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Book love: Recipe for Redemption

I recently had the pleasure of reading a fantastic contemporary romance novel, Recipe for Redemption, by Anna J. Stewart. Anna’s writing style is so compulsively readable, and her characters so vividly drawn, that I absolutely had to read this in one sitting. Cover for RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION by Anna J. Stewart (Harlequin)And Anna’s got a new book coming out in May, which I’m super-excited to read. Check out this stunning cover!

Cover for REUNITED WITH THE P.I. by Anna J. Stewart (Harlequin)

To learn more about Anna and her other books, click here.

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If Mrs. Bennet had email

If you’ve been following my blog you know I’m a big Jane Austen fan. And so when this hilarious graphic floated across my Twitter feed, I pounced on it so I could share it with you here. Graphic: "If Mrs. Bennet Had Email," via Mark BrownlowThe brilliant mind behind it is Mark Brownlow. More about him and his work here.

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Word of the day: Hackle

I like this word a lot; it’s a fun way to illuminate a character’s hostility. Graphic: "hackle" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene during which my protagonists, Livia Stuart and Gabriel Penhallow, are discussing his high-handed decision that theirs is to be a marriage in name only. Livia says:

“You’re supposed to be marrying in order to—how did your grandmother put it in her letter to Lady Glanville?—oh yes, to ensure the succession. How will you do that now, I wonder?”

He took his time responding, for he was analyzing her tone. It wasn’t one he heard often. It was—impudence. Brazen impudence. If he had hackles, he thought, they’d be rising right now. Coolly he said, “That’s my problem, isn’t it, Miss Stuart? Not yours.”

This scene takes place in Chapter 5, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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“Prepare to be swept away!”

So happy to share with you these kind words of praise from a fellow writer I admire so much — the wildly talented Lenora Bell, author of the acclaimed How the Duke Was Won and If I Only Had a Duke. Here’s what Lenora has to say about my own You May Kiss the Bride: 

Graphic: Lenora Bell on You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017): "Prepare to be swept away! Lisa Berne's sensuous, richly imaginative debut will delight and satisfy you. I savored every page!"

I’m super-excited to read Lenora’s third book in the Disgraceful Dukes series, Blame It on the Duke, which releases April 17th (soon!). More about Lenora here.

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‘Tis the season, peeps!

In our house, it’s one of the hap-hap-happiest times of the year. :)Photo: a package of Peeps

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Speaking of Twitter headers . . .

. . . I thought you might also like to see my Facebook header. It’s a bit more informative and (if I may say so myself) just as pretty. Especially with that incendiary closeup of my protagonists in You May Kiss the Bride, Gabriel and Livia. Graphic: Lisa Berne's Facebook header

If you’re on Facebook, please look me up! It’s one of my hangouts. :)

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“Like a riot in the heart”

I thought you might like to see my Twitter header. It has one of my all-time favorite quotes on it. (An especially apt one for a romance writer.)

Graphic: Lisa Berne's Twitter banner: "Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart"

Also, I love the font, even though the commas look sort of like jumbo cashews.

Are you on Twitter also? Let’s connect!

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“When the DJ drops Thriller”

Hahaha, this is my current favorite thing.

Caption for image: "When the DJ Drops Thriller"

via Medieval Reactions on Twitter

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A literary map of England

I adore this! Besides inspiring a wish to travel the length and breadth of England, it also makes me want to reread some of my longtime favorites. My only objection is that poor Jane Austen looks a little demented, and Charles Dickens seems to be gazing at her in concern.

A literary map of England, via VisitEngland.com

via Visit England & Traceyanne McCartney on Twitter

 

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Word of the day: Besmirch

An excellent word for a writer of historical romance, especially if you’re writing books set in an era during which one’s reputation is everything. Graphic: "besmirch" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I utilized it in You May Kiss the Bride, which takes place in 1811, in the scene in which my protagonists, Livia and Gabriel, have been discovered in a rather scandalous situation. Things are heating up among the various characters, and Livia’s uncle crudely says to Gabriel’s grandmother:

“Isn’t it obvious your grandson has been dallying with her? He’s compromised her—we’re all witnesses to it!—and he’ll have to pay the piper.”

Scornfully the old lady said: “If you are suggesting financial remuneration—”

“Dallying?” Cecily cried. “Oh, Mr. Penhallow!”

“Money, ma’am?” Uncle Charles’s face was a livid scarlet. “He’s got to do the honorable thing and marry her! I won’t have the family reputation besmirched!”

This snippet appears in Chapter 3, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here. And if you’d like to preorder You May Kiss the Bride, which releases on March 28 (soon!), click here for ordering info for print, ebook, and audio formats.

 

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