Release Celebration and Giveaways for YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME!! — 64 Comments

  1. Oooooooooooo… parallel universes. I do hope that “Alternate Austen” is the novel you’re considering writing. JAFF and Sci-Fi — it sounds like a match made in heaven.

  2. Hi Marilyn!!! It is soo awesome you got to be a part of Chicago Fire!! I have found your postings about it fascinating to read! I LOVE the fact that your new book is the same as a Bon Jovi song(who is amazing!!) I can not wait to dive into another one of your fantastic books!!!

    • Ohhh, Megan, thank you!!
      You and I share a mutual adoration for Bon Jovi — one of the best rockers EVER!! I’m thrilled you like the title of the new book and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words about my novels! I really hope you’ll enjoy this story — and that my extremely brief Chicago Fire appearance will be just long enough to register as a blip on the screen!! πŸ˜€ xo

  3. I enjoyed the book, Marilyn and saw a modern day Lizzy and Darcy relationship between Vicky and Blake with all the misunderstandings, It is a definite must read.

  4. The new book sounds wonderful, and I always like a “story within a story”. I must confess that Elizabeth and Darcy are my favorite JAFF books to read – either Regency or contemporary. I cannot wait to see Chicago Fire and then reading about the outfits. Thank you for the fabulous giveaways.

    • Eva,
      Thank you so much!! I truly hope you’ll like the book (and the story within the story, too!) πŸ˜€
      As for “Chicago Fire” tomorrow night — I can’t wait either!! After nearly 2 months of waiting, I’m curious to see what the final episode will look like…what the directors/producers kept in and what they cut out. I’ll be posting more about it this week on my FB page for sure!!

  5. Enticing excerpt. I’ve certainly enjoyed your previous P&P variations.

    I’ve taped CF, as usual. Please let us know whether or not your scenes made it into the show. If so, I’ll hope they haven’t been “trumped” by one of the far-too-many political ads we Iowans have been subjected to for the past year. Soon we’ll have full-length shows and can answer our phones again. πŸ™‚

    • Betty,
      What a lovely thing to say — thank you so much! I’m delighted you enjoyed both this new excerpt and my other P&P stories πŸ˜‰ .
      And, yes!! I will definitely let you know about those “Chicago Fire” scenes! On the NBC website ( ), the episode I worked on (S4 E12) will be online by this Wednesday, and I’ll be able to watch for those courthouse hallway scenes. If I’m on there, I can tell everyone the exact time, LOL. It will surely go by quickly. πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you’re a fan of the show, too! And, ugh — I know what you mean about the endless political ads & phone calls…

  6. I read and posted a review of this story…but I have to relate that I had to look up on the Internet the actor and the book mentioned…only to find that they didn’t exist. Thought I was missing something in my old age…LOL. Loved this book – 5 stars from me. Keep talking to myself in trying to remember to watch Chicago Fire tomorrow as it is a show I have never seen.

    • LOL, Sheila!! I didn’t know that you looked them up on the Internet — oh, I love that!! I’ve done that myself with stories a few times when I couldn’t tell for sure. I’d included a note at the start of You Give Love a Bad Name about how all of the musicians were real people with the exception of “Barry Connelly.” I figured I’d better clarify that since Blake spent so much of the book bashing his songs πŸ˜€ . (And I’m to blame for Blake’s irritation because I wrote those dreadfully sappy lyrics to “You’re the One.” LOL)
      Anyway, your review was an absolute joy to read — thank you again for that!! I’m so thrilled you loved the book πŸ™‚ . xo

  7. I love your creative ideas for books, I wish I had lots more time (and money!) to be able to read all the books in my wish list (where this book is now). Best of lucks with this story!

  8. Woohoo congratulations on your release day. Love the title and looking forward to reading this fabulous story Marilyn! Exciting news about the release of the next in the series real soon too! And yes please start wrting the alternate story because we can’t get enough of your entertaining novels πŸ™‚ xox

    • Ohhhh, Vee! Thank you again & again for always being so supportive and encouraging!!
      I have my fingers crossed that you’ll like Blake & Vicky’s story, and it would be a hoot to get to write that “Alternate Austen” tale someday…LOL. πŸ˜€

  9. Well you know how much I enjoy this book! I just love the interaction of the Michelson family and look forward to the next two books. This one was so fun for me particularly because I just adore my 80’s/90’s music. I was reading off the songs from the dance scene and my hubby was just singing at the top of his lungs. LOL So much fun. Wishing you every bit of success possible with this launch!!

    • Stephanie,
      Your kind words about this novel mean so much to me. I’m just thrilled you enjoyed it! And LOL about your husband singing all of those ’80s and ’90s songs! I will always love that music…
      Thank you for the good wishes, too — I appreciate them more than I can express. πŸ˜€

  10. I enjoyed your first series of a modern variations of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Cannot wait to read the new series. They are sure to be delightful.

  11. Congrats on the newest books! Can’t wait to read them all.

    And can’t wait to see if you made Chicago Fire! Love that show!

    • Lori,
      I appreciate your congrats so much! Thank you. I’m hoping you’ll like the Mirabelle Harbor stories!
      And I’m thrilled you’re a “Chicago Fire” fan, as well!! Holding my breath for tomorrow night… πŸ˜€

  12. Yay, happy release day! I haven’t watched Chicago Fire in forever but I’m hoping I can spot you in the scenes!

    My first mental response to your “if you could be on 1 tv show what would it be?” was to say Outlander. I’d love to be on an episode of Law and Order, though, playing some bad-ass attorney or creepy brilliant psychopath. Lol

    • Monica,
      Hey, I can totally see you on L&O as the bad-ass attorney who’s *secretly* the creepy brilliant psychopath! This genius casting move would lead to the big twist in the last 8 minutes of the episode and result in #MonicaMadness trending on Twitter as everyone online talked about the show!! Someone needs to call executive producer Dick Wolf and tell him to get you on the set at once. πŸ˜€
      Alternately, the 2 of us can fly to Scotland and hide between the many folds of Jamie’s plaid until they let us be Outlander extras…LOL.
      Thanks for the good wishes, my friend!! xo

  13. Congratulations on both counts…book and FD! I haven’t watched that show but will try to do so tonight to see if I can spot you! I haven’t started your series but it is on my wishlist! Since I decided to join the Goodreads Challenge this year, I plan to read your series. I am very excited to hear that book #4 will be the ‘Gifts by the Shore/Stranger on the Shore’ as I really loved the posts you had done on it. Thank you for the giveaways, but don’t put in for Jane and Bingley’s story ‘The Perfect Bet’ as I already own it and loved it!

    • Carole,
      Thank you so, so much for your kind comments! I’m thrilled you loved Perfect Bet (yay!!) and that you’re going to read the Mirabelle Harbor series as part of the GR challenge! I hope you’ll enjoy all of the stories ;). And thanks for sharing in my excitement about Gifts/Stranger!!!! Your thoughts & encouragement on those early excerpts meant a lot to me! xox
      p.s. On “Chicago Fire” tonight, look for the woman in the courtroom hallway who has the most unruly hair! πŸ˜€

  14. Enjoyed reading this excerpt. I have the first two books of this series. These two sound good together once they get together.

    I have the other series as well. I encourage those who have not read them to get them. They are good.

    • Patty,
      Many thanks for your lovely comments — I so appreciate them! — and I was delighted to read your comment on my Brant Flakes post, too!! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed the Perfect Match/Bet series and thank you for taking a chance on these Mirabelle Harbor stories as well!!

  15. Watched Chicago Fire but can’t say that I saw you…unless you now have blond hair, as there was woman with blond hair outside the court room towards the end. Did I miss your appearance on Chicago Fire? : (

    • Sheila,
      Thank you for watching it!! And no worries about not seeing me right away. If I hadn’t known *exactly* where I was walking and what to look for, *I* wouldn’t have been able to spot myself, LOL! So, you actually didn’t miss my appearance, it was just REALLY quick πŸ˜€ . And, yes, it was outside the courtroom toward the end of the show. The woman with the blond hair that you saw is Mariana — someone I enjoyed chatting with during our day of shooting (she’s very nice!) — and I my job was to walk by her and toward the Exit in that hallway scene. So, I’m only visible from the back and just for a few seconds! Tomorrow, once NBC posts the full episode online, I can tell you the exact time I show up… The longer scene, where I was sitting on the bench, going over “notes” with the lawyer, got cut completely. But who knows? Maybe they’ll use that clip in another episode!! xo

      • OK, let me know. I also have HULU so can catch shows again and again…as well as Netflix. I have been binge watching MI-5 which has a lot of actors from various JA movies in it. Love the show but like Game of Thrones they keep killing off the “leads”.

        • Sheila,
          I *loved* MI-5!! You’re so right about all the wonderful actors in it from the JA films. What a tremendous cast!
          And the Chicago Fire episode from last night — season 4, episode 12 “Not Everyone Makes It” — is probably on Hulu already, and it’s up on the NBC website, too:

          I come in 3 minutes and 47 seconds from the end of the episode! It is really brief — like 2 seconds! I’ll add a screenshot I took of it to my post above, so you & anyone else who’s interested can see where to spot me on the show! πŸ˜€

  16. Marilyn, you seem to be on a roll! Congrats on the new book!

    If I were to win a book in the giveaway, I am definitely interested in “Pride Prejudice and the Perfect Bet” because I’ve read “Pride Prejudice and the Perfect Match” and now need to see how it continues.

    Here’s to your continuing inspiration!

    P.S. the JAFF story in “You Give Love a Bad Name”, that was my first thought – “Is someone going to write that story?!”

    • Ginna,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for all of your good wishes!!
      So glad you want to see where the story goes in the second Perfect Match/Bet book — yay!
      As for the JAFF story in Blake & Vicky’s book…I’ll have to see about that! If there’s a lot of interest in it from Austen readers and if I can manage to slip in the extra time to write it between Mirabelle Harbor deadlines, it would be SUCH a blast for me to write & share with you all πŸ˜€ . xox

  17. I loved the excerpt of “Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Bet.” I’ll definitely put it on my wish list.

    What fun to be an extra on a television show. As for me, I would have liked to be an extra on some quirky sci-fi show–maybe “Firefly.”

  18. I can’t wait to get started on my first Marilyn Brant book! Which to read first??? I need a recommendation.
    Fun excerpt of the Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet.

    • Oh, Jules, thank you!!! I’m so delighted you enjoyed the Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet excerpt! If you like that one, you may want to start with Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, which introduces my modern Darcy.Elizabeth (Beth Ann). Bingley & Jane. Those 2 stories can be read separately but I think they’re more fun when read together πŸ˜€ . And thanks for wanting to give my novels a try!

  19. Winners!!!!!!!
    First & foremost, many thanks to ALL of you for taking the time to stop by and celebrate my new release! I loved reading all of your comments!!
    Random drawings are now completed, and the winners are:
    For the signed paperback copy of You Give Love a Bad Name — Megan
    For the ebook (mobi, epub, or pdf) of Take a Chance on Me — Eva E
    For the ebook (mobi, epub, or pdf) of The One That I Want — Betty Campbell Madden
    and For the ebook (mobi, epub, or pdf) of Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet — Florence
    Congrats, ladies!!!
    Eva, Betty and Florence – please let me know via email (marilynbrant At gmail DOT com) what your preferred ebook format is and the best email address to send it to!
    And Megan – please let me know your mailing address, so I can get the paperback out to you!
    Again, HUGE thanks to you all. I hope you’ll enjoy the stories πŸ˜€ .

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