Day 29 – You May Kiss The Bride by Lisa Berne
Hi friends ~
Just a reminder that from May 24th through the end of August (Read-A-Romance Month) I’ll be spotlighting one book a day.
On Fridays through July, I’ll be including an author answering the Q&A from RARM 2018.
Lisa Berne’s debut released in Spring ’17 and it was beautiful and breathtaking. If you’re a fan of historical romance, then you really need to discover Lisa Berne if you haven’t already.
She has three titles in the delightful Penhallow Dynasty series, and they’re all wonderful.
I’m spotlighting the first one, You May Kiss The Bride, but I can guarantee that if you like the first one, you’ll devour the next two. I loved them all.
In the first book, Livia is compromised when the illustrious Gabriel Penhallow kisses her, but Berne takes the marriage of convenience trope in unexpected direction, when Livia is heart-broken at the idea of marrying a rich, arrogant man who is determined to remain indifferent to her.
And yet, Livia stakes a claim for her own happiness, changing the fierce, haughty Penhallows through her sunny will.
Don’t miss The Laird Takes A Bride or The Bride Takes a Groom either. (Book 4, Engaged To The Earl, comes out in February 2020.)
Love, love, love these books! xo
You May Kiss The Bride
In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.
Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.
But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?
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2018 RARM Questions:
Why do you write books?
I write books because I like reading them so much. It’s a little bit like reaching for the stars. If that makes sense?
What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Having a kid. The most fulfilling, challenging, scary, fun, and joy-packed experience I’ve ever had.
Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?
See question #1. I write romance because I love to read romance. 🙂
Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)
It happened at the end of a very enjoyable blind date. He said, “I’ll call you tomorrow,” and he did. He did what he said he would do. Reader, I married him.
If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?
To my younger writer self: “Start writing now.” In other words, I wish I had begun sooner. Back then it felt like there were too many obstacles — a multitude of other commitments, self-doubt, and so on. But I’m really happy and grateful to be doing it now.
Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.
Oh, it’s all fascinating, from broad brushstrokes to tiny details — I’m a history junkie, and as a writer of historical romance authenticity is important to me. What did people wear? What did they eat? What did they read? What kind of slang did they use? How did they get from one place to another? What were the current events (and juicy scandals) of the time? And so on.
How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written?
I pay attention to them; listen patiently; trust their presence. And I look for openings. Opportunities. How to breathe life into them. How to write them, with sensitivity and care, as best I can.
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?
This is a super-hard question, as there are so many times and places that intrigue me —from ancient Rome and Egypt, to London in the Tudor era, to a quiet country village where a Miss Marple might dwell and the fascinating Botswana of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. But for both business (research purposes) and pleasure, I’d love to spend a month hanging out with Jane Austen. And probably annoying her with all my questions.
What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer? Why?
As a writer, there’s nothing better in the world than hearing people say that your book(s) interest them, delight them, make them laugh, make them cry — and when they ask when the next book is coming. The ultimate compliment!
Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer novel at fourteen — it was the effervescent Lady of Quality — and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grant writer, and a teacher — and now writes historical romance for Avon Books, with her Penhallow Dynasty series set mostly in Regency-era Britain.
Coming soon are the fourth and fifth books in the series, Engaged to the Earl and The Worst Duke in the World.
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