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.
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?