I, Effing Feline, chose a snippet today in which the surprised hero finds himself asking Why? It’s a question I often ask myself.
- Why don’t mice crawl into my food bowl at dinnertime?
- Why is a lap not automatically available whenever I wish for one?
- Why must I share a house with Twiggles the Dog?
I’m skipping ahead in Constellation XXI, the story of two people who were lovers years ago during their time at the Keening Astrospace Academy. They’d been torn apart by bad choices and guilt but now, under dangerous and mysterious circumstances, they’re reunited. Here Crispin Hunt thinks back to a crucial and puzzling meeting with the heroine, Sienna Dukelsky.
His mouth went dry as he remembered the moment she’d gone from cute schoolmate to fascinating female.
Along the path from Keening Academy’s library to the SimBooths was a large, climbable tangleyarn tree. As he walked under its sprawling shade, he’d heard a muttered curse. Sienna Dukelsky, a year behind him in school, was struggling with homework four meters up, on a broad snarl of branches.
Why had he climbed up to join her? The answer did him no credit — from below, the position of her skirt let him see shapely thighs, and he’d hoped to see more. Even at the time, it had seemed a rather unworthy motivation, and his secondary reason, to provoke a scandalized reaction from her, was no better; she would shriek and yank her skirt down, the reaction he usually got from ‘good girls’ who knew his reputation. She’d been a challenge, a momentary diversion; nothing more.
Moving slowly, as though approaching a skittish kitten, he climbed and sat nearby. Her eyes went wide but she didn’t shriek — and didn’t yank down her skirt, either.
Effing Feline here again. The most inexplicable WHY question of all is — are you ready? — why don’t I have as many Twitter followers as Katy Perry, Barack Obama, or Justin Bieber, the only three with 100K+ followers?
My only explanation seems utterly ridiculous for a cat of MY STATURE, but here goes. Could it be because I don’t have a Twitter account? Surely they don’t expect ME to be bothered with such trivia!
I have great news for you! Through my magical feline telekinetic powers, I have arranged for Constellation XXI to be on sale this week only for a mere $0.99 . What a fantastic cat I am!
There are some other books available, too, including some by Weekend Warriors. Click the pic to open another tab, and look in the Space Opera section.
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.