Not one to meekly stay put #mfrwhooks

In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, Marianne met Quinn Lebatarde, wearing Captain Charleyjohn’s Royal Guardian uniform. For safety from a rebel attack, they’re in one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra Island. Charleyjohn is supposed to be her bodyguard.

When they hear furtive sounds like the footsteps of a huge rat, he tells Marianne to stay put while he attacks the intruder.

Marianne wasn’t one to meekly stay put, so she crept after Charleyjohn. Before she reached him, though, he darted around the corner with the lightning-fast suddenness she already expected of him. Marianne heard sounds of struggle. A high-pitched shriek. A yip of pain.

The captain came into view, hopping backward on one leg. Then she saw a foot, kicking toward his midsection.

“Oof,” Charleyjohn squeaked. He turned toward Marianne, eyes crossed, and sank to his knees.

His conqueror came into view — a little girl, her features twisted in terror. It was Delfina Eaglesbrood, Reese and King Tro’s second cousin.

“Elfy!” Marianne knelt and held out her arms to the girl.

Charleyjohn groaned.

“Aunt Marianne!” Delfina streaked forward, threw her arms around Marianne’s neck, and burst into loud sobs.

“Hey, not so tight,” Marianne said. “You’re strangling me.”

The girl loosened her grip. After a few more sobs, she quieted.

Captain Charleyjohn staggered to his feet. “What about me?” he asked in a voice higher than usual. “Do I get a hug too?”

Elfy whirled to face him. “You pulled a knife on me. On me, an Eaglesbrood and cousin to the king.”

“Next time I’ll use a laser cannon from a kilometer away. Kid, that hurt.”

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Alien Contact for Kid Sisters

Fleeing murderous rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her.
Or is he kidnapping her, instead?

Marianne is sick of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.

Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?



  1. Hi, Ed!

    You didn’t make it into the Linky List this week, but I KNEW you’d be doing the hop.

    This is the only Alien Contact book I haven’t read… sounds like fun! But then that’s true of everything I’ve read by you.

    1. An author isn’t a good judge of his own work — Mark Twain thought his unreadable “Joan of Arc” was his best — but I think this could be one of the better Alien Contact books.

  2. Well, now, that wasn’t any fun for Charleyjohn (Quinn).

    1. But hopefully it is for readers!

  3. Cute excerpt, Ed. Tweeted.

    1. It’s a combination of enemies to lovers and mistaken identity.

  4. kryssiefortune · · Reply

    Interesting set up. I bet he kidnaps her and they treasure hunt together. Gosh, now I need to read more.

    1. Your logic — and the conclusion you reach — shows impeccable taste & intelligence, Kryssie!

  5. Intriguing set up. Kidnap maybe? Hum… a treasure map? Loved the excerpt. Thanks for sharing

    1. Quinn and Marianne have a lot of adventure ahead of them. In my mind, this book has always seemed to have the same tone as Romancing the Stone.

  6. Charmaine Gordon is loving your story

    1. And I’m enjoying your very hopeful story, as well.

  7. This sounds like a winner, Ed! I really must start reading it!!

    1. I don’t know if you’re area is on lockdown, but it would help to fill an extra time you happen to have.

      1. It certainly would since I’m in lockdown in Spain.

        Thanks, Ed!

      2. Ouch. I’m in Tucson, where the shutdown is mostly a recommendation except for sporting event, restaurants, pubs etc. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, and I’d estimate traffic was ~50% of normal.

      3. I’m in serious lockdown! Everything closed except for the basics, but I’ve got plenty to do. Between my writing, my reading, my cats and my husband (not necessarily in that order), there’s not a moment of boredom in my day! I’ve also rediscovered the fun of playing with my husband, and that’s unbeatable and a source for a lot of inspiration lol

        Still, I need to catch up on my reading, and thus is as good a time to start!

        Take care, Ed, and be safe.

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