Effing Feline pre-orders salmon #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, really wonder about humans sometimes. Take Ed, my pet human. (Please!) He’s been muttering a lot lately about pre-odors. What the heck is a pre-odor? Either something smells or it doesn’t.

In Pandora Uncaged, book two in the Passion Island trilogy, Pandora Dayle is the acting director of Quak, a veterinary-slash-research facility on a new colony planet. Here we learn about the most important (for the story, at least) animal.

Ember, Pandy’s big sister, had discovered this creature high up the mountain, hence the name mountain beaver, shortened to mobeave. It was ill, so Ember had dropped it off at Quak for some TLC — and she’d sheepishly suggested its bleating cry of ffffd meant it was begging for food.

Pandora believed it. In the month since the mobeave’s arrival, it’d learned to say her name, sort of: Pnnntorrr. To clinch the argument, it now said pliss for please. She couldn’t wait for Ember’s return to show off Moby’s new tricks.

Of course, talking was no mere trick. A dangerous predator smart enough to speak? Moby might be one of the most important discoveries of mankind’s eighty-year history on this planet, yet Ember had entrusted her, the screw-up of the Dayle family, with the secret of its existence and health while the authorities decided what to do about it. The honor and the responsibility both delighted and terrified her.

At the moment, delight won out. “You’ve come a long way back, girl,” she said to herself with a satisfied laugh.

Effing Feline here again. Ed, that nasty man, just pulled my tail to get my attention. It’s pre-orders, he says, not pre-odors.

I’m all in favor of pre-ordering as much salmon as he can afford, so help a cat out, eh? Be sure to pre-order his upcoming SFR, The Seven-Foot Cupid, book one in the Passion Island trilogy.

Yum, salmon!

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The Seven-Foot Cupid is now available for pre-order!

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. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    An animal that big and intelligent could be very dangerous.

    1. Kind of like humans, eh?

  2. Agree with Jessica. WOnder what else it it’ll learn to say–or if it doesn’t already know other words.

    Pre-order, Effing? BIG difference. Big. 😉

    1. Pre-odor sounds like something Twiggles the Dog would dream up.

  3. Oh! Pandora is Ember’s sister? Interesting tidbit.

    When is the release date for the Seven Foot Cupid?

    1. Release date is March 8. This is a trilogy, and three Dayle sisters are without men, so . . .

  4. interesting snippet, I, however, was sidetracked by confusion of pre-odor and pre-order this week. 😀

    1. Sidetracked in an amused way, I hope!

  5. I pre-ordered “The Seven-Foot Cupid”. Looking forward to reading Effing Feline’s creation (with your help of course, Ed.)

    1. You’re my new favorite person, Gem!

  6. Moby has some secrets and I’m curious to learn more about him or her.

    1. Moby is part of the trilogy’s ‘metastory’ that holds the three books together, so you won’t learn his secrets here in book two.

  7. And the tension grows, much like Salmon before they swim upstream in the Fraser River (beautiful British Columbia). Thanks for another entertaining snippet, Ed.

    1. Back when I was an elementary school teacher, I used to take my classes to the Adams River salmon run, in a tributary to the Fraser. Quite amazing (though stinky)! There were so many fish it looked as though you could walk across on a platform of salmon.

  8. Aren’t we talking animals?? And nothing like the “screw up” being entrusted with anything – what could possibly go wrong???

    1. Quite a lot will go wrong for poor Pandora’s chance to rehabilitate her reputation.

  9. Aha! I would pre-odor tuna and pre-odor a 7 Foot Hunk, or I guess it’s a Cupid. Interesting and clever plot. Congratulations on your upcoming release!!

    1. You definitely want pre-odorous tuna. The alternative is nose-wrenching.

  10. nancygideon · · Reply

    Adore your description of the animal making conversation. That show intelligence . . . but with good or evil intent? For Pandora’s sake, I hope she’s found an ally.

    1. The next few snippets will provide clues.

  11. I like your description of a non-human intelligence learning words.

    1. Having a grandson at language-acquisition age has helped . . . though Moby is probably smarter than Logan. (Sorry Logan, no offense intended!)

  12. And will she learn its language? Fascinating complication.

    1. Hmm. You know, I never thought about humans learning the aliens’ language. My excuse is that, in my off-the-page planning, Moby is just a child, analogous to my three-year-old grandson who is learning to speak.

  13. More and more intriguing as we go on here. Not just a simple animal if it can talk to her! Really a great snippet…

    1. That’s a high compliment. Thanks Veronica!

  14. Haven’t we all fantasized about a talking animal? This is a dream come true, except, yes, if they are that smart, we’d better watch out! Loved the snippet!

    1. Moby’s words cast the human colony on this planet in a whole new light.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    A talking animal would be an earth shattering discovery. .

    1. Or in this case, an Addoray-shattering discovery. That’s the name of the planet they’re on.

  16. I don’t know. It almost gives you an ominous set up. Especially speaking about the Dayle’s past history.

    1. Hopefully, the setup leaves it open. Ominous or hopeful? It could go either way.

  17. Diane Burton · · Reply

    After Effing’s intro, I had to pre-odor–I mean, pre-order–this story. I’ve been so intrigued by all the strange animals. Pandora blithely accepts them all and cares for them. Fascinating.

    1. This proves that you are a woman of impeccable taste!

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