The sound of me sticking out my tongue #mfrwhooks

I, Effing Feline, present for your edification and wonderment another snippet from my pet human’s WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid. You may thank me by sending donations of fresh salmon. Yum!

On a planet with a new human colony, unexpected dangers abound. Ember Dayle is one of the intrepid people whose job it is to deal with the unexpected . . . but today’s her first day back after an accident. The plastic surgery to her face looks good, but it doesn’t look like her.

Last week, we saw Ember’s trepidation about exploring a strange new phenomenon — a hole in the ground that forms a ‘skylight’ into an important cave. Here she talks to her sister, Rayna, via radio.

“The new hole is three feet across and round, Rayna — perfectly round.”

“No shit? That’s unnatural, creepy. Look, I’ll come with you. Wait twenty minutes and we’ll explore this skylight together.”

“Stay with the skimmer,” Ember said. “That’s an order.”

“Grr — a few hours into her first mission in six months and she’s already as bossy as ever.”

“I am not bossy.” Ember regretted falling for the bait, but this was a familiar taunt from youngest sister to oldest. It stiffened her resolve — which was probably what Rayna intended. She never bossed anyone, yet she usually got her way. She was sneaky smart, a subliminal convincer as opposed to Ember’s blunt-force commander.

“That silence,” Rayna said, “was the sound of me sticking out my tongue.”

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The Seven Foot Cupid

Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy
A locked-in-together romance

Ember prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After a head injury shakes her confidence, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when she’s ordered to explore a mysterious new cave.

Tyler, an explorer from a rival town, is given the same task. Like Ember, he’d been in an accident – – but his entire team died, leaving him drowning in survivor’s guilt. When he meets Ember, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by how well she deals with her accident.

Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his first assignment: get Ember and Tyler together. His strategy: lock them in an abandoned cabin together so they ‘get to know’ each other.

He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with . . . something else. Something dangerous. Something no human has ever seen.



  1. K.A. Raines · · Reply

    I do love some snark! Fun excerpt. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Rayna’s a kid sister (though an adult), so of course she snarks.

  2. I thought the post was going to be about Effing sticking out his tongue…!

    Sounds like another great story, Ed.

    1. I certainly hope it turns out to be a story you like.

  3. Sibling rivalry – Like the humor at the end

    1. Sibling rivalry exists everywhere, even on this alien planet.

  4. personalizedmarketinginc · · Reply

    Nice interaction between characters.

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  5. You should take a poll to see how many stuck their tongues out to see if there was any noise.

    1. I don’t know about a poll, but I did test it out myself to see if it could be done quietly. Indeed it can, as long as you don’t blow a raspberry at the end.

  6. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Love the last line.

    1. That line firmly characterizes Rayna a the littlest sister, doesn’t it?

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