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Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction, and she was recently named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 201...more

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Marilyn Brant The best thing about being a writer for me is getting to do something creative every single day! Truly, that’s been such a gift. Even when the…moreThe best thing about being a writer for me is getting to do something creative every single day! Truly, that’s been such a gift. Even when the plotting of a scene is giving me fits or the synopsis doesn’t seem to make sense at all…I love knowing that I have a place to play with these characters and storylines. My hope is that by writing about women’s dreams and experiences as honestly as possible, I might get closer to helping readers recognize truths about their own lives. It was this sense of “recognition” that my favorite novelists gave to me, and I’ll always be grateful for that.(less)
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According to Jane
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A Summer In Europe
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On Any Given Sundae
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The Road to You
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Friday Mornings at Nine
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Double Dipping
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Holiday Man
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The Road to You (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 25, 2013 04:12AM
Description: This is an excerpt from my coming-of-age romantic mystery THE ROAD TO YOU -- a tale of danger, road-trip adventure and first love. I hope you'll enjoy the characters' journey across the country as they try to solve the puzzle behind the disappearance of their siblings...
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (Romance)
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Description: PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH is a modern, Austen-inspired romance about a single mother and an ER doctor who meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match. 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...
Holiday Man (Romance)
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Description: HOLIDAY MAN is the story of the small-town girl who runs "Holiday Quinn" -- a charming themed inn that's open only on holidays -- and the wealthy, workaholic, big-city businessman who finds himself at the scenic resort one winter's night...and keeps coming back throughout the year. It's a light contemporary romance with some steamy scenes and a touch of humor -- I hope you'll enjoy it!
A Summer in Europe (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 21, 2011 02:03AM
Description: This is an excerpt from my third Kensington women's fiction release, A SUMMER IN EUROPE, which is the story of one woman's journey of self-awakening amidst the classic architecture and stunning vistas of Europe. It was great fun to write this novel, and I hope the enjoyment I felt during its creation comes through in the narrative. Bon Voyage!
According to Jane (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: This is an excerpt from my debut novel, ACCORDING TO JANE, which is the story of a modern woman who has the ghost of Jane Austen in her head giving her dating advice. It's a little whimsical, a little philosophical and, I hope, at least a little humorous. It's won a number of literary awards, including RWA's prestigious Golden Heart and the Booksellers' Best Award for the best single title/mainstream novel of the year. Happy reading!
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I'm really pleased about the release of the book-club edition of my romantic mystery this September! The Road and Beyond contains all of the text from The Road to You but, in between each of those original 1978-era chapters, there is now an additiona...more
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Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet by Marilyn Brant
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I can't wait to share this sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match with you all! Jane & Bingley's modern romance -- Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet -- will be released soon (July 20, 2014), and I hope you'll enjoy it!!
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“But here I am at this moment, a thirty-four-year-old geek, and against my will and against my reason (although, okay, not against my character), I still want that fucking Cinderella story for myself.
More than an amazing, no-one-else-on-the-planet-knows-this secret.
More than anything else.
I want that happily-ever-after ending I imagined, as a teen, I’d get someday. That daydream I held on to as my prize for surviving those sucky years of adolescence.
Dammit, I deserve that ending.
It’s just that, if I’m truly honest with myself, I can no longer tell if it’s Sam, specifically, I want or if it’s the nearly two-decade-old fantasy featuring him as the heroic lead.
So, at the last second, I cop out.”
Marilyn Brant, According to Jane

“This was the dangerous line women had to walk. Curiosity versus consequences.”
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“The thing no one understood about Gwendolyn Reese was that she was three ages at once: thirty chronologically, forty-five intellectually and fifteen experientially.”
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Marilyn Brant The pleasure is all mine, Sophia! It's wonderful to see you here on Goodreads :).

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