By Chase Oliver, from THE FAT CAT series by Janet Cantrell
(Giveaway at the bottom!)
Not that I’m a kid anymore—gosh, I’m thirty-two—by I am new to Dinkytown. I grew up in Minneapolis, then thought I would test my wings and fly on my own. In Chicago, of all places. That didn’t work out too well.
When I came back to Minnesota as co-owner of the Bar None dessert bar shop, I had to wonder if Anna was—oops, be right back.
Okay, I’m here again. Quincy was on his way out the back door, again. That cat should be named Houdini. He’s a great escape artist. Look at him, though. Isn’t he cute? When I went to the shelter in Chicago, looking for a pet to relieve my loneliness, I fell in love with those wide-open amber eyes. He was such a scrawny little thing. The woman at the shelter said his litter had been abandoned on one of the Lake Michigan beaches and all of the kittens were undernourished. He mewed all the way back to my apartment in the carrier I ran out and purchased. Such a pitiful little thing, he was.
But, as I said, look at him now, so plump and sleek. I soon found that he loved to eat. Probably making up for lost time on the cold, wet beach. He’s the prettiest little, no not little, but the prettiest butterscotch tabby you’ll ever see. Anna told me once I could have named him Butterball. Oh, wait a sec.
Back again. Anna was letting him lick the beater. It was full of filling for Lemon Bars, my favorite. Quincy’s favorite, too, but if he gets much fatter he won’t be able to leap onto the kitchen counter after hours and do crumb patrol.
Anna Larson is the kindest person I know. She took me in when my parents died. She’s the age to be my grandmother, so I think of her as my mother and my grandmother, rolled into one. Don’t let her age fool you, though. She can outwork me in the shop, baking, cleaning, running back and forth to restock the shelves in the salesroom, even chasing Quincy. And shopping—I can’t keep up with the woman. If it weren’t for Anna, I don’t know where I would have ended up.
I guess Anna adopted me and I adopted Quincy. And the wonderful writers at Killer Characters adopted my very close friend, Janet Cantrell. She’s so very grateful to be here that she’d like to do something for you, the readers. Janet has 5 copies of FAT CAT AT LARGE she would like to give away. If you leave a comment with your email address, Janet would love to dole them out. She had some cute little sticky notes printed up that she’ll send, too. (The very old toy is not included, but watch for it in the new book coming out in June.)
So happy to be here!
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Janet and Quincy Blog: http://janetcantrell.blogspot.com/