Welcome, Scavengers!

Greetings, Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunters! If you stumbled upon my blog today and are wondering what all the hoopla is about, my blog is Stop Number 31 for the 2012 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt that began on Lisa T. Bergren’s blog. Follow through all the linked blogs on the Hunt and you will not only be treated to great exclusive content about 31 brand new novels but you will also have the chance to win them all and a new Kindle Fire. Pretty cool, huh? Start with Lisa’s blog post and you will end up back here where you need to be to complete the hunt! Your word clue for this stop – which you need to finish up the hunt and head back to Lisa’s blog – is hidden in this post!

I’m the lucky author who gets to host Lisa and her new novellas, Bourne and Tributary. And get this. They are set in Italy! So I am already in love.

Lisa T. Bergren

In these follow-up novellas to the best-selling River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent)—in which two girls time travel back to medieval Italy—the She-Wolves of Siena are back in a big way. In Bourne, readers find out what has happened to wounded warriors returning from battle, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men who’ve captured their hearts, and what will happen to them next…

A year later, in Tributary, Lia struggles to overcome the fear that constant battle has heaped upon her; Gabi and Marcello face an unexpected crisis; and Lord Greco may be ready to leave the grief and loss of his past behind him, so that he might grab hold of the future… Full of romance, action and adventure, this is a series that mothers and teen daughters can both love.

And now it’s my pleasure to welcome Lisa T. Bergren!

10 More Places I Want to See In Italy

By Lisa T. Bergren

I adore Italy. But then, if you’ve read any of my books, you probably know that. I’ve been four times, and I’m not sick of the country…in fact, I’m more in love with it than ever. And after taking the Rome—Tuscany—Venice trek several times, I’m eager to explore her coasts. Italian food and charming people plus a view of the ocean? Where do I sign up?? Even looking at pictures of this luscious country gets my creative juices flowing…

Here’s why I want to visit these amazing towns or regions:

#1 Cinque Terre: Five towns, linked by train or hiking trail, with brightly colored buildings clinging to the steep slope above small, turquoise-colored coves? Mmm, yes, please. I’ll hike and picnic with my husband as we meander from town to town.

#2 The Isle of Capri: Hidden among the cliffs is a place called “the Blue Grotto.” If you kayak to it, and hunker down, when the tide is out, you can just squeeze in and inside, there’s a cave with psychedelic-blue water, lit from below, somehow.

#3 Sorrento: I’d ride a bus to get along the Amalfi Coast—that winding road would be terrifying to drive—but I’d want to stay a while in Sorrento. Sun-washed, white buildings, winding vines of bougainvillea, and spectacular sunsets. Mmm, yes. That’s amore.

#4 Abruzzo: Tuscan-like, with amazing, rugged mountains. Need I say more?

#5 Puglia: Down near the bottom of “the boot” (Italy’s shape) is this special town with her unique trulli—huts with stacked stone roofs in conical shapes. I’m a sucker for unique stuff like that.

#6 Lake Country: There’s a reason George Clooney has a villa along the shores of Lake Como. I wouldn’t mind seeing it, but friends have raved about Lake Garda, and Lake Lugano shares a border with Switzerland. How cool is that?

#7 Assisi: First, it’s in Umbria, which seems like Tuscany, but less touristy. I want to explore every sector of it. My thought is that it would have all the deliciousness of my current favorite place in Italia, but with fewer crass, American tourists ruining my travel mojo. (Please, if you go, don’t be one of those…try to fit in. Quieter. More appreciative. Dare to venture off of the tourist menu! If the menu’s in English, you’re not experiencing true Italy! But I digress…) Second, it had Christian connections—St. Francis of Assisi—I’d like to know more about him.

Susan here: How wonderful it would have been if St. Francis had left a JOURNAL! Si! That is your STOP # 31 word clue, hunters! “journal.”

#8 Sicily: Because I want a Sicilian pizza, in Sicily. It’s that simple. And it reportedly has it’s own unique vibe. I want to check it out. Preferably while headquartered in a private villa, overlooking the Mediterranean…

#9 Ravenna: Byzantine ruins and mosaics…yes, please.

#10 Elba: It’s one of seven islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago. Doesn’t just the name, “Tuscan Archipelago,” make you want to go? Yeah, me neither.

So…now all I need is thousands of dollars and a month of unclaimed time, and my dream will be made. It may be after my kids are out of college…but it’s fun to dream! Someday, Italia, someday. Ci vediamo di nuovo. 

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of more than forty books that have sold over two million copies combined. She writes in a variety of genres–children’s books, YA, adult fiction, devotionals and more. Lisa lives with her husband, Tim, three children, and a fluffy white dog in Colorado. To find out more about her go to LisaBergren.com, or follow her on Facebook.com/LisaTBergren, or Twitter (@LisaTBergren).

Hunters: Circle back to Lisa’s blog with all your word clues and follow the directions to be in on the drawing for 31 great fiction reads and a Kindle Fire!

BONUS GIVEAWAY! Want to win a copy of THE GIRL IN THE GLASS? (my newest novel set in Italy) Leave a comment here and you’re in the running for a can of Illy coffee (the best!), Florentine stationery, biscotti, and the book to enjoy it all with! If you tweet about #TheGirlinTheGlass or mention it in a Facebook post, and/or LIKE me on Facebook, your name will be entered a second, third and/or fourth time. Good luck! Winner will be chosen randomly at the conclusion of the BIG Hunt!

Author: Susan

This post has 249 Comments

  1. Chelle on October 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I voted on #TheGirlinTheGlass book cover awhile back and forgot about it because it wasn't out yet. Lisa Bergren's books are also going on my very lengthy “to be read” list. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt and hosting a giveaway. This hunt has been so much fun and so full of great authors and books that I haven't heard of or needed to rediscover like your book!

  2. Lcenlow on October 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I would absolutely love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!!


  3. Lcenlow on October 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for being a part of the hunt. I would love your book.


  4. Athena on October 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I would love to win!

  5. Anonymous on October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I'd love to win The Girl in the Glass and your other prizes that go with it! I'm a fan on facebook and a fan of your books in real life. Thanks for being in this scavenger hunt – this has been fun!

  6. Sarah Gorton on October 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Would love to check out the book! …and that coffee! Yum! Haha

  7. Ruth Ann Dell on October 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for the scavenger hunt, it's great fun.

    Lisa, you've whet my appetite to visit Italy


    Ruth Ann Dell

  8. Anonymous on October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Sounds so intriguing. Can't wait to get started on it.

  9. Erin Wormuth on October 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Hello, I am interested in being entered to win a copy of your book! Thank you!

  10. Shan on October 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hmm when I think Italy I think Pizza but guess that would be mighty hard to eat without getting it all over the book. I love stories in other countries as I really am a homebody so don't venture too far from home, but love to do so through books. Would love to win your book and have my visit to Italy…will probably start off with pizza and then hit the book! Thanks for your generosity. I have tweeted about #Thegilrintheglass, liked you on Facebook and commented here…I am sure I am forgetting something. Will send this message then go check.
    Bless you for your kindness to us on this most fun scavenger hunt.

  11. Jes on October 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for your fun giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  12. Jes on October 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Liked you on Facebook.

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  13. Leah Rattray on October 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I liked you on Facebook, tweeted about The Girl in the Glass, and posted a comment about it on Facebook. I would love to visit Italy AND read this book!

  14. Anonymous on October 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    This was fun getting to know some new authors!

  15. Karen R on October 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you~ your book “Girl in the Glass” sounds great. Would love to go to Italy someday. 🙂

  16. Karen on October 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Your new book sounds great!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Walt Mussell on October 29, 2012 at 12:19 am

    You feel for Italy like I do for Japan. I used to live there in the early 90s and have been back four times since I moved back to the U.S., however, I could go again and again (though I really do want to go to Italy).

  18. Gean on October 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Susan – I have a copy from the library sitting on my reading table but would love to win my own copy of The Girl in the Glass – I have ready all your books and have enjoyed all of them – next I am going to your Facebook page.

  19. Deb on October 29, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Susan, thanks for hosting the scavenger hunt. I enjoyed your book A Sound Among the Trees very much. I would love to win your new book.

  20. Ronnell Kay Gibson on October 29, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Tweeted, Liked, Shared…helped to spread the word about your book. Looks great and I look forward to reading it.

  21. DarcyO on October 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!


  22. ndfan1993 on October 29, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I liked your page and tweeted about the book! I can't wait to pick it up!! 🙂

  23. Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Oh, I would love your book. I love Italy!!! I have lived there twice. My dad was stationed in Vicenza. Both times we lived in a small town about 45 minutes away. The first time I went to an Italian school. I spoke Italian fluently. You need to add Morastica to your list. I'm sure I slaughtered the spelling. They have a human chess game there. I could ride my bike there and the American High School had there prom there. I went to Ravenna, with my 6th grade class on a field trip when we were studying the Renaissance. We also went to Firenze (Florence). We visited Romeo and Juliets's sites in Verona too. Verona is very close to Vicenza, so is Venezia(Venice). I loved Venenzia. Wish I could go back. But as of now, looks like the Lord wants me to stay here in NC. I love it here too though, but have very fond memories of Italia!!!
    God Bless,
    Kim in NC


  24. Jennifer on October 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Liked the River of Time series. Hope to read the newest one soon!

  25. Amber on October 29, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 2:02 am

    This book looks really good. I love this contest. I am getting to know a lot of authors I never heard of before.

    Deb Volkman

  27. Lourdes on October 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win. =)

  28. Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 2:13 am

    FB like? Checck
    Tweet? Check
    Comment? Check 🙂
    Loved the Shape of Mercy–would love a chance to read The Girl in the Glass!


  29. paintergal on October 29, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Yes, please enter me!

  30. onorman on October 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Sounds like a great book.
    O Norman

  31. Joanna Stricker on October 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I'd love to read your book! Never been, but would love to go to Italy–you make it sound fantastic!

  32. June on October 29, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Like you on facebook and can't wait to read your books. Italy is one of those places I'd love to visit…even if it is only through books.

  33. Louise Barner on October 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Excited to learn of you and to read your books. Now that winter is coming, i will have more time to read. This is great way to be introduced to new authors!

  34. HandyFamily on October 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

    New reading material is always appreciated! Friends just came back from a trip to Italy!

  35. Tyleia H on October 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for sharing and being a part of this hunt!

  36. Debra Pierce on October 29, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Looking forward to checking out your books! Thanks!

  37. Debra Pierce on October 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I would love to win these books!

  38. Annette on October 29, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Illy is my favorite coffee! And, who doesn't love a good biscotti with it? All while meeting a new friend through a good story…

  39. Wendy Garner on October 29, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Coffee and a good book–my 2 favorite pasttimes. 🙂

  40. Sarah Rose on October 29, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I tweeted and liked your Facebook page, but whether I win or not, the Girl in the Glass is going on my reading list!

  41. Daka on October 29, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I just love Italy – can't wait to read The Girl In The Glass!
    – Annette G

  42. Melinda Kay on October 29, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I love Italy too. The Isle of Capri is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was a bit scary going into the Blue Grotto in the little boat, but it was really worth it!

  43. GailCreel on October 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I would love to win a copy of THE GIRL IN THE GLASS and the related gifts you listed. Thank you for being a part of such a fun giveaway.

  44. GailCreel on October 29, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I “liked” your fan page on facebook.

  45. Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 4:38 am

    My ancestors are from Lucca Sicily and Calabria. The books are on my list to read. Girl in the Glass also one to be on my list.

  46. Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

    It is my fiance's dream to visit Italy … especially Venice. I don't know if it's one dream we can manage to make come true for our honeymoon, but if not, hopefully we can make the trip via your books! (Perhaps if we read together as I practice my Italian cooking???? ::sigh:: )

  47. Valerie on October 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

    My ancestors are from Lucca Sicily and Calabria. The books are on my list to read. Girl in the Glass also one to be on my list.

  48. Martha Eskuchen on October 29, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Thanks for being part of the hunt. I would love to win The Girl in the Glass. I liked you at FB and left a comment.

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