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HIDDEN ONES—A Veil of Memories by Marcia Fine
Officials in Mexico City search and burn every soul not devoted to the Church. A family matriarch is arrested with her granddaughter as a witness. Celendaria, on the verge of becoming a woman, is also under suspicion for heresy.

Although the family has been converted to Catholicism, they still practice rituals and traditions of Judaism in secret. Customs give many away. In a hostile environment a perilous adventure story emerges to shine a bright light on the Crespin family. Will they survive when most of the Americas are ruled by Spain? Not unlike many immigrant journeys today, religion becomes an issue for those accused.

Based on transcripts during the Inquisition, the book utilizes actual people as well as facts, culinary customs and research from the Southwest Territories. It reveals one of the most obscure and dramatic episodes in Mexican and Jewish history. A great read for history buffs, curiosity seekers and those searching their past for explanations.
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The Blind Eye--"A Sephardic Journey"
Edict of Explusion:
31st of March, 1492
...accused of ritual murder in Granada and not under jurisdiction of the Inquisition, the Church orders expulsion of all Jews and Conversos from Spain within four months.

Granada, Spain
2 Ab 5252 (4 August, 1492)
"Hermando, no, Please. Hanna's still a girl. She made a mistake. "My mother appealed to my father even as she, too, made preparation for our long journey. The air in the front room of our home that served as our place of trade reeked with anger and frustration. Despair replaced hope. Three months had passed since the Edict of Expulsion on the thirty-first of Adar. Originally we were to leave on the first day of Ab but the monarchs in their cruel contempt gave us one more day.

In parallel stories set in the 15th century Portugal and the 1990's, two women explore their identities. Set against historical events, The Blind Eye creates a sweeping narrative about a family expelled from Spain connecting forward across time to a modern woman of Cuban descent.

Read Chapter 1 & 2 Here
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Paris Lamb
The suspicious death of an esteemed professor thrusts biblical archaeologist, Michael Saunders, to the forefront of a rare antiquities auction. To substitute at a scholar's conference in New York, Michael is summoned from a Paris vacation to authenticate the priceless artifacts known as God's Gold. The objects from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem have traveled through history to find their way into into safe-keeping  at  the Vatican. Released onto the open market world powers vie for the  treasures. Duty-bound to his profession, Michael returns with his new found love, Sandrine, his Paris Lamb, to face the inevitable conflicts.

Michael's position that the objects are authentic sparks confrontations with other archaeologists as well as a sinister cabal of Chinese investors. As he emotionally wrestles with a revealed family secret, his frustration increases. At the auction  his life changes forever. A robust read with a captivating love story!
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Stressed In Scottsdale
The Third Book In The Jean Rubin Satirical Series

Multitasking Jean Rubin has too much to do. She races to accomplish endless errands, care for an elderly mother forced to move to assisted living, help with her kid's fertility problems and assist husband, Maury, with a Green Party campaign that includes a snarky opponent, political corruption and environmental issues. With an influx of technology, roof rats invading her yard and a robbery by the Rock Burglar, Jean finds herself STRESSED in SCOTTSDALE. Even her two upscale friends, April and Glee, can't distract her from all the anxiety with a spa intervention.
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Paper Children--"An Immigrant's Legacy"
Driven by cataclysmic world events, the story encompasses the lives of three generations of women.

In Book One Paulina, the privileged daughter of aristocratic parents, reluctantly follows her driven businessman husband to America in 1929. From a vantage point in New York she endures a difficult marriage and slowly becomes aware of the destruction of her large extended family in Poland as the Nazis tighten their grip on Europe.

Book Two begins in 1940 following Paulina's daughter, Sarah, as she pursues a career in photography. Sent on assignment to the Displaced Persons camps in Europe, Sarah is shaken loose from her faith and pursues a hedonsitic path.

The third book deals with Mimi, Sarah's daughter. A solitary young woman, she becomes curious about the family's past. She explores the Holocaust and searches for her roots. In a confrontational scene Paulina hands over her family's pre-war correspondence that she calls her "Paper Children".
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Boomerang--"When Life Comes Back to Bite You"
The Second Book In The Jean Rubin Satirical Series

Our reluctant hero, Jean Rubin, is back for another round of dealing with with problems on every front. Married to absent-minded Maury, a physician fighting the managed care mess, their lives explode when their son brings home his pregnant girlfriend, Rosa, who disrupts the routine of the household.

Jean's professional life boils when she fails a student whose mother is a right-wing legislator with immense popular support. She attacks Jean and threatens to wreak havoc on the college. Jean's arrogant, Anglophile department head, insists she change the grade. With her job in jeopardy and the Dean applying pressure, Jean takes on a fight for academic freedom.

To complicate matters, Jean's friends, April, a beautiful busybody, and Glee, an erotic artist addicted to plastic surgery, introduce the Rubins to a new couple who have their sites set on the pocketbooks of Scottsdale's finest.

The three plots create hilarious and bizarre levels of stress as they come to a climax when the scam artists make their move during Passover as Rosa goes into labor. In the end Jean makes peace with her daughter-in-law and triumphs in her defense of academic freedom while Maury's distraction provides a twist that saves them from financial ruin when the scam artists disappear.
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Gossip.com
The First Book In The Jean Rubin Satirical Series

Jean Rubin, a Women and Literature teacher at the community college, has three months to plan her twenty something daughter Lara's wedding to Gus, a young man from an extended Charleston family. Laurence Duvall, owner of Fashionista, the Scottsdale society paper that everyone reads, is harassing Jean. In his weekly column, "RUMORS and innuendoes", Laurence known as The Mouth, attacks anyone, including Jean, with sarcasm and venom. The wedding plans proceed through a series of funny, smart e-mails between Jean and her daughter. While the events unfold like a desert flower on steroids, Jean manages a prissy florist who absconds with her deposit, a bride who insists on wearing red shoes, the groom's father's designer obsessed, sassy third wife, a rabbi who leaves to start a casino, five Amazon blonde bridesmaids, her paranoid elderly parents, and Philomena, the neurotic wedding planner. Jean's husband, Maury, escapes the chaos by watching interminable hours of the golf channel.

As Laurence's vitriolic diatribes accelerate, Jean receives support from her two closest friends: April, a wealthy, gorgeous busybody, and Glee, a plastic surgery slave addicted to therapy. April, a neighbor of Laurence's, walks her Lhasa Apsos just to question Carmen, his housekeeper. Glee finds solace in The Rock, a cult-like group facilitated by a sex therapist who can't stay married.

Days before the wedding, with family members converging, Laurence is found dead. No one is upset and everyone is a suspect. The police question Jean and her friends. Is the killer Coleman, Laurence's love puppy, who stands to inherit a house full of antiques and millions of dollars? Or is it one of the nouveau riche types The Mouth slimed in his column?

It all comes to a rollicking conclusion amidst the elaborate rehearsal dinner, the even more posh wedding with the murderer's arrest.
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About Marcia

In 2000 Marcia began to pursue her dream of writing. Having written two satires about the upscale Scottsdale crowd, she then took a different direction and completed two more books. The third, Paper Children, is a family saga based on her grandmother’s letters from her family in Poland before and after World War Two. Through translations and personal recollections Marcia has crafted a powerful immigrant’s story of determination and passion.

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Reader Testimonial

I just finished Paper Children and I have to say it is one of the best historical novels that I have ever read. Marcia has a unique talent for telling a story that captivates you from beginning to end. Next...The Blind Eye !!!
Julia Ford

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