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- Artwork PageToday’s post is a continuation of a tradition begun the first year of Ana’s Advent Calendar. My first contracted book was The Way Home, a story of two women who met as college roommates. Of course, there was spanking involved. 😀 Shy, motherless Kat and bold, popular Natalie then launched a short story as well as a sequel. Their short stories appeared on Kat-Sitting, the original blog.As a matter of fact, those of you who knew me “way back when” remember when Kat-Sitting contained all of the Kat and Natalie stories! I told their story a little at a time, never expecting to be approached about publication. And thus began the journey of a naughty author. :DFor those of you who are new to the Kat and Natalie universe, here’s a quick crib sheet:
Kat comes from a poor farming family. Her mother died of cancer when Kat was a teenager, and Kat grew up with much-older brothers and a father with dementia.
Natalie is the daughter of a well-to-do banker and the past president of every philanthrophic organization in the area. She’s the older sister of a much-younger slightly bratty brother, and she took care of her mother after Mama Jane (a crowd favorite) almost died from a miscarriage.
Natalie’s practical, business-oriented, confident…and loves to spank. Kat’s afraid of her own shadow, scared she’s not wanted, and (as an adult) cynical about the goodness of life. But when they meet as college first-years, well…here’s a little snippet from The Way Home
A dark-haired girl is sitting on one of the beds, surrounded by matching floral suitcases and a rainbow of crates set up on one side of the room. Around the window, she has put up a fake curtain made from contact paper. On her desk sits a vase filled with poppies and encircled with a red ribbon around the neck.
I clear my throat and croak, “Are you Natalie?”
The girl drops the books she is sorting, and she springs to a standing position. Her eyes take in my suitcases before she asks, “Oh… oh! Yes. So, are you Katherine?”
“It’s Kat,” I say, trying not to blush. It is time that I lost my baby name. Katie sounds cute and perky, two things I am not.
Of course, Miss Natalie finds a wooden spoon and a way to use it. 😀 But for the rest of the story, you’ll have to check out Kat-Sitting, The Way Home, Coming to Terms, and Lighting the Way.
For earlier chats, you can follow these links:
4th Annual Fireside Chat with Kat and Natalie
Kat: So, we have a bone to pick with you, Ana.
Ana: Wait, what? Hello and welcome back to Ana’s Advent Calendar to you, too. Since when do you boss me around?
Natalie (clearing her throat): What Kat means…well, Kat means we have a bone to pick with you.
Ana: There’s no turkey at my house for Christmas! I’ve never liked the taste. If you want to pick bones, you’ll have to find somewhere else to go.
Kat (grinning): She’s touchy, isn’t she Natty?
Ana (grumbling): Remember when you were a shy, sweet little thing and everyone jumped to defend you from big mean old Natalie?
Natalie: Excuse me!
Ana: You know how many people think you’re too strict with Kat.
(Kat and Natalie exchange a smile, and Natalie covers Kat’s hand with her own.)
Natalie: Well, you’ve invited us to your Advent Calendar for four years now, including this one. We’ve watched you share time with old and new friends. We’ve also enjoyed getting to meet new authors and readers.
Kat: But we wanted a story of Elf Pizelle again this year. Isn’t she coming back?
Natalie: We thoroughly enjoyed Lynn’s tale of you getting your comeuppance—
Ana: That was not me! Lynn had no right to—
Natalie: A good spanking now and then would help you relax and get some rest. Right, Kat?
(Natalie squeezes Kat’s hand. Kat dips her head and blushes.)
Kat: I don’t know what you mean.
(Natalie pats the top of Kat’s thigh.)
Natalie: You don’t? Shall I clarify?
Kat (turning bright red): No, thank you!
Ana: Ah, there’s the Kat and Natalie we all know and love. Are you planning to torment your beloved for Christmas again this year, Natalie?
Natalie: I do not torment Kat!
Kat: You gave me a wooden spoon for Christmas last year, remember?
Ana: Ooh, a wooden spoon! You lucky, lucky girl. What kind?
Kat (mumbling): A nasty, evil one that should be thrown into the nearest bonfire.
(Natalie grins and takes Kat by the elbow)
Natalie: Oh, it’s been too long since you’ve gotten more than maintenance or a reminder spanking. Please do continue sassing so I’ll have reason to deal with you after we get home.
Kat (sighing): See what I have to put up with?
Natalie (putting her arm around Kat’s shoulder): See what I have to put up with?
Ana (hiding a smile): I think I’ll stay out of that one. I got the most beautiful wooden spoon Christmas tree ornaments, though. They’re almost too pretty to put on the tree. And you should be glad it wasn’t another hairbrush or paddle, Kat.
Natalie: There you go, spoiling her surprise for this year.
(Natalie gives Kat an evil grin)
Kat: I refuse to answer that!
Natalie: Oh yes, sweetie. Keep refusing. Throw in a sulk or foot-stomp, too. Maybe Ana will write a story about Elf Pizelle bringing me a wonderful new paddle to deal with my headstrong girl.
Kat (trying her best to look cross but giggling instead): As long as we get some more of those wonderful sugar cookies. Besides, Natty, pride goes before a fall. Keep on your power trip. The worm’ll turn pretty soon.
Natalie (standing up and taking Kat by the elbow while planting a palm across the seat of her jeans): We’ll be doing some turning, missy, only it’ll be me turning you over my knee for a good, old-fashioned Christmas spanking.
Ana: Wait! How’s nursing school, Kat? Are you going to take the promotion you were offered, Natalie? Your parents must be thrilled you might be closer to them. And how’s your neighbor Lily doing? Is she home from the hospital and rehab yet? I heard you made friends with her daughter, Kat. Everyone has so many questions for you both. You can’t leave yet.
Kat (dodging Natalie’s swat): Sorry, Ana! I’d stay to answer, but meanie-pants here is getting all handsy. Can we take a raincheck?
Natalie: If the adoption ever goes through, which we’re starting to think won’t happen this side of heaven, we could use the extra income. But we love Naperville, so it’s a hard decision. Kat, don’t you dare try to run away!
Ana: Come back! We haven’t gotten to talk about anything yet. Don’t you have anything to say to the nice readers who came to chat with you?
Kat: Sorry, Ana. Maybe next year.
Natalie: Oh, okay. Maybe a question or two.
Don’t forget there are free stories available on Kat-Sitting, as well as the two full-length books.
The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One)
Natalie always wanted a little sister. Kat didn’t know she was allowed to want anything…or anyone.
Kat, a shy farmgirl, arrives at her freshman dorm with a backpack, a suitcase, and her mother’s wish for Kat to attend college “at least until you get married”. Her roommate Natalie, a confident and fun-loving social butterfly, decides sight unseen that Kat will become her best friend for life. Natalie teaches Kat about college life, academics, and friendship by taking Kat under her wing…and over her knee.
Then their lives fall apart one fateful night on campus, and for the rest of the decade Kat and Natalie struggle to find their way back to each other. Their way home.
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thewayhome-1100667-148.html
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Way-Home-Kat-Natalie-Book-ebook/dp/B00BPFHGT2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-way-home-anastasia-vitsky/1114767813?ean=2940016350561
Lighting the Way (Kat and Natalie, Volume Two)
College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?
Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.
Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.
Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lightingtheway-1219042-177.html
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Way-Kat-Natalie-Book-ebook/dp/B00D7NQHZ4
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lighting-the-way-anastasia-vitsky/1115519362?ean=2940016679440
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