Marilyn Brant         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 the New York Times & USA Today bestselling and 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. These stories have been featured in the Doubleday Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Rhapsody Book Club and the Literary Guild. She’s also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and writes original romantic comedies that are available digitally. Her books, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE (2011) and  PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013) were Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers and B&N Top 20 Bestsellers. Her novel, THE ROAD TO YOU (2013), was chosen by B&N General Fiction Book Club Moderator and Reading Frenzy Reviewer Deb Haupt as one of her Best Novels of 2013. PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (the sequel to ‘PERFECT MATCH’) and the first four books in the “Mirabelle Harbor” series are some of her latest releases!
          As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She’s been told — and not always with the intent to flatter — that she’s “insatiably curious” and “a travel addict.” She admits to combining these two passions by taking classes in foreign countries whenever possible and, consequently, she’s been able to learn lots of fascinating things in Australia, in England, in Italy and in universities across the United States. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel featuring “Jane” won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award, and in 2013 the Illinois Association of Teachers of English chose her as their “Author of the Year.”
           Marilyn has traveled to 46 states and over 30 countries (so far — she’s not done yet!), but she now lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn’t rereading Jane’s books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she’s working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.
***See all Austen Variations posts by Marilyn HERE***
Her personal blog: Brant Flakes
Find her on Facebook – Twitter @marilynbrant – Goodreads – and Pinterest


Marilyn’s Novels ~


According to Jane

accordingtojane[1]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…



Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match

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.


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The course of true love doesn’t always run smooth…

Everyone though Beth Ann Bennet and Dr. Will Darcy had an unexpected 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.

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, let’s face it, 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.
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The Perfect Pair

Get both ebooks of Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match *and* Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet together in this 2-book digital boxed set — now available!!

“Marilyn Brant is a master at the fast paced modern romance.” ~Jen Red

” ‘but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.’ – Jane Austen
This is exactly how I feel about a Marilyn Brant book, I always want more!” ~Margie Longoria


The Mirabelle Harbor Series — all of the standalone stories in this contemporary romance series feature plot and character references to Austen. Take a Chance on Me (book 1) and The One That I Want (book 2) have nods to Pride & PrejudiceYou Give Love a Bad Name (book 3) involves a heroine who is an avid reader of JAFF, Stranger on the Shore (book 4) highlights the lives of two very different sisters like those in Sense & Sensibility, and One Night Love Affair (book 5). Check out the series page on her website HERE!!

Also By Marilyn Brant:


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