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Shop talk: unconventional historical heroines

Really enjoyed a recent post by fellow Avon author Lenora Bell on Heroes and Heartbreakers, in which she talks about some fascinating historical-romance heroines with unconventional occupations. And she mentions one of my own longtime favorites: Judith Ivory’s The Proposition, a sensitive, beautifully written story about a heroine who’s a brilliant linguist.Cover image: The Proposition by Judith Ivory

By the way, Lenora’s most recent book, Blame It on the Duke, features a heroine who’s also a talented linguist — and it just hit the USA Today bestsellers list!

 

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“I need new shoes”

Once again, Zits is my life. A "Zits" comic: "Mom . . . I need new shoes"

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

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A girl can dream . . .

YES PLEASE.

Photo: a grand old-fashioned bookcase filled with magnificent books, via Bookstr on Twitter

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Today’s joy

This sweet fluffy little peanut-buttery face is giving me epic joy today.

Photo: a peanut-buttery puppy, via WeRateDogs on Twitter

via WeRateDogs on Twitter

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Chocolate chip cookies – yum!

On the “About Lisa” section of my website, I mention that I like to bake. And I’m a little braggy about my chocolate-chip cookies. But for good reason, honest! They really are amazing. I thought you might enjoy seeing a photo of the batch I made the other day. Photo: Lisa Berne's recent batch of chocolate-chip cookies

I shared the recipe, of course. Here it is also. Enjoy!

Graphic: a recipe for chocolate-chip cookies via author Lisa Berne

 

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The gift you give yourself

I got some new writerly stuff. All very practical, and even though I bought these items myself, it still feels like I just got a really nice present.Photo: office suppliesOh, and if you happened to read my interview for Tasty Book Tours, you already know how I feel about Post-it Notes. :)

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Word of the day: Tatterdemalion

A fantastic word for an author of historical romance.

Graphic: "tatterdemalion" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it with pleasure in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene in which my hero’s haughty, exacting grandmother is busy orchestrating my heroine Livia Stuart’s metamorphosis from a rustic country miss into an elegant diamond of the first water.

Still smarting from a recent encounter with my hero Gabriel, Livia thinks:

She could hardly wait to show herself off to Gabriel Penhallow, and flaunt her transformation in his face. . . . But for this pleasure she had to wait. Two, then three weeks went by, and still he absented himself from his grandmother’s home. Mrs. Penhallow grumbled about his undutiful attitude, then in the very next breath added that it was just as well, for she would, she announced, forbid his presence anyway, until Miss Stuart was no longer a half-savage, unlettered, ill-spoken, maladroit, freckled tatterdemalion.

“I’m not freckled, ma’am,” was all Livia could think to answer, and then promptly felt like a fool.

“Not freckled, you say? You are free to delude yourself, Miss Stuart, if you choose,” frostily replied Mrs. Penhallow. “The Penhallows never have freckles. Have Flye apply the Milk of Almonds twice today. Now! Suppose you have just been introduced to — let us say — the Duke of Egremont. How do you greet him?”

This snippet appears in Chapter 5, but you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

Would you like to order your copy of You May Kiss the Bride? Click here to see your various options in print, ebook, and audio, as well as the gift-with-purchase option offered through my local indie bookstore Auntie’s.

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The green velvet gown

I’m fascinated by this Victorian-era gown. The velvet, for one thing — oh my goodness, don’t you just want to feel it? And the color . . . I can’t quite make up my mind about it. I mostly love it, but there’s about 10 percent of me which finds it slightly repellent. What do you think?

Image: Victorian-era green velvet gown

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On visual images for Livia & Gabriel

I’ve been asked if I had a visual impression of my protagonists while writing You May Kiss the Bride. I was pretty clear about Gabriel Penhallow. I was sure that he’s really good-looking, but not perfectly handsome. I had in mind somebody rather like the dashing singer Justin Currie:Photo: singer Justin Currie

As for Livia Stuart, I was less sure. I knew she would have a fiery personality, and because I had recently finished rereading Anne of Green Gables, I may have had an image like this in my head (at least in terms of hair color):

Photo: Anne of Green Gables

And here’s what the brilliant art department at Avon Books came up with:

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

And I couldn’t be any happier. Aren’t my Gabriel and Livia a georgeous couple?

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Cycles of Love

New love, selfish love, crazy love . . . A beautiful (and fun!) illumination by Grant Snider.Comic: "Cycles of Love" by Grant Snider

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