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For those of us who like to read more than one book at a time!

Image: Bookwheel, shared via

Via @HaggardHawks on Twitter: “Invented by the Italian engineer Agostino Ramelli in 1588, a bookwheel is a rotating library.”

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Of course this is a beautifully rendered moment from Pride and Prejudice, but it could ALSO be my heroine Jane Kent in the very first scene from my own The Worst Duke in the World (even to the muddy hem of her gown!).

Illustration: Pride and Prejudice by Anna and Elena Balbusso, shared via

Would you like to read the scene for yourself? Click here to read Chapter 1.

If you’d like to see all your various ordering options (in print, ebook and audio) or check out the nice things people are sayingThe Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) about The Worst Duke in the World, click here.

And to learn more about the incredibly talented artists who created this illustration, Anna and Elena Balbusso, click here.

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My Q&A with Bubbles & Books!

Delighted to be interviewed by Bubbles & Books, in which I dish about the hardest scene to write in Engaged to the Earl, three must-have qualities for an irresistible love interest, my time-tested research strategies when writing, tidbits about my next book, and more.

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“The author’s effortlessly elegant writing and impeccably rendered Regency setting are perfectly paired with a full cadre of exquisitely realized characters and a delightfully done friends-to-lovers love story that is fueled by equal measures of sweet charm, sharp wit, and heart-melting sexual chemistry.” —Booklist, starred review

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Want to learn more about Bubbles & Books, a very cool subscription service delivering handmade artisanal soaps, bath bombs, bubble bars, and other such goodies ALONG WITH romance novels, right to your door? Click here.

And if you’d like to learn more about Engaged to the Earl, read Chapter 1, order a copy, and check out some of the nice things people have been saying about it, click here.

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Check out this rock a geologist recently found in Brazil!

Photo: Cookie Monster rock

Further proof that Nature is awesome.

Read all about it here.

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“Readers, we want to hear from you!”

From my lovely publisher Avon Books:

Wondering how your favorite author manages to wrap their HEAs in a perfect bow? Wondering how they take their tea or their favorite writing snack? Do they have lucky writing socks? The sky is the limit!

Input any questions that you would like your favorite Avon authors to answer!

Graphic: Avon Books logo

Click here to get to the Google doc!

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12 Days of Pride & Prejudice!

Reupping this delightful graphic for all my fellow P&P aficionados!

Graphic: Twelve Days of Pride and Prejudice, shared via


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Your moment of zen . . .

. . . for Feelgood Friday. 

Photo: a peaceful kitten for Feelgood Friday, shared via

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The dark moment . . .

This beautiful and evocative illustration is by the gifted artists Anna and Elena Balbusso, commissioned for Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. But it also reminds me of my hero Anthony in The Worst Duke in the World, pining for my heroine Jane, who may be lost to him forever.

Illustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso for Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, published by the Folio Society; shared via

Want to see all of my Pinterest board, filled with inspirations, allusions, Easter eggs and assorted amusements? Click here.

For more info and to preorder The Worst Duke in the World, click here.

To save it on Goodreads, click here.

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Bookish art!

I know that the repurposing of books is a controversial topic for many, but personally I’m not averse to it if done in a way that appeals to me. And so here’s an eye-catching work of art made from books . . . which I like a lot! How about you? Would you have this in your house?

Photo: bookish art, shared via

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Authors Adopt!

From the wonderful Julia Quinn:

“I’m thrilled and honored to partner with Penny Reid for Authors Adopt 2020, a program that aims to give autographed books to the medical workers who are working so selflessly to keep the rest of us safe during this crazy time.Photo: Julia Quinn for Authors Adopt

“If you are a medical worker and would like a FREE autographed book, sent to you directly from an author, click here to fill out this form.

“It’s a small but heartfelt way to say thank you.”

I’m equally thrilled and honored to be donating my books as part of this wonderful program. At last count, nearly 1,000 authors are participating!

If you’re a medical worker, please feel free to sign up. And if you know any medical workers who might be interested, please could you share? Thank you!

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