Friday, August 12, 2016

Dilly's Bandit Buddy

by Dilly Boyd, from The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson

Well, good morning! I'm always one of the first ones to get to the Down South Cafe. I've been an early riser all my life. In fact, I was one of the first ones to get to the cafe when it was Lou's Joint too, but it wasn't as pleasant then.

Lou Lou...well, goodness gracious, she could be an ornery thing...rest her soul. I don't like to speak ill of the dead. But I'm not one of those people who act like they thought the world of somebody just because they died either. If I don't like you when you're living, I'm not going to change my opinion of you when you're dead.

Anyway, I come in first thing every morning and order breakfast. And with my breakfast, I get an extra biscuit for my little friend the raccoon. This raccoon comes down out of the woods every evening about sunset and waits on my back porch for his biscuit. If, for some reason, I don't have a biscuit to give him that day, he'll take a shortbread cookie or one of those vanilla creme cookies, but he doesn't like those as well as he does his biscuit. You can see the disappointment on his little masked face. He doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, I reckon.

I've always liked animals, but I never wanted any pets. I didn't want to have to take care of anything other than myself, especially after my husband died. But, wouldn't you know it? Now I'm stuck feeding a raccoon every day. And if he's late, I worry about him because he's usually like clockwork. I look forward to his visits now, and sometimes I'll even talk to him.

So, do you think I'm a crazy old lady? If you were in my shoes, would you feed the little beggar? Or would you call animal control?


Gayle Leeson, a pseudonym for Gayle Trent/Amanda Lee, is giving away a signed paperback copy of The Calamity Cafe. To enter the giveaway, please comment below before Monday, August 15. A winner will be chosen using the random number generator on that date. U.S. readers will win the paperback, and international readers will be awarded a digital (Kindle or Nook--your choice) copy of the book. Good luck!

52 comments:

  1. I would definitely feed him and worry of he didn't show up on time. Thank you for this chance to win your book,

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  2. I'd feed him. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  3. You're not crazy at all! Maybe you should get a few extra to keep in the freezer! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. What a fun sounding book! I would definitely continue to feed the little guy.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  5. Dilly, lucky it's still only one raccoon and he hasn't brought friends. Word spreads fast when there's food involved. Sounds like a fun story. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com

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  6. Feed him, Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  7. I'd feed the critter. I'd also be the one who'd put out a salt lick for the deer in the wintertime and probably also arrange for food to be available on the property.

    My son's in-laws own acreage in upstate NY and we see the doe's walking with their babies across the back wooded area.

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    1. Oooooooooooooops forgot to add email addie.

      NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com and yes I'd love to win a signed book.

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  8. I'm a lover of all animals---so he's be welcome at my house. I'd bake to biscuits for him.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  9. I of course would feed him, give him a name and have him over for dinner during the holidays. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I feed birds, squirrels and bunnies so a raccoon would be welcome! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. I don't think that you are a crazy old lady, I would be doing the same thing. I would also try to bring him home with me. utaker555 (at) gmail.com

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  12. I love this! I'd probably feed him if he seemed sweet like that, although raccoons aren't typically very nice. At least not around here... I definitely have to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win, signed books always mean a little more to me.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  13. I would feed the raccoon - being careful to not get too
    close to the teeth. I've put food out for the birds and the
    squirrels but haven't had any other exotic animals around.
    The book sounds like a good story - this would be a new one
    for me. thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I feed the critters. They need food and love too. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  15. Feed the critters. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I would feed the raccoon. Thanks for this great book which I would treasure. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. The raccoon thanks you for the food. Interesting post. I have this book on my wishlist, since I really enjoy your other books.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I don't think I would feed it..book looks really good
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  19. I don't think I would feed it..book looks really good
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  20. Ooh, it's from the Obsidian imprint. I like their type so much better than most of the Berkley Prime Crime titles. I might feed the racoon, but I learned some scary things in biology class... critteranne at yahoo dot com.

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  21. I would feed him.. My kids would probably try to keep him. That wouldn't happen but they would try. jandeplus3 at live dot com

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  22. I think you're very sweet for taking care of him! :-)
    Nicole
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  23. I wouldn't feed a raccoon because they can have rabbis.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  24. I love feeding all the critters that roam around our house. Although I don't hand feed them, I find ways to leave tidbits for them in other ways. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  25. amy guillaume lindermanAugust 12, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    i would totally feed it!! :)

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  26. I don't think I would feed a raccoon, I've had them living under my deck and I know the damage they can do. Living in the city, you're not suppose to have raccoons in your yard! As much as I love animals I prefer a cat or dog and I do feed the birds outside. Can't wait to read "The Calamity Cafe".

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  27. We feed the birds, but squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons also manage to get into the food.
    lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

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  28. I love animals too, this book sounds amazing, Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  29. Raccoons are really cute but they can be really destructive so no, I would not feed the little cutie. Unfortunately that is the way with a lot of cute little creatures.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  30. Might try to feed it. This sounds like it will be a good series. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  31. Give him a feed.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. Sounds like my kind of hangout and my kind of book!!
    Brenda @ bdlogan@live.com

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  34. love the cover, would love to read this book. I have two rescue dogs, so I would feed the begger and add to the family. Georgia Barnes and Noble
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  35. I can tell already the way this starts out I would enjoy reading it. To answer the question though I'd feed the Raccoon and I love that the character is an older Woman. Please enter me in the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  36. Great post! Thanks for the chance to win this new series. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  37. I would feed him. Thanks for the great post.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

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  38. I'd feed him.Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  39. We all have out weaknesses when it comes to animals. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  40. Because of bears coming down near houses here, we don't leave food out, or feed little critters (except hummingbirds, and we have to take the feeder down at night). The other day, I heard some strange sounds in the kitchen and it turned out to be a black bear trying to get into the window over the sink! If you make a lot of noise (like yelling for your husband), they tend to run away as did this one. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  41. I would feed the little guy. If he's coming back daily then he doesn't have rabies. I live surrounded by a national forest in north Alabama and I had a red fox that would come eat my scraps. We were in the process of building our house and did not have any pets. myraball@gmx.com

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  42. I would of fed him I do all the time when there are stray animals that come up to our land i try to get them to stay but they wander thru and that is it. I am lucky to have 2 little dogs that I over spoil people think but they are just wonderful. A friend brings up composting items and he brings his dog and i have a box of big dog biscuits by the back door for him if i have any leftover food that our pups don't eat he loves it . ptclayton2@aol.com

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  43. How cute. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. I had biscuits this morning too!!! And, I would totally feed the little bandit! That's me though. <3 sherylhbooth@gmail.com

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  45. I feed all animals that come our way. I look forward to reading this!

    Thank you.
    konecny7@gmail(dot)com

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  46. I love animals, so I would probably feed it too! Can't wait to read all about it in The Calamity Cafe. ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I had a raccoon in my garage once, also an opossum. I would never have thought to feed them. I wanted them gone. The raccoon waddled out on his own. The opossum, we had to trap in a cage to get out and take to a wildlife rescue. We live in the suburbs and aren't used to them. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  48. Picked up The Calamity Cafe at Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival this Weekend! Can't wait to read it, and you were funny and so sweet! Kkcochran (at)hotmail (dot)com

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  49. Many thanks to everyone who commented! The random number generator chose MARY PRESTON as our winner! Mary, I'll be sending you an email to get your mailing address. :)

    As for the raccoon story, I borrowed it from a woman whose grandson went to school with my children. She had a raccoon who came down out of the woods every evening to her back porch where she'd give him a biscuit. Truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes! :D

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  50. I'd love to hang out at the cafe.... thank you!
    teabird17 **at** yahoo ** dot ** com

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