Archive for 'inspiration'

McDreamy!

This photo recently crossed my newsfeed. And boy, do I want to write a romance novel with this guy as my hero. ♥

Photo: Patrick Dempsey

 

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Plot bunny!

The caption, via @moodvintage on Twitter: “Late Victorian mountaineers, including a lady fully dressed and corseted, cross a crevasse in the Alps, 1900.”

Photo: "Late Victorian mountaineers" via @moodvintage

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“This year . . .”

I love this. Via the wonderful Grant Snider.

Comic: "This year" by Grant Snider

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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 chat with ‘Happy Ever After’

Such a pleasure to be interviewed by Joyce Lamb for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog! In which I dish about The Laird Takes a Bride, inspiration, writer’s block, my next book, a fave TV show, and more . . .

Click here to read the interview. And for more about my books, click here.

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)Photo: Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in "Leap Year"Photo: Grantchester star James NortonAvon Books logo

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“You can shake the world”

Monday thoughts. :)

Illustration: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world," via Katie Daisy

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Happy weekend!

Here are some great ways in which to spend it. :)

Illustration: "50 Ways to Take a Break"

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Thinking big!

I’ve heard it said that Texans think big, and recently I’ve learned of one awesome way they do: elaborate homecoming corsages! Check ’em out:

via the Wall Street Journal

via the Wall Street Journal

via NPR

via Jezebel

This is inspiring me to think big this week. Happy Monday. :)

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Monday inspiration

Hope you have a very good week. :)

Image: a cat contemplating a large drawing of a tiger

via Sabrina Jeffries on Twitter

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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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