Effing Feline wishes you happy V-day #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, wish you a blah blah happy Valentine’s Day. May you find your blah, blah, blah, if you haven’t already blahed him. (In case my attitude isn’t clear, here’s what we cats think is the only thing this holiday is good for:

That’s right — catnapping!

Pandora Dayle is the acting director of Quak, a veterinary-slash-research facility on a new colony planet. There are lots of beasties learn about. In last week’s snippet, you met Harry the gator.

With one patient taken care of, she put away the syringe and grabbed a couple of huge pills from a medicine bottle. Then she tiptoed into the quarantine’s back room.

She’d yet to discover anything that would soothe the mobeave’s temper. She’d never dared enter its cage, because with its fierce claws and teeth, a wrong move could be serious. Even fatal. No other creature yet discovered on Addoray was as dangerously armed.

“Hi, Moby. Ready for your medicine?”

The five-foot long, vaguely beaver-like beast didn’t respond. That wasn’t unusual, but it was unusual that the quadruped’s hind legs rested on the pool’s bank while its head was completely submerged.

“Washing your face, are you? Good for you. A handsome guy—or girl, sorry—with infected cuts can’t keep yourself too clean.”

She donned work gloves and grabbed a couple finger fish from the wall fridge. After stuffing a pill down each of the fish’s mouths, she tossed them through the slit at the top of the transparent cage. The mobeave was constantly hungry.

Effing Feline here again. Ordinarily, I’d show you the blurb for Pandora Uncaged, book 2 in the Passion Island trilogy. Not today. Instead, here’s the brand new cover for book 1, The Seven-Foot Cupid, which will be released March 8. (Sorry for all the delays with this release. Sigh.)

The Seven-Foot Cupid

Ember Dayle prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After an injury, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when ordered to explore a mysterious cave on a wilderness mountain. Until that’s done, the last thing she needs is the distraction of a man.

Tyler, an explorer from her town’s fierce rival, is sent to explore the same cave. Like Ember, he’s been in an accident . . . but he was the only survivor. When he meets Ember, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by her ability to deal openly with her accident.

Booker is a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret group hoping to make the colonists healthier and smarter by helping people with strong genes fall in love. His first assignment: Ember and Tyler. His strategy: lock them in an abandoned cabin together. With nothing else to pass the time, maybe they’ll find love.

He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with the fiercest, most intelligent native beast ever discovered. Can love help them survive?



  1. Nice cover! 🙂

    It’s obvious Pandora loves her job. I can hear the affection in her voice for her charges. 🙂

    Effing, enjoy your nap. I think you’re on to something! Everyone should get a catnap or two EVERY day. 😉

    1. Michael Hauge and others have written about how to establish sympathy for your characters at the beginning of your books by making them humorous, competent, underdogs, etc. Personally, I think love of animals could be added to the list.

  2. … I feel like there’s a “but not today” coming.

    1. Yes, today there’ll be a problem.

  3. Sending both you and Ed love on Valentines, Effing!

    1. Bouncing some love right back at you, Lisabet!

  4. Almost forgot. Happy Valentine’s Day, Ed. This is your day, right? Mr. Valentine. 🙂

    1. Happy V-Day to you, as well. Thanks!

  5. nancygideon · · Reply

    This is YOUR day, Mr. Valentine! Love the excerpt. Anyone who cares for animals (even the ugly, bity ones) is ok in my book (or in yours, in this case!).

    1. As I said in answer to a comment above, love of animals is a great way to create sympathy for your characters.

  6. I Gotta wonder if the mobeave is okay. I enjoy my weekly visits to the animal sanctuary to see all the animals.

    1. The Mystery of the Mobeave is one of the threads that holds the three books of the trilogy together.

  7. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    I must have a bit of mobeave blood in me. I’m constantly hungry, too. 😀 Happy blah blah blah day to you!

    1. Oh dear. That makes me afraid to ask how sharp your teeth and nails are.

  8. Love how everyone hides the medicine in something. For my dog – it was a big dollop of peanut butter.

    1. Twiggles the Dog is on medication for the remainder of her life, but we hide the pill in her wet dog food. Peanut butter would work too, I’m sure–I’ll have to try that.

  9. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Great cover!

    I’m worried about that giant beaver for some reason. Is it okay?

    1. An even better question: will Pandora be okay after going into its cage?

  10. Love the cover!

    And I’m worried that today is the day she has to go into the mobeave’s cage.

    1. I love the cover, too. Danni did a great job on it.

  11. For some reason I’m afraid she’s about to get that injury mentioned in the blurb. The unusual position of the mobeave is worrying.

    Great cover! And Happy Valentine’s Day, Mr. V and Effing!

    1. It’s almost like the mobeave is trying to drown itself. Or is it just some strange behavior that’s typical of animals on this planet? Who knows . . .

  12. I have a bad feeling about the animal’s position.
    But, I love the idea of a heart-shaped pillow. Thanks Effing

    1. Suicide? (I suppose it’s actually mobeave-icide.)

  13. Cool cover! Happy Valentine’s Day to the original Mr. Valentine! And of course I enjoyed the snippet. I feel like I’m watching “Otherworldly Vet” (which since I love reality TV shows about vets, is a good thing.)

    1. My wife watches a lot of those shows, too, which means I catch them sometimes, too.

  14. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I like animals, but I think I’d be afraid of this one. I wonder if hiding its head is bad.

    1. Pandora likes animals too, but she also is afraid of this one.

  15. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Happy V Day! I am enjoying these snippets. Pandora is such a compassionate soul. Taking care of those animals, many of whom are dangerous, is a tremendous sacrifice for her. Love the cover!

    1. Thanks so much, Diane!

  16. The mobeave is a curious creature. Pandora is wonderful with the creatures. She seems very caring.

    1. I’m glad you find the mobeave curious rather than, say, boring or predictable. It was discovered in book one of the trilogy, kept in captivity in book 2 (this one) until it escapes at the end, and in book three it makes a triumphant return just in time for a triple wedding of the Dayle sisters.

  17. I was finally able to get out of the darkness and forced isolation of the South Texas blackout of 2021. 42 hours of no power and water. Now to catch up on snippets and you are always the first. And I as a couple of others have said have some curiosity over the mobeave’s unusual submerging. Staged, or foul play is interesting. Great snippet.

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