Friendship in moments…

The Stray

To say we were #skint that summer was an understatement. My mom was working part time at Arby’s while my brother and I were knock-kneed dirty kids that spent our time fighting over the stray cat that hung around on the apartment porch. My brother was allergic, and I was in love. He threw rocks to chase the stray away. I chased the stray to bathe her in flea covered cuddles.

Fleas didn’t bother me. I was always covered in bites and bruises. We trampled the bushes in every skinny strip of land that wasn’t paved. Danced with chiggers, ticks, and ants.

The love between a stray, black cat, and a poor kid, who was too much time for any human, is one that stays with you. 

It stays with you through the drunk days of college, the bill collecting days of early adulthood, it pushes you right through to the moment you’re in your late thirties and realize things aren’t so skint anymore.

It may be that all of my dreams haven’t come true, and other people sneer at my idea of success because to them I’ve not made it. I have no legacy, no ladder, or fans cheering my name. But I have a warm home and a dog on my lap that gets fed every day, and I know where I came from. I remember being a stray. Every. Single. Day.


#VSS365 Writing Prompt->Skint

Heaven’s Door

Today’s poem inspired by writing prompt *church* from #vss365

Updating my blog!!

Hi friends!!

You might have noticed this website hasn’t been updated recently. That’s about to change! I hadn’t quite decided how I wanted this website to work for me, but I knew I needed a writer’s blog.

I’ve decided that’s going to be my focus here! If you’re interested in just reading my book reviews, follow me on Instagram @AudreyDestinBooks and that will be the best place for you to find those.

This blog will be my own personal day to day journey through the life of a writer, reader, creative, and mother of three.

Welcome to the beginning of that documented journey. I’ll iron things out and it will be looking even better soon. If you have tips for me on joining a blog circle feel free to drop those in the comments below, I’m still learning! Thanks everyone!

-Audrey ❤️

Book Review: Heart of the Moors by Holly Black

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Diaval,” she hissed, “we are going to follow Aurora.”
“Are we, mistress? How very different from my usual orders.”

Considering it is part of the Disney Maleficent series and written by Holly Black, I didn’t expect this book to be so incredibly sweet and delicate. But it is, and Black nailed it perfectly.

Heart of the Moors is a book written to slide nicely between Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The story between when Maleficent wakes Aurora from her forever sleep with true love, and when the planning of Philip and Aurora’s wedding begins. Yes, that’s right. This is the falling in love story of Philip and Aurora.

“You are my heart,” Maleficent said softly. “And you are right that I guard it fiercely.”

The story is of one that many people can relate, a caregiver who has been heartbroken, watching the one they’ve cared for fall in love. Oh, the complex emotions.

I loved it. I’m also happy to report it is 100% appropriate for all age levels, including the very youngest of YA readers. It’s also an easy read. When people say they read this in a day, they aren’t lying. I read it in two. So give it to your teenager, and read it yourself, and form all the beautiful book buddy bonds.

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Book Club!

Life is good at Book Club! (Of course we had Olives and Cheese Curds.)

My Book Club read The Unhoneymooners this month and on Sunday the consensus was that it was a cute, light hearted romance, that was completely predictable. Some of us enjoyed the romance, while others were bored with the predictability. Some of us swooned over Ethan, while others were put off by the main character, Olive.

But regardless, we all loved the wine and cheese.

We’d also like to take our sick identical twin’s free vacation to Hawaii.