Monday, February 11, 2013

2-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Eight ~ Lisa T. Bergren!!

Today's the last day of Christian Bookshelf Reviews' 2-Year Blogoversary Celebration and what better way to end it than with an interview from Lisa T. Bergren! I hope you've enjoyed the party!!


Welcome back, Lisa, and thank you for celebrating Christian Bookshelf Reviews' 2-Year Blogoversary with us! For those who aren't familiar with you and your books, will you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm a wife to Tim for over 20 years, mom to three (17, 14 and 9) and walker of one little, white Westie. On occasion, I get to write. And those occasions have led to over forty published books, which makes me shake my head. God is good about opening doors if we simply walk through the first.

As many people here already know, your River of Time series is one of my all-time favs! What inspired you to write it?

My teen girls. Neither of them were avid readers. I wanted to write a fast-paced, romantic, irresistible series that would draw them in. I knew if I could nab them, I might be able to nab other readers too.

When you first started the series did you ever expect to write more that just the first three?

Nope. Passion from the River Tribe inspired me to continue on. I love how invested readers are with these characters. It gets me all the more excited about them too.

Why did you decide to write more after book three?

The River Tribe wanted to know SO MUCH MORE about what happened to the characters. And I did too. I couldn't get them out of my mind.

I was super excited to hear that you plan on writing a fifth River of Time novel, why did you decide to do this and will it be the end or might you one day come back to Toscana, Italy?

DELUGE will be the fifth and final installment of the series. I'm writing another teen series called REMNANTS, so I need to invest there. But I think there will be additional stories in the future in Italy. I'm in love with the country.

Where do you like to write?

The library. I can't seem to get anything of consequence done at home. Too distracting.

What's your favorite party food?

Manchego cheese and crackers.

Do you have a favorite birthday/party memory you'd like to share?

For my 40th, we were in Italy with my kids and parents. We went to my favorite trattoria, Il Latina, in Firenze (don't tell the Forellis!) and we had an amazing, memorable meal. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with my closest loved ones and in a place as inspiring as Italia.

What are your top three favorite songs?

That changes every month! I mostly listen to Christian pop.

A few this-or-that questions:

Chocolate or vanilla?

Are you kidding? CHOCOLATE.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee.

Call or Text?

Text. I'm not a big phone chatterer.

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs. Allergic to the kitties.

Early bird or night owl?

Neither. Middle of the Day person. :-)

DVD or movie theater?

Love the big, cinematic movies in the theater. The rest, I prefer to watch on DVD at home.

Facebook or Twitter?

Both, baby! Facebook.com/RiverofTimeSeries; Facebook.com/RemnantsSeries; Facebook.com/LisaTBergren; @LisaTBergren

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Happy blogoversary, friend! If peeps want to know more, find me at LisaBergren.com

Giveaway!

Enter to win your choice of one of the River of Time books! Open Internationally, but only a winner from the US can choose a print copy of Bourne&Tributary

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109 comments:

  1. i really want to read this series..
    thx u for makin it INT :)

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  2. hi!
    I didn't know her, good interview.
    Hope to have a opportunity to read her books :D
    cy-a ^^

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  3. I've only read one book by Lisa (Glamorous Illusions) and loved it.

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  4. I love Lisa's books. It would be so fun to win one!

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  5. love to win one of these books thanks

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  6. I love Lisa T. Bergren books! I found them randomly on Kindle and stayed up late to read it! I didn't know this much info about her, but this is awesome!

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  7. Lisa!!! Love your books! Looking forward to Deluge and the new series! Always fun to read an interview with you! I agree, chocolate or vanilla? Hands down chocolate all the way!! Thanks Melanie for all of the wonderful interviews and blog posts this past week! Hope YOU have had a great blogoversary! It has been fun!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

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  8. Would love to win a copy of Bourne and Tributary, thanks for the opportunity.

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  9. This was an amazing series! Lisa is very talented! Thanks for giving us a peek until her world!

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  10. *croons* I have had your books ingrained in my memory since someone showed me the covers and I fell in love. I would be absolutely thrilled to win a copy. :)

    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

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  11. This series is just about my favorite ever! I finally had to go ahead and buy "Torrent," so I own them all. But my friends are continually borrowing my books...about time I got them their own! Great giveaway, fun interview. :)

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  12. I have one book but would love another from the series!

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  13. I always enjoy interviews with Lisa. Great job!

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  14. I love Lisa T Bergren and have read most of her books. I always enjoy reading her interviews. I'm going to follow your blog:)

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  15. I loved the first book! I would love to win a copy of the second.

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  16. I read the first book in the series, and it was awesome! I can't wait to read the rest.

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  17. awesome interview! I love the River of Time Series! One of the best series I've read... Congrats on 2 years! =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. SO excited about Deluge!!! Though it's kinda depressing that it's going to be the last one-this series is amazing!

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  19. That's a great story behind why the books were written. And very true - nabbed us all! ;)

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  20. I have greatly enjoyed these series, even as a 21 year old woman. Thank you so much for a great, clean, Christian series!

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway! This book looks great!
    Congrats!
    mestith (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. I can't wait for the fifth book!! soooo excited! :]

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  23. I immensely enjoyed reading Waterfall (the only book by Lisa that I've read, at the moment). But Lisa's such an amazing writer, and I know the rest of her books are just as wonderful!

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  24. I am so excited you had Lisa T. Bergren come! I LOVED LOVED LOVED her River of Time series!! I cant wait to read the next one!
    thank you for the giveaway!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  25. oh,I love those books!!! I do believe thats all that needs to be said about them! love,love,love!!

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  26. Great interview and so glad Lisa Bergren was included in this awesome blogoversary party!! Thanks for the giveaway, blessings :)

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  27. I love your books Lisa... I love the fact that you specifically wrote a series for your daughters in hopes to get them reading... Did they love the books?
    Lisa Medeiros
    Deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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  28. I love Lisa's writing, her River of Time series is my favorite so far! I am excited about her new series as well as Deluge! I only have been able to buy Waterfall in print and Bourne and Tributary ebooks. I would love to own them all in print though! Happy Blogoversary!

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  29. Thanks for the excellent Q&A and for mentioning 3 of my favorite things: Dogs, Chocolate, and Italy. I'd love to win a copy of the latest book in this series. Thanks again!

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  30. These books look really good. Thanks for the giveaway.
    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Aww... Thanks for mentioning use River Tribe girls. Glad we inspire you.
    Rebekah

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  32. Fun interview! I love Lisa's books and would love to win!

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  33. Just love the River of Time Series. Thank you Lisa for writing it

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I read the River of Time boks AWHILE ago, yet I still think about them to this day! <3

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  36. I have the first book in Lisa's River of Time books, and it would be nice to read the others. I absolutely loved her Northern Lights Trilogy. Thanks for having the giveaway. And happy 2-year blogoversary!

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. I have read some of Lisa's other books and I would LOVE to read this series.
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I would love to win!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

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  39. Love this series and am so excited for the last installment!

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  40. I loved this series! Best series ever and I can't wait for the next one!:) I'm so EXCITED!

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  41. Love Lisa's books!

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  42. I'd love to read Bourne and Tributary! Great books!

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  43. I have read Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent and have been very eagerly waiting to read Bourne and Tributary!! I have loved a lot of Lisa's books, including her new series, the Grand Tour.
    Thanks for this giveaway, would love to win a book!!
    -Shantelle

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  44. Wow, it's international! :D
    Thank you for the giveaway. I really appreciate it. :)

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  45. Yay for another "middle of the day" person! ;)

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway. Book covers ae beautiful love to read whats inside./
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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  47. Another interesting looking book. You certain have a plethora of good reads. Happy anniversary and may you have many more page turning years!
    godleyv [at]yahoo{dot}com

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  48. LOVE the idea of a 40th Birthday trip.... hmmm.. I sense a plot brewing in my mind.
    This is one of those series that I keep seeing pop up on my radar, and even though I typically wouldn't think I would be intrigued, I am! I do have Waterfall already on the TBR so I would love to get the next one. That would help in getting myself to start Waterfall ;)
    Thanks for the fun posts this week, Melanie!

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  49. Oh yay! Thank you so much for the giveaway - this is my favorite series of books! The interview was very interesting, also. Thanks again!!

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  50. This series looks absolutely amazing! And I like the interview, indeed a good one.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. I love this author and would like to have more of her books. Thanks for the interview!

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  52. I have the first two in this series, but not the last one. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  53. Love love love River of Time series!

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  54. This is a new series for me. I must add it to my TBR list!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  55. Sounds intriguing, esp if my girls can read them, too!

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  56. Enter me!!
    Sharon Richmond
    Blanch,NC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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  57. I would love to win. I would like hard copies to share and add to my library.
    I have never read any of Lisa's writing and would love to. This is the type of
    variation my library needs.
    Thank you Lisa and Melanie for the giveaway and your generosity.

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  58. Well judging by some of my tweets, I am guessing you already know I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to win this giveaway! *laughs*

    Here's the link to the tweet: https://twitter.com/Miss_Mousie/status/301086049663324160

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  59. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  60. Oh!! I love Lisa T Bergren! I've been wanting to finish the rest of the series...I love her writing :D

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  61. WOuld love to win...enter me... truckredford at gmail dot com

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  62. I absolutely LOVE this series! I've read them all at least six times and never get tired of them! The River of Time Series is a place I love to get lost in!(:

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  63. I would love to win a copy of one of her books! I love Lisa T. Bergren! :D

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  64. I loved Waterfall! I can't wait to read more! :o)

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  65. I haven't read this series but it looks like I must !

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  66. YAY!!!! Lisa!!!!
    I have been wanting to get in these books forever! I have heard sooooo many good things about them!

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  67. I absolutely LOVE the River of Time books!!! Great interview!

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  68. I would really enjoy reading these books. I like action and adventure.
    Would love the hard copies to add to our library. worleybird10@live.com

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  69. I haven't read this series yet, but I've got it on my to-read list - looks like a great series & I'm looking forward to reading it!

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  70. Oh, I love these books!! This is one of my all-time favorite series! Can't wait for the next book! :)

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  71. As always a fantastic giveaway, and I am blessed to be part of it

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  72. Love, love, LOVE Lisa's books!! River of Time is super incredible! I mean, hello, those Italian dudes......;) Would love to own a copy, since I got them out of the library. Would also love to share them with my friends and fam!

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  73. I have always enjoyed any book i have read by Lisa. This would be a great win. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  74. I LOVE this series thank you for the giveaway especially for making it international.
    email: ozgecan.dolasan13@gmail.com

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  75. I haven't been able to read any of Lisa's books yet, but I really enjoy reading a good book with adventure, so this series looks like it would be a good one to try!

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  76. I would love to read all of these books they look amazing like they would be a great read. Thank you for the giveaway Happy Valentines Day!

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  77. looks like a great read thanks ofr the chance

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  78. I loved the first book, truly amazing!

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  79. I would love the final installment! Sounds great!! Thanks so much for the great interview and giveaway!!

    So excited!

    Mrsjtucker2012(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. I love this series!! It is so amazing thank you so much for doing this giveaway it is perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  81. I wasn't familiar with this author before today. I look forward to reading this!

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  82. Several blogs I follow gush over this series, hopefully I'll get a chance to read them soon! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

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  83. Oh, I would love to read Bourne and Tributary! Luca was my favorite character. :-) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  84. I love this series. I read the first one a short while ago but haven't gotten my hands on the rest of the series. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and happy Blogversary!

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  85. Hi! I haven't read any of these books but they sound fascinating to me. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

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  86. I've always wanted to read these books!

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  87. I've never heard of these books before today but I would love the opportunity to read one!

    Amy G

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  88. WOW! This sounds and looks like a great book. Would love to win!
    Thanks for these wonderful giveaways. Congrats on your Anniversary!

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  89. I'm so glad to hear that there will be another book in the series! Thanks for the giveaway and happy 2 year blogoversary!

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  90. I absolutely loooooove these books! They are a among my absolute favorites. Thank you so much for the giveaway.
    bekaboobear(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. This is one of my favorite series. I haven't read all the books but I'm dying to.
    thanks for the giveaway and CONGRATS!

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  92. Would love to become acquainted with Lisa's books - please enter my name for the giveaway. Thanks!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  93. So fun to read all your comments! Thanks for the cheers! And to the woman who asked what my girls thought...eldest loved, middlest got stuck on TORRENT. "Too mushy," she thinks. Maybe she'll grow into it. :-)

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  94. I absolutely love this series!♥

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  95. I wold love to win! I've never read a book by Lisa before.

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  96. i love the cover,,,thanks for the giveaway ^^

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  97. I REALLY, REALLy, REALLY, LOVE the River of Time series! This is one of those series that I don't want to end and really hope that Lisa continues the story so I can find out what happens to everyone!!!
    Bethany

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  98. Love these book covers! The series sounds great and will be added to my TBR list :-)

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  99. I LOVED this series! But I still haven't read Bourne & Tributary! Can't wait to get to them :)

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  100. My choice is "Cascades" since I have the 1st one.
    Thanks!!!

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  101. Never read all the books. Thanks for the giveaway

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  102. love the covers :)
    sounds like a good series
    Ruty
    rbenibooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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