Spotlight & Giveaway: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

Posted September 25th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 27 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Hilary Grossman to HJ!
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Hi Hilary and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Dangled Carat!

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

DCaHilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Hilary wasn’t looking for a guy. But fate and a love of Italian food intervened, bringing Marc into her life. He swept her off her feet, initially. But then she realized there was a problem!

Marc was perfect on paper. He was handsome, funny, successful and lived in a beautiful home on the beach. There was just one issue. He was more than a little afraid of a commitment. Forget about marriage, he wasn’t even sure he could handle having a girlfriend. Despite his reservations he dated Hilary, as long as everything was pretty much on his terms.

Jaye and her husband Eric were friends with Marc for about twenty years. They saw what he didn’t, that Hilary was perfect for him. Jaye made it her personal mission to help Marc see the light. Only problem was her good intentions almost destroyed the couple.

Loretta, Hilary’s mother, is a no comical, no nonsense kind of woman whose only interest is the well being of her daughter.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

It is funny. Since I was the protagonist you’d think that nothing would surprise me, but that was totally not the case. As I wrote about my relationship with Marc I relived many experiences in my life. By doing so I was able to piece together how each one changed and shaped me. I came to understand myself better and I was also able to understand what motivated me to continue my relationship with him.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

Towards the end of the book there was a scene at my mother’s house. She was very angry at me. For that matter, she wasn’t too happy with Marc either. She kept delivering these snide one liners, which all had double meanings. Marc was clueless but I understood my mother loud and clear. I kept chuckling to myself as I wrote this part…

“I know, you were very, very busy today,” my mom commented. Her tone was killing me.

“Oh, yeah, you had all those interviews, didn’t you?” Marc asked. “How did they go?”

“Not so great. Interviewing is a torture test, I swear. I was hoping to have found someone today so I won’t have to do more tomorrow, but no such luck. It is so nerve wracking.”

“I know about nerve wracking days,” my mom said. “And Hilary, can you please pass the dressing?”

As I reached over, Marc asked, “So what happened?”

“I don’t even know where to start. Oh, I know. Let’s start with how many people schedule interviews and don’t show up to them. Do they even call to cancel? No! Why would they do that? I mean, really, how rude and inconsiderate is that?”

“It must be disappointing,” my mom commented. “Some people have no idea how their actions affect and hurt others, now do they?”

I looked at Marc. Oh, God bless him, he had no clue that she was commenting on anyone besides job seekers. Her snide remarks were going right over his head, or so it appeared.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

In my first draft I didn’t have any s-e-x. My editor told me that I couldn’t write such a personal dating memoir without including some sex. I knew she was right, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write the scene. I stared at a blank screen for hours. It was horrible. Finally I just forced myself to do it…

I tightly wrapped my arms around his neck as our kiss deepened. He carried me up the two flights of stairs to his bedroom and gently placed me on the center of his bed. “Don’t move,” he commanded, and proceeded to light the several candles which were on the night tables next to his bed. The rain must have stopped, because he also opened the sliding glass balcony door, letting in a cool, ocean-scented breeze.

Marc leaned back down on the bed and kissed me with passion and desire. His hands started out on both sides of my face, but tantalizingly slowly made their way down my neck, over my breasts, before finally reaching my waist and removing my shirt. I reached over and grabbed the bottom of his polo. I gently slid it up and off his body. I ran my fingers through his chest hair. As I leaned in to kiss his muscular chest, his fingers deftly unhooked my bra, freeing me. He gently pushed me back down onto the bed. Leaning down slowly, he removed my skirt and panties, caressing my behind and legs as he did.

He tossed my clothes onto the floor and eased himself onto the side of the bed, away from my reach. “I just want to look at you first,” he said as his eyes darkened, while he studied my body. It was sweet torture.

Finally, he reached out to me, captured me in his embrace, and announced, “Enough looking, touching time!”

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

I hate to admit it but I hardly watch TV or movies… So I am going old school. I’d pick Sandra Bullock to play me and George Clooney to play Marc.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I’d tell them that whatever happens, it will be okay. I think so many times we are trying to find “perfect” which causes us to over analyze and over think everything. Sometimes we just need to believe in ourselves and what our hearts tell us.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title of the book should be? Why?

Confessions of a shoeaholic and denim junkie. I have a very unhealthy addiction to both shoes and denim. My closets are bursting at the seams but yet I can’t resist just one more pair….

Which of your prior characters would you most/least likely invite to dinner and why?

Dangled Carat is about my real life attempt to convert a commitment-phobic man into a husband with a lot help from his family and friends. Although I did take some creative liberties with the characters, everyone in the book is based on a real life person. I have had dinner with them all on many occasions. If I had to pick one to invite for dinner I’d pick Jaye because man, can that lady cook!

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I am in the very early stages of my second book. This time I am trying my hand at fiction, and am having a blast. The book is about a mother and daughter relationship, with a twist.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

My blog is http://www.feelingbeachie.com

Twitter @feelingbeachie

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hilary-Grossman-Author/490726971020296

email hilary@dangledcarat.com

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Excerpt

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.

Book Info:

For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him…..

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice….

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy….

Meet Hilary….

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

Buy Links
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangled-Carat-Hilary-Grossman-ebook/dp/B00F55HITQ
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22027394-dangled-carat?from_search=true

Author Bio

HilaryHilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes. She loves to find humor in everyday life. And she likens life to a game of dodgeball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on Long Island.

Author Links
Website: http://www.feelingbeachie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hilary-Grossman-Author/490726971020296
Twitter: https://twitter.com/feelingbeachie
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7266769.Hilary_Grossman

 

 

 

27 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman”

  1. DebraG

    I followed my heart when I married my husband. My family did not think it would last but here we are 28 years later and still married.

  2. Tracey

    as for relationships, no. no experience yet. lol. the story line sounds so interesting! almost destroy the relationship???

  3. janinecatmom

    I always follow my heart. No one can make a choice but yourself. Some were good and some were bad.

  4. Kim R

    Ha, I almost always listen to my heart over my friends. I’ll take their info under advisement and might alter how I follow my heart

  5. Emily

    my friends thought this guy was strange but he was AMAZING … married for 14 years now so hopefully friends were wrong 🙂

  6. Lubnaa J

    My heart (my brain included lol) over my friends’ advice anytime. As cynical as this sounds, I only trust myself lol

  7. Taswmom

    My heart and my friends all said the same thing. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones! I do want to say though, the book sounds great, but I absolutely love the title!!!

  8. Michelle M

    Yes and yes! I met my now husband online. Everyone was telling me it was a bad idea. Now we are happily married. Glad I didn’t listen. xD

  9. cattlekate92

    I married my exhusband against tge advice of some of my friends and stayed married cor 16 years but eventually divorced him when he wouldn’t work to help with h the finances of the home.

  10. Terri Shortell

    My friends told me not to get married and to run as far as I could from my relationship. I didn’t listen and got married. I’m now divorced so I guess I should have listened. Oh well, live and learn. The book sounds interesting. Thanks for the review and giveaway. I would love to read it.

  11. Selenity Jade

    Yes, I most definitely have done that. Twice even. First time wasn’t exactly bad per ce, it was just bad timing for the relationship. The second time – and keep in mind all my friends are male and they don’t like me having an alpha male – I ignored them and stayed with the guy who before I realized it, was an emotionally abusive controlling bastard who left me for my best friend. Who he hated at first. Go figure. Next time. I am listening to friends. ^_^

  12. Winnie Lim

    I always follow my heart. I feel that that’s the best coz if things go wrong you can’t blame anyone but yourself for making the choice.

  13. Ashleigh Downes

    Oh yes I sure have done that and it didn’t end up to well but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I got my daughter out of the relationship.

  14. Hilary

    Thank you so much of featuring me and my book! I really appreciate it and I love about following their hearts vs their friends advice 🙂

  15. Kai W.

    I had always played it safe by listening to other for their advices when I was younger. If I had follow my heart sooner, I would be a lot happier.

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