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Monday, March 29, 2021

Eat Your Heart Out by Shirley Goldberg - Blurb Blitz - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Shirley Goldberg and her new book, “Eat Your Heart Out”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Shirley and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Eat Your Heart Out

by Shirley Goldberg


GENRE: Romantic Women's Fiction



When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad. Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire is Dana’s staunchest ally. So what’s with the smooching after hours? And why won’t this grown man make up his mind?

Actor turned teacher Alex Bethany craves a family of his own. Newly hotified, he’s now got the confidence to try online dating. Meanwhile he’s sending Dana mixed messages in the kissing department. After a surprising event rocks his world, Alex panics, certain he’s blown his chances with his special person. Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex’s story will have you rooting for them all the way to dessert.



“So, this is what it’s like being on a date with you.” Dana hesitated—caught herself. “This isn’t a date, is it?

Her voice flattened and she took a sip of wine. “Oh, I’m not belittling your gesture, bringing me to this fine establishment. But it isn’t a date because you’re seeing that woman, aren’t you? The one you asked me for advice about.”

Alex fidgeted. Idiot.  Asking Dana how to recognize the signs a woman was interested––what had he been thinking? What could be more awkward? This. This was definitely up there on the list of more awkward moments.

“You’ve always been straight with me,” she said, holding the wine glass in midair.

That little flash of skin whenever she raises her arm.  He picked up his wine glass. At this rate, he’d have to order a second bottle, simply to block his mind from going where it shouldn’t.

“Alex, do it again, be straight.”

He leaned in, took the glass from her hand and put it on the table. “Come closer,” he said. “I want to whisper sweet somethings in your ear.”

She bent toward him, a puzzled but amused expression percolating, her face glowing in the subtle lighting.

“Yes?” Her voice throaty, challenging.

“This is a date,” he said and tilted his head, brushed her lips with his, pulled back slightly, and did it again.



Check out my blog post from last October, featuring Shirley's first book in this exciting new series, “Middle Ageish,” below:

Also, be sure to check out my 4 1/2 STAR Book Review on Book One, “Middle Ageish,” below:

This book was such a fun, exciting, entertaining, light-hearted read!!!

This book is about Sunny, who is starting a new life.  After years of being ignored and discounted, she is divorcing her husband of 23 years and leaving Paris to move to the States.  The sky’s the limit for Sunny for she is ready to get back to living her best life.  Reconnecting with her gal pals encourages her to get back into the dating world and try online dating.  But what follows leaves little hope for the dating scene as some of the craziest, silliest, weirdest, and just uhhhhh??? guys come out of the woodwork.  They can’t all seriously be this bad, can they?!?!  Sunny continues to work on rebuilding her new life and tries to believe that the right guy will come along when it’s meant to happen.  But as time lingers on and loneliness feels even more deafening, she can’t help but wonder if she’s meant to be alone forever.  However, someone unexpected is about to venture into her life and perhaps Sunny will finally get her muchly deserved HEA!!!

I really enjoyed every page of this book and even look forward to reading it again in the future – which is not something I do very often.  As well as planning to send a copy to my mom, my best friend, for her to love too!!

This cleverly written story has many LOL moments that left this reader glad she was reading this book home alone so no one gave her weird stares when she couldn’t stop laughing lol!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the entertainingly witty banter and the crazy mishaps that find Sunny and her friends!!  There is so much humor found all over the pages that will be sure to bring a smile, a laugh, and an enticement for more!!

I really liked Sunny!!!  She was smart, compassionate, caring, kindhearted, determined, driven, passionate, and thoughtful.  Sunny is ready to start the next chapter of her life, as a divorcee after getting out of a hapless marriage of 23 years.  I was proud of her bravery to get out of her tired marriage, to want to have a better life, and to work towards making her dreams come true.  It was inspiring and motivating to see her accomplish so much!!

One of the best parts of this book was seeing all these silly, ridiculous guys that came across the dating market that really made dating life seem even more hopeless lol…  I certainly remember those days…  Not exactly the same as Sunny, as I am not a divorcee, or dating in the same age pool as her, but guys are guys, so it's pretty much close enough to the same lol…  Plus, I've watched my mom, a divorcee, try getting back into the dating world and she hated it.  So, I definitely commend anyone who can push themselves to try to get back out there.  Love and life don't have to end at divorce (or a failed marriage) and Sunny does a great job of showing us that!!

I loved the deep-rooted themes in this book such as the second chances, new beginnings, starting over, rebuilding, etc.  I strongly believe in second chances and even more so in starting over.  So many people get tunnel vision of things being a certain way and once they're not they don't know what to do or if anything can be done and they just get stuck.  Starting over and rebuilding - especially from scratch is not easy, but as someone who has had to go through it many times (long story) it is not only important, it can be the best thing for you!!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is Book One of the Starting Over Book Series.  This book can easily be read as a standalone.  The author recently just released "Eat Your Heart Out," which is Book Two in this book series and is available for purchase at most retail book stores and online. 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!  I think all romantic women’s fiction readers and romance fans will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

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Special eBook Sale!!!  Book One of Shirley's latest Book Series, "Starting Over," is available on SALE for ONLY $0.99!!!




Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at living single. Her books FINISH THIS and dating in mid life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. Eat Your Heart Out is the second book in the series Starting Over. Middle Ageish, the first, is available now. Her characters believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.













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  1. Shirley ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your exciting new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Ally. My characters and I are thrilled to be here. They're jumping up and down and cooking up a feast. Sunny's joining us, of course. Thank you so much for hosting us all! Love your blog.

  2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  3. I sit down and continue writing and eventually something useable comes. If it doesn't, I try the next time. Thanks for asking.

  4. I love the excerpt and think the book sound really good.