Book excerpt for historical romance novel Royalties by Andy Marx

The feature today is the historical
romance novel Royalties
by Andy Marx.

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about Royalties
America has never seen anything to match the innovation, energy,
romance, and excitement of the 20th Century. And the embodiment of all this is
Eve Solomon, a young woman who embraces the vitality of the times with a
fervor. Determined to make a name for herself in the fledgling music business
of 1908, she ultimately becomes wildly successful. But the same steely
determination that takes her to the heights of the entertainment world cannot
bring her the one thing she wants more than anything: the love of her life,
Alex Getz, a struggling Vaudeville comic who becomes one of Hollywood’s biggest
stars. As their careers and lives intersect across the years, there is a price
to pay—a royalty for true love that can never be measured.
Enjoy an excerpt from Royalties:
To Alex, Saturday night crowds were
the best and tonight’s show in Milwaukee had been no different: a full house,
several spontaneous bursts of applause during his act, and two curtain calls.
And Alex knew the evening would only
get better. In less than an hour he expected a visit from a local prostitute, a
date arranged by his friend, Charlie Chaplin.
“She’s the best in Milwaukee, maybe
even the whole state of Wisconsin,” Chaplin informed Alex the night before.
As Alex finished taking off his
make-up, he wondered what Chaplin’s gift would look like. Ordinarily, he
wouldn’t agree to meet a hooker sight unseen, but he knew Charlie to be a good
judge of talent. Besides, his friend even offered to pay for it.
Hearing a knock at the door, Alex
looked at his watch. Only ten-thirty. She wasn’t due for another thirty
minutes, he thought. There would be no time for showering or putting on a fresh
change of clothes. On second thought, he reasoned, why bother getting dressed?
We’re just going to take our clothes off anyway.
Following another knock, he got up
and sauntered to the door in only his towel. He threw open the door and stared
at the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Author bio:

Marx is an award-winning writer and photographer, whose work has appeared in
Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, among others. He is
also the co-founder of the comedy website, Hollywood & Swine, known for its
lampooning of the entertainment industry. His paternal grandfather was the
legendary comedian, Groucho Marx, and his maternal grandfather, the renowned
songwriter, Gus Kahn. Marx lives in Beverly Hills with his wife and three
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