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According to Jane

Kensington Books
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Romantic Women's Fiction
October 1, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7582-3461-2

Jane

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In Marilyn Brant's smart, wildly inventive debut, one woman in search of herself receives advice from the ultimate expert in matters of the heart...

It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett's teacher is assigning Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet "tsk" of displeasure. The target: Sam Blaine, the cute bad boy who's teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author's ghost has taken up residence in Ellie's mind, and seems determined to stay there.

Jane's wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the trauma of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go, but Jane's counsel is constant, and on the subject of Sam, quite insistent. Stay away, Jane demands. He is your Mr. Wickham.

Still, everyone has something to learn about love -- perhaps even Jane herself. And lately, the voice in Ellie's head is being drowned out by another, urging her to look beyond all she thought she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending...

 

Friday Mornings
at Nine

Kensington Books
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Contemporary Women's Fiction
October 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7582-3462-9

Fridays

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Every woman remembers her firsts: Her first kiss. Her first lover. And her first time contemplating an affair...

Each Friday morning at the Indigo Moon Café, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara meet to swap stories about marriage, kids and work. But one day, spurred by recent e-mails from her college ex, Jennifer poses questions they've never faced before. What if they all married the wrong man? What if they're living the wrong life? And what would happen if, just once, they gave in to temptation...

Soon each woman is second-guessing the choices she's made -- and the ones she can unmake -- as she becomes aware of new opportunities around every corner, from attentive colleagues and sexy neighbors to flirtatious past lovers. And as fantasies blur with real life, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara begin to realize how little they know about each other, their marriages and themselves, and how much there is to gain -- and lose -- when you step outside the rules.

**A Doubleday Book Club & Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Alternate Selection for October 2010**

 

A Summer in Europe
Kensington Books
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Romantic Women's Fiction
November 29, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6151-9

Europe

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The Travel Book Tour with European Trip Photos

 

Brant transports readers across the pond on a grand journey of self-awakening amidst the classic architecture and stunning vistas of Europe...

On her 30th birthday, Gwendolyn Reese receives an unexpected present from her widowed Aunt Bea: a grand tour of Europe in the company of Bea's Sudoku and Mahjongg Club. The prospect isn't entirely appealing. But when the gift she is expecting -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- doesn't materialize, Gwen decides to go.

At first, Gwen approaches the trip as if it's the math homework she assigns her students, diligently checking monuments off her must-see list. But amid the bougainvillea and beauty of southern Italy, something changes. Gwen begins to live in the moment -- skipping down stone staircases in Capri, running her fingers over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing through the Louvre and taste-testing pastries, wine and gelato. Reveling in every new experience -- especially her attraction to a charismatic British physics professor -- Gwen discovers that the ancient wonders around her are nothing compared to the renaissance unfolding within...

**A Literary Guild, BOMC2 & Rhapsody Book Club Featured Alternate Selection for December 2011**

 

On Any Given Sundae
Twelfth Night Romance Books
Ebook & Print
Romantic Comedy
June 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4580-1011-7

sundae

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In this light romantic comedy, when Elizabeth's uncle Siegfried and Rob's uncle Pauly rush off to Europe for a month in summer, they temporarily relinquish the reins of their ice cream shop to their respective niece and nephew -- two people who may have grown up practically next door to each other but who have next to nothing in common...

Elizabeth "Please Don't Call Me Lizzy" Daniels is a small-town Wisconsin girl at heart. Shy and inexperienced at love, the frizzy-haired dessert cookbook writer still resides in her quaint hometown, stutters painfully when nervous and is only comfortable with her tiny circle of cooking pals. She must come out of hiding to help her uncle, but she's convinced her childhood crush, Rob, barely knows she exists.

Roberto "You'd Better Call Me Rob, or Else" Gabinarri is the town's golden boy. A former football star who left home after high school, he made a splash in the big city and never looked back. He returns home to help out, but he's counting the minutes until he can escape to the relative anonymity of his commitment-free Chicago life and the restaurant he owns there. Despite his chattiness and charm, Rob was always intimidated by quiet, brainy girls like "Frizzy Lizzy," and he isn't pleased to be back where people still see him as that popular but dumb jock -- an image he worked for almost a decade to shed. And then there's his dear Italian mother, who's bent on lining up potential hometown brides for him...

Rob has an idea that just might help them both, but it involves a bit of family deception. With time running out to finish her cookbook, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees. Neither of them are used to playing games of pretense, but can love, hot summer nights and, maybe, some chocolate sauce, caramel and whipped cream...turn their farce into reality?

 

Double Dipping
Twelfth Night Romance Books
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Romantic Comedy/Mystery
August 30, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4660-3834-9

Double Dip small

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Who needs a man when you have a pint of fresh Wisconsin ice cream and full access to Cary Grant on The Movie Channel? 

That’s what second-grade teacher and MGM-devotee Caitlin Walsh believes.  After being left at the altar by her ambitious rat of an ex-fiancé, Cait has rededicated her life to her students and to the citizens of small-town Ridgewood Grove.

But when the school’s new financial director, Garrett Ellis, cancels the much-beloved Harvest Hoopla festival, Cait rallies the staff to fight the decision, which puts her in direct conflict with the most formidable man she’s ever encountered.

As a reluctant heir to the Ellis Fruit and Nut Gift Basket Empire and the second son of one of the country’s most affluent families, Garrett has a penchant for mixing sweet edibles with acts of love.  He also has an undercover agenda: to find the person responsible for stealing the district money and to right the situation, while keeping his family background to himself. But in the process, he faces the one woman who challenges his longtime resistance to commitment.

Both Cait and Garrett end up secretly snooping into each other's past: Garrett looking for the thief, Cait uncovering Garrett’s private family history and his prior girlfriends -- one of whom turns out to be someone very unexpected...

Love and family complications abound in this small-town romance with a little humor, a light mystery and a lot of sweet ice cream.

 

Holiday Man
Twelfth Night Romance Books
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Contemporary Romance
November 10, 2012
ISBN:
978-0-9893-1602-6

Holiday Man

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Get caught up in a sexy romance that's told over a year of holidays... 

Shannon Quinn is the small-town girl who runs "Holiday Quinn" -- a holiday-themed inn/resort based in scenic Door County, Wisconsin.

One winter evening, wealthy Minneapolis businessman, Bram Hartwick, blows into town along with the fast-falling snow.

The sparks Bram and Shannon create succeed in heating up the chilly Midwestern night, not to mention plenty of holiday weekends in the year that follows...

But is their relationship only for special occasions, or might it be the elusive everyday love that neither of them thought could be found?

 

 

 

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match
White Soup Press
Ebook & Print
Contemporary Romance
January 15, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9893-1601-9

Holiday Man

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An original, contemporary Austen-inspired romance... 

A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.

 

 

 

The Road to You
Twelfth Night Romance Books
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Coming-of-Age Romantic Mystery
October 3, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9893-1603-3

Holiday Man

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The Route 66 Road Trip

 

A coming-of-age story with an edge of suspense that takes place along historic Route 66! 

"Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed—locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary—I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that."

The Road to Discovery...
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.

The Road to Danger...
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to—even against her better judgment.

The Road to You...
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.

"In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began..."

 

 

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet
White Soup Press
Ebook & Print
Contemporary Romance
Coming Summer 2014!

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet by Marilyn Brant

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The sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match and a new Austen-inspired romance...

The course of true love doesn't always run smooth.

Everyone though Beth Ann Bennet and Dr. Will Darcy had an unlikely love romance in Perfect Match. Well, Jane Henderson (Beth's best friend) and Bingley McNamara (Will's first cousin) begin their own unlikely love story in Perfect Bet, which starts at the Darcy/Bennet wedding, when they find themselves in the roles of maid of honor and best man for the happy couple.

In her everyday life, Jane is an interning school psychologist and a woman who wears an angelic mask in public, but she's not as sweet tempered as she'd like everyone to believe. Turns out, she may have just crossed paths with the one person who'll unnerve her enough to get her to reveal her true self.

As for Bingley, he's a wealthy, flirtatious and compulsively social financial guru, who likes to wager on stocks (and on just about anything that strikes his fancy). But this dedicated ladies' man may have finally met the woman who'll challenge his bachelor ways!

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet...where life's biggest gamble is the game of love.

   
   
   

"If there's any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know it's almost impossible to succeed, but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt."
~Before Sunrise (film, 1995)

 

 

Marilyn's Novels
by Category:

Austen-Inspired
~According to Jane
~Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match
~Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet (coming 2014)

Romantic Women's Fiction
~According to Jane
~A Summer in Europe

Dramatic Women's Fiction
~Friday Mornings at Nine

Steamy Romantic Comedy
~On Any Given Sundae
~Double Dipping
~Holiday Man
~The Sweet Temptations Collection (boxed set)

Sweet Romantic Comedy
~Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match
~Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet (coming 2014)
~The Perfect Pair (boxed set, coming 2014)

Paranormal & Fantasy
~According to Jane

Mystery
~Double Dipping
~The Road to You

Coming-of-Age
~According to Jane
~The Road to You
~All I Ever Wanted (anthology)

Travel/Adventure
~A Summer in Europe
~The Road to You

 

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The Sweet Temptations Collection
~A Digital Three-Book Boxed Set~
Twelfth Night Romance Books
Ebook Exclusive
May 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9893-1600-2

sweet temptations, bestselling romantic comedy

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USA Today Bestseller Sweet Temptations

A USA TODAY Bestseller!!
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All I Ever Wanted
~An Abbott Springs Anthology~
Written with Caisey Quinn, Rhonda Helms & Lexi Ryan
Ebook & Print
January 13, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4949-4606-8

all I ever wanted - small bestselling antho

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"Reading a Marilyn Brant book is like eating a piece of rich chocolate – it gets you excited, it’s deliciously satisfying, and it leaves a smile on your face after you’ve finished it!"

~Simone Elkeles, NY Times & USA Today bestselling author

 

 

 

     
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