by Dawn Greenfield Ireland
just released: June 2014
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The characters you loved in Hot Chocolate are back with more escapades of life in Houston's wealthy River Oaks.
Lila Mae is in a tizzy over the Chocolate Ball - a huge event that she and her sisters, Dorothea and Madge, host every year. But due to unusual circumstances, Dorothea and Madge dump everything in Lila Mae's lap. If it weren't for Julian Gillespie of Event Is King, the Chocolate Ball would have melted.
Bernie, the Alcott sisters' 92-year-old father, decides he wants his Bentley back. The sisters and Bambi are horrified. They hire Joseph's cousin Chewie as Bernie's new chauffeur.
Wolfram, Lila Mae's new astrologer, gives clues of things to come. This leaves Lila Mae and her sidekick Amelia with brows furrowed.
On her day off, Amelia decides to bake a chocolate blueberry pie. She discovers she needs to make a grocery run. When she returns home, she discovers her kitchen door is slightly ajar. Arms loaded with groceries, she toes the door open.
Three things catch her attention: a vase of flowers on the kitchen island that was not there when she left the house, her marble rolling pin covered with blood... and a dead body on her kitchen floor.
Amelia's eyes drift toward the dining room and beyond - is the house empty, or is there a murderer inside? She backs up, turns and hurries outside. After setting the bags on the ground, she slips back into the kitchen and snaps a picture of the dead guy. Then she calls Detective Chance Walker, Lila Mae and finally... 9-1-1.
Dawn Ireland is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned publishing and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995. She's an award winning independent publisher and author of The Puppy Baby Book , Mastering Your Money, and Amazon Best Seller Hot Chocolate (the first in the series, and her fifth novel). The Hot Chocolate audio book was awarded theAudioFile Earphones Award on Valentine's Day 2014.
Her family feature film screenplay A Girl and Her Dogwas awarded a Kids First! Endorsement by the Coalition for Quality Children's Media in October 2012 and optioned by Shadow Cave Productions in February 2013.
Originally from Feeding Hills, MA, Dawn migrated to San Antonio in 1968, then when her first son was one years old, her family moved to Houston where work was more plentiful. After 40+ years of heat and humidity, she has her sights on the Pacific NW.
Dawn is the co-author of the animated screenplay Memoirs of a Dog which won the Spirit Award of the Moondance Film Festival (children's category) September 2011. Her dark comedy Plan B was a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay script competition in 2010 and years before that, Standing Dead won the Women in Film and Television (Houston Chapter) screenplay award.
Stay tuned for The Last Dog (futuristic/sci-fi 2015), and Spicy Chocolate (2016).
Origin of my Chocolate Inspiration for the Hot Chocolate series
Bitter Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland ~ Virtual Book Tour
When I came up with the idea of Hot Chocolate, I was going to call it The Alcott’s. But luckily one of my friends intervened and said since Lila Mae concocted café mocha, and it was so loved by everyone in her family, Hot Chocolate would be a much better title. And let’s face it … I could go through the whole gamut of different chocolate flavors before ever running out of good titles.
The actual hot chocolate/café mocha drink stems from my very own breakfast drink.
I needed an empire for the family. Being set in Houston, Bernie could have been an oil baron. That just didn’t seem to work – it seemed more like a cliché, so I decided chocolate would be their wealth builder. If Hershey’s could be an empire, why not Alcott Chocolates?
There are only a few people I have come across that do not like chocolate. I wonder about them – sort of like not trusting people who don’t like dogs or cats, know what I mean?
I grew up in a family of chocolate lovers. My mother had Hershey’s bars with almonds stashed everywhere. She also pulled out a box of chocolate covered cherries at special occasions. We dove in. If my parents were alive now, they’d love the fact that I created an entire series where chocolate was the main focus.
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