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#Blog Tour #Is This For Real? by Kathy Strobos #Guest Post by Kathy Strobos #Miniatures @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from rachel’s Random resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Is This For Real?, a new opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, fake dating romantic comedy from Kathy Strobos and thank to Kathy for her guest post today!

Guest Post by Kathy Strobos

Penelope makes miniatures to sell in Is This for Real?. Do you make miniatures and what do you like about making miniatures? Do you sell miniatures?

I do like to make miniatures, but I don’t sell the ones I make because I don’t think they’re good enough. I have friends who sell miniatures, though. I find making miniatures kind of soothing and also satisfying because I have a really cool miniature when I’m finished. I really like making flowers, which is something  Penelope makes in the book.

I also have met so many friendly people internationally making miniatures, so it’s a really fun hobby because there’s a great community out there, especially on Instagram and on blogs. I also like to visit miniature shops when I’m traveling; I really loved visiting Kristin Baybars in London.  I also buy a lot of miniatures, and I like to make miniature scenes as Penelope does in the book. I would have liked to make a doll soap opera, but it’s easier to write than to pose the dolls in the way that I want them 😊

In the book, Penelope posts a scene with her two characters Rob and Piper having a cooking date, inspired by her cooking date with Rory. Here’s a picture of that.

And here’s a closeup of the kitchen without the figures. A lot of miniaturists don’t include figures because they take away from the “reality of the scene.”

Anyway, I made the sink counter in the back. The sink was formerly a jam container. The range is from a miniature shop in Tokyo. I used to work for a Japanese company, so I visited Tokyo a lot. I also made the room itself. If you like miniatures, I highly recommend checking out Instagram posts, but be warned, it can be addictive!

Thank you to Kathy for her guest post today and her amazing images!

Is This for Real?

An opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, fake dating romantic comedy

Love is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Usually me. I admit it, I’m a relationship-recluse. Ironic, given that I write romantic comedies. So, I’m on a sabbatical from dating.

Which is why fake dating my best friend Rory is fool-proof. Rory suggested it because he needed a date for work functions. And I can use our experiences as fodder for my romcom novel. Plus, my sister doesn’t know it’s not real and she is thrilled that I’m not walling myself off emotionally. Her words, not mine. But I do wish she would stop saying that she always suspected there was something more between me and Rory. She should realize that we’ve been friends forever so I’m immune to his appeal. 

We would never work. Rory is such a romantic; he still believes in that perfect love similar to his parents’ marriage. My parents fought bitterly. So, we are better off as friends. I can’t risk losing our friendship, even if this might be my chance—before his ex-girlfriend wins him back.  

Those flickers of attraction? Easily extinguished by cold water reality—like a two-mile hike in drenching rain over sand with wheelie luggage. 

But our relationship is not sticking to the plot—or is it?

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Author Bio –

Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School, Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude, and Columbia Law School. She spent two semesters abroad at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.

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