*Blog Tour – Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop*

We are so excited to announce the tour for Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson!

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“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is perhaps one of the most memorable stories I have ever read. The characters are a huge plus, but the main star was the wisdom hidden within this profound story.”

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“Engaging, heart-warming, and full of romance, this one is bound to please readers.”

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As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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“In Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, author Isabella Louise Anderson weaves a delightful tale that follows three women’s journey of self-discovery and finding an unexpected second chance at love.”

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“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is a wonderful novel about finding love and happiness that will leave a smile on your face.”

about the author

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower ShopHer short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

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Interview with Chick Lit Author Hilary Grossman

Today on the blog we have author Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea and Dangled Carat.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi!  Thank you so much for “inviting me” over.  As far back as I can remember I always loved to write and to read. Over the years I started writing many books but always ended up abandoning them.  Then six years ago I read Jen Lancaster’s book, Bitter is the New Black. I’m embarrassed to admit before reading it I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was.  But the book motivated me to stop dreaming about writing and actually start writing. I launched my blog, Feeling Beachie, just days after finishing the book.  Then about six month’s later I started to write Dangled Carat.

What have you learned from the publishing process? Were any aspects easier than you thought? More challenging?

The biggest lesson I have learned from the publishing process is you have to develop a thick skin (something I don’t really have).  Not everyone will love your work. Some people will be downright mean about it, and there is a lot of rejection in the business.  But there is also a lot of love and support. I have been blown away by how much other authors are willing to help a newbie out. I have developed so many friendships with other authors, bloggers, and readers.

The biggest challenge I find is figuring out how to market your work to reach new readers. It is funny, writing the book is way easier then trying to sell it. The part that I found easiest is being social and “talking” to others on social media.

Plan Bea released in October 2015 and has been getting great reviews. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I am about halfway finished with the sequel of Plan Bea – Plan Cee.  This book is story of Anna’s best friend Cecelia.  Twenty years have passed since she last saw Keith, the love of her life.  She is now married with twin boys and she must decide if she should abandon her future for a second change with her past….

Your bio mentions that by day you work in the booze biz. Sounds fun! What can you tell us about that? How do you balance your day job with your writing career?

Unfortunately my day job sounds much more glamorous then it really is (although I do get to do some tasting at work). I am the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and distributor. It is a very high pressure and high stress position.  I find my writing balances my two worlds and helps tame the stress.  But since I work very long hours I only am able to write early mornings or on the weekends.

One reviewer for Plan Bea wrote: It is a very real story with very identifiable characters that we all have known. How did you get the idea for Plan Bea? From where do you draw inspiration?

One of my neighbors, who I was very close with, passed away a few years ago.  Soon after her husband started to date another woman.  And pretty much immediately thereafter they got married. Initially it was hard for me to see him with another woman so soon, but the more time I spent with the couple the more I saw how happy they both were. I also saw a lot of positive changes in him.  It got me thinking how powerful love is and how a second chance romance can really change a person.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I wish readers knew how much their comments mean to me.  Nothing makes me happier then reading a review where someone enjoyed one of my books. I also love to connect with readers and chat with them.  So many times the conversations move away from books towards real life. So many women have reached out to me after reading Dangled Carat to discuss their own commitment phobic men or ask for advice.

Just for fun — favorite spicy food? 🙂

Hard one! That is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.  I had to go to India this fall for work and I was able to keep up with all the locals.  The colleagues I was working with loved watching me eat all the spicy foods.

But if I had to pick one I would go with linguine with shrimp in a fra diavlo sauce.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

I am most active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts) , Twitter (@feelingbeachie) and my blog (www.feelingbeachie.com

As evidenced by Dangled Carat, my real life chick lit story, I’m an open book 🙂 

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you so much for reading this interview!   I’d love to connect…

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of the other interviews in the series!

J. Haney  |  Ella Miles  |  Jennifer L. Allen  |  J.C. Hannigan

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Teaser Tuesday!

It’s that time again — Teaser Tuesday!! Today’s feature is an excerpt from Isabella Louise Anderson’s contemporary romance The Right Design. For a limited time you can get a copy for just $0.99!!

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Her mouth was dry and she was hot, and it wasn’t the humidity making her that way either. Her guard was down and she knew it, too. She knew it was probably safer to go home, but she heard herself say, “Okay.” She took few steps past him into the house and went into the kitchen, Brad following behind her.

Brad filled a highball glass from the cabinet with purified water. When he held the glass out to her, their hands touched.

Quickly, she downed the water, but it wasn’t water she was thirsty for, and she didn’t know how much longer she could hold out. Electricity surged throughout her body and his touch made her come alive. Carrie wanted Brad Larson like she wanted air in her lungs. “I have to go,” she said, placing the glass down on the counter. She walked toward safety and freedom, but when she heard Brad’s footsteps quicken behind her, she knew she was still on dangerous ground. She was three steps away from the door, but something made her pause and turn around. When she did, Brad stood only a few inches away from her. “Brad…” She searched for the words, but nothing came to her.

Before Carrie knew what was happening, Brad’s lips were on hers, catching her off-guard once again, with his arms wrapped around her waist. Carrie placed her hands on his chest, trying to deny his kiss and push him away, but to no avail. Finally, Carrie succumbed to her desires and wrapped her arms around his neck, falling into him. As their tongues combined, she tasted red wine on his lips, and the woodsy scent of his cologne made her head spin. Breathless, Brad pulled away and stared down at her.

Carrie looked up at him, herself also out of breath. A whirlwind of emotions ran through her, ranging from being tempted by desire and disapproval of her actions. “Brad…” she began, breaking the silence, but nothing else came to her.

“Do you want to go upstairs?” he whispered, before kissing her again.

She put aside her moral code and went with what she felt in her heart. She slowly nodded. “Yes.”

He looked at her with hesitation. “Are you sure?” he asked, giving her one last chance to stand her ground.

“I’ve never been more sure about anything in my life,” she said, and let Brad take her hand and lead them to his bedroom.

Reaching the entryway to his bedroom, Carrie’s desire for him grew, and she took control. She guided them toward the bed, her lips never leaving his, and gently pushed him down. Standing in front of him, with his legs on each side of her, she held his handsome face between her hands and felt his hardness press into her stomach. As they stared at one another, she unbuttoned his shirt and tossed it on the floor. She held him close and hungrily kissed his neck, leaving a trail to his shoulders.

When his hands started to trace the sensitive flesh on her arms, chills soared throughout her body. She yearned to have him. His gentle hands rested on her shoulders, giving them a soft and slow caress.

He stood up and pushed her onto the bed. Brad reached around her and unzipped the back of her dress, letting it fall to her waist, and sat down beside her. He reached for her, and together, they lay side by side, as he held her in a close embrace.

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