Book 1

A Soul as Cold as Frost

by Jennifer Kropf

Published 2 November 2020

"Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good fright..."

The Quarrel of Sword and Bone was a death sentence for anyone who stepped into the arena with the deranged Queen, whose soul had crisped to frost in an age long since past.

Sixteen-year-old Helen Bell understood tragedy better than most kids growing up-she knew what it was like to wear clothes from donation bins and be mocked by the beautiful girls in school. She thought these brutal experiences made her ready for anything. But she wasn't ready for this.

After an eccentric girl opens Helen's eyes to let her see the realm of Winter--a world with intersects tucked carefully into the cracks of our own, where monarchs have risen and fallen, it's forbidden to mention the name of The Dead King of Winter, and the currency is gold rings--Helen comes to realize the downtown confrontation was more significant than what the eccentric girl let on. When Helen receives a summons from the Crimson Court to enter into The Quarrel of Sword and Bone; a traditional duel performed before one thousand witnesses that leaves only one survivor, she's forced to finally pay attention to a handsome boy who's been following her around with a warning on his tongue.

The Winter Souls Series blends action and Christmas tradition, bringing the old forgotten tales of the season to life with new and grittier versions of famous characters out of old holiday legends, such as St. Nicholas, The Snow Queen, and The Nutcracker.

Book 2

A Heart as Red as Paint

by Jennifer Kropf

Published 10 November 2021

"Deck the halls with bells and folly..."

Helen Bell has changed since facing off with Mara Rouge in the Quarrel of Sword and Bone. But so has Winter.

When a Timepiece crosses the intersect to give Helen a set of three warnings in the form of a puzzle, she's forced to re-enter the world she thought she might never see again to solve it before she meets a deadly end.

But things are different in Winter. Things that were once proudly colourful have been painted red, and the Patrolman who swore to always be there for her has his own demons to face. Helen is forced to hide in plain sight by impersonating a Red Kingdom celebrity, all to follow the leads and solve the Timepiece's puzzle before she's taken and Winter's last Carrier of Truth is silenced forever.

A Heart as Red as Paint is the second installment of The Winter Souls Series; a faith-based Christmas collection for teens, with characters from old holiday legends and folklore.

Book 3

I'm dreaming of a frightful Christmas...

The first thing that Patrolman Zane Cohen notices when he meets Helen Bell again in this new season is that she is not herself.

The libraries of the Volumes of Wisdom have been burned to ash. Believers of the Truth are disappearing across the snow globe. A Beast of the darkness is taking hostages and building his army in Winter. And Helen...

Helen sees it all unfolding in her dreams.

When the Volumes of Wisdom begin to whisper clues of something hidden in Winter that might turn the tides of the oncoming war, Helen finds herself trekking into the prickly pines and thundering songs of war drums in the Green Kingdom. She claims she's there as an emissary of the Three Kings of the East. But the true reason she's risked stepping into a kingdom of the verge of losing a deadly war...

Is to steal the Queen of the Pines garland crown right from atop her head.

A Crown as Sharp as Pines is Book #3 of The Winter Souls Series: a Christmas themed collection with holiday myths and folklore.

Book 4

A Beast as Dark as Night

by Jennifer Kropf

Published 14 December 2022

Once, there was the Truth, which shone as pure as Gold.

Then, came a Beast, who devoured Winter's lights.

'Twas Gold versus Poison
Darkness versus Light
King versus Beast
Day verses Night

A Beast as Dark as Night is the epic finale to The Winter Souls Series, a Christmas themed collection with holiday myths and folklore. Ideal for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms by Meredith Rusu and Ashleigh Powell.

Carols and Spies

by Jennifer Kropf

Published 11 July 2023