Indelible Beans: A Coffeehouse Story

As a way of giving back this holiday season, I wanted to help re-open a coffeehouse in Haviland, Kansas.

origins-reopening2Origins Divine Coffeehouse will be home to Barclay College students and townspeople stopping by and staying for a cup of joe. The coffeehouse will be run as a mission through business, a hands-on working lab for students studying ministry and missions. The store manager worked at a coffeehouse in Battambang, Cambodia where nationals learned how to be employees, practiced English, and earned a salary. With MMW, she later opened a pizza and ribs restaurant in Phnom Penh that trained and paid dozens of employees. Besides studying for her graduate degree and managing the coffeehouse when it opens, she will be taking college students to Cambodia in 2015.

As part of their Buy a Bean program, I bought a bean to help fund the coffeehouse re-opening. But I want to do more. I gave myself a challenge that for every 30 INDELIBLE BEATS books bought in December 2014, I will buy a Bean to support the Origins Coffee Shop project in Haviland, Kansas.

INDELIBLE BEATS is the second book in the Abishag Mystery Quartet. And it’s a Christmas Story!

About Indelible Beats:

Indelible Beats copy-001Twenty-year-old college student Leslie Greene believes that dating a handsome lawyer is a fairy tale come true. When the wardrobe required empties her bank account, Leslie returns to her former job as an Abishag wife (temporary wives who comfort dying men). She chooses comatose artist Jordan Ippel who is expected to die by Christmas in his La Jolla home. Besides finding a forged painting and losing the cook, Leslie and her friends must unmask a killer.

We’re on our way there. I gave away three books at a recent Facebook party. I’m giving the book to friends as a holiday gift.

If you want to be part of the bean campaign, you can buy the book at the link below or gift the book for friends. It makes a fun stocking-stuffer, too.

Learn more about the project and the Buy A Bean campaign at

Making a difference is a wonderful way to spend the holiday season. I salute all that you do in making the world a better place. (And I’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments.)

Happy Holidays. And happy reading in 2015!

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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