Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wonderful Win: ACCORDING TO JANE by Marilyn Brandt

I found a nice surprise when I arrived home from work this evening -- an autographed copy of ACCORDING TO JANE by Marilyn Brandt.  I won it just a few days ago from a giveaway hosted by Kelly Moran on her blog, Author Kelly Moran's Blog. That was a really fast turnaround! A big thanks to Kelly for hosting the giveaway. And a HUGE thank you to Marilyn along with CONGRATULATIONS on
the publication of your debut novel! I'm looking forward to settling in with Ellie and Jane.

Click here to read Kelly's terrific interview of Marilyn.

by Marilyn Brant

Pub. Date: October 2009
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Format: Paperback, 352pp
ISBN-13: 9780758234612
ISBN: 0758234619

Synopsis (from the publisher):
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 hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually far more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go—sometimes a little too quickly, sometimes not nearly fast enough. 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 everything she thought she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending…

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to visit the author's website.

About the Author (from the publisher):
Marilyn Brant has been a classroom teacher, a library staff member, afreelance writer and a national book reviewer. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and son, surrounded by towers of books that often threaten to topple over and crush her. A proud member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Marilyn's debut novel featuring "Jane" won the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award. When not working on her next book, she enjoys traveling, listening to music and finding new desserts to taste test.


Kelly Moran said...

So glad you got it. I interviewed her because after reviewing the advanced reading copy, I just had to. Great book and great lady.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

thanks for this. I am also reading a new author by name Marilyn (Heward Mills). I like this. The book seems to be a good read.

bermudaonion said...

You're a lucky duck! I hope you enjoy it.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

That is a wonderful win! Looking forward to hear what you think about it :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and enjoy!


Marilyn Brant said...

I'm so glad the book arrived and that you're excited to read it! I hope you'll enjoy the story (but, regardless, I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on it :), and thank YOU for all the kind wishes!!
*waving to Kelly* ;)

fredamans said...

Congrats on the win!!

holdenj said...

Congrats-what a fun read. I have it on my list for the library!