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Jane bites back : a novel
Michael Thomas Ford
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Ford's (Last Summer) fang-tastic satire of the Jane Austen craze catches up with "Elizabeth Jane Fairfax," the undead 233-year-old author and owner of an upstate New York book store. She's disgusted by the Pride and Prejudice knockoffs that fly out of her store (poor Jane hasn't seen a royalty check in almost 200 years), and her last manuscript's been rejected by 116 publishers. Things start to look up when she finally gets a deal for the book, but two problems arise as she's promoting Constance: Lord Byron, who turned Jane, wants her back; and Violet Grey, a vitriolic Bronte blogger, accuses Jane of stealing Charlotte Bronte's last unsold manuscript. Ford's Jane is a very fun and funny heroine to root for as she endures the indignities of publishing and bookselling, fends off danger and (perhaps) finds love. Her hilarious smack downs with Violet hint of more madness to come in this first of a series. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Turned into a vampire by Lord Byron back in the 19th century, Jane Austen still struggles with her altered nature. Currently living in a small town in upstate New York under the name of Jane Fairfax, she owns a bookstore and is trying to get a new novel published. Turning up out of nowhere, Bryon, now Brian George, wants to woo Jane back, but he faces competition from local carpenter Walter. When Jane finally achieves critical and commercial success with her novel's publication, the publicity draws the attention of a jealous rival from the past. Will Jane finally find personal and professional happiness, or will her secrets be revealed? Verdict In this clever paranormal tale, YA author Ford has created warm, witty characters that will appeal to both Janeites and vampire fanciers. Literary humor and intriguing snippets from Jane's book are the icing on the cake. Two more books are promised in this series, so readers who fall under Jane's spell will be eagerly awaiting her next adventure. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/09; ebook available 12/09: ISBN 978-0-345-51900-9.]-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Elizabeth Jane Fairfax
Age: 233
Born Austen, Jane; Currently is the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town; her books have taken on a life of their own; her last manuscript before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers again; suddenly thrusted her back into the spotlight; hides her real identity; deals with the men in her life.

Lord Byron
Turned Jane into a vampire; wants her back.

Violet Grey
Accuses Jane of stealing Charlotte Bronte's last unsold manuscript.

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