I am so happy to have my dear friend, Marilyn Brant on my blog today! Thank you, Marilyn, for stopping by! Before Marilyn takes over, I want to share her newest release, PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH with you!

 

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

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…

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.

Buy Links:   Amazon    B&N    Apple/iTunes

And you guys! Marilyn has generously offered to give away not one, but two PDF copies of her earlier ebook romances! Winners choice! (I’ve read them all and they’re terrific! Just sayin’.) Leave a comment answering Marilyn’s question below and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll draw two winners and post them on Monday, January 28th.

Here are the Amazon links to her 3 other digital books so you can take a peek:

 

Many thanks to Robin for inviting me to visit her blog and to share a little about my newest release, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match! As many of you probably guessed from the title, a few elements in the story were influenced by my love of Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice has always been one of my favorite novels, and I really loved how the Elizabeth and Darcy in that classic story had to deal with their negative first impressions of each other and stereotypes about the opposite sex and the other’s status in life. That’s one of the reasons why I chose to have my modern heroine, Beth Ann, working on a project that involved gender stereotypes. I thought that might be a fun way to play off some of the original Austen themes, not to mention create some situational humor!

 

I really hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the first chapter!! And, if you’re a fan of book clubs, my new story will be the Nook Feature for February at the B&N General Fiction Book Club. (http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Fiction-General-Discussion/February-at-General-Fiction/m-p/1429834#U1429834 ) I love book-club discussions, so if you read Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match and want to chat about it, too, I’d love for you to join the conversation next month!

 

The next day at dawn, Beth reviewed her stereotypes list:

1. Greater size and strength
2. Goal-oriented, often highly ambitious
3. Values the rational/logical over the emotional
4. More independent, assertive, critical and competitive
5. Fast visual-attraction reactions
6. Better at spatial/mathematical skills
7. Difficulty expressing emotions

Yep. That seemed to pretty much sum up the major male stereotypes as she knew them, omitting universal truths like men’s bizarre predilection toward big tools and bigger remote-control devices.

Beth laid down her pen. She was armed and ready for today’s coffee “date” and planned to find as much direct, supporting evidence as she could for each point in the few minutes she and Will would spend together. She prayed she’d be able to pull it off.

Somehow she managed to get Charlie to school, do a morning’s worth of organizing at the agency and pull into the Koffee Haus parking lot right on time.

The scent of warm, roasted coffee beans enticed her nostrils even before she made it through the doorway. The singles’ bar of this century had cinnamon shakers and skim milk pitchers on the counter instead of vodka jiggers and salty peanuts, but the idea was unchanged.

A pair of lanky guys leaned against the counter waiting for their orders to be ready. Neither of them looked anything like Will’s website photograph. Where was he?

A small table opened up near the door and Beth leaped for it. She slid into the chair and began casing the room. Mostly couples or small groups of friends. A dark-haired man in his early thirties sat alone with a newspaper. His back was to her so she leaned to the left to try to catch a glimpse of his face.

It could be him. Might be.

She leaned a little further but before she could see him she felt that roller-coaster dip in her stomach and lost her balance—hands swiping the floor, chair scraping awkwardly. Very smooth move.

The guy turned to stare at her. So did everyone else. She readjusted herself and tried to bury her head in her purse.

That looked like him. Close enough to the photo anyway to make her pretty sure. Darn it. There was no way he’d want to be approached by a klutz.

When she looked up, he was staring at her again. An assessing glance. Yep. The game was over before it had a chance to begin. Something about him struck her as odd, though. His email personality was so warm, so charming. This guy—well, arrogant seemed to be a better descriptor.

She wondered what he’d do now. Ditch her? She grabbed her stereotypes list from her purse, scanning it covertly in case he worked up the nerve to come over before she approached him. A glimpse at her watch told her it was already ten minutes past one. When she looked back at his table, he was gone.

She sighed. This wasn’t good. Her final project was due in a few weeks, and she needed to cite concrete examples of Case Study #1’s behavior, documented and dated over a period of thirty days. She didn’t have time to start again with a new subject. As it was, she’d have to use all of their email correspondence in her report, and that still left her with over a week’s worth of communication to obtain and record.

And nothing she had thus far was very conclusive.

She didn’t want to resort to shortcuts to complete the paper, but Charlie’s future was at stake here. She stood to leave.

“So, are you the woman Lady Catherine thinks I’m destined for?” a deep voice with a laugh hidden in it whispered in her ear.

She swiveled around and stared at the man behind her. He wasn’t the guy with the newspaper, but he, too, looked like Will’s website photo… only better. Much better.

“If so,” he continued, “I’m your Perfect Match.”
***

Have any of you ever tried online dating? If, like me, you haven’t (the Internet didn’t really exist back when I was single!), is it something that would interest you? I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

Posted January 23, 2013 by Robin Bielman in Books, Favorite Authors, Giveaway / 30 Comments

30 responses to “Marilyn Brant + A Giveaway = The Perfect Match

  1. Wow, fun concept and fun excerpt, Marilyn! As far as internet dating goes, it doesn’t interest me (and wouldn’t even if I wasn’t married). My brother has had some luck with it, but he met his perfect match through work – so you never know!

  2. Robin Bromiley

    I have tried the internet a little bit to date but sometimes all you tend to meet are people who lie about who they are so that sucks. But I guess meeting someone at a live event, people can lie also. ?:-)

    • Robin,
      You’re so right! People can (and do, unfortunately) lie about themselves in a lot of situations, but it does seem as though it would be pretty easy online. I’ve heard stories from friends who’ve tried matchmaking sites — and there have been mixed results. Some people are fortunate to correspond with others who are genuine and they’ve dated successfully afterward. But I’ve heard a few tales that were wild enough to have curled my hair (if my hair weren’t already curly, LOL).

    • Robin

      Hi Robin! *waves* I love meeting other Robins. ;)

      It’s tough out there in the dating world. I’ve heart of love matches happening online and I’ve heard of not so good things happening online. I think when someone least expects it, that’s often when they meet their perfect match. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. And, to the awesome as always Robin Bielman (!!), just wanted to say THANK YOU again for inviting me to visit, especially when you’ve got such a busy month yourself with your blog tour! *hug!* :-))

  4. Patricia F

    If online sites were free i might try it i do not see how reliable it is, pssibly due to many crime tvs i watch like criminal minds law and order svu etc.

    • Robin

      Hi Patricia! I’ve heard they’re expensive. I have a friend who so wants to meet someone, but can’t afford online dating services (she says) and she’s not the bar type, and she works full time (as a teacher and there are no hot single teachers at her school, darn it), and so it’s really hard. And it’s so true about watching TV and having that play a role in how see things in our own lives!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Patricia,
      Like you and Robin said, I’ve heard that online dating sites can be expensive. I think, sometimes, they have introductory-rate offers for 30 days or so, so people can try it out, but I was told by a few friends and relatives who did it that 3 or 4 months was all they were willing to spend on it. Hard to invest in anything, really, if a person doesn’t feel it’s paying off…

    • Robin

      Hi Luthien! Oh my goodness. I’ve not heard anything that awful. I do think it’s a lot tougher as a female to meet someone on line for those exact reasons, though. Women need to be cautious and careful and probably keep to a very public place.

      Thanks for visiting!

      • It’s not personal stories that I heard but through reading newspapers. Of course the media will report awful stories and yet there are a few of which turn out to be happy ending for the couple though not many. I agree that single woman need to take care of themselves and let their family and friends know where they are going to minimise chances of the date turning into a nightmare.

    • Oh, Lúthien, that’s such a frightening thought! You’re right — the possibility of that alone would scare me away!! One of our family friends had to get a restraining order on a guy she’d met online, but they had been dating for several months and he’d been to her house, etc… It’s just so important for everyone, especially women, to be aware of their surroundings, meet dates in public places, let friends know where they are. There are so many wonderful people in the world, but there are some mean and crazy ones, too. Sigh.

  5. Great excerpt, Marilyn! I have not tried any internet dating sites, though I know quite a few friends who have, with no success. I find the whole thing kind of scary. How does one truly know the person on the other side of the computer is who they say they are (just look at Beth and Will) and not a wackado? Knowing my luck, the picture would *not* be the guy pursuing me! ;)

    • Robin

      Hey Jakki! First off huge congrats! I think I saw mention of a #3? That’s wonderful and I wish you and your family the best!

      I totally laughed at wackado! Yeah, it’s tough to truly know what you’re getting online. I think that can be said for everything, though. LOL That’s why I don’t do much shopping on line.

      Take care and thanks for stopping by!

    • Jakki, thank you!!
      (BTW, I’m laughing along with Robin at your great word: “wackado”!! I love it. :) )
      Speaking of which, I’m still in the process of catching up on this weird Manti Te’o story/hoax with the fake Internet girlfriend… So, yeah, people can *really* misrepresent themselves online. Hard to know who to trust in that kind of a situation, isn’t it?!
      xo

  6. Congratulations on your new release, Marilyn! Even if you hadn’t been the author, the premise alone would have tempted me because I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. With you writing it, though, that only makes it all the better!

    As for online dating, my college boyfriend and I broke up right around the time internet dating made it big, so I tried it. It was great fun, and was instrumental in my re-meeting (and then marrying) my husband.

    Oh, and the contest? Don’t worry about entering me, because I already have Marilyn’s books. Let them go to someone who has yet to discover them. :-)

    • Robin

      Hi Caryn! You’re one of the success stories!! (I knew that and love it.) Thanks for popping in! I like to consider us two of Marilyn’s biggest fans. :)

      • Caryn and Robin,
        I am EVER so grateful to have wonderful friends like you two!! *smooch!* Thank you both :).

        And, Caryn, I didn’t know that the Internet played a part in getting you and your hubby together! This sounds like a story you need to share in person… (Hopefully over dessert at a conference sometime!) xo

  7. Teresa

    This sounds like a fun story that I would love to read. The internet wasn’t around when I was single, but one of my children tried it once. She found her perfect match through a common friend, but let me read some of the profiles of prospective matches. Wow are some of them way out there.

    • Robin Bielman

      Hi Teresa! I bet there are some doozies out there! I’m really glad I met my husband when I was young. Thanks so much for stopping by! Oh, and Marilyn’s story is fun and a must read. :)

    • Teresa,
      Thanks so much for visiting, and I’m so glad you think the story sounds fun!! I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on internet dating, too. I can only imagine what some of those profiles were like that your daughter had to deal with! Glad she found her perfect match in another way. :)

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