Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Kid in Town: Acts of Kindness

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!

Please connect with Janet at theses place if you haven't already:
Janet and Quincy Blog: http://janetcantrell.blogspot.com/






43 comments:

  1. I am eager to read your book. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  2. Sounds like a great series. Looking forward to reading about Quincy's adventures.
    dty66@md.metrocast.net

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful new book/series. I love that it takes place here in MN. DinkyTown brings back warm memories of college at the U of M back in the early 60s.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  4. Sounds like a series I would enjoy!
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Hi Janet. Not familiar with Dinkytown, is it a real place? I look forward to learning about it. Your new series sounds very interesting and i see that it's gotten great review already.
    mlarkin(at)reitmr(dot)com

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  6. Mary Louise, Dinkytown, as Karen B above can tell you, IS a real place. I've fictionalized it a bit, but with the blessings of the Dinkytown Business Association. It's near the University of Minnesota campus.

    I'm collecting emails! Thanks for entering, all!

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  7. Forgot to mention, I'LL RUN THE CONTEST THROUGH MIDNIGHT NEXT TUESDAY, THE 10TH.

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  8. I loved your first book in this series and I can't wait for the next one!
    kim
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  9. I lived in the Minneapolis area for years---and miss it so much now that we have retired and moved up north. I have many fond memories of Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown---good eats so Quincy would like it there, too. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  10. I'd love to read the series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. I love that cover and love giveaways! Quincy licking the beaters - not so much. ;-) Although now that I think of it we practically let our spoiled dog do that.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  12. I too love the cover. This would be my first book in this series. Thank you for offering it to us.
    karolyn.yoakum@gmail.com

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  13. They do get you with those eyes, don't they?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. Love the cover of this book. Look forward to reading it. sclickner@juno.com

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  15. I love the cover! Quincy is very handsome.

    ElaineE246atmsndotcom

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  16. sounds great. spider12344@yahoo.com

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  17. Sounds great and I love the cover! Thank you for the chance! Nancy- hedghogmom at aol

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  18. I've already read the book, so I'm not entering the contest (although a book mark would be fun!) I absolutely loved your book, am SO looking forward to the next one - it is on my Kindle wish list. All the best to you!!! And many more tales of Quincy! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  19. Sounds like great fun! Love the cover! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  20. Sounds like a lot of fun! I love books with cats in them :)
    noneill@rogers.com

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  21. This sounds like a great series! I love a good cozy mystery with cats! :)

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  22. Looks like a fun read.

    jdh171258@gmail.com

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  23. Love to read books about food and cats (don't mind dogs either. I have an old toy cat that looks very much like yours and even have the box for it. Right now it is hidden away, have no clue where as I have boxes packed to move.

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  24. Quincy looks adorable. I'm looking forward to reading more about him and all he and his human get up to. Thanks for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  25. Liz Straw, does your toy still have the leather ears? Mine has been missing them for many years. I can't find any online that have the ears, either.

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  26. Fat Cat at Large sounds wonderful! I used to have a cat like the one on the cover. I called him Punkin! Not very original, but it suited him. He was given a year to live (diagnosed with FIP after I adopted him) and I was fortunate enough to have him around for 12 years. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  27. I lived in Chicago 40 years. Tough city for homeless animals. Would love to win book so thanks for the Giveaway!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  28. this sounds like a really good book, thank you for the chance to win a copy!! darholley1@aol.com

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  29. That cat is adorable reminds me of a cat I had once named Mirengue. I would love to win a copy of your book. westoncarol@yahoo.com

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  30. Welcome "New Kid"! sounds like a really fun series!
    woofmew@aol.com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway. Book sounds intriguing.
    Carol Smith. penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I always enjoy finding a new author, throw on a cat and I am a very happy camper.

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  33. I'm looking forward to this one!

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  34. Oops... forgot EMail Thank you for the giveaway!
    afarage (at)earthlink.net

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  35. It's amazing how many twins Quincy has, and has had! I'm enjoying the comments. If you meant to enter the contest and didn't leave an email address, please post one.

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  36. I loved the first book in this series, can't wait until the second is released. Mysteries with dogs/cats and/or recipes are my favorites! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  37. Would love to read this title zeta@iwon.com

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  38. Pennymarks@frontier.com Would love to read a great mystery with a cat:) I have 2 wild and crazy kitties of my own:)

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  39. I would love to read your book. kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  40. Would love to have a copy! Quincy is a doll!
    jcachero1@cox.net

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  41. Glad to see this new endeavor for you. Wishing you the best

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  42. Thanks, everyone, for entering! Here are the 5 winners, picked with random.org:

    angelhwk68@yahoo.com
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com
    spider12344@yahoo.com
    robbfan141729@yahoo.com
    Bobbipad@gmail.com

    Please email me your physical addresses within 3 days and I'll get the prizes to you.
    janetcantrell01@gmail.com

    Thanks again!

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