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Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview & Book Giveaway: Lisa Tawn Bergren ♦ Author of the 'River of Time' Series

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the author of many novels including the fantastic 'River of Time' series. Here is a series summary:

Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are the daughters of Etruscan archeologists. Stuck on a hot, dusty dig site for yet another long, dreary summer—far from the nearest boys—they go exploring. They enter a forbidden tomb and find two handprints among the frescoes. And when they touch them, together, they are catapulted back in time…and into the adventure of their lives.


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Lisa! I'm thrilled to have you here!

RefugeWhen did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Always was a writer, but a professional one? I was afraid to dream of such a thing. Seemed audacious to me! Took 5 published novels for me to even refer to myself as a "writer" or "author"!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

1992, I think. I was 26 or 27. It was a contemporary romance called REFUGE.

Approximately, how long does it usually take you to write a book?

I research and dream about books for a long time, then write them fast. Usually in about 3 weeks-3 months.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I listen to soundtracks as I write. It helps me "see" the book in my mind, like a movie playing out.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

All over the place. Research. News stories. Friends. Friends of friends. A writer is always asking herself, "What if..." questions.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Mmm, all I can remember are things I've learned lately...There were no tomatoes in Italy in medieval times. They came from the New World! And the Roman Forum was half-buried in dirt and brush in medieval times. A barber set up shop underneath one of the famous, huge arches. And Dante unified the Italian language...

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? 

The Begotten
What do you think makes a good story?

Identification with the hero/heroine, good pacing, aha moments that move the heart as well as the mind.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Travel, cooking, watching movies.

What are three things you wouldn't want to do without?

Computers, showers and my bed

Are you currently working on any new novels?

Always. Currently an adult series called The Grand Tour. Book One, GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, releases Summer 2012.

Waterfall (River of Time, #1)Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren and River of Time Series


Book Giveaway!!! 

One winner will receive the book of their choice in the 'River of Time' trilogy! This giveaway is open internationally, however, if the winner lives in the United States of America they will receive a signed copy of their choice! To enter the giveaway use the Rafflecopter below (it might take a moment to load). There are two mandatory entries - follow via email & leave a blog post comment. The rest are all optional! Giveaway ends on 10/24 and the winner will have 48 hours to respond.  Many thanks to Lisa T. Bergren for making this possible!

This giveaway is now CLOSED!


  1. I have not read this series. I do have Waterfall on my TBR list.
    So hopefully I will win a copy of Waterfall. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.


    plb1050 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the interview!
    I LOVED Waterfall and Cascade.
    If I win I would like Torrent because I have not read it yet!:)

  3. I have heard so many great things about this series, I think I'm going to have to read it now.

    Thanks for the great interview too! It's always fun to learn more about authors of such great books.

  4. I would love to win a copy of waterfall


  5. I would love to read this series so I'll start with the first book.(Waterfall) Thanks!

  6. Thanks so much for letting me know about this great interview and giveaway! Blessings!

  7. Hi, I'm a new follower. I found you on Monday Madness Blog Hop. Hop over and
    say hi if you get a chance Jennifer from Just Wedeminute

    PS I love to read and LOVE Christian books, I haven't heard about his series but think Waterfall sounds good. What is the age range for this book?

  8. Thanks everyone for entering!

    Jennifer - It's labeled as teen fiction, but I think most adults will love it too! I personally loved the whole series! :)

  9. I thanks for inviting me :) Your blog is awesome! I've heard so many good thing about these books.

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  10. I did not know that tomatoes weren't always available in Italy! Cool! LOL!

    I would love to be entered to win TORRENT since I already have Waterfall and I have a copy of Cascade coming to me. :-)

    Thank you so much Melanie and Lisa.


  11. Hi Melanie! Thanks for inviting me to participate in your giveaway! I want a copy of TORRENT - I've read Waterfall and loved it, and I'm now working on Cascade. :-)


  12. Hi Melanie! So happy to have discovered your blog through Christian Fiction Devourers on Goodreads. :) I actually have copies of Cascade and Torrent, strange I know, so I need to complete the set! :) I borrowed Waterfall, and it was awesome. Can't wait to read the others!


  13. i have not read this series, so I would like the Waterfall book.
    psbarton99 at sbcglobal dot net

  14. I've heard much about the River of Time trilogy! I'd love to win the first book in the series. :)

  15. I still haven't had the chance to start this series, but they sound really good. I love archeology. ;)

    thanks for the chance!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  16. I have heard so much about these books. They are on my list. :) I'd love to win a copy of either book, but Waterfall would be great so I can start out the series.

    Thanks for the great interview and blog.


  17. These sound like wonderful books. Have to add them to my TBR pile. I would love the chance to win one.

    countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

  18. I have not read this series yet so I would start with Waterfall. It sounds really good and I'm always on the lookout for good books. Thanks for the opportunity to win these books and best wishes to whoever wins!

  19. I have heard so many wonderful things about this series and Waterfall in particular. I have it on my TBR list and my Amazon wish list. I would very much love to win a copy of Waterfall. Thank you so much for the opportunity.


    robinorr2 @ gmail.com

  20. This is my new favorite series! I have finished Waterfall, I'm halfway through Cascade, but I don't have Torrent yet, so I would LOVE to win a copy!! Thanks for an amazing giveaway :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  21. I have read Waterfall and Cascade !! and I LOVED both of them ! my new favorite series !! Would love to win Torrent !

    Thank you !!


  22. forgot to leave my email:
    thanks again for this opportunity to win free books!

  23. I would like the first one in the trilogy for I have not read any of this series.

  24. I have heard amazing things about this series so I have already purchased Waterfall but have yet to read it, so I would like to win book 2, Cascade. Thanks so much!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  25. Thanks for the great giveaway! I have heard lots of great things about this series but have yet to read any of the books so I would choose the first one, "Waterfall".


  26. i want to win the first book in the series, because i am new to it. the series sounds interesting.

  27. I read Waterfall, loved it, and have been waiting for the next book to come into our library system! So, I would like to win Cascade... to continue this amazing series... and start collecting it, because I've been planning on buying all three books.


  28. having just completed Waterfall for the Waterfall Wednesday discussion/reading group, I'd luv to win Cascade as it follows the story's next actions... thanks for the giveaway =)

  29. Hey Melanie! I just found out about your giveaway and thought I'd enter! :) I have copies of all three books, but I'd love to give my friend a copy of Waterfall.


  30. I would love to read more of this author's books :) I love them! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  31. I'd like to win the 1st one in the trilogy :D


  32. Cascade, so I can continue this epic journey!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  33. I have read several Lisa Tawn Bergan but none in this series. Would love to win the first one.

    Loraine Ertelt

  34. I've never read this series but it looks interesting.

  35. I would like to win the one you think is best, or that gets the reader to want to read the rest of the series. Thanks.

  36. I'd love to win a copy of Waterfall...the wonderful book that started it all!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  37. I'd love to get my hands on Cascade cause the cover is BEAUTIFUL! Haha. Thanks for the great giveaway!


  38. I'd like the first book Waterfall as I didn't read this series yet !! i'm curious about it though.


  39. The series looks awesome! Would love to win!

  40. I'd love to win the first one so I can get into the series!

  41. hello,
    i saw so many good reviews on these books that i want to read them. So i'm trying to win ( without luck until now)

    I would like t1: Waterfall

    please thanks you for this great giveaway and for making it international

    gfc follower: isabelle frisch
    mail: isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. I've been dying to get my hands on this series! I'd love to win the first book Waterfall.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  43. Terrific giveaway! I've been wanting to give these away for Christmas!

  44. I absolutely love your little bird who follows me down the page. Very creative!

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  46. I've been wanting to read these books! They look so good! So, if I win, I'd like to start with Waterfall. Thank you for the giveaway! :o)

  47. Although I love paperbacks, I'd want "Cascade" since I have (and read) the e-book version of "Waterfall" and I'm dying to know what happens next!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  48. I would love to read Waterfall, the first in the series.



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