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“Graceful, lyrical, and charming”

Wow, what a lovely review from Kirkus for Engaged to the Earl!

“A sophisticated, elegantly written study on character and love . . . the subtle comparison of the quick ‘love at first sight’ romance versus the slow-building, deep-rooted love between characters is lovely and satisfying. Graceful, lyrical, and charming.”

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Engaged to the Earl comes your way on February 25th, in print, ebook, and audio. If you haven’t already, would you like to preorder? Click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins website.

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“A must-read for Regency fans”

Thrilled to share the first review of Engaged to the Earl!

Graphic: Publishers Weekly review of Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Graphic courtesy of Avon Books

This fourth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series is coming your way on February 25th, in print, ebook, and audio! Want more info, or to preorder? Click here to go to the Avon/HarperCollins website.

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The Magic of Change

I’m so honored to be a part of Read-a-Romance-Month 2019! Here’s a little tidbit from my essay on love and the magic of change:

Graphic: Read-a-Romance-Month logoRomance novels — love stories — can, and do, portray their share of dark matter. But within them, like a bright skein woven throughout a dappled fabric, is an optimistic and unshakable faith in change. That it’s not only possible, but achievable, and it happens just when we’re just about to lose hope. There’s no need to fear, though. See? The heroine and the hero have bettered themselves, they’re changed, their trajectories have met and are firmly joined. 

See? Change; connection; hopefulness. Joy. Magic.

Here it is: love. Magic.

Maybe for us, too. Why not?

Plus, there’s a Q&A, book/author recommendations, and a giveaway! Copies of You May Kiss the Bride and The Laird Takes a Bride, the first two books in my Penhallow Dynasty series, are up for grabs. For a chance to win, simply add a comment at the bottom of the post.The cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks!

Happy Saturday, friends! I’m SUUUUUUUPER excited to be featured in Read A Romance Month‘s #100DaysOfGreatBooks today! You’re cordially invited to take a look — you’ll learn about the most courageous thing I’ve ever done, why I write romance, fellow authors whose work I love . . . PLUS a sneak peek at the cover of my next book, Engaged to the Earl, the fourth in the Penhallow Dynasty series . . . AND a title reveal for the 5th book!

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Graphic: "A masterful Regency debut . . . A sheer delight." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

 

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Giveaway!

Want a chance to win one of three signed, print copies of The Bride Takes a Groom? If so, head on over to my Facebook page, and add your say, whether via comment or emoji!

The Bride Takes a Groom (Avon Books) by Lisa Berne, named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

One of my favorite compliments about The Bride Takes a Groom, the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, came from Hot Sauce Reviews:

“A blast to read. . . . All in all, there is something about this story that makes me grin and even laugh — it’s like the child of a good Eloisa James book and a Julia Quinn book, with sweet, emotional moments that nicely balance out the humor.”

To see more of the nice things being said, click here. Want to read the prologue and first chapter? Click here. And if you’d like to order a copy, in print, ebook, or audio, click here.

 

 

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A Kirkus Best Book of the Year!

I’m thrilled to share the news with you that The Bride Takes a Groom, the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, not only received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, it’s been named one of their best books of the year!

The Bride Takes a Groom (Avon Books) by Lisa Berne, named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Plus, it’s also a BookPage Best Romance of the Year, a Fresh Fiction “Fresh Pick,” and a Publishers Weekly “Big Title.” To top it all off, Booklist said:

“With perfectly polished prose, a rare gift for creating superbly rendered characters, and a sense of wit that rivals Georgette Heyer at her best, Berne gifts romance readers with the third sterling addition to her not-to-be-missed, Regency-set Penhallow Dynasty series.”

My cup runneth over!

Want to hear more of the nice things people are saying about The Bride Takes a Groom? Click here. To read the prologue and first chapter, click here.

And last but not least, stay tuned for giveaway news, coming soon!

 

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“An elegant, poignant and joyful romance”

Thrilled to share the news that The Bride Takes a Groom has received a starred review from Kirkus!

Cover for The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)In part, it says: “Berne’s third Penhallow title maintains the exquisite writing, lush emotion, and complex characters we’ve come to expect, this time with a heroine who is knocked back time and again but finds herself strengthened by the choices she makes, the people she helps along the way, and, to her pleasant surprise, the remarkable man beside her. An elegant, poignant, and joyful romance and a must-read for Regency fans.”

The Bride Takes a Groom releases on April 24. Would you like to preorder? Click here to see your various options in print, ebook, and audio.

 

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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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One of the “big titles of spring”!

Wow, incredibly honored to receive this encomium from Publishers Weekly for the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, The Bride Takes a Groom!

Graphic: Publishers Weekly names Lisa Berne's The Bride Takes a Groom (Avon Books) one of the "big titles of spring"

Would you like to read the prologue and first chapter? Click here. And to preorder in advance of the April 24th release date, click here.

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Meet Katherine

Here’s a snippet from my next book, The Bride Takes a Groom — in which my heroine, Miss Katherine Brooke, is introduced. It takes place in June 1805, at a boarding school in Coventry, England, called the Basingstoke Select Academy for Young Ladies. Please enjoy. :)

A summer evening.

Overhead, a full, golden moon.

A soft masculine voice murmuring in her ear, “Ma chérie, je veux te toucher.”

A hand, drawn across her bosom.

Pleasure. Refuge. Connection.

She pressed herself closer, and as she did so, to her drifted the faintest scent of lavender, carried gently on the breeze that rustled leaves, caressed flowers, stirred the light muslin hem of her gown.

The cover for The Bride Takes a Groom, Book 3 of the Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)Lavender, and . . . witch hazel?

A sudden, urgent warning sounded deep in Katherine Brooke’s brain, but it was too late.

“Miss Brooke! Monsieur de la Motte! What is the meaning of this?” came the outraged voice of Miss Wolfe, headmistress of the very exclusive and even more expensive boarding school at which Katherine had been immured for two long, miserable years.

Germaine — Monsieur de la Motte — gave an audible gasp of horror, and before Katherine’s equally horrified gaze the dashing music instructor who had been so bold, so eloquent, seemed abruptly to become a rather large pile of blancmange. He released her and pulled away as if he had just been holding in his arms a repulsive, bad-smelling troll he’d found lurking under a bridge somewhere, and gibbered:

“Oh, Mademoiselle Wolfe, forgive me — it was nothing — without significance — a brotherly embrace to comfort only — the poor demoiselle so lonely and far from home — and but this one time, I do assure you — it was that I felt so very sorry for her —”

“You lie, you — you weasel,” interrupted Katherine hotly. If she’d had her wits about her, she might have gone along with his inane little story and maybe, just maybe, mitigated this rapidly unfolding disaster, but there was something about the way he was babbling on, as if she was nothing, as if she was without significance, that made a crimson mist of rage rise up in front of her eyes like a vengeful wraith. What had happened to all those bewitchingly romantic words of passion?

She wrenched herself around to face Miss Wolfe. “It’s not the first time, we’ve been meeting in the garden for weeks, and he’s been kissing me!”

Germaine de la Motte, no doubt aware that his days at the Basingstoke Academy for Young Ladies had drawn to an immediate close, and that within mere minutes he would be booted out onto the street with nothing but his hastily packed valise in hand, gave Katherine a look of undisguised malice. “But recall, mademoiselle, how ardently you sought me out.”

Oh, splendid, now the cat was well and truly let out of the bag, thus making things instantly go from bad to worse. Katherine could feel her fury dissolving with almost ludicrous speed and giving way to soul-shattering embarrassment and shame. “I — I thought you liked me,” she faltered.

He smiled thinly and lifted his shoulders in a Gallic gesture of dismissal. “Ma pauvre chérie.”

His words came at her like a slap in the face, cruel, patronizing, stinging. It had all been a lie. A malign and hard-hearted deception. So much for those embraces, the kisses, the furtive touches here and there, the exciting feel of a man’s body against her own. How wrong and awful she’d been, how stupid, how bad —

And here, to emphasize just how bad, was Miss Wolfe again, very nearly sputtering in her fury:

“I can hardly believe my ears! That a pupil of mine would stoop so low! To solicit such a thing! To sneak about, like a sordid criminal! And you but barely turned fifteen, Miss Brooke! Be sure that I shall inform your parents by express first thing tomorrow.”

Katherine hung her head. She was a low, sneaking, sordid, criminal sort of girl. Hadn’t she known, underneath it all, that she was behaving dreadfully? “Yes, Miss Wolfe,” she muttered, aware, to her further horror, that tears were gathering in her eyes, had begun to roll in heavy, wet, revealing drops down her cheeks. More ashamed of herself than ever, with a kind of desperation she scrubbed at the tears with her bare hands. Oh, she hated this place. If she was lucky, her parents would have her removed at once.

But as it turned out, she would stay on for four more long, miserable years at the Basingstoke Academy, Mother and Father agreeing with Miss Wolfe’s expert (and, ultimately, costly) assessment that Katherine — so gauche, so inattentive — would need them in order to acquire even the most fundamental degree of polish, that essential and elusive je ne sais quoi, which would enable her to someday, one hoped, comport herself without committing further, dreadful gaffes.

Releasing this April (soon!), The Bride Takes a Groom is the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, and was recently named by Publishers Weekly in its spring 2018 announcements as one of the “big titles of spring.” Would you like to preorder? Click here. To save it on Goodreads, click here.

 

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