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“Jane Austen board game”

Would totally play this.

Comic: Jane Austen board game, shared via

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And ANOTHER giveaway!

Two days ago I shared the news about an epic Goodreads giveaway for Engaged to the Earl, and yesterday I told you about an amaaaaaazing Valentine’s Day giveaway which includes You May Kiss the Bride, and today I want to let you know about another giveaway I’m hosting over on my Facebook page!

Photo: Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“Delicious.” -Sarah MacLean, Washington Post, on You May Kiss the Bride

Compliments of my lovely publisher Avon/HarperCollins, I’ve got advance reader’s copies of Engaged to the Earl and You May Kiss the Bride to share!

Two lucky readers will each win this set, signed if they like!

For a chance to win, pop on over to my Facebook page.

Want more info about my Penhallow Dynasty series? You can see all the titles, read an excerpt, check out the nice things people are saying, and listen to an audiobook sample. Click here.

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ANOTHER giveaway!

Yesterday I shared the news about an epic Goodreads giveaway for Engaged to the Earl. Today I’m thrilled to let you know that You May Kiss the Bride, the first book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, is part of an equally epic giveaway compliments of Bookstr!

Photo: Valentine's Day giveaway compliments of Bookstr, shared via

“Valentines Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got just the thing for you— What do you mean you have plans?! Well you won’t once you hear what we have in store. Seriously! Your other half’s rose petal-strewn proposal will pale in comparison. Ready?

“We’ve got fifty (YES, FIFTY, 5-0!) roasting hot romance novels to give away. That’s right, these romances, valued at over $500, are so supremely sexy they’ll have you cancelling any plans you had for Valentine’s Day 2020, and beyond.”

Click here to enter the giveaway. And good luck!

For more info about Engaged to the Earl (which releases on the 25th!) and You May Kiss the Bride, click here.


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New book board!

Are you a Pinterest person? If so, you’re cordially invited to check out my new board for Engaged to the Earl! It was a lot of fun putting together — it’s kind of an insider’s look at my inspirations, influences, research, references, and allusions. Here are some quick samples:

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

The gorgeous cover of course needed to be included!

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

Visual inspiration for my heroine, Gwendolyn Penhallow . . .

. . . and some equally delightful visual inspiration for my hero, Christopher Beck.

As was typical for a young woman in the Regency era, Gwendolyn wears white a great deal, and it was fun imagining her wearing a gorgeous gown like this.

“That horse has the devil in him.” “So do I,” says Christopher Beck.

A little theme running throughout Engaged to the Earl.

One evening at Vauxhall Gardens, Gwendolyn and Christopher slip away along the so-called Forbidden Paths for a quiet interlude alone . . .

A sweet little snippet.

Fragrant pink rose petals! Which are employed in a delicious romantic gesture . . .

Good advice, I think, for all of us. :)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little preview!

Would you like more info about Engaged to the Earl? Click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site where you can see all your preorder options (in print, ebook, and audio), and read a sample, too.


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Tonight! “Christmas Recipe for Romance”

My friend and USA Today bestselling author Anna J. Stewart’s wonderful book Recipe for Redemption has been adapted into a movie for UpTV, and it’s airing tonight at 7 pm EST/4 pm PST! It’s called Christmas Recipe for Romance, and I couldn’t be more excited about this!

Graphic: "A Christmas Recipe for Romance"

To find UpTV via your cable provider, click here.

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In case you missed it from my recent newsletter: I’m envisioning the hero of the book I’m currently writing — The Worst Duke in the World — looking like a combination of these two delightful fellas.

Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the MohicansPhoto: Simon Woods in Pride and Prejudice

I do hope you approve. ;)

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Cover reveal!

Please enjoy this gorgeous cover for Engaged to the Earl — the fourth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series — coming your way just around Valentine’s Day!

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Would you like to preorder? Click here. To save it on Goodreads, click here.

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Find your happy place . . .

. . . in this short, sweet, funny video from Harlequin Books. Even if you’re in a lousy mood, I promise it will have you smiling at the end!

Photo from a "Find your happy place" video via Harlequin Books


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Pass my fan, please

So, do you remember Matthew Lewis when he played Neville Longbottom back in the day?

Photo: actor Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Here’s Matthew Lewis these days.

Photo: actor Matthew Lewis

Photos shared by Lilah Sturges on Twitter

Please can he be the model for the hero in my next book???

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Battle of the Wickhams!

Having recently written about the various portrayals of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in film/TV, it seems only fair to weigh in on the perfidious (but oh-so-charming) George Wickham!

So, we’ve got . . .

Adrian Lukis in the ’95 A&E production of Pride and Prejudice . . .

. . . Rupert Friend in the ’05 film version of P&P . . .

. . . and Matthew Goode in the ’13 miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley . . . 

Whereas in previous posts I’ve had some pretty strong opinions as to the “best” one, here I’m stumped. I think that each of these actors was marvelous, although Rupert Friend, in my opinion, struggled with a too-limited role. Who’s your favorite Wickham?

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