Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blogiversary Guest Post and Giveaway: A little about Hilary Grossman, Author of Plan Bea

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m pretty naïve and very spontaneous. I dive head first into everything, and worry about the logistics later. I have a major issue with uttering the word no. So I guess it wasn’t shocking that I decided to write my first book, Dangled Carat, on a whim. I had attended a conference about how to turn a blog into a book, and two days later I was sitting at my dining room table compulsively pounding away on my keyboard for hours, barely managing to take bathroom breaks. As I typed at a fast and feverous pace I didn’t give any thought to what would happen if I actually I finished writing the book. After all, it wasn’t the first (or the fifth) time in my life I decided to write a novel…

But I fooled myself. I actually managed to type “the end”.  And that was when panic hit me. I realized I had no idea what to do next.  Thank goodness I had my trusty friend, Google, lead the way. I found a professional editor, I worked with an agent, I assisted with cover designs, I self-published and then I landed a publisher and did it all again….

But Google only teaches you only so much… It never prepared me for the fact that as a result of my books my life would become so much richer.  And no, believe me; money has nothing to do with it. I got a much better gift.


I am completely blown away by the people I have met as a result of my writing, like our blog-anniversary girl, Bethany. I “met” her in September of 2014. Dangled Carat had recently been featured on a Goodread’s Chick Lit group.  Just when I had given up on anyone else commenting on the discussion, Bethany wrote, “I'm a little late but I want to join in still!”

And boy did she join in! I remember every time I got an email notification of her posts I would stop everything and immediately log in. Her comments always made me smile. I was very sad when she commented on the final thread. I was afraid our interactions would be over.  But man was I wrong! It was just the beginning.

I don’t remember how it happened, but over time we stopped talking books and started talking life.  We have spent hours communicating via email and social media messages.  And while we have never met in real life, she is one of my dearest friends.

What happened with me and Bethany happened with others as well. Numerous women have reached out to me to ask dating advice. Other girls contacted me to talk about what they were experiencing with their men. After all, dating a commitment-phobic man is pretty common. As their relationships develop and change, they update me.  The other day I was so excited when one of my favorite book bloggers sent me a picture of her engagement ring.

The reaction I have had to Plan Bea has been the same. People have let me know that after reading the book they contacted their estranged mothers to try to repair their relationships.  Knowing my books can make a difference in people’s lives is mind blowing.  And knowing that I am part of people’s lives, I would never have had the opportunity to meet if not for the books, is heart warming.

Have you ever found a friend in a unique way?


By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 


We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life. 

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club. 

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

"Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional - no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed - like real life. I thought the twist was genius!"  - Meredith Schorr Best Selling Author


Diamonds are a girl's best friends unless the carat is dangled...

When twenty-seven year old, Hilary, meets perfect on paper, Marc, she thinks she has finally found the man of her dreams. He's everything she is looking for - handsome, successful, funny, and has a gorgeous home on the beach. Marc immediately sweeps Hilary off her feet. She is positive her single days of dating duds are over and her happy ever after is right around the corner.... 

Well, when something seems too good to be true it usually is!

Hilary quickly finds out Marc has one big problem - he is beyond afraid of commitment! She is willing to take things slow, but after four long years, some days their relationship seems to be going in reverse... 

Tired of waiting for Marc to come to his senses, while on vacation, the couple's friends decide to take matters into their own hands and throw a surprise "engagement" party. Will this be the kick Marc needs to pop the question or will their meddling destroy the couple?

In this chick lit memoir, Hilary Grossman digs deep as she explores the good, the bad, and the frustrating of dating and relationships. Dangled Carat is the perfect lighthearted, laugh-out-loud, relatable book for every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him.



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