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Come hang out with me . . .

. . . on Monday, when I’ll be hosting the Romance of Reading Facebook group’s page! We’ll be celebrating Women’s History Month and the romance of reading (of course!)

Graphic: The Romance of Reading celebrates Women's History Month

I’ve got some giveaways I’m thrilled about, too: signed copies from some amazing authors of historical romance including Julia Quinn, Cathy Maxwell, Jade Lee, and Lenora Bell.

Photo: Lisa Berne's giveaways for the Romance of Reading's celebration of Women's History MonthThe Romance of Reading is a closed page, but the admins are speedy-quick in admitting new members. Hope to see you there!

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Book love: Always the Hero

My friend, the uber-talented Anna J. Stewart, has a new book out, which is cause for celebration! It’s the latest in her wonderful Butterfly Harbor series. And check out the gorgeous cover!Cover image: Always the Hero by Anna J. Stewart

RT Book Reviews has said that Anna writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance.” Truly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. :)

Click here to learn more about Always the Hero, and how you can get your hands on a copy.


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A new book from Loretta Chase!

And it’s a delight! Have you read A Duke in Shining Armor yet? Beautifully written and so much fun — just what you’d expect from the marvelous Ms. Chase.Image: the cover for A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase (Avon Books)

If you haven’t yet read it, may I tempt you with the prologue and Chapter 1? Click here!

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Save the date!

On March 12 I’ll be guest-hosting at the Romance of Reading on Facebook, as part of a wonderful extended party celebrating Women’s History Month. Join me for book chat, giveaways, and more! And oh, my giveaways . . . I’ve got signed copies from some amazing historical-romance authors including Julia Quinn, Cathy Maxwell, and Vivienne Lorret. Graphic: The Romance of Reading Facebook group banner, cohosted by Bobbi Dumas

By the way, the lineup of authors throughout the month is absolutely incredible. It includes such luminaries as Mary Balogh, Lorraine Heath, Sherry Thomas, Joanna Shupe, Nicola Cornick, Eloisa James, Valerie Bowman, Lenora Bell, Jeannie Lin, Ella Quinn, and Susanna Kearsley, to name just a few!

Click here for more info, and to join the group.

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An RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee!

Thrilled to share the news that You May Kiss the Bride has been nominated for the 2017 award, in the First Historical Romance / Historical Fiction category!

Graphic: 2017 RT Reviewers Choice Awards

Congratulations to my fellow nominees as well! Amy Jarecki for The Highland Duke, Meghan Masterson for The Wardrobe Mistress, and Jessica Shattuck for The Women in the Castle. To see the nominees in all the historical romance categories, click here.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, read Chapter 1, and view the various ordering options for print, ebook, and audio, click hereCover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)


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On voice, inspiration, and being stuck

Very honored to be interviewed for the Kirkus Romance blog! In which I discuss my writing journey, the evolution of You May Kiss the Bride, what I’ve learned from my characters along the way, some of my favorite books of 2017, and more. Click here to read! Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more about You May Kiss the Bride and my other books, click here.

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Speaking of fun places to hang out . . .

. . . on Facebook, as I did in my last post, here are two more groups you may want to check out — and join. First, there’s the recently formed Avon Contemporary Romance Readers group. Very lively and fun!

Graphic: Avon Romance Contemporary Readers group on Facebook

Second, there’s the brand-new League of Extraordinary Historical Romance Authors, featuring a powerhouse crew including Lenora Bell, Kelly Bowen, Kerrigan Byrne, Valerie Bowman, KJ Charles, Piper Huguley, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Vanessa Riley, Maya Rodale, Cat Sebastian, Joanna Shupe, and Sherry Thomas. It’s launching this Friday at 3 pm EST with a party hosted by Lenora Bell, with book chats, giveaways, and more. Sounds like a blast!

What are your favorite places to hang out on Facebook?


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Would you like to sign up for my newsletter?

If you haven’t already, that is! My next one goes out on January 20th, and it features an exclusive interview with the funny, insightful, and incredibly talented Cathy Maxwell — along with an international giveaway for a print copy of her newest book, If Ever I Should Love You.

Photo: Cathy Maxwell, author of historical romanceCheck out this gorgeous cover! It’s the first in Cathy’s brand-new series, The Spinster Heiresses.

Cover for If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell (Avon Books)

Want to sign up? There’s an easy-peasy form on my website, as well as on my Facebook page.

For more about Cathy, click here.


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Mary Balogh on the marriage of convenience

Really enjoyed the recent BookPage interview with the wonderful Mary Balogh. One of my favorite questions has to do with the marriage of convenience trope, as it’s something I’ve explored, in differing permutations, in my own books. Interviewer Savanna Walker asks Mary why she thinks it’s such an enduring one. Photo: Mary Balogh

“I think it is at least partly because the couple has to cope almost from the start with the intimacies of marriage, even if they hold off on the sex, while gradually building a friendship and, of course, falling in love,” answers Mary. “Everything is happening at once and the story is likely to be full of emotion and passion with a new couple in close contact with each other all the time. And it is always lovely to see a relationship that seems so unpromising at the start blossom into an enduring love story.”

Mary’s got a new book out, Someone to Wed, which I can’t wait to read. Check out the gorgeous cover!

Cover for Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Would you like to read the full interview? Click here. To visit Mary’s website, click here.


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A wonderful giveaway from Julia Quinn!

As Julia and her team have done for the past six years, they’re honoring Veterans’ Day in a beautiful way — by giving away a hundred copies of her books to soldiers, veterans, and military spouses. Click here to enter.

Image: Support Our Troops

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