I’ve got a plan #mfrwhooks

In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, Quinn has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, deep into a tunnel where she’ll be safe from violent rebels. An eleven-year-old girl, Elfy, travels with them.

They’ve reached an old settlement. He isn’t sure the settlement is safe, so he sets out to reconnoiter and get food from the automated machines that still function.

“Uh oh. It’s him coming.” Then Elfy added, “But if he likes you, maybe he’s all right.”

When Marianne peeked out the door, she saw Quinn carrying a plastic container the size and shape of a shoebox. He frowned when he saw them. “What the fish farts are you doing down here?”

Marianne inhaled deeply. “Is that food?”

“I ordered you to stay on the roof.”

Marianne looked into the box. “Cinnamon oatmeal. And meat, and something that looks like applesauce. Elfy, he brought us a feast.”

“Don’t you follow orders, woman?”

“And bread. Not sliced, so I guess I’ll just have to eat the whole loaf. Yum.”

“You need to listen when I tell you to do something.”

“And orange juice.” She turned to the girl. “Elfy, have some juice.”

Shaking his head in disgust, Quinn shoved the box into Marianne’s hands and pushed her unceremoniously inside. Then he returned to the doorway and made a show of standing on guard, knife at the ready. The food tasted better than anything Marianne had eaten in forever. Even Elfy didn’t complain.

“I’ve got a plan,” Quinn said after they’d finished.

“About time,” Marianne said.

“You want to be quiet for once and listen?”

“Elfy, this is one of those rare times I told you about. Go ahead, Quinn, tell me your brilliant plan.”

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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?

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  1. I worry about Elfy’s husband, when she grows up!

    1. She’s a handful, but then she’s at the age where her self-confidence runs high. Adolescence often undermines this last burst of childhood confidence.

  2. You continue to amuse me. The food is important, right?

    1. These two are still in the bantering-to-hide-their- attraction phase of their relationship.

  3. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Lol fish farts! I loved that

    1. I had a lot of fun coming up with fresh maritime-sounding oaths for Quinn.

  4. I’m glad Quinn found them a feast. He needs all the help he can get.

    1. And they need all the food they can get.

  5. Fish Farts? LOL I giggled and giggled before I finished your post. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m glad. I had a lot of fun coming up with Quinn’s odd verbal tics like this one.

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