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Goodreads giveaway!

Two signed copies of The Laird Takes a Bride are up for grabs! Click here for more info, and to enter. And good luck!

Graphic: Goodreads giveaway! The Laird Takes a Bride (Avon Books) by Lisa Berne

This giveaway ends on September 10, 2017.

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Twitter . . .

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Today I’m asking a rather controversial question . . .

Graphic: Twitter. Via Lisa Berne, www.LisaBerne.com

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Dazzling!

A little eye candy for your Wednesday. :)

Photo: Dazzling "Beauty and the Beast" shoe

via Sabrina Jeffries on Twitter

 

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With gratitude

It’s release day for The Laird Takes a Bride! I’m filled with joy, and also with gratitude. This didn’t happen on my efforts alone; here are some of the amazing people who helped. Photo: acknowledgements for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, please click here.

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Newsletter news!

My latest newsletter goes out tomorrow, celebrating the release of The Laird Takes a Bride! If you haven’t signed up yet, would you like to? There’s an easy-peasy form on my website and on my Facebook page too.

Graphic: Have you signed up for my newsletter? Featuring my latest news and exclusive giveaway opportunities! www.LisaBerne.com

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Read a Romance Month top recs!

One of my favorite RARM features is the author recommendations — discovering new authors from other authors. And my top recs?

  • Sophie Jordan. An author of dazzling imagination and talent. (And a huge inspiration to me.)
  • Anna J. Stewart. Can’t say enough nice things about Anna’s writing. As a fellow author I’m in awe, and as a reader I’m just swept away on a tide of enjoyment.
  • Lenora Bell. Her books are so smart and witty and fun! Am a superfan.

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Goodreads giveaway for The Laird Takes a Bride!

Five copies are up for grabs, and this giveaway is open internationally. Click here to enter. And good luck!

Graphic: Goodreads giveaway for The Laird Takes a Bride, Book 2 of the Penhallow Dynasty series, by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway runs through August 30, 2017.

 

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“Ninja heart sneaks undetected . . .”

This made me laugh. Especially since I’m about to turn off the computer and go out of town, and offline, for a family get-together. TTYL. :)Comic: "Ninja Heart sneaks undetected . . ." by the Awkward Yeti

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Last call!

Two print copies of You May Kiss the Bride are up for grabs . . . but not for much longer.

One copy — with swag — is being offered via the 2017 Read a Romance Month. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PST August 17. Click here to enter. (And to check out the other fabulous giveaways!)

photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through the Ripped Bodice bookstore

Also, there’s a Goodreads giveaway currently running, which wraps up August 18. Click here to enter. Good luck!

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More RARM!

That is, a little more from my Read a Romance Month contribution. Please enjoy. :)

 

  1. Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of The Power of Romance.

I read my first Georgette Heyer novel when I was fourteen, and even though I understood very little of the period terminology, and in fact barely knew where Bath, England, was, I did manage to decode the erotic disjuncture between what the protagonists are saying, and how they’re actually feeling about each other — how underneath their witty and civilized conversations, and despite the elaborately codified manners of their time, a powerful, primal attraction is drawing them inexorably together. Talk about the sizzling power of romance! It caught me as a teenager — hook, line, and sinker — and, to my joy, has never let me go.

Image: cover of Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

 

  1. Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

When I was dating the man who was later to become my husband, as February 14th approached — our first Valentine’s Day together — he asked me what I would like to have as a gift. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry . . . all floated through my mind as obvious possibilities.

But then I thought about what I really wanted. I said, “A bread machine.”

Did he say it was a silly idea, or boring, or an overly prosaic one? No, he went out and got me my very own Breadman. Which to me — then and now — is a powerfully romantic gesture. (By the way, we’re still happily married. And I still use my Breadman, too.)

Photo: bread machine

 

  1. Tell us about a word that has power for you. 

That word is “yes.” To me it signifies hope, forward movement, possibility. So my ongoing goal is to say yes to change. To trying new things. To continue to learn and grow. And finally — yes to writing books which I hope others will enjoy and find meaningful.

 

  1.  Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

The Book of Joy, which features the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in conversation, is a powerfully inspiring treatise on finding balance and peace in a turbulent world. And I must also mention Sarah MacLean’s just-published Day of the Duchess: a beautifully written, powerful testament to the capacity to both change and wholeheartedly love.

Cover: The Book of Joy

  1. Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Jane Austen has long been an influence and an inspiration to me as a reader, a student of history, and as a writer of historical romance. Set in an era during which women all too often had little real power, her books make a radical claim for a woman’s right to independent thought, for the importance of happiness, for the overriding value of love over cool pragmatism. These are compelling — and fun! — issues I like to explore in my own novels set during this time, and I’ve got Austen to thank for boldly leading the way over two hundred years ago.

Image: A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin.

A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin

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