Embracing Romance Spotlight on Best Selling Author Renee Bernard

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Renee Bernard is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance and recently, contemporary romantic comedy. She won RT’s Reviewer’s Choice award for “Best Debut Historical” in 2006 and never slowed down (she missed the memo). By the end of 2014, she will have fifteen books out there in the world. She has published with Simon & Schuster and Berkley as well as branching out into independent publishing, audio books and comic books. For over four years she has been the host of “The Romance Bookmark” (formerly “Canned Laughter and Coffee”), a weekly internet radio show with between 80-100K registered listeners via Readers Entertainment. She is also a contributor to Romantic Times BookReviews magazine. From wine wrangling to stand-up comedy and public speaking, there’s nothing off the table. (No really. Nothing. Except anything involving dancing and a pole. She’s past that now.)

Renee currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. (Note an interesting proximity to great wineries!)

For more information, please visit her website at www.reneebernardauthor.com.

The Black Rose Trilogy is a relentless gothic ride where a woman’s power is measured in subtle, sensual ways and where Revenge is an art form. From Victim to Villainess, the journey of Lady Serena Wellcott is without precedence—and when Love is merely currency in a game, only the strong will survive. These books are not for the weak of heart but challenge readers to look at a new kind of historical romance and a new kind of heroine.

I will admit that there’s been a lot of talk about strong female characters and then a dissection of the plucky or perky young woman in romance novels; and I wanted to step out and take my own stand. I wanted to explore the lines that divide the good guys and the bad guys, and I wanted to break a lot of rules. I also very much wanted to write an epic romance, a passionate relationship that wasn’t going to fit into one book. So, the Black Rose Trilogy was born.



Raven Wells is no ordinary girl. Plucked from an orphanage by a scheming earl, she has been raised like a thoroughbred, groomed for one purpose: Revenge. Unfortunately, the Earl of Trent never let her in on the plan, so when she meets the man of her dreams, Sir Phillip Warrick, she has no idea that every lesson, every tutor and every impulsive inch of her was crafted for his seduction and destruction. What she does know is that love is the prize she wants most and that nothing should stand in a woman’s way to getting what she wants.

Phillip Warrick is simply trying to recover his friendship with the earl, unaware that the man has spent years laying the foundation for destroying Phillip’s peace of mind. What he does know is that the earl’s ward, Raven Wells, is mesmerizing, fascinating and apparently without reserve. Witty, beautiful, impulsive and impossible—she is like a siren beckoning him to forget the rules and seize only the pleasures of the moment.

Together, their love will set in motion a series of events that no one can foresee. Revenge creates more than one victim, but also more than one winner. Raven Wells will be transformed into a force of nature the likes of which Victorian London has never experienced before. LADY FALLS is the birth of the Black Rose and the end of innocence.



Renee Bernard - Lady Rises
From the ashes of LADY FALLS, Raven Wells is transformed into Lady Serena Wellcott. Now with wealth and power all her own, she is the founder of the Black Rose—a secret society dedicated to securing justice for women who have been abused or wronged in the private corridors of Victorian society. She has dedicated her life to revenge, honing her skills at the bequest of others but biding her time until she has the two men she loathes most in this world in her sights.

Sir Phillip Warrick has scars of his own from their fateful encounter years before and his heart has never healed from the loss of his beautiful Raven and the irrevocable mistake of brutally ending their affair. But when he found no trace of her, he let himself believe that she was dead. Except Phillip isn’t that lucky. When he is introduced to Lady Serena Wellcott at his cousin’s country home, his world begins to implode. Because once again he has a tigress by the tail, except this time, it’s a dangerous mix of passion and poison when it becomes clear that what the lady wants most is his head on a platter. If only he didn’t still love her with every fiber of his being…

In a dance of desire, Serena has her own struggles reconciling the man she once loved with the irresistible rake she has vowed to hate. Vengeance is its own mistress and it’s a race to the finish as the Black Rose takes on a quest to carve out justice and find mercy even where it’s been forgotten. Love may rule but Lady Serena Wellcott doesn’t believe in playing fairly and she also doesn’t believe in surrender.



Renee Bernard - Lady Triumphs
With Phillip Warrick at her back and the lovers reconciled, it will still take every resource and wicked skill she has acquired to destroy the man who was once her trusted guardian. Lord Trent is no ordinary foe but Lady Wellcott has never shied away from a challenge and what’s a bit of revenge between old friends?

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the shadowed servants’ passages of the ton’s grand homes, the Black Rose will weave a seductive spell until no one is safe. Phillip’s loyalty is tested to its limits as he is forced to stand aside and watch the woman he loves assume her role and identity as a Villainess with no equal. Their shared hatred of Trent is eclipsed by Phillip’s need to protect her even if the greatest danger comes from Raven herself. Their passion for each other has only grown and each sensual encounter cements the bonds that tether her dark soul to his—even when rivals appear and their world starts to unravel.

The stakes are impossibly high but Serena is a fearless gambler. Every element of her upbringing and every tragic misstep comes into play. Raised for vengeance, she will return to the earl as his creation and serve him a slice of his own poisonous fruit with a smile on her beautiful lips. The Lady has planned the perfect murder. The only problem is, it will likely be her own.


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6 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    Recently finished Lady Falls, Renee, and loved it. Getting ready to start on Lady Rises. I did make a detour to read Devil To Pay, and all I could think was how clever the whole idea of the book was.

  2. Spreck Teresa

    I love Renee! She’s re-opening a door to extended character sagas like Bertrice Small’s “Skye O’Malley” series that don’t limit a heroine’s story to the pages of a single book. Huge KUDOS to her for that and to you for this wonderful article.

  3. Sharon

    I adore the Black Rose Books, and everything Renee has written!! Raven is such a complex character, you hardly ever see that. Her romance with Phillip is epic and I can’t WAIT to read the last one! Thanks for not keeping us hanging (too long!), Renee!

  4. Jeannine Meador

    Great article not only informative but fun! As Renee is. Love the Black Rose Trilogy and now a contemporary romance/comedy in Devil to Pay. Counting the hours until Lady Triumphs is out there for us so we can know “the rest of the story” as that famous radio personality used to say.

  5. Jamie Mathews heustess

    Renee- Loving the Black Rose series already! Thank you for such wonderful and entertaining reads…wonderful characters and plot twists!