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“Heralds a bright new voice in the genre”

So pleased to share with you this lovely review for You May Kiss the Bride from RT Reviews!

Graphic: Praise for Lisa Berne's You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books) from RT Reviews

 

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Word of the day: Sarcasm

An excellent word for a writer. It can be a lot of fun having one (or more) of your characters be sarcastic.

Graphic: "sarcasm" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

 

I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, when my hero, Gabriel Penhallow, is discussing travel plans with his strong-willed grandmother. Although on the surface they’re rather tetchy, there’s a quiet little subtext here which shows how they’ve moved beyond the cool formality which for many years has kept them all too detached from each other. My heroine, Livia, perceives this with joy.

Grandmama jumped again into the fray. “I suppose,” she said to Gabriel, “you wish to stay at the Swan.”

“As it’s the only other establishment in Wells where I’d even consider stabling the horses, yes.”

“The sheets are always damp.”

“And how would you know that? You’ve just said you exclusively patronize the Royal Hart.”

“It is the common report,” answered Grandmama coldly.

“Fine! You stay at the Royal Hart, and I’ll stay at the Swan.”

“Don’t be absurd.”

“It’s not absurd. It seems to me an eminently practical plan.”

“Need I remind you that we travel under your protection?” Grandmama smiled triumphantly, and it was to be seen that she had clinched the argument, for Gabriel glared but added:

“Don’t blame me when we all emerge from the Hart infested with fleas.”

“We shan’t,” she answered, with maddening serenity. “I won’t allow it. Dear me, you’re quite peevish today! Go and ride your horse until your temper cools. That’s what Richard always did. Not that he was ever as snappish as you are.”

“It grieves me to inform you that it’s raining today. Again.”

“Have you no other occupation? Surely you have something better to do than badger a helpless old woman.”

He visibly ground his teeth, his eyes flashing even more magnificently. “Yes,” he said with heavy sarcasm, “extremely helpless.”

There was, Livia mused, something vivifying about a good brangle. Grandmama had a nice healthy flush of color in her cheeks. And Gabriel looked so handsome that she wished she could go over and take hold of him in a brazen way and kiss him for a good long time.

This snippet appears in Chapter 12, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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“To change her own story”

One of my favorite quotes from You May Kiss the Bride. I must say, I’m very fond of my spunky heroine Livia.

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

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My Tasty Q&A

The virtual blog tour celebrating the publication of You May Kiss the Bride has just ended — congratulations to the lucky winner of the gift card! — and I thought I’d share with you my Q&A if you hadn’t already seen it.

Graphic: Avon Books and Tasty Book Tours' Q&A with Lisa Berne, author of You May Kiss the Bride

Here’s a little more about me here, too.

 

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“Will dazzle readers . . .”

Thrilled to share with you this starred review from Booklist for You May Kiss the Bride!Graphic: Booklist has given a starred review to Lisa Berne's You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017)

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Want to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride? Click here. And if you’re interested in ordering it, click here to see your options in print, e-book, and audio formats. (And check out the gift with purchase option, too!)

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Word of the day: Ignoble

A useful word for a writer of historical romance, as there’s often a great deal of play as to what constitutes noble behavior among our characters.Graphic: "ignoble" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

It came in handy, in fact, while writing You May Kiss the Bride. The day after my hero, Gabriel Penhallow, has been forced into agreeing to marry my heroine Livia, he dutifully calls upon her uncle to codify the arrangement. Still smarting at this unexpected turn of events, he declines her uncle’s offer to summon Livia downstairs:

It would give Miss Livia Stuart her own little taste of the Penhallow way.

He knew it was petty, yet still it gave him a small sense of control in a situation which had spun wildly into chaos. “You may inform Miss Stuart that we’ll come for her tomorrow morning. We go to Bath, where she is to reside with my grandmother and be taught all that she needs to know to properly enter Society as the future Mrs. Penhallow. And you need not worry, sir,” Gabriel concluded with a slight, ironic smile. “The proprieties are to be observed. Naturally I shall be elsewhere.”

And with that, conscious of an ignoble feeling of triumph as he pictured Livia Stuart’s mortification (having put on her best day-dress, no doubt, and carefully done up her hair), he returned to the Glanville mansion, where it would have been difficult to imagine a scene of greater awkwardness.

This snippet appears in Chapter 4, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

 

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A Barnes & Noble top bookseller pick!

So happy to share with you this great news about You May Kiss the Bride.Graphic: You May Kiss the Bride (by Lisa Berne; published by Avon Books) named a B&N top bookseller pick for April 2017

Read the full post here.

And more, if you like, about You May Kiss the Bride here.

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What a party!

Last night’s Avon Romance Facebook takeover — featuring Julia Quinn, Laure Lee Guhrke, and me — was a blast! It was fun, it was informative, and, at times, deeply emotional too. If you joined us, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! If you missed it but would like to visit Avon’s page to see what it was all about, click here.  Graphic: Three Avon authors of historical romance - Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and Lisa Berne - join together for a Facebook takeover on April 3, 2017.

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“A terrific historical romance debut”

Bustin’ my buttons — to employ a charming old-school expression — at this post by Bobbi Dumas on her Kirkus blog. I especially love Ms. Dumas’ comments about my heroine, Livia, and her nemesis Cecily (whose unpleasant machinations never quite work out the way she intends them to).

Graphic: "A terrific historical romance debut that I can't recommend highly enough." -Bobbi Dumas, Kirkus Romance, on You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2017)

 

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And speaking of buttons a-bustin’, click here to read the starred review Ms. Dumas mentions.

 

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Avon authors Facebook takeover!

Join Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and me as together we take over the Avon Romance Facebook page this coming Monday, April 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm Eastern time. Bring your questions! I’ll be giving away a print copy of You May Kiss the Bride along with a special gift, too. Hope to see you there!

Graphic: Three Avon authors of historical romance - Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and Lisa Berne - join together for a Facebook takeover on April 3, 2017.

 

 

 

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