Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CARNIVALE RESTAURANT CHICAGO



This year I wanted to pick somewhere I'd never been to for my birthday dinner and I've been passing Carnivale's West Loop sign on the expressway for years wondering what it was all about. Chicago's Carnivale Restaurant is Latin infusion from the Coconut Mojito to the Carnivale Ice Cream Cake! Located at 702 West Fulton, Chicago, IL 60661, CARNIVALE has a festive, vibrant, and happening atmosphere.

The lavish interior glows red and runs the gambit from a large vaulted dining space to alcoved areas with booths and small tables for more intimate dining. The bar overlooks the expressway and is fashionably decorated with leopard print tufts and French hooded canopy chairs which is both funky and fun. Here's my daughter in one of the fabulous chairs!



My husband and I started with Sangria and my girls had a virgin Coconut Mojito and Pina Colada. For appetizers we had the Oxtail Empanadas & the Octupus a la Plancha which had papas bravas. The papas bravas which is similar to a potato pancake but in a thicker form and deep friend, were to die for. 


For dinner I had the Paella which had so much seafood I could only eat about half of the serving and the bomba rice was seasoned to perfection. My husband had the Churrasco steak & caramelized sweet plantains. The girls shared the Creek Stone Farm Prime New York Strip, which was built with two in mind.


At this point we were stuffed but with all the fabulous desserts parading by and an acute desire to have something to stick the Happy Birthday candle in we trudged ahead, ordering the Banana Cream Pie and the Carnivale Ice Cream Cake with vanilla bean, guava and pistachio ice cream. Wow!

Carnivale is certainly a carnival of flavors for your palate and we'll be back again soon.

MY RATINGS:

ATMOSPHERE     5  STARS

FOOD              4.5  STARS

SERVICE          3.5  STARS

OVERALL            4  STARS

Monday, March 17, 2014

SPRING FLING--WIN 5 AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS

Who's tired of winter? Looking forward to some beach reading? Or sitting on your favorite patio and listening to the hummingbirds while you read?


I am giving away a paperback copy of all five of my titles to one lucky winner!!!

All you have to do to enter to win is:

1) GO to my FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE & give it a 

like! FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE

2) Share the BOOKLOVERS post pinned to the top of my page! Look for this icon:



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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CHICK LIT CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY 2013!!!


29 Talented Chick Lit Authors have banded together to offer you a spectacular Christmas Giveaway! One lucky reader will win all 29 of these AUTOGRAPHED CHICK LIT TITLES*!



All you have to do is click on the Rafflecopter below and like one of our Facebook Author pages to be entered to win! Like more than one author page for additional entries. Please spread the word about this wonderful Christmas giveaway!


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Also, I am excited to tell you that my book, 
BINDING ARBITRATION is featured on www.bookgiftguide.com as a Holiday gift pick this season! 



You can see my  book here: Women's Fiction for Romance Lovers. I would very much appreciate it if you could take a minute to check out my book, and share this link with your friends and family. Thanks

My book was featured on BookGiftGuide.com

Wishing you all a joyous Holiday Season!
Elizabeth Marx



*Contest open to U.S. Residents only!

Monday, November 11, 2013

HARD HATS AND DOORMATS Cover Reveal

It's cover reveal time. The very talented Laura Chapman has a debut novel coming December 11th...



Drum Roll Please . . . Hard Hats and Doormats




Synopsis
Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion––because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?


Add this to your TBR List on GoodReads


To celebrate the cover reveal for her debut novel, author Laura Chapman is sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits about the making of Hard Hats and Doormats here and on other blogs with her “Hard Hat Confessions.”

Here’s # 17



About the Author


Laura Chapman found a way to mix her love of romance and humor as a women’s fiction author and blogger. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Laura studied journalism, English and history. She traveled across the United States as a writer/photographer before settling into a career in communications. She also maintains Change the Word, a blog devoted to promoting women’s fiction and documenting her experiences as a writer. Born and raised in Nebraska – in a city, not on a farm – she is a devoted fan of football, British period drama, writing in bars and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Hard Hats and Doormats is her debut novel.

Connect with Laura


 Thanks for stopping by! Per Laura's confession: what's the one thing people say to you at work that drives you bonkers??? 

Elizabeth 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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

Monday, October 7, 2013

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