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Michael Thomas Ford
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Dec 29 2009 Jane Fairfax
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?

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"A hilarious send-up of vampire novels, the Austen industry, and one immortal author's complete inability to find a publisher—Jane would have loved it!"—Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen mysteries

"It's impossible not to love Ford's sharp-witted, sharp-fanged Jane Austen (and I'm not just saying that because she spares my life in Chapter Six)."—Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“Fang-tastic …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.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Ford approvingly cites Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but his own mashup is better integrated, more knowledgeable about Austen and considerably funnier.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“In this clever paranormal tale…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.”—Library Journal
 
“Michael Thomas Ford has struck gold….The plot is inventive and funny, and the story progresses with the kind of light touch that compares favorably to the…Stephanie Meyer Twilight series. Ford manages to strike just the right tone…and consistently delights.”—Bay Area Reporter
 
“Few authors can deliver [Austen’s] dry, deft and wickedly funny style. Michael Thomas Ford is one of them….Light, campy and a bit Buffyish….The literary and historical references really shine.”—Austenprose
 
"Ford gives us an authentic, sympathetic and witty Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire….An inventive mashup plot coupled with creative storytelling and amusing dialogue make this story a delightful read."—Romantic Times
 
“Hilarious….I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and know you will too!”—Vampire Librarian
 
“Such a fun read. I especially love to imagine Austen duking it out with fellow literary blood-suckers, both literal and figurative.”—Book Bitch
 
“I must admit I started this story prepared to dislike it (too many Jane related novels), and then found I was enjoying it! It has a little bit of something for everyone. You will enjoy it, too.”—Romance Reviews Today
 
“A rollicking good read.”—Dirty Laundry
 
“A confection of a novel.”—The Advocate
 
“In the past year, I have read quite a few Jane Austen spin-offs, but none quite as original as Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford….Incredibly readable, extremely funny, and highly entertaining.”—Booking Mama
 
“FIVE STARS!”—Huntress Reviews

About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of numerous books, including the novels What We Remember, Suicide Notes, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It, and Last Summer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "That was the past, this is now" Jan. 9 2010
By Walter Hypes TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The life of Jane Austen, one of England's great novelists, is skewered in Jane Bites Back, a delectable tale of blood, history and immorality and where other beloved famous authors are perpetually kept alive atop the pages. Jane is now a vampire, her life run awry by the evil machinations of the poet Lord Byron, the secret visit to his house on the shore of Lake Geneva, the loss of her innocence when he seduced her nearly two centuries ago as his eyes burning like stars as she allowed him to lead her into the lake. This was Jane's her death and resurrection, and a time of rebirth. Now living as Jane Fairfax, Jane has proved herself to be a survivor, readily adopting all of the attributes of vampire life and finding a modicum of solace running a bookstore in the picaresque town of Brakeston in up-state New York.

Although she has the support of Lucy, her loyal young assistant, Jane finds herself echoing that desires of that famous heroine Elizabeth Bennett with all of the latest authors cash in on the Austen name. Amidst Jane Austen paper-dolls and Jane Austen cookbooks, the Austen mania is proving too much for Jane who hasn't seen a royalty check in almost two hundred years - and the fact that she was for all intents and purposes dead did little to ease her annoyance. Jane has also been despairing over the numerous rejections of her latest novel Constance. Perhaps she as to admit that perhaps Jane Austen had written her last book? After all she hadn't expected to live forever. but just as she's about to send the script of Constance to its death, she's granted a temporary reprieve from Kelly Littlejohn, the senior editor, Browder Publishing.

Jane is also filled with the possibilities of love when a potential boyfriend appears in the form the handsome Walter Fletcher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 1. Very creative. Dec 30 2009
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Jane Austen is still alive today as a vampire. She goes by the name of Jane Fairfax now. She is the owner of a book store in small Brakeston, New York. No one knows she is Austen or that she is a vampire; not even her friendly assistant, Lucy Sebring. Jane keeps mortal men at bay for fear of becoming attached to one and eventually losing him when he dies of old age. She does not need the extra heartache. This includes Walter Fletcher, to whom Jane considers a close friend and refuses dates with.

Jane has kept a manuscript that she now dreams of publishing under her new name. She feels irritated enough that she does not receive royalty checks on the numerous spin-offs of her work, but the continuous rejection notices of her new book is even worse. Jane is about to give up when Kelly Littlejohn, senior editor for a small publishing company, offers her a contract. The book is getting rave reviews and Jane is back in the spotlight. She is thrilled until the famous poet that changed her (unwillingly) into a vampire walks into her store, intending to sweep her off her feet again. To make matters even worse, a noted scholar is accusing Jane of plagiarism.

***** FIVE STARS! This is one of the most thoroughly entertaining stories I have read in the past few years! I feel that the author succeeded in capturing Jane Austen's proper personality, as well as in how the legendary author would have reacted had she found herself an immortal vampire. Michael Thomas Ford has crafted a vivid, charming and witty tale to delight readers of any age. Absolutely fantastic! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Gothic novel full of Janeite lore and paranormal hijinx Dec 30 2009
By Laurel Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jane Austen's novels brim with irony, witticism, and in the end, a gentle reprove or two. It is why I love her writing. Few authors can deliver this dry, deft and wickedly funny style. Michael Thomas Ford is one of them.

His latest novel Jane Bites Back is more than a gentle joke, it is a sly wink at the Austen and vampire industry. The clever title alone tells us that Ford has more than a keen sense of humor. The story concept is even better. Nearly two hundred years after her reputed death and burial at Winchester Cathedral in 1817, Jane Austen is actually not dead, but a vampire living in Brakeston, a small university town in upper-state New York. As the owner of Flyleaf Books she watches with irritation and frustration as other less talented writers make a killing off her novels and characters with sequels, spin-offs and absurd self help books. To add insult to injury, Constance, the last novel that she wrote before her turning remains unpublished after two hundred years and 116 rejections.

Jane's quiet country life is comfortable but unfulfilling. She has retained her anonymity over the centuries ironically adopting the name of Jane Fairfax, one of her characters in her novel Emma who is also orphaned but a highly accomplished young lady hiding secrets. She enjoys her friendship with her young shop assistant Lucy who reminds her of her dear sister Cassandra and is both flattered and annoyed by the attentions of Walter, a local carpenter/contractor who restores vintage homes and would like to do the same with Jane's heart. Two surprising events change her life dramatically: a legitimate offer to publish her novel, and the return of a former paramour, the mad, bad and dangerous to know poet Lord Byron who seduced and then turned her two hundred years ago. The first she is elated over. The second she reflects upon falling for his entrapment with regret and horror exclaiming in a typical ironic quip...

'Men, she thought. The downfall of women since Adam blamed Eve for that stupid apple. She wondered briefly if it was too late to become a lesbian. "I'm sure they have just as difficult a time of it," she said to the empty room. "Love is dangerous for everyone."'

Our Jane is no namby pamby vegetarian vampire. A proper Regency lady she follows decorum, feeds off human blood only to stay alive, and mind you, in the most discreet fashion. Like the unpropitious characters in her novels who are in need of a dressing down, she chooses victims based on their bad behavior, never taking or turning anyone. She also enjoys a few human indulgences such as drinking wine, eating chocolate ice cream, living with a cat named Tom and an infatuation with actor Richard Mansfield, the pattering comic baritone of the D'Olyly Carte opera company, tra la. When her life gets too challenging, she closes her eyes and thinks of England.

Light, campy and a bit Buffyish, Jane Bites Back is a modern Gothic novel full of Janeite lore and paranormal hijinx that the "sick and wicked" side of Jane Austen would find quite amusing. The literary and historical references really shine. Happily, a certain Bronte scholar gets her cumuppance in a drawing room throw-down which we have been patiently waiting 150 years for and bad boy Byron's romantic and vampiric dalliances are thwarted by our light, bright and sparkly vampire heroine.

Read with tongue-in-cheek and a full glass of suspended disbelief, you will chortle and guffaw until the last bite. This Janeite was truly "glamoured."

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 1. Very creative. Dec 30 2009
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jane Austen is still alive today as a vampire. She goes by the name of Jane Fairfax now. She is the owner of a book store in small Brakeston, New York. No one knows she is Austen or that she is a vampire; not even her friendly assistant, Lucy Sebring. Jane keeps mortal men at bay for fear of becoming attached to one and eventually losing him when he dies of old age. She does not need the extra heartache. This includes Walter Fletcher, to whom Jane considers a close friend and refuses dates with.

Jane has kept a manuscript that she now dreams of publishing under her new name. She feels irritated enough that she does not receive royalty checks on the numerous spin-offs of her work, but the continuous rejection notices of her new book is even worse. Jane is about to give up when Kelly Littlejohn, senior editor for a small publishing company, offers her a contract. The book is getting rave reviews and Jane is back in the spotlight. She is thrilled until the famous poet that changed her (unwillingly) into a vampire walks into her store, intending to sweep her off her feet again. To make matters even worse, a noted scholar is accusing Jane of plagiarism.

***** FIVE STARS! This is one of the most thoroughly entertaining stories I have read in the past few years! I feel that the author succeeded in capturing Jane Austen's proper personality, as well as in how the legendary author would have reacted had she found herself an immortal vampire. Michael Thomas Ford has crafted a vivid, charming and witty tale to delight readers of any age. Absolutely fantastic! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ridiculous concept, entertainingly rendered Dec 30 2009
By Angela Buonfiglio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Deft storytelling and good pacing enhance this crazy, original tale. "Original" might seem a funny word to use with regard to a Jane Austen-based storyline, but this book doesn't even attempt to mimic Austen's style and that's what makes it enjoyable. It presents Jane Austen, vampire, who has adapted to modern life and sees life's absurdities. She is instantly likable and so is this book. Great fun!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Read Jan. 4 2010
By Marcy A. Sheiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jane Bites Back is a hilarious page-turner.(Full disclosure: I know the author, but only slightly.) Following Ford and his twisted mind on this roller-coaster ride made for a rollicking read--or should I say the rollicking read made for a roller-coaster ride? Either way, I had a blast, and it made me wonder why I've shied away from the vampire genre. Actually, JBB doesn't fall into any genre, fang-related or otherwise. It's a novel/romance/satire and even mystery all rolled into one. I especially loved the author's delicious satire of the publishing game, but Ford jabs at all things romantic, generic, novelistic, and vampiristic. He also does a side-splitting number on a pair of talk show hosts named Comfort and Joy.

Jane, by the way, is Ms. Austen, undead in a remote little town in upstate NY, where she's built a fairly normal life, except for her proclivity to inflict in-depth hickeys on the townsfolk every now and then. Prim and proper Jane hates having to do it, but she's hunger-driven, having been turned 200-something years ago by none other than Lord Byron. As Jane Fairfax, she runs her own bookstore and hangs out with the locals, writing a novel in her spare time. When it's published, her little world bursts wide open, bringing more excitement and danger than the poor girl's had in, oh, 150 years or so. Can she handle it?

How could she not? After all, the guy pulling her strings has a mind more imaginative than that of any writer I've encountered in a long time. And he's wickedly funny: I cackled my way through half the book, especially the vampire stuff. Still, as a writer reading a writer writing about writing, I related most to Jane as the Austenmeister. For instance, "She herself had become somewhat resentful of newly published books--much as childless women sometimes regarded new mothers and their infants with a mixture of jealousy and despair..." Talk about schadenfreude!

Ironically, a book as fun as JBB is a good cure for schadenfreude. How can I possibly resent my friend's publishing success when it's bringing me pleasure? I don't--and I eagerly await Jane Goes Batty. Hm...I just remembered...Batty. Bats. Vampires. Ford hints towards the end that Jane needs to spend more time with "her own kind." Methinks we'll be meeting some of them in the sequel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in some areas, but mostly just silly July 20 2010
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jane Austen is not dead. Well, she's not alive either. She's undead. She owns a bookstore in a small town in the US and feeds on unsuspecting people that come in her way. She is also fuming over the fact that a long string of hacks are using her name and that of her characters and novels to get published. To make matters worse, she hasn't sold her latest novel (under a different name, of course) in years. She has two love interests, a nice local guy and the dark and dangerous Lord Byron (yes, that Byron). Undead Jane goes through situations that are similar to the ones her characters experience in her novels, only in a far less clever degree. As if she didn't have enough problems, an undead Charlotte Bronte begins to stalk her, claiming Jane's latest book as her own.

Jane Bites Back is at times funny and entertaining. It's a satire of all the Jane Austen madness that seems to have overtaken the publishing industry. Michael Thomas Ford is one of them, of course, but at least he makes fun of the situation. The book amused me for a while, but it's forgettable at the end of the day. The whole Charlotte Bronte thing made me roll my eyes. I don't get the whole Austen vs. Bronte thing. It's like comparing apples to oranges. They weren't even alive during the same era, for crying out loud! Charlotte wasn't an Austen fan; she'd made that clear when she made that biting remark about Austen's writing. But, at the end of the day, it was just an opinion, period. I doubt she gave Austen and her books further thought after that. Also, the whole vampire thing comes across as an afterthought most of the time, a gimmick the author is forced to use to make the premise of this book work. For chapters, the topic of vampirism is not mentioned, and then all of a sudden Jane has to feed. She feeds, now it's back to other stuff. Anyway, I recommend this as a light beach read. Don't take it seriously, because it's not meant to be.
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