Please take this bomb #mfrwhooks

I, Effing Feline, am the world’s most literary cat. I can read, write, type . . . and criticize. My claws have been known to tear through the words written by my pet human, Ed Hoornaert. It’s fun! Ed accuses me of megalomania, but that’s okay. I’m sure you’ll agree that megalomania is a cat’s prerogative.

I write a Sunday column for Ed. Now he’s asked me to write one on Wednesdays because he’s too lazy to do it. Starting now, each month I’ll be featuring a different book from Ed’s backlist. The first such book is Rescuing Prince Charming, which Ed had started choosing selections. It’s an SFR set in the near future.

Dusty and the alien guard have found the bomb. Now comes the question: how to get out of the narrow tunnel. Since Dusty is already in the tunnel, she tells him to give the bomb to her.

He took a deep breath and held out the shoebox. “This goes against my sense of chivalry.”

“Screw chivalry.” She reached for the box—but he pulled it away from her grasp.

“I’ll have you know I’m a gentleman.”

“And the School for Chivalrous Gentlemen taught you that Take off my pants is a polite greeting?”

“Is Please take this bomb, with my compliments an improvement?” He gave a tight-lipped sigh. “I don’t like handing this to a woman.”

But he did it anyway. Holding the box reassured her…for a moment. Just an everyday shoebox, heavier than most, but just a shoebox. “Maybe you aren’t as dumb as you look.”

In truth, she hadn’t paid enough attention to know if he looked like a genius or a dunce. A bomb-disposal pro would be trained to handle terror yet remain polite, but she was just an unadventurous tech writer holding death in her hands. That was the best excuse for rudeness she’d ever had, but still… “Look, I apologize for—”

“Get moving!”

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Rescuing Prince Charming

Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Although she yearns to return to anonymity, that moment of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark secrets — and thrust her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable — and when the saboteurs strike again, she is his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.



  1. Hey Effing!

    We’re still waiting for you to write YOUR first novel…

  2. Lisabet, you’re a very, very patient person . . . I hope.

  3. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    I love the back and forth here. Lol. I guess having a bomb shouldn’t be funny but I’ve been laughing each week!

    1. Snarky dialogue is fun to read. In this case, the nearness of death has brought out Dusty’s inherent snarkiness.

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