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“If you could be a character in a novel . . .”

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Last week we talked about prologues, and I learned a lot, both from a reader’s and a writer’s perspective. Today’s question is one of my very favorites in all the world. And I’m going to be kicking things off by sharing a quote from J.K. Rowling on this . . . Join us if you like. :)

Graphic: If you could be a character in a novel, which one would it be? Via Lisa Berne, www.LisaBerne.com

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Cover reveal!

Thrilled to share with you the gorgeous cover for my next book, The Laird Takes a Bride, coming your way this August. Can’t wait for you to meet Alasdair and Fiona. :)The cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more info, and to preorder, click here. To read Chapter 1, click here. Want to save this on Goodreads? Click here.

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Word of the day: Unabashed

This seems like a good word for a romance writer to know. ;)Graphic: "unabashed" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

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Summer is here

And just how do I know? Because this has arrived. Sweet, tender, delicious. Glorious!Photo: fresh summer corn. Via Lisa Berne, author of historical romance

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged . . .”

“. . . that love is complicated.” What a fun graphic delineating the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice.

Graphic: Pride and Prejudice romantic relationships, via Shmoop

via the Jane Austen Centre

Speaking of Jane Austen, you may also enjoy my Bookish post on why she is a huge source of inspiration to romance novelists everywhere.

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A houseguest

Speaking of birds (as I did here yesterday, although in a slightly different context), we have a houseguest. Photo: a bird sitting in its nest, which was built on the front porch

She’s built her nest on our front porch. Which means, of course, that we don’t turn on the light at night, and in our entry hall we glance cautiously out the window to see if she’s there. And if she is, respectfully we tiptoe past. After all, she’s got an important job to do. :)

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Rumor has it . . .

Are you on BookBub, that amazing purveyor of great book deals? A little birdie tells me that You May Kiss the Bride will soon be a featured book! Click here to follow me on Bookbub and make sure you’ll be the first to know. :)

 

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Graphic: "A masterful Regency debut . . . A sheer delight." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Prologues: yes or no?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Last week we jumped into the question of our favorite movies (which added quite a lot of titles to my to-watch list). Today we’re tackling a question readers and writers can feel very strongly about . . .Graphic: "Prologues - love them or skip them?" Via Lisa Berne

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Suggestions, please!

My next newsletter’s in the works, and in addition to giving away a signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride, I want to include another book. But which one? I’d love to hear your suggestion(s) over on my Facebook page. Is there a title on your to-read list you’ve been hankering after? Thank you for your input! Graphic: Your suggestions, please? Via Lisa BerneWould you like to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, which the Washington Post‘s Sarah MacLean recently called “Delicious”? Click here.

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“Insightful, enlightening & entertaining”

I’m a big fan of the brilliant, personable astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, so naturally I pounced on a recent article about him in the Wall Street Journal. Here are some highlights:

My favorite films of all time are: “The Matrix,” “Contact,” “The Island,” “The Conversation,” “Excalibur” and “All That Jazz.” These were philosophically deep, insightful, enlightening and entertaining.

If I could eat only one food on a voyage to Mars, it would be: pepperoni pizza and a strawberry malted milkshake. I could consume those foods day after day and never get tired of them. They’re actually quite healthy — there’s fat, protein, carbohydrates. I might supplement it with a vitamin, but all the calorie needs are there.

Photo: Neil deGrasse Tyson, via the Wall Street Journal

via the Wall Street Journal

A game-changing TV show is: “The Big Bang Theory.” Twenty years ago, had you walked up to a network and said, “I got an idea for a show. It’s got Ph.D. scientists in it, and we’ll just explore their love life and their social life,” no one would make that a show. Now “Big Bang Theory” is the number one comedy on television, and you’ve got shows — “Scorpion,” “Numbers,” “CSI” — with scientists who are good looking, who have social lives. That was never previously done.

If I had a month off, I would: ask the people who gave me a month off why they pulled me away from what I love the most.

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The entire article was a joy to read, but honestly, Neil had me at “The Matrix,” also one of my favorite films of all time.

More about him here.

 

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