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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Corner Cafe - One In Almost Every Town

Almost every city or town has at least one neighborhood cafe, which is a fixture in the community. It's a family type place that feels almost like home. People go there often and keep wanting to come back. It's comfy, the owners are friendly, and the food is varied and tasty.

The two short stories I contributed to The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories depict such a cafe.

In "What Nice Blessings," a young adult and her family are relocating to a new town. Before they leave, they visit the Corner Cafe for a hearty send-off from their friends.Then, unexpected tragedy occurs, testing the young girl's mettle.

In "The Closing of The Corner Cafe," I describe the opening of a Corner Cafe, its rise in popularity, and why it closes.

Here's an Excerpt from "What Nice Blessings" -
After a late lunch on the house, Suze, clutching her leftovers from the Corner Café, followed Mom and Dad to the BelAir out front. The grand adventure had begun!
Mom’s eyes shone with pride and Dad’s with hope, as everyone who’d been inside joined them outside to wave goodbye. After a year of unemployment, Dad had landed a store manager’s job five hours away in Wagonia.
“Godspeed, and phone me when you get there,” Mom’s friend, Betty, called out, blowing a kiss. Mom, looking stylish in her blue checked shirtwaist dress, with matching neck scarf, blew a kiss back to her friend before climbing into the passenger seat next to Dad, who always dressed like Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver.
Suze, comfortable in her white blouse, black pedal pushers, bobby sox and new saddle shoes, snuggled between the pillows and comforters in the back.
Mom wiped her eyes with her handkerchief as they drove off.
“Let’s hear some music,” Dad said, trying to lighten the mood.
The cheerful sound of Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba filled the air. Before long, the three of them were singing along, though Suze had to guess at some of the words.
Dad chuckled afterward. “Well, we’ll never make it to the Top Forty.”
Knowing full well he was right, Suze laughed. It was a known fact that tone deafness ran on both sides of the family.
Laughter turned to silence. Suze frowned, thinking of what awaited her. “I can’t believe in three weeks I won’t be starting high school with my best friend, Natalie.”
The thought of not knowing anyone at a brand new school made her roll down the window to gulp at some air.
To Read More of This Story, Morgan's Other Story, Plus 16 Other Short Stories, The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories is available for 99 cents at http://amzn.com/B0085YDO7E

Morgan Mandel


Before her 2 contributions to The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, Morgan Mandel wrote 4 full length novels: Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, Killer Career, Girl of My Dreams and Two Wrongs.

Excerpts and Buy Links to her full length novels are at:
http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com/

12 comments:

  1. Great concept, Morgan. Every town does have a corner cafe. Ours has a haunted basement, but I've never been down there, just had lunch in the cafe.

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  2. Here in Fl. we have a Dunkin Donuts and a Starbucks where you meet everyone. They are our modern Corner Cafes. I have your book Morgan.

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    1. Thanks for downloading The Corner Cafe, Mona.

      Caroline, that's fascinating about the haunted basement in your corner cafe!

      Morgan Mandel
      http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

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    2. I love a good haunted restaurant story. They're more common than one might think. I went on a ghost hunt at a locally-infamous haunted restaurant, a few years ago. I admit, I got scared! But didn't see any ghosts. :(

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  3. Morgan--I am truly enjoyed the stories in The Corner Cafe. I read a couple, then go to something else. Come back read some more. Very entertaining! Thanks for the free copy.

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  4. Glad you like The Corner Cafe, Celia!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

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  5. Celia, I love your comment - it's exactly what we had in mind when we put together this collection. Can you put that on the Amazon page? http://www.amzn.to/Cornercafe - it's the perfect message! When you have a couple of minutes, read one short story. Thank you!

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  6. It is so neat to meet all the folks who are downloading The Corner Cafe, and find out where everyone enjoys a cup of coffee.

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  7. Sounds like a lovely anthology. I'm sure it will be a great success if all the stories are as good as your excerpt.

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  8. Thanks, Helen. Glad you like my excerpt!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com

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  9. I love the idea behind this book, Morgan. Cute excerpt. No Top 40 singers around here either.

    Best of luck!

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  10. Loved this! Our town has The Rexall (pharmacy) with an old fashioned food counter that served regulars, like the school bus drivers and business folks. The owners added extra long tables for crowds that often overflowed the booths and regular tables.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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