Happy Valentine’s Day: Two Blog Hops!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m spreading the love by participating in two blog hops. The first hop is sponsored by Hilary Grossman it’s fill-in Friday.


It’s a wonderful way to meet some other bloggers and see what they have to say.   The rules are simple, just fill in the blanks and share your answers. Here are the statements:

  1. Valentines is            day of the year for ________
  2. Since Valentines is a sign of ______ I_________
  3. ____ with ____ is a great way to _____
  4.  Sometimes I ____ when I ____

My Answers:

1. Valentines is a wonderful day of the year for chocolate.

2. Since Valentines is a sign of love I give all my loved ones chocolate.

3. Chocolate with chocolate is a great way to show me you care 😉

4. Sometimes I giggle when I receive chocolate. (Can you tell I love chocolate?)

Don’t miss out on the fun. Visit Hilary’s blog to find out more.


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And now for the second blog hop. Today Debdatta at bOOk r3vi3ws is sponsoring a spread the love for Indie Authors.

Indie Love

I love showcasing Indie authors on this blog and it was difficult selecting just one. I’ve met so many wonderful people since I’ve self-published and I’m honored to call many of them my friends. One Indie in particular has been super supportive. We email each other almost every day and yet we’ve never met in person. Don’t you love the power of blogging.

Hilary Grossman is not only a fantastic blogger and friend, she’s a wonderful author. When I published my first novel, Beth Ann introduced me to Hilary who was preparing to publish her memoir: Dangled Carat. Hilary and I started chatting via email. At first it was mostly about publishing but then a friendship blossomed. Being an author can be a lonely road to travel at times. Most of my days are spent sitting down in front of my computer shut-off from the outside world. Not only is it lonely, but it’s downright terrifying at times. Hilary is always there for me when I have a panic attack, when I get a bad review, or for just about everything. And I hope I’m always there for her. Being an Indie author doesn’t mean we have to go it alone all of the time. Trust me, in this biz, you need friends who’ll talk you off that ledge when you want to throw in the towel and quit writing, promotion, and all the other details you never considered until you start.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend, Hilary Grossman:

Hilary GrossmanHi! I am Hilary! I dated a guy so commitment-phobic that I was able to write a book about our relationship! I am also the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and live on Long Island.

here are some random facts about me….
* I am a klutz… I walk into walls and fall off my shoes (flats too – not only the skyscraper heels)
* I have an unhealthy addiction to denim… Oh, and add shoes to my addiction list while you are at it please…
* I am the worst singer imaginable. When I was a waitress, I would get tipped extra not to sing happy birthday!
* I am a righty, but I can also write with my left hand. When I was little, I also taught myself how to write with my foot.
* I used to be a very shy and quiet girl….But, wow, did that ever change
* I love to laugh, and find humor in the every day

* My life long dream was to write a book. Now my dream is a reality. I hope you like it!


If you haven’t read her book yet, you need to. I loved it and laughed out loud on many occasions. Here’s the blurb:

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.

In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date—even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time—and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed.

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.

You can find the book on Amazon

Massive Giveaway!

As part of the blog hop, many authors have joined up to giveaway their books. Don’t miss your chance to win! Click on the link below to see what books you can win:

Up For Grabs at Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop

What are you waiting for. Please visit Book r3vi3ws to enter. The contest ends in 14 days.

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 (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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31 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day: Two Blog Hops!

  1. hilary says:

    I wish I could hug you right now….Because what you wrote about me is what I feel about you…. I don’t think I could have done “this” without you. And when I feel panicked or on the verge of tears you are the person I want to speak to first!

    • TBM says:

      Happy Valentine’s Day! And I would like to add, thank you, for always being there for me. I won’t lie, this can be a scary job at times and having someone who has gone through it and who can help me laugh instead of cry over silly mistakes or bad reviews is awesome.

  2. I love all of your chocolatey answers!! They made me smile :). Ok, I’m off to enter the contest!

  3. Lisa A says:

    Hmmmm….I think you like chocolate! LOL. Nice to meet you TB.

  4. I keep saying I need to read more funny stuff. Actually, I’ve been having a difficult time because I like to write somewhat whimsical, light hearted or snarky voices, and my current series doesn’t leave a great deal of room for that. Guess I’ll have to fill my quota by reading, eh?

  5. You are a true chocaholic, TBM! Make sure you eat plenty this Valentine’s Day! I can’t wait to read Hilary’s book. I read about it somewhere else, but I can’t recall.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. Rorybore says:

    yep, you had me at chocolate. it’s only noon and I have already consumed enough to send me into a coma.
    Love Hilary! I just loved her story.

    • TBM says:

      Isn’t Hilary’s book awesome! I laughed so much and it was great learning more about her. I hope the chocolate coma doesn’t last too long–my advice, eat more chocolate 😉 Have a great weekend!

  7. Sherri says:

    You don’t like chocolate very much then 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day to you TB 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Even as a good I loved chocolate. My dentist doesn’t agree, but who cares! Hope you had a great night and happy weekend!

      • Sherri says:

        Ha Ha! I read this once: ‘Life is short, eat dessert first’ 🙂
        Thanks, we did, hope you did too and let’s hope we can have a drier weekend 🙂

  8. bocafrau says:

    I love chocolate too, especially the German kind. 🙂

  9. I never ate much chocolate before I met my wife — she’s escorted me over to the dark & milk chocolate side.

  10. Kourtney Heintz says:

    I am a chocoholic too. 🙂 Hilary’s book sounds awesome. I’ll have to check it out.

  11. I had so much chocolate Friday, yet I’m still not sick of it. I’ve been eating it all weekend.

  12. You, liking chocolate? Nah. 😛

    I saw Hilary’s book featured on another blog recently. So cool how she’s been such a great friend to you!

  13. The Guat says:

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuude. This whole four-day weekend has been a chocolate festivus miracle. And I don’t blame you for loving chocolate the way you do, or for featuring it in your answers. It is awesome. And glad you featured Hilary on your blog, I heard you talk about Dangled Carrot a lot, good to match up her story with a face 🙂 Good job showing the Indie love 🙂

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