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“Will dazzle readers . . .”

Thrilled to share with you this starred review from Booklist for You May Kiss the Bride!Graphic: Booklist has given a starred review to Lisa Berne's You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017)

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Want to learn more about You May Kiss the Bride? Click here. And if you’re interested in ordering it, click here to see your options in print, e-book, and audio formats. (And check out the gift with purchase option, too!)

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“Each day is a new life”

These seem like excellent words with which to kick off one’s week. Happy Monday!Graphic: "Each day is a new life."

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Word of the day: Ignoble

A useful word for a writer of historical romance, as there’s often a great deal of play as to what constitutes noble behavior among our characters.Graphic: "ignoble" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster

It came in handy, in fact, while writing You May Kiss the Bride. The day after my hero, Gabriel Penhallow, has been forced into agreeing to marry my heroine Livia, he dutifully calls upon her uncle to codify the arrangement. Still smarting at this unexpected turn of events, he declines her uncle’s offer to summon Livia downstairs:

It would give Miss Livia Stuart her own little taste of the Penhallow way.

He knew it was petty, yet still it gave him a small sense of control in a situation which had spun wildly into chaos. “You may inform Miss Stuart that we’ll come for her tomorrow morning. We go to Bath, where she is to reside with my grandmother and be taught all that she needs to know to properly enter Society as the future Mrs. Penhallow. And you need not worry, sir,” Gabriel concluded with a slight, ironic smile. “The proprieties are to be observed. Naturally I shall be elsewhere.”

And with that, conscious of an ignoble feeling of triumph as he pictured Livia Stuart’s mortification (having put on her best day-dress, no doubt, and carefully done up her hair), he returned to the Glanville mansion, where it would have been difficult to imagine a scene of greater awkwardness.

This snippet appears in Chapter 4, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

 

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Book love: Rules for a Rogue

I recently had the pleasure of reading Rules for a Rogue by Christy Carlyle, a new-to-me author, and I wanted to tell you about it. I fell in love with the protagonists, Phee and Kit, and Christy’s writing is just beautiful. Also, the cover is spectacular. That gown!

Cover for RULES FOR A ROGUE by Christy Carlyle, published by Avon Impulse

Christy has a new book coming out next week, A Study in Scoundrels, which I’m so excited to read. And please enjoy this equally spectacular cover!

cover image: A Study in Scoundrels by Christy Carlyle

More about Christy here.

 

 

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“I am going to look around”

Spring. My front yard. Thinking of Anne Lamott: “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.”Photo: a budding tree in the front yard of Lisa Berne, author of You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books)

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A Barnes & Noble top bookseller pick!

So happy to share with you this great news about You May Kiss the Bride.Graphic: You May Kiss the Bride (by Lisa Berne; published by Avon Books) named a B&N top bookseller pick for April 2017

Read the full post here.

And more, if you like, about You May Kiss the Bride here.

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Crescent Voles

I don’t fully understand it, but my son said on Monday evening that he needed to bring in to school the next day (of course) some kind of baked good for chemistry class. Something about volume, which somehow segued into the idea of voles and raisins. Luckily we had a tube of crescent-roll dough on hand. And here is the result of his culinary handicraft. Cute, no?Photo: "crescent voles"

Actually, I don’t understand it all. But afterwards he said his Crescent Voles were a big hit. :)

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What a party!

Last night’s Avon Romance Facebook takeover — featuring Julia Quinn, Laure Lee Guhrke, and me — was a blast! It was fun, it was informative, and, at times, deeply emotional too. If you joined us, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! If you missed it but would like to visit Avon’s page to see what it was all about, click here.  Graphic: Three Avon authors of historical romance - Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and Lisa Berne - join together for a Facebook takeover on April 3, 2017.

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Mona Lisa smile

This recently floated across my Twitter feed, and I stopped and stared — intrigued, amused, and a little perturbed all at once. I still don’t know what I think about it. Which, I reckon, is a compliment to the artist(s).

Image: the famous portrait of Mona Lisa, but modified so that she's grinning

via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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“A terrific historical romance debut”

Bustin’ my buttons — to employ a charming old-school expression — at this post by Bobbi Dumas on her Kirkus blog. I especially love Ms. Dumas’ comments about my heroine, Livia, and her nemesis Cecily (whose unpleasant machinations never quite work out the way she intends them to).

Graphic: "A terrific historical romance debut that I can't recommend highly enough." -Bobbi Dumas, Kirkus Romance, on You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books, April 2017)

 

Read the full post here.

And speaking of buttons a-bustin’, click here to read the starred review Ms. Dumas mentions.

 

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