Effing Feline fears for his paws #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am starting excerpts from a new book. Not because I want to (I don’t care one way or another about Ed’s books, though don’t tell him that) but because he already has another book coming out. One in September, now one in October? He’s going to wear my beautiful paws down to mere nubbins. Poor me!

Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker is a Christmas novella –Ed’s first ever novella that didn’t overeat and become a novel — and the 6th installment of the Alien Contact for Idiots series. It’s set 5 years from November. Rather than tell you about it (I’m worried about my poor paws, you know) let’s jump right in to the story.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Holly Jansen said to the Thug.

Thug didn’t answer.

“The age of wisdom, the age of…” Her voice trailed off; trudging through the first winter storm of the year wasn’t conducive to quoting Charles Dickens. “I know it doesn’t seem like it, but it’s the best of times because . . . because, well, Black Friday is over and it’s now the Christmas season. The time for Christmas miracles.”

When a gust splashed her face, Holly bent her head into the biting rain. “Yeah, yeah, we need one of those — maybe two. But this is my favorite time of the year — yours too, Thug?’”

No answer came from inside the cat carrier.

The rain made the side street in front of her former apartment seem dark and threatening. It was cold, close to freezing; close to snowing, too; a drop, suspiciously solid, hit the tip of her nose.

Effing Feline here again. I think I’m going to hate this book. That poor, wet cat! How dare Ed torture a feline merely to sell books!

Be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. I’ll bet none of them is so cruel as to put felines in peril.

Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker

They both need a Christmas miracle

No cover yet, but here’s the ‘travel poster’ for the book

Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by an alien king to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle . . . but after meeting the lead dancer, she knows it’s a curse, instead.

Because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered superstar Rafe Sekwa to produce a Christmas potlatch honoring Kwadra’s tribal ancestors — at the same time as Holly’s Nutcracker. He’s determined to do so, no matter what, and Holly finds her ambition melting in the face of her growing admiration . . . and love.

Coming October 21! Preorder Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker at:



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Brrr, I got a chill reading that snippet. Well written!

    1. If a Canuck, even a transplanted one, can’t write a cold scene, who could?

  2. It’s never a good feeling to be caught in the middle of a snowstorm. That bone-chilling cold and relentless snow are awful.

    1. And it gets much worse for her! I seem to be drawn to characters who are utterly out of luck at the beginning of my books.

  3. Help! I fear she’s in big trouble. That bump of

  4. That bump on her nose might do harm to this dear girl. Help!

    1. Let’s hope not!

  5. Congrats, Ed. Sounds like a keeper!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary.

  6. Why doesn’t Effing like the name Thug for a cat?

    1. Effing would probably like the name Bruiser or Demigod, but Thug implies someone brutish, and he considers himself a very literary cat.

  7. Great beginning, seems like quite an unusual plot! Enjoyed the snippet…

    1. Probably so unusual it won’t sell well (sigh). I don’t know how many of my fans will welcome the switch from space opera to the opera (concert) hall.

  8. I do think that attempting to instill literary appreciation in the Thug is a noble effort.
    My novellas tend to eat hardy and become novels in November when I abuse myself by doing NaNoWriMo. If one is from the U.S. (which I am), this is a very fitting month for a novel to do such a thing, as this is when we celebrate our Thanksgiving by preparing feasts which result in too many leftovers.

    1. Literary appreciation perhaps. Dickens, though?

      My last novel, Love thy Galactic Enemy, came in at 86K words. It was originally planned as a short story!

  9. Teresa Cypher · · Reply

    I’m in! Just preordered it. Poor Effing. lol. You tortured poor Thug just to taunt Effing, no?

    1. Merry Christmas in advance, Teresa. I hope you don’t mind near future stories with not a lot of action and nary a single weapon.

  10. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Great snippet

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy!

  11. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    I’m in awe of your prolificatiousness, Ed (I just invented that word – did you guess? This sounds great and I too have pre-ordered it. Is Thug any relative of Effing?

    1. Three new books in one year . . . that’s a new personal best. One of the books, though, is but a novella so let’s call it 2-1/3.

      it was a year filled 2 broken ribs, 3 severed rotator cuff ligaments and 1 surgery. If it were a happier year at a personal level I quite possibly wouldn’t have written as much.

  12. I was surprised there was no hissing or spitting from Thug if he’s also getting pelted with rain and maybe sleet. I can see why Effing would be upset. You have, however, set up a very conflict laden book, so I think Effing’s paws are going to be busy typing in snippets for some time to come! I can’t wait for more myself!

    1. Oh, he’ll get in a hiss or two. This is only the first 10 sentences.

  13. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Ed’s first ever novella that didn’t overeat and become a novel–I love that line. lol The snippet was great. Can’t wait to read this. You sure are prolific. Just call you a writing fiend! 🙂

    1. Don’t get used to this level of output. My next project looks to be 4 times as long as this one, with some major creative decisions looming.

  14. Oh, yuck. Winter. I’m with Thug on this one. Neither magical about ice and snow. Not in Michigan.

    1. I worry a bit that I’m tiptoeing across a line into melodrama here, but I’m trying to give my heroine no place to go but up.

  15. Emily Wrayburn · · Reply

    Well, Thug is certainly not convinced. And I’m not entirely sure Holly is either, despite how much she’s telling herself. I am definitely looking forward to more of this one!

    1. Cats can be hard to convince about being out in the rain. I’ve noticed that about them.

  16. Intriguing snippet. Great imagery of how cold it was.

    1. As I said above, Canadians (even transplanted ones) know cold!

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