How awesome to win an award on Valentine’s Day!

I know its been a while since my last post… blame the day job!

This morning I opened my email to find an incredible message from AudioFile Magazine. I’ve cut and pasted it here:

From: Michele Cobb <>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:08 AM
Subject: AudioFile Earphones Award

Dawn – Congratulations! Hot Chocolate is being reviewed by  AudioFile magazine and honored as an Earphones Award Winner – much like getting a starred review (the unedited review is below). We will be calling out the title in the magazine and on the website. Nicely done.


Narrator Kelley Hazen is a marvel, EVERY character from the three Bentley driving, Alcott sisters of Houston, Texas to the heavily accented Latino and Chinese servants to the 92-year-old father to Bambie Chaline (who sounds just like her name)is believable and highly entertaining. When Bambie’s terminated from her job caring for elderly Bernie Alcott, her husband Jimmie Ray decides to sue the Alcotts. He’s soon murdered at his bowling alley. Hazen and Ireland are an ideal match, their characters and text mesh, giving listeners an unusual, very witty and worthwhile mystery. Because there are so many details and diverse personalities, audio is the ideal format for maximum pleasure. Fortunately, a sequel, BITTER CHOCOLATE is on the way.  S.G.B. •••
Michele Cobb
Publisher – AudioFile Magazine

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How awesome is that? I may not have flowers and a box of chocolates, but I think this will do!

I’m in the process of having a family tree created for the Bitter Chocolate eBook. I had several requests from readers for a list or log because the series is character-heavy, but I’m not willing to cull anyone. They all are endearing and eccentric in their own right. The book will be out SOON!

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