Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Calamity Deja Vu With a Giveaway




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?


* This was the original post for The Calamity Cafe on March 12, 2016. To celebrate the upcoming release of book four in the Down South Cafe series--Apples and Alibis--I'm giving away an ebook copy of The Calamity Cafe. To enter the giveaway, please comment below (including your email address). One winner will be chosen through a random number generator on Friday, June 14, 2019. Good luck!





26 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your series and thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. Can't wait for the new book to come out! jennifer (dot) younce (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Glad the series is continuing, now I need to start it! Thanks for the giveaway! Tari H, barbie17(at) gmail (d0t) com

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  4. The spousal unit and I sold our house and moved "up north" with no jobs . . . scariest thing I've ever done. Landed on our feet and have been happy here for almost 20 years. Livin' the dream . . . pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

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  5. My biggest adventure was probably moving across the country. It worked out great! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  6. My biggest decision was moving to Houston, Texas for a job and I to this day have mixed feelings about it. But after eight years I moved back home.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  7. Making the move to Arizona as a newlywed was a big change for me, and one of the best things I've ever done.
    kimmwrtr at yahoo dot com

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  8. What a sweet cover, can I get a reservation for 3 pm?
    Karen94066 at aol dot com

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  9. Congrats on the new release! Thanks for the chance to win
    bessieinthewell@yahoo.com

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  10. Best wishes on this auspicious anniversary!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. congrats on the new release! cannot wait. (Betty Tyler on facebook) kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  12. Congrats on the new release! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Congratulations on the new release, looking forward to being able to read the series. My biggest decision was cutting my hair 3 days after graduating high school. It was half way down my thigh and cut to shoulder length. I donated the hair to Locks of Love and it was enough hair for two wigs for cancer patients! Thank you for this giveaway.
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  15. Renee CollinsJune 12, 2019 at 11:01 PM
    Can't wait for the new book...thanks for the giveaway as well. Thought I'd comment on the question at the end of the older book blurb....what is the biggest adventure I've tried...from getting married 46 years ago when at 25 said I would never marry again....to raising six children...well those were adventures.... but the biggest of all was accepting a job in England in 2006. SCARY....but enlightening and fun! Worked there several years before I retired. Right now we are planning our move back...and it is harder than going! Email is LaFonRC(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. Traveling is my greatest adventure and so far so good! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Congratulations on the new release. Biggest decision was moving away from my parents and family to start married life in a new city where we didn't know anyone. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  18. This one sounds awesome! No big adventures for me! Thanks for the chance to win this.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. Traveling to Thailand, it is a kind of culture shock but now I love it there. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. I opened a winery -- which has been an adventure in many ways. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  21. Congratulations on your new venture. My biggest adventure was getting married 33 years ago. I was 29 years old and it was assumed I was going to be a old maid. But low and behold I met my husband through a singles ad. He was from a little town about 2 hours away. We dated about 6 months and knew we were meant to be together and got engaged on Christmas. Eight months later we were married. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the chance to start reading this series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Biggest adventure was getting engaged within 2 weeks of meeting my husband —and married in 7 mo. I’d do it again. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Moving to Florida was a big change for me.
    debby236 aT GMAIL DOT COM

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  25. Sounds good, look forward to it. sheilarbales(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  26. Congratulations to Libby Dodd, who won the eBook copy of THE CALAMITY CAFE! What wonderful, adventurous readers we have. And, those of you who said you don't have big adventures (Martha...), I'm sure you're just being modest. Stay tuned for the next giveaway! Hugs, Gayle

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