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“Jane Austen would approve”

Wow! What an amazing review for Engaged to the Earl from the Historical Novel Society! 

In this Regency romance, two beautiful people fall in love at first sight and get engaged, only to discover they are not suited. Or at least Gwendolyn

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

Coming your way February 25th, 2020!

Penhallow does, for she is not only beautiful and a member of a highly respected family, but, more importantly, honest and kind. The Earl of Westenbury? Not so much.

By contrast, Gwennie’s childhood friend Christopher Beck is kind, to people and animals both, even if he is not an aristocrat. And unlike the earl, he can be relied upon.

The process by which the pair learn the valuable life lessons that enable them to find happiness together is involving, and it provides an opportunity to comment upon snobbery and various human foibles. There is too a complementary subplot involving Gwennie’s spoiled and selfish cousin Helen. She too falls in love at first sight, but with less success. What distinguishes the book, however, is the characterization, which is marked by the deft use of irony. Jane Austen would approve.

Strongly recommended.

I’m so, so pleased, and also incredibly honored and flattered that the reviewer said, “Jane Austen would approve.” Because . . .

Graphic: "OMG Jane Austen," shared via LisaBerne.com

. . . Jane Austen is such an inspiration to me!

(In fact, you’ll find a reference to Persuasion in the story.)

For more info about Engaged to the Earl, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site.

 

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“One does not publish a book . . .”

” . . . without celebrating with a giveaway.”

I entirely agree! In my upcoming newsletter — going out on the 25th — I’m giving away five hot-off-the-press copies of Engaged to the Earl.

Graphic: One does not publish a book without celebrating with a giveaway - via LisaBerne.com

If you haven’t already, would you like to subscribe? There’s an easy-peasy form here on my website, and also on my Facebook page. And remember: as a subscriber to my newsletter, you’re automatically entered into all my giveaways!

For more info about Engaged to the Earl, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins website.

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

“Readers who crave romances written with style and substance will cherish Berne’s latest entrancing addition to the Penhallow Dynasty series.” -Booklist, starred review

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And ANOTHER giveaway!

Two days ago I shared the news about an epic Goodreads giveaway for Engaged to the Earl, and yesterday I told you about an amaaaaaazing Valentine’s Day giveaway which includes You May Kiss the Bride, and today I want to let you know about another giveaway I’m hosting over on my Facebook page!

Photo: Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“Delicious.” -Sarah MacLean, Washington Post, on You May Kiss the Bride

Compliments of my lovely publisher Avon/HarperCollins, I’ve got advance reader’s copies of Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride to share!

Two lucky readers will each win this set, signed if they like!

For a chance to win, pop on over to my Facebook page.

Want more info about my Penhallow Dynasty series? You can see all the titles, read an excerpt, check out the nice things people are saying, and listen to an audiobook sample. Click here.

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ANOTHER giveaway!

Yesterday I shared the news about an epic Goodreads giveaway for Engaged to the Earl. Today I’m thrilled to let you know that You May Kiss the Bride, the first book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, is part of an equally epic giveaway compliments of Bookstr!

Photo: Valentine's Day giveaway compliments of Bookstr, shared via LisaBerne.com

“Valentines Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got just the thing for you— What do you mean you have plans?! Well you won’t once you hear what we have in store. Seriously! Your other half’s rose petal-strewn proposal will pale in comparison. Ready?

“We’ve got fifty (YES, FIFTY, 5-0!) roasting hot romance novels to give away. That’s right, these romances, valued at over $500, are so supremely sexy they’ll have you cancelling any plans you had for Valentine’s Day 2020, and beyond.”

Click here to enter the giveaway. And good luck!

For more info about Engaged to the Earl (which releases on the 25th!) and You May Kiss the Bride, click here.

 

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Goodreads giveaway!

My lovely and generous publisher Avon Books/HarperCollins is giving away 50 — yes, 50! — copies of Engaged to the Earl! Click here to go to Goodreads and enter for a chance to win.

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

“A must-read.” -Publishers Weekly

Available in print, ebook and audio, Engaged to the Earl releases on the 25th! For preorder info, and to read the first two chapters, click here.

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For your reading pleasure!

Would you like to read the first two chapters of Engaged to the Earl, compliments of Avon Books/HarperCollins? Click here.

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

Releases on February 25, 2020!

For more info, and to preorder — in print, ebook, and audio — click here.

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New book board!

Are you a Pinterest person? If so, you’re cordially invited to check out my new board for Engaged to the Earl! It was a lot of fun putting together — it’s kind of an insider’s look at my inspirations, influences, research, references, and allusions. Here are some quick samples:

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

The gorgeous cover of course needed to be included!

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

Visual inspiration for my heroine, Gwendolyn Penhallow . . .

. . . and some equally delightful visual inspiration for my hero, Christopher Beck.

As was typical for a young woman in the Regency era, Gwendolyn wears white a great deal, and it was fun imagining her wearing a gorgeous gown like this.

“That horse has the devil in him.” “So do I,” says Christopher Beck.

A little theme running throughout Engaged to the Earl.

One evening at Vauxhall Gardens, Gwendolyn and Christopher slip away along the so-called Forbidden Paths for a quiet interlude alone . . .

A sweet little snippet.

Fragrant pink rose petals! Which are employed in a delicious romantic gesture . . .

Good advice, I think, for all of us. :)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little preview!

Would you like more info about Engaged to the Earl? Click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site where you can see all your preorder options (in print, ebook, and audio), and read a sample, too.

 

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Giveaway!

Compliments of my wonderful publisher Avon/HarperCollins, I’ve got advance reader’s copies of Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride to share!

Photo: Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“Delicious.” -Sarah MacLean, Washington Post, on You May Kiss the Bride

Three lucky readers will each win this set, signed if they like!

For a chance to win, stop by my Facebook page.

Oh, and in full disclosure: the rumpled bedsheet isn’t included. ;)

Want more info about my Penhallow Dynasty series? You can see all the titles, read an excerpt, check out the nice things people are saying, and listen to an audiobook sample. Click here.

 

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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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Sale alert!

The e-book version of The Bride Takes a Groom, the third title in my Penhallow Dynasty series, is on sale all over the place! Click here to go to the Avon/HarperCollins site to see all the retailers, read a sample, and hear an audio excerpt (the narrator is amaaaaaazing!).

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

Plus, I hear a BookBub sale is on the way, too! Are we connected there? If not, click here to follow me!

 

 

 

 

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