Effing Feline advocates nudism #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, never wear clothes. Why should I? Is not my form perfection? And if it’s good enough for a superior being like me, why is it not good enough for humans?

I suspect the answer has something to do with humans’ regrettable lack of fur, which leaves them so pitiably vulnerable to weather or temporary temperature changes. Even a brilliant cat such as myself would never think of inventing anything so destructive to the environment as central heating or air conditioning. For romance writer such as my pet human, Ed, clothes are a formidable deterrent to romance. How is one to know whether a potential mate is in fact desirable?

In Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, Tal Pelletier has escorted Audra Verhailey and her baby to the abandoned underground city where he had lived  before his people hopped Kwadra Island to this Earth. At first she didn’t trust Tal, but her opinion has changed after a hard day’s travel.

Tal moved with sturdy grace and he seemed determined to take care of her. What was he like in bed? She’d wondered that about a fair number of guys with sexy rears, but this time the thought felt wrong, forbidden. With a rueful headshake, she thrust aside conjecture. All she wanted to do in bed was sleep.

So far he’d been nice, and although she knew there were men as great as this—her uncle Matt, for one—she’d never dated any. Tal must have flaws, serious flaws—all men did—but she hoped she never found out, so she could treasure the memory of the world’s only selfless young man.

“Tal?” she said to his back.


She lowered her voice. “Don’t disillusion me too badly, okay?”

Effing Feline here again. The logical conclusion — and we cats, you must agree, are nothing but logical — is that you doff your garments. Now. This instant. Yes, that means all of you.

Except Ed. Sorry Mr Valentine, but you’re too old for my taste. And you’re a guy. So keep it covered, please! I’m begging you, please!

Check out the other uncovered writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Cats look ridiculous in clothes, as these pics prove.

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clothed cat 3

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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?

Alien Contact for Runaway Moms is available now for pre-order from these fine retailers.



  1. Would that we had fur as nice as my cats’!

    1. Surely you aren’t implying your cats have fur as nice as Effing’s?

  2. Effing would look Adorable in a sailor suit. Don’t tell him. He would.

    Audra sounds disillusioned enough, she needs a little light in her life. Soon! Catchy snippet, I like her train of thought.

    1. Effing in a sailor suit . . . what a thought. Sheila, your imagination surpasses mine by far!

  3. Good snippet, Ed. I love her brutally honest thoughts about his rear. lol

    Maybe the next book in this series could be Alien Contact for Cats? Effing could co-write.

    1. Clearly she’s more of a realist than a romantic.

  4. I hope he’ll be able to show her not all men have serious flaws. Great snippet to show her thoughts.

    1. If she looks hard enough, she may be able to find some flaws.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Her last line is great! I wonder if he understands what she means by that.

    1. The next paragraph in the book includes his response: “I have no idea what you mean by that.”

  6. You showed her vulnerability quite well, Ed. I almost bought a tutu for my cat the other day. Top Gun (aka DH) just frowned and shook his head. No sense of adventure, that man – at least when he’s on the ground.

    1. Effing would not approve of the tutu. I, on the other hand, might think it was cute.

  7. I am laughing so hard right now! This post is so fantastic! Those poor cats dressed in clothes. Great that it ties in with the snippet, too. Interested to see what his response to her will be.

    1. His English isn’t exactly fluent. His response is “I have no idea what you mean by that.”

  8. Her inner conflict is very relatable. Dating can be excruciating, even when the other person isn’t an alien (but only seems like one). Great snippet. Oh, and Effing, rumpled pajamas are an important part of any writer’s persona, so no way I’m I giving up mine.

    1. Rumpled pajamas? Ugh. Pretty much the first thing I do in the morning is get dressed.

  9. Intriguing snippet. Whatever happens, I hope she won;t be disappointed. As for cat fur–my boy is a Persian. His coat is beautiful as it should be since he gets groomed every single day.

    1. That’s the trouble with long-haired cats: the grooming. You have my sympathy.

  10. Wonderful snippet, Ed. Hubba, Hubba, can’t wait for the big scene!!!

    1. Well, you’re going to have to wait, Charmaine. Sorry about that!

  11. I don’t think he’d understand.

    1. You’re right. He doesn’t.

  12. I totally get where she’s coming from, and hopefully she’ll be all right! Also you’re fabulous, Effing.

    1. From her POV, the point of the book is to get “all right.” As for Effing, he knows he’s fabulous.

  13. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Love the pics. Effing would look great as a wild west sheriff. This snippet shows her disillusion with men. I hope Tal shows her not all men are like that.

    1. A wild west sheriff? I think he’d prefer Zeus or Jupiter, at a minimum

  14. No one’s perfect, but there are basically good people out there. He could be one of them!

    1. She’s starting to hope, which in a way is worse than not hoping.

  15. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    I loved her inner thoughts about her attraction to him and his wonderful shapely bum. lol I also loved her heartfelt plea that he does not ‘disillusion’ too much. Great snippet.

    1. Her plea is a sign of her desperation . . . and her naivete.

  16. I don’t know which I enjoyed more: the outstanding blog title or this week’s excellent snippet!

    1. Why, thanks so very much, Jess.

  17. Sorry to be so late commenting, was on a tight deadline for a book! She is SO determined to see the dark side of everything and look at all the worst possibilities! Wow. But you did a great job of developing her character and keeping her consistent here…interesting snippet!

    1. Someone who’s so super diligent as you are is allowed to be late every once in awhile. Or even — dare I say it –to skip a week!

  18. Aww, that last line is heart-rending.

    1. She is definitely a very vulnerable woman.

  19. So sorry to be so late visiting, Ed. It’s been a hectic week, after a hectic weekend and I had an audio file to review (So excited!) Loved the snippet as always, I think she’s mellowing! As for Effing – is that you in the sheriff outfit Effing? How utterly adorable, although I don’t normally approve of four legged people being dressed up like humans, but that is just so cute!

    1. I will NOT pass your praise on to Effing. He disdains being called “cute.”

    2. PS — Congratulations on the audiobook!

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