Tag Archives: Alien Contact for Idiots

Passing the Torch: Harlan Ellison is now On the Far Side

On a day that science fiction master Harlan Ellison passed to the far side, it struck me as appropriate to look back at Mr Ellison’s marvelous career, and forward, to some speculative fiction writers of the future . . . On the Far Side. Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018 The number one thing that always struck me […]


You’re ordering me to strip you? #mfrwHooks

Welcome to the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop, Book Hooks. Writers share a short snippet of their works to entice you. On Sunday I shipped my latest messterpiece off to the editor. To celebrate, here’s a snippet from page two of Rescuing Prince Charming, a science fiction romance that’ll be available late this year, […]

Effing Feline has a job to do

I, Effing Feline, have little time. I have an important job to do–curling on Mr V’s lap and purring. He’s a little down, you see, because his oldest son moved to Amsterdam this week, and that’s so very far away. I’m stealing a moment to write this, but I have to get back to his […]

Results from a book review tour

Alien Contact for Idiots recently went on a review-only blog tour from Goddess Fish promotions. I’d never run a review-only tour before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew what I was hoping for: more Amazon and Goodreads comments to  guide readers to a book that, frankly, has rather languished. All in all, I’m pleased with the […]

Off the Wall Inspiration

Once a month the Science Fiction Romance Brigade authors showcase snippets from new releases, works in progress, cover reveals or other fun things. Check out all of this month’s participants. My topic for this month is a wall.  Specifically, the office wall behind my desk, and how it inspires me. It’s pretty unusual for an Arizona author […]

Effing Feline Gets Replaced … by a DOG!

Forget the stupid cat–he has a tummy ache from eating too much catfood. Filling in for him is me, Twiggles, Edward Hoornaert’s dog! Isn’t that great!  But this isn’t about me — after all, I’m not a cat, though I sure do hope you like me! — but about a bunch of really brilliant writers in the […]

Begone, Stereotypes!

Imagining a Future Run by Aboriginal Americans, part one In my Alien Contact series, humans from two different alternate Earths collide when a duplicate of Vancouver Island, the largest island off the west coast of the Americas, mysteriously appears off the coast of Washington State. It was propelled there by people from the future hoping […]

April Fools for Love #2

If you haven’t yet entered the raffle for the great prizes in the April Fools for Love blog tour, you still can–but don’t put it off, because time is running out. <<< === >>> April Fools is a perfect theme for my brand new release, Alien Contact for Idiots. Why? Here’s the opening of the book: […]

Effing Feline Types

Oh meow Lord, this is so embarrassing that I’m blushing! For several months now, I, Effing Feline, have been writing the 8 Sentence Sunday blog posts for Mr. Valentine, aka Edward Hoornaert. Well, you’ve undoubtedly seen the shocking pictures on 60 Minutes, the National Enquirer, NY Post, YouTube, etc–but in case you haven’t, Ed is determined to teach me a lesson. […]

Effing Feline Does It Tail-First

I, Fart-Fueled Flying Feline (Effing for short), have a confession to make. I’m doing everything backward today…or as we cats say, tail-first. Today’s eight sentences from Edward Hoornaert’s new science fiction romance, Alien Contact for Idiots, are from the beginning of the book, even though previous excerpts have been from the middle. Moving backward, see? The sentences describe the chaotic scene […]