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Life Imitates Art: A Dream Come True

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By Marilyn Baron

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to our fifth year blogging as The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.

I’m happy to announce some fun news in the New Year. After self-publishing The Edger in eBook format, my sister and co-author and I have released The Edger in paperback. We’re very excited about it. We know eBooks are popular, but many people have asked us when we were going to release the book in paperback, so last month, we did just that.

The new version still features my sister’s beautiful artwork on the cover (Backyard Lagoon) and as a wraparound on the spine and back cover, which she painted of her own backyard in Florida. The paperback also has a hot guy on the cover as well as my sister’s line art and paintings inside. We’re super excited and hope you’ll check out the new cover, designed by Kim Killion of The Killion Group, and let us know what you think.

If you’re not already familiar with the book, here’s the blurb:

The Edger is not your garden-variety lawn man. The Edger, by sisters Marilyn Baron and Sharon Goldman, is a humorous Mainstream Fiction about landscape artist Alexandra Newborn’s shocking reunion with her college art professor, Nick Anselmo—once a celebrated Italian artist, now a homeless lawn man—which sows the seeds for murder, mystery and romance. In gratitude for food, art materials and company, Nick, or The Edger, as Alex comes to think of him, drops off a new sketch in front of Alex’s house every week when he comes to do her lawn. Nick’s provocative artwork is the key to revealing a dangerous liaison between Alex’s husband, Mark, and Bitsy Diamond, owner of the gallery where Alex dreams of having a one-woman show. When a deadly hurricane takes a dangerous turn the night of Nick’s opening, Mark’s body washes up behind Bitsy’s beach house, leaving readers to wonder whodunit?

In the book, the main character, Alex, has always dreamed of having her own art show in a local gallery and at the end of the book, her dream comes true. The name of the show in the book is Lighter Than Air, and we based the selection of paintings on my sister’s real-life artwork.

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In a case of art imitates life, in December, my sister did get her own show called Lighter Than Air, which opened December 4 and runs through January 31, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here’s the article in ARBUS magazine.

Sharon Goldman

Dec 4, 2013  – January 31, 2014
Unity Plaza presents artist Sharon Goldman with her Lighter Than Air series and more. Artist reception is Dec. 4, from 5–8 p.m. during Downtown Art Walk. Juice gallery at Wells Fargo building, rear lobby level, 1 Independent

The way it happened was exactly how it happened in the book. So life really did imitate art.

The eBook and paperback versions of The Edger are available on Amazon.

One commenter will win a signed matted print of my sister’s Backyard Lagoon. (The prize is for U.S. addresses only)

photo (2)Backyard Lagoon

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. Marilyn writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers, historicals, romantic suspense and paranormal short stories. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. Visit her Web site at to find out more about her other books and stories and upcoming releases and visit her blog at Marilyn and her sister, Florida artist, Sharon Goldman just released a new musical “playbook,” called Memory Lane, at To listen to a medley of the songs, visit her Web site at or view it on YouTube at


Carol Burnside - January 1, 2014 - 5:27 am

Congrats, Marilyn. I plan to do the same thing with some of my 2014 releases. Congrats to your sister, too. Having her own show is big time and well deserved.

Love the cover.

Nicki Salcedo - January 1, 2014 - 5:53 am

Marilyn, you are my writing inspiration!

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2014 - 7:21 am

Thank you Carol. It’s fun to hold the actual paperback in our hands. I love the cover, too.

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2014 - 7:29 am

You are my inspiration, too

Connie Gillam - January 1, 2014 - 12:34 pm

You and your sister are two talented women!

A Happy and prosperous New Year everyone!

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2014 - 1:01 pm


Sia Huff - January 2, 2014 - 4:26 pm

That’s great for both you and Sharon. Congratulations on Sharon’s art show. I love the little girl swinging. It makes me remember when I was small and wanted to fly.
Wishing you many sales.

Susan Carlisle - January 2, 2014 - 7:53 pm


You are on fire. I love your sister’s work and of course your writting work. I’m such a fan.

Marilyn Baron - January 3, 2014 - 6:56 am

Thank you. I’ll pass that on to my sister.

Marilyn Baron - January 3, 2014 - 6:58 am

Thanks for the kind words.

Linsey Lanier - January 4, 2014 - 1:17 am

Way cool, Marilyn. Love that cover. I’m proud of both you and Sharon.

Marilyn Baron - January 4, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Thank you Linsey.

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