I, Effing Feline, am shaky, nauseous, and I can’t sleep. Withdrawal symptoms — because Mr Valentine (aka Ed, my cruel, cruel pet human) has cut off my catnip allowance. The horrible jerk insists I apologize for posting that nasty picture of Twiggles the Dog last week. He wants me to admit that Twiggles is a cuddly sweetheart who sorta likes cats — and all in all is a well-trained saint among dogs who has never bitten a living creature.
There — is that good enough, Ed?
Once again, today’s snippet is from Ed’s Valentine’s Day sci fi romance, Constellation XXI. We jump ahead a few paragraphs from last week. Sienna Dukelsky is a young starship pilot on her first solo flight on a tugship. But things get complicated when her ship’s lights, power, even artificial gravity, all die.
Her third thought after the ship’s death felt like an obituary. She could almost see the scoffing headshakes and curled lips of Tugship Service veterans as they gossiped about her with sniggers of contempt.
Have you heard about that Dukelsky idiot? On her first mission—the very first!—the dumb Cherry destroyed one of our newest, most expensive tugships.
“No,” she growled into the blackness. There was nothing she or anyone else could’ve done to kill the ship’s electronics; if she flew it into the rocky head of a comet at top speed, this ship was built so some systems would survive, for a while at least.
Mere facts didn’t matter, though. She was the captain, so she was responsible — period.
When an uncaptain-like whimper escaped her, her cheeks flamed with humiliation, even though no one could’ve heard. “Calm down; think; breathe.”
She wished she hadn’t said the word breathe –– if everything else had shut down, why not life support, too?
Effing Feline here again. Groan — Mr V noticed that I didn’t actually admit anything or apologize. Okay, okay. Sheesh. I’m sorry, regretful, remorseful, wretched, and repentant that I posted this picture of Twiggles:
(Notice how sneakily I slipped in the picture again? Heh, heh, heh.)
Rediscovering Love at the Worst Possible Time
Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she inexplicably settles for a routine, unglamorous job guiding incoming spaceships to safe berths at Farflung Space Station. Rumors blamed her odd decision on heartbreak after Crispin Hunt, the love of her life, got expelled.
Approaching Farflung, Crispin’s freighter is greeted by Sienna’s tugship. Love rekindles, but is threatened by old betrayals. And when her ship loses power while aimed straight at the space station, Sienna must confront astonishing secrets about Crispin and his cargo—secrets that make hers the most important job in the whole galaxy.
Constellation XXI will be released February XIV. Until then, pre-order it from these fine sites: