elizabethmccoy: An anthropomorphic feline's face, with the words "Uniqueness Counts" (Uniqueness Counts)
Prompt by LJ's Tuftears

"You will look fabulous," the signal-flare crimson Kintaran promised.

His target, a svelte female with unfortunately common tabby markings, flicked her ears nervously. "But... you have a hairdresser's. I..." She gulped. "I don't want the 'popular' cut."

Flare put his own ears back in indignation. "You think I'd be k'eetha? Please! Have faith! Credits entirely refunded if k'eetha!"

"All right..."

Over an hour later, mane curled and galaxies nestled within every formerly-plain black stripe, the Kint fem purred happily while she handed over her cred-card.

Several hours afterward, both Kintarans purred happily, and no credits had been swapped at all.
400 words. Inspired by tuftears (livejournal).

Captain Daina sighed and watched the security feeds. )



[Irari are from Steve Jackson Games' GURPS Aliens, and used by permission.]
elizabethmccoy: Two white, felinoid girls look worriedly at each other. Caption: Leaping Lizards (Leaping Lizards)
In response to a prompt from livejournal's tuftears. 400 words. No previously-published characters.

Shell Game )
I'm still dithering over-recoloring the cover, so no icon yet.

Shadow of a Memory is a direct sequel to Wahnt, though it can also be read first, or alone.
In the universe of the Kintarans, there are tall tales of what lies in the far reaches of space, some eerie and some merely odd. And sometimes the tales are tall indeed, but a pirate-hunting ship finds that they may also be true...


Available at:

Amazon, Amazon.AU, Amazon UK, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.in, and Amazon.it. (All are in English.)
Apple iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Blio
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
elizabethmccoy: A black-and-white anthropomorphic feline has her jacket tugged upon by a smaller, white feline child. (The Best Revenge)
(Inspired by [profile] drakemagi.)




Maternal Considerations

"Maaaaaaara!" Farafinleet collided with Coli-nfarin in a wet-nosed tackle-glomp involving arms, forelegs, and a flailing tail. "Kinahran won' lemme go wiiiiiiith her!"

Klarin-yal, Coli's sister and the clanship's captain, helped peel off Coli's younger daughter. "Well, go with one of the others. Kurah-ral, maybe?"

"She's wif Kinahran! An' Ta-Pera! An' Teecoli! An' Ravahcroy!"

That was nearly all the clanship's almost-adult females. The sisters exchanged glances over Farafinleet's outraged white ears. Coli-nfarin said, "Find your brother and say he has to take you for a half-hour."

"But he's boooooooring!" Farafinleet wailed, ears down, while skulking off down the corridor.

When she was out of even keen-eared Kintaran earshot, Klarin-yal muttered, "There's a privateer in dock, I hear. Mars Rainbow. The girls're probably off drooling. Little young, but yours is nearly as big as you now!" She grinned at her petite sibling.

Coli frowned. "I'm not sure I approve. They've only a few Kintarans. And your daughter is with Kinahran."

"Urm." Klarin-yal's ears went down. "Can't think what they'd want with bipeds, though."

"Well, if she takes up with an Mmsar, at least they've tails."

"Yours likes languages. Might pick a Human."

Their tails puffed, the sisters went to find their offspring.
elizabethmccoy: Two white, felinoid girls look worriedly at each other. Caption: Leaping Lizards (Leaping Lizards)
It occurs to me that, even though the stories should stand on their own reasonably well, it's worth mentioning the internal chronological order. This isn't always the order they were written in: "Leaping Lizards" was written first, and from there, I mostly forget.

So, in order:

Blackest Before the Dawn, available in the What Happens Next anthology.
Spoonfuls of Sugar
Recruiting Drive
Wahnt (Leaders)
Shadow of a Memory
The Best Revenge
What Really Matters
Maternal Considerations
Leaping Lizards
Uniqueness Counts
Shell Game

(The Mmsar stories, Snips and Snails and one unpublished story, have not yet been placed at a specific chronology with the Kintaran stories, nor with each other.)

It's probably best to read "Leaping Lizards" before "Uniqueness Counts," and "Wahnt" before "Shadow of a Memory." But reading them backwards might be interesting, too.
elizabethmccoy: An anthropomorphic feline's face, with the words "Uniqueness Counts" (Uniqueness Counts)
Kinahran (Moonfur to humans) and her little sister Embereyes are on their own, determined to make their fortunes and not return to their clanship in defeat. But making fortunes requires jobs, and two Kintarans with little experience can't be picky. So even if the ship crew includes a certain sensor expert from their past... and even if it's a wild merfah chase... They'll just have to do their best.

And when they find something unexpected and Moonfur has to come up with a plan? For a Kintaran, uniqueness counts.

A 10,000 word short story, "Uniqueness Counts" originally appeared in the fanzine Pawprints. It is a science fiction short story suitable for all ages -- including adults!

Currently available for 99 cents at Smashwords, Amazon (and all the other versions of Amazon), Diesel, B&N (Nook), Sony, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Blio, Inktera, and Versent.

Coming Soon:
• Alphabetization of the stores.
elizabethmccoy: A feline-humanoid face in profile, looking disgruntled. Titled "Spoonfuls of Sugar" (Spoonfuls of Sugar)
Back before Moonfur was even a twinkle in her mother's eye... her mother and aunt, Coli-nfaran and Klarin-yal, had problems of their own. After the death of their uncle, the clanship's captain, a hot-headed male has taken the leadership -- and seeks to make the merchant ship a privateer! The sisters must leave the ship and find a way to raise enough money to buy it out from under "Captain Fat-head" -- but why is this medical research job so well-paying? It can't be that easy, can it?


This approximately 10,000-word science fiction story is never-before published. It's already available for 99 cents at Smashwords and on the Kindle Store, and awaiting a new shipment of ISBNs for Smashwords before showing up at other fine ebook-sellers as well.

Edit: The ISBNs came in, and it's also available from Barnes&Noble, Blio, Apple, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, Inktera, and Versent.

Available at:
Amazon (including Amazon.AU, Amazon.com.BR, Amazon.CA, Amazon.DE, Amazon.ES, Amazon.FR, Amazon.IN, Amazon.IT, Amazon.co.JP, Amazon.com.MX, Amazon.co.UK)

Coming Soon:
Alphabetization of the other store names.
elizabethmccoy: A feline-humanoid face, with the words "what really matters" beside it. (What Really Matters)
Kinahran (Moonfur to humans) and her friends are growing up, becoming apprenticed to the adults on the ship, and getting drafted to help gather interesting Stuff when the clanship stops at an uninhabited terrestrial planet. But when their mentor winds up wounded and unconscious, it's time to call for help -- but their signal is being jammed! Five young Kintarans, alone in the wilderness, have to find out if this is the work of pirates, or if someone's claimed this planet as a homestead and thinks they're the pirates. (This isn't made any easier by personality clashes among the kids!)

This ebook is 99c in the US. It's about 15,000 words long, too. (I was thinking about pricing it at $1.99, but forgot that intention and made it 99 cents after all. Oops.)

Now available at
Amazon (and all the other versions of Amazon)
Apple iBooks
B&N (Nook)
Blio
Diesel
Inktera
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony
Versent
elizabethmccoy: A black-and-white anthropomorphic feline has her jacket tugged upon by a smaller, white feline child. (The Best Revenge)
A mere 99 cents! This short story of Kintarans features Baby Moonfur (well, five years old), whose leg is in a cast due to her annoying cousin... She's stuck in her mother's quarters, she's bored, and she's got a screwdriver...

Available at Smashwords.com, and on the Kindle store (also on the UK, etc., Kindle stores, price converted and VAT included as appropriate). It is (now) also available at the Apple store, B&N, Diesel, Sony, Kobo, Blio, Versent, and Inktera.


Coming Soon:
Alphabetization of ebookstores.


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