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Happy weekend!

Here are some great ways in which to spend it. :)

Illustration: "50 Ways to Take a Break"

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Word of the day: akimbo

An excellent word! Infographic: "akimbo" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in a scene in Chapter 3 of The Laird Takes a Bride, not long after my hero, Alasdair Penhallow, has met the four candidates for his favor in a Bachelor-esque scenario — one of whom he must choose as his bride, or suffer dire consequences.

Later, much later that evening, Alasdair lay with his head resting on interlaced fingers and his elbows akimbo. He was a big man, but even so his own self took up but little space within the great laird’s bed. Four massive oaken posts, carved long ago, upheld a canopy and looped hangings of rich cream-­colored linen, upon which had been skillfully embroidered figures of falcons, hawks, eagles, does and stags, foxes and wildcats. At this canopy Alasdair gazed unsee­ingly, for he was thinking about the four women.

About Wynda of the extraordinary bosom, so gen­erously displayed, he could only wonder what exactly was the jewel on her pendant necklace, it having disap­peared like a climber descending between two close­-set boulders. He supposed she had talked to him in the drawing-­room, but for better or for worse he retained nothing, as he had primarily exerted himself not to stare at her deeply fascinating balconniere.

Little Mairi had told him, in considerable detail, about her dog: where he slept (on his very own pillow, right next to hers), what he ate, when he evacuated his bowels, his fear of squirrels, his hatred of baths, his love for a nice marrow-­bone.Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Green eyes sparkling, Janet was full of enthusiasm for the morrow’s outing. “An ancient monastery!” she’d cried, clapping her hands. “What fun! I simply adore old ruins, the more ramshackle the better! Oh, I do hope there are ghosts. Or a hermit at the very least!”

He had been obliged to inform her that the keep was entirely free of hermits, and as for ghosts, he had yet to encounter one there.

Janet had been only temporarily daunted, and smil­ingly said: “Still, it sounds wonderfully romantic! So Gothic! How I look forward to exploring every inch of it! Now! I want to hear all about you, laird!”

Now that was the right sort of lass, positive and friendly, excited about visiting a local landmark, a good conversationalist, and all soft and plump and round, like a ripe hothouse peach.

As opposed to the prickly, sharp­-tongued, aloof Miss Fiona Douglass. Her eyes, when they spoke, had been suddenly, strikingly blue against the drabber blue of her gown — and practically crackling with fiery intelligence.

She was not uninteresting.

But God’s blood, she’d be a handful for a man. Some other man. Not him.

He liked his private life to be easy, predictable, as smooth as silk. And nothing about Fiona Douglass suggested smooth, easy predictability.

Besides, she’d made it clear she didn’t want him, either.

He wondered again why she was still unmarried. Was there, perhaps, a swain anxiously waiting for her back in Wick Bay?

Oh well, it wasn’t his problem.

So now there was one lass crossed off his list. Still, there was no point in saying anything to her about it. No use in sending her home early, under a cloud of humiliation.

He thought again about Janet, and Mairi, and Wynda. Good God — Wynda. He spent a few mo­ments imagining himself spending the rest of his life, the rest of his nights, with his face buried between those prodigious, those delicious, yielding breasts.

His last thought, before sleep claimed him, was of Fiona Douglass, and the recollection that her breasts weren’t prodigious at all.

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“A perfectly fabulous book”

Wow, what a lovely review from Buried Under Romance for The Laird Takes a Bride! In part, it says:

Lisa Berne gives the marriage of convenience trope clever, unforeseen, and fabulous twists . . . A perfectly fabulous book, intelligent, unusual, and unique; The Laird Takes a Bride is not to be missed!Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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A two-sentence horror story

Goodreads asked, and I answered. Read on if you dare!Graphic: "Can you tell us a two-sentence horror story?" Question via Goodreads, answer via Lisa Berne

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A first look!

I’m very happy to report that The Laird Takes a Bride was selected as a Heroes and Heartbreakers “First Look” title. Here’s a bit of the lovely, thoughtful review (which made me even happier):

Lisa Berne’s second novel, The Laird Takes a Bride, is a marriage-of-convenience that pairs two older protagonists (for 1811 Scotland) in a most inconvenient way. . . . 

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

What follows is a sometimes humorous, sometimes eerie, sometimes dangerous courtship . . . after marriage. If marriage-of-convenience is your catnip, you’ll enjoy this one. I appreciated that Alasdair, who doesn’t want a family after having lost his in a boating accident 15 years prior, was thoroughly miserable in a loveless arrangement. If you like to yell “you idiots, you obviously love each other!” at a book, this is your chance! 

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Reality, or . . .

. . . anything else? Happy weekend. :)Comic by the Awkward Yeti: Reality/Anything Else

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“. . . where would you be?”

It’s Thursday, which means it’s Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! I love this question which Goodreads recently shared. Graphic: "If you were transported to the setting of the book you're currently reading, where would you be?" Via Goodreads

Would you like to join us? Do stop by. :)

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A Sophie Jordan giveaway!

Okay, so I’m not giving away the brilliant Sophie Jordan herself. Obviously. But I’m a big fan of hers and I want to share the love! Hop on over to my Facebook page for a chance to win an advance reader’s copy of Beautiful Lawman (which doesn’t release until December 26th) as well as a print copy of While the Duke Was Sleeping which is one of my all-time favorites by Sophie. It was inspired by While You Were Sleeping, one of my favorite movies, so that’s like icing on the cake. :)Graphic: Lisa Berne is giving away copies of Sophie Jordan's Beautiful Lawman and While the Duke Was Sleeping

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Thinking big!

I’ve heard it said that Texans think big, and recently I’ve learned of one awesome way they do: elaborate homecoming corsages! Check ’em out:

via the Wall Street Journal

via the Wall Street Journal

via NPR

via Jezebel

This is inspiring me to think big this week. Happy Monday. :)

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Giveaway!

A signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride, Booklist Top 10 Romance Debut, is up for grabs on Goodreads! To enter, click here.

Graphic: "It was time to take action," a quote from You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway runs through October 23, 2017.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride — ordering options, to see some of the other nice things people are saying about it, and to read Chapter 1 — click here.

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