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Avon authors Facebook takeover!

Join Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and me as together we take over the Avon Romance Facebook page this coming Monday, April 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm Eastern time. Bring your questions! I’ll be giving away a print copy of You May Kiss the Bride along with a special gift, too. Hope to see you there!

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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“A face carved by angels”

Jazzed to see You May Kiss the Bride featured in Barnes & Noble’s sparky Romance Roundup column! I especially like Cristina Merrill’s description of my hero, Gabriel Penhallow, as having “a face carved by angels.” What a gloriously romantic turn of phrase! Here’s the cover if you want to take a peek at that angelic countenance. :)Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

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Also, would you like to order You May Kiss the Bride? Click here to see your various options.

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Word of the day: Nightmare

As a writer I’m very interested in the interplay between characters’ daytime reality and their dreams — specifically what they might reveal about their deepest thoughts and emotions. A nightmare can be an especially vivid clue. Graphic: "nightmare" and its definition, via Merriam-WebsterHere’s an example from You May Kiss the Bride. It takes place during a dark moment in the story when my heroine, Livia Stuart, is becoming increasingly conflicted about her betrothal to Gabriel Penhallow. She’s also had an unpleasant dinner-party encounter with a so-called gentleman named Sir Edward Brinkley. (But don’t worry! All will be well!)

In her dream Livia put a foot forward and saw on it an extraordinary slipper made of transparent crystal. It fit her perfectly in a way she did not question in the least. Curious, she pulled back her heavy, jewel-encrusted gown to see what was on her other foot, and was horrified to see that it was bare.

All at once she felt a dreadful slithering sensation around her ankles. Something cold and clammy, and infinitely disgusting, was there, and frantically Livia clawed at the heavy folds of silk and damask, the sapphires and emeralds and diamonds glowing and sparkling and nearly blinding her. At last she pulled up her gown, wretchedly aware that everyone in the church could see what she was doing, and despising her for being such a disgrace, and then she realized that a snake—its coils as big around as her own wrist—was twisting around her feet, and it had tiny beady blue eyes and, horribly, a red human mouth, and it said, very distinctly, in the smooth, patronizing voice of Sir Edward Brinkley:

“And now I’m going to kiss the bride.”

Frozen like a little creature of prey, unable to move, Livia screamed.

And woke up, gasping, in the familiar dark quiet of her luxurious room in Upper Camden Place.

This snippet takes place in Chapter 9, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.

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A Tasty book tour

To celebrate the publication of You May Kiss the Bride — yesterday! wow! — Avon Books and Tasty Book Tours are hosting a virtual tour, featuring excerpts, reviews, a Q&A, and a giveaway. Click here* to check it out!Graphic: Tasty Tours hosts a virtual tour for Lisa Berne and her debut book, You May Kiss the Bride (Avon Books, April 2017)

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At the Ripped Bodice!

I admire and adore the Ripped Bodice bookstore, so I’m thrilled they’re carrying You May Kiss the Bride! Plus, they’re offering a special gift with purchase for the first ten people who order, whether in store or online. Click here to visit their beautiful website.

photo: gift with purchase: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books), available through the Ripped Bodice bookstore

The gift 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. ;)

 

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Today’s the day!

It’s release day for You May Kiss the Bride, the first book in the Penhallow Dynasty series! Picture me throwing huge handfuls of confetti up into the air!

Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

If you’ve preordered — thank you! — you’ll be able to start reading/listening today. And if you’d like to order You May Kiss the Bride, click here to see your various options for print, ebook, and audio.

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Today’s culinary accomplishment

Isn’t this beautiful? It’s especially nice on a cool, gray, Pacific Northwest kind of day. Photo: Lisa Berne's colorful fruit salad.

By the way, there’s a “secret sauce” which makes it especially good: mango juice.

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A couple of price drops . . .

. . . for You May Kiss the Bride. I don’t know how long they’ll last, but Amazon has discounted the price of the paperback edition, and so has Target*.

Graphic: "A masterful Regency debut . . . A sheer delight." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

For more info about You May Kiss the Bride, click here.

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Book love: Recipe for Redemption

I recently had the pleasure of reading a fantastic contemporary romance novel, Recipe for Redemption, by Anna J. Stewart. Anna’s writing style is so compulsively readable, and her characters so vividly drawn, that I absolutely had to read this in one sitting.


And Anna’s got a new book coming out in May, which I’m super-excited to read. Check out this stunning cover!

 

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If Mrs. Bennet had email

If you’ve been following my blog you know I’m a big Jane Austen fan. And so when this hilarious graphic floated across my Twitter feed, I pounced on it so I could share it with you here. Graphic: "If Mrs. Bennet Had Email," via Mark BrownlowThe brilliant mind behind it is Mark Brownlow. More about him and his work here.

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