Halloween Box First Edition
October 4, 2019
Writing Contest: Holiday Double Chocolate Stories
October 28, 2019

Halloween Box 2 and Contest Winners!

Announcing the Winners!

Our judges have selected the winning entries of our Halloween Writing Contest. We’re pleased to announce the winning authors and their chocolate stories:


1st Place: PJ Devlin -“Final Butter Cream” 
2nd Place: Elana Mugdan – “Dark Chocolate Witch” 
3rd Place (Tied): Jemi Fraser – “Halloween Pecan Cluster” 
3rd Place (Tied): Kelly Abell – “Coiffed Confection” 
Judge’s “Nostalgia” Award: Janet Shawgo – “Dark Bitter Halloween Joy” 


We invite you to savor this variety assortment, filled with delicious Halloween tales, on any Amazon Alexa-enabled device.   

To experience this box of conversational stories, make sure to enable the skill by saying “Alexa, enable my box of chocolates.” After that, you can simply ask Alexa to “open my box of chocolates” whenever you have time to relax and enjoy a bite-sized story and matching virtual candy.

We’re excited to present the full list of featured authors of this second edition Halloween assortment. 


Featured Authors


Kelly Abell 

Candy 1 – Coiffed Confection
A candy maker mourns the recent loss of her dear grandmother, but suddenly has a reason to smile and feel less alone.

     “A loud bang from the front of the store made me jump.

Kelly Abell is the author of internationally best-selling romances and romantic suspense. Her characters are filled with passion, power and purpose in predicaments that keep a reader turning the pages. She lives in Florida where she helps other writers by teaching workshops and sharing writing tips on her blog. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Jemi Fraser

Candy 2 – Encore Halloween Pecan Cluster

(First appeared in Assortment 10)

Meticulous James gets an unexpected complication for Halloween, and Opal is there to see how it unfolds.

“James walked into the shop the day before Halloween and almost knocked over a lady. “


Candy 5 & 6 – Part 1 & Part 2 Feline Surprise
Archie’s special customer Agnes always has something up her sleeve, and this Halloween appears to be no exception.

“As she left the shop, the black cat let out a piercing meow. “

Jemi Fraser is an eclectic reader and writer. Her suspense story Until Release is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology. DANCING WITH DEMENTIA, a guide to recognizing and coping with the early stages of Dementia, will be available in the fall of 2019.

Elana A. Mugdan

Candy 3 – Encore Dark Chocolate Witch

(First appeared in Assortment 10)

A little girl enters Opal’s shop on Halloween and ends up with a very special candy.

The moment she takes a bite, there’s a bright flash.

Elana A. Mugdan is the author of The Shadow War Saga, a 5-book series of Young Adult fantasy novels. You can find out more about the author and purchase her books from her website at https://www.allentria.com/

PJ Devlin

Candy 4 – Final Butter Cream
Amber gets a surprising and disturbing visit from someone who’s just dying for a bite of dark chocolate butter cream.

I turned on the lights and let an elderly woman enter. Her silky gray dress shimmered.

P.J. Devlin is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. She lives in Northern Virginia, but her heart and stories are rooted in Philadelphia. Follow her on Facebook at PJ Devlin Author.

Robert Tinsley

Candy 7 – White Chocolate Skull
Amber makes a skull candy in honor of her crazy uncle.

“When he got back, he unloaded a box that must have contained over a hundred sugar candy skulls, ranging in size from a marble to a golf ball.”

Robert Tinsley is a retired engineer and artist who has been writing since his 20s. He and his wife are living the nomad life with boats and RVs. Follow him on Twitter at @RobertTinsley.  


Brian Bohmueller

Candy 8 – Salted Blood Truffle
One of Brandon’s ancestors accesses his limited mortality to make a special Halloween appearance.

“In truth, prior to the Great War, a confectioner’s knowledge was the blackest of arts.”

Brian Bohmueller is a mechnical engineer, science educator and grassroots activist in several n-verses. On this timelime specifically he writes SpecFic, poetry and ethical thought experiments at GoodnessFirst.com. He also enjoys letterboxing, kayaking, and puzzles with extra meta. 

Chris Rasmussen

Candy 9 – Halloween Chocolate Delight
Coco reminisces about her early days as a chocolatier apprentice, and one special Halloween when she learned a sweet truth about chocolate .

“That fall, one movie was exhausting Ms. Slocomb’s Halloween spirit. For several months, people kept asking if life was like a box of chocolates.”

Chris Rasmussen is doomed to scribble. His writing was shortlisted for a Cygnus Award and his loose vowels are heard daily, in Sweden, where he keeps his pencils.. 

Janet Shawgo

Candy 10 – Encore Dark Bitter Halloween Joy

(First appeared in Assortment 10)

Opals tells the sweetly haunting story of a chocolatier who receives a special visit on Halloween.

“He moved around the shop to set a table for two with white linens, and a deepest red rose placed at the guest’s chair.”

Janet K. Shawgo is author of the award winning Look for Me series as well as the acclaimed thriller Archidamus. Born and raised in Amarillo Texas, Shawgo calls Galveston home. She has retired after thirty-six years of nursing, most of those in Labor and Delivery. Janet has crossed the United States as a travel nurse for twenty-three of those years. You can learn more about the author at her website. Follow her on Twitter at @JanetShawgo and Instagram at author_janetshawgo.

Stay turned for our Holiday Writing Contest!

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