Effing Feline “ties” one on #wewriwa

Photos: DepositPhotos

I, Effing Feline, am no ordinary cat . . .  but then anyone with any sense must realize that immediately. How many cats are able to blog? But let me tell you, in case you didn’t already know, that my fame and glory have spread around the globe. I’ll tell you about my latest accolade after this word from our sponsor, Ed (aka Mr Valentine).

Sienna Dukelsky captains a tugship, outer space’s answer to a tugboat. She has just matched speed with an incoming ship captained by Crispin Hunt, her first and best lover; she had parted with him years ago under circumstances that still caused insomnia and guilty tears — but he doesn’t know that she had betrayed him. Here’s his POV.

The crease in Sienna’s brow brought back feelings Crispin had thought were only midnight dreams. Someone else might not recognize her expression as a frown, it was so slight a window into her emotions, but unless she’d changed — a distinct possibility; look how Fate had shoved him in unexpected directions — her guts were twisted with insecurities.

But she seemed so very calm, and her shyness was no longer the first thing a person would notice about her. Had she learned to believe in herself? He hoped so; she deserved a world of self-confidence.

But even if she’d changed, one thing hadn’t. He wanted to wrap his arms around her slender yet padded body and protect her. She was so tiny, so vulnerable, like the first flower of spring easily crushed under a boot heel. Piloting a tugship was important work, but you never got to go anywhere. He hoped the job wouldn’t stifle her soul, though he wouldn’t bet on it.

Effing Feline here again. Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for — my big reveal! Little old me, the greatest cat in the universe, have been featured by a former Weekend Writing Warrior who blogs from Southeast Asia. The Truth about Effing Feline – #SciFi #Romance #Humor #Ailurophile

Be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Constellation XXI

Rediscovering Love at the Worst Possible Time

When her tugship inexplicably loses power while aimed straight at her space station home, Sienna Dukelsky tries frantically to get her ship working in time. But can she cooperate with Crispin Hunt, a former lover she’d once betrayed, to create a way to regain control before the ship kills thousands?



  1. Oh, he speaks very glowingly of her.

    1. Yes, he does, but you’ll notice that most of his feelings stem from memories of her rather than the current reality of a warm welcome.

  2. At least Crispin has fond memories of her. But, does he know about her guilt?

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I wonder if he’d feel the same if he knew the truth. Great snippet!

    And Thailand is 1.

    1. Give the lady a gold star! I’ve been playing around on a geography site that features many quizzes such as “Click on Thailand,” and that’s the inspiration for this little bit of fun. I hope it doesn’t annoy anyone.

  4. I wonder if Fate shoving him in unexpected directions, as he sees it, has anything to do with her guilty secret? If so, nice connection 🙂

    1. The two things are totally connected.

  5. He has a very romantic impression of her. I wonder how he’ll react to reality?

    #1, and I didn’t have to google it or anything. Much.

    1. That is one of the major story questions of this book.

  6. Excellent point about the somewhat limited range of tugboats. I like him but the two of them do seem to be operating on different wavelengths right now so can’t wait to learn more. Terrific snippet!

    1. They’ve been separated for six years, which means they have a lot to learn about each other.

  7. Awww, I want their romance to flourish!! 😀

    1. But Amy . . . couldn’t you, of all people, who just returned from a trip to Thailand, pick it out on the map?

  8. Ed, you always add romance and personally, I loveit!

    1. I’m always glad to tug on the heartstrings.

  9. Diane Burton · · Reply

    He has such great memories of her, while she carries so much guilt. So much emotion. Good job.

    1. Emotions are where it’s at, as long as they aren’t overdone.

  10. He has such a romanticized vision of her, I hope that bubble doesn’t hurt when it bursts. I also liked his concern that as a tugship captain she wouldn’t go anywhere. Why do I think he’s mistaken here?

    My knowledge of Asian geography sucks, so I wouldn’t have known it was #1. Sorry Effing!

    1. When his romanticized bubble bursts, she’s already done a bunch of things that create a whole new bubble!

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    He certainly has warm memories of her.

    1. She’s the love of his life, and he of hers.

  12. Cara Hartley · · Reply

    I have a feeling that Crispin may be mistaken about Sienna being a “first flower of spring.” She seems much tougher than she looks.
    I have had a couple of Siamese cats over the years. I love them.

    1. That ‘flower of spring’ is about to get a baptism by fire, and emerge victorious, so yes, she’s tougher than she looks.

  13. Sounds like he really likes her but I think she’s stronger than he knows. Great inner thoughts.

    1. These two aren’t on the same wavelength because they’ve been separated for six years . . . and because of an incident back then that he knows nothing about.

  14. I doubt she’s as vulnerable as he thinks. It’s going to be exciting when they meet again after all that time.

    1. He’s being a tad overprotective.

  15. He certainly puts her on a pedestal, but she’s nowhere near as fragile as he thinks.

    1. He’s been idolizing her for years.

  16. Okay, that was really sweet. This guy is obviously head over heels for her yet. The fact he notices all those little quirks, knows what they really mean. He must have been the one-in-a-million keeper. I wonder why she had to betray him.

    1. I’m glad you feel there’s a solid foundation for a relationship on his side. That will become important later.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: