A shark-fin certainty #mfrwhooks

With a two-hour playlist running on my noise-cancelling earphones and a WIP to work on, I’m as contented as possible. I hope your ‘quarantine’ is proceeding as well as mine. Stay safe, everyone!

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.

Quinn has told Marianne the little he knows about the bloody rebellion. He’s determined to protect her and Elfy — eleven-year-old Lady Delfina, a cousin of the king. He knows that Sergeant Squitt of the gendarmes is a rebel. This is the start of the dangerous trek to safety that fills most of the book.

Quinn turned his head and spat. “Can’t trust any gendarme, not a single one of them. That’s a shark-ass certainty.”

“Don’t swear around the child.”

“I’m not a child,” the Eaglesbrood brat interjected.

Quinn rolled his eyes. “I meant a shark-fin certainty. Better?”

“Is it outright rebellion,” Marianne asked, “or just a few rogue officers?”

“Don’t know yet. The only one I’m sure of is Sergeant Desrielle Squitt. Remember that name.”

“Squitt, Squitt, Squitt,” the girl chanted. “Shark-ass Squitt.”

Marianne frowned at Quinn as though saying I told you so.

He ignored her. “Now that you got that, let’s get hiking.”

But Elfy crossed her arms over her flat chest. “I want my kitty.”

“What you talking about, kid? You didn’t have a cat with you.”

“My Hello Kitty plush toy. I dropped it when you assaulted me. Fetch it for me.”

“Oh, for the love of –“

“Please,” Marianne interrupted. “She doesn’t mean it the way it sounds. She’s just a frightened little girl who’s used to servants.”

“Frightened little girl, my –“

“Watch it!”

“– shark fin,” Quinn finished. He glanced at the Harmon woman, hoping to see a sprig of approval for changing his words without even a pause, but saw nothing except stubborn disapproval. “She’s vicious, that one.”

The girl stared with large round eyes. He couldn’t tell if she was about to cry or laugh, but he did not want to deal with a crying brat. “Oh, all right. I’ll go back and get your Hello Kitty for you.”

And so, with Hello Kitty safely in her clutches, Lady Delfina led the way up the tunnel’s slope.

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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. This is great. You have a real flair for humorous dialogue.

    1. What can I say? I’m just a very strange–oops, I mean funny!–guy.

  2. The power of a little one. LOL.

    1. Elfy does a good job of livening up the relationship between Marianne and Quinn.

  3. Babs Mountjoy · · Reply

    They always pick up the one bad word you’ve said…LOL Nice!

    1. Kids have radar ears for bad words.

  4. Reminds me of my granddaughter and her repeating his mother’s favorite word.

    1. LOL — although I bet his mother doesn’t find it quite so funny.

  5. Sounds like a great story. Quinn is going to have a hard time corralling those two ladies. I feel for him. 😉

  6. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    It’s a treat when kids provide comic relief.

    1. Comic relief and frustration — kids two biggest benefits.

  7. deesknight · · Reply

    That’s a shark-as…uh, shark-fin great excerpt!

    1. The First Nations tribe my aliens are based on were a maritime people who were known to have paddled their dugout canoes all the way from Vancouver Island to California, so I have my Kwadrans use a lot of fishy sayings. I had great fun coming up with humorous sayings for Quinn.

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