Monday, 6 June 2011


Hi Friends and readers of My Jane Austen Book Club !

Happy June! I've got some very exciting news to share: Amazon chose According to Jane to be one of their specially priced eBooks for their Kindle Sunshine Deals sale! From now through June 15th only, the Kindle version of the book is being sold at Amazon for just $2.99. So, if you don't have a copy yet and would like a digital one, you can get it here.

But that's not the only good news!!

As a summertime treat for my wonderful readers, I've been working for several months to polish and prepare for eBook release a lighthearted romantic comedy. It's now available on Kindle for $2.99 as well. 
The novel is called On Any Given Sundae, and it's the story of a shy dessert cookbook writer and the talkative ex-football star she once had a crush on as a teen. The unlikely pair find themselves left in charge of a small-town ice cream parlor for the summer, but can two people -- who may have grown up practically 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... (This story will soon be available through B&N and other distributors, too.) You can read an excerpt on Smashwords and buy the book on that site, or you can get a $2.99 copy on Kindle here.

By the way, you DO NOT need to have a Kindle to get digital books. There is a FREE application (called Kindle for PC) that you can download to your desktop, so you can get low-priced and/or free eBooks and read them on your home computer. Barnes & Noble has a similar application available (Nook for PC/Mac), and both have additional apps so the books can be downloaded to many other kinds of devices, too, like cell phones.

Hope you will enjoy these two stories and that your June, July and August will be filled with fun beach reads!! 
And still coming up this year... my next women's fiction story: A Summer in Europe!!!

This new novel has gotten some really lovely advanced praise already, and I truly cannot wait to get to share it with all of you when it's released on November 29th!

“How I wish I were on this European tour with Marilyn Brant's winsome, wonderful characters. I loved every minute of this delightful novel, from the breathtaking sights to the deliciously described food to the thrilling new experiences.” ~Melissa Senate, bestselling author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School and See Jane Date

A Summer in Europe is Brant's best book yet. A thinking woman's love story, it swept me away to breathtaking places with a cast of endearing characters I won't soon forget. Bravissima!” ~Susan McBride, author of Little Black Dress and The Cougar Club

You can read the back-cover blurb for the novel on my Books page and find pre-order information on Amazon, Borders and B&N.

"It's not where you go. It's what you take back with you."
~A Summer in Europe

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Finally, a giveaway...

In honor of one of my favorite activities -- visiting book clubs** -- I'm giving away an autographed Doubleday Book Club edition of Friday Mornings at Nine (in hardcover) to one person who can answer the following question: What is the name of the fictional Wisconsin hometown of my hero and heroine in On Any Given Sundae? (HINT: You'll find the answer on the Amazon or Smashwords book description of the story. :) Anyone who emails me ( with the correct response between now and 5pm Central Time on June 15, 2011 will be entered in the random drawing. I'll email the winner to let him/her know, and I'll announce his/her name on my Blog on June 16th. Good luck!

**Read what this creative book club did on my last visit!!

Many thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm for my stories. Being an author has always required a tremendous amount of time, energy and work, but you've made me so grateful to have chosen this path. My heartfelt thanks and best wishes to each one of you!



Marilyn Brant said...

Maria, thanks so much for sharing my latest news with your readers!! I appreciate it. ;)


You are always welcome on My Jane Austen Book Club, Marilyn! MG

suzan said...

I have had According to Jane on my tbr/wishlist for as long as I can recall. I can't believe I still don't have it. The others sound fascinating as well. I don't have an e-reader but it's good to see the app for pc...perhaps I stand a chance to use this media as least at some point.
schafsue at gmail dot com