A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara’s heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot.
Cara sets off to Florida to see the home of her literary hero, Ernest Hemingway, accompanied only by Hemi, the stray dog who proves to be the perfect travel companion. But the harrowing trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.
At the announcement of China's Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao's Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history.
The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu's coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.
Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace—and finally found the courage to share her stories.
As a child advocate, Kay spent a number of years volunteering in a Chinese orphanage, as well as provided assistance for several nonprofit organizations that support children in China, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW), Pearl River Outreach, and Love Without Boundaries. In the USA, she actively served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Georgia, as well as spear-headed numerous outreach programs for underprivileged children in the South Carolina area.
Kay currently lives on Amelia Island, in the Fernandina Beach area; a quaint seaside town that made #4 in the 2017 Coastal Living 'Happiest Coastal Towns in America' list.
WISH ME HOME will be available March of 2017 and then...
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Here's the boys, Riley Radcliffe and Kamikaze Kaiser, wearing ties for Kaiser's adoption day.
Riley (left) has been my shadow for seven years and is a thoughtful, gentle soul totally devoted to me. I've groomed him to be the perfect writer's dog and I couldn't do without him.
Kaiser was rescued from a traumatic situation and was our foster dog. However, after several weeks with us, he bonded with my Ben and we couldn't part with him. He's a grumpy little fellow full of suppressed affection that comes out just enough to make you fall in love with him.
Riley and Kaiser quickly accepted each other and you'd never know they weren't born as brothers.
My daughter was in her sophomore year of college when she decided she needed a companion. We arrived at the shelter to find total chaos down the line of kennels, all the dogs jumping, barking, and begging for attention. All except for one. Griffin was sitting there, quiet and thoughtful, staring out of his kennel with a hopeless look. Amanda took him outside to the yard. When he wandered over to where she sat on the bench and jumped up in her lap, then leaned against her, love bloomed. I have to say, Griffin is the most amazing dog I've ever known and the dog in my novel, WISH ME HOME, was modeled from Griff's unique personality. Griffin is a true testament to the gratitude a dog has when he/she has been rescued.
You'll see snippets of stories about all our critters on my Facebook page, if you'll follow along!
January 8th, 2017