Friday, February 7, 2014

Feb Romance TB Markinson, Hilary Grossman & Celebrate

For February, I'm celebrating LOVE with a tribute to our community's romance writers!  First up are wonderful authors TB Markinson and Hilary Grossman.


Elizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees. 

Even though Lizzie insists her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancée wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her? 

Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie. 

Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets? 

Praise for A Woman Lost: 

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance as this was one of the best lesbian contemporary books I've read.” ~ Lipstick Lesbian Reviews 
“This is really a story I truly loved … She has a fan for life!” ~ Mismatched Bookends 
“It's a fast-paced read with a topic that is current yet timeless.” ~ Boca Frau Blog
“Enjoyable and engaging story full of great characters. Loved it a lot! Definitely a page turner.” ~ Tranquil Dreams Blog
“And long after I read the last page, Lizzie, Sarah, Lizzie's mom "the scotch lady", and Maddie, the fiancé, lingered on my mind and in my heart.... I truly loved this book!” ~ Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat
“T.B. Markinson clearly captured a strong main character that has flaws, and a pompous family that freely slings judgments at Lizzie every chance they can. A Woman Lost is a fulfilling and lovely read.” Sage Adderley, author of Invoking Nonna 
“The story kept me turning the pages until the end. Great read!” ~ Katie McKnight, author of Secrets Revealed
“This is a powerful and inspiring story about relationships and trust and not being afraid to face your fears … She drew me into the story and keeping me there until the very last page.” ~ T. F. Walsh, author of Cloaked in Fur

T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. T. B. has published two novels: A WOMAN LOST and MARIONETTE.

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Hilary 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.

Praise for Dangled Carat:

"Fans of Sex and the City - Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big - will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd." - Kirkus Reviews
"Dangled Carat sparkles with humor and shines with wisdom. It is a gem of a book." - Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Best Selling Author of Orphan Train.
"It was a fun story about a truly unique couple who merged their lives together at a different pace than most normal people, but did it well.  The story line was great, it was a different read than most love stories, which made it fun." - Chick Lit Plus
"I really admired the balance in this memoir. Grossman could have easily made herself the good guy and Marc the bad. But she avoided this pitfall, adding to the believability, which is key to any memoir." - T.B. Markinson author of A Woman Lost and Marionette
"I think this book asks a very good question: does the fact that someone doesn't want to get married, mean that they don't really love you? Because I think that is the conclusion we all jump to." - Emily Harper author of White Lies and Checking Inn
"Pick it up, you will not be disappointed." - Lisa Arrington author of Quake
"Hilary has an easy, flowing writing style that made reading her story a real pleasure.  She  adds such detail to every scene that I feel as if I'm right in the middle of their lives." - Denise Moncrief author of Deceptions Of The Heart and The End

Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She is currently the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and lives on Long Island. 

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This week I'm celebrating:
1)  Olympic Figure Skating!  I love it, and I'm so excited to watch the great athletes perform!
2)  I accomplished my January To-Do list, but I did it at the expense of other things.  However, I got caught up this week -- so CP crits are finished, there's actually food in the fridge (Boy! Is hubby happy!), and the bathroom floor doesn't crunch when I walk on it anymore!  (No, it's not like I spilled Cheerios on it.  I live in the desert, and sand gets everywhere.)
3)  Now that commitments/responsibilities are taken care of I can get back to my WIP, which I haven't touched in two weeks.  I hope I remember what it's about...

Are you watching the Winter Olympics? What's your favorite Winter Olympic sport?

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! 

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