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End-of-year giveaway!

As we wrap up 2017, I’m celebrating with a giveaway for my debut novel of historical romance You May Kiss the Bride, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, is a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Top 10 Debut of the Year, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Sarah MacLean Recommended Romance. My cup runneth over!Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

I’m giving away three signed, print copies, and also a pretty charm necklace (which has a special meaning when you read Chapter 5) over on my Facebook page. To enter, simply add a comment by January 10th!

Gift with purchase of You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, click here.

 

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Meet Hugo

Here’s a snippet from my next book, The Bride Takes a Groom — in which my hero, Captain Hugo Penhallow, is introduced. It takes place in April 1811, somewhere near the Canadian border. Please enjoy. :)

It had been a perfectly good day, tramping along the St. Lawrence River and leading his men in a jolly little reconnaissance through the woods, until all at once there was a crack and a slight whistling noise.

Then there was a sharp pain six inches down and to the right of his heart.

“Damn it to hell,” said Hugo Penhallow, whipping around and in a single rapid motion bringing up his own musket, sighting the French sharpshooter two hundred paces away, and targeting him rather more effectively. He watched with grim satisfaction as the other man crumpled like a puppet released from its string, then sat himself down hard on the ground. His hand, pressed against the front of his red jacket, came away red also, but unfortunately with his own blood.

If he was lucky, the bullet that was now resident inside him hadn’t struck anything of particular importance. It occurred to him now that he was very fond of his internal organs, as they’d functioned beautifully all his life, and he’d love for them to keep on doing exactly that.The cover for The Bride Takes a Groom, Book 3 of the Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Carefully, Hugo allowed himself to slide down into a prone position. Everything was getting all hazy and woolly, and just before he closed his eyes he saw the concerned faces of his men hovering over him. A nice bunch of chaps. He was fortunate to have a group like this under his command. Too bad for them they’d have to convey him all the way back to camp, but that, after all, was one of the hazards of military life, and he was sure they’d do a decent job of it.

The pain, he noticed, was getting worse. Well, this certainly was an annoyance. How he loathed those pesky Frenchmen, and wished they’d stay in their own country where they belonged, kowtowing to that blasted little egomaniac Bonaparte and also making brandy which was, admittedly, of excellent quality. In fact, he wouldn’t object to a long swallow of that right now. But, he suspected, he was soon to be losing consciousness, so all things considered, the brandy might well have been a waste.

His last sentient thought was gratitude for the fact that the reconnaissance had been a useful one. His men would be able to confirm that yes, of a surety, there were active enemies in the area, and here was their bloodied and insensate captain to prove it.

Releasing next April, The Bride Takes a Groom is the third book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, and was recently named by Publishers Weekly in its spring 2018 announcements as one of the “big titles of spring.” Would you like to preorder? Click here. To save it on Goodreads, click here.

 

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“Berne scores again”

Oh my goodness, what a lovely review from Booklist for The Laird Takes a Bride!

Graphic: "Another triumphant mix of sparkling wit and sophisticated sensuality," says Booklist about Lisa Berne's The Laird Takes a Bride (Avon Books)

To read the full review, click here. And for more about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering options, access to Chapter 1, and additional praise, click here.

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A chat with ‘Happy Ever After’

Such a pleasure to be interviewed by Joyce Lamb for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog! In which I dish about The Laird Takes a Bride, inspiration, writer’s block, my next book, a fave TV show, and more . . .

Click here to read the interview. And for more about my books, click here.

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)Photo: Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in "Leap Year"Photo: Grantchester star James NortonAvon Books logo

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Giveaways!

So, hey, at the moment there are two different ways to score a free copy of You May Kiss the Bride. One is through a Goodreads giveaway that’s running until November 9th; click here to enter.

The other is through a great big delicious sweepstakes from Bookstr:

Don’t miss out on our biggest book sweepstakes yet! We’ve partnered with Bookperk to bring you bundles of e-books and with four ways to win you might just get lucky! Enter to win romance novels, young adult books, or biographies, or win big and win them all! Never be without a good book again, and all you’ve got to do is enter to win!

Photo: Bookstr/Bookperk sweepstakes bundleClick here to enter.

And good luck!

Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more about You May Kiss the Bride, including ordering info, a special gift with purchase, and access to Chapter 1, click here.

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A PW Best Book of the year!

Thrilled to share the news that You May Kiss the Bride has been named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best 100 books of 2017! Here’s what they said:

Debut author Berne’s Regency romance sparkles with dry, subtle wit. The wealthy Penhallows have always married for duty, not love, but stuffy Gabriel Penhallow’s magnetic attraction to fiery, penniless Livia Stuart upends his plans. Berne smoothly works in social commentary on quack medicine and boorish men while championing the righteous rage and suppressed longings of mistreated women, updating Austenian sensibilities for the 21st-century reader.
Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Click here to read the full Publishers Weekly article.

If you haven’t already, would you like to order your own copy of You May Kiss the Bride? Click here.

 

 

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“A perfectly fabulous book”

Wow, what a lovely review from Buried Under Romance for The Laird Takes a Bride! In part, it says:

Lisa Berne gives the marriage of convenience trope clever, unforeseen, and fabulous twists . . . A perfectly fabulous book, intelligent, unusual, and unique; The Laird Takes a Bride is not to be missed!Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Would you like to read the full review? Click here.

For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering info, a special gift with purchase, and a first-chapter excerpt, click here.

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A first look!

I’m very happy to report that The Laird Takes a Bride was selected as a Heroes and Heartbreakers “First Look” title. Here’s a bit of the lovely, thoughtful review (which made me even happier):

Lisa Berne’s second novel, The Laird Takes a Bride, is a marriage-of-convenience that pairs two older protagonists (for 1811 Scotland) in a most inconvenient way. . . . 

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

What follows is a sometimes humorous, sometimes eerie, sometimes dangerous courtship . . . after marriage. If marriage-of-convenience is your catnip, you’ll enjoy this one. I appreciated that Alasdair, who doesn’t want a family after having lost his in a boating accident 15 years prior, was thoroughly miserable in a loveless arrangement. If you like to yell “you idiots, you obviously love each other!” at a book, this is your chance! 

Would you like to read the full review? Click here.

For more about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering info, a special gift with purchase, and a first-chapter excerpt, click here.

 

 

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A Top 10 Romance Debut!

I’m celebrating this lovely accolade from Booklist with a flash giveaway on my Facebook page! A signed, print copy is up for grabs. Stop on by to enter — and good luck! Graphic: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) a Booklist Top 10 Romance Debut

Want to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, order a copy, or read an excerpt? Click here.

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A special gift from me!

Did you know? You can order signed, personalized copies of The Laird Takes a Bride from my local indie bookseller, Auntie’s Bookstore, in beautiful Spokane, Washington. Included with each book will be a special gift from me, just for you! Click here for more info, and to order.

Photo: gift with purchase: The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Your gift includes this necklace, which has a special meaning that’s revealed when you get to Chapter 16. The rumpled bedsheet, however, isn’t included. ;)

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