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It’s Caturday!

This item recently crossed my radar, and I kind of want one. Even though I don’t have a cat. But isn’t it cool? And cozy?Photo: a felted "cat-cave"This is cool too. Also, slightly unnerving.

Image: many cat-faces


This made me actually LOL.



And of course, no Caturday is truly complete without a special guest appearance by . . .



I love you too, Grumpy Cat. :)

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“It’s a library card”

When worlds collide.Comic by Jeff Stahler: "It's a library card."


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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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“You are always beautiful to me”

I love this.Comic: "You are always beautiful to me" by Guy Kopsombut

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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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Happy Monday

Happy Monday! No, this is not an oxymoron.


*rolls up sleeves and gets to work*

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Epic bookish goodness

I’m a little afraid of heights, but I’d gladly change places with the person in this photo. Just to be surrounded by all this amazing, epic, bookish goodness.

photo: the old Cincinnati main library

The old Cincinnati main library. Via History in Pictures on Twitter

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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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“I want to tell you how I feel”

“Let me come out and say it . . .” A beautiful love-letter by Grant Snider.Illustration: "Love Letter" by Grant Snider

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