Effing Feline wonders #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, wonder:

  • Why a book cover is so blinkin’ important to your writers.
  • Where the sky goes to when it goes night night.
  • And why humans aren’t smart enough to sleep fifteen hours a day.
  • And how dogs can be so stupid as to fawn all over mere humans.
  • And lastly — and most importantly — if you’ve petted your cat today.

Continuing with a snippet from Ed’s upcoming SFR (science fiction romance to you mystery writers), Pandora Uncaged. Last week, Pandora carries medicine as she entered the room where mysterious mobeave was kept. We continue on from there.

But she chopped her self-congratulations short. The finger fish floated uneaten in the pond, which was unheard of . . . and Moby’s head was still submerged.

“Oh, no. No no, no no no.” She pounded on the cage. “Are you alive? Moby, wake up!”

It didn’t move a muscle.

Her heart galloped; she hyperventilated; but to her surprise, the unpleasant sensations didn’t keep her from acting. She slapped her hand on the palm plate.

(And a few more for good luck. Don’t worry, they’re short.)

The door didn’t open. It didn’t open!

She tore off her gloves and tried again.


She’d never been in the mobeave’s cage — her sister’s boyfriend had nearly lost a leg to the beast — but now she splashed across the thigh-deep pool and lifted its head out of the water. “Please don’t die, please. Ember’ll think I’m still a screwup and she’ll never trust me again and –”

The beast opened its beady eyes.

Then its mouth.

Effing Feline here again. Ed insists I tell you about the new cover and release date for Pandora Uncaged. I don’t know why any of you would care, but a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do.

  • The cover is below. Duh.
  • The release date is April 5, 2021

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

Pandora Uncaged

Book Two in the Passion Island Trilogy — A friends-to-lovers future romance

Available April 5 at all major e-book vendors

Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away, she’s rebuilt her self-respect at an isolated facility for saving animals native to the colony’s planet. 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 youth arrives, her insecurities mushroom.

Aidan used to be Pandora’s best friend. Since his teen years, he’s held heroic jobs—police officer and now Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he compares every woman to 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. They’d been close friends, so his strategy is simple: He flies Aidan to her island and tells him to impregnate Pandora.

What could possibly go wrong?



  1. Whoever’s doing your covers these days… they are sensational!

    And yes, I have petted my cats today. Of course!

    1. Great, aren’t they? The cover artist is Danielle Fine, an artist and editor from South Africa. https://www.daniellefine.com/

  2. Nice cover, Ed! And I hope it opened its mouth for a yawn …. 🙂

    1. A yawn. Right. Like when a lion opens its mouth wide . . . it’s just yawning.

  3. Great ending to the snippet. And great cover. I’ll be back next week to see what happens.

    1. Some of the best snippets are cliffhangers. Or in this case, yawn hangers.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Uh oh! Did the mobeave lure her into its cage? I’m very anxious to know what happens next.

    And that’s a great cover!

    1. Keeping its head underwater is rather incomprehensible, right? But how would it know Pandora would burst into its cage like this?

  5. Ooh – a scary mouth! lol.
    Lovely cover.

    1. Like you, I really love the covers Danni made for this series.

  6. OMG! You can’t stop there! This is not good. 🙂

    Effing, I wish I were as smart as you. I wonder how different my life may have been… 😉

    1. If you were a cat, it’s safe to say your life would’ve been very different.

  7. Ih MY! I’m on the edge of my chair now, what a place to cut off the snippet LOL. Really enjoying this book so far, can’t wait for more.

    1. And more you shall get. . . next week.

  8. I was afraid the mobeave might be playing giant alien possum. Or maybe he was just sleeping?

    Effing, to answer your most important question, my cat is sleeping on my lap as I type.

    1. You cat has you well trained, it seems.

  9. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Eep! What a cliffhanger. Or a mouthanger…opener. Yeah, that was a bit of a stretch. 😀 LOVE your cover! I’m gonna add a few hours to my sleep schedule–just for you, Effing.

    1. That’s Effing for you. Putting readers to sleep one blog post at a time.

  10. Uh – opened its mouth – is not a good thing! What a cliffhanger to leave us at.
    And yes, I’ve petted both cats today.

    1. Effing told me he approves of you as a cat owner, so take a bow.

  11. I can feel her distress! But now I’m worried for her in the cage. Great snippet!

    1. Good. That’s what I hoped you’d feel.

  12. I thought last week there was something fishy about the mobeave. I think it wants more than a fish snack. Can’t wait to find out.

    Love Dani’s cover (I thought it looked like her work, which I love!).

    Effing, I sleep at odd hours and not close to 15 a day–when would one write? But I have petted two of the three cats in my household. The third one won’t put in an appearance until supper time, but I’ll pet her then. 🙂

    1. That’s right — Danni’s done some of your covers, too. Very talented woman!

  13. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    That last line is a nice little cliffhanger. Makes you want to know if it hurts her or not.

    1. The secret to a good snippet is often that final line, something that lingers awhile in the reader’s mind.

  14. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I love the cover, Ed. Very engaging. What a place to end the snippet! Great cliff-hanger.

    1. Uh, no. At this point in the story they aren’t engaged yet. 😉

  15. Here’s hoping it doesn’t attack.

    And, no, Effing, sorry. No cat-petting here because I don’t have a cat. I do have two very much loved dogs, though. They like to pet cats — with their teeth.

    1. Oh dear. I’m afraid Effing won’t like this news.

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