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THE LATEST FROM LISA BERNE

“Your name on a porridge bowl”

From Mark Brownlow, this hilarious — and brilliant — graphic which takes us into the giddy realm of Jane Eyre’s email. Graphic via Mark Brownlow: Jane Eyre: the Emails

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The joy of socks

Sometimes it’s the simple things. A heap of new socks. All too practical, but kinda cute too.  Photo: a heap of new socks with brightly colored heels

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Word of the day: Finesse

A delightful word, full of interesting connotations.Graphic: "Finesse" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, in the scene in which my protagonists meet for the first time. They are in the woods, and Livia has just paused, having unexpectedly come across a doe and a stag. Here comes Gabriel Penhallow: with little echoes from Jane Eyre and the ’95 version of Pride and Prejudice, when we get our first glimpse of Mr. Darcy, on horseback and clearly a very capable rider.

. . . there came the unmistakable sound of hoofbeats. The doe darted in one direction, the stag another, directly across the path where a rider had come and startling his immense black horse, which reared in alarm, deadly sharp hooves flying out, and was promptly reined in, in a display of strength and finesse that Livia watched with a kind of fascinated alarm.

This snippet appears in Chapter 2, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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“A delicious enemies-to-friends romance”

Sarah MacLean has long been an inspiration to me, both through her books and her tireless advocacy for the romance genre, so I was absolutely thrilled that she chose You May Kiss the Bride as one of the month’s best romance novels in her Washington Post column. Here, in part, is what she said:Graphic: "A delicious enemies-to-friends romance," says Sarah MacLean about Lisa Berne's You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books), naming it one of the month's top romance reads in the Washington Post (May 2017)

Read Sarah’s full column here.

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Getting to know you

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You day on my Facebook page, where we talk about all kinds of fun things including dogs vs. cats, dream vacations, our favorite meals, what we’re currently reading, and more. Here’s today’s question. Would you like to join the conversation? Hop right on in. :)

Graphic: Do you have a favorite movie? Via Lisa Berne

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Have you read it . . . ?

If you’ve read You May Kiss the Bride, how would you feel about writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon? If you haven’t already, that is, and if those are places you frequent, and, most importantly, if it would be fun for you. It’s a fantastic way to spread the word, and help You May Kiss the Bride find new readers. Thank you!

Have you read You May Kiss the Bride? (by Lisa Berne, Avon Books)

 

And, of course, I’d love to hear from you directly! I’m on Facebook and Twitter, and you can always email me at lisa @ lisaberne.com (without spaces).

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Introverts ‘live it up on the inside’

One of my favorite parts of the romance panel I moderated at the Get Lit festival last month was hearing the panelists — Asa Maria Bradley, Tamara Morgan, Katee Robert, and Rebecca Zanetti — describe where they each fall on the introspection/extroversion continuum. Writing tends to be an intensely solitary experience across long periods of time, so it makes sense that a writer has to at least be comfortable with introversion.

On the heels of this I was fascinated to read a recent “Advice Goddess” column in which Amy Alkon discusses the topic. She refutes the idea that introverts are somehow ‘less than’ their more outgoing counterparts.

“They’re not,” she says. “They’re differently functional. Brain imaging research by cognitive scientist Debra L. Johnson and her colleagues found that in introverts, sensory input from experience led to more blood flow in the brain (amounting to more stimulation). The path it took was longer and twistier than in extroverts and had a different destination: frontal areas we use for inward thinking like planning, remembering, and problem-solving. So, introverts live it up, too; they just do it on the inside.”

Alkon continues: “Extroverts’ brain scans revealed a more direct path for stimuli — with blood flowing straight to rear areas of the brain used for sensory processing, like listening and touching. They also have less overall blood flow — translating (in combination with a different neurochemical response) to a need for more social hoo-ha to be ‘fed.’”

More about the always-enlightening Amy Alkon here.

Amy Alkon, also known as the "Advice Goddess"

 

 

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Rise and shine

Happy Monday. :)"Rise and shine": a graphic by Katie Daisy

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Thinking with love of mothers everywhere. 
Photo: a mother elephant and her baby, trunks intertwined

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Shop talk: Patty Blount on the three stories
Author Patty Blount recently commented on the craft of writing romance novels, and I found what she said to be so insightful, so perceptive, that I’m keen to share it:

 

Writing romance is among the most challenging genres because you’re actually writing three stories. His and Hers (or His and His, Hers and Hers, depending on your sub-genre). 

Two main characters. Two trajectories and two distinct story arcs.

The third story is their romance itself.

It really fries my tomatoes when industry critics dismiss romance as bodice-rippers and lady porn and so on because that fact is often missed. Every romance novel has three stories that don’t just intersect . . . they become enmeshed, melded, just as relationships do.

We start off with one character immersed in his world, his problems, his wounds. Then, we cut to the other character and get the same experience. What makes romance so unique and so powerful, in my opinion, is how we authors craft these two people so that the story isn’t simply “Person Meets Love Interest.”

It’s Person Struggling Through Life

Meets Another Person Struggling Through Life

and Learns How To Love This Person Despite/Because of Those Struggles

So That Their Ending Feels Like a Beginning

That’s the Third story . . . the love that develops between these two characters has to be real and be forever and that kind of love becomes its own story.

That’s not just good writing, it’s magic.

Photo: Patty BlountMore about Patty here.
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