Effing Feline say “woo hoo!” #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, look forward to leaving dusty old 2018. I’m allergic to dust and Mr Valentine, my pet human says dust makes me sneeze in the cutest little way. A majestic feline like me hates doing anything in a little way.

But there’s another reason I look forward to the new year. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you after this word from our sponsor.

Brace yourselves, folks and pull out your hankies, because this is the last snippet — the very last — from Ed’s recently released sci fi romance, Escapee. So use that hankie to wipe away your tears at that sad thought. Or blow your nose — whatever. Here is why Catt agrees to fly Hank on a suicide mission to attack the invader’s HQ. Edited to fit the guidelines.

Catt took a deep breath, the kind she used to take before skinny dipping into a cold lagoon, and spoke in a brusque voice. “I’ll take you to Norquay, or die trying. Uh, I guess I shouldn’t have tacked on those last few words. What I’m trying to say is, I’ve always responded to injustice by running away from it, but maybe I should take a stand. You know, fight a righteous war. Good against evil.”

“Or die trying?”

“Mere existence is overrated. A person has to have something to live for, and for me, it’s been keeping this tub flying and supporting my mother and sister. With no one to carry supplies to or buy fuel from, I won’t be able to do either. I’m not a hero or anything, but it’s just that . . . well, I guess I need a new goal in life.”

Effing Feline here again. I said I’d tell you the other reason I’m looking forward to 2019. You see, all year long I’ve been stashing bits of catnip when Ed wasn’t looking — and since he’s nursing a broken rib, he won’t be able to move fast enough to keep me from indulging. Come New Year’s Eve, I’m gonna get smashed. Or, as us cats say, CLAWED! Woo hoo!

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Book 2 in the Repelling the Invasion series

Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. Even worse, an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.






  1. Everyone needs a goal. Even Catt and cats…

    Happy New Year!

    1. My goals for the new year will probably surprise no one. Exercise. Lose 6-7 pounds. And of course, write. I’ve started a sequel to this book’s sequel. Now I have to finish it.

  2. A broken rib? When did that happen? I hope you recover quickly.

    Effing, you’ve got to be nice to Ed. At times like this, we need your feline healing powers.

    Happy New Year!

    1. I broke the rib in a silly little accident involving the arm of the couch at my daughter’s house on Boxing Day. The details would make me appear both clumsy and foolish — and since I don’t want the real me (i.e. clumsy and foolish) to be uncovered, I’m not divulging any more details.

  3. What happened to her mother and sister that it’s worth to die trying? 🤔 Great last snippet of 2018! Hope your rib gets better, Ed! And keep an eye on Effing 😂 Happy 2019!

    On Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 01:58 Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) Ed Hoornaert posted: ” I, Effing Feline, look forward to leaving dusty old > 2018. I’m allergic to dust and Mr Valentine, my pet human says dust makes > me sneeze in the cutest little way. A majestic feline like me hates doing > anything in a little way. But there’s anothe” >

    1. My rib will heal in its own sweet time, but let me say this: I’m getting tired of breathing!

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    Wiping away a tear of farewell to this brave character. Owwww re: broken rib. Have a happy, healthy(!) 2019, Ed!

    1. I’m glad you took my advice about the hankie, Nancy!

  5. True, you need a worthwhile goal. I had a feeling Catt would end up helping him 🙂

    Couches are dangerous things! That will be a Christmas to remember. Hope you are well on the road to recovery.

    1. I had quite a hard time developing a believable motivation for her to do it, Ian, because she had every reason NOT to. I hope that him showing her a new, more admirable goal works.

  6. Needing a goal in life- good way to end this for us — on just-about New Years Eve.
    Take care of yourself and let that rib heal.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Effing’s New Year’s resolution — get clawed, wasted, high. Catt’s resolution — save her world. Which is more admirable?

  7. Catt doesn’t sound completely convinced, but it’s good she’s decided to stop running away. Good luck chasing down a stoned kitty on New Year’s!

    1. You’re right about her not being completely convinced. With her own life in tatters, she knows she needs a reason to keep going — and although she won’t admit it even to herself, she really admires Duke’s certainty. Her admiration will soon ripen into love.

  8. Enjoyed the snippet and the way she thinks through her motivations out loud! Feel better soon, broken ribs are no fun at all.

    1. You’re right — broken ribs aren’t as much fun as a catnip orgy.

  9. It’s sad and perceptive at the same time – “existence is overrated.”
    Happy New Year to you and bushels of catnip for Effing!

    1. Her comment was the sort she’s never had to confront before now. But it’s true, isn’t it?

  10. She seems like a person who does need a goal and this is certainly a worthy one. Take care of yourself, Ed! And don’t let Effing get too clawed! He’ll regret it on New Year’s Day. LOL

    1. Her need for a goal is magnified by being with a man with such a powerful goal (a righteous war) that he’s willing to die for it.

  11. I new goal is good. Hopefully dying will not be part of this so-called ‘suicide’ mission.

    Hope you feel better soon. Love the cat picture! Happy New Year!

    1. I’d wish you a very Nutty New Year, but by definition, what other kind could you possibly have?

  12. A new life goal seems like just the thing.

    Heal up soon, Ed!

    1. It’s a drastic step, though — essentially rewiring her life.

  13. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Enjoy the catnip! Ed I hope you get better soon!

    1. Thanks, Cathy. I hope you have a great New Year.

  14. Ugh, broken ribs are no fun, but catnip is. Hope you and Effing have a Happy New Year!

    1. Personally, I don’t find catnip to be any more fun than a broken rib. Less painful, perhaps, but not more fun.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I thought she’d help him. Sorry about the rib. Hope it gets better soon.

    1. Yeah, for the story’s sake she had to help him, but it was challenging to convince her to do so.

  16. Interesting snippet. Hope you’ll feel better soon. All the very best for 2019, Ed!

    1. My New Year’s resolution: Heal!

  17. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Love this snippet. I can almost see her digging her toe in the dirt (if she wasn’t on a ship) as she admits she’ll take him. Broken rib? Ouch. Get lots of rest and feel better soon. Otherwise, Effing is going to run rings around you. Happy New Year.

    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Diane!

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