Saturday, March 12, 2016

What a Calamity!

by Amy Flowers from The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson*

I did it! Today I marched into Lou Lou Holman's office and handed that bully my resignation. And I told her I'm opening my own cafe. You can probably imagine how well that went over.

Let me back up a little. I've been working at Lou's Joint for over a year now. My cousin Jackie has been working for Lou Lou even longer than that. (In case you're wondering, Lou Lou was named after her dad, Lou, who originally built the cafe.) Anyway, Lou Lou doesn't pay her waitresses minimum wage--which is common--but she makes us give her half our tips--which is certainly not common and not right.

Anyway, I've been begging for a shift in the kitchen for ages, but Lou Lou simply won't hear of it. The only people who cook at Lou's Joint are Lou Lou and her son Pete. Does it matter to her that I've been to culinary school and have some really good ideas for making the cafe more profitable? No, it does not. To her, I'm "getting above my raising."

My sweet nana died last year, and she left me some money. I'm using that money to open my own cafe. I was hoping that Lou Lou would sell her cafe to me so I wouldn't have to build. Remodeling would be so much faster than building my own cafe--which I'm calling the Down South Cafe--from the ground up. But I can do it. Roger--a childhood friend who's a contractor--has already promised to help me. And I have other friends, in addition to my mom and Aunt Bess, who I can count on.

This is going to be fun! Right? What's the biggest adventure you've ever set out on? Did you regret it? Or was it the best decision you ever made?




*Gayle Leeson is another pseudonym for Gayle Trent and Amanda Lee. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that the publisher insisted that I choose another pen name for this series. The Calamity Cafe will be out on June 7, 2016 (it's available for preorder at Amazon), and I've already turned in the second book, Silence of the Jams. I'm currently at work on book three, tentatively titled, Honey, It's Homicide. I hope you'll enjoy murder and gossip in a rural, small-town setting.

I've set up a website for Gayle Leeson to promote the Down South Cafe series and to showcase Southern humor and some sites in Southwest Virginia and neighboring regions. I'll be adding to the website, but please check it out and let me know what you think!

12 comments:

  1. Looks like it is going to be a winner. Thanks for the heads up. Della

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  2. Leaving NYC and opening In Stitches in Threadville was scary--but yes, it was the best decision I ever made.

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  3. I took a trip to Macchu Pichu combined with an Amazon river cruise. Let's just say the ship looked nothing like the one in the brochure and our guide was an alcoholic. Still it was agreat experience.

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Anne! :D Sounds like quite the adventure!

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  4. The biggest adventure I set out on was becoming a mom. It was not something I ever thought would happen because my body just couldn't handle it. Now I have two beautiful children and I have to say it's the best decision I ever made. It a new adventure every day.

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  5. I was blessed to get an advance copy to read from netgalley . I loved it, finished it in three hours that's what my kindle said but the colorful and charming character's had me falling in love with this town, the recipes had my mouth watering . You have another cozy series that will be a huge success so congrats. Thank you for writing some of my favorite books with some wonderful female protagonist from Daphne, Marcy and now Amy. And Myrtle is hoot also. I'll review it on my personal blog when it's released and rate it on Amazon at that time also and I'll make sure we have it in our library to share with our patrons. Congratulations again on the new series.

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    1. Oh, Little Miss Missy Ranee, thank you so very, very much!!!! Tackle hugs!!! (I'm sharing your kind post on Facebook--I hope you don't mind.) :)

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