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5500 SPRING LIKE EVENT!!!


I’m looking for a little love in all the wrong places…nah, just kidding, but I am giving away a paperback copy of all of my titles to one lucky winner!!!


5500 LIKES CONTEST!!!

Win an autographed copy of all 5 of my titles!

RULES:


1) GO TO my AUTHOR page & give it a like! 


     FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE


2) SHARE the post like the one below on your


    Facebook page!

3) ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER

This contest is open to U.S. residents, if you’re international and you’d like to enter feel free but you will get ebook copies of all the titles. I’ll select one international and U.S. winner once I reach 5500 Likes on my Facebook author page. You must still be following me at the time that the winner is selected.

Happy Reading & Reviewing,
Elizabeth Marx

The Paradise: Cast of Characters Even Dickens Would Applaud!

I’m happy to introduce you into the world that is The Paradise. A period drama filled with characters even a literary icon like Dickens would applaud!

Masterpiece Classic’s new period drama about the first department store The Paradise is based on Emile Zoile’s novel with the same name. The story centers on a Country girl, Denise Lovett, who takes a job at large department store owned by John Moray. The series takes place in 1875 and has all the makings of a Dickensesque drama. Among the trappings and allure of the store Denise finds employment after her uncle’s drapers shop can’t employ her because all the other businesses on High Street are fading under the impressive footprint of the more glamorous Paradise.

Zoile’s characters have a Dickens appeal sure to lure viewers through all the departments and the lives of the inhabitants of The Paradise.



Arthur a young boy, apparently a foundling, who performs all manner of odd jobs at The Paradise seems to be the moral compass of out story, telling Denise that anything she needs he can arrange for her and then the next second indicating where he was born on the premises with no mention of who his parents are. Throughout English literature the name Arthur was given to first-born sons, I won’t make any conjectures here but he has to be someone’s child, the question is whose?



Almost immediately we are introduced to the ‘clandestine’ Mr. Jonas who seems to be the one armed watchdog of our Byronic hero, John Moray. Mr. Jonas lurks, writing in his little black book and is the epitome of the sinister gothic henchman. 

John Moray exhibits all the classic Byronic symptoms, a single-minded determination toward his goal, a wife dead under mysterious circumstances, he captures and then enraptures any females he comes in contact with, and has a list of past sexual discretions. Moray is a gambler and salesman whose job is to utterly hypnotize any one who even peaks through his beautifully embellished storefront window. As a matter of fact that’s exactly where he catches his first glimpse of the slightly disheveled young Denise. Moray’s motto ‘A stitch does not make the blood rise,’ certainly applies here.

Miss Audrey is in charge of the women’s department and the stern matriarch who says things like, “Quickly now, to the haberdashery,” as if a customer’s life or death hangs on them acquiring the proper assortment of hats. She is witty and observant, but she wasn’t a marketing major and without Denise’s assistance she’s completely clueless about how to market the promotion of Miss Pink Paradise.



Dudley a young man who grew up with Moray and acts as his assistant tries to be the voice of reason when Moray doubles the inventory for a one day sale. Moray believes that the sale will establish him as the foremost retailer and also get him the loan he requires from Lord Glendenning, his patron. Dudley
is a practical businessman of the day and acts as a counterpoint to Moray’s idea to tempt them with ‘cheaper and cheaper’.


Katherine Glendenning is a spoiled socialite used to having her way. Moray is financially dependent on her father, Lord Glendenning. Katherine is conniving and determined to marry Moray, we haven’t really seen why she’s so in love with him, it’s as if she saw him in a store window and must have him. Katherine asks her father for her mother’s engagement ring so she can give it to Moray and ask Moray to ask her to marry him. I know, what kind of woman would do that? A pushy one! Lord Glendenning says of his daughter, “Darling, I wish your traps weren’t so delightful.” BUYER BEWARE Katherine Glendenning has set a trap for Moray and she even let him rip open her bodice in the dining room to set the snare.

We have an assortment of minor characters: the sarcastic, manipulative nemesis Clara who we soon learn had a thing for Moray and she probably should be taking some Prozac as a result. Sam, the kindhearted counter boy whose generosity soon lands him in trouble. Pauline the fun loving girl just looking to land a husband, any husband would do. And finally, Edmund Lovett, Denise’s disgruntled uncle whose sales philosophy of selling person to person is just a side effect of his dwindling draper business.

Last but not least, we have our heroine Denise Lovett from small town of Peebles. Taking a job at The Paradise, Denise is seen by Moray as a rising star to the annoyance of head of ladies fashion Miss Audrey and shop girl Clara. She is good at what she does even selling Katherine her first ready to wear dress, making fashionable displays that entice customers, and continually saving the day with fresh marketing ideas. When the one day sale is a huge success and Moray is handing out everyone’s bonuses Denise looks on adoringly, Pauline notices and reiterates her thoughts that Denise is indeed interested in Moray. Denise’s response, “I don’t want to be his wife, I want to be him.” Denise is genuine to her self as any true Dickens heroine would be.

We have to wait and see just how long Denise can withstand the most seductive allure The Paradise holds, for Moray has a way of utterly hypnotizing all under his sway.

Join us each week as another author wraps up a week of The Paradise!

Episode 1 – First Hour – Elizabeth Marx http://elizabethmarxbooks.blogspot.com/
Episode 1 – Second Hour – Martha Reynolds http://marthareynoldswrites.com/
Episode 2 – Julie Valerie (Coming on Oct. 14thhttp://www.julievalerie.com/
Episode 3 – Laura Chapman (Coming on Oct. 21sthttp://change-the-word.blogspot.com/
Episode 4 – Sara Palacios (Coming on Oct. 28thhttp://sarapalacios.wordpress.com/
Episode 5 – Tracie Banister (Coming on Nov. 5thhttp://traciebanister.blogspot.com/
Episode 6 – Tracey Livesay (Coming on Nov. 11thhttp://traceylivesay.com/
Episode 7 – Lauren Clark (Coming on Nov. 18thhttp://www.laurenclarkbooks.com/blog



Make sure you see the Paradise Launch Party in the post below and enter our CONTEST!

Happy reading, reviewing, and drama making!

Elizabeth Marx


SHOPPING AT THE PARADISE CONTEST

Ladies let the shopping begin! If you enjoy shopping and high drama then you have to shop at The Paradise!!!!

Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a big online party to celebrate Masterpiece airing season one of The Paradise. 


There will be a premiere night Twitter chat, weekly recaps, and to kick things off . . . a fun contest involving one of our favorite pastimes – SHOPPING! This seemed appropriate as The Paradise is a Victorian-era department store where plucky heroine Denise Lovett is employed in the Ladieswear Dept. 



Read on to find out how you can enter this exciting contest and be eligible to win several FABULOUS prizes! 

CONTEST RULES 
1) Take a photo (camera pix are fine) of yourself shopping for one (or more) of the following items: 

Shoes
Jewelry 
Purses 
Lingerie
Make-Up 
Perfume 
Hats 
Stockings/Hosiery 

I was supposed to stalk the Hosiery department, but I got sidetracked by the slippers!!! I’ve narrowed it down to these two pairs!



Let me know in the comments if I should go with the grey or the black and white with pink bow! 

This is how you can enter the contest!!!

You will receive ONE entry per picture of an item listed above (up to 8 entries.) You can earn a bonus FIVE entries if you submit a photo of yourself with a cute/crush-worthy shop employee. (Male or female.) 

2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or Facebook. Twitter – Tweet your picture(s) to @ParadiseParty2 Facebook – Post your pictures to the Facebook group, Paradise Party. Note: You will have to join the group in order to post to the forum. Join the FB Group: Paradise

3) This contest is open to residents of the United States ONLY.

4) Contest will begin on Friday, October 4th, 2013 and end at midnight on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th, 2013. 

5) Prizes are as follows: 



(1) Grand Prize – A $50 Macy’s gift card, which can be used online or in-store. The winner of this prize will be selected by the True Random Number Generator at www.random.org 

(1) Bonus Prize – The Funniest Photo – A Kindle copy of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (this is the classic novel that the TV series is based on.) The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event. 

(1) Bonus Prize – Item We Most Want Photo – An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event. 

 So, you can earn up to 13 entries and there are THREE great prizes up for grabs. Cleverness and originality count with these pix, so have fun and be creative! 

Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise Party bloggers: 
Tracie Banister
Laura Chapman
Lauren Clark
Tracey Livesay
Sara Palacios
Martha Reynolds
Julie Valerie

Hope you’ll stop by Sunday evening for the Twitter chat and all things The Paradise.

Happy reading and reviewing,
E

FALL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

It’s my favorite time of year—FALL. I love the color of the changing leaves and the crunch of nuts under my feet when I hike through the forest preserve. The light shines and shifts a little differently through the windows around my house and gives a comforting glimpse of things to come. Beckoning the excitement of Halloween, the thoughtfulness of Thanksgiving and sheer joy of Christmas morning for a child.

So I’ve decided to send out a quarterly newsletter. The contents of the first one are below. Please let me know what you think. There are directions if you’d like to get the newsletter delivered to your mailbox and how you can enter to win the fall prize pack pictured at the bottom of this post.



October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came -

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.

~George Cooper, “October’s Party”


I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in Chicago the leaves are starting to fall. As the colors begin to change and the warm days of summer give way to cozy sweaters and your favorite pair of jeans, I thought I’d take a moment to update you what’s going on in my world. Most of you know me as an author, and we’ll get to that a bit later, but today I wanted to bring you something special in my first quarterly newsletter. Don’t worry you’ll only hear from me a couple times a year and I hope to share something on every visit from my first love, decorating.
The picture above is the front stoop of my house. I decorate it every fall, and in a couple of weeks I’ll make it a little more Halloweenish, but until then the focal point is always the pumpkin topiaries. Yes, those are real pumpkins.

How to your own pumpkin topiary.
Supplies: You’ll need three pumpkins in large, medium, and small sizes, wooden/bamboo kebab skewers, hammer, and decorative accents, i.e. fall leaves, beads or garland.
Make sure the bottom pumpkin, or the largest one is large enough to fit in your urn, at least part of its weight should rest in the soil. Place the base pumpkin in the urn, you do not have to cut or gut this pumpkin and do no remove its stem.
Select your middle pumpkin, make sure you have one with a nice stem, cut a circle in the BOTTOM of the pumpkin large enough that it can fit over the stem of the base pumpkin, remove all the seeds and guts from the pumpkin. Now place this second pumpkin on top of the base pumpkin and hammer the long kebab skewers into the second pumpkin until the skewer reaches the base pumpkin. Take your time and hammer the skewer all the way in, it will secure the second pumpkin to the base pumpkin. I usually use about six skewers around the perimeter.
Now repeat the same process to secure the top pumpkin as you did for the middle one, cutting out the BOTTOM and gutting it before securing this top pumpkin to the middle one with skewers. Now add plastic leaves, cattails, branches or Halloween tinsel around the base and fall colored garland for the in between layers. 




So take your family pumpkin hunting! These are my girls last years after we hauled a truckload home! Yes, I buy them by the truckload! The girls were smiling because it was finally over and they could have some Caramel Apple Dip!


Super Quick Caramel Apple Dip
Ingredients
            16 ounces, weight Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
            ½ cups Powdered Sugar
            16 ounces, weight Old Fashioned Caramel Apple Dip (I Used Marzettis)
            1 cup Heath Bits-O-Brickle Toffee Bits
                        4 Large Granny Smith Apples, Sliced Thick
Preparation Instructions
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread mixture evenly onto a platter. Spread caramel apple dip on top of the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle the top generously with toffee bits. Serve with thick slices of Granny Smith apples.

I hope you’re all looking forward to fall’s celebrations. This was last years Thanksgiving Day Table at my house, the final celebration of fall!
Fall Prizes
As a thank you for subscribing to my newsletter I’m giving away this little Halloween prize pack. All you have to do is subscribe and LIKE my Facebook Author page so you can keep up with me. To subscribe to the newsletter go to my FACEBOOK PAGE leave a like and hit the envelope button next to READ THIS BOOK to sign up for the quarterly newsletter!
  
HAPPY FALL READING & REVIEWING,
ELIZABETH MARX
*prize pack open to U.S. residents, by entering to win you give me permission to add your name to my mailing list, but you’ll only get 4 newsletters a year with seasonal decorating ideas and what’s new in my book world.



THREE SIPS BLOG HOP BLOG TOUR

Hop on the Three Sips Blog Tour for a chance to win a $100 worth of Amazon gift cards! Gather your blogger friends and check out this new type of blog tour!



Blogger prizes:
1 $50 Amazon gift card & 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards

Big prize pack for tour!


Rules and sign up here: Three Sips Blog Hop Blog Tour

Happy Reading and Reviewing!

Feel free to TWEET this!

STAINED LAUNCH PARTY


Please join me on Tuesday August 20th for the VIRTUAL launch party for STAINED. Starting at 9 a.m and going to . . . well . . . possibly, till the cows come home, or the cock crows, or until we get tossed out of Three Sips Distillery!

I hope you’ll join us. We are going to have all sorts of events. I’ll introduce you to some of the characters that reside in Crossroads, especially Revell, Scarlett, and the Sisters. You have got to meet the Sisters, the hundred year old cherokee triplets, Miss Ruby, Miss Pearl, and Miss Sapphire are wise women you don’t want to let down, and only Scarlett is allowed to call them Red, White, and Blue. 

I’ll answer questions about STAINED, have contests, including a Rafflecopter with a huge prize pack. Talk about all things Southern, show you some of my grandmother’s homemade quilts, and pictures of my daughters dressed as Southern belles in costumes I made for them. Who knows what else might happen once we start passing the moonshine around?



JOIN the PARTY

Look forward to seeing you there! Until then, Happy Reading & Reviewing,
Elizabeth Marx

STAINED–WHAT IS SACRED HARP?


If you’ve read the opening lines of the blurb for STAINED you’re probably wondering what sacred harp is all about? When I was a little girl I remember my grandmother speaking of singings, and of the people who went singing, but it wasn’t until I was started researching STAINED that I realized just how important sacred harp is to the southern tradition.

Sacred Harpsinging is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern regionof the United States, especially along the Appalachian mountain range. The earliest roots of Sacred Harp come from “country parish music” of early 18th century England. This form of rural church music evolved a number of the distinctive traits that were passed on from tradition to tradition, until they ultimately became part of Sacred Harp singing. It is part of the larger tradition of shape notemusic.

Sacred Harp music is performed a capella (voice only, without instruments) and originated as Protestant Christianmusic. The songs sung are primarily from the book: The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp refers to two passages in the Bible by the apostle Paul, commanding the Ephesians and the Colossians to sing “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in the heart unto the Lord.” As a child I remember my grandmother saying that someone went to a singing. Sacred Harp singings happen during Sunday worship and it also happen during special ‘singings’.
Sacred Harp groups always sing a cappella. The singers arrange themselves in a hollow square, with rows of chairs or pews on each side assigned to each of the four parts: treble, alto, tenor, and bass. The treble and tenor sections are usually mixed, with men and women singing the notes an octave apart.

There is no single leader or conductor; rather, the participants take turns in leading. The leader for a particular round selects a song from the book, and “calls” it by its page number. Leading is done in an open-palm style, standing in the middle of the square facing the tenors.
Sacred Harp singing has experienced resurgence in popularity, as new participants who did not grow up in the tradition discover it. There are strong Sacred Harp singing communities in most major urban areas of the United States, and in many rural areas, as well. One of the first groups of singers formed outside the traditional Southern region of Sacred Harp singing was in greater Chicago.
Sacred Harp is mournful, but at the same time very beautiful. There are two fine examples of Sacred Harp singing in the movies Cold Mountain and Lawless. Here’s a video that explains how sacred harp singers sing the characters first and then the poetry with a familiar song, Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is very important in STAINED and it’s the reason Scarlett’s mother is named Mazey Grace.

STAINED is being released August 20th and is the first book in the Carpetbaggers, Rebels, and Yankees Series. I hope you’ll add it to your TBR list! GOODREADS 

Thanks for stopping by. If you know anyone who sings sacred harp, or ever been to a singing, I’d love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment.

Happy Reading, Reviewing & Singing to You!
E

STAINED–COVER REVEAL

I am very excited to introduce you to Crossroads, Alabama and the first book in the Carpetbaggers, Rebels, and Yankees Series. STAINED is a story about two people who come from very different worlds. In spite of growing up hundreds of miles apart Scarlett and Revell have loved each other since childhood, but now the secrets that have always drawn them together might be the same ones that stain their future.

Coming August 20th. In the meantime please add STAINED to your To Be Read list.
Stop back later this week to learn more about Sacred Harp singing.

Happy Reading & Reviewing,
Elizabeth Marx

4TH OF JULY GIVEAWAY

Celebrate your independence by reading an Indie book. Enter to win a trade paperback copy of each of my titles!!! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

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Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx

Binding Arbitration

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Descent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx

Descent of Blood

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Ascent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx

Ascent of Blood

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To Breathe the Breath of Isis by Elizabeth Marx

To Breathe the Breath of Isis

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