• About Me

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    Dawn Ireland is the author of two independent published award-winning books: The Puppy Baby Book(a fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy), and Mastering Your Money which she hopes to get into every high school and college across the country, and the Amazon Best Selling wickedly funny cozy mystery novel Hot Chocolate.

    She’s been writing stories since attending summer camp around the age of seven. To date she has written five novels (one contemporary mystery and four science fiction), 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, one horror, action adventure and science fiction) three short scripts and five reality TV concepts.

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    Dawn is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned independent publisher and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995. Projects are on time and within budget.

    She has been a technical writer since pencils were invented. Dawn has worked with the following companies creating procedures, user guides, software, repair, operating, maintenance/service manuals, PowerPoint slide shows, training and marketing materials:

    • Compaq Computer
    • HP
    • Waste Management
    • British Petroleum (BP)
    • Shell International Exploration and Production
    • S & B Engineering and Construction
    • Gas Turbine Maintenance LLC
    • Ruggles Green
    • Lonestar WinDebt

    Her day job as an award-winning technical writer has played a major role in her fiction writing – she is detailed oriented and outlines like a fiend.

    The Puppy Baby Book was a finalist in the 2001 Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Awards Competition, Mastering Your Money won the New England Book Festival’s ebook category 12/2008, and her dark comedy, Plan B, was a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay competition 4/2010.

     

    Body of Work

    Novels
    Hot Chocolate Cozy Mystery – Amazon Best Seller since 8/2012
    Bitter Chocolate Book 2 of the Alcott Family Adventures June 2014
    The Last Dog Futuristic (2015)
    Passage Sci-fi/fantasy
    Forced Dreams Sci-fi
    The Glow Sci-fi

     

    Affiliations
    Women in Film & Television, Houston – Benefactor, member
    Lajoda LLC / Lajoda Entertainment – Partner
    Artistic Origins Inc – Head Dog

     

    Screenplays
    Passage Sci-fi/fantasy
    Forced Dreams Sci-fi
    Breezy Meadows Drama
    The Dishwasher Comedy/farce
    Deadly Traits (The Rose Vendetta) Crime/drama
    Deception and Desire Drama – Work for Hire/unproduced
    Plan B (Renegade Family) Dark comedy
    Rivals Comedy
    Block Captain Comedy - OPTIONED 9/2009
    Melody Drama
    A Girl and Her Dog (Trash) Family comedy
    Standing Dead Drama
    The Crowd Horror
    Memoirs of a Dog Family/animation
    40 Days Sci-fi/animation short In pre-production
    The Challenge Sci-fi/animation short
    Wasted Time Spoof-short
    The God Child Action- adventure
    The Brownstone Comedy

     

    Competitons awards and mentions:
      Memoirs of a Dog (family animation script)

    • Winner of the Spirit Award for Kids ~ Moondance Int’l Film Festival 9/2011
    • Official Selection List ~ Kids First Film Festival 3/21/2011
    • Official Selection List ~ International Family Film Festival 2011
    • Advanced to 2nd Round of the 2011 International Screenwriting Page Awards 2011
    • Family Film Runner-Up / Woods Hole Film Festival 2010 Screenwriting Contest
      A Girl and Her Dog (Formerly titled Trash)

    • Awarded a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement by Coalition for Quality Children’s Media 2012
    • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
    • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition,2003
      Plan B (dark comedy)

    • Top 50 Screenplays in the Underground Exposure competition 5/2010
    • Finalist ~ Table Read My Screenplay competition 4/2010
    • Semi-Finalist ~ Chesterfield Film Co. Competition
      Melody (drama)

    • 3rd Runner Up ~ Greenlight Entertainment, 12/2003
    • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
    • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition 2003
      Passage (science fiction/creature feature)

    • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)
      Standing Dead (tradegy/drama)

    • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
    • Winner ~ WIFT/Houston Reel Dialogues Screenwriting Competition 12/99
      Breezy Meadows (drama)

    • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)
      The Dishwasher (comdey) (drama)

    • Guilded Quill Award
      Block Captain (comedy action)

    • Optioned 2009 (unproduced, available again)

  • Aunt Ora

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    Radio Sound Effects

    One of my inspirations as a professional writer and business woman is my Great Aunt Ora. Here’s a fun tidbit of information about an extraordinary woman that shaped radio and the way we watch movies.

    Aunt Ora Daigle Nichols was the first and only woman sound effects engineer. In the early 1900’s she worked on radio sensations such as, War of the Worlds and Buck Rogers.

    CBS: New York: First lady of sound effects. The March of Time, Mercury Theater, Roses and Drums (1932), 45 minutes in Hollywood, Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, Stoopnagle, and War of the Worlds.

  • Contact Me

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    Pearland,TX77584
    dawnireland1@yahoo.com

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  • Events

    2014 Events & Sightings

    Things are heating up! The Bitter Chocolate eBook will be available June 1, 2014. Print and audio books will be available August/September.

    The virtual book tour has been booked and will be ongoing for the entire month of July.

    On Valentine’s Day 2014 Hot Chocolate was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award. Narrator Kelley Hazen.

     

    Past Events

    April 2013

    Houston Writers Guild Conference
    On Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 3:30 I’ll be presenting a talk about how I marketed my novel Hot Chocolate. Come join me at the Sugar Land Marriott ~ 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land TX 77479

     

    September 2012

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    9/20 – 4-8 – The Chocolate Bar – 1835 West Alabama, Houston, TX

    9/22 – 2-4 – Barnes & Noble River Oaks – 2030 West Gray Street Houston, TX

    October 2012

    10/12 & 10/13 – Houston Writers Guild Conference @ Sugar Land Marriott Hotel – 16090 City Walk – Sugar Land, TX 77479

    10/24 – 11-4 – Chocolate Blues Business & Networking Festival – Sugar Creek Country Club – 420 Sugar Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX

    10/31 – Online event – the official launch of Hot Chocolate on Amazon. Should be awesome. Watch it climb to the best sellers list!

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  • My Books

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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…

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    Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks. Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had…

    Price:$3.99 for Kindle, $9.99 paperback, and is available in audio book format.

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    book 3

    This unique “fill in the blanks” book gives dog lovers the same opportunity to chart their puppies growth and progress, as parents of infants do with their baby books.

    Price:$21.95

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    book 4

    If you or someone you know is constantly coming up short of money in your checkbook, or if you have checks bouncing like basket balls, Mastering Your Money will take the mystery out of maintaining your checkbook.

    Price:Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, or $4.95 for regular Kindle buyers

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  • Bitter Chocolate

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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.

    Reviews of Bitter Chocolate

    Have been waiting for this book to come out. Could not wait to see what would happen to the Alcott clan. Could not put it down for long…only took two days to read. Completely entertaining! Like the last book, you have no idea who done it! Now I am ready for the next book!
    Vicki Bigan

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    Never seen a family quite like this one. Such fun! A worthy sequel to Hot Chocolate, which you really must read first. I’m so looking forward to book Three and Prime Members can read it for free. What more can we ask?

    Anita Nelam

    Intriguing story line. Well written. Holds your interest.
    Could have spent less time on Alcott family get togethers and mor on buliding uo the murder plot.

    lLee Siems

  • Hot Chocolate

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    Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

    Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

    Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong.

    Get an autographed book by purchasing it from this website!

    The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse.

    Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi.

    Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

    The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan.



    When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

     

    Kindle Reviews of Hot Chocolate

    5 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting murder mystery, great character, lots of action. I enjoyed it thoroughtly.

    Laurie Martin, Nov 10, 2011

    5 out of 5 stars
    Hot Chocolate is a warm cup overflowing with savory characters and sweetly sprinkled with twists of adventure that are guaranteed to make you come back for more! I loved Author, Dawn Greenfield Ireland’s writing style. Her descriptions were crisp and vivid, her dialog snappy, and her talent for storytelling immaculate.

    Leslie Stuart, Dec 2, 2011

    5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This review is from: Hot Chocolate (Kindle Edition)
    Thoroughly enjoyed each and every character so aptly described by Dawn. Light, airy and believable. If you need some time away from the humdrum of everyday living, pick up a copy. The story line is good, the characters totally believable and I was quite taken with Bambi. This story is a good way to spend a few evenings, by the fire, with a cup of Hot Chocolate.

    By Margaret Rustan, November 5, 2011

    5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling in the aisle Laughter!
    This review is from: Hot Chocolate (Kindle Edition)
    Do you need a break, just a few good hours of harmless fun? Do you like the Grandma in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series? You’ll love Hot Chocolate. The characters are all quirky and funny, and, when you aren’t laughing out loud, you’ll be smiling. I’ve read Hot Chocolate, and I want more hot books from Dawn Ireland, so I can laugh some more!

    By Laura V. Arzola (Houston, TX United States), November 4, 2011

    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Escapist Read!
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    This review is from: Hot Chocolate (Kindle Edition)
    What a fun story! This is one of those books that made me laugh out loud more than once. I love the characters and the story keeps you on your toes. The setting in the south is fun too. This author is definitely onto something – can’t wait for more from her!

    By Katy D. , November 3, 2011
  • The Puppy Baby Book

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    This unique “fill in the blanks” book gives dog lovers the same opportunity to chart their puppies growth and progress, as parents of infants do with their baby books.

    You can request for an autographed book only by purchasing it through The Puppy Baby Book Website.

    Now, as your puppy grows, you can document:

    • Where the puppy was born
    • The birth parents names and breeds
    • Who the puppy resembles
    • Where the puppy was adopted from
    • The first meal
    • The puppy’s playmates
    • When potty training took place
    • Obedience school classes
    • Favorite things to do
    • What vitamins the puppy takes
    • Medical records
    • Medical emergencies and blunders
    • And much more

     

    There is a keepsake pocket for the first rabies tag after it expires, a page where you can place your puppy’s paw prints, a pocket to keep the adoption papers, a placeholder for an adoption announcement placeholders throughout the book.

    You will be able to write what you did with your puppy on special days throughout the calendar year from New Years day to Hanukkah and Christmas — 23 occasions in all.

    The Puppy baby Book Reviews

    It was very good with what was inside. It was a gift to a friend who just got a new puppy.THey loved it.

    ladyweaver

    This unique book is a must for that puppy lover in all of us. This chronicle of your puppy’s life will become a treasured keepsake to cherish for years to come.

    Rita Mills

    This book is a hardcover book, a little pricier than some of my 4 human kids baby books, but it has pointers about safety issues, purchasing items for a dog, etc. There are pages to fill out about the parents of the dog and about the humans in the family that’s adopting the puppy, a page for paw prints, place for filling out litter information, feeding information, personality of the litter, adoption dates and info, human playmates like kids, training info if you get a trainer, or a training class, doctor info, immunizations, weight and height, and many pages for photos of both Jewish and Christian holidays as well as neutral non-religious holidays. It’s 72 pages long, and has animal organization info like websites and address and phone numbers. This is a great book to get before you even get the dog because you will be prompted to ask for more information than you got from the owners. I can still call, but I don’t want to be a pain asking for more. I already had them email me photos of the parents, and they also sent me photos of the puppies at birth and one week and more. There is plenty of room for all of this. Book is 11″ by 9″.

    R. Klein

    I am a new puppy owner, and like most, I am ABSOLUTE gelatin in her paws. When I caught myself getting inordinately excited that my “baby” went up the three steps to the deck by herself at only seven weeks, I decided (to my infinite embarrassment) that I needed a puppy journal. After searching diligently for about a week, and rejecting all of the silly, cartoonish and cheaply-made wire-bound variety journals, I stumbled across this utter gem. The first thing that makes “The Puppy Baby Book” stand apart is the fact that it is an actual hard bound book. This really IS something that will withstand the test of time. The artwork is clean and understated so as not to take away from your photos or entries. It is done in subtle hues with a definite art deco sensibility. There are also several handy pockets inside for things like adoption papers, medical records and even your puppy’s first rabies tag. I couldn’t be happier with the exceptional style and quality of this book. I would particularly recommend it for pet owners with a sense of history and an appreciation of those classic breeds that were at the height of their popularity in the 20’s and 30’s (Boston Terriers, Greyhounds, Afghans, etc). Finally, Three cheers for this and all those other struggling independent publishers out there.

    K. Wade

    The book was purchased when my dog was young. I hardly read it but it is a cocktail table book that is attractive and a piece of interest.

    Diane Kafka
  • Mastering your Money

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    If you or someone you know is constantly coming up short of money in your checkbook, or if you have checks bouncing like basketballs, Mastering Your Money will take the mystery out of maintaining your checkbook.

    You will soon learn:

    • How to create a budget
    • Why checks bounce (Hint: you contribute to this)
    • What happens when a check bounces
    • How to make your check register your financial guru
    • And how to maintain your checkbook so you can sagely use online banking without disasters!

    Who should read this book?

    • People starting out on their own
    • High school students
    • College students
    • Anyone recovering from a divorce or tragic ending of a relationship where they are thrust into the role of responsibility for their household.

     

    Mastering Your Money Reviews

    Dawn Ireland has done a great job of explaining the ins and outs of managing your checking account. The instructions are clear and concise and take the mystery out of balancing an account. What I especially liked was the suggestion for creating a sub account for a little nest egg. I had never thought of that idea. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced check book user, you’ll find this set of instructions a lot better than the ones on the back of bank statements.

    By Workdworker