Thursday, May 24, 2012

Corner Cafe Soon to Open

I'm excited to be part of a fun enterprise, called The Corner Café: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, edited by Dani Greer and Helen Ginger, with special assistance by Bob Sanchez, and cover design by Sherry Wachter.

Featured are stories by the following authors: Marian Allen, Shonell Bacon, Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, W.S. Gager, Helen Ginger, Dani Greer, S..B. Lerner, Audrey Lintner, Morgan Mandel, Maryann Miller, Bodie Parkhurst, Bob Sanchez, Mary Montague Sikes, Red Tash, and Christine Verstraete.

Dani Greer
Dani Greer, fearless leader of the BBTCafé e-group and The Blood-Red Pencil blog, is the instigator. She's the inventive one, who always comes up with great suggestions to expand our blogging and marketing horizons. This time she asked for volunteers from her BBTCafé e-group to compose short stories for a free collection to offer our readers. Not just any stories. Each must contain the words "Corner Café" somewhere in each story.

Though I was accustomed to writing full-length novels, I accepted the challenge. Much to my surprise, I found short story writing a refreshing change of pace. After finishing the first, called The Closing of the Corner Café, I was inspired to write another, which I called What Nice Blessings.

You'll learn more about my contributions during my visit with Helen Ginger on June 14 at

My stop is but one in a massive Blog Book Tour by the authors of the collection, as well as fellow members of the BBTCafé. Stay tuned for more details about the tour.

Morgan Mandel is a past President of Chicago-North RWA, was the Library Liason for Midwest MWA, belongs to EPIC and Sisters in Crime.

Find Excerpts and Buy Links to her four full length novels at

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  1. Hi. I'm awarding you The Kreativ and Versatile Blogger Awards for a great site, see details at

  2. Congrats on meeting the challenge, Morgan ... although it goes against my philosophy: never volunteer for nothin'.

    1. I am very careful of what I volunteer for, Christopher. (g)

  3. To clarify, we plan to offer our collection free as many days as are allowed, and will widely spread the word then. More details to follow.

  4. I look like I'm cooking up something else, don't I? Hahahaha.

  5. Dani, I'm scared. LOL

    Traci, thank so much for giving the blog the awards. So glad you like the blog and visit often.

    Christopher, none of us volunteered. Dani dragged us kicking and screaming into the project. Can't you tell by her picture? LOL

  6. Yay! Looks like we're all excited about this one. Morgan's blogging about it, Marian's blogging about it, I blogged about it... ( And to think, it's not even blog tour time yet! :D

  7. This collection of short stories was such a good idea.

  8. This is really exciting. It's been fun and educational following this topic.

  9. Dani had a great idea. I enjoyed the chance to write short stories again. Hadn't done that since college!

  10. Helen and I worked pretty well with the back-and-forth editing routine, too. Ready for Round 3, Helen? It's only about 100 pages and you're not doing anything this weekend, right?

  11. What fun it's been to be part of The Corner Cafe project!

  12. Great way to get the ball rolling for the Corner Cafe!
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  13. Yes, Dani always has something up her sleeve. She dreams of plots to keep us on our toes!

    Morgan Mandel

  14. Dani, I still want to interview about this project, when the dust has settled!

  15. Exciting times! Congratulations to you all.

  16. A hearty and heartfelt thanks to Dani, Helen and Bob for pulling all of the ideas together. While I stayed half confused through the process - they knew exactly what they were doing- - - Well, most of the time (snickering). What a great idea!
    Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

  17. Dani, I don't know where you find the time for so many projects. :D

  18. this looks like great fun! Collections of short stories are just the ticket for quick, satisfying reads. Maggie


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