Effing Feline hunts #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, made a fascinating discovery when Ed, my pet human, moved the bed where he and Mrs Valentine sleep. There are things to hunt under there!

For a mighty hunter like me, this is a world-shaking discovery. Our house has no mice — I’ve never even seen a real mouse — so unfortunately I’ve never been able to demonstrate my world-class  hunting skills. At last, I have prey worthy of me! I will spend all my time slaying my vicious, dastardly foes!

In Ed’s latest sci fi romance, Sienna Dukelsky captains a tugship, outer space’s answer to a tugboat. She matched speed with an incoming ship captained by Crispin Hunt, her first and best lover; she had parted with him under painful circumstances. Now comes the moment she dreads: meeting him face to face.

She quickly lowered her arm and then raised it again to salute him. Bracing herself, she prepared to face her fate with dignity, because she deserved anything he might do. “Captain Hunt, despite our past differences, I must insist –”

“Sienna,” he cried as he reached her. He flung his arms around her and drew her into a full-body hug.

Yes, she deserved anything he might do — except embrace her like the long-lost love of his life. His body felt familiar, painfully so, and her flesh remembered only passion, not dread, not guilt. He swung her off her feet, sending her beret fluttering to the deck, and when he planted a hand on her bottom, her eyes went wide.

He didn’t know what she’d done to him, then.

He didn’t know!

Effing Feline here again. I simply must share with you a picture of my kills. If you have a weak stomach, look no further at the carnage that I, the mighty hunter, have wreaked!

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Constellation XXI

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 startling decision on heartbreak after Crispin Hunt, the love of her life, got expelled.

Approaching Farflung years several later, Crispin’s freighter is met by Sienna’s tugship. Love rekindles, though dampened 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 galaxy.



  1. What did she do to him?

    The under-the-bed prey look familiar!

    1. What she did to him is one of the main story questions. As for your under-bed beasties, maybe you need an Effing of your own.

  2. Sounds like they are really into each other!

    1. Well, he’s into her. On her part, she’s intensely wary of him.

  3. Hot romance here. YUM! Ed, you are really THE MAN with your fine snippets. Thanks a bunch for the heat!

    1. I’m glad you appreciate the extra springtime warmth.

  4. Dust bunnies and a disturbing insight! Did he sweep her guilt under his bed? What did she do?

    1. That’s hilarious, Aurora. Thanks.

  5. Well that was certainly an interesting moment, leading to many questions! Great snippet!

    1. Considering that this is one of several big moments when I try to build readers’ curiosity about the story problems, I’m glad you had this reaction.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    The fact he doesn’t know could be good, or very bad. I’m definitely intrigued. 🙂

    1. You are psychic, Jessica! That’s the next line in the book, almost verbatim.

  7. Oh! You tease! What did she do to him that’s got her so worried???

    1. She ruined his life, that’s what — but you won’t learn how until close to the end.

  8. This one made me smile. Nice hook!

    I bet those were some vicious dust-bunnies that Effing has dispensed with. lol.

    1. In his telling, the dust bunnies had fangs.

  9. Love the moment and can’t wait to know more. Intrigued!!

    1. It’s a fraught moment, that’s for sure.

  10. He might not know right now, but I do. And, damn, how I wanted her to spill the beans when I first read that bit.

    1. That might’ve been the brave thing to do, but she’s not a person who’s used to admitting such a grievous fault to someone who deserved so much better from her.

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    This excerpt raises a lot of questions, not the least of which is what did she do to him.

    1. Yeah, that’s the big question all right.

  12. Do we know? What did she do?

    1. You must read on to find out, Iris.

  13. What lives behind any couch with a pet – especially a cat (or three!). Great scene, Ed. Stirs up all sorts of questions . . . and emotions.

    1. I’ve read that household dust is mostly dead human skin. (Dead skin, NOT dead human.) In houses with cats, I’m sure cat hair is a major component.

  14. He doesn’t know? For real? Effing is indeed a mighty hunter!

    On Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 02:40 Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) wrote:

    > Ed Hoornaert posted: ” I, Effing Feline, made a fascinating discovery when > Ed, my pet human, moved the bed where he and Mrs Valentine sleep. There are > things to hunt under there! For a mighty hunter like me, this is a > world-shaking discovery. Our house has no mice –” >

    1. Nope, he doesn’t know what she did to him, and that tension is one of the major pulses of the book.

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