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.
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The Road and Beyond: The Expanded Book-Club Edition of The Road to You
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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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Smashwords book reviews by Marilyn Brant
on Nov. 06, 2011
I've always loved the allure and mystery of a masquerade ball, so the costumes and setting where Morgan first encounters Brianna and Marcos are especially intriguing to me, and it only gets better from there. This is a delightfully steamy story where the author has paid attention to those delicious details and word choices that make a reader identify closely with the emotions of the characters. Sterling has crafted a fun and very well written erotic novella, and I greatly look forward to reading more by her!