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Some inspiration . . .

. . . in creating my hero in The Redemption of Philip Thane. :)

Illustration: Bugs Bunny

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Graphic: "How many times can a rake get it wrong," shared via LisaBerne.com

Coming your way December 28!

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“Books are people”

I’m itching to change the “his” to something more inclusive, but other than that I really like this quote!

Graphic: "Books are people"

What about you?

 

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“Either a very committed ornithologist or a very unfocused writer”

Or, possibly, both . . .

Comic: "Judging by the amount of time..."

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HURRAY

How we authors feel when a manuscript is DONE and off to the copyeditor . . .

Graphic: HURRAY, shared via LisaBerne.com

. . . In my case, The Redemption of Philip Thane. :)

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Word of the day: Churlish

An excellent word!

Graphic: Churlish, shared via LisaBerne.com

I used it with pleasure in The Laird Takes a Bride, the second book in my Penhallow Dynasty series. Here, my hero Alasdair, who’s been forced into marriage with my heroine Fiona, has come grumpily into her morning-room with the express purpose of picking a fight:

“It’s stupid to quarrel about taste. I prefer furnishings that are less ornate.” Fiona pulled away the tartan shawl that had remained tucked over her, revealing a simple day-­dress made in a singularly beautiful shade of lavender that even in his peppery temper Alasdair had to acknowledge as strikingly flattering to his wife’s pale complexion, dark-­lashed blue eyes, silvery-­blonde hair, even her slim figure. Why, she almost looked —

She almost looked —


He blinked.


For a moment there, he had thought her lovely.

Attractive.


Desirable.


Don’t be daft, man, he told himself harshly.
 Such sentimental thoughts were a trap, the chain around the ankle that jerked and tightened and dragged you down into the depths.

His dog Cuilean lifted his head and fixed those intelligent eyes on him, ears pricked as if questioningly, and Alasdair said shortly to Fiona:

“Is that a new gown, madam?”

“No.”


There was a silence, during which Alasdair fought within himself. Why was he being so churlish? He ought to tell her how bonny a dress it was. But it felt like he would be giving away something he wanted — needed — to hang onto.

This snippet appears in Chapter 7, but would you like to read Chapter 1? Click here. You can listen to an audio sample here.

Image: cover for The Laird Takes a Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

“What a grand, subtle, romantic tour-de-force! The Laird Takes a Bride is an incredibly arresting tale filled with intelligence, foreboding, suspense and a beautiful romance. Prepare to be amazed!”
—Romance Junkies

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The smoldering glance

This is how my heroes look at my heroines.

Photo: Paul and Joanne, shared via LisaBerne.com

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“Writing light into the darkness”

So pleased that Frolic has shared my essay on how I came to write The Worst Duke in the World just as COVID hit: “In an incredibly stressful time, what’s cozier and more nourishing than a good comfort read?”

Would you like to read the essay? Click here.

And to learn more about The Worst Duke in the World, which Entertainment Weekly praised as “Enchanting . . . ChampagneThe Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne (Avon Books) in book form — bubbly, fun, and intoxicating,” click here.

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Word of the day: Indomitable

A word I like a lot!Graphic: "Indomitable," shared via LisaBerne.com

 

I used it with pleasure in the very first book of my Penhallow Dynasty series, You May Kiss the Bride, in which we catch our earliest glimpse of the elderly Penhallow matriarch Henrietta, who figures importantly in the overarching storyline:

Gabriel Penhallow rode alongside the large, old-fashioned, perfectly sprung coach in which sat his grandmother and her companion Miss Cott. Its stately black panels as always were polished to a blinding gleam. Behind the coach, at a respectful distance, fol­lowed the light carriage bearing her dresser and maid­servant as well as his valet, along with an astonishing quantity of his grandmother’s luggage.Cover for YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne (Avon/HarperCollins)

He turned his head to look inside and saw his grand­mother dozing, sitting bolt upright and her mouth firmly closed. Even in her sleep she was indomitable, he thought with a flicker of amusement.

This snippet appears in Chapter 1; would you like to read it? Click here.

To learn more about You May Kiss the Bride, order a copy, and see some of the nice things people are saying about it, click here.

 

 

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“Common mistakes made by the inexperienced romance novelist”

Was I guilty of any of these? I leave it to you to decide!

Comic by Tom Gauld: "Common mistakes made my the inexperienced romance novelist," shared via LisaBerne.com

Shared by the lovely Julia Quinn!

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“What an astonishing thing a book is”

The wonderful Mary Balogh shared this, and I had to, too!

Graphic: "What an astonishing thing a book is," shared via LisaBerne.com

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