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What’s Inside the Box?
Our assortment of chocolates for May 2019 is dedicated to Mother’s Day. The box offers a variety of flavorful tales: from sweetly sentimental, to deliciously funny, to thoughtful and savory. Though the candies appear similar, each bonbon features a unique creamy interior designed to match the accompanying story.
To experience this box of voice responsive 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 featured authors of the Mother’s Day assortment.
Candy 1 – Mom’s Egg Yolk Cream
Eggs are cracked. Juice is split. But all to surprise mom on her special day.
“Burnt toast stings the air, in a kitchen where many bare feet scamper.”
Ellen Lyons is a writer, poet, illustrator, and reader. She has previously published stories in the False Key fantasy series and writes in many different genres for both children and adults. A native of Newark, NJ, Lyons has resided in Stuart, Florida since 1977.
Candy 2 – Grandma’s Metallic Crunch
Coco offers a few laughs in this true-life tale of a grandmother behind the wheel.
“One day, Grandma Rose came into our house carrying her side-view mirror.”
Barbara Samuels is a humor author, comedian, and retired teacher residing in Florida. She has contributed Coco stories to previous boxes of chocolate and is currently writing a novel entitled “How I Walked the Camino Without Leaving My Backyard.”
Candy 4 – Mom’s Bitter Sweet Cream
Opal narrates a spirited personal essay about the journey of motherhood.
“She frantically searches for a parent’s manual telling her what to do, only to remember–there isn’t one.”
Iana Thomas is the author of Shattering the Silence!, a personal account of abuse intended to encourage others to stand up and be heard. For Thomas, writing is a vehicle through which she chooses to travel life’s journey and share her experience with others. She has written two plays, one of which is based off of her book. Thomas is a nurse and a native of Tampa, FL, where she currently resides. Instagram: @iana.allday
Candy 5 – Mom’s Orange Cream
Brandon shares a personal memory from his boyhood, and finally gets the joke.
“The day I remember most fondly about my mom was back in the seventies, long before I pursued a career in chocolates.”
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.
Candy 6 – Duck Sauce
A mother and her two children enjoy the park on Mother’s Day, and get a surprise.
“Nikki climbed into a paddleboat, and paddled their mother around Balboa Lake.”
Candy 11 – Mom’s Animal Crackers
Opal tells the story of a daughter trying to forgive her mom for past transgressions.
“Roberta wants to celebrate Mother’s Day with her daughters and grandkids; not pretend that her eighty-year-old mother is Ethel Kennedy. “
Dr. Kate Gale is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review, and teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, as well as in the Ashland, Ohio MFA Program.
She is the author of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone and Echo Light, and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
Dr. Gale speaks on independent publishing at schools like USC, Columbia, and Oxford University. Her opera in process is Thewebopera. Instagram: @drkategale
Candy 7 – Grandmother’s Legacy
Amber tells how one storytelling grandmother impacts multiple generations.
“Her grandmother wove stories into the air with her hands and soft voice.”
Tyrean Martinson is a writer, teacher, believer, and daydreamer residing in Washington State. She is a member of the PNWA and the SCBWI, as well as a volunteer admin for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. She writes short stories, poetry, non-fiction books, and novels including The Champion Trilogy, Ashes Burn Seasons 1-7, Eight if By Sea, A Jumble of 500+ Writing Prompts, and Dynamic Writing 1,2,3 (home-school curriculum for 8th-10th grade students). Her current works in progress include a teen superhero novel, a MG fantasy novel, and an interactive journal. Instagram: @tyreanmartinson
Candy 9 – Mom’s Sweet Dreams
Opal narrates a personal essay about the challenge and wonder of motherhood.
“He had been borne to her one year earlier. But she also felt as if she had been borne to him, in some way. “
Angela M. Borges, Ph.D. is an aspiring author, a new mother, and a licensed psychologist. She is also a Lead Trainer for Soteria Solutions and a Practitioner Fellow for Prevention Innovations Research Center.
Candy 10 – Mom’s Cayenne Cream
A daughter shares a moment with her mom that almost has her over the moon.
“They’re 3 miles from the launch pad, surrounded by other special guests–including the families of the crew aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.”
Jane Maples recently retired from a career at NASA, where she worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in many roles, from Procurement Contracting Officer to Enterprise Application Portfolio and Agency Software Manager. Jane looks forward to traveling, volunteering for faith-based and community-oriented services, and spending more time with family and friends.
Call for Submissions
We’re looking for stories to include in upcoming chocolate assortments. See our Chocolate Box Stories page for more details and follow us on Instagram @Tellables!