Winter Wonders 2011 Anthology

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When the cold of winter sets in and your body shivers, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, a comfy chair and a good book. Join the authors as they share stories that will scare you, thrill you, delight you, break your ...
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When the cold of winter sets in and your body shivers, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, a comfy chair and a good book. Join the authors as they share stories that will scare you, thrill you, delight you, break your heart and entertain you, all set with a winter theme.

Hearts of Fire by Regina Puckett

Mantequero by Jenny Twist

Christmas Angel by Sharon Donovan

Till Death Do Us Part by S.M. Senden

Long Winter by Paul McDermott

Christmas Hope by Jane Wakely

Burgers and Hot Chocolate by Angela Adams

Saving Santa by Melissa Hosack

If Only by Janet Durbin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936167661
  • Publisher: Whimsical Publications
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Winter Wonders anthology is of stories that took place in winter

    Winter Wonders anthology is of stories that took place in winter, mostly around Christmas time. They all had one thing in common…they warm the heart.

    - Christmas Hope by Jane Wakely: 4 stars
    What's sweeter than a man who cures animals and genuinely likes them? This story makes a great start for an anthology…Sweet and light on the heart. I'm glad the author didn't forget to punish Simon.

    - Christmas Angel by Sharon Donovan: 3 stars
    I was torn between liking and disliking the main characters in this tale. On one hand, Oliver came across as a chauvinist when he ordered his wife to have a baby even though they agreed not to before they got married. But then Eve wasn't a sweetheart herself. She was selfish, rude, and flirty with other men in front of her husband. My problem is that even though both characters had flaws, the focus was on Eve's.

    - Mantequero by Jenny Twist: 5 stars
    Happiness is found through the most outrageous methods and in the oddest of ways. June, overweight and she knows it, has given up on meeting prince charming. She could never be like her sisters, but I have a feeling by the end of the tale she got what she really needed. A well written, thought provoking story…the author went at it from an unexpected (and sweet in it's own way) angle.

    - Hearts of Fire by Regina Puckett: 5 stars
    Jordan and Samuel belonged together and the author gave them time to reach that goal. The story's development was paced just right to lead to a heartwarming ending. There's something touching about a fireman who has eyes only for his love.

    - December Bride by S M Senden: 4 stars
    Some people work hard to reach their targets, others take short cuts. Missy is of the latter group. She reached her goal, but at what cost?

    - Burgers and Hot Chocolate by Angela Adams: 3 stars
    The story is very moving and sweet. The characters were believable and I found myself rooting for them to be together. The problem was the first person POV switch between 3 different characters. Perhaps a dashed or starred scene break would have helped.

    - Long Winter by Paul McDermott: 3 stars
    Tom is a lonely man whose life is cold and desolate. Overall, I enjoyed reading this story but wish there were a stronger reason for the thaw at the end.

    - If Only by Janet Durbin: 3 stars
    If only I could understand the secret behind the instant attraction between Raymond and Jenny. I believe in love at first sight but usually there's something more plausible afterwards to sustain it.

    - Saving Santa by Melissa Hosack: 5 stars
    This tale is a creative and light take on how Santa finds and marries his missus. Santa hasn't been this sexy in fiction (at least the fiction I read.) I thoroughly enjoyed how he handled his future wife. A very suitable last story to end the anthology.

    A definite recommendation to read any time of the year, but will be perfect on those cold nights in winter. Fireplace is for wimps :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    "Enjoyable Read"

    Something for everyone type of anthology. These are my favorites (in order of book’s appearance)…

    “Christmas Hope” by Jane Wakely
    “Delightful” tale…just like the name of Karen’s bakery. Appealing heroine and hero.

    “Hearts on Fire” by Regina Puckett
    Great story, complete with an oh-so-hot-and-sexy Santa. These are definitely characters a reader wants to see get their happy ending.

    “Burgers and Hot Chocolate” by Angela Adams
    Captivating tale with a handsome, shy widower; a pretty, lonely teacher; and a cute, affable little girl.

    “If Only” by Janet Durbin
    Engrossing parallel of “Romeo and Juliet.” Kept this reader absorbed to the end.

    “Saving Santa” by Melissa Hosack
    Funny and sweet. Just like Emma said, “Everyone loves Santa.”

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Grab some cocoa, a blanket, and enjoy Winter Wonders!

    Christmas Hope by Jane Wakely
    A very sweet tale. Who can resist a handsome vet? I wish the bakery were real so I could go in and get some cake. Very glad Simon got his “just desserts”! B+

    Christmas Angel by Sharon Donovan
    This had a bracing start after Wakely’s sweet story. While I got the point of the parallel to A Christmas Carol, I didn’t like Oliver trying to bribe his wife to have a baby, and was not sympathetic with him ordering her to have one after they had agreed not to. This seemed to be an anti-abortion story masking as a Christmas cautionary tale. A woman who is childless by choice is not selfish, nor does she need reprimands if she chooses a career over children. But I agree that Eve did need an attitude adjustment, and some lessons on birth control use, if not lessons in appropriate social behavior for married women. C

    Mantequero by Jenny Twist
    Mrs. Twist just keeps getting better ¿ I think this is my most prized story of hers to date. I want the heroine, June, for a friend. Great Phrases like “fatal fat,” the scene where her sisters explain how children “need” outrageous birthday parties, and “Tacky resorts and plastic donkeys.” I love the way reading this story makes me feel. I will reread this, too, the mark of a great story. I’m going to find my My Little Pony’s now ¿ A+

    Hearts of Fire by Regina Puckett
    Very cute Christmas tale of Jordan and Samuel. I worried this might have a bad ending, but HEA prevailed, complete with toddler with peas in her hair. B

    December Bride by S M Senden
    “Re-muddle” is a word I’ll be using in the future. This was a terribly tragic story. I didn’t really like any of the characters (the drunken Kay, or the rich, unsuspecting Kevin), but Missy was horrifically terrible as she related her sins in her way “to the top of the heap” B+

    Burgers and Hot Chocolate by Angela Adams
    I enjoyed this tale, particularly being in Will’s mind. But hopping from one POV to the opposite and back and then also into the child’s mind was very confusing. C+

    Long Winter by Paul McDermott
    This story made me cold, even as I felt worse and worse for the hero, Tom. However, I very much liked the thaw at the end, especially all the descriptive passages B-

    If Only by Janet Durbin
    A strange Romeo and Juliet-esque tale with the rich Raymond Montigue and Jenny, the poor girl from the wrong side of town. C+

    Saving Santa by Melissa Hosack
    An uproariously funny tale about getting the current sexy and young Chris Kringle his own Mrs. Claus. While I couldn’t altogether get behind a vet heroine that could visit a pound without rescuing at least one dog, I did very much like this premise, one I’d not heard before. A

    Overall opinion
    This is a book to celebrate winter in all its forms. It does that, in spades. B+

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