Effing Feline feels naked #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, complained last week about the cold, and I meant every word. But after getting a picture from my Canadian cousin Sadie, I may have to change my mind.

Sadie is a dog (yuck). Nonetheless, I kind of envy her. I’ll show you why after this message from my sponsor, Ed’s WIP, Pandora Uncaged.

You’ve met Booker, who is an Apprentice Cupid. Picking up where we left off, we learn about the mysterious woman who mentors him.

An impenetrable aura of mystery surrounded Mentor. Inquiries about her were met with frowning silence. Strangely, no one even gossiped about her.

Ironic, considering that Booker was a constant source of gossip because of the rating his genetic material had been given. His genes were, supposedly, Perfect, the first Perfect in a generation. The men here resented him, though he never bragged. The women desired him—not for himself, but for the thrill of bedding a Perfect specimen and maybe producing a Perfect child.

His love life was physically exhausting and emotionally lonely.

He didn’t want to bed all those women, though many of them were young, pleasant, and beautiful. He wanted Mentor, who was middle-aged, cantankerous, and careless about her looks. Something about her intellect and her mystery drew him to her.

Effing Feline here again. Here’s Sadie’s picture, which Ed’s son shared on Instagram.

Look at those snazzy clothes! I’m jealous, even if she is just a dog. Beyond even that, I feel sort of . . . naked.

Oh, the horror!

Be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

Pandora Uncaged

Pandora Dayle is her family’s black sheep. Ten years after running away, she’s rebuilt her self-respect by working at an isolated facility for saving animals. Her redemption feels as fragile as a dream, but she’ll be okay if nothing traumatic happens.

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

Aidan was Pandora’s friend until his parents moved away. 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 Pandora.

What could possibly go wrong?



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Beautiful scenery, and a nice-looking dog!

    As for the snippet, it sounds like Booker wants more from Mentor than simply learning to be a Cupid.

    1. Indeed he does want more.

  2. . No wonder Booker wants Mentor. If she cares nothing for being perfect she would be so restful.

    1. Winning her over would require her to like him, not just his gene ratings.

  3. Why do we always want the one who is hard to get? Cupid is no exception. 🙂

    Effing, might be time to get out your Cuddleduds. 🙂

    1. It goes to show that there’s something to the ploy of playing hard to get.

  4. Love Sadie’s booties!

    Meanwhile, I feel for poor Booker. It’s not very satisfying to be desired purely because of one’s genetic material.

    1. I suppose there are worse reasons to be desired, but few that are as sterile.

  5. Ah, no wonder he wants Mentor. Perfect is obviously not on her radar 🙂

    1. We all seem drawn to the things we can’t have.

      1. Ain’t that the truth ! 🙂

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I love how he describes her: middle-aged, cantankerous, and careless about her looks. LOL So different from the others.

    Sadie looks like she’s ready to go for a good run. Love the boots & vest.

    1. Sadie’s not in love with the boots — she tries to kick them off. My son says she’s really taken to the Alberta mountains since moving there this fall. She’s a fearless hiker.

  7. nancygideon · · Reply

    Charming scene, as always. You’ve such a way with descriptions, Ed! Can’t wait to read more.

    1. Why thank you, Nancy!

  8. Ahhh… the one who doesn’t pay you ANY attention always gets ALL your attention. Love it!

    Tell Effing Feline to put on some booties and visit Sadie. It’s not all bad up here in Canada. Oh – wait. You can’t cross the border yet. Effing may only have to bring sunscreen by the time the border opens. Lucky cat.

    1. Booties or no booties, can you imagine a cat hiking in Banff in the winter? I can’t.

  9. Being Perfect is evidently difficult.

    1. I know, I know. Do you have that problem, too?

  10. Careful, Effing. You know how crazy we humans can get when we start dressing up our pets. Excuse me, I mean, our overlords.

    Interesting twist on the Cupid situation. Poor Booker, all those pleasant women chasing after him.

    1. Yeah, Booker has a really rough life. 😉

  11. Ooh, hard to be Perfect! This is a fascinating wrinkle in the plot and I enjoy that the person he wants is Mentor. Great snippet!

    1. His desire for the one woman he can’t have gives his character some depth, showing he isn’t just a shallow sybarite.

  12. Gotta love Booker for wanting Mentor. The man has his head together.

    1. His head may be together, but is his heart? Is he strong enough to sustain an unrequited love?

  13. I wonder if he wants Mentor simply because she doesn’t want him.

    And I doubt I could get either of my dogs to wear boots. (Well, one might, but the other would probably tear my face off for even trying to put them on him.)

    1. Well trained dog you have there!

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    There’s no accounting for attraction. That’s a beautiful dog in a beautiful setting.

    1. The dog’s not just beautiful. It’s well dressed, too.

  15. Booker sounds like he’s looking for a beautiful mind, not a beautiful body. I wonder how Mentor feels about his attraction (if she knows of it). Nice snippet!

    Effing, perhaps you could persuade Ed to buy you a coat (although where you live I doubt you have much need of one other than your own).

    1. He’s definitely attracted to Mentor’s mind more than her body.

  16. Sounds like he’s looking for someone different and maybe he’s found her. I’m curious to see how this all plays out. Also what does she think of him?

    1. Is she is one true love? You won’t find out until book three of the trilogy.

  17. Interesting that even Cupid wants someone he can’t probably have. Is there a Cupid service for Cupids?

    1. Maybe there should be!

  18. There is something to be said about someone that is the opposite of everyone else. Something about a ‘careless’ natural beauty.

    1. Her ‘oppositeness’ has certainly caught Booker’s eye.

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