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Signed copies? Yes! Gift with purchase? Yes!

I’m partnering with my local indie bookseller, Auntie’s Bookstore, to not only sign and/or personalize copies of You May Kiss the Bride, but also to offer a special gift for each book purchased. Here’s a sneak peek of the giftie:photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA

It includes this necklace – which has a special meaning you’ll understand when you read Chapter 5 – and two postcards, one of which is stamped if you’d like to tell a friend about You May Kiss the Bride. The rumpled bedsheet, however, isn’t included. ;)

Click here for more info, and to preorder. Also — Auntie’s offers free shipping with orders of $50 and up.

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Galentine’s Day Sweepstakes!

Thrilled that You May Kiss the Bride is featured in this epic “Ladies’ Night In” sweepstakes hosted by Heroes and Heartbreakers!Infographic: Galentine's Day sweepstakes hosted by Heroes and Heartbreakers, featuring You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017) by Lisa Berne

Not only are early copies of these ten books up for grabs, there’s also a snack box, assorted teas, and a Bridesmaid DVD. Click here to learn about the sweepstakes rules, and to enter. Good luck!

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To sleep, perchance to dream . . .

Mary Balogh posted this on Facebook. And I got all dreamy-eyed.

Photo: a charming, rustic sleeping nook, whose walls are lined with books

 

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Bow wow for these doggy portraits!

Saw on Twitter how the Humane Society of Utah creates “photo-booth” portraits of their adoptable dogs. Which is so brilliant and so artful and, most importantly, really successful. Have to share a few of them with you.

A "photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah."Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

These photos via Animal Life and Beautiful Pictures on Twitter; also themindcircle.com

More about the Humane Society of Utah here.

 

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

So, yeah, we’ve been having a lot of snow lately.

Photo: "Clayton Conrad walks past the 22-foot-tall Olaf snowman Wednesday in his front yard . . . in Spokane Valley." Via the Spokesman-Review

“It’s not finished yet,” Clayton Conrad says about his 22-foot-tall snowman in the front yard of his Spokane Valley home. Via the Spokesman-Review.

 

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A bookish holiday wreath!

Further holiday merriment: a bookish wreath! I wonder what book this clever crafter utilized . . . ?

Photo of a holiday wreath made from book pages. Posted by Sarah's Book Reviews on Twitter.

via Sarah’s Book Reviews on Twitter

More crafty holiday DIY inspiration here at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

 

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May your beard be merry and bright

Props to whoever thought of this.

Photo of a man whose beard is festooned with holiday lights. Via themindcircle.com

via themindcircle.com

More here.

 

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Still life with cats

This photo seems implausible. How could you get five cats to pose this way? (Which is why I included the tag “wow.”) But isn’t it wonderful?

Lisa Berne, author of historical romance, admires a surrealistically realistic photo of five charmingly grouped cats.

via the Cult Cat on Twitter

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A holiday book-tree

Theresa Romain, a fellow author of historical romance, made a tree out of books! I’m picturing it with a few strands of colored lights, a little tinsel draped here and there . . . and some more books (wrapped, of course) around the base. Because books make great gifts, don’t they? ;)

A holiday "book-tree" made by Theresa Romain, author of historical romance.

 

More about Theresa here.

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The Other Side of Infinity

Yesterday we drove through a hailstorm, which gave way to sleet and then lightly falling snow, to a planetarium to watch “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” a mind-bending program narrated by Liam Neeson.

One of the creators, Andrew J. S. Hamilton, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, has said about the program: “What if you could take people through a wormhole the way Einstein’s equations said it would be? And what if you could bring art and science together in a way that compromised neither?”

It was indeed an awe-inspiring — and giddy! — thrill ride. Yet we were glad when the lights went up and there we were, still in our seats, still in Spokane, still safe and sound on beautiful planet Earth.

Speculative image of a black hole via Slate.com, from an article called "The Other Side of Infinity" by Phil Plait

Image via Slate.com

More about “Black Holes” here.

 

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