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“Berne scores again”

Oh my goodness, what a lovely review from Booklist for The Laird Takes a Bride!

Graphic: "Another triumphant mix of sparkling wit and sophisticated sensuality," says Booklist about Lisa Berne's The Laird Takes a Bride (Avon Books)

To read the full review, click here. And for more about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering options, access to Chapter 1, and additional praise, 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 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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Giveaways!

So, hey, at the moment there are two different ways to score a free copy of You May Kiss the Bride. One is through a Goodreads giveaway that’s running until November 9th; click here to enter.

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Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more about You May Kiss the Bride, including ordering info, a special gift with purchase, and access to Chapter 1, click here.

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A PW Best Book of the year!

Thrilled to share the news that You May Kiss the Bride has been named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best 100 books of 2017! Here’s what they said:

Debut author Berne’s Regency romance sparkles with dry, subtle wit. The wealthy Penhallows have always married for duty, not love, but stuffy Gabriel Penhallow’s magnetic attraction to fiery, penniless Livia Stuart upends his plans. Berne smoothly works in social commentary on quack medicine and boorish men while championing the righteous rage and suppressed longings of mistreated women, updating Austenian sensibilities for the 21st-century reader.
Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Word of the day: akimbo

An excellent word! Infographic: "akimbo" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in a scene in Chapter 3 of The Laird Takes a Bride, not long after my hero, Alasdair Penhallow, has met the four candidates for his favor in a Bachelor-esque scenario — one of whom he must choose as his bride, or suffer dire consequences.

Later, much later that evening, Alasdair lay with his head resting on interlaced fingers and his elbows akimbo. He was a big man, but even so his own self took up but little space within the great laird’s bed. Four massive oaken posts, carved long ago, upheld a canopy and looped hangings of rich cream-­colored linen, upon which had been skillfully embroidered figures of falcons, hawks, eagles, does and stags, foxes and wildcats. At this canopy Alasdair gazed unsee­ingly, for he was thinking about the four women.

About Wynda of the extraordinary bosom, so gen­erously displayed, he could only wonder what exactly was the jewel on her pendant necklace, it having disap­peared like a climber descending between two close­-set boulders. He supposed she had talked to him in the drawing-­room, but for better or for worse he retained nothing, as he had primarily exerted himself not to stare at her deeply fascinating balconniere.

Little Mairi had told him, in considerable detail, about her dog: where he slept (on his very own pillow, right next to hers), what he ate, when he evacuated his bowels, his fear of squirrels, his hatred of baths, his love for a nice marrow-­bone.Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Green eyes sparkling, Janet was full of enthusiasm for the morrow’s outing. “An ancient monastery!” she’d cried, clapping her hands. “What fun! I simply adore old ruins, the more ramshackle the better! Oh, I do hope there are ghosts. Or a hermit at the very least!”

He had been obliged to inform her that the keep was entirely free of hermits, and as for ghosts, he had yet to encounter one there.

Janet had been only temporarily daunted, and smil­ingly said: “Still, it sounds wonderfully romantic! So Gothic! How I look forward to exploring every inch of it! Now! I want to hear all about you, laird!”

Now that was the right sort of lass, positive and friendly, excited about visiting a local landmark, a good conversationalist, and all soft and plump and round, like a ripe hothouse peach.

As opposed to the prickly, sharp­-tongued, aloof Miss Fiona Douglass. Her eyes, when they spoke, had been suddenly, strikingly blue against the drabber blue of her gown — and practically crackling with fiery intelligence.

She was not uninteresting.

But God’s blood, she’d be a handful for a man. Some other man. Not him.

He liked his private life to be easy, predictable, as smooth as silk. And nothing about Fiona Douglass suggested smooth, easy predictability.

Besides, she’d made it clear she didn’t want him, either.

He wondered again why she was still unmarried. Was there, perhaps, a swain anxiously waiting for her back in Wick Bay?

Oh well, it wasn’t his problem.

So now there was one lass crossed off his list. Still, there was no point in saying anything to her about it. No use in sending her home early, under a cloud of humiliation.

He thought again about Janet, and Mairi, and Wynda. Good God — Wynda. He spent a few mo­ments imagining himself spending the rest of his life, the rest of his nights, with his face buried between those prodigious, those delicious, yielding breasts.

His last thought, before sleep claimed him, was of Fiona Douglass, and the recollection that her breasts weren’t prodigious at all.

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“A perfectly fabulous book”

Wow, what a lovely review from Buried Under Romance for The Laird Takes a Bride! In part, it says:

Lisa Berne gives the marriage of convenience trope clever, unforeseen, and fabulous twists . . . A perfectly fabulous book, intelligent, unusual, and unique; The Laird Takes a Bride is not to be missed!Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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A first look!

I’m very happy to report that The Laird Takes a Bride was selected as a Heroes and Heartbreakers “First Look” title. Here’s a bit of the lovely, thoughtful review (which made me even happier):

Lisa Berne’s second novel, The Laird Takes a Bride, is a marriage-of-convenience that pairs two older protagonists (for 1811 Scotland) in a most inconvenient way. . . . 

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

What follows is a sometimes humorous, sometimes eerie, sometimes dangerous courtship . . . after marriage. If marriage-of-convenience is your catnip, you’ll enjoy this one. I appreciated that Alasdair, who doesn’t want a family after having lost his in a boating accident 15 years prior, was thoroughly miserable in a loveless arrangement. If you like to yell “you idiots, you obviously love each other!” at a book, this is your chance! 

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For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering info, a special gift with purchase, and a first-chapter excerpt, click here.

 

 

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Giveaway!

A signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride, Booklist Top 10 Romance Debut, is up for grabs on Goodreads! To enter, click here.

Graphic: "It was time to take action," a quote from You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway runs through October 23, 2017.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride — ordering options, to see some of the other nice things people are saying about it, and to read Chapter 1 — click here.

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#selfcaresaturday

Isn’t this a beautiful photo Smart Bitches Trashy Books posted on their Twitter feed?

Photo by Smart Bitches Trashy Novels featuring The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“Books are an important part of #selfcaresaturday.”

 

 

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