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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)

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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.

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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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A new book from Eloisa? Yes, please!

As you may have heard, Eloisa James has a new book out! Who else besides me is WILDLY looking forward to reading it? (Sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.)

Image: cover of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James (Avon Books)

More about Wilde in Love here.

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A Sophie Jordan giveaway!

Okay, so I’m not giving away the brilliant Sophie Jordan herself. Obviously. But I’m a big fan of hers and I want to share the love! Hop on over to my Facebook page for a chance to win an advance reader’s copy of Beautiful Lawman (which doesn’t release until December 26th) as well as a print copy of While the Duke Was Sleeping which is one of my all-time favorites by Sophie. It was inspired by While You Were Sleeping, one of my favorite movies, so that’s like icing on the cake. :)Graphic: Lisa Berne is giving away copies of Sophie Jordan's Beautiful Lawman and While the Duke Was Sleeping

For more about Sophie, click here.

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Currently reading . . .

I’m loving Solace Island, a recently published debut novel of romantic suspense, by new-to-me author Sara Flynn. It’s beautifully written, with pitch-perfect dialogue, vivid characterizations, and a crackling storyline. And I’m not the only one to think so — it’s gotten glowing reviews, and check out all these stars on Amazon!Photo: Solace Island by Sara FlynnSara Flynn also happens to be the pseudonym of Golden Globe-winning actress Meg Tilly. More about Sara and Solace Island here on her site. And for a great article in USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog, detailing Meg/Sara’s journey toward becoming a romance author, click here.

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Celebrating Julie Brannagh

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of fellow Avon author Julie Brannagh’s death. Jane Porter and Elizabeth Boyle have organized an all-day Facebook event tomorrow, October 10, to celebrate not just Julie’s life, but also the release of her book Necessary Roughness. Stop by for shared memories, and giveaways, too!Graphic: Celebrating Julie Brannagh

Click here for the Facebook page. And here if you’d like to order Necessary Roughness.

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Lucky me!

I scored an advance reader’s copy of Sophie Jordan’s Beautiful Lawman. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?!?Photo: Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan (Avon Books)

Coming your way December 26, and available for preorder.

More about Sophie here.

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