Monday, June 15, 2015

An Awesome #Kitty Gift--Zoie Joy by Karen Rose Smith

Three years ago on my parents' wedding anniversary, my husband and a friend heard crying coming from our gnarled redbud bush. Storms had moved through the night before and the temperature was a sweltering 98 degrees. When hubby found the little black kitten and put her in my palms, I lost my heart. She was only 1 1/2 pounds, dehydrated and hungry. We have a sunroom on out basement level that has a small air conditioner. We began running it during the day and I would go there and hold Zoie Joy for hours. After a flea treatment and vaccines, we moved her to my office where she lived for another two weeks until an eye infection cleared.

Zoie as a kitten waiting in the sunroom
for her move to her forever home.
A young Zoie watches her big sisters
from high on her condo perch.
And then she met our two other cats. London who was eleven was curious about her. Ebbie, also eleven and my soulmate cat, tried to ignore her. But Zoie wouldn't be ignored. She and London became "sort of" sit-in-the-same-
room buddies. Zoie and Ebbie were together most of the day until Ebbie passed on last September. Zoie was in mourning and thank goodness we had taken in Halo and helped her deliver kittens. They were living in my office and visiting the other cats through a screen. But after Ebbie passed on, we introduced Zoie to Paddington, the kitten we intended to keep along with Halo. It just seemed right. They became instant buddies and play together when they aren't napping.

Zoie Joy is an absolute sweetie and she and Halo are becoming friends too. She always has been. Zoie is my cuddler and a great comfort. I love her to bits. I truly believe my mom and dad sent her to me. She gives us joy and so much more.



USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


©2015 Karen Rose Smith

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