Here’s something about some of the stories. See if anything here appeals to you:
* “The Catfish Enchantment” by Marian Allen: Cosmo’s father deserted the family and died unforgiven, his mother is sinking into depression, he’s started cutting himself to relieve the pain, and his boss suggests…a tattoo?
* In “I Wanna Get Off Here,” by Shonell Bacon, a bus driver with a dream to write must first unchain herself from a relationship and inner thoughts that keep her hopes from coming to pass.
* In “What’s Next” By Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, a young woman who sees herself drifting aimlessly through life, hires a crop dusting pilot to fly her over the Gulf of Mexico in the middle of the night and is enlightened by “What’s Next” in her life.
* “The Eyes Have It” by W.S. Gager: Crimebeat reporter Mitch Malone hates going to church, but when he gets rooked into speaking to the Bible-toting ladies, he may be facing the devil himself as he investigates the prayer group’s missing purses.
* “Gila Monster” by Helen Ginger: Neree parked her beat-up truck, Gila Monster, in the senior parking lot, hoping it’ll still be there at the end of school. Instead, she finds an unexpected possibility…
* “One Last Run” by Helen Ginger: When a couple ski a black diamond run in a blizzard, the truth of what happened is in the blood.
* In “Saturday Night Special” by Dani Greer, a jaded old codger learns it’s relationships old and new that make the Corner Cafe a treasure, not just the down-home cooking.
* Also by Dani Greer: When Mick decides to apply for “A New Job,” he discover one too many damning things about the Corner Cafe manager.
* Also by Dani Greer: Nell Crisp likes the ambiance and Wi-Fi at the Corner Cafe, but little does she know it will be her “Home Away From Home” when the police pay a visit.
* In “Since You Left” by S.B. Lerner, a young lawyer is unsettled by a phone call from an old boyfriend, and forced to make a decision.
* In “What Nice Blessings” by Morgan Mandel, tragedy strikes a young adult, testing her courage and teaching her the value of friendship.
* In “The Consequences of Breaking and Entering” by Audrey Lintner, Goldilocks gets an update and her comeuppance.”
* “The Closing of the Corner Cafe” by Morgan Mandel describes the rise and fall of a cherished eating establishment.
* “Over the Threshold” by Maryann Miller mixes a bit of Raymond Chandler noir with “The Twilight Zone.”
* “Love Song with Holsteins” by Bodie Parkhurst is about Halloween, magic, Russell the dairy bull, love, and the private memorials we make to it.
* In “A Face in the Window” by Mary Montague Sikes, can Arianna ever forget the tragic loss that changed her life, especially on the 10th anniversary spent in a museum where memories lurk in the art and later among the shadows of the Corner Cafe?
* In “Living Well,” Red Tash gently pokes fun at the Star Trek fan culture and the ups and downs of long-term love, in the fan-favored setting of This Brilliant Darkness’ Corner Cafe.
* In “You Can’t Be Too Careful” by Bob Sanchez, George prepares for the expected Y2K catastrophe.
* In “Perfect Timing” by Christine Verstraete, a rescued pup helps cafe owner Gina Mason find love and thwart a would-be robber.
Well, waddya think? Don’t forget: If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free app right from the Amazon page and read on your computer, your smartphone, or another electronic device. (No, not your razor. No, not your printer. BE SERIOUS!)
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Set up a brainstorm grid for a corner cafe with these headings: location o, location i, who. Location o = where the cafe is located (crossroads in the desert, inner city, small town). Location i = places or areas inside (counter, booth, table, men’s room, women’s room, kitchen, pantry, alley, upstairs storage, balcony, whatever). Who = various staff and others (cook, waitress, waiter, dishwasher, garbage collector, panhandler, regular, tourist, robber, etc.). Wow! A million stories in one little corner cafe!