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Word of the day: Hackle

I like this word a lot; it’s a fun way to illuminate a character’s hostility. Graphic: "hackle" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I used it in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene during which my protagonists, Livia Stuart and Gabriel Penhallow, are discussing his high-handed decision that theirs is to be a marriage in name only. Livia says:

“You’re supposed to be marrying in order to—how did your grandmother put it in her letter to Lady Glanville?—oh yes, to ensure the succession. How will you do that now, I wonder?”

He took his time responding, for he was analyzing her tone. It wasn’t one he heard often. It was—impudence. Brazen impudence. If he had hackles, he thought, they’d be rising right now. Coolly he said, “That’s my problem, isn’t it, Miss Stuart? Not yours.”

This scene takes place in Chapter 5, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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“Prepare to be swept away!”

So happy to share with you these kind words of praise from a fellow writer I admire so much — the wildly talented Lenora Bell, author of the acclaimed How the Duke Was Won and If I Only Had a Duke. Here’s what Lenora has to say about my own You May Kiss the Bride: 

Graphic: Lenora Bell on You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017): "Prepare to be swept away! Lisa Berne's sensuous, richly imaginative debut will delight and satisfy you. I savored every page!"

I’m super-excited to read Lenora’s third book in the Disgraceful Dukes series, Blame It on the Duke, which releases April 17th (soon!). More about Lenora here.

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Speaking of Twitter headers . . .

. . . I thought you might also like to see my Facebook header. It’s a bit more informative and (if I may say so myself) just as pretty. Especially with that incendiary closeup of my protagonists in You May Kiss the Bride, Gabriel and Livia. Graphic: Lisa Berne's Facebook header

If you’re on Facebook, please look me up! It’s one of my hangouts. :)

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Word of the day: Besmirch

An excellent word for a writer of historical romance, especially if you’re writing books set in an era during which one’s reputation is everything. Graphic: "besmirch" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

I utilized it in You May Kiss the Bride, which takes place in 1811, in the scene in which my protagonists, Livia and Gabriel, have been discovered in a rather scandalous situation. Things are heating up among the various characters, and Livia’s uncle crudely says to Gabriel’s grandmother:

“Isn’t it obvious your grandson has been dallying with her? He’s compromised her—we’re all witnesses to it!—and he’ll have to pay the piper.”

Scornfully the old lady said: “If you are suggesting financial remuneration—”

“Dallying?” Cecily cried. “Oh, Mr. Penhallow!”

“Money, ma’am?” Uncle Charles’s face was a livid scarlet. “He’s got to do the honorable thing and marry her! I won’t have the family reputation besmirched!”

This snippet appears in Chapter 3, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here. And if you’d like to preorder You May Kiss the Bride, which releases on March 28 (soon!), click here for ordering info for print, ebook, and audio formats.

 

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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!

Click here to read all about it.

 

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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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