Monday, January 14, 2013

New Release: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match!

It's official! Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is now out just about everywhere!! I'm still waiting for distribution to reach Kobo, Sony and Apple/iTunes (although I spotted it on the iBookstore site), but it's definitely available on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks! So delighted to share this new story with readers... especially other Jane Austen fans :). And I'm also really grateful to a couple of people whose talents helped me during those final stages of getting this book ready for publication -- particularly Jakki Leatherberry, who is not only a terrific reviewer but also a great manuscript editor, and talented new cover designer, Rebecca Young, who's worked on several Austen-inspired covers. Thanks, ladies!

Speaking of our dear Jane, I'm having my Launch Party over at Austen Authors tomorrow, so please feel free to join us! We're also starting a fun new joint writing project there in honor of Pride and Prejudice's 200th birthday where readers get to choose a variation on P&P from a number of possible scenarios and we write it. Eventually, Elizabeth and Darcy will have their happy ending, but none of us know how they're going to get there, LOL.

I was treated to two lovely surprises in the past couple of weeks -- and one of them involves my first Austen-inspired book, According to Jane. My Facebook friend, Kristin Lee, made a Christmas tree out of books, and my debut novel was right in the middle of it!! I asked her if I could post it here, and she agreed. I love it! (You can see the half black/half melon color of the book's spine in the center section of the tree, about 10 books up from the bottom...) It certainly made me smile, especially to be in such wonderful literary company! Thanks for being so creative, Kristin, and for including my story in your cool holiday design!!

And the other really sweet thing was thanks to Meredith of Austenesque Reviews for naming my last women's fiction release, A Summer in Europe, the Winner of the 2012 Austenesque Award for "Favorite Non-Austenesque Novel." So nice! And a very beautiful award graphic (thank you, Angie Kroll!) came with the honor, too. I had to show it to you:

Tomorrow night, I'm invited to spend the evening chatting about my European novel with a new local book club (I always love those events!), and you'll see me zipping around the web like the Road Runner over the next couple of weeks, talking about Austen, P&P's 200th and my new release. Hoping to get back to my work-in-progress soon, too. What about you? Any big news or fun activities in your near future?!


Edie Ramer said...

Wow, how fun! So much great news on a Monday morning. I lov it!

I wish I'd know your book was out today. I could have announced it in my MM blog today. (It would have fit the subject, as Mr. Darcy is mentioned.)

Congrats on the award, and it does look beautiful. I'm buying your new book today! Love the title!

Amy said...

Congrats on the new book and award, Marilyn! You just keep pumping out those books, don't you? Congrats again!

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you!! I'm looking forward to reading your post on MM today, and I'm sending you a BIG hug for getting my book! Thanks, my friend :).

Many thanks for the congrats! And LOL about "pumping out" the books... I wish I were a much faster writer, actually. Usually it's about a year between my novel releases, but I wanted PPPM to be able to come out this month. It'll probably be another year or more before my next one... :)

Maureen McGowan said...

Yay, Marilyn!!!!

Robin Bielman said...

Happy book birthday! I just finished reading it, Marilyn, and just adored it! Congrats on another wonderful read!

Candy M said...

Wow! Congratulations on everything!! The release of Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match and winning the award on Austenesque Reviews! WooHoo!!

The book tree is very clever too! :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you!!!! xo

Oh, sweetie, thank you so very much... You know how much I appreciate you! *hug!*

Thanks for celebrating with me! I was delighted by both Meredith's award and that cute book tree Kristin made :). I have enough books piled around my house to make an entire forest, LOL, I just never thought to do it!

Pamala Knight said...

So sorry I'm late to the book birthday party but wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! It's a fabulous book and I'm sure everyone else will love it too.

Jakki Leatherberry said...

Marilyn, I'm excited for you & your new release! I am sure P, P &PM is going to be a huge success! Thanks for the mention too! You are so sweet!
When I saw your award on Meredith's site, I was so excited for you! *Love* that book! Congrats!

Coincidentally, in just a few weeks, I'm about to have a new "release" too, Delivering Elliott Grace (Book 3 in the Little Leatherberry series)! ;)

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamala, thank you, my friend!! And hugs stretching from the far northern suburbs to the city... Miss you ;).

Jakki,as delighted as I am to get to celebrate my book baby, I have to tell you that I think YOUR big release day is much more exciting!!! Can't wait to get to welcome baby Elliot Grace into the world :). She's SO lucky to have someone as wonderful as you for her Mommy!!