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It’s Romance Week at Goodreads!

Although, as a romance novelist, I would argue that every week is romance week. ;)

Logo: Goodreads Romance Week

All kinds of cool stuff is going on. Romance authors taking questions, 14-word love stories (so far my favorite is J.R. Ward’s “‘How can I not love you?’ I said to Channing Tatum as he blushed”), Top 10 lists, and more. Click here to check it out.

And stay tuned! Avon Books is hosting another Goodreads giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride, starting on — swoon! — Valentine’s Day. I’ll keep you updated when the giveaway goes live.

 

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“A sheer delight”

So happy to share with you the first review for You May Kiss the Bride — and it’s a starred one from Kirkus Reviews!

Infographic: the starred Kirkus review for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2017)

 

This review was published by Kirkus on February 7, 2017.

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To sleep, perchance to dream . . .

Mary Balogh posted this on Facebook. And I got all dreamy-eyed.

Photo: a charming, rustic sleeping nook, whose walls are lined with books

 

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Tea, please

When your great strapping teenager is laid low with a cold, but still wants tea in his favorite mug.

Photo: a cute "bear" mug

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This is totally me

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

"The Complete Journey" by Jonathan Wolstenholme

“The Complete Journey” by Jonathan Wolstenholme

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Last night’s supper

Because breakfast is always more fun in the evening.

Photo: a "smiley face" comprised of an omelet, a sausage, and two English muffins

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The Wedding Dress

What a sad image! Still, it would make a wonderful illustration for an opening chapter in a romance novel, wouldn’t it? Things look bad for the heroine. But we know — for sure — that it will all end up OK. No, more than OK: it’ll be great.

"The Wedding Dress" by Frederick William Elwell, 1911.

“The Wedding Dress” by Frederick William Elwell, 1911

Which is just one reason why I love reading (and writing!) romance.

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You’ve got questions? I’ve got answers!

If you happen to be wondering what I’m currently working on, my strategy for dealing with writer’s block, where I got my idea(s) for You May Kiss the Bride, how I get inspired to write, and if I have any advice for aspiring writers, hop on over to my Goodreads page!

Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

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How grapes are made

I’ve always wondered, haven’t you? ;)

Photo via Minimiam: how grapes are made

 

More whimsy from the Minimiam artists here.

 

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Word of the day: Cantankerous

In You May Kiss the Bride, my hero’s grandmother, Henrietta Penhallow, is definitely cantankerous: she’s arrogant, domineering, and critical.

Infographic: "cantankerous," via Merriam-Webster

 

Here’s a little snippet from Chapter 5, during which my heroine, the penniless orphan Livia Stuart, has begun — under the aegis of old Mrs. Penhallow — her transformation into an elegant Society miss.

One morning, after several new items had arrived (including, to Livia’s intense gratification, a pair of kid slippers with ravishing pink rosettes), she said impulsively to Mrs. Penhallow:

“All this, ma’am, for me? I must thank you.”

The old lady had somehow managed despite her inferior height to look down her nose at Livia. “It is not for, or about, you, young lady,” she replied with her usual hauteur. “Never think that for a moment. It is merely that you are to represent the Penhallows, and standards must be upheld.”

Temporarily cowed by this frigid set-down, Livia submitted to successive applications of Lotion of Ladies of Denmark, Milk of Almonds, and the distilled water from green pineapples, her complexion having been pronounced shockingly brown, and also to the rose oil and white wax for lips deemed repulsively dry and chapped.

Poor Livia!

Want to read a longer excerpt from You May Kiss the Bride? Click here for Chapter 1.

 

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