I, Effing Feline, think my pet human, is trying to trick me. Ed wants me to apologize for not getting to everyone’s post last week because he was busy with a July deadline. But I don’t believe that story. He just wants to trick me into saying the word sorry. I’ve never said that word, though, and won’t start now. So there.
He also wants me to wish those of you with frostbitten fingers a joyous and warm Canada Day. That I’m willing to do.
Today’s snippet is again from Ed’s WIP, the fifth book in his Alien Contact for Idiots series. It’s titled ??? (Yes, the question marks are intentional; see below.)
Last week Tal Pelletier, our flawed hero, hesitated before opening the doors to the abandoned underground city where he had lived before alien technology moved all of Kwadra Island to this Earth. His wife and child in the underground city.
If his family had never existed on this world, didn’t that mean that he didn’t exist, either? That everything he’d experienced since Kwadra hopped to this Earth was a delusion? Even this very moment?
A shiver of apprehension turned his spine into water, but he was too proud to let the crazy white lady glimpse his existential fears. She needed his strength and his pitiful stock of wisdom. To her, he was a symbol of the alien’s incomprehensible power, and that was as it should be. He must try to become that symbol for her, rather than a flesh-and-blood man with fears and demons and needs.
Needs — yes. Before he opened this door and faced his past, his ghosts, and his demons, he needed a drink. Quick, before his hands started shaking.
Effing Feline here again. I was right — it was a trick! Ed duped me! Right there in the second paragraph, he got me to say sorry.
Effing still here. Ed needs help. (By the great Queen of Catdom, does he need help!)
Help with a title, that is. You’ve read snippets of this book — and even if you haven’t, which these do you think is the best, most salable title for it? I get a cat treat for each submission, so please vote!
If you have a better suggestion, enter it in a comment. I get TWO treats for those. And if it helps, here’s the blurb:
When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.
But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?