If you follow me on social media, then this is old news, but if you don’t then join us in the celebration: We have a new family member: A new kitten!
Just before Thanksgiving at my husband’s job a stray kitten showed up. The kitten was caught and brought home. I never had a chance to bond with the kitten as it bonded with my husband all day after being captured. He is her human!
As you know, we already have two cats: Sage and Curry. They are four years old have been our ‘dynamic duo’ since we adopted them. We were not sure how they would react to the kitten. We kept her separate from them until we got a clean bill of health from the vet.
Then came the task of slowly meeting big brother and sister. Sage took to the kitten quicker and they are like BFF’s most of the time. Curry on the other hand was acting like Church from Pet Semetary!
Sage and Curry (AKA Big Sister and Bigger Brother)
But I can proudly say as of this past weekend everyone is seemingly getting along. (YES!) There will still be an adjustment as this kitten is high energy and Curry isn’t most of the time and sometimes he still seems leery of her.
So you might be wondering…. What is the new kitten’s name? If you guessed some kind of spice then you are wrong!!!!
We are Walking Dead fans and when Shiva was introduced on the show I said the next cat would be named Shiva! If the show had been further along than it was when we adopted Sage and Curry they would have most likely have been named Ezekiel and Shiva. I am actually glad that did not happen as Sage and Curry are such great names for them! Now if the kitten had been a boy then there was more discussion over names, but I overruled hubby and said it would be Beta. Yes, another Walking Dead character!
So we are in a new adventure right now with all of us adjusting to Shiva, the little diva! 😉
I find it so hard to imagine someone dumping this precious little kitten who was maybe one pound when she came home!
Mary Kay Andrews, better known as MKA to her fans, is a favorite author of Jessica’s Reading Room! Her novels are fun, easy to read beach reads. Her newest novel, The High Tide Club, was released in May and I (Jessica) attended the book launch in Decatur!!! It was my first MKA signing! Kim was also able to attend a signing. There will be pictures below!
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Published: May 8, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.
Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.
The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.
Mary Kay Andrews is easily one of my favorite authors ever! She is the queen of funny, Southern fiction and her books are perfect for summer! The High Tide Club is no different. Andrews manages to pull fabulous, fascinating places out of her imagination and then makes them sound like real places that if you tried hard enough, could visit for yourself. Talisa Island is a barrier island off the coast of Georgia, where the Bettendorf family vacation seat of Shellhaven is located. My first inclination was to go straight to Orbitz to book a hotel in St. Ann’s so I can charter a boat to take me to Talisa.
The story of how the High Tide Club came into being and the mysteries surrounding the women, both in the past and present, kept me turning page after page and before I knew it, I was done! It was easy and engaging and I found myself empathizing and rooting for Brooke. I will admit that as much as I loved Brooke and her mother, Marie, and old Josephine, and the residents of Talisa Island, I found myself brisling against Felicia. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m a racist, but I really disliked her bitterness and the way she kept falling into the victim mentality. I’ve said this many times before, I hate politics in fiction and the last thing I want while reading a story, is to be lectured.
But, to hopefully balance out that opinion, I think the true hero of this book is old Varina! I fell in love with Auntie Vee from the very first time she stepped into the story and her grace and poise throughout the entire book is downright enviable! She refuses bitterness, to think badly of her friend, to accept her niece’s bad attitude. She offers forgiveness quickly and accepts what and who God sends to her life willingly and easily. She is the perfect example of the classy, Southern lady that I aspire to be! I like to pride myself on being able to figure things out relatively quickly when reading mysteries and thrillers, but I gotta hand it to MKA, she got me with this one! By the time the mystery was unraveled and the villains revealed, I was shocked and surprised with my mouth hanging open! High five, MKA, high five! Honestly, if it weren’t for the PC undertones that kept cropping up, I’d have given this book 5 stars! This is the almost perfect summer and beach read!!
The High Tide Club Book Launch:
I was so excited to attend my first book launch by MKA. There were A LOT of people there! We even got to meet “Mr. MKA” and others from her family. It was a great launch. Some of the ladies that attended go to every MKA signing that they can! They are all friends and know each other well. I got my book signed, got a swag bag of goodies, some audio arcs and audio books, and had some good food! Everyone had a good time! Here are some pictures from the launch:
Jessica with MKA! I was the second one to meet her and get my book signed!
The decor on the tables was so nice!! I wanted to take it with me!!
You know it’s time to party when there is a disco ball! 😉
MKA with “Mr. MKA”!
MKA’s daughter and grand daughter- it was a whole family affair!
Here is a picture that was taken of the crown from MKA’s perspective! There really were a lot of people! And do you see Jessica? It’s like “Find Waldo”!
Courtesy of MKA Facebook page
Kim went to Nag’s Head, NC for her book signing. She is a repeat MKA offender:
Her past signings:
Today I am helping spread the word about #AbuseTalk Forum started by Jennifer Gilmour. By now you know I am a huge supporter of hers. Though she is based in the UK, this forum is worldwide as domestic abuse is everywhere! Today is the ‘opening day’ of the Forum!
Up to date information on the day on virtual opening event:
Hi, I am Jennifer Gilmour and I am an advocate for women in abusive relationships, I am an author and a mum of three. I have personally experienced domestic abuse and wanted to bring awareness to what happens behind closed doors.
A bit about my journey:
My debut novel, ‘Isolation Junction’ was published in 2016 which follows the story of Rose who is trying to flee her abusive partner. The book is based on true events of my own and has been fictionalised.
Since this publication I have continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through my blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.
My second publication was released in October 2017; I put together stories told to me by survivors of domestic abuse. In this way, I hope to give a voice to their experiences and to raise awareness of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse. Thankfully the law has changed to incorporate this kind of insidious behaviour but still far too many people are trapped, isolated and afraid or unaware of how to escape. I hope that this anthology will give them the courage to take that first step and will raise awareness for those who can help them.
I opened #AbuseTalk in October in 2017 and haven’t looked back, its opened many doors, its connected many people, its supported lots of individuals and it has created an community.
I was a finalist for Inspirational Mum Award in the BizMums Awards 2017.
I started writing for Coercive Control Chat Magazine (CCChat Magazine) in October 2017, I have my own column for #AbuseTalk and an Online Book Club with a difference.
In May 2018 I won Most Informative Blog 2018 in the Blogger Bash Awards, something I am most thrilled about.
Why have I opened a forum?
I have always felt a forum was needed but couldn’t find its place and so I decided a Twitter Chat was the direction to go. After a few months of hosting #AbuseTalk I realised that tweeting was great but it wasn’t for those who don’t want to publicly discuss domestic abuse. It is also restrictive with the character limitations. That’s when I realised that a forum can work alongside the Twitter Chat and offering a register only forum.
I am also delighted to have the forum sponsored by a solicitor which will be announced in the grand opening, our solicitor has agreed to answer questions within the forum on their own thread ‘Ask a solicitor’. This is priceless, to have the opportunity to ask a solicitor when perhaps someone may not have had the ability to do so.
How do I access the new forum?
You can head there right now…
PLEASE NOTE: You will only see the news and updates forum until you are registered, once you are registered you will see the main Abuse Talk Forum appear with all the topics and discussions.
Who is the forum for?
Anyone! Anyone with an interest or passion surrounding domestic abuse.
It can also be for those in the sector like charities, organisations, advocates, bloggers, businesses and more.
Or it can be individuals that want to help, offer guidance, who have gone through abuse or are going through it now.
There will be a VIP Membership area but that is opening later on, updates will be given and this will be just £10 a year with a bag full of offers, discounts and more. This is you really need that extra security and community.
Sign up for notification of this service here:
I would like to sponsor the forum, how do I do this?
The forum is open for sponsorship to cover the maintenance and time it takes to moderate the posts.
Anyone can be a silent sponsor for £1 or £3, scroll to the bottom of this page:
For businesses/charities/organisations/advocates etc please contact me for availability –
Sponsors will receive a unique badge to place on their website and social media to show that they support the forum.
Tell me more about #AbuseTalk…
#AbuseTalk is a Twitter Chat that runs every Wednesday evening 8-9pm GMT. It is open to anyone who wants to discuss domestic abuse.
Each week we have a theme which is there to help the conversation flow through the one hour. You can at any point ask your own questions, reply to others and join in.
Not in the UK? That’s not a problem either, we have people joining in around the world and have adapted the cover photo to display the times in the timezones most used.
Find out more here:
Need to know more?
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor at
Thank you for your time and if the forum isn’t for you – it may be for one of your friends. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Video on how to register and see how the visibility of the forum is altered with the registration-