Day 16 – Hilary Grossman

Congrats to all the winners so far on this tour! Let’s keep going and win more prizes!!


Today, my guest is a lovely lady I met at Rave Reviews Book Club. She is the author of ‘Dangled Carat’ (read my 5-star review here). The title and cover of this book drew me in, but it was the great writing and well-told story that kept me glued to the pages.

I’m so pleased she could be a part of this tour. Without further ado, I welcome…


Hilary Grossman!!!

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Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island. 

Hilary is offering a total of 3 prizes:

Two chances to win per person! Simply comment on the excerpt and share what you would be feeling if you were Hilary and this happened to you OR share how you / someone you know got engaged.

*Prize – THREE eBooks of Dangled Carat


The contest will be in effect until midnight, October 16th. The winner will be chosen at random by Hilary.


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December 31, 2003

I NEVER INTENDED FOR IT to happen. The words just came tumbling out without warning…

“It’s New Year’s Eve, and you know what that means, Marc. Time is up… I told you that you had until New Year’s to propose, and, well, here we are. It’s New Year’s Eve. So, what will it be?”

Despite the deep tan that he was sporting just moments before, suddenly Marc, my long-term boyfriend, turned ghostly pale. He took a deep breath, and it was clear by the expression on his face that he was confused, as well as slightly angry. But could you blame him? Why shouldn’t he have been upset? Who wants to be faced with an ultimatum? Especially when the demand is being delivered by someone other than your girlfriend?!

You see, Marc and I weren’t alone. We had escaped the frigid New York temperatures and pending snowstorms to spend some time in Fort Lauderdale with our close friends from Utah, Eric and his wife, Jaye. It was Jaye who questioned Marc while Eric and I busied ourselves making grapefruit martinis.

I wasn’t surprised by Jaye’s question, though how she delivered it did shock me. Jaye, like all of Marc’s friends and family, had been pestering him for quite a while about when he was going to marry me. Unlike most long-term relationships with commitment phobic men, I had never pressured Marc about marriage. If our relationship was going to move to the next level, I wanted it to be his choice. I didn’t want to live my life wondering if he married me because he really loved me and wanted to spend his life with me, or if he married me because I threatened to leave him if he didn’t. But… despite my resolve not to pressure him, I encouraged others to do my dirty work. And no one let me down. Everyone important in his life took on the role with gusto. But of all the people closest to Marc, Jaye had been my staunchest ally.

When Marc didn’t reply, Jaye continued, “So, I guess the silence means you are okay with this. I guess you are engaged!”

Eric didn’t wait for Marc to regain his senses. He followed his wife’s lead. Jumping on the bandwagon, drink in his hand; he patted Marc on the back. “Congratulations, buddy! You are a lucky man!” Then Eric turned and kissed me. “You will be a beautiful bride!” Raising his martini into the air, Eric toasted, “To the happy couple! I hope your marriage is a long and happy one!”

“Woo hoo!” Jaye cheered. “Kiss the bride!”

Marc didn’t move a muscle. It was as if Jaye had rendered him catatonic. I jumped up from my seat and pretty much floated over to where he sat, leaned down, and gave him a gigantic kiss.

Marc didn’t utter a word, but he did manage to take a humongous gulp of martini. Marc is more of a wine man. He normally grimaces at the first sip of hard liquor, but not tonight. I think he would’ve been able to down the entire bottle of vodka in one sip.

I took a sip of my drink. This was all great fun to me. Sure, I knew Marc and I weren’t really engaged, but we could pretend for the night, couldn’t we? Where would the harm be in that? Also, I couldn’t help wonder, maybe this pseudo engagement might be the kick that Marc needed to take our relationship to the next level. After all, neither one of us were getting any younger, especially Marc—who at forty-three, was thirteen years older than me.

“So, Marc?” I asked, not wanting to be the only one not joining the fun, “how does it feel to be engaged?”

He grunted in reply. He raised his drink to his mouth, took another sip, and slowly stood up. All eyes were on him as he opened his mouth to speak. “Eric, did you even put vodka in the drink?”

Eric nodded his head.

“I don’t believe you. I need more.” Marc walked over to the bottle and uncharacteristically topped off his cocktail.

As soon as he sat down, Jaye started up again. With a wink, she said, “So, Hilary, it doesn’t seem like Marc answered your question, so I will ask you the same one. How do you feel to be engaged?”

“Wonderful. Fabulous! Unexpected!! Like winning the lottery!!!” I said, my voice getting louder with each adjective I used, as it always does when I am excited.

Eric, Jaye, and I all chuckled. “Did you ever expect to be engaged tonight?” Jaye continued.

Solemnly I replied, “No, never.” And then, with a wink, I continued, “But I have to admit I did have some hopes.” I turned to Marc and I said, “I guess dreams really do come true. You have made me the happiest girl in the whole wide world.”

Eric and Jaye struggled to suppress their laughter.

“You guys are really having fun, huh?” Marc asked.

In unison, we answered yes, and then the three of us burst out in hysterics like a bunch of middle-school kids. Marc was the only one not amused.

I turned around so that I faced him eye to eye.


And published on October 14, 2015, Hilary’s second book…

Plan Bea


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 I would like to thank Hilary Grossman for joining us today! Go check out ‘Dangled Carat’!

I will post the winner(s) name(s) at the top of tomorrow’s author post, so be sure to check back tomorrow to see if YOU won, and stay tuned to see which author will be next! It could be your favorite


Here are our prize winners so far on this tour:

*Tamie Dearen

*Beth Hale

*Albina Hume

*Kim Cox

*Dianna Slowey Thomas

*Jason Zandri

*Karen Ingalls

*Michael Lynes

*Harmony Kent

*Jennifer Hinsman

*Bette Stevens

*Joan Woods

*Stephen Geez

*Kathy Golden

*Jennifer Stinger

*Nadege Nicoll

*Yvette M. Callerio

*Natalie Ducey

*Michelle Abbott








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  • Stephen Geez

    Kinda creepy the way I sneak in while Traci is asleep. Still, who doesn’t want to be first in the Santa Claus line? I get to meet Hilary before the rest of you, enjoying her excerpt before the crowd is looking over my shoulder. I’m quite impressed by the tight, well-paced writing. The first-person narrative brought me right into our lady’s thoughts and feelings. Talk about real, I saw the essence of this very scene play out in the real world way back when, so it’s a tribute to Hilary’s finesse that every aspect rings true. I need to learn more about Bea to choose where to delve first, but I will. Pleased to meet you, Hilary, and when Traci wakes to tackle another tireless day looking out for her fans I hope she’ll note how much we all appreciate what she’s doing. Good luck with the meet-and-greet, HG, and with all your literary endeavors.

    • Hilary

      Oh Mr. Geez – you make me giggle… You got the right idea, being first in line. I need to learn a lesson or five from you – I tend to always be late…Thank you so much for your kind words… The book is really “real” and raw in some parts – yes, I made myself cry all these years later…

      And you are so right.. Traci is the best and I am so thankful for all her hard work!

    • Traci Sanders

      Yeah, Stephen, you even beat ME here everyday 🙂 LOL. Thank you for those kind, supportive words for Hilary. I know she appreciates them. And it’s my pleasure to host this event. It has been a blast getting to know all of you great authors a little more personally. My TBR list keeps growing as well!

  • Harmony Kent

    What a great post, Hilary! It’s great to meet you and your work … and someone’s got to keep an eye on Mr Geez, lol 🙂
    I love the excerpt, which felt all too real. How would I feel in that situation? Mmm, tough one! If I were to get married, the guy would have to want to do it. I’m a romantic at heart, and this scene is the opposite of how I’d want my proposal! lol. 🙂
    Very best of luck, Hilary 🙂 Looks like I’ll be adding your books to my TBR too 🙂

    • Hilary

      Hi Harmony!
      Great to meet you too.. I’m glad you are keeping an eye on Mr. Geez 🙂 Thanks for adding my books to your TBR list. And I hear you… Who wants a proposal like this?!?! Fortunately or unfortunately this one was just the beginning.. man, was that carat dangled! LOL

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for coming, Harmz! I figured you might had already read ‘Dangled Carat’ from when Hilary was spotlighted in RRBC, but if you haven’t , it’s definitely a must-read!

  • Jennifer Hinsman

    Great to hear about your book! I liked your excerpt and hope to read your book soon. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

    • Traci Sanders

      Glad you could make it by on a busy Friday, Jen! Thanks for coming.

    • Hilary

      Thanks so much Jen!

  • Traci Sanders

    Though I’m not part of the prize pool, I have to say, I’m not sure I would have stuck with a guy like Mark all those years, despite his many other great qualities. But I guess that’s a little hypocritical since my hubby asked me three times before I officially said yes, granted we were in high school LOL. Congrats on the success of your book, Hilary and I’m proud to feature you today!

    • Hilary

      Traci – three times??? OMG! WOW – quite the opposite of my story! Thank you so much for featuring me and hosting such an amazing event!

  • Beth Hale

    Traci, you too? Nathan asked me three times before I said yes. Lol! 🙂

    Hilary, the excerpt is fantastic. I felt sort of sorry for Marc, but enjoyed the way he was getting flustered by it all. I probably wouldn’t have encouraged my friends to pressure him, but I’m pretty easy going and content to rock along unless something makes me mad. 🙂

    I will be adding your books to my TBR list.

    • Traci Sanders

      Yep, I guess we are just two strong southern women, Beth 🙂 You’d definitely enjoy Hilary’s book! Thanks for coming today.

    • Hilary

      Hi Beth – wow, three times too! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am pretty easy going too, and Marc had a great sense of humor. I honestly didn’t expect the night to tank so quickly 🙂 Especially since initially his flustering was so funny 🙂

  • Samantha

    Dangled Carat quickly became a favorite book of mine – you know a book is good when your jaw literally drops while reading 🙂 And Plan Bea was an amazing follow-up – and get ready for some jaw-dropping moments in here as well!

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for stopping by to support Hilary today, Samantha! I hope you stick around for more great authors and prizes this month. You can subscribe below to be notified each day. Thanks!

    • Hilary

      Samantha – thanks! Aren’t jaw dropping moments the best 🙂

  • nadege nicoll

    Hey Hilary, I love a person who is addicted to denim and high heels! This can only be healthy!! Your writing style resonates a lot with me and I know I must, I simply MUST read your books. So thankful for Traci to bring you on my TBR.

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for stopping by today, Nadege!It makes me happy to be able to bring another great author and reader together 🙂

    • Hilary

      Hi Nadge – LOL! Sounds to me like you might suffer from my addiction too 🙂

  • Kim Cox

    Great to meet you, Hillary! I enjoyed your excerpt, and love your cover.

    And here goes, I proposed to my husband, and he loves to tell that story. He said, “Yes” right away, and then, “Wait a minute. Let me think about this.” I’d been married before and he hadn’t, but he’d been engaged once and a month before they were to get married he found out she was cheating on him with his brother’s best friend. He swore he’d never get propose to another woman.

    Why did I propose? My parents said to just me, “You may as well get married since you’re already living together.” His mother asked us one day, “When are y’all getting married?” Lee said, “She hasn’t asked me yet?” I took that as a sign. Since I proposed, he got to set the date.

    We started dating the end of April and were married near the end of October. The first year was very rocky and we almost didn’t make it. However, we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary the 25th of this month.

    • Traci Sanders

      Great story, Kim! Congrats on your marriage. Sounds like you have a story to write too. LOL

    • Hilary

      Kim – what a great story! I love it… And I like how so many people were involved in the decision (just like my story)

  • Jennifer Stinger

    I absolutely love the excerpt from the book! Your writing style is amazing. I’m hooked.

    The story of my husband and I isn’t all that exciting. We met online on a writing forum. We dated long distance for a couple of years and were on and off for a while. One of our “off” times, I met someone else that I dated for a while and got pregnant with our youngest daughter. When her bio-father left me, he decided the distance wasn’t worth is anymore, moved closer, found a great job and proposed in grant “LOL cat” fashion. I’m serious, he came up to me and said “Can has wife?” and batted his eyes. How could I say no? Earlier this year, he adopted our daughter. He’s an awesome dad and husband. This past August was eight years for us being “together”.

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! I love it when people step up and take on non-biological parenting roles. It’s so admirable because it’s a choice 🙂

    • Hilary

      Jennifer – thanks so much for your kind words! Wow, what a story… Your hubby sounds amazing.. I love how he proposed!

  • Nick Reece

    Congratulations Hilary Grossman on your book. I read the excerpt and your writing was very beautiful. I enjoyed reading the excerpt of your book Dangled Carat. I’m Nick Reece.

    • Traci Sanders

      Welcome to our blog party, Nick! Hope you stick around for more great authors and prizes 🙂

    • Hilary

      hi Nick! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • MS

    Oooh. Read her Dangled Carat last night. Very honest, and at times almost painful to read. Hilary kept having infinite patience. Hope that Marc guy realizes just how special a person he met, that just kept putting up with all his foolishness.

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for stopping by to support Hilary today. Feel free to hang around this month for more great authors and prizes!

    • Hilary

      MS – thank you so much for reading Dangled Carat – It was painful at times to live and retell the story 🙂 but I wanted to because I know my situation is one that so many other women find themselves in…

  • Bette A. Stevens

    Great to meet you, Hillary. The excerpt was definitely a hook…I sure want to know what happens next. Excellent! 🙂

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for dropping in to support Hilary today, Bette!

    • Hilary

      Bette = thanks so much! Let’s just say there are a lot of ups and downs that follow!

  • Michael Lynes

    Hi Hillary – Very engaging excerpt – sort of a ‘mini cliff-hangar’ as it were. The play on words of the title also sets a intriguing tone – nicely done!

    Best of luck with all your books and very good to meet you on this tour!


    • Traci Sanders

      Glad you could make it by today, Michael.

    • Hilary

      Michael – great to meet you too.. I love a good play on words 🙂

  • Michelle Abbott

    I love the excerpt, Hilary. I feel kind of sorry for Marc because I would hate to be pressured like that. I’m a romantic at heart and I’d want a man to propose because he wanted to, not because he felt forced. I’ll be adding your book to my TBR.

    • Traci Sanders

      Thanks for coming by today, Michelle! I can see your point about Mark. It’s a tough situation to be in any way you look at it.

    • Hilary

      Michelle – thank you for your kind words… I totally agree with you. A man should propose because he wants to not because he was forced into the situation.. I thought by having others do my dirty work I wasn’t being forceful… but now in retrospect…

  • Kathy Golden

    Hi Hilary, welcome to the tour. Your cover is great. Regarding the excerpt, I love Marc’s comment about the martinis needing more vodka in them.

    • Hilary

      Kathy – Thanks so much for the big welcome and the kind words. I think Marc could have downed the entire bottle of vodka that night!

  • Tamie Dearen

    What a cute scene. Love it! I love romance, and this one’s going on my list. Sorry I’m too late to win it. 😀

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