Review: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

When I started this blog, one of my blogging buddies who follows my 50 Year Project introduced me to Hilary Grossman’s blog. She thought we would hit it off since both of us are just starting out in the publishing world. Beth Ann was right. Hilary and I now email each other almost every day. Not only do we chat about the trials and tribulations of self-publishing, but we talk about life in general. We’ve become good friends and supporters of each other. This business can be lonely and daunting. It’s important to be able to reach out and have someone willing to listen. Hilary immediately started helping me promote my novel. And today it’s my pleasure to announce that Hilary’s memoir: Dangled Carat is now available. Woohoo!

Dangled Carat

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this memoir. Writing isn’t easy. And penning a memoir is much more difficult since the author has to relive memories from their past, especially painful ones. There’s a fine balance between providing too much detail or too little. Hilary handles her story with skill and professionalism.

I found myself laughing a lot, getting emotional, and occasionally angry. Marc, the commitment-phobic man is just that. I can’t say he refused to see what was right in front of him. Nor can I say that he was insensitive to the woman he loved. Marc had his own demons and I was cheering for him to conquer them just as much as I was cheering for Hilary. 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.

One of the best parts of this memoir is the inclusion of her friends and family. They are a cast of characters. Oftentimes I found them funny and had to smile since they reminded me so much of my own loved ones. Even if you haven’t dated a commitment-phobic person I have a feeling you can relate to many parts of Grossman’s story. Ultimately it’s about the power of love and patience. All of us need that in our lives.

And now for another announcement. To celebrate the publication of her book, Hilary is hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Dangled Carat, a CD by singer Sandi Rose, and a $25 gift card to Victoria Secret. For more details please visit Hilary here

You can find the book on Amazon or Barnes & Nobel.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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15 Responses to Review: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

  1. Oooh, I love contests!! Going to enter now because this sounds good :).

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  4. bocafrau says:

    Gotta love BethAnn and her powers of putting the right people together. I’m so glad that you and Hilary can go through this process with each other’s support. I haven’t forgotten about you and will have your review on the blog soon – it’s been a little crazy here with Germans visiting, my boys sick, and things going on at school. Hope you are all settled into your new place and can start enjoying it!

    • TBM says:

      Yes, Beth Ann knows her bloggers 🙂 Please, no apology needed. I know how busy life can be. I hope everyone feels better soon. We’re settling in. Now it’s time to search for some pubs in the neighborhood.

  5. Susi – Beth Ann sure is good! don’t know how I could have done this crazy book publishing thing without TB!

    • TBM says:

      Ah, thanks. But I know you’re a determined woman and you would get it done no matter what. I’m glad I had the time to get to know you before you become famous. Don’t forget us little people 🙂

  6. TB – thank you so much for such an amazing review! But more than that, thanks for being such a great friend. I love how we can help each other with this publishing world, but equally importantly just chat about life…. XOXO

    • TBM says:

      I’m good at chatting. Sometimes the better half says, “Wow, you’re chatty tonight.” That means, “Can you be quiet for a moment so I can relax.”

  7. maadwoa says:

    So glad you are on FB finally. Loved a woman lost. Any plans of any more books in the works?

    • TBM says:

      Actually my second novel should be out soon. I’ll be announcing more details in the next few weeks. And thanks for the comment. It’s always nice to know that readers enjoyed the book.

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