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Whispers of Winter


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Winter may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean your days and nights must be cold. 

Before you get snowed in, grab yourself a copy of this limited-edition collection. With heroes and heroines of all kinds, you’ll be sure to find some that you just can’t help but fall in love with. 

These romantic reads can be read as stand-alone stories. But, why would you want to do that? Read them all! Immerse yourself in this wintery ensemble from Romance Collections.

Featured in Whispers of Winter is my romantic comedy short story, "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off."

When a five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.
"I’m not entering this year.” I pinned an unbreakable stare on Bethany, my co-worker and long-time friend who lived in the same apartment complex as me. Standing firm, I crossed my arms. “Period.” 

We'd arrived early for work and were piddling over coffee in her cubical like we always did before diving into the nuts and bolts of company business. She rolled her eyes in the “I'm so not believing this” fashion and tweaked the Santa garland decorating her cube's walls. “Why not, Samantha? You should be proud to be the five-time winner of The Great Fruitcake Bake-off. You're a-a”--her words trailed off as she searched the ceiling for the ultimate in descriptive--“legend.” 

         I dropped my arms to twitch my black skirt in place, then I tucked my shoulder-length hair behind my ear. I let loose a long exhale, “Is being a legend in the fruitcake world a good thing?”
“What’s your point?” Bethany asked.
“Alright already, it's exhausting. Finding the perfect recipe, then bake and exhibit it. The tension comes close to killing my holiday enjoyment. Besides”-–I shoved my finger in her direction—-“shouldn't the love be spread? Shouldn’t somebody else win the Bake-off?” 
         “Oh, by golly, Sam.” Bethany's hands covered her eyes. A few seconds passed, then she clasped them to her chest, inhaled, and composed her annoyance before saying, “We're talking fruitcake here. It's not groundbreaking like-like the Declaration of Independence. Or the Pyramids.”

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Reviews: 

5.0 out of 5 stars. I started off reading Stranger in the Snow by Jane Blythe. I love her stories of suspense. There is a little bit of "romance" but just a sprinkle. You get to meet Paisley and Stephen. They meet under duress circumstances. The author had me doubting the hero of the story. Could he mean to do harm? Or can he save Paisley.
So much drama and suspense all wrapped in a bow. This is a short Novella and I was able to read it in less than an hour. I need to jump on the rest of the stories as I can see from other reviews, each story has a mix of goodness! I definitely recommend!

5.0 out of 5 stars. A must have Christmas collection! This must have Christmas collection has something for everyone! Each and every book in this collection have great character and storyline development which gave me hours and hours of reading enjoyment!

5.0 out of 5 stars. A wonderful set of books by some Authors I have read and some new to me, some of them I want to read more of the series. Each story has its own merits, a set I want to read again. 

4.0 out of 5 stars. Perfect for a long weekend read. There are twelve stories in this amazing box set. Perfect read for a long weekend. A few of my favorites are Lucas Little Christmas Cracker by Caitlyn Lynch, A Wolf's Claim by Marie Mason and A White Hot Christmas by Renee Webb. I love reading box sets because we get to read new to us authors and a few we already love.

5.0 out of 5 stars. Terrific Box Set!! A beautiful box set of winter romance books. Heartwarming and sweet and HEAs to boot.

5.0 out of 5 stars. This is a fantastic collection of holiday stories from some of my favorite writers! It's at a great price with some super stories. All stand alone romantic stories that range a wide range of characteristics; from heartwarming to suspenseful. I loved the characters and plots in all of these stories!

5.0 out of 5 stars .Loved it. This box set has the following titles Storm of Seduction (Gilpin County Search & Rescue 1.5) by Nicole Morgan, The Gift by Stephanie Morris, Luca's Little Christmas Cracker by Caitlyn Lynch, Finding Love by Krista Ames, The Great Fruitcake Bake-off by Vicki Batman, Christmas Choices by Sharon Coady, Hot Coffee by Donna R. Mercer, Nice Girl Naughty by Jan Springer, Touchdown Dance by Carma Haley Shoemaker, Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn, Tied Up In Tinsel by Amber Skyze, Rent-a-Gentleman Two: Winter Sparks by Rebecca Fairfax, Stranger in the Snow by Jane Blythe, Resisting You by Suzanne Jenkins, Mistletoe Fantasies, Book 1 in the Pleasure Your Fantasies Series by Stacy Eaton, A White Hot Christmas: Novella by Rene Webb, A Wolf's Claim (The Holiday Ball Book 1) by Marie Mason, Christmas Comes to Silver Falls (A BBW Holiday Romance) by Joann Baker & Patricia Mason, Winter Encounter by Karen Cino. I’ll be updating this review as I finish each title.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Great book collection! Wow, 17 books are in this set. There is something for everyone. I really enjoyed this book set, great pick me up for the holiday season.
5.0 out of 5 stars. A wonderful collection of stories. This is a wonderful collection of stories that will keep you reading for hours on entertainment. These are different stories that have great storylines and hot guys and smart women. This is a must read collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars. This is a great book of 12 stories! Wonderful stories with excellent chemistry between the characters. Lots of romance with twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars. Excellent stories. This collection of stories are wonderful. They have all you could want in a story. Excitement, emotions, heartwarming moments, suspense and so much more. I had to keep reading till the end. It is so good. I highly recommend it. 
5.0 out of 5 stars. The Bog Bad Wolf. This box set is amazing. There is a story for everyone and for all heat levels. My review is on a wolf's claim. This book is about a witch who goes to the annual holiday ball. This ball is for all paranormal entities as well as humans. She is reserved to never find a mate and live to be an old witch without a mate helping everyone. She soon realizes that her fate is about to change. Very steamy resad with HEA. This is only one book in this mass collection. It does not disappoint.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Wonderful Winter Boxset!! This was a great collection of winter romances. There was something for everyone in here. You'll have to choose your favorite from among the 12 excellent stories. Make sure to read Luca's Little Christmas Cracker by Caitlyn Lynch. Luca and Amy will tug at your heartstrings. You can't help but to fall in love with them.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Wonderful Romance Collection. This is a great collection of several wonderful romances. It was rather long but I enjoyed reading each and every story.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Christmas Stories That Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit. This Story set will have something for everyone who wants a little holiday romance. My favorite was Luca's Little Christmas Cracker. Luca and Amy meet at the mall where she is a Christmas photographer doing family photos for Christmas. Lucas was captivated right from the start and over the course of the Christmas holiday they fall in love. It is a sweet story that have you cheering for Luca and Amy as they take that journey to the next step into happily ever after.
5.0 out of 5 stars. For Touchdown Dance - A reminder we don't need to be perfect to find a happy-ever-after love. This Review is for Touchdown Dance: I really loved this story. Peyton is so unique and just alive on the page, and it's her perceived imperfections that make her so loveable and perfect. Although she sees herself as flawed, I think her OCD is an asset to her character. And her hero is the right compliment to her personality, just like the special treats she makes in her restaurant to accompany her teas. I love all of Ms. Shoemaker's books, but Touchdown Dance will always be my favorite. A reminder we don't need to be perfect to deserve a happy ending and that true love sees our perceived flaws and loves us anyway.
5.0 out of 5 stars. A great holiday bundle. There’s so many short reads to choose from, that there truly is something for everyone. I was partial to Jan Springer’s Nice Girl Naughty and Stacy Eaton’s Mistletoe Fantasy.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Wow! If you love this genre this is a must read. I volunteered to read an advance copy for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars. An Incredible Box Set. Wow what a great romance box set. Plenty of Winter wonderland to warm up your life. Hours of reading pleasure and something for everyone. This collection includes: Storm of Seduction (Gilpin County Search & Rescue 1.5) by Nicole Morgan, Will Lori’s plan be the thing that brings her and Kevin together again?, The Gift by Stephanie Morris, Sometimes love is the only gift you need, Luca’s Little Christmas Cracker by Caitlyn Lynch, Santa’s sexy helper is all Luca wants for Christmas!, Finding Love by Krista Ames, Sometimes the best things are found in awkward places..., The Great Fruitcake Bake-off by Vicki Batman, It’s love and war in the baking world., Christmas Choices by Sharon Coady, Which man can make this the best Christmas of her life?, Hot Coffee by Donna R. Mercer, Everyone Needs A Little Cream in Their..., Nice Girl Naughty by Jan Springer, Can Summer’s bodyguard keep her safe from a serial killer?, Touchdown Dance by Carma Haley Shoemaker, Dance was my first love. I’m counting on you to be my last., Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn, Tis the Season for Second Chances, Tied Up In Tinsel by Amber Skyze, Things can go awry when a dream fantasy turns into a nightmare., Rent-a-Gentleman Two: Winter Sparks by Rebecca Fairfax, A winter-spring relationship? No--more like winter sparks, Stranger in the Snow by Jane Blythe, Trust a stranger with her life or risk it in a blizzard., Resisting You by Suzanne Jenkins, Kendall accepted a life without love until an unexpected visitor changed her mind.,Mistletoe Fantasies, Book 1 in the Pleasure Your Fantasies Series by Stacy Eaton,Dancing pays the bills, but it’s ruining her Christmas Fantasy.,A White Hot Christmas: Novella by Rene Webb,Keeping warm has never been this hot!,A Wolf’s Claim (The Holiday Ball Book 1) by Marie Mason,Will fate and some blue pixie dust be enough to get these two lovers together?,Christmas Comes to Silver Falls (A BBW Holiday Romance) by Joann Baker & Patricia Mason,When a long lost love rides into town, Christmas becomes even more complicated for Mayor Holly Bryant as she must choose between her responsibility as mayor or her heart and Winter Encounter by Karen Cino.
Good set of books. Great set of romance books. I especially loved Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn.
4.0 out of 5 stars. A riveting read! So, what Stranger in the Snow has taught me is that if you are driving in the snow and see someone holding what you think is a human head to just keep driving and not try and avoid the psycho in the road, ha ha ha. Wow! What a gripping read this story was!! Stranger in the Snow is a short story that is a part of a multi-author box set called Whispers of Winter. This is the only story I have read from that set but if it is any indication of the theme then it is surely to be a box set that I would very much enjoy reading!!
Paisley encountered an unthinkable image on her way home and it was such a jarring one that she found herself run off the road. As if that is not bad enough, another problem was that she caught only a glimpse of the man who was crossing the road and she has no idea what he really looked like. When she regained consciousness, it was to a man who was trying to assist her. Can you even imagine? Paisley was caught between trusting a man who could for all intents and purposes be misleading her so that she could become his next victim or he could be a good Samaritan who is truly just trying to help. This conundrum was the driving force that led Paisley into a horrifying scenario that I can’t even begin to think about.
Stranger in the Snow was a spine-tingling short story that will keep you turning the pages! I love reading stories by Ms. Blythe because it always causes me to consider what I would do if I had been in the character’s shoes, so to speak. I love that because it draws me right in alongside the character and I become absolutely invested in the outcome. There was also enough reasonable doubt woven into the telling of this story which kept me on the edge as to whether or not correct assumptions were being made. This was such a riveting read that will keep you guessing and I highly recommend it to you!
4.0 out of 5 stars. A delightfully intense ending. I read Jane Blythe's Stranger in the Snow: WOW, what a start! I do love a damsel in distress during a storm and Paisley has run into a human and a natural disaster that leaves her injured and at the mercy of Stephen. Is he a good guy or the bad guy? Is there such a thing as love at first sight? I can only imagine, through Jane Blythe’s well written story, the terror that Paisley must have felt by what she saw, the injury from the crash, the pitch blackness of the night, and a strange man with a gun. Predictable, but terrifying. Jane gets me involved even though I know what’s going to happen, I am apprehensive, uptight and eager to know. OH NO! Didn’t see that coming until it was too late. Well…Stranger in the Snow has a delightfully intense ending and I give Jane Blythe a high five on a job well done. It’s not the easiest thing to do…get someone totally engrossed in a novella.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Resisting You - wonderful love story. This was a sweet and kind of personal story for me in particular. I could relate to a lot of the feelings Kendall was going through, including the younger man who was pursuing her and her heart. Suzanne always hits the nail on the head in her storylines. I don’t miss anything she writes.
5.0 out of 5 stars. Great writing! I’ve only read Jane Blythe’s Danger In the Snow and it’s a great read. It’s short since all the stories are novella size. It has wonderful writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars. I loved each story!! What a wonderful book to curl up with on a winter evening! Nicole Morgan- Storm of Seduction, Stephanie Morris - The Gift, Caitlyn Lynch - Luca’s Little Christmas Cracker, Sharon Coady - Christmas Choices, Donna R. Mercer – Hot Coffee, The Great fruitcake Bake-Off-Vicki Batman, Jan Springer – Nice Girl Naughty those are just the first six books and you have a ton more to choose from. This book has stories that show deep emotions with good plots and twists you will love plus characters that will bring you on a grand journey. This book is well worth taking a chance on. I loved each story!!





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