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Last call!

Two print copies of You May Kiss the Bride are up for grabs . . . but not for much longer.

One copy — with swag — is being offered via the 2017 Read a Romance Month. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PST August 17. Click here to enter. (And to check out the other fabulous giveaways!)

photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through the Ripped Bodice bookstore

Also, there’s a Goodreads giveaway currently running, which wraps up August 18. Click here to enter. Good luck!

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More RARM!

That is, a little more from my Read a Romance Month contribution. Please enjoy. :)

 

  1. Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of The Power of Romance.

I read my first Georgette Heyer novel when I was fourteen, and even though I understood very little of the period terminology, and in fact barely knew where Bath, England, was, I did manage to decode the erotic disjuncture between what the protagonists are saying, and how they’re actually feeling about each other — how underneath their witty and civilized conversations, and despite the elaborately codified manners of their time, a powerful, primal attraction is drawing them inexorably together. Talk about the sizzling power of romance! It caught me as a teenager — hook, line, and sinker — and, to my joy, has never let me go.

Image: cover of Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

 

  1. Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

When I was dating the man who was later to become my husband, as February 14th approached — our first Valentine’s Day together — he asked me what I would like to have as a gift. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry . . . all floated through my mind as obvious possibilities.

But then I thought about what I really wanted. I said, “A bread machine.”

Did he say it was a silly idea, or boring, or an overly prosaic one? No, he went out and got me my very own Breadman. Which to me — then and now — is a powerfully romantic gesture. (By the way, we’re still happily married. And I still use my Breadman, too.)

Photo: bread machine

 

  1. Tell us about a word that has power for you. 

That word is “yes.” To me it signifies hope, forward movement, possibility. So my ongoing goal is to say yes to change. To trying new things. To continue to learn and grow. And finally — yes to writing books which I hope others will enjoy and find meaningful.

 

  1.  Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

The Book of Joy, which features the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in conversation, is a powerfully inspiring treatise on finding balance and peace in a turbulent world. And I must also mention Sarah MacLean’s just-published Day of the Duchess: a beautifully written, powerful testament to the capacity to both change and wholeheartedly love.

Cover: The Book of Joy

  1. Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Jane Austen has long been an influence and an inspiration to me as a reader, a student of history, and as a writer of historical romance. Set in an era during which women all too often had little real power, her books make a radical claim for a woman’s right to independent thought, for the importance of happiness, for the overriding value of love over cool pragmatism. These are compelling — and fun! — issues I like to explore in my own novels set during this time, and I’ve got Austen to thank for boldly leading the way over two hundred years ago.

Image: A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin.

A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin

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Word of the day: Arbitrary

An excellent word for a writer.

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

 

Here it is in Chapter 2 of The Laird Takes a Bride, in a scene in which my hero, Alasdair Penhallow, cheerfully reflects on the state of his existence, unaware of the fact that it’s about to be upended . . . and that my heroine, Fiona Douglass, will soon be entering it.

So now he was thirty-five. He wondered if he should feel a little different. But why would he? A birthday merely represented, in an arbitrary way, the passage of time. Here he was, in the vigorous prime of his life, healthy as a horse, strong as an ox, rich as a king — enjoying an uninterrupted spate of years in which he did exactly as he pleased, whenever and wherever he liked.

Yes, life was good.

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You May Kiss the Bride giveaway!

Would you like a chance to win a signed, print copy via Goodreads? Click here. And good luck!

Graphic: "Lively and well-researched . . . a wonderful evening's reading." -Publishers Weekly, starred review, for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway runs through August 18, 2017.

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A sneak peek . . .

. . . at the cover flats for The Laird Takes a Bride, having just arrived at my lovely publishers Avon Books. Aren’t they gorgeous?!?Photograph: cover flats for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, click here.

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Giveaway!

A signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride is up for grabs on Goodreads. Click here to enter!

Graphic: Goodreads giveaway: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway ends on August 8, 2017.

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For your listening pleasure . . .

. . . the first few minutes of The Laird Takes a Bride, narrated with verve and wonderful nuance by Elle Newlands — and in a delectable Scottish accent, too. Click here to check it out on Soundcloud!Cover: audio edition: The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) To learn more about The Laird Takes a Bride, read Chapter 1, and preorder, please click here.

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Word of the day: Melee

A delightfully evocative word.Graphic: "melee" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster. www.Lisa Berne.com

I used it with pleasure in The Laird Takes a Bride, in a scene in which my heroine, Fiona Douglass, is recalling some of the various weddings she’s attended:

Two years ago, in this very church, a spectacular brawl had erupted at the altar when the bridegroom’s twin brother (already roaring drunk) had lunged for­ward, seized the hapless bride, and tried to carry her off. A wild melee ensued as several other men (also already drunk) had, with joyful shouts, joined in. Forty­-five minutes later, the combatants subdued by brute force and the bride’s veil hastily repaired, the ceremony had proceeded without further incident, the chastened, bloodied twin the very first to warmly shake his brother’s hand.

For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, coming your way August 29th — soon! — click here.

 

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“It was Fiona Douglass’ 71st wedding . . .”

For your reading pleasure: you are cordially invited to read Chapter 1 of The Laird Takes a Bride, coming your way August 29th! Click here.The cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Word of the day: Ominous

What a delightful word for a writer. I was glad to utilize it in The Laird Takes a Bride. 

Graphic: "ominous" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster. Blog post via Lisa Berne, author of historical romance.

In this snippet, which appears in Chapter 2, my hero, Alasdair Penhallow, is just about to learn about an arcane clan law which dictates that he must marry, or face dreadful consequences.

As Dame Margery drew near, she noisily banged her stick on the marble floor, causing people nearby to stir, moan, rouse. She passed by Uncle Duff, insen­sate, draped sideways on a chair and his long beard dangling perpendicularly, and muttered audibly, “Ach, the old wastrel!” before turning her piercing and un­blinking stare to Alasdair. Finally she stopped before the dais on which the two great chairs — one for the laird, one (long unoccupied) for his lady — stood. Her silence, Alasdair noticed, had a heavy, expectant, rather ominous sort of quality, and he groaned under his breath. He wasn’t in the mood for drama. Still, he was the laird, and one must be polite, so he cleared his throat and said:

“Good day to you, madam.”

The Laird Takes a Bride releases on August 29th. Want to learn more about it? Click here.

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