Effing Feline doesn’t give a mizzet’s a$$ #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, saw the cover for Ed’s upcoming book, and let me tell you — whoopee ding dong doo. Who care? If there’s no cute pussy cat on the cover, I don’t give a mizzet’s ass* about Ed’s books.

(Notice the cute little asterisk? It means there’s a footnote. I’ve never used one before and I’m excited about my first time! For the footnote explaining mizzet’s ass, keep reading.)

Love thy Galactic Enemy, Ed’s SFR with catless cover, will be available September 8. In it, a woman who currently calls herself “Lou” has been abandoned on a space station orbiting the enemy’s planet. When a guy enters her flophouse room in the middle of the night , she leaps at him from the top bunk and knocks him out.

But he’s a new roommate, not an attacker. Oops.

He didn’t move or make a sound when she turned on the light — but she hadn’t hit him that hard, had she?

She knelt beside him, though not too close. His chest moved and there was no blood; that was good. Although a week’s growth of beard made it hard to guess, he was probably around her age, mid-thirties. He lay on his belly so she couldn’t see his face very well, but enemy or not, he looked like a nice guy.

“Sorra,” she whispered, “true sorra.”

When he groaned, she moved back until she brushed against his heavy duffel bag. He groaned again, but said or did nothing more.

Then his eyes fluttered wide open.

Effing Feline here again. In last week’s post we met Lou’s pet mizzet. Now for my wonderful footnote explaining the pet’s name!

*   “Mizzet’s ass” (as in, “I don’t give a mizzet’s ass”) is the phrase Rita award-winning author Linnea Sinclair used to introduce the little critters Ed has brought to life. Mizzets never actually appeared in Sinclair’s scenes, so Love thy Galactic Enemy is their onstage debut. Linnea says she is “Looking forward to the mizzets!”

If you haven’t read her Finder’s Keepers (containing the first mention of mizzets), you’ve missed a great read. Even cats like it.

Be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Author’s depiction of a mizzet

Love thy Galactic Enemy

Abandoned to the enemy’s tender mercy

Minta, the reserved secretary for a spy team that spread a man-made plague, leaves the planet too late — the team abandons her on the enemy’s space station. She’s forced to fend for herself until she can make contact with an elusive spy, Watcher, who can take her home. To avoid arrest, she nurses a plague victim — a gentle, whimsical man who spouts Lewis Carroll. But to know this enemy is to love him . . .

When Finn Shanwing falls ill, he doesn’t intend to hide that he’s a high-ranking commando. Neither does he intend to fall in love with the secretive nurse who saves his life . . . but by the time he reveals to Minta she saved an enemy commando, it’s too late for his heart. Or hers. Also too late to escape the wrath of Watcher — half-human, half-machine, and both halves obsessed with her.

Love thy Galactic Enemy is available for pre-order, so reserve your copy now:



  1. Oh … okay … i wonder what triggered the last sentence. But i have a feeling these two will get along well 🙂

    1. She just leaped on him in the dark, knocking him flat on his back . . . and you think they’ll get along well?

      1. Give’em time … LOL … she thinks he looks like a nice guy and is very apologetic 😀

      2. Okay, okay. I’ll give them 84000 more words. I hope that’s enough time.

  2. I hope he’s a good sport about this misunderstanding that turned violent!

    1. Yes. For her sake, let’s hope so.

  3. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    Despite it being catless, that is one stunning cover, Ed. Intriguing excerpt as always – love her confusion!

    1. She can be confused. I don’t want readers to be, though.

  4. Oh my gosh, I do believe trouble is afoot. HELP!

    1. Yep. How can she possibly get out of this situation without injury or worse?

  5. Fun internal dialogue and I loved “mizzet’s ass.”
    Shouldn’t she jump away?

    1. lt’s pretty clear, even though Sinclair never bothers to explain, that you can substitute ‘rat’ for ‘mizzet’ — as in the phrase “I don’t give a rat’s ass.”

  6. If I were her I might sneak out and deny all knowledge of what happened. Or maybe she can blame the mizzet?

    1. Yeah, she might do that . . . except she has absolutely no place to sneak to.

  7. Tough guy’s eyelids fluttering cracked me up for some reason, sorry. (Composes self.) I’m enjoying the story very much and can’t wait to see if this person really will be as nice as she’s thinking, especially after she knocked him out! Terrific snippet…fun footnote about where mizzets originated.

    1. I’m hoping to get a cover blurb from Linnea. I was in touch with her a couple years ago when I borrowed the term in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, and then again when I drafted this book. She’s agreed to do it provided she feels the book is worthy. I know how I’d feel if someone asked me to write a blurb for a book I didn’t love, and even though I love Galactic Enemy, that doesn’t mean it will strike a chord with her.

      I got the MS back from the editor today, so I’ll shovel it off to her pronto and hope for the best.

  8. Your characters have the best “cute” meets, Ed – usually with one of the nearly unconscious. It least they all have a sense of humor.

    1. An unconscious meet-cute is something of an accomplishment . . . I guess. I’ll have to think about that.

  9. He can’t be pleased with her. I don’t think she’s going to see a lot of the ‘good guy’ right now. lol She definitely didn’t make a great impression by knocking him out.

    1. This meeting give you a lot to speculate about, doesn’t it?

  10. Can’t wait to see how he reacts. She might have to knock him out again. 🙂

    1. It is kind of hard to see how this scene can develop from here on, isn’t it? As the writer, I love that!

  11. Iffin’ I were her, I’d make sure that he was not between me and the door.

    1. Good thinking!

  12. I don’t blame her. I don’t tend to be too kindly disposed to unknown people coming into my sleeping quarters either!

    1. She’s in the right, except to the extent that she’s in the wrong.

  13. Now what? Tie him up? 🙂 Looking forward to this read! I have it on pre-order. 🙂

    1. It’s been interesting hearing people’s thoughts about what she should do next. It’s safe to say she’ll surprise all of you.

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