It’s finally here! A delicious box of a dozen virtual candies with matching double chocolate stories! In case you missed the big news, here are the winners of our Holiday Writing Contest. All of their delicious 2-part stories are featured in this holiday assortment.
3rd Place (Tied): Kelly Abell – “Peppermint Bonbon Miracle”
3rd Place (Tied): PJ Devlin – “Snow Chocolate”
Judge’s “Originality” Award: Chris Rasmussen – “Jingle Bells Bonbon”
In this assortment, we’re excited to be presenting Alexa’s brand new storytelling voice. The team at Amazon has very recently released several new speaking “styles” for Alexa, and we’ve found the new “music / DJ” style to work very well for storytelling. Give the stories a listen and let us know what you think!
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.
Any Alexa-enabled device will work, including Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, free Alexa App, Fire Tablet, and Fire TV. The stories are also great to share with friends!
Candy 1& 2 – Snow Chocolate
A chocolatier receives a strange visit to her shop shortly before Christmas, but the visit turns out to be especially auspicious.
“Once outside I was greeted by an entire row of unsightly smudges, three-feet high, lining my shop window.”
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.
Candy 3 & 4 – Peppermint Bonbon Miracle
A candy maker faces a devastating loss of business one holiday season, all because two sisters are having a spat.
“On Saturday, a week before Christmas, I stared out at the barren street.”
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.
Candy 5 & 6 – Jingle Bell Bonbon
A young ambitious chocolatier runs afoul with a local judge, but she perseveres in her attempt to win a holiday sweet stakes challenge.
“I circled the date, rolled up my sleeves, and did my Thanksgiving homework.”
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.
Candy 7 & 8 – Timely Mint Twist
A last minute holiday order, missing ingredients, and a roaming cat all combine to spell disaster for a frazzled chocolatier.
“Haste makes waste is not just a rhyme it’s reality.”
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 9 & 10 – White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
A young boy keeps returning to the chocolate shop in search of a treat for a very picky Santa. But what’s really going on?
“He said he didn’t think Santa liked the last candy either. Maybe he’s allergic.”
MichelleRene is a multi-award winning author of historical and speculative fiction. Her novel, Hour Glass, was named Chanticleer Review’s best book of the year. When not writing, she’s a professional artist and autism mom. She lives with her husband, son, and ungrateful cat in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about the author by visiting her website.
Candy 11 & 12 – Snowball Delight
Brandon steps out of his chocolate shop on a wintry night before Christmas and gets a surprise.
“As I walked to the door to lock up for the holiday, I noticed a rustle in the small snowdrift outside my shop.”
Veronica Fischer has a passion for telling stories. Living and working in Las Vegas in the world of fundraising, her storytelling skills are used to help spread the message about the importance of giving back to her community. In her spare time, she enjoys writing for younger audiences and published her debut children’s book, Oscar’s Christmas Wish in 2017.
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