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“I open every door”

A bit of inspiration as we begin our week.

Graphic: "I open every door"

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“Types of self-care” redux

Seems like a very good time to re-up this . . .

Graphic: "Types of Self-care," from the Pub-Craft Team, shared via LisaBerne.com

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“Fight like a girl”

#MondayMood

Art: Fight Like a Girl by Risa Rodil, shared via LisaBerne.com

Artist: Risa Rodil. Shared via Bookstr on Twitter

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“One of the most exciting new historical writers”

If you’ve been hanging out with me for any length of time, you know that I’m a huge Julia Quinn fan, and that her books have been a major, major inspiration to me. So you can imagine how I felt when she posted this on her Facebook page yesterday:

Photo: "Lisa Berne is one of the most exciting new historical writers in a long time," says Julia Quinn, shared by LisaBerne.com

Yep! Incredibly happy, honored, proud, and grateful.

For more about my just-released Engaged to the Earl, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins website.

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“Jane Austen would approve”

Wow! What an amazing review for Engaged to the Earl from the Historical Novel Society! 

In this Regency romance, two beautiful people fall in love at first sight and get engaged, only to discover they are not suited. Or at least Gwendolyn

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

Coming your way February 25th, 2020!

Penhallow does, for she is not only beautiful and a member of a highly respected family, but, more importantly, honest and kind. The Earl of Westenbury? Not so much.

By contrast, Gwennie’s childhood friend Christopher Beck is kind, to people and animals both, even if he is not an aristocrat. And unlike the earl, he can be relied upon.

The process by which the pair learn the valuable life lessons that enable them to find happiness together is involving, and it provides an opportunity to comment upon snobbery and various human foibles. There is too a complementary subplot involving Gwennie’s spoiled and selfish cousin Helen. She too falls in love at first sight, but with less success. What distinguishes the book, however, is the characterization, which is marked by the deft use of irony. Jane Austen would approve.

Strongly recommended.

I’m so, so pleased, and also incredibly honored and flattered that the reviewer said, “Jane Austen would approve.” Because . . .

Graphic: "OMG Jane Austen," shared via LisaBerne.com

. . . Jane Austen is such an inspiration to me!

(In fact, you’ll find a reference to Persuasion in the story.)

For more info about Engaged to the Earl, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site.

 

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“You are the heroine or hero of your own life”

I really enjoyed the essay “Lisa Kleypas Talks Changing Trends in Romance,” which was recently featured on Goodreads. Lisa’s such a rock star of the genre! (And she has a new book out, too! Who else is excited to read Chasing Cassandra?)Image: Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (Avon Books)

My favorite snippet from the essay? Photo: Lisa Kleypas

 

The message of romance novels is that you are the heroine or hero of your own life. You, regardless of your gender identification, culture, appearance, belief system, disabilities, or age, deserve to love and be loved. Wholeheartedly, passionately, and entirely.

That’s not an unrealistic expectation. Don’t settle for less.

Beautiful!

And “Don’t settle for less,” has a lot of resonance for me . . . It’s something my heroine Gwendolyn Penhallow says in Engaged to the Earl:

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

Coming your way February 25th, 2020!

“But there is a moral to the story, my dears. It’s this: I hope you’ll always follow your dreams — and settle for nothing less than whatever is the best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Be kind to yourself”

This seems just right for starting off the New Year, don’t you think?

Graphic: Be Kind to Yourself - shared via LisaBerne.com

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Happy New Year!

Any resolutions that are inspiring/motivating you?

Graphic: Happy New Year! via LisaBerne.com

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Inspiration!

In case you missed it from my recent newsletter: I’m envisioning the hero of the book I’m currently writing — The Worst Duke in the World — looking like a combination of these two delightful fellas.

Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the MohicansPhoto: Simon Woods in Pride and Prejudice

I do hope you approve. ;)

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Some Monday inspiration . . .

Say hello to Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, 1908. Scaling Salisbury Crags in full Edwardian gear. WOW.

Photo: Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, 1908

via @horriblesanity on Twitter

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