Marilyn Brant

Biography

Marilyn Brant has been told she writes with honesty, liveliness and wit (descriptors she's grown terribly fond of) about complex, intelligent women -- like her friends -- and their significant personal relationships. Although her favorite pursuits undoubtedly involve books, she proves she's not just a literary snob by confessing her lifelong fascination (read: obsession) with popular music, especially from the '70s & '80s, most flavors of ice cream and a variety of sensuous body lotions/oils.

Marilyn is a New York Times & USA Today bestseller. In 2013 she was chosen to be the Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She's the award-winning women's fiction author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books. She also writes fun and flirty romantic comedies that involve sweet treats and large doses of humor. Her ebook, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE (June 2011) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (Jan. 2013) were both Top 100 bestselling titles on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook. Her coming-of-age romantic mystery, THE ROAD TO YOU (Oct. 2013), was named one of the Top 20 Novels of 2013 by the moderator of the B&N General Fiction Book Club. Her latest romantic comedy is PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (July 2014), and her brand-new women's fiction release is THE ROAD AND BEYOND (an expanded book-club edition of THE ROAD TO YOU, Sept. 2014).

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. Her debut novel, ACCORDING TO JANE, featuring "the ghost of Jane Austen giving a young woman dating advice," won the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award and the Booksellers' Best Award, and it was selected as one of the "Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time" by Buzzle.com. Her second women's fiction story, FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, was a Doubleday and Book-of-the-Month Club pick. And A SUMMER IN EUROPE was featured in the Literary Guild as well as being a Top 20 bestseller in the Rhapsody Book Club. In the summer of 2013, a Polish-language version of the novel was also released.

She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or watching old movies, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Please visit her website at www.marilynbrant.com.

Where to find Marilyn Brant online


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Books

The One That I Want (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,440. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
After her best friend talks her into going out on the town again, Julia finds herself stunned to be the object of interest of several men: The boy who’d broken her heart back in high school. The college ex she’d left behind. And most surprising of all, the movie actor she’d always fantasized about but had never met in person...until now. Can one woman have more than one great love in a lifetime?
Take a Chance on Me (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,180. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A standalone romantic-comedy novella in NY Times bestselling author Marilyn Brant’s Mirabelle Harbor series. Dedicated personal trainer Chance Michaelsen falls hard for Nia Pappayiannis—his complete opposite and a member of the family that owns the Greek bakery just down the street from his gym. He considers their pastries to be the enemy of good health, but his attraction to Nia can’t be denied.
One More Page: A Fiction Sampler with Bonus Writing Advice from 17 Successful Novelists
Price: Free! Words: 92,460. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
With the unbeatable combination of both compelling fiction and great insight on the writer's journey, these award-winning and bestselling authors of the Girlfriends Book Club join together to bring you ONE MORE PAGE! Enjoy 17 excerpts of outstanding fiction and, as a special bonus, there are also 34 of the GBC's most popular blog posts on the subject of writing craft & the writing life included.
Wanderlust in Suburbia and Other Reflections on Motherhood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,690. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Motherhood, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Marilyn Brant offers something unique and personal to the fans of her fiction & new readers alike — a collection of 21 essays and 5 poems on the subject of motherhood, filled with the warmth, humor & astute observations that are a trademark of her novels. A “tribute to our mothers and our grandmothers. To our women friends. And to all of us as well."
The Perfect Pair
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,350. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A boxed set containing a pair of fast-paced romantic comedies with a nod to Jane Austen, both written by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Marilyn Brant! These two light contemporary romances -- Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match & Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet -- are companion novels but they can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories.
All About Us (an Abbott Springs romantic novella)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
All Sami Abbott ever wanted was permission to be herself. At home, she aims to be the perfect daughter but never measures up. At college, she’s the bold girl who had a one-night stand with sexy musician, Alex Hamilton. When he arrives unexpectedly in Abbott Springs for the Winterfest celebration, her worlds collide and she must reconcile the girl she tries to be with the person she really is.
The Road and Beyond: The Expanded Book-Club Edition of The Road to You
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 116,350. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Road and Beyond is the expanded book-club edition of The Road to You. This novel contains not only the completed original coming-of-age mystery set in the late 1970s about teenager Aurora Gray's search for her missing brother, but it also includes the brand-new present-day tale of Aurora, now a mature and married woman with two adult sons, who must confront her worst parental nightmare.
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet
Series: Perfect, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,530. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jane wears an angelic mask in public but she’s not as sweet tempered as she’d like everyone to believe. Now she's crossed paths with the one guy who could unnerve her enough to reveal her true self. Bingley is a wealthy, flirtatious guru of finance who likes to wager on stocks & anything that strikes his fancy. But this ladies’ man may have finally met the woman who’ll challenge his bachelor ways!
The Road to You
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,210. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Two years after Aurora's brother & his best friend disappeared, she finds her brother's journal and sees it's been written in again. Recently. By him. There are secret messages coded in the pages. Determined to follow the clues, she confides in only one person: Donovan, the best friend's brother. Reluctantly he agrees to go with her and together they set out on a road trip of discovery & danger.
The Sweet Temptations Collection
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 187,320. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Funny, touching and steamy by turns, this multi-book boxed set contains three original contemporary romances by national bestselling author Marilyn Brant! The stand-alone novels included in this collection are: On Any Given Sundae (a Top 100 Bestseller on both B&N and Amazon), Double Dipping (an International Digital Awards Finalist), and Holiday Man (a RONE Awards Contestant)
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match
Series: Perfect, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,840. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
Holiday Man
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,020. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
A small-town girl, who runs a scenic holiday-themed inn, meets a wealthy big-city businessman one winter's evening. The sparks they 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 destined to be for special occasions only, or might it be the lifetime love neither thought could be found?
Double Dipping
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,940. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Opposites collide when a dedicated 2nd grade teacher fights the school’s new financial director in order to reinstate a beloved autumn festival. But secrets, ambition, attraction & meddling family members complicate matters in this small Midwestern town. Part light mystery, part romantic comedy & entirely packed with delectable sweets, it includes a step-by-step recipe for homemade ice cream!
On Any Given Sundae
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,540. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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A shy dessert cookbook writer and the talkative ex-football star she had a crush on as a teen are left in charge of a small-town ice cream parlor for the summer. Can two people, who may have grown up next door to each other but who have next to nothing in common, create the perfect recipe for love? Maybe...with a little help from their friends and a few sweet toppings...

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