Sunday, January 15, 2012

All's Fair in Vanities War Tour Stop Author Interview and Giveaway!

I am incredibly excited to introduce Elizabeth Marx, author of All's Fair in Vanities War today as she stops by Shadow Kisses for an author interview! I am lucky to be part of this book tour and hope you visit Missy Reads and Reviews for the tour kick-off post, and list of tour stops during the next 5 weeks :) 
Keep reading for an interview with the author, book information, your chance to win an eBook copy of All's Fair in Vanities War and Bookmarks, and information about the $50 Grand Prize!!

About Elizabeth
Windy city writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi town.

Tell us about your most recent work?
All’s Fair in Vanities War is a YA novel, its theme is vanity. Locke is trying to figure out a way to regain his physical appearance so that he can one day rule. Keleigh is trying to escape who she was meant to be because she fears there’s a price to pay for her power. While they both struggle with what’s going on between them because The Seer sacrificed her life to create a record of these events. But it’s not just about physical vanity, although there is plenty of that in the book. In the broader sense it’s about the vanity we exercise over our world. So much of mans knowledge is now held in the palm of our hand. I think it’s kind of interesting that Apple is the company that made so much of this possible, and I am by no means knocking it, I love the flow of information and my iPad, but beware, apple is the symbol of forbidden fruit.

Where do the ideas for your stories come from?
I’m a collector by nature, ever since my interior design days. I randomly
collect books and newspaper articles and maps and all sorts of things that don’t seem to fit together and then I somehow manage to weave them together. For example, I had just finished To Breathe the Breath of Isis which is a time travel/historical mystery about an Egyptian necklace that pulls a young women back in time whenever she gets too close to reassembling it. I was having breakfast with my husband in a swanky café in downtown Chicago and he placed an article from the NY times about the auction Christies was having of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry over my breakfast place setting. He knows I love jewelry, because he’s financed my habit and he knows I was named after Elizabeth Taylor. I picked up the article and started reading it, the picture was of a 16th century pearl necklace, before I could finish the article, my husband pulled down the paper and said, “You could write a book about that necklace, it has an interesting history. As a matter of fact you could write a whole series of books about these pieces of jewelry.” And that’s how a story is born and this is what inspired it:

Have you ever had any paranormal experiences of your own?
Only one and the hairs still rise on my arms when I think about it. When I was an interior designer, most people think this is fairly glamorous job, until they see me digging around in some old antique shop out in the middle of Nowheresville. So I told the owner I was looking for an old trunk and she said to go out and look through the barn. I don’t care for barns, I’m a city girl, I’m good with alleys and graveyards, actually I like them, barns on the other hand, not my thing. The barn doors were thrown open and it was a beautiful sunny day in June, so I thought what harm can come. The moment I stepped across the threshold a weight settled in my chest and my heart was beating in my ears. I thought, okay, I’m no coward, and this is just a measly little panic attack, either that, or someone in a past life hung me from the rafters, raked a pile of dry hay under me and set the barn ablaze! I forced myself continue in my endeavor to locate an old trunk, when I exhausted the first level of the barn, I forced myself to go up the stairs to the loft, I was about half way up when I swore I heard someone cackle. I closed my eyes and insisted that someone must already be up in the loft, when I got up there it was completely deserted. Then the lights flickered and went out, I’m serious, I almost tossed my cookies, but before I could, something cold, like ice-cold frozen fingers ran down my arm and I’m embarrassed to say I screamed. The voice chuckled again, and I bolted from the barn. The closest I’ve been to a barn from that day to this is when I wrote about Locke’s barn. And for all intents and purposes, that’s as close as I’ll ever get again!

What’s your favorite thing about living in a big city?
The feel of the place. You know when Dorothy says, “There’s no place like home.” Well that’s how I feel about Chicago. Chicago has its own energy and rhythm, and it’s one that my heartbeat has lived off for most of my life. Chicago is fast-paced, but kind, cosmopolitan, but down-to-earth. It has restaurants from every place on the globe, (which is handy for research) museums galore, architecture that soars along the skyline and shopping that can rival 5th Avenue. Most cities I’ve been too have their own vibe or energy. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty fabulous ones: Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Venice. Each one of these places has its own feel, and I store away those feelings and they become the people and places I write about.

How did the idea for the cover art come about?
All’s Fair in Vanities War is about the deadly sin of vanity. The symbols that represent vanity are the skull and mirror, when I put these two symbols in a search engine I came up with Charles Allan Gilbert’s 1892 optical illusion titled, All is Vanity. I liked the idea of the illusion aspect of the skull layered over the mirror almost in warning, as if saying if you stare at me long enough certainly you will die. Here’s the inspiration:

What’s an interesting quirk you have?
I have quirks, but I don’t necessarily find them interesting. I twirl my hair when I’m concentrating. I always chew on my pop straws (and yes, we call a soda, a pop in Chi town). And I’m just a tad bit over the top at Christmas time, three Christmas trees and the whole house decorated. My kitchen and family room look like something from Santa’s workshop!

What’s your next project(s)?
Because I usually have more than one book going at a time. . .
Let’s see, right now, I’m finishing a paranormal romance about a six-hundred-year-old vampire prince who’ll give up just about anything, for something he craves more than blood. The House of Imperials has fertility issues and he needs a breeder.
And I’m about three chapters into my next Chick Lit book, about a race car driver, Cool Hand Luke and an interior designer, Lori Lei Fields. One of them gave up a child for adoption and the other was given up for adoption as a child. Talk about waving the checkered flag in each other’s faces.
And of course, there will be Book II of The Seers Seven Deadly Fairy Tales in 2012!

Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know?
These are my adult titles:

Visit Elizabeth's Amazon page or Smashwords page to grab these titles today!
The prequel novella to Binding Arbitration is Free Now

Title: All's Fair in Vanities War
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Series: The Seer's Seven Deadly Fairy Tales, Book 1
Format: Kindle Edition
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Book Synopsis

Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.
The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.
Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.
On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.
As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . .
But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

$50 Amazon gift card Book Tour Grand Prize!!!
Below is your chance to win an eBook copy of All's Fair in Vanities War and bookmark, but you also have the chance of winning a $50 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is "like" the Seer's Facebook page and post your favorite line from All's Fair in Vanities War on the Wall.

Ebook Giveaway!!
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Chapter by Chapter said...

Thank you for this giveaway! This book sounds really interesting, and the cover so so so so gorgeous!

Chapter by Chapter

Diana said...

The cover is so beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway.