Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Bridesmaid Wore Stains by Conda V. Douglas


Poor Kat. Her best friend Debbie insists Kathleen-the-Klutz wear her ugliest bridesmaid's dress to Debbie's wedding. Worse, Kat must bring a plus one! Much worse, if Kat can't get up the courage to ask her new boyfriend, Gary, Debbie threatens to set Kat up with Kat's childhood nemesis, Luke, as a substitute. Can Kat avoid staining her new relationship with Gary long enough to see Debbie down the aisle, or will her trademark clumsiness condemn her to a bridesmaid's worst nightmare?


It’s been awhile since I’ve read a short-short “waiting-room” story.  I cannot for the life of me figure out how to write a story with a beginning, middle and end, with fully-fleshed-out characters who engage a reader’s attention, making you laugh, cry, feel what they feel and know the story’s over, even if you do want more.  (All good books leave you wanting more.)  I admire anyone who can do it and revere those who can do it well.  Ms. Douglas, I revere you!  I hope my neighbors don’t hate me, because I read this story at bedtime, which for me is around three a.m., and it made me laugh.  I don’t laugh quietly, as my friends and readers know.

What’s worse, I’m a lifelong klutz and I identified with Kat.  I’ve never been a bridesmaid, but at my wedding I took a header and slid the length of the room during photos.  My (now-ex) hubby and the photographer argued whether I was safe or out.  But I digress.  For a great short read and a big huge laugh, grab The Bridesmaid Wore Stains.

Length:  29 Pages
Price:  $2.50

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file I created on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. RIW

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