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Review roundup!

So very pleased and thankful for the nice things people are saying about The Worst Duke in the World! Here are some of them.

“Sparkling . . . Series fans will be thrilled.”The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)
—Publishers Weekly

“There are pigs, pumpkins, and pamphlets, oh my! And a charming, fairy tale-like sensibility powering the latest blissfully romantic addition to Berne’s Penhallow series. . . . Filled with endearingly quirky characters, plenty of droll wit, and a number of clever literary grace notes, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it homage to the most perfect porcine-inspired piece of children’s literature ever written, this is a transporting, transcendent triumph.”
—Booklist, starred review

“Attention, Bridgerton fans: if you’re ready to delve deeper into the world of historical romance, The Worst Duke in the World is a fun place to start.”
—Popsugar

“As light as a meringue and as sweet as honey, this romance is deliciously satisfying down to the last drop.”
—BookPage

“Deftly funny . . . A nice portrait of what courtship is like for a dedicated single parent.”
—Kirkus

“A light-hearted, humorous escapade [and] a delightfully fun read. . . . The writing is brilliant, and readers will thoroughly enjoy The Worst Duke in the World.”
—Romance Reviews Today

“Lovely. . . . The romance is thrilling. . . . Cuddle in for an excellent read!”
—The Reading Cafe

“Unique. It isn’t like any other historical romance novel you may have read. This book features a Duke completely different than any other Duke one has ever met. . . . A bright, hilarious, yet romantic tale.”
—Urban Book Reviews

“I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was simply delightful from start to finish. . . . I found myself smiling throughout.”
—Handsfull Mama

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“A lovely cozy read”

Loved this thoughtful review from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for The Worst Duke in the World!

What this book contains: humor, affection, mutual respect, animals, a consistently amusing child, consent (with regard to kissing and general making out), good food, pretty dresses, a decent amount of end-of-book groveling, discussions about the wives of Henry VIII The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)[and] happy endings all around. . . . A lovely cozy read.

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A “hilarious happy-ever-after”!

How cool to see The Worst Duke in the World glowingly featured in BookPage! “As light as a meringue and as sweet as honey, this romance is deliciously satisfying down to the last drop.”

Cover image: The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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20 Questions!

Absolutely delighted to be featured on the Fresh Fiction blog, in which I dish about writing advice, the revision process, why my hero in The Worst Duke in the World is adorable, Wolf Hall, upcoming books, and (of course) muffins.

Graphic: Booklist starred review for The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

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Spotlight and giveaway!

Thrilled to be featured on Harlequin Junkie today, talking about The Worst Duke in the World and sharing some fun facts and excerpts . . . and there’s a giveaway, too! Two copies are up for grabs — open internationally!

Cover image: The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Out TODAY!

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Giveaway alert!

Wow! Over on Goodreads my lovely publisher Avon Books is giving away 50 early finished copies of The Worst Duke in the World! Click here to enter.

Cover image: The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“Blissfully romantic . . . A triumph.” —Booklist, starred review

“Delightfully fun . . . brilliant.” –Romance Reviews Today

“Sparkling . . . Series fans will be thrilled.” —Publishers Weekly

“Deftly funny . . . [with] strengths that set it apart from typical Regency romances.” —Kirkus

 

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Worst Duke is “a triumph”!

Wow! A starred review from Booklist for The Worst Duke in the World!

Graphic: Booklist starred review for The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Coming your way January 12!

After discovering a long-lost letter from Titus Penhallow to her grandmother Charity, penniless orphan Jane Kent is suddenly introduced to a world of material comforts when she becomes the newest member of the Penhallow family. To fill in the gaps in her education, Jane begins taking lessons from the local vicar, who is also tutoring Wakefield Farr, the young son of Anthony Farr, the duke of Radcliffe. After his last disastrous marriage, Anthony has vowed never to wed again, yet much to his surprise, Anthony quickly finds himself falling for the refreshingly different Jane. There are pigs, pumpkins, and pamphlets, oh my! And a charming, fairy tale-like sensibility powering the latest blissfully romantic addition to Berne’s Penhallow series, following Engaged to the Earl (2020). Filled with endearingly quirky characters, plenty of droll wit, and a number of clever literary grace notes, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it homage to the most perfect porcine-inspired piece of children’s literature ever written, this is a transporting, transcendent triumph.

The Worst Duke in the World is available in print, ebook and audio. Want to preorder? Click here to go to the Avon Books site and see all your ordering options!

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“Lovely, Luscious and Literary”!

For Feelgood Friday, I‘m sharing something that made me feel very good indeed! I was thrilled to be included in the 2020 Read-a-Romance Month’s “Celebrate Great Reads” series of posts. Here’s a snippet from RARM founder, writer, reviewer and longtime romance advocate, Bobbi Dumas:

Graphic: Read-a-Romance-Month logoLisa Berne is one of my favorite writers to debut in the last few years. There’s something so elegant and charming about her storytelling, her writing and her — well, everything.

Every time I start one of her books I kind of take a deep breath, preparing myself to be charmed, delighted, heart-wrenched, emotionally churned and ultimately uplifted, hoping that this one will be just as wonderful as the rest, and so far I haven’t been disappointed….

Honestly, in my opinion, she’s up with the greats, in terms of language and the ability to be both emotionally intense and yet simultaneously buoyant and light-hearted. Her characters seriously make my heart flutter almost from the beginning of the books, and I can barely put the books down until I get to the end and see how they’ve overcome their challenges and become better versions of themselves, ready to face the future with the love they’ve truly earned.

Isn’t this amazing?!? I’m so very happy and so very humbled.

Cover image: The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“She has a new release in January and I am dancing in anticipation, sad I have to wait so long! But also excited that it’s coming. Yay!”

To read the post in its entirety, click here.

By the way, there’s a wonderful RARM Facebook group, The Romance of Reading. If you aren’t a member, maybe consider joining!

 

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Q&A with Bookish Jottings (& a glowing review)!

I was so pleased to be interviewed for the Bookish Jottings blog, in which we talked a bit about me and my books, and especially about my latest release, Engaged to the Earl Photo: Lisa Berne, author of the Penhallow Dynasty series (Avon Books)what inspired it, who’s my favorite character, and more! Too, we chatted about what got me started writing historical romance, how I go about my research, my favorite writers, and my advice for aspiring authors.

Plus a five-star review for Engaged to the Earl! Here’s an excerpt:

Lisa Berne’s historical romances are an absolute joy to read! Her writing is crisp, fresh and spirited, her humor witty, stylish and full of gusto and flair and her ability to pen a funny, captivating and poignant romance packed with rich period atmosphere absolutely superb.

Engaged to the Earl is a delightful, sparkling and spellbinding historical romance that is absolutely irresistible. Gwen and Christopher are terrific characters who are Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)wonderfully nuanced and they leap off the pages and straight into readers’ hearts. I also loved how brilliantly Lisa Berne fleshed out the secondary characters . . . and how enjoyable the sub-plots were without detracting from Gwen and Christopher’s love story.

A splendid historical romance full of aristocratic hi-jinks, delicious humor and tender emotion, Lisa Berne’s Engaged to the Earl is an immensely enjoyable Regency tale aficionados of the genre will not want to miss.

Isn’t that lovely?!?

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And for more info about Engaged to the Earl, including all the various ordering options and access to a free excerpt, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site.

 

 

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“An extravagant confection of a book”

Of course it’s always absolutely wonderful to receive a glowing review of one’s book, but when one wins the praise of a self-described romance curmudgeon, then . . . wow!

Says the Our Coast Bookmonger:

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

Over the years, this book reviewer has developed a reputation as a curmudgeonly sort when it comes to romance novels. So imagine my astonishment when I picked up Engaged to the Earl, the fourth book in Spokane author Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series, and found myself devouring it like a plateful of bonbons. Nary a cynical thought crossed my mind. Not one dismissive “harrumph” passed my lips.

Engaged to the Earl is an extravagant confection of a book. Set in the Regency period, it is amusing, detailed and lively. . . .

If you want a story that will make you chuckle, swoon and generally feel warm-hearted, Engaged to the Earl fits the bill.

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To learn more about Engaged to the Earl, click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins website where you can see all your ordering options, listen to an audiobook sample, and read a long juicy excerpt.

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