Effing Feline asks are *you* as smart as a cat? #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am the owner of a human writer named Ed, aka Mr. Valentine. In his upcoming SFR trilogy, he selected a different romance trope for each of the three books. Can you figure out what trope this snippet suggest?

I’ll warn you that in a beta read of this blog post, of the 100 cats I questioned, 97.38  got the answer right. That’s tough for a human to match!

In the last couple of snippets from book 2 of Ed’s trilogy, Pandora Uncaged, we met Pandora Dayle, the 30-year-old heroine who prowled the cages of a wildlife sanctuary for animals native to this planet Addoray.

Here were meet the hero, Aidan Woodsman. He’s a Search and Rescue team leader, which is an important and respected job on a world whose human colony is only 80 years old. People get lost all the time. He saves them.

Aidan is roused in the middle of the night by a mysterious strangers — but this is no S&R mission. The stranger flies them through the night, heading deep into the wilderness. Aidan demands to know why. The stranger talks first.

“Do you remember Pandora Dayle?”

Aidan gave an involuntary jerk. Then he smiled as warm memories flooded him.

Oh yes, he remembered Pandora. The feel of her velvety smooth cheeks. The peppermint-candy taste of her kisses. At some deep level of his mind, the first stirrings of desire with any woman roused the spirit of Pandora.

She’d been the childhood buddy he caught codfrogs with, then his adolescent crush, then his girlfriend . . . but never quite his lover. She’d wanted to learn about male anatomy and her developing body’s effect on it, and that was all. He happened to be the only guy her age she could experiment on.

On his part . . . well, just hearing her name had jolted his spirits to a lighthearted alertness that flitted around his groin before coming in for a hard landing.

Effing Feline here again. If you’re wondering who that “.38 of a cat” in the beta is, it’s the one who’s imagining eating a mouse.

Did you guess the trope? I’d be surprised if you’re as smart as a cat, you know.

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Pandora Uncaged

Tentative title, tentative blurb

Pandora Dayle is her family’s black sheep. She’s rebuilt her battered self-respect by working at an isolated facility for saving animals, but her redemption feels as fragile as a dream. She’ll be okay, though, if nothing traumatic happens.

But when the best friend from her innocent childhood arrives, her insecurities mushroom.

Aidan used to be Pandora’s best friend. As an adult, he’s been a policeman and now a Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he judges every woman by her idealized memory . . . and finds them wanting.

But when he rediscovers the real thing, she’s not at all what he expected.

Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his second assignment: get Pandora and Aidan to mate. It should be easy, because they were best friends fifteen years ago. His strategy: Fly Aidan to her island and tell him to impregnate her.

What could possibly go wrong?



  1. Needed to clear the steam off my glasses after that one. And the stirrings of sensual love will always do that.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jeff. Sorry about the glasses.

  2. No, I’m not as smart as a cat. But I already knew that.

    This sounds fascinating!

    1. Spoken like a true ailurophile, Lisabet.

  3. Oh wow, poor guy. that would’ve been tough to live with memories like those.

    1. His present is about to become as tough as the memories.

  4. Linda Hamonou · · Reply

    I would guess the trope as “Long lost first love”, but I’m not sure why imagining you are eating a mouse decreases probabilities.

    1. You got the trope right, Linda. As for the eating-a-mouse thing, who knows why cats do what they do?
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Pandora is quite the memorable woman!

    1. She clearly made a huge impression on the hero . . . which hopefully makes readers more curious about her.

  6. Oy! lol Friends to lovers?

    If that isn’t it, I’m okay with that. We all know, Effing, that cats are superior in all ways, right?

    (Leo? Leo! Stop laughing, or the cat will hear you.)

    *Note: Leo is the Cocker Spaniel next to me who is busy snickering.

    FYI, before you soundly trash Leo…I’ve long said that a Cocker Spaniel is as close as you can come to having a cat yet still having a dog. He might be a cousin…

    1. Yep, that’s the trope. As for Leo being Effing’s cousin . . . he does indeed have a cousin with that name, but he’s not spaniel, but a lion. Do you remember any of those posts?

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    A friends to lovers reunion story! Sounds fun!

    1. I always liked stories of this type.

  8. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    I’m betting on friends to lovers, too. Although, my mind might be a bit distracted since I’m imagining eating a mousse. 😀 Great snippet! Especially enjoyed that final line.

    1. You could be right, Julie, but as your comment about mousse implies, the proof is in the pudding. Er, reading. Whatever.

  9. nancygideon · · Reply

    What could possibly go wrong, indeed! I can’t wait to find out!

    1. I had fun thinking of things to go wrong, believe me.

  10. Her name caused quite a reaction – which means some more great story coming up in the weeks ahead 🙂

    And no – I am not smarter than a cat – I have 2 and they are laying in front of the wood stove after being served breakfast then being allowed to nose through all the boxes brought in to unpack to decorate for Christmas. Oh – still have to do the kitty litter.

    1. Better hurry with that litter — you do *not* want to be too late.

  11. I would never presume to be as smart as a cat, but I’m going to guess Second Chances, because friends to lovers is already taken.

    1. At least you didn’t guess “billionaire lover.” That one would clearly be wrong.

  12. Wow! That’s a frustrating set of memories 🙂

    1. And those memories are indelible.

  13. Pandora definitely left an impression. lol Quite a tantalizing snippet. Loved the last line imagery.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karen.

  14. Wow. I really see Pandora and Aidan in this scene. Well done.

  15. Well this will be quite the awkward reunion! Enjoyed the excerpt, very steamy as someone said in the comments already…

    1. It gets more awkward when she doesn’t recognize him.

  16. I’m thinking friends to lovers, and I like that trope too. I think I’ve written a couple! But it sure sounds like he’s very interested in Pandora. Great and steamy snippet, Ed!

    My daughter’s cocker spaniel loves our three cats and only eats cat treats, not dog treats. We say he identifies as cat. 🙂

    1. Sounds like your dog is Trans.

  17. Knowing what we do about her from previous snippets, this is going to be one heck of a meeting for them.

    1. At some point, this reunion is liable to be explosive . . . and not necessarily in a bad way.

  18. I suspect he’s looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses. Really curious why she needs “impregnating” though. *shudders at having to type that*

    1. People do recoil at the thought of eugenics.

  19. Sounds like Aidan’s in for a spot of trouble. With any luck, it will be the fun kind!

    1. Aidan is, indeed about to get lucky . . . but it’ll take a few hundred pages.

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