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Last call!

This lovely Goodreads giveaway, hosted by Avon Books, ends tomorrow. Have you entered yet? If not, click here!Graphic: Goodreads giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne, compliments of Avon Books

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A starred review in Publishers Weekly!

Thrilled! Graphic: An excerpt from the Publishers Weekly starred review for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, March 2017)

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Goodreads giveaway!

Avon Books is hosting another Goodreads giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride! Ten advance reader copies are up for grabs. Click here for more info, and to enter. Good luck!Graphic: Goodreads giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne, compliments of Avon Books

Want to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride? Click here to read Chapter 1. And click here to listen to a beautifully rendered excerpt on SoundCloud.

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A Bookish “must-read”!

Bookish has named You May Kiss the Bride one of its spring 2017’s “must-read” romances! (With the clever tagline “I now pronounce you reader and book.”)Graphic: "Love in Bloom: Spring 2017’s Must-Read Romances" via Bookish

So many fab books. More titles for my TBR list!

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For your listening pleasure

I love audiobooks, so I’m thrilled that You May Kiss the Bride is being released (soon! March 28th!) in audio as well as in print and ebook editions. Want to hear a sample on SoundCloud? Click here.Cover image: audio version of YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins, March 2017)

Another benefit of an audio release is that the cover image can show more of that gorgeous background! Here’s the print/ebook cover so you can see what I mean:Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

Interested in preordering You May Kiss the Bride? Click here.

If you’d like to read Chapter 1, click here.

And finally, next week Avon Books is hosting a Goodreads giveaway of 10 print advance reader copies! I’ll let you know when the giveaway opens for entries.

 

 

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On arranged marriages

Really enjoyed Madeline Hunter’s thoughtful and wide-ranging post in USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog, “Romance Unlaced: Authors Explore Beloved Arranged-marriage Trope in Recent Historicals.” Among the authors sharing their perspective are Julia London, Elisabeth Hobbes, and Blythe Gifford.

Graphic for USA Today's Happy Ever After blog

It’s a trope I like a lot too. Obviously. I utilized it in my own You May Kiss the Bride and The Laird Takes a Bride:)

You can read the post here.

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Word of the day: Mayhap

Here’s a lovely word for a writer of historical romance. By way of example, Merriam-Webster quotes from Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly: “The very footmen sometimes grinned too broadly, the maidservants giggled mayhap too loud . . .”

Infographic: "mayhap" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

Waverly was published in 1814, which would clearly make it acceptable for me to use “mayhap” in one of my Regency-era books. I haven’t so far, though now, as I’m writing the third book in the Penhallow Dynasty series, it occurs to me that there’s a character who could very well utter it. Stay tuned . . .

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Signed copies? Yes! Gift with purchase? Yes!

I’m partnering with my local indie bookseller, Auntie’s Bookstore, to not only sign and/or personalize copies of You May Kiss the Bride, but also to offer a special gift for each book purchased. Here’s a sneak peek of the giftie:photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA

It includes this necklace – which has a special meaning you’ll understand when you read Chapter 5 – and two postcards, one of which is stamped if you’d like to tell a friend about You May Kiss the Bride. The rumpled bedsheet, however, isn’t included. ;)

Click here for more info, and to preorder. Also — Auntie’s offers free shipping with orders of $50 and up.

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Q&A with RT Book Reviews VIP Salon

Thrilled to be featured in RT Book Reviews‘ VIP Salon in conversation with senior editor Emily Walton, who asked some very thoughtful and fun-to-answer questions — about my writing inspiration, characters in You May Kiss the Bride, how I approach research, and more.

Photo: cover of You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017) and author Lisa Berne, via RT Reviews

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Word of the day: Fastidious

“Difficult to please,” says Merriam-Webster; also “having complex nutritional requirements.” It’s a wonderfully accurate description of my hero’s grandmother in You May Kiss the Bride.Infographic: a definition of "fastidious" by Merriam-Webster

Here’s a snippet from Chapter 5, in which my heroine discovers just how fastidious her hostess is.

Livia stared dismally at her plate. On it was a mashed turnip cake, three limp mushrooms over which had been spooned a lumpy gray sauce, and half a raw artichoke bottom. Not only did Mrs. Penhallow follow a most peculiar culinary regimen, so were she and Miss Cott forced to endure it as well. It was all because of that repulsive Dr. Wendeburgen, one of Bath’s most eminent physicians and a particular favorite of Mrs. Penhallow. No meat, no fish, no poultry, no milk, no cream, no butter, no eggs, no bread, declared Dr. Wendeburgen. Above all, no desserts! What could be more injurious to the human alimentary tract?

Want to read more? Click here to read Chapter 1.

If you’d like to preorder in advance of the March 27th release, click here.

Plus, Avon Books is hosting two giveaways! Ten print advance reader’s copies are up for grabs on Goodreads. And there’s a sweepstakes, too. Good luck!

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