Friday, July 25, 2014

Bitter Chocolate Book Tour with Dawn Greenfield Ireland: Guest Author & Giveaway

Bitter Chocolate
What inspired this chocolate-themed culinary cozy series
Bitter Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland ~ Virtual Book Tour
When you grow up in a family of chocolate lovers who are rattled when the supply has run out, it affects you. I’ve found old battered squares of Hershey’s dark chocolate nuggets in my old purses and briefcases destined for the recycle bin. Of course they were rescued – the purses and briefcases can go, but not the chocolate!
I knew when the idea of the story came to me those characters had to be chocolate lovers. If Bernie was going to be the patriarch of the family he needed something that would never go out of style to end his company. Chocolate sounded like the best investment.

To be honest, I’m not sure how the food and cooking became such an important part of the writing. All I know is that those characters knew best and I’m glad they had such great appetites. I supplied the recipes and they cooked the meals and fed everyone who showed up.
Oh, and that marshmallow fluff – that was my mother’s favorite for her cup of hot chocolate. Everyone in the family always seems to have one jar on hand at all times!

About Bitter Chocolate: 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 in the house? 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.

About Dawn Greenfield Ireland:
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 the AudioFile Earphones Award on Valentine’s Day 2014.

Her family feature film screenplay A Girl and Her Dog was 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).


Buy Bitter Chocolate:

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, August 1st for the chance to win an ebook copy of Bitter Chocolate; open internationally.


MelinaMason said...

Sounds like a good book, new author to me.

Unknown said...

Looks great, thank you fo the chance to win :)

servedogmom said...

Two of my favorite things, mysteries and chocolate!

Unknown said...

A chocolate blueberry pie? Now that gets my attention!
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CatInTheFridge said...

Oh! This reminds me of a book i read about chocolate as a kid - I can't remember what it was called, but I remember just loving reading about chocolate. Now i'm intrigued by anything pertaining to chocolate. :) - Alana.

Lola said...

I love chocolate! This sounds like a fun series and I enjoyed reading the guest post. Thanks for the giveaway!

Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting Dawn!

Mariodacatsmom said...

That sounds like a good book and I'll have to pick up a copy. I won't enter because I won a book from you about 6+ weeks ago, so want to give others a chance again.

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity!

Fur Everywhere said...

Sounds like a suspenseful book!

Sue said...

The question is---How many pounds can I gain while reading this book. I'll be wanting chocolate every time I read the work.

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