The Delta Pearl 59 — Growl

Saturday, December 12, 2020 

Composite image by Teagan R. Geneviene, sourced via Pixabay
Composite image by Teagan R. Geneviene, sourced via Pixabay

Welcome back, my chuckaboos!  The moment of the winter solstice draws near.  Yes winter is coming!  It’s down to the wire for getting “Journey 1” of Dead of Winter ready for publication.  If anyone is interested in helping, I’d greatly appreciate any reblog of the launch post, or any other way you want to help me share.  Sorry, no exact date yet for when it will be released.

That said, this is a very short episode of The Delta Pearl.  If you missed the riverboat last weekend, here’s the link to the previous chapter.

Random Reader Things 

Onomatopoeic is this chapter’s random reader thing.  It’s from Pat at e-Quips.

Previously on The Delta Pearl

If you missed the riverboat last weekend, here’s a link to the previous episode.  When we left, the Dealer’s cat had something in his mouth.

All aboard!

The Delta Pearl

Chapter 59 — Growl

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Image by Gellinger at Pixabay

Sir Reginald La Felin leapt from the Dealer’s shoulder.  However, Jaspe had reflexes quick as any cat.  He caught Reggie in midair.

“Come now, minou.  What have you, Reggie?  Don’t you be stubborn with me.  Émeraude, see if you can pull whatever that is out of his mouth,” Jaspe said.

“What is minou?” Victor whispered.

“That’s the Dealer’s Cajun way of saying cat,” I answered softly.

“Oh!  It’s onomatopoeic,” my inventor used an unfamiliar word and my brows knitted.  “A word that imitates the natural sounds of a thing. Mee-noo sounds like a cat’s meow.  Ha!  Dash my wig — so does meow,” Victor added.

As I leaned closer to the cat, I could see a tiny corner of gold protruding from his mouth.  When I put my hand near his mouth he growled possessively.  Such behavior was unlike him.  Reggie was an affectionate cat.

A whistle distracted me.  It came from one of several speaking tubes at my reception station.  I moved to answer it.  A second whistle was followed by a woman’s voice.

“Opal!  Are you alright?” I asked, putting my mouth to the bell-shaped end of the pipe.

“Yes, yes,” came her impatient voice.  “I saw it was missing just as the Delta Pearl took a lurch.  I was so distraught that I stumbled.  Then I hit my head… but that’s not important.  My Peridot is missing!  It holds the key.  We must find it!”

My suspicious gaze turned to the cat.


End Chapter 59


Balderdash… we still don’t know what the cat has in his mouth.  And what is so important about a peridot?  I got the impression that Émeraude thinks the cat has it… but if it were my cat she would have swallowed something as small as a gemstone…  

In other news

I’m offering the service of “designed & ready” book covers.  Here’s this week’s featured design  Click here to see my entire portfolio

Group I. Holiday, Girl, Horses, Sleigh
Group I. Holiday, Girl, Horses, Sleigh, YA

Be well, be happy, my chuckaboos.  




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79 thoughts on “The Delta Pearl 59 — Growl

    1. I think I’m going with what most people have guessed about what’s in Sir Reggie’s mouth, Denise. However, I think I will have a big surprise right on the heels of that. 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a merry Christmas, my chuckaboo!


  1. Oh, seems the cat has stolen something? Or she has golden teeth. Lol Great news, Teagan! I am aboard for reblogging, and posting at,, and other readers related portals. Btw: Another great cover template. I enjoy your imagination! Have a beautiful weekend,and please stay save. As i had heard this early evening another virus – a serial of the origin was found in the UK. Seems this Covid-19 has invited all his relatives. 😉 Michael

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    1. Oh, no…. not another Corona virus? No, I didn’t hear that until now. It seems there’s no end to it.

      Michael, that would be wonderful! I’m not familiar with those portals, so even better. If you have any questions about it — or if you want to do a few interview questions, you’re welcome to email me at

      Yes, I stay safe. I’m not even tempted to go anywhere. Take care, my friend. Thanks for reading and commenting. Hugs!

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  2. I’d bet my hat it’s in the cat’s mouth. Getting anything out of a cat’s mouth that they don’t want to let go of is no easy chore. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Another good segment, Teagan!

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  3. So Reggie has a mouthful of secrets and not so willing to give them up. Must be very important to him. And you’re bound and determined to take us into 2021 still hanging on the cliff. Are you trying out for a part in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? Lol.

    Have a super weekend. Be safe, warm and happy.

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    1. Diana, that would be wonderful! Since I see you as a master of the fantasy genre, do you think you could do a few questions to me, from the fantasy aspect? I think you could hone in on some things fantasy readers would want to know. And remember this is the first of an (approximately) monthly series.
      Thank you for being on this riverboat, my chuckaboo!

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  4. Teagan, great episode. I love your seasonal book cover. I’d be happy to help publicize the new book, when it is ready. Maybe a short author interview? Thanks for the shout-out–glad you could use the word, and so cleverly intertwined with the story. Of course, it would have to be a librarian that could define the word for the rest of us. 🙂
    Holiday hugs ho-hoing your way in Santa’s bag.

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    1. I’m delighted you like it, Pat. Oh! I would love to do an author interview with you!
      I realize what I’m going to do with Dead of Winter is not a “new” way of publishing, but I haven’t seen any of my author friends do it, and even though I know Amazon has serials, I haven’t seen them. So, people might think that aspect alone is interesting.
      I had a difficult PTSD week, so now that I’m feeling closer to an even keel, I need to bear down and finalize it. I was hoping for this weekend, but that didn’t work out. I’m planning next weekend. However, any time you want to do an interview would be great. Happy Christmas hugs winging back to you, my chuckaboo!


      1. I’ll send you some questions, which you can answer as you like. You can also substitute questions if there was some aspect my questions failed to identify. Looking forward to it. Merry authoring and Happy Editing. 🙂 >


  5. What a cliffhanger! Good episode! I wish you good luck getting Journey 1 ready for publication!

    In case you need another word for your story . . . It’s chilly here this morning, and my dear husband is running in a balaclava. I looked up the origin of the word. It’s 1902 British as far as Webster knows.

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      1. Hi Pat. Back in Chapter 6 Emeraude introduces the cat that had belonged to the Dealer for as long as she could remember — Reggie. Because of his markings, when a very young Emeraude first arrived (before the story), she imagined him wearing a monocle and Sir Reginald La Felin was her personal name for him. He was never knighted. Here’s a link. I realize you weren’t on the riverboat back then. Hugs!

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  6. Short but powerful. You dragged my sleepy self to the edge of the couch, Teagan. Something in the cat’s mouth? Off limits in my book. I hope Émeraude and Jaspe can retrieve whatever it is Reggie is holding. It was good to see the master inventor expand his knowledge into the world of literary devices.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.!

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    1. I’m delighted you enjoyed this little chapter, Dan. It’s hard to resist having a little fun at Victor’s expense. It’s not that he deserves it at all, but I imagine the look on his face, and I give in to the impulse. 😉 A wonderful weekend to you and yours too, my chuckaboo!

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  7. Oh… you’ve left us wondering again, Teagan! Yes, count me in for a reblog of episode one whenever it’s up and running, and if you can think of anything else, let me know. Good luck and I love your Christmassy cover!

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    1. Thanks so much about that cover, Olga. I spent way too much time, getting the different elements of that one just the way I wanted…
      Yay! I would love your help with Dead of Winter. I realize I should make a big effort with its first “Journey” and I just haven’t been able to “get with it.” Hugs on the wing, my chuckaboo!


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