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Word of the day: gargantuan

An excellent word! I used it with pleasure in The Laird Takes a Brideand in one of my very favorite bits in the whole book.

Graphic: "gargantuan" and its definition

In this passage, my heroine Fiona Douglass is attending her 71st wedding, and thinking about some of her experiences as an observer. Here’s one of them:

Seven years ago, old Mrs. Gibbs, aged ninety-eight and heartily disliked by nearly everyone in the entire clan, had loudly expired just before the vows were spoken. The general agreement was that she’d done it deliberately in a last triumphant bid for attention, and that she was likely chuckling up in heaven (or down below in the other place) because afterwards, as her corpse was being removed, her pet ferret had crawled out from a pocket in her skirt and dashed up the towering headdress of a haughty dowager from Glasgow, from which vantage point it had leaped gracefully onto the shoulder of Fiona’s own mother, who had screamed and then fainted, sending the bride into hysterics and several small boys into par­oxysms of noisy laughter, thereby provoking Fiona’s father, the mighty chieftain of clan Douglass, into a fury so awful that the wedding was quietly called off and no one dared to partake of the gargantuan feast laid out in the Great Hall, resulting, of course, in a great deal of secret rejoicing in the servants’ hall for at least three days after that. The ferret was never seen again.Graphic: "A bright, intelligent, heart-tugging romance": Kirkus review for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This snippet appears in the first chapter of The Laird Takes a Bride. Would you like to read the entire chapter? Click here. And to see some of the nice things people have been saying about it, click here.

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Swooniness!

Is that even a word? If not, it should be. Because I’ve been watching Kurt Seyit and Sura lately. It may not be the most fast-paced show I’ve ever seen, but talk about romantique! 

Image from Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

From Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

Also, just look at the hero’s HAIR.

Image from Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

From Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

Here’s a great post about the series on Willow and Thatch: “7 Reasons to Watch Kurt Seyit and Sura.” Enjoy!

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Word of the day: blench

A word I love! I used it with pleasure in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene in which we learn how my hero’s haughty grandmother has triedGraphic: "blench" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster very hard to find him a suitable wife.

Some months ago she had left Bath—where she’d been ensconced for many years—and made her way to London. There she had taken occupancy of the family townhouse in Berkeley Square and proceeded to spend the Season looking for a worthy young lady. Invited everywhere and universally fawned upon, she attended breakfasts, teas, dinner parties, assemblies, balls, Almack’s; indefatigably had she searched, interviewed, investigated. Her letters came to him bristling with detailed reports.

Angrily, she wrote that this earl’s daughter was already affianced, and that duke’s girl had just gotten married; their available sisters were too young, or too old, or had a squint, or teeth that made one blench. The girls of a fine old family from the North would have been considered if not for their abject lack of fortune.

One otherwise promising young lady, Grandmama had learned to her fury, had been concealing the ugly fact of an uncle in the fishmongering trade. The granddaughter of an old friend, whom she had long thought to be a possibility, looked decidedly consumptive. Another girl who had seemed likely at first came from a family in which the women were notoriously poor breeders. And, naturally, there were whole swathes of young ladies who could be ignored—no matter how wealthy or pleasing in appearance—as their bloodlines were pitifully inferior.

On and on it went, until at last the Season had come to an end, and Grandmama returned to Bath in defeat.Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This is a snippet from Chapter 1, but if you like, you can read all of the chapter here. Would you like to order You May Kiss the Bride? Click here for more info.

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“A letter for you from Mr. Hastings”

Seems legit.

"A letter for you from Mr. Hastings": a comic by Tom Gauld

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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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A new book from Eloisa? Yes, please!

As you may have heard, Eloisa James has a new book out! Who else besides me is WILDLY looking forward to reading it? (Sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.)

Image: cover of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James (Avon Books)

More about Wilde in Love here.

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Giveaway!

A signed, print copy of You May Kiss the Bride, Booklist Top 10 Romance Debut, is up for grabs on Goodreads! To enter, click here.

Graphic: "It was time to take action," a quote from You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway runs through October 23, 2017.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride — ordering options, to see some of the other nice things people are saying about it, and to read Chapter 1 — click here.

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Goodreads giveaway!

Would you like a chance to win a print copy of The Laird Takes a Bride? Click here.

Graphic: "A bright, intelligent, heart-tugging romance": Kirkus review for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This giveaway, open internationally, ends October 8, 2017.

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At the Historical Romance Retreat

On Saturday I stopped by the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane, WA, where the 2017 Historical Romance Retreat was being held. If you’re an historical romance person like I am, it’s paradise! The gorgeous setting, the costumes, the contagiously high enthusiasm levels, and books EVERYWHERE! I had fun chatting with a bunch of the attendees, and also I got to say hello to fellow Avon authors Cathy Maxwell, Julia Quinn, Vivienne Lorret, Eloisa James, Lenora Bell, and Jade Lee. (I scored some nifty swag, too; more about that later.) Here are a couple of photos from Cathy’s Facebook page.

Photo: Cathy Maxwell and an HRR attendee

This attendee (at right), says Cathy, made this lovely book for the authors to sign.

Photo: Eloisa James at HRR. Photo by Cathy Maxwell

Eloisa James, all dressed up for the ball!

Photo: HRR cofounder Delilah Marvell and her family. Photo by Cathy Maxwell

HRR cofounder Delilah Marvell and her family.

For more of Cathy’s photos, click here.

More about the Historical Romance Retreat 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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