Tuesday, October 22, 2013


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!!!


Win an autographed copy of all 5 of my titles!


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


2) SHARE the post like the one below on your

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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

Thursday, October 3, 2013


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! 

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


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,