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My kind of bird

And quite possibly my spirit animal, too. :)

Photo: a seagull sitting on top of a "no seagull" sign.

via @landpsychology on Twitter


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Happy New Year!

Do you have any resolutions? I’m sharing mine on my Facebook page.

Art by Katie Daisy: "I dwell in possibility"

Art by Katie Daisy

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End-of-year giveaway!

As we wrap up 2017, I’m celebrating with a giveaway for my debut novel of historical romance You May Kiss the Bride, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, is a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Top 10 Debut of the Year, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Sarah MacLean Recommended Romance. My cup runneth over!Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

I’m giving away three signed, print copies, and also a pretty charm necklace (which has a special meaning when you read Chapter 5) over on my Facebook page. To enter, simply add a comment by January 10th!

Gift with purchase of You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, click here.


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“I accept you under certain circumstances”

Seems about right. :)

Comic by Sarah Andersen: "I accept you under certain circumstances"

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My new Facebook banner!

Isn’t it gorgeous?!? Compliments of the brilliant Croco Designs.Graphic: Facebook banner for The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2018)

For more about The Bride Takes a Groom, recently named by Publishers Weekly as one of the “big titles of spring,” click here. And to join me on Facebook, click here — and please do say hello!

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“They’re all empty!”

May your holidays be as bright. :)Comic: "Best Christmas ever"

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Which Jane Austen characters . . .

. . . would I invite to a holiday party? All of them, of course. It would certainly be — as Austen herself might say — vastly amusing!

Graphic: "Which Jane Austen characters would you like to invite for Christmas?"

Speaking of Austen — one of my favorite all-time authors — I recently wrote a fun little post for Bookish called “How Jane Austen Continues to Inspire Romance Authors.” Click here to check it out.

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I can’t explain it . . .

. . . but there’s something about this photo that just makes me happy.

Photo: The Duke & Duchess' Christmas family portrait

Oh, and this also:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

I guess it’s because love is in the air. :)

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Winter inspiration

So, it’s been getting pretty cold and snowy around here lately . . .

Comic: "This is how I wanna spend winters"

via @RespectfulMemes on Twitter

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Meet Hugo

Here’s a snippet from my next book, The Bride Takes a Groom — in which my hero, Captain Hugo Penhallow, is introduced. It takes place in April 1811, somewhere near the Canadian border. Please enjoy. :)

It had been a perfectly good day, tramping along the St. Lawrence River and leading his men in a jolly little reconnaissance through the woods, until all at once there was a crack and a slight whistling noise.

Then there was a sharp pain six inches down and to the right of his heart.

“Damn it to hell,” said Hugo Penhallow, whipping around and in a single rapid motion bringing up his own musket, sighting the French sharpshooter two hundred paces away, and targeting him rather more effectively. He watched with grim satisfaction as the other man crumpled like a puppet released from its string, then sat himself down hard on the ground. His hand, pressed against the front of his red jacket, came away red also, but unfortunately with his own blood.

If he was lucky, the bullet that was now resident inside him hadn’t struck anything of particular importance. It occurred to him now that he was very fond of his internal organs, as they’d functioned beautifully all his life, and he’d love for them to keep on doing exactly that.The cover for The Bride Takes a Groom, Book 3 of the Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Carefully, Hugo allowed himself to slide down into a prone position. Everything was getting all hazy and woolly, and just before he closed his eyes he saw the concerned faces of his men hovering over him. A nice bunch of chaps. He was fortunate to have a group like this under his command. Too bad for them they’d have to convey him all the way back to camp, but that, after all, was one of the hazards of military life, and he was sure they’d do a decent job of it.

The pain, he noticed, was getting worse. Well, this certainly was an annoyance. How he loathed those pesky Frenchmen, and wished they’d stay in their own country where they belonged, kowtowing to that blasted little egomaniac Bonaparte and also making brandy which was, admittedly, of excellent quality. In fact, he wouldn’t object to a long swallow of that right now. But, he suspected, he was soon to be losing consciousness, so all things considered, the brandy might well have been a waste.

His last sentient thought was gratitude for the fact that the reconnaissance had been a useful one. His men would be able to confirm that yes, of a surety, there were active enemies in the area, and here was their bloodied and insensate captain to prove it.

Releasing next April, The Bride Takes a Groom is the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, and was recently named by Publishers Weekly in its spring 2018 announcements as one of the “big titles of spring.” Would you like to preorder? Click here. To save it on Goodreads, click here.


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