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Word of the day: blench

A word I love! I used it with pleasure in You May Kiss the Bride, in a scene in which we learn how my hero’s haughty grandmother has triedGraphic: "blench" and its definition, via Merriam-Webster very hard to find him a suitable wife.

Some months ago she had left Bath—where she’d been ensconced for many years—and made her way to London. There she had taken occupancy of the family townhouse in Berkeley Square and proceeded to spend the Season looking for a worthy young lady. Invited everywhere and universally fawned upon, she attended breakfasts, teas, dinner parties, assemblies, balls, Almack’s; indefatigably had she searched, interviewed, investigated. Her letters came to him bristling with detailed reports.

Angrily, she wrote that this earl’s daughter was already affianced, and that duke’s girl had just gotten married; their available sisters were too young, or too old, or had a squint, or teeth that made one blench. The girls of a fine old family from the North would have been considered if not for their abject lack of fortune.

One otherwise promising young lady, Grandmama had learned to her fury, had been concealing the ugly fact of an uncle in the fishmongering trade. The granddaughter of an old friend, whom she had long thought to be a possibility, looked decidedly consumptive. Another girl who had seemed likely at first came from a family in which the women were notoriously poor breeders. And, naturally, there were whole swathes of young ladies who could be ignored—no matter how wealthy or pleasing in appearance—as their bloodlines were pitifully inferior.

On and on it went, until at last the Season had come to an end, and Grandmama returned to Bath in defeat.Cover for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

This is a snippet from Chapter 1, but if you like, you can read all of the chapter here. Would you like to order You May Kiss the Bride? Click here for more info.

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“So you like your gift?”

Happy Valentine’s Day. :)

Comic: "So you like your gift?"

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“Survival juice”

Ain’t it the truth. Happy Monday. :)Graphic: "Coffee: (n) survival juice"

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How I feel . . .

. . . at the library.

Art by by Aimee Stewart; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

Art by by Aimee Stewart; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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Bookish wallpaper!

Would you like this in your house?

Image: Hermes wallpaper, via Helen Warlow on Twitter

Wallpaper by Hermes; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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“Let’s face it . . .”

Happy Monday. :)

"We're going to work": a comic by the Awkward Yeti

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An RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee!

Thrilled to share the news that You May Kiss the Bride has been nominated for the 2017 award, in the First Historical Romance / Historical Fiction category!

Graphic: 2017 RT Reviewers Choice Awards

Congratulations to my fellow nominees as well! Amy Jarecki for The Highland Duke, Meghan Masterson for The Wardrobe Mistress, and Jessica Shattuck for The Women in the Castle. To see the nominees in all the historical romance categories, click here.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, read Chapter 1, and view the various ordering options for print, ebook, and audio, click hereCover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

 

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“In the Library”

What do you think she’s reading?

Image: Dans la Bibliotheque, 1872, by Auguste Toulmouche

Dans la Bibliotheque, by Auguste Toulmouche, 1872

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“When you look good . . .”

Hahaha, I love this.

via @WholesomeMeme on Twitter

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“Shame I don’t want to”

Isn’t that what Saturdays are for, after all?

"Shame I don't want to": a comic by the Awkward Yeti

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