Day 16 – Hilary Grossman
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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 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…
Buy ‘Dangled Carat’ here:
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00M3AVGDA
Buy ‘Plan Bea’ here:
Connect with Hilary:
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:
*Dianna Slowey Thomas
*Yvette M. Callerio
YOU COULD BE NEXT!