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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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Meet Mr. Pressley!

Writing is a curious (and often mysterious) process. It wasn’t till I saw the galleys for The Worst Duke in the World that I suddenly realized that one of my favorite secondary characters, the charming vicar Mr. Pressley, was inspired — both in temperament and in appearance — by this delightful fella.

Photo: Grantchester star James Norton

Do you recognize him?

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“Yours is the light . . .”

Thinking of this beautiful quote as I write today.Graphic: "Yours is the light" by E.E. Cummings

My hero has absolutely no idea that soon he’ll be feeling this way about my heroine . . .

 

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Tropes, glorious tropes!

As both a reader and a writer, I’m kind of obsessed with tropes. What about you? Do you have a favorite? Or favorites?

Graphic: romance novel tropes

via Boobies & Noobies on Twitter

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“What is your androgynous nom de plume?”

You’re a daring Regency lady who writes books. However, for various reasons you need to keep your identity a secret — the ton being what it is, always looking for scandal. What pen name will you choose? Here’s a handy helper!

Graphic: "What is your androgynous nom de plume?"

via Chawton House on Twitter

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Ooh la la!

In the next chapter I’m going to write, my heroine will be wearing a gown rather like this one . . . as she swans about a luxurious gaming hell in Regency-era London. I can hardly wait to write it. :)

Photo: 1830s evening gown

via @whatgrandmawore on Twitter

It’s the sixth book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, by the way. Would you like to save it on Goodreads? Click here.

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And the winner is . . .

The other day I asked for input in naming a character in the book I’m currently writing, and got so many helpful replies! The choices were Frederick, Walter, Simon and Edward, and the #1 name for my icky smarmy duke is . . .

Graphic: Frederick! Via LisaBerne.com

 

Close behind was Simon, with Walter a distant third, and Edward garnering the fewest votes of all.

Just so you know . . . the icky Frederick is *not* my hero! He’s a secondary character who will of course come by his just desserts. :)

My warmest thanks to all who helped out!

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Which name?

I’m looking for input! A character in the book I’m currently writing — the sixth in my Penhallow Dynasty series — needs a good first name. He’s an icky smarmy duke (but don’t worry, he’ll get what’s coming to him). What is your #1 choice?

Graphic: Which name? Via Lisa.Berne.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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#100DaysOfGreatBooks!

Happy Saturday, friends! I’m SUUUUUUUPER excited to be featured in Read A Romance Month‘s #100DaysOfGreatBooks today! You’re cordially invited to take a look — you’ll learn about the most courageous thing I’ve ever done, why I write romance, fellow authors whose work I love . . . PLUS a sneak peek at the cover of my next book, Engaged to the Earl, the fourth in the Penhallow Dynasty series . . . AND a title reveal for the 5th book!

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Graphic: "A masterful Regency debut . . . A sheer delight." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) for You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

 

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