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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 romantic comedy PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET and her women's fiction mystery THE ROAD AND BEYOND (an expanded book-club edition of THE ROAD TO YOU) were both released in 2014. And in 2015, her "Mirabelle Harbor" series began with the release of TAKE A CHANCE ON ME and THE ONE THAT I WANT. Additional contemporary romances in the series, including YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME and STRANGER ON THE SHORE, will be coming in 2016.
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.