Category The Midas Rush

More wine? #MFRWHooks

This week I’m joining another Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop: Book Hooks. Writers share the first few sentences of their works in hopes of luring you in. Here’s the opening of The Midas Rush, my first science fiction romantic comedies, back when I was marketing more as science fiction than romance. “More wine?” asked […]

SFR Brigade Showcase — Keys to Me

Welcome to the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s first showcase of 2017. Once a month the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new work, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things. Science. Fiction. Romance. Three words that are keys to who I am. Key 1: Science Although I love learning about the universe, I’m not a serious science […]

Effing Feline runs a shredding service

I, Effing Feline, am considering starting a manuscript evaluation service. I think I’d be good at it, because my claws are so very, very sharp. I’ll rate stories by dead mice: 3 dead mice is good, 1 or 2 dead mice means I couldn’t get my claws into it. In theory, it’s a 5-mouse scale, but […]

Effing Feline arranges flowers

I, Effing Feline, am mollified. Last week I was hissing mad at my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, because he didn’t take me to his nephew’s wedding even though I got new clothes for the affair. But Mr V brought me a corsage from the wedding and let me bat it around until all the petals were spread over the […]

SFR Brigade Showcase: about research

My most thoroughly researched book is… As an author of science fiction, I almost always have to research each book. How much research varies from book to book. This one required little research My upcoming release, Newborn, coming in October, required relatively little research. It’s the third book in the Alien Contact for Idiots series, which […]

Effing Feline got dressed up for nothing

I, Effing Feline, got left behind! I was all set to go. I got me some brand new duds: a tie and a top hat, and even a veil for my latest lady friend, too, hoping to score. But did Mr V take me to his nephew’s wedding this weekend? No! So I used The Midas Rush […]

Effing Feline talks tail

I, Effing Feline, want to talk about tails. Since few cats are smart enough to write a weekly column — okay, yes, you’re right; no other cats is that smart — you may have trouble communicating with your puss. Here’s a hint: listen to the tail. For a few weeks I’ll be selecting snippets from The Midas Rush by my pet human, Ed […]

Effing Feline loves his work

I, Effing Feline, write this weekly column for my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine.  Do you know why I, a mere cat with minimal education and even less ambition, love working for a writer? Because I love his yarns. Today’s snippet is the last from Thimbleriggers, a story in Future Love, Mr V’s newest release. Twenty-something pornographer Aldous has used […]

Visit My Worlds

Inspired by NASA’s fanciful travel posters for other worlds, I have designed travel posters for some of my science fiction worlds. I have presented each poster individually, but in honor of the SFR Brigade’s Showcase, all the posters are gathered in one place for the first time on any planet. Go ahead, decide which planet you’d like […]

The Perfect Exotic Vacation for YOU

With the Christmas holidays over and the winter blahs setting in (even here in Arizona), Mr. Valentine’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of … vacation! But where to go? Maybe you folks can help me out. I can’t decide between these glorious vacation spots: The travel posters are courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech, for planets that have actually been […]