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Tour: 11. A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine...

January 27, 2010
Tour day!! Today, Sherrill Bodine's A Black Tie Affair is touring... Read on to see what we have for you!

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FTC Disclosure: My copy of A Black Tie Affair was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

sherrill bodineAbout the author:
Sherrill Bodine won her first writing award in the seventh grade in a statewide essay contest about a television broadcast of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. She followed that with stories sold to Fate Magazine, Home Life Magazine and True Confessions. Her first novel sold in 1988. Sixteen novels later, The Other Amanda won the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award and Talk of the Town was chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its “Red Hot Read” for February 2009. Find Sherrill online at

Sherrill shares her thoughts on New Years Resolutions:
Thank you for asking me to visit with you and discuss New Year’s Resolutions. This is the perfect time to let all of you in on my secret -- this year I DIDN'T declare to anyone who would listen "I'm going to lose ten pounds!" or "I'm joining a health club and exercising one and one half hours every day!" or "I'm going to learn how to fly!" Obviously none of the above are essential to my happiness or I would have achieved those goals since I've been making the same declarations for years.

This year I took the advice of a friend who is a Life Coach. She told me to make a list of the things I do every day which makes me happy, content, fulfilled. So I did and I discovered a surprise I'll share with you.

1. Really kiss my husband. Not the peck on the lips as he walks out the door in the morning and back at night kind of kiss. But a real honest-to-goodness "you still give me the chills, let's go upstairs" kind of kiss. I'm not a kiss and tell kind of gal but I will admit his reaction is quite satisfactory to put it mildly.

2. Talk to each of my four children -- all grown up and long gone from the nest. Even if the conversations are as brief as they often are with my youngest son. They go something like this, "Hi Mom. Yeah, I'm fine. Busy though. Gotta go. Love you lots." They still make me smile.

3. Talk to my mother. She has a button she pushes to call me. She usually pushes the button at 6am or earlier. It's a wonderfully reassuring way to start the day.

4. Write. It totally fits my friend's criterion- it makes me happy, content, fulfilled. I read that life is a square and the four sides are Health, Wealth, Love, and Perfect Self Expression. Writing is my perfect self expression.

Now here is the surprise and I have all of you to thank for this amazing discovery! But first I must let you in on another secret -- I'm looking up at being a techno subzero. I'm not a quick study with anything technical -- not even the remote and certainly not the DVD player.

So when I was asked to do this blog tour I was terrified. But I'm also tenacity so I declared with feeling, "Yes. Thank you very much!" I've been at it very day for the past few weeks -- doing guest blogs, Q & A's, commenting on reviews of A BLACK TIE AFFAIR - and I LOVE IT!

I did a Chatroom on Sunday night for two hours and the time flew. I couldn't believe I had to sign off. So I'm NOT signing off with visiting blogs, talking to other readers and writers.

5. Staying connected with all of you makes me happy, content and fulfilled!

Happy New Year!

xo Sherrill
Sherrill, thank you so very much for such a lovely post. I love your friend's advice to make a list of the things that make you happy, content, and fulfilled! I'm also glad that you decided to jump in with both feet into the online world of blog tours and chats. I'm sure you've made a lot of readers happy by giving them the chance to meet and talk to you!

black tie affairAbout the book:
Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her perfectly manicured hands on the Clayworth family's celebrated couture collection for her exhibit. So when she's called in to make sure the gowns are the real deal, she's ecstatic... until a dress she's examining turns out to be loaded with toxins (talk about killer threads!) and Athena faints, only to wake up face-to-face with the One That Got Away, notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.

Drew still believes Athena betrayed him all those years ago, and he's sure he can't trust her. But when the priceless gowns go missing, she offers to help track them down. Reluctantly allied in the quest, Drew and Athena are soon stunned by the barely restrained passion still sizzling between them... and memories both bitter and sweet. Is their new partnership just a business arrangement? Or is this something more than...

A Black Tie Affair

Check out this way cool trailer!

drey's thoughts:
A Black Tie Affair is a quick and easy read. There's a group of sisters, one of whom is the heroine. There's a group of cousins, one of whom is the hero. There's a quartet of beautiful dresses that poison the heroine then disappear. There's a chase to find the missing dresses before they poison anyone else. All wrapped up in a nice and pretty package.

I didn't quite get why Connor was so antagonistic towards the Smith sisters. Ditto for Venus. And there's no clear explanation on the thing with the girls' father and the Clayworths (unless I completely spaced out). Which only means one thing... Sequel!! All in all, an entertaining book for fans of the romance genre.

drey's rating: 3/5 Good

Title: A Black Tie Affair
Author: Sherrill Bodine
ISBN-13: 9780446618595
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Y'all are lucky today... I have for you (if you live in the US or Canada), up to five copies of A Black Tie Affair, courtesy of Hachette Book Group! To enter, fill out the form below. And then comment and share if you like to get all dolled up for a formal event or not, and why... I'd love to, I think. But I'm not much of a girly-girl, and I'd probably fall on my tush from tripping over my own skirt, lol!! Oh, and do it before 6:00 pm CST February 9th!


Anonymous said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the post on Resolutions Sherrill & thank you Drey for including the links & book trailer.
Thank you for the opportunity to win A BLACK TIE AFFAIR.
All the best,

doreen lamoureux said...

I don't get all dolled up but when it is called for...I go all the way. I love getting myself all decked out....except, I hate high heels.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Benita said...

I love getting all dolled up. It doesn't happen often, but when I have to dress up, I'm delighted. I go the whole 9 yards.


Karen H said...

Dolled up for the occasion? Not so much anymore, but in my younger years (late teens & twenties) I loved it...the dressier, the better. Even the 3" heels with pointed toes plus hats and gloves. I even liked those tacky bridesmaids dresses...not quite as tacky as those in the film 'Working Girl' but close!

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net said...

Hi Thank you so much for reading A BLACK TIE AFFAIR and for asking me to blog -- I'm hooked! xo Sherrill

Martha Lawson said...

I've been wnating to read this one, so thanks for the chance!!

No, I don't like to get all "dolled" up! I'm strictly a jeans and t-shirt person!!

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

enyl said...

I enjoy dolling-up for special events suc as a commeration.
eny(at)inbox(dot)com said...

Getting dressed up tonight for a birthday party in the city (Chicago) -- thinking of all of you -- and keeping my 5th rule of the day to be happy -- connecting! Please keep in touch at

xo Sherrill

Beth (BBRB) said...

I do love to get all dressed up, but only once in a great while! Too much effort!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Becky said...

I do like to get all dolled up for special occasions like prom but it isn't something I want to have to do on a weekly basis. Too tight fitting LOL.

Thanks for the chance.

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