Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Need an Extra Biscuit Please!

by Dilly Boyd from Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson

Hi, darlins! I’m Dilly. I’ve lived here in Winter Garden all my life. I’m a widow now, and unfortunately, I never did get around to having any young ‘uns. I don’t have any pets to speak of either, except for my raccoon.

My raccoon isn’t really my raccoon. He’s just a little booger who comes down out of the woods every evening at around dusk to get a biscuit. He comes right up onto the back porch and peeps in at me through the screen door. If I don’t notice him right away, he makes a racket until I go out there. Now, if I don’t have a biscuit, he’ll take a shortbread cookie. But he’d rather have his biscuit. I’m glad because I’m right partial to shortbread cookies myself. Not that I don’t appreciate a good biscuit too.

Amy—over at the Down South Café—makes the lightest, fluffiest biscuits you ever put in your mouth. I go to the café every morning for my breakfast, and I always get an extra biscuit to feed to my racoon. I’m usually the first one into the restaurant for breakfast. I even went there every morning when the place belonged to Lou Lou Holman. It wasn’t anywhere near as good then as it is now. Amy’s a better cook on her worst day than Lou Lou ever dared to be on her best one.

I believe that good looking deputy Ryan Hall is sweet on Amy, and her whole face lights up when he gets within shouting distance of the café. They’d make an adorable couple, and they’ve been on one or two dates. I think they’d be just perfect for each other. Ain’t that the way of a lonely old lady? Matchmaking for everybody else? Not that I’d be opposed to her matchmaking for me. I’m a widow—I’m not dead.

I do wish that blowhard George Lincoln would quit bothering Amy about selling the café to him. She wouldn’t sell him the blamed thing before she put all that time and money into renovating, why in the world would she sell it to him now? Pert near every day, he comes in huffing and puffing and telling her how hard the restaurant business is and how he’d make Amy a partner if she allowed him to tear down the café and build a bed and breakfast on the land. Granted, Winter Garden doesn’t have any hotels. But I don’t reckon we need one. Anybody from out of town who wants to stay over around here either stays with family or a friend or they go to a hotel in Abingdon about twenty minutes away from Winter Garden.


Well, I’d better stop gabbing and get these strawberries over to Amy at the café. She said something about making some jam. I do love me some strawberry jam. It’s good on biscuits and shortbread cookies…but don’t tell that pesky raccoon that!



***Giveaway***


Enter below with your name and email address if you'd like to win a copy of SILENCE OF THE JAMS! If a U.S. reader is chosen, she/he will win a signed paperback copy. If an international reader is chosen, she/he will win a digital copy. Two winners will be chosen at random at noon ET on Friday, April 14. Good luck!






98 comments:

  1. I loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read this one. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  2. Thanks for this delightful cozy which I would enjoy greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Hi Dilly: Sounds like a fun series. I would love to learn more about the Down South Cafe. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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  4. Thanks for offering the giveaway, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  5. Barb Bristol WiesmannApril 12, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Looking forward to discovering a new series! bobwiesmann at gmail dot com.

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  6. Thanks so much for the chance! <3
    Jackie
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  7. How long has the raccoon been coming down for a biscuit?

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'm not sure, but I actually got the tale about the raccoon and the biscuit from a woman who lived near my mother-in-law. We stopped there to look at her puppies one day, and she told us about the raccoon who came to her back door every day for a biscuit. I knew right then that would end up in a book someday! :)

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  8. Thanks for this lovely cozy feature which sounds intriguing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Dilly and her raccoon sound like a hoot! I love the title Silence of the Jams and look forward to reading this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I love raccoons. They are fascinating to watch. I love the cover of the book too.
    Margaret: scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  11. A new series to me. Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  12. I borrowed it from the library and liked it. It would be nice to have my own copy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  13. This is a new to me series but I'm looking forward to reading it. dbahn@iw.net

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  14. I'm willing to bet she has a name for the raccoon.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I would love to be the fortunate one selected to receive a copy of SILENCE OF THE JAMS!
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns@arkansas.net

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  16. Can't wait to get and read this book. It sounds like as much fun as her other books.
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  17. This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the chance! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  18. Nancy Mejia
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  19. Looks like a series I would enjoy! debbie.erickson14@gmail.com

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  20. would love a chance..thanks
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  21. Loved Dilly's post. It was fun. Looks like a great fun read. Do appreciate the heads up to a new author and read. Thanks for the intro. Here's to an early start. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  22. I loved the first book and can't wait to read this one!
    We also have a raccoon that visits every night and a possum!
    Thanks!
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much! (Are you a Disney princess?) 😉

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  23. I'm so excited for this series! Thanks for the chance to win too!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  24. Love the raccoon story!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  25. I would love to win a copy of Silence Of The Jams, thank you!
    lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  26. Love the cover!! jawdance@yahoo.com

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  27. I haven't read this series yet yet, but I enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I haven't read any of the books in this series yet, but this book sounds great! I don't have a racoon like Dilly, but I do feed a squirrel. I always put pecans out for him. He gobbles them up. Thanks again for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you! On vacation one year, we had a squirrel that would take potato chips from our hands. It was adorable.

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  30. Would absolutely love to win a copy. It sounds captivating!!
    vernagass@gmail.com

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  31. Thank you for the fun chat from Dilly! Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the chance to win.
    sxygrndma48atyahoodotcom

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  32. The series sounds great, would love to read. Thanks, Patricia Ramos, ramosp@comcast.net

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  33. It's on my want to read list! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  34. This is a new series to me. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Darlene
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  35. Feral cats come to my door for food. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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    1. They always know where to find kind people.

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  36. I've been helping feral cats for almost 30 yrs. Thanks! catslady5@aol.com

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  37. Looking forward to reading this! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  38. This sounds like a fun series. I'd love to learn more about the Down South Cafe. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  39. This series sounds terrific & I can't wait to read it. Thanks as always for your generosity.

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  40. I just commented but I forgot to put my email address it is lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  41. My friend's mother makes the best strawberry jam I've ever had! Yum! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. I'd come to your back door, too, for a tasty biscuit! Thanks for the contest!
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  44. I love strawberry jam, and homemade is just a delight. However, my all time favorite is boysenberry...seeds and all! I did try to make homemade jam, well, I helped my BFF. We made a berry mix of strawberries and raspberries. We were able to put up five jars. It really was very tasty and well received by friends and family, but it was so time consuming. If I had a serious health need, I'd do it again, but Knott's and Smucker's along with farmer's market finds and imports are easier. kat8762(at)sol(dot)com

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    1. I've never tried boysenberry. I'll have to get on that! :)

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  45. I'd love to win. Haven't tried this series yet (except for the excerpt), but I enjoy your Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent books.

    I like raccoons too. Once at our office Christmas party I said I thought raccoons were cute and it made one of the bosses cough or choke a little on his food. He mentioned raccoons first!

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think they're adorable! I once got chastised by a zoo worker for feeding their raccoons Cheerios. Not because there was anything wrong with them having Cheerios, but I would put one in my hand, and the raccoon would take it with its little hands. It was so sweet! The zoo worker said they were dirty, could bite, etc., etc. I'd do it again...if that guy wasn't around. :D

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  46. I am really looking forward to reading this title!! Looks and sounds like so much fun!

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Another new to me series!! So many books, so little time!!
    njcar22@aol.com

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  48. I would love to win this book & start this new series. I loved the raccoon story. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I loved the first book in this series, and I'm looking forward to Silence of the Jams. patwalkerp@gmail.com

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  50. Congratulations to Kay G. and Darlene P. who won the signed copies of SILENCE OF THE JAMS! I've emailed you, and I hope you both enjoy your books. As for everyone else, thank you so much for your interest and please stay tuned for upcoming giveaways. :)

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