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“It takes a library to raise a child”

My childhood in a nutshell.

Illustration: "It takes a library to raise a child"

The artists who created this glorious illustration are Trindles & Read. More about them here.

 

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“Some bibliotypes”

I am NOT a bibliophobe, a biblioklept, a biblioriptos, or (shudder) a biblioclast . . .

Graphic: "Some bibliotypes"

via @retroculturati on Twitter

. . . although I AM a bibliophile and, I hope, a bibliosopher. :)

 

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“Boy Trouble”

This is EXACTLY the vibe of my next book.

Cover image: BOY TROUBLE, shared via LisaBerne.com

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“At the canine support center”

LOL!

Comic: At the canine support center, shared via LisaBerne.com

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HURRAY

How we authors feel when a manuscript is DONE and off to the copyeditor . . .

Graphic: HURRAY, shared via LisaBerne.com

. . . In my case, The Redemption of Philip Thane. :)

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Word of the day: Churlish

An excellent word!

Graphic: Churlish, shared via LisaBerne.com

I used it with pleasure in The Laird Takes a Bride, the second book in my Penhallow Dynasty series. Here, my hero Alasdair, who’s been forced into marriage with my heroine Fiona, has come grumpily into her morning-room with the express purpose of picking a fight:

“It’s stupid to quarrel about taste. I prefer furnishings that are less ornate.” Fiona pulled away the tartan shawl that had remained tucked over her, revealing a simple day-­dress made in a singularly beautiful shade of lavender that even in his peppery temper Alasdair had to acknowledge as strikingly flattering to his wife’s pale complexion, dark-­lashed blue eyes, silvery-­blonde hair, even her slim figure. Why, she almost looked —

She almost looked —


He blinked.


For a moment there, he had thought her lovely.

Attractive.


Desirable.


Don’t be daft, man, he told himself harshly.
 Such sentimental thoughts were a trap, the chain around the ankle that jerked and tightened and dragged you down into the depths.

His dog Cuilean lifted his head and fixed those intelligent eyes on him, ears pricked as if questioningly, and Alasdair said shortly to Fiona:

“Is that a new gown, madam?”

“No.”


There was a silence, during which Alasdair fought within himself. Why was he being so churlish? He ought to tell her how bonny a dress it was. But it felt like he would be giving away something he wanted — needed — to hang onto.

This snippet appears in Chapter 7, but would you like to read Chapter 1? Click here. You can listen to an audio sample here.

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

“What a grand, subtle, romantic tour-de-force! The Laird Takes a Bride is an incredibly arresting tale filled with intelligence, foreboding, suspense and a beautiful romance. Prepare to be amazed!”
—Romance Junkies

For more info about The Laird Takes a Bride, including ordering options and to check out some of the nice things people are saying about it, click here.

 

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The smoldering glance

This is how my heroes look at my heroines.

Photo: Paul and Joanne, shared via LisaBerne.com

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Title alert!

We have a title for the sixth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series! Drumroll, please . . .

Graphic: The Redemption of Philip Thane, shared via LisaBerne.com

How many times can a rake get it wrong . . . before he becomes Mr. Right?

Coming your way later this year! For more info, to save on Goodreads, or to preorder, click here.

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“Swear jar”

Guilty as charged.

Graphic: "Swear jar," shared via LisaBerne.com

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News!

Thrilled to let you know that three more Penhallow Dynasty books are coming your way!

Graphic: 3 new Penhallow Dynasty books!

Featuring the younger brothers of Captain Hugo Penhallow in The Bride Takes a Groom — all grown up and the heroes of their own stories!

Cover for The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A BookPage Best Romance of the Year
A Fresh Fiction “Fresh Pick”
A Publishers Weekly “Big Title of Spring”

Would you like to meet — or renew your acquaintance with — Hugo? Click here to read the prologue and Chapter 1.

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