Effing Feline wears the flags #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, learned that this is a holiday weekend in North America. In the States, it’s Memorial Day. and in Canada, Victoria Day.

  • Victoria Day is traditionally the time to plant your garden, so Canadians celebrate by mucking about in the dirt.
  • One of the ways Americans celebrate Memorial Day is by decorating with flags.

In Ed’s most recent release, Pandora Uncaged, Pandora has taking Aidan to see the mysterious mobeave, She’s been charged with keeping its unusual capabilities secret, but she shows off the creature to her old friend Aidan. (He has official business there, so she figures it’s safe to tell him.

She went to a small fridge in the room’s far corner and returned with an ice bucket. After showing its sweetly redolent contents to Aidan, she held it close to the mobeave’s cage.

Moby sat back and clapped his front paws. “Ffffd,” the mobeave muttered. She palmed a reading plate that opened a slot at the top of the cage and threw in a single finger fish.

Aidan chuckled. “It almost sounded like it was asking to be fed.”

She grinned and shifted from foot to foot—danced, almost—abandoning all attempts not to gloat. This next part was all her doing. Well, hers and the mobeave’s. She mimed putting a fish in her mouth then held the bucket high with one hand.

And a few more lines. Not too many, though, because I know you have lots of other snippets to get to.

“Come on, Moby,” she said, “do your thing.”

The mobeave ducked his head up and down then clapped his paws again. “Ffffd plssss, Ponnnn tyarra.”

Effing Feline here again. I can’t very well plant a garden in a blog post, but I can decorate with flags. Here are the flags of the countries that are part of my pet human’s heritage. Do you know what they all are?

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

Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away from home, 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?

Pandora Uncaged is available at these fine sites. Order yours today.



  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Victoria Day was last Monday, and while we planted vegetables, we’re expecting frost here overnight.

    And that mobeave is very intelligent. Could make it even more dangerous.

    1. Blame Effing for the Victoria Day blooper. He’s just a cat who’s never been farther from the house that the back yard, so what does he know about Canadian holidays?

  2. I didn’t realize the mobeave could talk. I should have picked up on that from previous snippets.

    Happy Memorial Day, Ed! (And you too, Effing!)

    1. The mobeave’s talking is the main reason Pandora is supposed to keep it secret — but not from readers like you!

  3. talking mobeave, interesting, so it can be taught. wonder whether that’s good or bad.

    1. That’s one of the issues the trilogy addresses.

  4. The mobeave talks. Very cool.

    1. Its tricks are pretty good, eh?

  5. I didn’t pick up on the mobeave’s voice abilities before this either. Cool trick! Or…is it more than just a trick?? Great snippet, Ed!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Teresa!

  6. I wonder if Aiden will be as happy about the talking mobeave as Pandora is?

    1. A dangerous beast who’s smart enough to talk is cause for happiness?

  7. Can’t wait to see Aiden’s reaction to a talking mobeave! He may not be as delighted as she expects…great snippet!

    1. Maybe, maybe not.

  8. Wow – the mobeave has learned to speak english.
    Fun snippet.
    Enjoy Victoria Day – next year?

    1. Yeah, next year.

  9. Blame Effing, not me, for the Victoria Day screwup.

  10. If it can learn to speak English then perhaps it — and therefore others of its species — can be reasoned with?

    1. Speech opens up all sorts of possibilities, doesn’t it?

  11. She’s taught the mobeave to talk? How cool is that! And I guess that makes it more dangerous and something to be kept under wraps at all costs. Good luck with that! Great snippet!

    1. Indeed, the mobeave keeps getting more and more dangerous. If an indigenous ‘animal’ can talk, are humans really entitled to waltz in and colonize the planet?

  12. Can she come teach my cat to speak??

    1. Of course — for a teensy weensy fee.

  13. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t know it could talk.

    1. I’m glad to have taken you by surprise!

  14. I’m intrigued that the mobeave can talk. I didn’t expect that. Love the interaction of the characters and the creature. What else can the mobeave do I wonder?

    1. Read on to find out!

  15. Aw, I love the Mobeave more and more!
    I’m a real Heinz 57. There would be a lot of flags. Or I could just make a new flag to represent Pasty White People who get a sunburn under a 60-watt bulb. The tiny pinch of American Indian in my heritage does nothing to protect me from that.
    Your book is included in this week’s Roost Recommendations, featuring a link to this post, a buy link, and a blurb. I share the Roost Recommendations posts on Twitter with readers looking for their next read.

  16. Thanks for the post on your website!

  17. Diane Burton · · Reply

    That mobeav is amazing.

    1. Not only amazing, but seemingly pretty popular, too.

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