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Some nifty price drops for You May Kiss the Bride . . . over on Amazon the paperback edition is discounted, and the ebook is $1.99.

Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

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Cover reveal!

Thrilled to share with you the gorgeous cover for my next book, The Laird Takes a Bride, coming your way this August. Can’t wait for you to meet Alasdair and Fiona. :)The cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Rumor has it . . .

Are you on BookBub, that amazing purveyor of great book deals? A little birdie tells me that You May Kiss the Bride will soon be a featured book! Click here to follow me on Bookbub and make sure you’ll be the first to know. :)


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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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Suggestions, please!

My next newsletter’s in the works, and in addition to giving away a signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride, I want to include another book. But which one? I’d love to hear your suggestion(s) over on my Facebook page. Is there a title on your to-read list you’ve been hankering after? Thank you for your input! Graphic: Your suggestions, please? Via Lisa BerneWould you like to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, which the Washington Post‘s Sarah MacLean recently called “Delicious”? Click here.

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Word of the day: Finesse

A delightful word, full of interesting connotations.Graphic: "Finesse" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, in the scene in which my protagonists meet for the first time. They are in the woods, and Livia has just paused, having unexpectedly come across a doe and a stag. Here comes Gabriel Penhallow: with little echoes from Jane Eyre and the ’95 version of Pride and Prejudice, when we get our first glimpse of Mr. Darcy, on horseback and clearly a very capable rider.

. . . there came the unmistakable sound of hoofbeats. The doe darted in one direction, the stag another, directly across the path where a rider had come and startling his immense black horse, which reared in alarm, deadly sharp hooves flying out, and was promptly reined in, in a display of strength and finesse that Livia watched with a kind of fascinated alarm.

This snippet appears in Chapter 2, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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“A delicious enemies-to-friends romance”

Sarah MacLean has long been an inspiration to me, both through her books and her tireless advocacy for the romance genre, so I was absolutely thrilled that she chose You May Kiss the Bride as one of the month’s best romance novels in her Washington Post column. Here, in part, is what she said:Graphic: "A delicious enemies-to-friends romance," says Sarah MacLean about Lisa Berne's You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books), naming it one of the month's top romance reads in the Washington Post (May 2017)

Read Sarah’s full column here.

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Have you read it . . . ?

If you’ve read You May Kiss the Bride, how would you feel about writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon? If you haven’t already, that is, and if those are places you frequent, and, most importantly, if it would be fun for you. It’s a fantastic way to spread the word, and help You May Kiss the Bride find new readers. Thank you!

Have you read You May Kiss the Bride? (by Lisa Berne, Avon Books)


And, of course, I’d love to hear from you directly! I’m on Facebook and Twitter, and you can always email me at lisa @ (without spaces).

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A title for Book 3!

I’m so excited to share with you the title for the third book in the Penhallow Dynasty series! Drum roll, please . . . Graphic: The Bride Takes the Groom, the third book in the Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

If you’ve read You May Kiss the Bride, you’ll have met Captain Hugo Penhallow, cousin to Gabriel Penhallow: he makes a dramatic appearance toward the end of the story. Now it’s Hugo’s turn to find his happily-ever-after . . .

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“With a skill even Jane Austen might appreciate”

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a big Jane Austen fan. So I was thrilled to hear about these deeply flattering words of praise from the Historical Novel Society.Graphic: "Vacuity, snobbery, thoughtlessness, spitefulness, slavish adherence to convention and superficial appearance: all are neatly skewered with a skill even Jane Austen might appreciate. Definitely recommended to Regency lovers." -Historical Novel Society on You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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A sneak peek at my next book!

Yesterday I shared with you the first part of my RT Book Reviews interview. Today I’m equally delighted to share the second part: an excerpt from the second book in the Penhallow Dynasty series, The Laird Takes a Bride, coming your way this August.

Here’s a snippet from Chapter 2, in which my heroine Fiona Douglass learns that she’s going to have to participate in a Bachelor-like competition.

Father came striding in, his muddy boots leaving a damp, malodorous trail behind him. In one hand he held an opened letter which he tossed at Fiona.

“You’re off to Castle Tadgh, girl,” he said.

“What? Why?” she demanded.

“Clan decree.”

Frowning, Fiona picked up the paper from the floor at her feet and scanned both sides. “This is addressed to me.”

Father shrugged, and Mother said in a high, excited voice, “What on earth is going on?”

“Alasdair Penhallow’s to choose a bride from among the eligible lasses of the Eight Clans, that’s what’s going on. I suppose I’ll have to reinstate her dowry. Although those drains in the turnip fields are clogging in a bad way.”

Penhallow, thought Fiona, her brain spinning frantically. Penhallow again! Then she seized upon one pertinent element. “I’m sure I’m too old for this, Father!”

He only gave her a wolfish smile. “Read the letter.”

She did. And glared at Father. “It says here that if I were twenty-eight, I’d be past the age of eligibility. This is ridiculous! Demeaning! I’d rather die than traipse off to Castle Tadgh to be displayed like a sheep before some reprobate!”

“Keep reading.”

In a disbelieving voice Fiona read out loud: “‘The consequence for failing to abide by sacred clan law is death. Said female to be weighted with stones and flung into the nearest loch known to have a depth greater than twenty feet. Bagpipe accompaniment optional.’”

“How romantic!” put in Cousin Isobel, wreathed in smiles. “Fiona, dear, what a wonderful opportunity for you!”

Fiona glared at her, too, wishing she could hang a millstone around that dame’s plump neck and shove her into the closest body of water.  

“You’re to leave tomorrow,” said Father.

“Tomorrow?” Mother exclaimed. “But I couldn’t possibly be ready to leave by then!”

“Oh, you’re not going,” Father told her, then looked over at Fiona, his eyes twinkling maliciously. “I’m sending Isobel as her chaperone.”

There was a stunned silence.

“No!” said Fiona with revulsion, even as Cousin Isobel gave a little shriek of delight and said:

“My dear Bruce! What an honor! You can be sure I’ll take very, very good care of dear Fiona!”

Fiona shot her a malevolent glance. Yes, just as you did in Edinburgh nine years ago, you old bat, when I came for a nice long visit. Encouraging Logan Munro’s advances to me. Leaving us alone together, when you knew it was wrong. And look what happened. I fell head over heels in love with him, and expected to marry him. Only it didn’t quite turn out that way, did it?

Mother faltered, “But surely I ought to go . . . I simply assumed —”

“My mind’s made up, madam. We’ll have no further discussion on the topic. Besides, they won’t be gone long. Penhallow will take one look at her and I reckon that’ll be that.”

A soft, incomprehensible murmur of distress came from Mother but she didn’t dare to actually say anything, and Fiona responded, with a politeness that imperfectly concealed deep irony, “Why, thank you, Father. Everyone says I take after you, after all.”

If you’d like to read this on the RT Book Reviews website, click here.

Want to learn more about The Laird Takes a Bride? Click here for more info; here to read Chapter 1; and here to preorder.


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