Girls of Summer Blog Tour and Giveaway

Girls of Summer

About the Book

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Book: Girls of Summer

Author: C.E. Hilbert

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 19, 2021

When Charlotte receives the news that her estranged father has passed away, she finds herself in small-town South Carolina, forced to partner with her half-sister in running the baseball team and family business. If she can make it through 365 long days of running her daddy’s business, she’ll inherit half his multi-million dollar fortune—money she desperately needs to rectify the sins of her mother.

But can a big city girl overcome small-town sass and the unwelcome guidance of too-handsome-for-his-own-good general counsel Mac Taylor, or will this uptown girl discover she is truly a southern girl of summer at heart?

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About the Author

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C.E. Hilbert lives in sleepy town outside Columbus, OH in a 120-year-old fixer-upper with her Golden Retriever, Georgie. She believes that life goes best with Jesus, cookies made with real butter, summers watching baseball and winters filled with hockey.

More from C.E. Hilbert

Did you ever have a fascination with an organization or an event? Maybe you are a World War II buff like my friend Nick or you have a deep appreciation (or obsession) for all things Star Wars like my nephew Alex? Maybe you were entranced with a book series or a television series? For me, I had a deep curiosity about organized crime in high school and college. I know, odd choice of interest, but my fascination was so deep I spent a semester being advised and mentored by a sitting federal judge and the head of our local FBI office on a school project about the impact of the Cosa Nostra in Ohio.

I, like so many people who have read Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” or seen the movie adaptation, was infatuated with the romance the family drama told. I hadn’t really considered the destruction or lack of care for human life that actually existed within the American Mafia until I studied the organization. Although my curiosity continued, no longer did I see Michael Corleone’s story as a well-crafted work of fiction, but rather an overly romanticized view of a world of corruption and depravity. What I learned from those two mentors was simple – cut off the head of one organization and two more will rise in its place. The Cosa Nostra’s influence on America has waned in recent years, but organized crime is unfortunately alive and well.

In Girls of Summer, we see a glimpse of the impact of organized crime in America through the lens of one family so enmeshed in its web we are unsure if they will be able to survive to find freedom. Through telling this story, I not only wanted to share how the love of God can redeem even the most lost soul, but also give a window into the destruction that follows in the wake of those who do not value human life. Instead of romanticizing organized crime as books and movies have done for decades, my goal with integrating the Russian mafia into the fabric of Girls of Summer was to shine a light on the lack of decency and morality.

Girls of Summer is a suspenseful romance filled with the hope of redemption and reconciliation, but the story also gives a peek into a world most of us would prefer to believe lives only in fiction. Thankfully, we have dedicated men and women who are quietly fighting for justice with the hope of one day saying, organized crime is truly a thing of make believe.

Interview with C.E. Hilbert

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about four or five years old and I created a world for me and my imaginary friend Grandma-Mama who lived up the street in a little white house next to the funeral home. We had grand adventures in my mind and I realized I quite liked creating stories.

  • What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I am not sure how interesting it is, but I really like to engage multiple senses when I write, so I often have set play lists and burn candles while I am writing a first draft.

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Most stories start with a character popping to mind with a simple thread of an idea. For Girls of Summer, the idea started with Charlotte and the struggle she was having at the death of her father. For Life on the Porcelain Edge it was the opening line, “Tessa Tarrington’s life was in the toilet.” For me, a story always starts with a character in crisis. The rest of the manuscript is woven from that initial thread.

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to bake. Baking with real butter is my happy place. I also am quite engaged with my local church. And, I truly love taking long walks with my sweet Golden Retriever, Georgie Grace.

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I think one of the most surprising things I learned was the character development with this story. I found the original character sketches I created, several years ago, for a few of the main characters and I was quite surprised at a few twists that one of the characters took in the story.

  • Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

First, new writers are highly recommended to enter contests. The feedback from contests for unpublished authors is really beneficial.  Second, take genre specific writing classes. Most genres, romance, mystery, etc. have specific structure about which we as readers may not have clarity.

  • What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?

I really love the beginning of a story and the end of a first draft. I absolutely hate the middle.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

The easy answer is conflict, but I believe a good story requires more than conflict. A good story must first be built on authentic characters and how they respond to extraordinary and ordinary experiences.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

First, a nurse and then I realized they needed to work with blood regularly. My passion for writing soon overtook by desire for nursing.

  •  What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?

I am finishing a Christmas story set in the fictional town of Gibson’s Run, Ohio about estranged twins who are reunited due to an accident involving their great-aunt and the hanging of a star for the annual Ladies Aid Society Christmas cookie sale. I also have two additional novels started, one of which is the final Taylor Brothers’ story, Joey Taylor, also set in Gibson’s Run. My books can be found at www.cehilbert.com and all titles can also be found at: www.barnesandnoble.com www.amazon.com

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 11

HappyWhenReading, August 11

For Him and My Family, August 12

Daysong Reflections, August 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 15

Simple Harvest Reads, August 15 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 16

deb’s Book Review, August 17

Texas Book-aholic, August 18

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 19 (Author Interview)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 21

Inklings and notions, August 22

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 23

Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, C.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a tote that contains four books (Girls of Summer, From Scratch, Life on the Porcelain Edge & The Wooing of Jane Grey) and some “surprise items”!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/112dd/girls-of-summer-celebration-tour-giveaway

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