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Monday, September 19, 2011

Lisa Bergren and Free Books!

PhotobucketThey’ve come back from the modern world to medieval Italy…and now they not only have to save those they love…they have to save themselves. Ride the River with Gabi and Lia and find out what happens next.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Alison Strobel's novel, Composing Amelia, is:

eviesmommo@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Lisa Bergren, author of Torrent (David C. Cook, September 2011).

PhotobucketLisa Bergren is the author of over forty books, which total over two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she dreams about her next trip to Italy while her little white dog stares at her, begging Lisa to just take her for a walk around the block.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I like to watch my husband make pizza on the grill.

--Any Internet post on Italy captures my interest.

--I think of myself as adventurous, but just four-wheeled over the Continental Divide and think that I’m really not.

--I’m hoping I get to lead a 3DM huddle soon.

--I like dark chocolate.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Torrent.

PhotobucketGabriella is back in medieval Italy, but this time, her heart is literally on the line. She is falling, deeper and deeper, in love with Marcello, but now she has much more to think about than herself…her family. Will she give up everything in her present for what she might gain…in the past?

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

She’s fighting for right, for justice, for hope, for love.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

Marcello: An Italian 20-year-old who embodies hope, strength, passion

Gabriella: An Italian-American 17-year-old who embodies strength, gumption, passion and love

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Love The Help. Such a great dive into the best—and worst—of humanity. Loved it.

What are you working on now?

The first book in my adult Grand Tour Series, Glamorous Illusions. It’s about the illegitimate daughter of a copper king of 1913 who sends his kids on the Grand Tour of Europe…and on the search for what identity really means.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.LisaBergren.com and on Facebook: “River of Time Series” and “Lisa Tawn Bergren”

The book is available at book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

764294: Torrent, River of Time Series #3

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Hmm…If you could time-travel to any time and location, where/when would it be?

Thank you, Lisa, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lisa has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lisa's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Christa Allan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Christy said...

I believe I would travel to either England or Italy...any time would do! :o)

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CarlybirdK said...

I would love to go to Scotland because that is where my mother's roots are, but I would not want to go back in time. I like modern conveniences too much :-) Thank you!

Melissa said...

Much as I love Italy and fell even more in love with it while reading Waterfall, I think I'd pick the medieval British Isles. My ancestors are from England and Ireland... and it would be fun to "meet" them ...though I wouldn't mind popping over to Scotland and checking out some of the guy in kilts either!!

melissaseclecticbookshelf at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

If I could go back in time I would love to go to Jerusalem and hang out with Jesus for awhile, maybe go fishing and just talk with him and sit at his feet! Maybe not a real original answer, but it is what I'd love to do the most!


Diana Flowers said...

OOPS- I forgot to mention I loved Waterfall and did a giveaway on my blog! I need to hurry and read Cascade since Torrent is already coming out!


kristina shields said...

i would love to visit ireland. it is so beautiful looking there!

spicedice45 (at) gmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

love to go back to the time and area of Jesus.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

karenk said...

i would like to grow up in the 1950s...love watching all of those black & white tv shows.

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Rebecca said...

If I could time travel anywhere I think I would go to the time of westward expansion and wagon trains. That has always sounded like it would be a great time.

Thanks for the chance to win this.


Courtney said...

I would love to travel back to the 1800-1900's - England, the time period in which their was balls and corsets and all that, I would love to experience that just once!! Thanks for the giveaway!

kcmelone at yahoo dot com

by Pegg Thomas said...

Time travel is such a fun concept! There are several places I'd like to go, but if I had to pick just one, probably colonial America. There was such a new spirit of hope then... lots of possibilities. :)
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I'd say medieval or Regency England, but if I had to live there, I'd say the 1950s or 1960s ... Thanks for the chance to win!


(P.S. You can also enter to win the "River of Time" trilogy here: http://smallreview.blogspot.com/2011/09/river-of-time-series-giveaway.html ) ^_^

Jo said...

Travel back in time. Um, probably would be to the turn of the century late 1800's early 1900's Colonial America. For some reason have always been very interested in that time period.


Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

i've been participating and promoting Lisa's 'Waterfall' Wednesdays at FHC and totally engrossed in the medieval timetravel...
blstef1 at mts dot net
If you could time-travel to any time and location, where/when would it be?
for me it would possibly be to the future somewhere gorgeous in the UK - lush, green and ocean ~
if it can't be future, then Jane Austen's time in some FaB mansion with servants to help with hair and clothes and a gorgeous beau like Cptn Wentworth pursuing me =)....
sorry missed the contact requirement!

Anonymous said...

I would love to travel back to the time when Jesus walked the earth and taught. Then move ahead a little bit to walk with Paul. I would also love to travel to the pioneer days in the west. People tell me I would have lived well then. :-)
Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win.
Kelly Y in Virginia

Kristi said...

Wow. That's a really tough question. I'd love to meet so many people, especially writers like Jane Austen and Shakespeare.

But I choose this: Paris, 1835-1840ish to meet and/or have dinner with Frédéric Chopin. I absolutely love his piano works and think it would be interesting to interact with the genius behind them all.

Thanks for having this giveaway. It's great! :)


Patsy said...

I'd have to go with England around in the 17 & 1800s. Love all the castles! Love the clothes of that era.




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