Free Kindle Book Ends Today

While You Were Out free for KindleToday is your last day to grab a free copy of While You Were Out for your Kindle.

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While You Were Out is a fantastic, creative book about things that die and come back to life.  You won’t find your typical undead, in fact, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these fifteen wonderful stories.  Learn more about the book here.

There’s no catch, it’s just free for your Kindle.  But only until midnight tonight (Saturday, 1/25).  Grab it on now.

If you don’t have a Kindle, that’s OK.  You can also get a Kindle app for almost any other kind of device, including your home PC.  Learn more about Kindle apps here.

Grab While You Were Out for Free for your Kindle – This Week Only!

While You Were Out Kindle FreeEdit**This free giveaway begins tomorrow, January 21, 2014.  Our mistake!

This week only we’re giving away While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection for free for your Amazon Kindle!

Check it out on here.

It’s completely free.  You just have to have a Kindle (or a device with a Kindle app installed — like a smartphone or tablet).  There’s no catch and nothing to sign up for.

If you’re more interested in the paperback, of course that’s for sale too.  You can find it on our website here.

While You Were Out features fifteen creative stories about things that die and come back to life.  You won’t find the typical undead–in fact you won’t find a single zombie or vampire. Instead you’ll find creative romance, science fiction, comedy and literary fiction.

The price can’t get any better than this.  Grab it while it’s only zero.

While You Were Out 99 Cents for Kindle – This Week Only

While You Were Out Fiction AnthologyIn the latest of our unofficial weekly book deals, we’re pleased to offer While You Were Out for only 99 cents for Kindle!  This special price will last only through Friday, August 23.

Find this deal on Amazon here.

While You Were Out presents fifteen stories of things that die and come back to life.  You won’t find the typical undead you’re used to (there isn’t a single vampire or zombie), instead you’ll find a variety of creative incarnations of resurrection. Check out the complete table of contents.

If you haven’t yet read While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection, don’t miss this opportunity to purchase it for your Kindle for only 99 cents.

$10 WYWO Sale Ends Today!

While You Were OutToday is the last day to purchase While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection for only $10 (members get it even cheaper – $8!).  Our price will go back up to $14.95 tomorrow.

The e-book price will also return to $4.99 tomorrow.  Get it for $2.99 today at or

Also, effective tomorrow, we’ll no longer be selling the While You Were Out e-book through  If you read on a Nook, and don’t want to download the Amazon plugin, this is your last chance to get it.  Buy it on today.

Check out all of the While You Were Out ordering options.  Don’t wait, sale ends today!

Last Chance! Buy While You Were Out epub on Barnes & Noble

While You Were OutOn September 1, 2012, we will discontinue sales of While You Were Out through

We believe in our authors, and our primary goal is always to distribute their work to as many households as possible.  While we hate to say goodbye to for the epub edition of this book, listing the e-book exclusively with will allow us to also list the book with Amazon Prime.

Until September 1, you can order While You Were Out as an epub on here.

Through Amazon Prime, paid subscribers to Amazon’s service will be able to “borrow” the book, as well as purchase it.  We believe (or at least are open to the experiment) that the increased opportunities and distribution through Amazon Prime will outweigh the sales from

The paperback version of While You Were Out will continue to be available on our website and on  Find ordering options here.

If you read on a Nook, and don’t want to install the Amazon software to read MOBI files, please take advantage of this final week of sales on

For the time being, our other titles will maintain their current retailers.  Only While You Were Out will be affected by this change.

Thanks for your understanding.

Introduction to While You Were Out

The following is the introduction from While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection, an anthology of 15 short stories published in 2012.  While You Were Out is available for purchase as a paperback and an e-book.  Find it here.


My dad used to own a worthless Ford F-150 truck that he named Lazarus. Much like its biblical eponym, it would seemingly perish, only to revive again a few days later.

Once a year or so, a turn of the key produced the dreaded clicking, or no effect at all, and then the beast would sit for days or weeks, bathing in the regenerative juices of the sun, cleansing itself in the rain, rusting in what little un-rusted real estate remained above the fenders and on the bumpers, and refusing to start day after day.

But, as if the god of old two-tone pick-up trucks knew that it was its last chance, on the morning that “call a tow truck” was scribbled in my father’s planner, presumably with no destination but the scrap yard, one last-ditch turn of the key would rev Lazarus to life as if he were brand new.

Columbus Creative Cooperative collected stories about resurrection for this anthology. The only rule for the stories that were submitted was that something must die and then come back to life. The resurrected thing could be a person, an animal, a machine, or even something abstract, like a project, an idea or a relationship.

I expected that we’d sift through dozens of stories about zombies, vampires, and other typical sorts of the undead, but after all of the stories were collected, we were met with an amazing variety of stories that transcended all genres. As it turns out, we didn’t select a single story that deals with any of the typical “undead” that saturate our culture. You won’t find a single vampire or zombie on these pages.

Instead, you’ll find fantastic stories of people, hopes, dreams, relationships, animals, and even a car, that die and come back to life. You’ll find one story, “Rerun,” that introduces a whole new type of undead character that I think you’ll enjoy.

These stories are adventure, drama, fantasy, science fiction and even a couple of wonderful pieces of creative non-fiction.

Every story was carefully crafted by a writer who lives and works in Central Ohio. We collected submissions from all over North America and the English speaking world, but at the end of the day, we received an exceptional amount of qualified content from our neighbors here in Ohio, and we used it exclusively.

These stories were written by people you run into every day. They were written by your bus driver, your waitress, the local daycare coordinator, a few students and even a couple of retirees.

We’ve done our best to assemble a great variety of stories. Not every story will fit your preferences, and that’s OK, but every story is an excellent example of work in its particular genre, and I think you’ll appreciate every single one.

Writers of all levels are encouraged to participate with Columbus Creative Cooperative, whether through our publishing or our workshops. We don’t publish every story that comes through our door, but we do our best to provide an environment in which every writer can grow and develop his craft to a professional level.

Any writer who’s tried to sell a novel or submitted a story to an anthology knows well the process of death and rebirth.
Every rejection letter and failed project is a tragedy, but a few days or weeks later, we approach the blank page once again and birth a new character or revive an old one into the word processor.

Resurrection may seem outlandish, I thought it was and I wasn’t sure if we’d collect a single story, but it seems that we’re surrounded by death and rebirth. Not only Jesus Christ and Jack Bauer on 24 either, rebirth is a part of nature and a part of our relationships, our bodies are constantly regenerating on a cellular level, and there are some things in our lives, like broken down Ford F-150 pickup trucks, that just won’t die.

Please enjoy the stories of While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection.

-Brad Pauquette
Director, Columbus Creative Cooperative

To learn more about While You Were Out, or to order, click here.

Special Pricing on While You Were Out through September 1!

While You Were OutThrough September 1, 2012 we’ll be selling While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection at a special discounted rate!

Order it from us for only $10 ($8 for members)!  Or get the e-book on or for only $2.99.

To date While You Were Out has earned twelve 5-star reviews on  This anthology features fifteen short stories, each about something that dies and comes back to life.  From romance to comedy to science fiction, and of course a ghost or two, this anthology will entertain readers of all types.

Check out the full table of contents and all of the included authors here.

Don’t forget, when you purchase a book from Columbus Creative Cooperative, you not only get a fantastic piece of literature, you also support the arts in Central Ohio.

Order it today to capture this great price.  On September 1, 2012, the price will return to $14.95.

While You Were Out Table of Contents

While You Were Out, released in April, 2012, has been a great success for the contributing artists.  The book has earned a multitude of 5-star reviews on

The table of contents of While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection follows, which includes short stories by 15 authors based in Central Ohio.

Introduction by Brad Pauquette

“Sprout” by Brenda Layman

“The Missing Hours” by Ben Orlando

“The Fall” by Doug Devor

“Poor Girl” by Nate Roderick

“The Ant Doctor” by Deborah Cheever Cottle

“Ladybug” by Jenny L. Maxey

“13 Hours” by Tina Higgins

“Escape from Palisades Manor” by Barbara Nell Perrin

“Smoke In My Hands” by Cynthia Rosi

“The Strange Case of John Doe” by Bradley Nelson

“Return to Fort Walton Beach” by Wayne Rapp

“The Bus Trip” by Ramona R. Douglas

“From Empty Envelopes” by Peg Hanna

“Dead Man’s Daughter” by Catherine Maynard

“Rerun” by Birney Reed

While You Were Out can be purchased directly from Columbus Creative Cooperative on our storefront here.

The e-book can found on and

July E-Book Sale: Only $2.99 per Title

For the month of July, Columbus Creative Cooperative’s e-books are on sale at for only $2.99 each!

That includes While You Were Out, Across Town, Overgrown and Origins.

Find all 4 title on here.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get some fantastic summer reading, and support a local arts organization at the same time.

Get them now, they’ll go back up to their regular price again on August 1.

99 Cent Ebook Sale Ends Today!

Today is your last chance to get the While You Were Out: Short Stories of Resurrection e-book for only 99 cents from or, for a savings of 75%!

At midnight tonight, the price will go back up to $3.99.  Act now to capture this amazing deal before it goes away.

Click here for all of the While You Were Out ordering options.

The paperback is also available for only $9.35 (member’s price), a discount of 35% off of the list price of $14.95.  Membership only costs $5, so you save more than the price of membership on one book alone!  Enroll as a member here.

Thanks for reading While You Were Out and supporting Columbus Creative Cooperative.