Paper thin rocks to stand on #mfrwhooks

I, Effing Feline, my pet human’s WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid. I’ve asked you before for donations of fresh salmon, but I got nothing from you. Nada. Ne rien. Zippo. Ungrateful meowzers!

Being a cat of great optimism, I’m going to try again. This time, all I ask from you is a comment. That’s all.

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.

Ember continues to explore the strange new hole in the ground that forms a ‘skylight’ into an important cave..

Ember unclipped the multi comm from her belt and adjusted it with a quick, sure touch. “Audio recording is now on,” she said into the comm. “This is Ember Dayle, senior encroachment officer and team lead, examining skylight AQ-49.”

She spoke the date, spatial coordinates, and her assignment number. Then she videoed the hole from several angles. “The hole cuts through…” She paused to take measurements with the multi-com’s lidar, which illuminated the rock with laser light and measured the reflection with a sensor. “Eighteen inches of basalt?” she said incredulously.

That was paper thin. Fear of falling if the ground crumbled threatened to overcome her, but she managed to beat it back.

Why was the hole round?

Answer: because someone had drilled it, obviously.

But who? And why?

She could guess the answer to the last question. This spot was miles from the nearest permanent habitation. Someone had wanted no witnesses to anyone going into this illegal skylight, which gave them access to the long, tunnel-shaped cave.

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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. When are we going to meet the Cupid?

    And Effing, I’ll put you on my Christmas gift list. Smoked salmon is one of my favorite offerings to my friends.

  2. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Effing, everytime I get the gift ready my cats steal it.

  3. deesknight · · Reply

    That hole is so darn intriguing. I want to know more–how did it get there? Who made it? Why is it there? So many questions!

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