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"Lovely story with great characters and nicely woven plot threads. Some mystery, some danger, some coffee and tears. I read Coffee and Tears front to back, and a month later my recall of the story is very clear. If you read a lot, you know what I'm talking about. :) So two thumbs up for Coffee and Tears." ~ Anne Frasier - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Hush, Sleep Tight, Play Dead, Before I wake, and Pale Immortal

"Good fast read, enjoyable beach reading!" ~ Joanna Daneman - #1 Hall of Fame Top 10 Reviewer Vine Voice

"This book almost has the feel of a cozy mystery. It was not predictable at all and took me to surprising places. I was mad and angry and worried and sad. But I loved every bit of it.
This was a heartwarming fast paced cozy sort of book...if that is your idea of a great book...you will love this one!" ~ Patty Magyar - Blog: Books, Thoughts And A Few Adventures...

"Featuring a small town and real people that become vivid in a matter of pages, the story proves both touching and resilient, capturing your imagination as if peeking through a window." Kindle Fire Department

About the Author

Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.


Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.


To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time. 

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.


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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095B9CLS
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Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.

To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time.

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a novel that will appeal to a lot of women and maybe guys too. It's a sentimental story that could have been written in the 1930's, except the characters use cell phones, so you know it's contemporary.

The story centers around Angela's Diner, one of those steel-sided railcar style diners you find sometimes in big cities like New York, that sit between huge high rises in like an anachronism. Angela's is in Philadelphia (where I grew up) and you know it's near Girl's High and Central High, because the students from these famous high schools come in for their signature snack, milkshakes and fries--and the shake is for dipping the fries. Yes, kids still do this around Philly--and the Jersey Shore in summer.

Angela's diner is run by an older woman and an ex-con, who share a secret. Angela herself is gone--taken by a cruel early-onset of arthritis. Her son, a successful lawyer who grew up with his single mom, playing under the counters of the diner, is the owner and a good man. But he's getting older, and his mom's arthritis is--genetic. He's suffering. And the land is getting more and more valuable. The fast-food joint build across the street is bleeding off customers. Amid this turmoil, Gabby walks in, a runaway, shoes ragged, thin and hungry. She, miraculously, is given the job of waitress when she grabs the "Help Wanted" sign. And thus the story sets off.

There is a theme here of women running from abusive men, and each new character that shows up fits into this story or fits somehow into the past of each of the main characters. The blending of their stories is sweet, and the outcome is a happy ending that actually, I didn't foresee, so I was quite happy about that! Why NOT a happy ending! Why not!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2012
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Angela's Diner in a Philadelphia neighborhood was one of those places that seemed to invite the needy to sit a spell.

So when Gabby showed up there one day after being on the run and hiding from her past, Ms. Potts's offer of a job as she stood there holding the "help wanted" sign felt like a welcome home.

Narrated in Gabby's first person voice, we slowly come to know the diner and its specialty of the house: An Order of Coffee and Tears. A homey oasis in the midst of the stresses of life, the diner is reminiscent of a more kind and giving past, a marked contrast to the streamlined fast food places that are cropping up around them. Some of which have stolen their customers, or so it seems.

In some ways, the diner and the characters who inhabit it represent a time out of time. Insulated from the outside world and all of its flurry of activity, it is a place of serenity. However, much drama also plays out within its walls in unexpected ways. Not really marked by a period in time, it clearly reminds us of the kind of place where "everyone knows your name," and where your friends have your back.

As the pages unfold, we learn about the secrets of those who enter, like Suzette, whose husband is a batterer; and like the aging detective who has one last case he'd like to close; or Ms. Potts herself, whose openness and welcoming greetings hide a terrible secret from twenty years ago. And, of course, we learn Gabby's secrets.

I did enjoy the cozy feel of the place and its characters.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Moss on September 21, 2012
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Brian creates a really wonderful tale in his recent book, An Order of Coffee and Tears. He knows how to write the suspense, the fears of everyday life and how difficult it can be living with an earth-shattering secret. His sense of family among friends is truly astounding. I wanted to learn more about this little diner family and wanted the tale to continue well into the characters Golden Years.

Gabby is someone that almost every woman can feel akin to. There are characteristics she has that reminded me of myself, and I saw in a lot of my female friends. Mrs. Potts is a wonderful mother figure who cares deeply for her "wards". I would have loved to make her materialize in real life. I felt terrible for Suzette and what she allowed herself to be put through in that horrible marriage of hers. I felt sad for the owner of the diner, Junior, as he never seemed to be able to catch a break. And these folks are just the tip of the iceberg.

It's definitely a small world, and Brian Spangler paints this so well within Angela's Diner. It's a place that everyone could dream about, wishing there was just such a place right around the corner from your own home, in your own small town.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Crazyforbooks on September 9, 2012
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The second published novel by Brian Spangler is very different from his first book, but just as intriguing and fast-paced. It is written from the viewpoint of a 26 year old woman and set mainly in Philadelphia. As a woman (slightly - haha) older than 26 (well, I remember what it was like to be 26), Spangler's POV rings true. The story will hook you and then you will enjoy the various characters as well. The last third of the book was especially captivating as many threads get tied together. If you enjoy a good story and interesting characters who have their own individual stories, you will enjoy this book. Order "An Order of Coffee and Tears" today!
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