship for the moon’s unbreathable air. The man of action has no actions left, and thus no purpose. He withdraws into himself.

That day stretched into one of the longest and most uncomfortable in Catt’s life. Out of pure stubbornness — and to show Dukelsky who was boss — she made no plans to fly. He finally awoke, but he paid little attention to her. Instead, he studied the cargo manifests, petted the skoot, played with the kitten, slept, or stared off into space.

She made him lunch. Not only did he not thank her, his morose, swampy expression warned off all pleasantries. Her first reaction was to feel insulted, and a lot of the time first reactions told her what another person intended, what they were trying to manipulate her into feeling — but not this time. She was pretty sure he wasn’t being rude. He just didn’t care. He had withdrawn into a space where politeness didn’t exist . . . where she didn’t exist.

Effing Feline here again. Last week, some of you complained that the membership fee to join the Felinism Movement ™ was too high. I listen to my audience, so for this weekend only, I’m reducing the fee from $27,539.97 to $27,539.96.

How’s that for a bargain? Don’t wait — join now!!!!

Be sure to check out the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday . . . even though none of their posts are written by cats.


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.





  1. There’s a kitten in Escapee? Oh, got to get a copy!

    1. The skoot plays a bigger role, but yes — there’s a kitten.

  2. Their situation seems like one of those times where silence is the world’s loudest sound. I hope they can resolve their issues eventually.

    1. She doesn’t realize it, bu the ball’s in her court.

  3. Always excitement including romance and a whale of what’s happening.

    1. Whale? What whale? There’s no whale in this story! 😉

  4. Withdrawn inside oneself can be a terrible place, although he is playing with the animals.

    1. Playing with the animals means there’s hope for him, I guess.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    It is going to be one awkward journey if they are not talking with each other. I remember the skoot! Such a fun pet! 🙂

    1. Silence can be a very powerful weapon. Not as powerful as a cannon, but still . . .

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    The poor guy. His only chance for revenge and she jettisoned it. No wonder he’s withdrawn. I don’t remember the kitten, though I do remember the skoot. Tell Effing that a sale is a sale, even if the markdown isn’t that much. I hope he gets many takers. Unfortunately, it’s still out of my budget.

    1. If he can’t live for revenge, what will he live for?

  7. nancygideon · · Reply

    Poor guy. He’s out of options and deplete of hope. Love the cover! Efffing’s Christmas card is an apt portrayal of our house at the holidays with three felines and one cowering dog.

    1. Effing loves hearing about your dog who cowers in the face of three ferocious felines.

  8. He’s pretty withdrawn all right. Ithink her evaluation of his mental state is right on the nose. Enjoyed the snippet and the vintage illustration!

    1. I’ve kind of boxed myself in regarding future snippets. I’m not sure it’ll be possible to show the resolution of this issue in ten-sentence fragments.

  9. Oooh, she broke him. His reaction is wonderfully described.

    1. Thanks, Alexis. His emotional state is rather uncommon one for a hero to go through, so your comment is soothing.

  10. I quite like the way you’ve portrayed the hero, Ed. Withdrawing to lick one’s wounds, whether mental or physical, and try to devise another plan is laudable and refreshing. Heroes don’t have to tear the house (ship) down to be a hero. (And I remember this particular scene in the movie and like the differences in yours.)

    1. For those unfamiliar with The African Queen, which Jenna referenced above, the analogous scene is when Catt Hepburn (err . . . *Katherine* Hepburn) dumps Bogart’s supply of rum overboard. I melded the movie’s scene with the book’s — yes it was a bestselling novel before the movie — portrayal of the heroine as responding to resulting anger with profound silence because she afraid to react — and he can’t stand the silence which he feels is accusing.

      But I deepen the silence by having the two of them have a middle of the night heart-to-heart talk, she about all the people she’s lost in the war, and he about his desire to fight only just wars. His noble vision wins her over.

  11. At least he’s not ignoring the pets. Perhaps he’d be a candidate for Effing’s club? Though he might have to take an IOU on the membership fee.

    1. Well, he doesn’t have the cash on him, but he does come from a wealthy family.

  12. Kittens & Skoots & depressed soldiers, oh my! He needs to find his purpose. She needs to let him.

    Effing’s club is pretty exclusive, and I have dogs. I’m probably un-invited.

    1. She does, and it’s better than any purpose he’s had up till now because it’s his rather than something he inherited from his soldier family. Re: Effing’s club, you’re lucky to be uninvited!

  13. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I loved the picture Exhibit A. He does seem withdrawn.

    1. Yep, it’s a cool pic. I forget the search that uncovered it.

  14. Trouble in paradise! Hopefully they can resolve this hiccup! 🙂

    1. It turns into more than a hiccup. Rather, it’s perhaps the most important turning point in the book. In the book & movie, the Bogart character’s change of heart to attack the German’s is explainable by British patriotism, which is assumed to be the highest good possible. Given Catt’s downtrodden history, I figured I couldn’t just *assume* patriotism, and needed to strengthen her change of heart.

  15. Very sad place where he has withdrawn into.

    1. Sad, yes . . . but he’s also thinking, thinking.

  16. It has to be difficult to go from so much purpose to none at all.

    1. Yep. A person has to reinvent their entire raison d’etre.

  17. I like it that she doesn’t just judge him but tries to understand his behaviour. Great snippet.

    1. She’s feeling pretty darned guilty, which slows her rush to judgment.

  18. Seems like he’s deep in thought. He is petting the kitten. 🙂

    1. Yeah, he has a lot on his mind.

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