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Lucky me!

I scored an advance reader’s copy of Sophie Jordan’s Beautiful Lawman. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?!?Photo: Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan (Avon Books)

Coming your way December 26, and available for preorder.

More about Sophie here.

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Goodreads giveaway!

Would you like a chance to win a print copy of The Laird Takes a Bride? Click here.

Graphic: "A bright, intelligent, heart-tugging romance": Kirkus review for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway, open internationally, ends October 8, 2017.

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At the Historical Romance Retreat

On Saturday I stopped by the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane, WA, where the 2017 Historical Romance Retreat was being held. If you’re an historical romance person like I am, it’s paradise! The gorgeous setting, the costumes, the contagiously high enthusiasm levels, and books EVERYWHERE! I had fun chatting with a bunch of the attendees, and also I got to say hello to fellow Avon authors Cathy Maxwell, Julia Quinn, Vivienne Lorret, Eloisa James, Lenora Bell, and Jade Lee. (I scored some nifty swag, too; more about that later.) Here are a couple of photos from Cathy’s Facebook page.

Photo: Cathy Maxwell and an HRR attendee

This attendee (at right), says Cathy, made this lovely book for the authors to sign.

Photo: Eloisa James at HRR. Photo by Cathy Maxwell

Eloisa James, all dressed up for the ball!

Photo: HRR cofounder Delilah Marvell and her family. Photo by Cathy Maxwell

HRR cofounder Delilah Marvell and her family.

For more of Cathy’s photos, click here.

More about the Historical Romance Retreat here.

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Getting Dressed

This made me laugh. Happy Monday. :)Comic: "Getting Dressed" by Sarah Andersen

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A Top 10 Romance Debut!

I’m celebrating this lovely accolade from Booklist with a flash giveaway on my Facebook page! A signed, print copy is up for grabs. Stop on by to enter — and good luck! Graphic: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) a Booklist Top 10 Romance Debut

Want to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, order a copy, or read an excerpt? Click here.

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A special gift from me!

Did you know? You can order signed, personalized copies of The Laird Takes a Bride from my local indie bookseller, Auntie’s Bookstore, in beautiful Spokane, Washington. Included with each book will be a special gift from me, just for you! Click here for more info, and to order.

Photo: gift with purchase: The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Your gift includes this necklace, which has a special meaning that’s revealed when you get to Chapter 16. The rumpled bedsheet, however, isn’t included. ;)

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Which potion would you drink?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s Getting To Know You Day over on my Facebook page! Here’s today’s question . . . kind of a tough one, really . . .

Graphic: "Which potion would you drink?"

via @KatieMarieWrite on Twitter

Would you like to join us? Hop on over. :)

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Virtual tour for The Laird Takes a Bride!

Avon Books and Goddess Fish are hosting this tour celebrating the release of the second book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, and three e-book copies are up for grabs! If you’re interested in entering, be sure to do so this week. The tour wraps up this Friday, on September 29th. And good luck! Image: Goddess Fish tour banner for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Word of the day: pandemonium

An excellent word! I used it with pleasure in The Bride Takes a Groom, the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, coming your way next spring.Graphic: "pandemonium" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

It appears toward the end of Chapter 1, in a scene in which my hero, Captain Hugo Penhallow, has just returned home, unannounced, after an eight-year absence during which he’s served in the Army. In the entry-hall he says to the servant Eliza:

“Tell Robinson to set another place for me, would you? I’ll go in directly.”

“Oh, sir, but Mr. Robinson’s not here.”

“Egad, not dead, is he?” Hugo hoped not, as he had been very fond of their old butler; he’d loyally stayed on after Father had died, despite having his wages drastically reduced.

“Oh no, sir, he’s alive, but his palsy got so bad that the mistress pensioned him off, you see, and he’s living with his daughter Nancy and her family, up on Roper Street. Very happy he is, sir. Takes a pint every day at the pub, and sings in the choir on Sundays.”

Hugo was pulling off his greatcoat and hanging it on a peg. “Well, that’s excellent news. I’ll go see him later this week. See here, Eliza, I’m hungry as a bear. Can you set a place for me?”

“To be sure I can, sir! But — but — if you’ll forgive me asking — who are you, sir?”

“Good God, didn’t my mother tell any of you I was coming? No wonder poor old Hoyt looked as if he’d seen a ghost.” He laughed. “Never mind. I’m the prodigal son, Eliza! The eldest, you know — Hugo.”

Eliza looked astonished. “Oh! Sir! You’re Mr. Hugo? We was all afeared you was dead!”

“Dead! Why?”

“Because the mistress said you’d been shot by a Frenchy, Mr. Hugo, and that you was laid up in your cousin’s house — and then there wasn’t any more letters from you! Cook says them French bullets have a special poison in them, sir, that drains the life right out of a person!”

Blast it all, he’d deliberately trivialized the nature of his illness when writing home, not wishing to worry them — and why hadn’t Mama gotten the letter he’d written from Gabriel’s house a fortnight ago, informing her that he was fine, and would soon be on his way? Well, he could allay their anxieties right now.

“I was shot,” he said to Eliza, “but it would take more than some beastly Frenchman to kill me, that’s for certain! Go on, now, and bring me some supper, that’s a good girl.”

She bobbed a curtsy and Hugo, favoring his left leg ever so slightly, went down the long, familiar hallway, the dogs trotting behind with the same pliant obedience the children of Hamelin might well have displayed while following the Pied Piper. He came to a pair of oak-framed double doors, brought them open, and strolled into the dining-parlor. “I say, I’m home.”

Five golden-blond heads swiveled in his direction, five pairs of wide blue eyes displayed shocked surprise, and then pandemonium erupted.        

Would you like to preorder The Bride Takes a Groom? Click here. If you’d like to save it on Goodreads, click here.

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Monday inspiration

Hope you have a very good week. :)

Image: a cat contemplating a large drawing of a tiger

via Sabrina Jeffries on Twitter

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