Effing Feline, bandersnatch hunter #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, learned today of a new creature I want to hunt. It’s called a frumious bandersnatch, though I’m not sure whether frumious is part of the creature’s name, or is an adjective as in “Genius Feline.” Either way, I’m gonna hunt it down then pounce and rip and tear and bite and glory in the kill.


Love thy Galactic Enemy will be available September 9. The heroine, currently calling herself “Lou,” knocks out a guy she thinks is an intruder, then discovers he’s an innocent new roommate. Here’s the aftermath, which isn’t what most people seemed to be thinking.

He raised his head enough to look around then said, “No one else here . . . must’ve fallen.”

His face was shiny with sweat and his eyes were shadowed and sunken. She’d been wrong about him limping; he had staggered, instead, and not from drunkenness. He was ill, which was probably the only reason she’d managed to bring him down.

He tried to rise but managed to push himself only onto one elbow. “I feel like I got hit by a frumious bandersnatch.”

She hopped over his legs to retrieve her clothes from the shelf by her bunk; her back felt cold and exposed as she turned away to throw on her blouse and slacks. When she was dressed she continued to face away from him, trying to regain her composure.

He didn’t know she was the one who attacked him? That could be good or it could be bad — good if he didn’t tell the cops she’d assaulted him, bad if he didn’t realize she’d scratched his nose.

Effing Feline here again. While you were reading today’s commercial, I went looking for a bandersnatch so I could pounce, but I couldn’t find one. Do any of you know where I should hunt?

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Love thy Galactic Enemy

Abandoned to the enemy’s tender mercy

There’s something new on the cover of this novel. Can you pick it out?

– – – –

You did? Good for you!

Yes, the cover now has a blurb by well known science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair. Only a smidgeon of her quote fits on ebook covers, but here’s the whole thing as she sent it to me. Thanks so much, Linnea!

“Mystery, mizzets and mayhem populate this lighthearted tale of interstellar espionage and romantic intrigue.”
—Linnea Sinclair, author of the Dock Five Universe series

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



  1. I’d be interested to see what she’s doing next – help him? talk to him? leave him?

    1. Being a very moral person — she tends to judge all situations in light of what’s the right thing to do — she will NOT leave him. Quite the opposite . . .

  2. Effing… you’re going to need a vorpal blade…

    Looking forward to the release, Ed!

    1. You’re right about the vorpel blade, Lisabet. Effing is already practicing his snicker-snacks. Especially the snacks.

  3. Teresa Cypher · · Reply

    Haha. Yp, good or bad. Is she going to take care of him until he’s better? 🙂

    Effing, I’m sorry but I can’t help you with your hunt for a Bandersnatch. lol

    Ed, bravo on the quote!!

    1. All it took to get the cover quote was to ask, but that took a bit of courage. Linnea is much more established and successful than I am, but she was nice about it.

  4. Ed, you are one of a kind. I get such a kick from your snippets. Thanks for every week. Hugs, Charmaine

    1. I hope the kicks don’t hurt or bruise you!

  5. He must be quite ill if he isn’t sure what happened. And he’s still spouting quotes.

    1. I based his responses on an illness from my younger years when I felt lucid inside my head but everything outside of it seemed watery and fuzzy.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Sounds like he needs her help more than anything.

    1. Exactly, Jessica, exactly.

      But she discovers she does need him for something, though. Namely, she’s so forlorn that she can’t fall asleep without another human’s warm body beside her.

  7. Maybe now isn’t the time to try to explain how and why she dive-bombed him? Interesting twist to their already interesting encounter. Effing, is a bandersnatch anything like an earthly snipe?

    1. If he didn’t realize what happened, she’d be a fool to explain it, wouldn’t she?

      And Effing responded to your question with this: “What the meow is a snipe?”

  8. She’s pretty cool headed in all situations, or so it seems. Enjoyed the snippet, I like plot twists and turns the way you write them!

    1. Thanks — this means a lot to me, Jean. You see, for years I have consciously thought about what’s the most likely thing to happen next in my story. Sometimes I’ll go with it, but I’m more likely to want to confound expectations, often with just a tiny variation to make it seem fresh.

  9. The truth of their encounter might come out later, if it’s not realized now. The situation would be even more awkward if he knew.

    1. Good call, Carrie Anne. He realizes the truth in, I think, chapter 16.

  10. Ooh, intriguing! SFR is my first love! Congratulations on a blurb from Linnea!

    1. I try to write the best books I can, rather than the fastest books. That said, I have trained myself to write much faster than I used to.

  11. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Ahh, quite the clever plot twist there! And that’s a nice blurb you scored for your cover. Congrats!

    1. I delight in plot twists, though many of them come about when I paint myself into a corner, so to speak, and have to leap creatively to dry land.

  12. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    I love the subtle humour you manage to insert into otherwise tense passages. Congratulations on the great cover blurb – well deserved. (And Effing, I’d stick to meeces and don’t bother your noble head about bandersnatches.

    1. Well, if you consider mentioning the frumious bandersnatch subtle, great.

  13. Carole Anne Carr · · Reply

    Love the reference to Lewis Carroll, seems like your sense of humour, and adore the flying cats…

    1. Do we then share perhaps the same sense of humor?

      1. Carole Anne Carr · ·

        Yes, possibly. As I’m presently writing for children, there’s always slapstick, and my next book for grown ups is hopefully a comedy 🤗

      2. Cool! Good luck with the slapstick.

  14. Oooo this is great and I would love to know more! Sounds like things will get complicated for them…

    1. Actually, things are already kinda complicated, but don’t worry. I have more little twists up my sleeve.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    It’ll be interesting to see what she does next.

    1. I’m hoping that what she ends up doing will surprise you.

  16. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Great quote from Linnea. Love your sense of humor, esp. in this snippet. I definitely want to know what she’ll do next.

    1. I don’t know that the quote from Linnea will sell any books. Several years ago for my Tompa Lee trilogy, I got a great quote from Robert J Sawyer (who’s an even bigger name in SF than Linnea is in SFR). The book did okay, nothing more. Even a great blurb isn’t the key to fame and fortune.

  17. Ed, what a greeting as the roomies met! Effing, I fear the creature you seek is as elusive as a Snipe in Southern States USA.

    1. Considering that Effing is strictly a house cat, he can’t go looking far and wide for the bandersnatch.

  18. He must be really ill if he doesn’t remember what happened. Love his quote. 🙂

    And congrats on the review quote for your book!

    1. He quotes Lewis Carroll pretty often. It’s his character tag.

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