Effing Feline gets ripped off #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, have been ripped off. Taken advantage of! Lied to!

This is 2019 — a brand new year, or so they say. Yet my broken dew claw is still broken, just like last year. What the hissy growl is up with that?!? I’m supposed to be brand new and as fit as a kitten!!!

New year, new book . . . but I tell you, starting a new book is nowhere near as important as get a new dew claw! Anyway (grumble, hiss) here’s the opening of Constellation XXI, book three in Ed’s Repelling the Invasion series. As though I care — and I’m sure you feel the same way!

She didn’t do it.

Couldn’t have. There was simply no way.

The whole thing was impossible.

Nonetheless, guilt slammed Captain Sienna Dukelsky as hard as ramming her ship nose-first into an asteroid—because at the instant the ship died, she was indulging in erotic daydreams of the glorious year she’d spent with Crispin at the Keening AstroSpace Academy.

Through him, she’d learned that happiness could transcend all boundaries. Learned her life up to them had been sepia compared to the astonishing crimsons, shimmering golds, psychedelic greens, and black velvet nights that love had revealed. He was her first lover, so she’d naively assumed passion might one day deliver another such life-changing fulfillment. But there were no second chances for undeserving women, and after Crispin, sex wasn’t even sepia, but monochrome.

Now he was here, on this very ship, trailing rainbow memories that seduced her senses and shrouded her brain as powerfully as the shielding on the ship’s reactors.

Effing Feline here again. Here’s the proof of what I said about my dew claw:

Pity  me. Oh, woe is me. Lousy new year. Absolutely lousy — and my head still throbs from New Year’s Eve.

Be sure to check out the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. But if any of their cats still have dew claws, DON’T TELL ME!!!!

For just a few days, Escapee, book 2 in Ed’s Repelling the Invasion series is priced at 99c as part of Patty Jansen’s monthly group promotion. Don’t worry about Escapee being book 2 — it stands alone, and is just as good an entry into the series as book 1 is.

Escapee is listed under Science Fiction Romance, right next to our own Aurora Springer’s The Lady is Blue. Weekend Warrior Amy Braun’s Crimson Sky is in there too, so really, you need to check out this promotion. Think how guilty, culpable, remorseful, and blameworthy  (yes, I used Word’s thesaurus) you’ll feel if you don’t. Not that I’m trying to lay a guilt trip on you or anything.  😉




  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Well, he definitely had an effect on her, but it wasn’t a good effect if she crashed the ship while thinking of him. A great intro!

    1. They have a bunch of things to work out, but crashing the ship isn’t one of them. I added a couple words to make that clearer.

  2. I love your use of colors. Creative 🙂

    I looked on Patty Jansen’s site. Found Aurora’s book and Amy’s, but didn’t find yours. Maybe just a glitch. I’ll look again in the morning. 🙂

    1. Just downloaded it from Amazon.

      1. You’re my new favorite person in the world, Teresa!

  3. What a multifaceted introduction! Intriguing backstory with a single note of danger – the ship died!

    1. I hope there aren’t too many facets for people to follow. Sometimes my poetic side gets carried away.

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    Great intro, Ed! Beautiful descriptions.

    I’m chasing my cats around with nail nippers trying to convince them that a posh manicure is the best way to start the new year – yeah, they’re not buying it!

    1. Maybe if you tried painting their toenails they’d like the peticure better?

  5. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Poor Effing. I thought the new year would bring a new body (like my 28-yr-old self). Alas, we’re both disappointed.

    Great beginning. I love the color references. Such a great analogy. I, too, couldn’t find your book on Patty’s website. So glad Teresa shared it. Downloaded my copy.

    1. I’ve sent Patty an e-mail but haven’t heard back from her yet. Sigh.

  6. Always interesting and fun. Be well, my friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Charmaine. Happy New Year!

  7. Loved your/her use of colors to describe their intimate encounters–especially the fact that after him, it was all monochrome. Perfect analogy! Sounds like a great book. But why did the ship die? I need to know more!

    1. I’m afraid you’ll have to read through to the end of the second act to find out why the ship died.

      Nah, I’m not really afraid. After all, that’s how I planned it.

  8. Quite the opening for the book! Raises many questions about what happened to the ship, for one thing…enjoyed the excerpt!

    1. I hope the questions are strong enough to carry readers through the whole book.

  9. Ditto everyone else. This was both lovely and powerful…and suspenseful! Great opening.

    1. I was going for lovely, so thanks, Alexis.

  10. As others have said, great use of the color imagery. And what just happened to the ship, at the moment she was having those daydreams?

    1. You have to read most of the book to find out what was going on, and it has repercussions for all of mankind. So it’s a big deal even though it announces itself merely by turning off lights, engines, power, and even the artificial gravity of one small ship.

  11. Raises lots of questions. Can’t wait to find some answers. Love the use of color.

    1. At ten sentences per day, you may have to wait a long time!

  12. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Lots of history between them, and I bet there’s still something there for both of them.

    1. I love playing around with stereotypes / expectations, so the bad boy wasn’t at fault in their breakup. It was totally the innocent young virgin who did him wrong.

  13. I love how flustered she is! 😀

    1. Spaceship captains aren’t supposed to be so distracted by memories.

  14. Sorry I’m late getting here – day didn’t unfold as I expected. Well, if you are going to be distracted enough to crash your ship – guess that’s thee kind of day dream to be having.

    1. You’re the second person who thought she actually did crash her ship. I’d said I need to make clearer that this is a metaphor. It’s easy enough to turn it into a simile, instead. “. . . guilt slammed Captain Sienna Dukelsky as hard — as though — she’d rammed her ship nose-first into an asteroid.”

  15. Very colorful memories she has!
    The dew claw will grow back, Effing.

    1. Let’s hope that makes her a colorful character!

  16. Whew, she’s got it bad! Patience, Effing. (as if!)

    1. Do you think it’s possible this story will be an example of the Old Flames Trope?

  17. Love the color imagery. I know others said it but I just had to say it again. 🙂
    She does have it bad for him! Great snippet.

    Happy New Year, Ed and Effing!

    1. I felt I was taking a chance with all the color stuff. So far, though, no negative comments.

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