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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

Image via RT Book 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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Avon debut sweepstakes!

Here’s another chance to win an advance reader’s copy of You May Kiss the Bride — as well as Tess Diamond’s debut novel of romantic suspense, Dangerous Games. Avon Books is hosting a sweepstakes! Graphic: Avon sweepstakes for two debut authors: Lisa Berne (You May Kiss the Bride) and Tess Diamond (Dangerous Games)

Click here for more info, and to enter. Good luck!

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About that cloak in Chapter 4 . . .

The other day I drifted up from sleep in the wintry early-morning darkness, and the first thing that came to mind — very clearly and distinctly — was the cloak a secondary character in The Laird Takes a Bride wears in Chapter 4

My brain had just served up the realization that it was unlikely that this character would choose this particular cloak, and that I really should change it.

So I did. With satisfaction.

Cartoon via Someecards: "Writer Hard at Work"

It’s true.

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Word of the day: Uncouth

Here’s a useful word I employed in You May Kiss the Bride. Infographic: "uncouth" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

 

My heroine, Livia, betrothed to Gabriel Penhallow, hears the name Alasdair Penhallow mentioned, and asks who that is. Gabriel’s haughty, cantankerous grandmother replies with a sniff:

“He is Gabriel’s cousin, and the head of the Scottish branch of the Penhallows — we here in England have nothing to do with them as they are a backward, uncouth lot. This Alasdair is evidently an utter wastrel and is known, among our own intimate circle, as the black sheep of the family. A highly appropriate term, given the Clans’ apparent obsession with their sheep. For myself, I have never cared for mutton, but Dr. Wendeburgen says under extreme circumstances, such as a fit of sneezing that lasts more than an hour, consuming it in pureed form is of the utmost urgency.”

You’ll meet Alasdair in my next book, The Laird Takes a Bride. You’ll have to decide for yourself if old Mrs. Penhallow is correct in her estimation of him . . .

In the meantime, if you’d like to read an excerpt from You May Kiss the Bride, click here. You can also enter Avon Books’ Goodreads giveaway for 10 print advance reader copies; click here to enter. Good luck!

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Goodreads giveaway!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Avon Books is hosting a giveaway for You May Kiss the Bride, which is a very romantic gesture, don’t you think? :)
Graphic: "Goodreads giveaway, compliments of Avon Books!" Featuring You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2017)

Available to U.S. Goodreads members, this giveaway for 10 print advance reader copies started today, and ends on February 21, 2017. Click here to enter. Good luck!

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“A sheer delight”

So happy to share with you the first review for You May Kiss the Bride — and it’s a starred one from Kirkus Reviews!

Infographic: the starred Kirkus review for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2017)

 

This review was published by Kirkus on February 7, 2017.

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