Effing Feline burps

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As they say in the commercials . . . new name, same great book!

I, Effing Feline, thank you for all the cat treats you earned me by voting in Ed’s poll last week . (Burp) We have a winner in the exciting race to replace the name Audra Fleeing Audra Finding.

And the winner is (burp):

Alien Contact for Runaway Moms

For the last few weeks, we’ve glimpsed Tal Pelletier’s misgivings about opening the doors to the abandoned underground city where he had lived when his wife and child died, before his people hopped Kwadra Island to this Earth. He waits so long his companion makes the first move.

Audra reached for one of the massive, marrel-plastic door handles and pulled, but it was too heavy for her.

When he grasped the handle to help, his finger grazed hers. She froze. She was a short, slight woman with delicate, haunted features; she had to tip her head back to meet his eyes, almost as though asking for a kiss. Just as he needed her spirit’s strength, she needed his physical strength — but not his lust, which was tainted with anger and depression. Never that.

So he kept his lips to himself. Together, they pulled open the door onto the ghosts of a past that had never existed.

Effing Feline here again. Cat oh cat, were those treats great. And so (burp) many of them! Be sure to check out the other writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Alien Contact for Runaway Moms

She’s running from an abusive lover…but what is she running to?

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?

Patty July 2018

The Tribulations of Tompa Lee, my highest rated book on Amazon (an average of 4.8 stars!) is on sale for just 99c. It’s listed under science fiction adventure. The chapter where Tompa inadvertently tells an alien ambassador to remove his clothes is worth 99c all by itself.

The Tribulations of Tompa Lee is book two in a series, but can stand alone, so give it a read.



  1. Your manners amaze, Effing….!

    Great new title!

    1. With food at stake, he can play nice.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    His backstory is heartbreaking, but is already leading to some internal conflict. Works well!

    1. As an author, like internal conflict even more than external conflict.

  3. Lots of chemistry under the surface of that interaction. I wonder if she caught it?

    1. Is chemistry contagious when you touch someone’s finger?

      1. Maybe? All I know is it’s possible for one person to be feeling something, and the other person to not be. feeling that same emotion.

      2. But this is a science fiction *romance”, not a science fiction tragedy.

  4. I love the next-last line in the second paragraph. It’s so powerful.

    1. There’s a streak of nobility in Tal that I hadn’t planned. I discovered as I wrote.

  5. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Enjoyed the snippet. Great imagery of how he sees her and his feelings toward her. Can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses.

    I’m glad you’re going with that title. 🙂

    1. Finding a title has been a real struggle, but I’m happy with this one. My wife added the word ‘Runaway’ and I think that brings it to life.

  6. I love the last two lines! The first is funny, the second so poignant. And so they begin a new phase of their journey together. Great title!

    1. In Joseph Campbell’s terminology, they’re about to “Cross the Threshold.” Literally.

  7. Love the description for her, “she was a short, slight woman with delicate, haunted features;” -sounds a bit like me.

    1. The description is ironic in that he’s the one who meets a ghost (in one scene, at least).

  8. Diane Burton · · Reply

    That poor guy. His world is gone…forever. How heartbreaking.

    1. The saying ‘you can’t go home again’ could be a subtitle for this book.

  9. Tal is hurting yet he has so much consideration for Audra’s feelings. Well done! And will you please tell Effing to low down on the eating. Or buy him some antacid pills.

    1. Do they sell salmon-flavored antacid pills for cats?

  10. I do love the way your words flow and what each character has, and needs. Great snippet!

    1. By nature, I’m a wordsmith, but I’ve had to learn how to be a storyteller. I care about how sentences flow and whether i have the exactly right word.

  11. Yeah! I voted for that title. Great moment between them. The calm before the storm(s)?

    1. Thank you, Alexis, for your exquisite taste in titles!

  12. I approve of your new title.
    It’s interesting seeing her from his perspective.

    1. When I wrote contemporary romances for Silhouette, the convention was to write exclusively from the heroine’s POV. Being able to write from the hero’s head was quite liberating.

  13. nancygideon · · Reply

    Kept his lips to himself . . . LOVE it, Ed. I admire his self-introspection and control.

    1. He’s turned out to be a fairly deep thinker. I didn’t plan that in advance.

  14. Boy, they both have some baggage, don’t they? Makes for interesting relationship-building, though!

    1. Well, she has a backpack . . . is that what you mean? 😉

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I loved that last line.

    1. Thanks so much, Elaine.

  16. love the way the sparks are beginning to fly between these two – and I certainly agree about the internal conflict, such fun to torture one’s hero/herone! Effing – have you tried plain yoghurt for the burps?

    1. Effing asked me if the stores sell salmon-flavored yogurt.

  17. It’s crazy what a single touch does for a person!

    1. Only if it’s the right person, of course.

  18. love the line – he kept his lips to himself 🙂

    1. Guys can be told to keep their hands to themselves, so why not their lips, too?

  19. I like the fact that he seems to want her at a distance until he sorts his own demons out but isn’t pushing her away entirely.

    1. I hadn’t specifically thought about it that way, but you’re right. Thanks!

  20. That last sentence is brilliant! love it … also liked “So he kept his lips to himself.” 🙂 Made me chuckle.

    1. Brilliant, eh? Well, then, I guess I’ll save on electricity because I won’t need to use lamps.

  21. That last line is wonderful!

    I like the name you’ve chosen. It works well with the other names in this series. 🙂

    1. After a couple of books where I’ve gotten away from “Alien Contact for…” it feels good to return to it.

  22. That last line is simply awesome.

    1. Thank you for the ‘some’ rather than ‘full’ at the end of ‘awe’,

  23. This is such an incredibly good snippet! Absolutely loved the last line in the second paragraph. This whole snippet is so well written.

    1. This is high praise indeed! Very timely, also, as a beta reader marked this exact passage with question marks — but I think I’ll keep it as written.

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