I, Effing Feline, told you last week that Mr Valentine — the book Ed inspired, not my pet — has been turned into a graphic novel. The book answers a question that I know has been keeping all of my fans up at night. Namely, what would Mr V look like if his dad was Japanese?
See the shocking answer after this word from my sponsor, Alien Contact for a Christmas Nutcracker.
Holly Jansen has gone to Kwadra, an alien island transported to the Pacific off the coast of Washington from an alternate Earth. She calls her brother, Paul, on a phone that’s right next to a tall, dark and handsome Kwadran who doesn’t leave to give her privacy. The last snippet ended with him telling her to stand up for herself. “Straighter!” Startled, she snapped to attention.
“Yes, like that, except –”
His eyes were definitely sparkling with humor. She held her breath, wary of what would come out of his mouth next.
“Except with me — to me, you should always be soft, compliant, and female, agreed?”
“Uh . . .no?”
“Very good answer, very soft.” He suddenly stood straighter, making her jerk back to attention. “Never quit, Holly Jansen.”
“How do you know who I am? Who are you?”
Effing Feline here again. Ed’s dad was Flemish, which makes sense because he coughs up a lot of it. Cat allergies, he claims, to which I say “Bah, humbug!” But here’s what he’d look like if Grandpa Al had been Japanese.
I, Effing Feline, hereby give you permission to laugh at all versions of him!
Alien Contact for a Christmas Nutcracker
The Nutcracker ballet — for and by aliens?!?
Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by the king from an alternate Earth to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle — but after meeting the lead dancer, she wonders if it’s a curse, instead.
Because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered superstar dancer Rafael Sekwa to produce a potlatch dance honoring her husband’s ancestors — on the same date, time, and stage as The Nutcracker. The stubborn genius is determined to do it no matter what, and Holly finds her goals and ambitions melting in the face of her growing admiration. Will love cost her all her dreams?
Click the cover pic below to learn how Mr. Valentine came about.