Effing Feline loves music #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, love music. I didn’t used to, because frankly Mr V’s oboe is way too loud for a sensitive cat like moi. (I love that word moi. It sounds so much like meow.)

What changed my mind? My rival, Twiggles the dog, actually takes music lessons — that what Mr V calls it when she curls up at his feet as he practices. (Dogs are weird, but then everyone knows that.) Mr and Mrs V think that is so cute that I decided I had to horn in on the attention the dog gets, so I no long shriek in terror when he plays. The oboe is fine, so long as it’s at one end of the house and I’m at the other.

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 and played a part in getting him expelled from the flight academy for cheating, even though he was innocent.

Over the years, he’d tried to figure out his mysterious, compelling attraction to her, but failed. So why had he left her?

Because he hadn’t had a choice, that’s why.

But he could’ve tried to contact her. Instead, he’d waited for her to contact him in case she was willing to risk consorting with a convicted cheat. She hadn’t, so he’d shrugged and gone on to his next conquest…who was no Sienna.

After his parents bought him a ship and told him to please get the hell out of their hair, he still sometimes pondered her unique attraction. The closest he’d come to an answer was to ask if he loved her. But he had shied away from the question. It would lead to other questions, like was he worthy of being loved, or capable of loving anyone other than himself. Sienna had always disturbed him, as well as aroused him.

Effing Feline here again. I not only love music, I’m a great singer. Would you like to hear me sing?

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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. Interesting bits of background. i wonder why he feels he’s not worthy of love … and going forward whether these two hook up again.

    1. Your second question is probably easier to guess the right answer than the first.

  2. He had an interesting relationship with Sienna or rather he wished he had one with her but they never got around to revealing how they really felt about each other. I’m intrigued to know more.

    1. That’s the perfect reaction, at least from this author’s POV.

  3. Would love to hear a chorus from you,Effing… though I admit to being quite partial to oboe music.

    1. Trust me Lisabet. You’d rather hear an oboe, even mine, than Effing’s cat yowling.

  4. It sounds like he would really like to have Sienna but can’t have her. What will he do?

    1. He’ll take this second chance to try to win her, of course.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, all those feelings of not being good enough… And she caused them. I’m very curious to know how he reacts when he learns the truth.

    1. I’m delighted that you’re curious!

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Thanks, Effing, but I’ll pass on your singing. I love how you’ve set up the misunderstanding. They need to talk, seriously and honestly–clear the air so they can get back “that loving feeling.”

    1. At this point, she’s extremely leery of dredging up the past.

  7. Definitely still carrying the torch. but I wonder at this point if they are a good match for one another? I need to know her reasons for her betrayal. Selfish or altruistic? Can’t wait for their first meeting in this story!

    1. That’s a good point about whether they’re still a match. That’s one of many things they’ll have to find out.

  8. Questions DO lead to other questions, often uncomfortable ones – good point! Really enjoyed the snippet, nice to get to ‘know’ him a bit more.

    1. Authors hope that one question about a book develop into many other question.

  9. I really want to know what happened back then, and what happens now. Though I’m nervous about how he’s going to react when he finds out what she did.

    1. Nervous is good, in this situation.

  10. nancygideon · · Reply

    For her to accuse him is one thing, but for him to feel guilty about being worthy of her even though he was innocent . . . hmmm, makes me wonder what his baggage is (other than the obviously dysfunctional family!). Can’t wait to find out.

    And yes, my cats love to sing, too, usually while carrying a stuffed toy I can’t decide they think is their baby or their kill.

    1. There’s something so quintessentially feline about your uncertainty.

  11. Clearly, his feeling for her are complicated as are hers for him.
    My husband has been teaching himself to play the violin.

    1. Uh, his violin doesn’t use cat gut does it?

  12. She betrayed him, but he feels unworthy. People are complex for sure.

    1. As we gradually learn, he didn’t have extremely high self-esteem even before he met Sienna back in school. Getting expelled did nothing to improve that. He seemed like someone who was confident, but he realized that was mostly bluster — and that social insecure Sienna was the real deal.

  13. Oh Ed, I so enjoy your snippets week after week.

    1. And I, yours.

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Curious. Why doesn’t he feel worthy? Why do his parents want him out of their hair? Will the two of them get together? So many questions.

    1. And so many reasons to keep reading.

  15. Sometimes the people I’ve been most drawn to have been the absolute worst people for me.
    I used to play the flute in the school band. I don’t think I was very good. I had a black cat named Marie, whom I’d named after Marie from The Aristocats. Whenever I practiced the flute, she would bite my feet.

    1. Sometimes it seems like everybody’s critic!

  16. Of course he loves her and, of course, he is worthy of her.

    One of our kitties likes to sit on my partner’s shoulder as he plays the guitar. Sadly, it’s never when I’m in the position to take a photo.

    1. Maybe your kitty will surprise you one day by joining a rock band to show you what she’s learned.

  17. Dang, that is a good snippet! Love the introspection, and the worry of where it might lead to. Holy cow, her part in having him expelled must have truly been a blow to his self-esteem. This book just moved up on the TBR.

    1. Great to hear about the TBR pile!

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