Today’s Descendants: Tessa Belle and Chaps

Salt and Katie, from Salt and the Sea Venture, were some of the first English cats to settle in the New World. If you have a cat, it is probably a descendant of Salt and Katie, or one of their fellow cat- colonists.
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It was a dark and stormy night. No seriously, it was actually snowing. An intrepid young pizza delivery boy was making his rounds when he spotted a cat being fed dog food. Dog food I say! He asked the customer if he could take the cat, and the man readily agreed.

Our young hero squired the grateful feline to his mother’s house where he kept her in fine style, attatching to the cat the regal moniker of “Pickles.” Pickles bathed in the lap of luxury until one Spring evening when the urge struck. She snuck out of the house and had illicit relations with several local felines. Finding herself in the family way, and cast off by her erstwhile suitors, Pickles turned to our hero for help. He gladly provided shelter for Pickles and her offspring. One of the lucky cats lives with him still.

This lovely chap is aptly called “Chap,” due to his piebald markings that resemble a pair of chaps. This hapless young gent has grown a bit stout and requires an anual “trim” to ensure that he is able to perform the necessary ablutions.

They share their home with author,Carly Compass and her very special feline, Tessa Belle.

The beautiful Tessa Belle was also rescued by Carly from a hoarder situation. She has all the markings and the lush tail of a Maine Coon, if not the size. (Tessa Belle only weighs 7 lbs.)

Carly Compass is the author of the Electric Trilogy

As a survivor of sexual abuse and child neglect, Gina Parrot wanted to leave her past behind and live the American dream of raising a family, since she didn’t have one growing up. She was living her dream until her new employer had other ideas; will Gina be able to hold on to her dream? Electric is about every woman rolled up into one; every woman who has ever been a victim of sexual abuse as a child or an adult and the many facets of that experience, every woman that has suffered from domestic violence or illness and the lack of compassion or understanding from their family and friends, every woman who has felt inadequate and insecure, who is a people pleaser. Electric is about a woman who wants nothing more than to be happy and live a nice quiet life where things just keep getting in the way. It is a stalker story, filled with suspense and a little down home charm that turns out to be anything but charming. The protagonist Gina Parrot is like every woman who desires to have a family. She has a narrow vision for her dream of having that little piece of Americana. She wants a good life for her children and she creates it with all the trimmings, but in the chaotic pace that she has set for herself something is about to give. She created the life she never experienced as a child with the home in the suburbs, surrounded by, family, friends and a white picket fence, healthy children that are in little league, ballet, Indian Guides and Princess, and go to church on Sunday. She is so wound up in their lives and everything that entails, that she misses the forest for the trees. She is all about family and in her effort to live the American dream the antagonist, Mikhail Vladimir, who will stop at nothing to have her, outwits her. Soon her past, and factions outside of her imaginings start to intercede until her life spins out of control. It is my hope that in telling this story, women all over the world will be able to relate to and perhaps learn something from her too.

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About mgill0627

I've always been a story teller. This made for some interesting missing homework and late for curfew tales. But I've never had a head for the pedantic rules of grammar and spelling. This made for some interesting comma placement and spelling choices. About ten years ago I decided to figure out how to share my stories, in spite of my shortcomings. I'm lucky to have great colleagues who can help me with the fine details. My favorite class in school was American History. The Colonial Cat's series gives me a chance to write about the great history of the United States and cats!
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2 Responses to Today’s Descendants: Tessa Belle and Chaps

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Anyone who has a cat is a friend! Loved the combination of cat and book review!


  2. Beautiful cats and great book review, M. 🙂 — Suzanne


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