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Initial post: Jul 1, 2012 2:05:36 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Do you have a Short Story or a Collection you'd like to promote or discuss (could be yours or somebody else's) ???

Drop in at the Cafe and talk about it. PLEASE GIVE US:

1 -- An OVERVIEW, up to 250 words.

2 -- A QUOTE from the novel, up to 250 words.
(500 words is about 1 Kindle page)

3 -- A LINK

Drop in at the Cafe, post examples of Short Storywriting (No Promo), and/or visit with whoever is hanging around.
To Promo, please make a Promo Visit.

Amazon rules apply of course.

Unless it's less than 250 words, PLEASE do not post an entire short story to the Cafe. You already knew that, right?
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Posted on Jul 1, 2012 2:06:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2012 2:25:51 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
One of Oldog's addictions is discussing short stories, even though he is mostly a novelist. Unfortunately, an Amazon Forum is not the ideal place to have a real-time discussion of a short story. This is a Bulletin Board, not a Chat application.

So what we do is set up throw-away free gmail addresses, form a discussion group of 2,3,4 chatters, and sign into GoogleChat. Everybody gets E-mailed a copy of the short story (or it can be posted to GoogleDrive) and we chat.

Interested in a Short Story Cafe Chat? E-mail me at so we can set up a date and time. One of our Chat regulars is on a trip for 3 weeks, so this is a good time to get your foot in the door.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 2:06:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2012 2:10:27 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Here are the Cafes in Oldog's franchise:

Fair Play Cafe:

Historical Fiction Cafe:

Poetry Cafe:

Realistic Futuristic Cafe:

Science Fiction Cafe:

Short Story Cafe

Supernatural Cafe:

Writer's Cafe:

Young Reader's Cafe:

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 5:44:48 PM PDT
George Cook says:
Thanks to all who purchased my book for making The Dead War Series: BOOK 1 a success. Book 2 is on the way. Until then why not check out The Dead War Series: The Short Stories Volume 1 for 99 cents. More US Army vs zombies action!

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 7:14:38 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
It's time for the Cafe to offer another AUTHOR"S SPECIAL, information for members of Oldog's Meet Our Authors Cafes. The Special this week is "READING: That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

In his autobiography/manual _On Writing_ , Steven King observes that in order to be a successful writer, one must be a successful reader. One must read all sorts of genres and all sorts of successful authors, so that one's ear becomes attuned to what good writing sounds like.

Regardless of our chosen genre of the moment, we are all in the business of putting words together in ways that are pleasing to our audience. This week it occurred to me that it is easy to get wrapped up in the stylized conventions of today's writing, and lose track of the elegance of classic simplicity. So I called upon my old friend Robert Louis Stevenson, not for his adventuresome _Treasure Island_ or _Kidnapped_ , but for the elegant simplicity of his 1896 collection _A Child's Garden Of Verses_ :

"... All in the pleasant open air, the pleasant light of day; and blown by all the winds that pass and wet with all the showers, ...."

Now you may say, "I don't need to write stuff like that; this is 2012 and I write [choose your genre].

My response is, "Yes, you don't need to write stuff like that; BUT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO WRITE STUFF THAT SOUNDS THAT GOOD!"

How do we learn to write that well? We read and read and read successful authors, and we search for perhaps as little as one phrase or sentence in an entire chapter that makes us say to ourselves, "God, I wish I could write like that!"


If you're interested in the source of that Stevenson quote, _A Child's Garden Of Verses_ is available in paper, e-books, and free text at several sites on the Internet.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 1:52:47 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Short story writing is a great imagination-stirrer for the novelist with the occasional case of writer's block.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 2:58:23 AM PDT
And for those who don't want to run on at the keyboard too *grin*

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 2:49:00 PM PDT
George Cook says:
Alone with the Dead

A promise to a family member is a promise, whether they are living or the living dead. A short story.

5 star review for Alone With The Dead More than just a zombie story. 18 July 2012 By Cathy Hudson

I nabbed this while this was a freebie. I've never read anything by George L Cook before and was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this. The horror genre has zombie stories emerging from every orifice. However I found this to be more than just another gory shocker. This story centred on the love and strength of a little family unit caught up in a zombie invasion. The horror came from the emotions of the main character as he fought to get his wife and son to a place of safety against all odds. This was only a very short story, 15 minutes tops but I was still thinking about that poor man the next morning. I will be looking out for more from this writer.

Buy for 99 cent's here: Amazon: Alone With The Dead

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Posted on Jul 26, 2012 9:50:45 AM PDT
Time for me to plug my short stories again!

Still free through tomorrow night Ice (Echoes of Elder Times) the end of the world doesn't come with a bang or even a whimper, just a thick layer of ice. Sharalyn wakes to find she is the only one still able to move, why?

Harry is a Guardian, he walks the streets of the old city keeping the peace.One More All Hallows Eve (Guardians of the Gate City) one halloween a street goes missing in his neighborhood, time to figure out why, first of the Guardian of the Gate City series

Months later Harry has to find a kidnapped little girl. She is more than she seems and the man who has her knows it! Hope Everlasting (Guardians of the Gate City) second of the Guardians of the Gate City tales

Two brothers, one dark, one light, which one do the scientists have? Can he give them what they want? Night and Day

He is a Protector, she a bard, the evil mage Hargon wants to destroy his enemy and will use her to do so. Can Yasha save Elinor before her power and her life is drained away? The Knight Protector a classic fantasy quest

An ancient being walks through the afterlife searching for one special soul. The one she can trust with the ultimate prize Passing the Torch

Ghosts haunt the old old lands, one simple ghost story is Partings (Death Walks Through) first of the Death Walks Through short stories series

And finally a collection of tales in one place. Gates lead us from one place to another, from this world to the next, from life to death, from magic to science, Gates a great buy for only 99 cents. Six tales taking you from One Reality to the Next.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 5:28:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2012 5:34:26 AM PDT
L. M. Beyer says:
I have collected 12 of my short stories into a book, C- for an Imperfect World. In order to bring the total number of stories to a nice round 13 I added a story written by my son. There is a print edition and a Kindle edition. The Kindle edition is $1.99.

A long dozen of short stories, including
Baby's Breath: All he wanted was to eat his breakfast in peace. Why did that little man insist on talking to him?
Dust and Crumb: We can only guess at how bad the Pizza Crumb Wars must have been.
Endless night: An argument with someone we love could haunt us forever.
The Bugs We Haven't Met Yet: Colonizing other planets might be easier than we think.
The Key to Aunt Agatha's Cellar: Maybe Aunt Agatha just went for a long walk. Or maybe she's down in the cellar with the spiders, the steamer trunks, and a closet full of old clothes.

240 words from All Highways Look the Same in the Rain:
"Because that's when I think he'll come back here, the guy who stole my car. They all look the same, you know. Highways. Especially in the rain. It was along here, on this road, in a rainstorm back in `87, that we ran into each other and he stole my car. I want it back." Roy was not smiling anymore. He looked angry. His heavy chin jutted forward and his eyes narrowed on me for a moment before turning to study the highway ahead of us. It was barely visible behind the wall of water pouring out of the sky. A violent gust of wind hit the side of the truck and we swerved into the other lane. Both of his hands were tight on the wheel as he pulled us gently back to where we belonged, just in time to fend off another push of the wind. The night around us went bright white in an arc of lightening and crash of thunder.

Roy nodded approval and patted the dashboard in front of him. The rain rattled hard on the metal roof. The wipers rubbed the windshield glass, back and forth, back and forth. The engine rumbled, not heard in the storm's racket, but felt through the seat. I lifted both hands, one still holding the can of beer, "You're not thinking it was me, I hope. That was 20 years ago. I was just a kid of 10."

Thank you :-)

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 5:57:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2012 6:07:25 AM PDT
L. M. Beyer says:
One of the stories in the book I just mentioned above is only 236 words long. It's entirely dialogue and is the shortest story I've ever written. It's also the source of the book's title.

I've toyed with the idea of telling a complete story entirely by dialogue more than once. One of the other stories in the book, The Bugs We Haven't Met Yet, is also all dialogue between two people, with some minor commentary by a computer. It's 584 words.

It's an interesting and tricky idea, giving the reader all the information necessary for understanding what's going on without putting boring explanations in the mouth of one of the characters.

Guess I should mention that the whole book is a bit over 46,000 words and 129 pages (Kindle edition,) so some of the stories are obviously a great deal longer than these two. And even though they are short stories, I spent a lot of time on editing. It's impossible to make any story perfect, but I tried.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 10:34:07 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Hey, short story writers, how about showing us your stuff?

Promos welcome. Chit-chat welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 5:18:15 AM PDT
Hey Larry! You want short stories you know I have them. Here you go a couple for concideration:

Which is the Sacrifice (Worlds Apart) Each world is brought into being in a different way. Some are created by dreams, others by desire and some by a sacrifice. But which becomes the sacrifice and which becomes the truth?

All That There Was (Worlds Apart)If you found a tree encased in crystal and it started to speak to you, would you listen?

Stop by, read something, reviews as always gleefully accepted

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 4:51:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2012 4:55:56 AM PDT
L. M. Beyer says:
C- for an Imperfect World is a collection of 13 short stories.

I thought I might bump this thread up by posting a couple of paragraphs from another story in the book. This is from "Prickly Rose and Creeping Periwinkle."

~ ~~ ~~~

The man sat where she'd left him, chain smoking and grinding the butts into the dirt with the toe of his boot.

As he sucked on the remains of another cigarette he heard Pat's heavy tread come up behind him. His friend peered around at the trees behind the barn and said, "Seen your ghost yet?"

Tony let the smoke pour from his nostrils and past his lips as he dropped the last butt to the ground. "Yup."

"What's it look like?"

"Gray skin, bloody eyes, and teeth like a snake," he snorted in disgust. "And it stinks, too. Wish you'd been here. It was a most monstrous little thing to see in the middle of the night under a full moon."

Pat laughed. "I can tell you're a writer, Tony. Never knew anyone with as big an imagination as you've got. But let's go. Carol and Maureen are waiting for us."

"Great. I could use an armful of Maureen tonight, and all night."

"You might want to shower first. You smell like a bad meal at Guido's Pasta Parlor."

~ ~~ ~~~

A mile away, a gray-faced wraith in rags wandered empty fields until the stars grew faint and a lighter blue in the eastern sky hinted at the rising sun. Only then did instinct push her back into the grave, and by then she did not remember that her name had once upon a time been Catherine.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 10:28:47 PM PDT
John Patin says:
(kicking a door off its rusty hinges) cough, cough, dusty in here! Anybody alive in here? Looking for the proprietor. Hey! Oldog! You around? I've got some short stories to promote.

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And there is lots more to come. Tales from TOMORROW #6 is coming soon!

Hope you are OK, Oldog. You were my first contact in these threads. I'll stop by from time to time to sweep some of the dust out of here.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 1:03:31 PM PDT
What there is no body here? Well how about I put up some stories for you?

Ice (Echoes of Elder Times 1)
The Dream Wish (Echoes of Elder Times 2)
Death Is The Answer (Echoes of Elder Times 3)
A Trap of Eyes (Echoes of Elder Times 4)
Monsters of the Dark (Echoes of Elder Times)
Surprises and Gifts (Echoes of Elder Times, #6)

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 1:35:20 PM PDT
3:53 a.m.

Two Tales from TOMORROW

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 6:11:29 AM PDT
A charity anthology

Angels Cried

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 3:35:09 PM PDT
SW Author says:
How I Met My Spouse

99 cents. Free for Amazon Prime members. E-anthology of 42 true, sweet shorts. "How I Met My Spouse." Cute!!

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 12:17:23 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2013 3:54:26 PM PDT
Frank Mundo says:
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories 12 short stories for 99 cents. All previously published.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 6:55:02 PM PDT
Here is my latest short ghost story available for Kindle:

The Haunting of the Charles F. Campton
A November 1953 storm on Lake Michigan pushed the steamer Charles F. Campton to its limits. Captain Jason Feldkamp was also beyond his limitations, leaving First Mate Tom Howard with the task of keeping the crew safe in the churning waters. He was not as alone as he thought. The ghosts from the freighter's troubled past emerge, but how would they affect the crew's perilous situation?

A short story with about 3500 words.

Thank you,

Posted on May 7, 2013 7:46:12 AM PDT
Hello short story lovers. I have been so busy working on stuff for various anthologies that I keep forgetting to plug my own stuff! so today I thought I would just post about my odd little tale collections!

Beyond Realities is a collection of tales that take place just the other side of our own reality

Night and Day (Beyond Realities 1)
Passing the Torch (Beyond Realities 2)
Strange Nature (Beyond Realities 3)
Reality is a Dream (Beyond Realities 4)

Whether you like vampires, ghosts, odd viruses or walking dreams one of these stories will fill your need. As always you can read them alone or together and they are all only 99 cents each!

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 12:06:01 AM PDT
John Patin says:
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more Tales from TOMORROW - $0.99
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Posted on Jul 31, 2013 1:11:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2013 1:26:22 AM PDT
What a great idea! Here is my short story: Love and Fire - House of Temptation

Description: Shortly after Emma's cheating boyfriend left her, she decided to regain her self-worth by going with her friend to the House of Temptation, a combination discotheque and swingers club. Emma only had a faint idea of what to expect, but she most certainly didn't anticipate meeting the most desirable bachelor in the city. With his irresistible, secretive eyes he manages to seduce Emma. Just as she decides to forget her little adventure, fate throws them together again and he forces her to recognize him. Emma has to decide if she wants to risk becoming another plaything, or if there could be something more serious lurking in his intentions.

"House of Temptation" is the first novella of the Miranda J. Fox Erotic Series.

Excerpt: "And we really want to do this?" asked Emma as she stood in front of the building. She had never been in a swingers club, and it wasn't her idea anyway.
It was Rachel's. After Emma's boyfriend cheated on her and left shortly thereafter to run off with a hot, busty, new girlfriend, she had been wallowing in self-doubt. Rachel had to give her encouragement for two whole months before she had enough self-esteem to look at herself in the mirror again. A month later she went out again. However, Rachel was of the opinion that she needed something new-an adventure. And that's why she suggested they go to a swingers club. At first, Emma was appalled. But after Rachel gushed over her own sexual affairs, Emma decided that it was time to have some experiences of her own. "And don't even think of cheating!" warned Rachel for what felt like the hundredth time as she handed her a mask. After getting out of the car, Emma had to look down so she couldn't see the name of the club. It was supposed to be a surprise. They put their masks on to remain anonymous and walked toward the entrance. "I won't, but this secrecy stuff is starting to make me nervous," answered Emma. "It's completely normal to be nervous. I've done this a lot and believe me, afterwards you feel re-born."

Request rewiew copies here:

Thank you,

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