Monday, June 10, 2013

MY BRAND NEW E-BOOK!

I'm excited to announce the release of my first self-published e-book, Escape from Kikwit. This truly is a story of my heart because it was written in tribute to my daughter Jane, who served as a missionary in Zaire in 1991. When a rebellion erupted against the despotic president of the country, all foreigners were in danger. Jane was in the Heart of Darkness, a town deep in the jungle with no easy way out. In fact, everyone arrived by MAF planes because the president did not permit improvements of roads, lest rebels be able to travel easily to the capital, Kinshasa.

The French Foreign Legion sent two large transport planes with many soldiers, and all of the foreigners were rescued, including businessmen, Peace Corps volunteers, and missionaries of various denominations.

Once Jane was safely home, I just had to write a romance novel about it. You know, gorgeous blond missionary girl and handsome Legionnaire. My book didn't quite fit the guidelines of the publishers who have published my other novels, so it didn't find a home. Now that we are able to put our own books on Kindle, Nook, and other programs, I decided to get this story out there as a way to honor those who serve the Lord in foreign countries. Here's the story:

Abandoned in the Heart of Darkness!
During a deadly rebellion in the African nation of Zaire, missionary school teacher Jenna Grant misses the only plane to safety and finds herself left behind in the company of a French Foreign Legionnaire. The only thing more dangerous to Jenna than the rampaging rebels out to take her life is the handsome young soldier who attempts to steal her heart.

Smitten! At last Legionnaire Jean-Richard Chanson has found the fulfillment of his quest for happiness: a beautiful missionary teacher he must rescue from violent rebels. But how can he win her heart when she has already given it to an invisible rival, a God whom Jean-Richard has long ago rejected?
 


This beautiful cover was designed by the talented Melinda Cote (11elevenepublishing.com), and the Farrah Fawcett lookalike is my lovely daughter Jane as she looked in 1991. Yes, that's a monkey on her lap. She was and is fearless!
 
Escape from Kikwit is available for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. I am giving away a copy of your choice of my other books (print only) to a person to finds a typo in this book. Yes, there is one. If you click on the title at the first of this paragraph, it will take you to the book, and you can read some sample pages. (No need to buy the book, but I'd love it if you did. :-)) Just leave a comment describing the error that ten proofreaders managed to miss. (Groan! This is the bane of every author.) The winner will be drawn on July 1, and must reside in the United States or Canada. Entrants are responsible for following the laws and rules regarding giveaways in your city, state, or province.


Monday, May 20, 2013

WE HAVE WINNERS!!


Congratulation to Jenny T and Maria P for winning copies of A Lady of Quality! Thank you all for visiting my blog and participating in our Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Your comments were a such a blessing to me. This whole event was a blast, and I expect to participate in something similar again in the future. Please stay tuned, or, I should say, please keep stopping by. I expect to give away more copies when the release date arrives in July, both on my website and others.

Friday, May 17, 2013

10 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

THE CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #31


Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...

LISA BERGREN
I am pleased to host Lisa Bergren. This prolific, best-selling, award-winning author simply dazzles me with the variety of books she writes: fiction, nonfiction; contemporary/historical; suspense/romance; adult/children. Her reviews at amazon.com are top heavy with fives, because readers of every stripe love her stories. She has received a dozen or so Top Pick awards and countless 4.5 star ratings at Romantic Times Book Club.

Take a look at this list of awards: An RT Lifetime Achievement Award, an RT Reviewer's Choice finalist (Glamorous Illusions), a Rita nomination (Firestorm), a Christy nomination (The Begotten), and a Christy Award (Waterfall). :-) Over 40 books, over 2 million sold.

If you haven’t heard of Lisa Bergren, you’ll be intrigued by her official bio:

Lisa T. Bergren is an award-winning, best-selling writer of over forty books in many genres, from children's picture books to adult nonfiction. But her happy place is writing novels. You can find her on the web at LisaBergren.com, Facebook.com/LisaTawnBergren, and @LisaTBergren.

Today, Lisa gives us a fascinating look at one of the world’s most famous cities.

10 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

By Lisa Bergren

I’ve had several books set in (or with scenes in) Venice—the latest being Grave Consequences. And yes, one of the rough parts about being an author is The Research Trips (cue the sad music…umm…When can I set a book there again?). I’ve adored my time in Venice, and each trip has been radically different.

Don’t trust what the cruise day-trippers tell you. The only way to absorb Venice’s beauty and essence is to really have 3+ days. A good trip would be 3-5 days, and if you have the luxury of more time, 10 days will leave you feeling like you really know the place. (You can save money by staying outside the center of the Rialto and in an apartment; trust me, you can easily walk or take the water bus to anywhere you want to see!) If at all possible, go in Spring or Fall; Summer can be hot, humid and buggy. And tour in the early morning and evening, when the day-trippers vacate!

Now, sit back and watch this brief clip that Lisa filmed while floating on the Grand Canal in Venice, which her husband set to music!





When you go to Venezia (and you must go), please do these things:

1)     Go to the top of the campanile (bell tower) at sunset. The colors and views are marvelous, and you get a solid understanding of the “fish shape” of the island.

2)     Attend a Vivaldi concert in an old church. They’re available every night, somewhere in the city, and this was his home town. *sigh*

3)     When the crowds are getting to you, take the vaparetto (water bus) over to Torcello. Torcello was the birthplace of Venice, where mainlanders fleeing marauding soldiers escaped to, and then gradually stayed. There’s an amazing 1000-year-old church there and it’s all lush grass and peace and quiet.

4)     Buy Murano glass earrings in every color. They’re inexpensive here, and wildly expensive at home. I think the Dorsoduro district has some of the best shops. Better yet, day trip over to the island of glass itself to see how they’re made (but I do think prices are higher there than on the Rialto).

5)     Tour the Doge’s Palace and really contemplate what it was like to be the Duke (Doge, pronounced doa-sh) of the Lagoon—the power, the money. It gives you a solid sense of why Venezia had the most powerful naval fleet for centuries. From there, you can cross the Bridge of Sighs and also go through the prison where Casanova spent a few nights…and escaped.

6)     One morning, tour the Rialto fish market; there’s been a market in this location since 1057 and you’ll see what all those fishermen have to show for their morning’s toils.

7)     Hire a water taxi to give you a long, slow tour of the Grand Canal, and then take you around the circumference of Venice, about 1.5 hours. If funds don’t allow that, take the #1 Vaparetto from one end to the next of the Canal, and then do some hops around. It’s noisier, but seeing Venice from the water is special.

8)     Tour the basilica of Santa Marco, but be sure to leave time to go upstairs, and yes, pay a few more Euros for entrance. It’s worth it for the great view of the piazza, lagoon, and get a close-up of the millions of mosaic tiles, as well as the giant, bronze Graeco-Roman horses that were claimed as booty during the Fourth Crusade.

9)     Get inside one of the palazzos on the Grand Canal. We rented an apartment for three days on the third floor of one once, which was fabulous. But if your budget doesn’t allow that, Ca’Rezzonico houses a great museum…and is in a beautiful old palazzo.

10)  Get lost. Don’t get so wound up in finding the most direct route to your next stop. Pay attention to the sun and get your bearings, east-west-north-south, then walk generally in the direction you need to go. That way, you can enjoy it as you go rather than getting all wound up! And remember, it’s an island. You just can’t get too lost. Getting a little lost allows you to see treasures you would’ve never seen otherwise, and you settle into the relaxing, tidal rhythms of this wondrous place.

Lisa’s new release, Grave Consequences, a historical romantic suspense, takes the reader on a Grand Tour of Europe such as the journeys taken by every wellborn European in centuries past. It is available at bookstores or online at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere!

 
AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue: triumphs.

NOW TO ENTER FOR THE GRAND PRIZE, HEAD BACK TO LISA BERGREN'S SITE, FIND STOP #32, AND FILL OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!

AND NOW FOR A BONUS PRIZE!

I’m having a drawing for a print copy of my upcoming July release, A Lady of Quality, a Regency romance from Love Inspired Historicals. To be entered in the drawing, scroll down from here to my April 1 post and leave a comment, guessing who my next hero and heroine will be. You can find the answers at amazon.com: http://is.gd/aIo3HU . As always on my site, winners are limited to residents of the U. S. and Canada. Entrants are responsible for laws regarding prizes in your state.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

SCAVENGER HUNT!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in a Scavenger Hunt with other writers (31 in all) on May 17 – 19. All you have to do is jump on board and enjoy the fun.

THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!!
You can’t have a scavenger hunt without prizes, and we’re offering some great ones. The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini with 31 novels in e-books format loaded on it, one from each of the 31 authors. Two runners-up will receive all 31 books in paperback. For more information, visit our fearless leader’s website at: http://lisatawnbergren.com/2013/04/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt/

Here are the participating authors, along with their new releases that will be offered as prizes. I hope you find your favorite among us, and I hope you'll be discovering new favorites.

Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences
Robin Lee Hatcher, A Bride for All Seasons
Ronie Kendig, Talon
Ruth Axtell, Moonlight Masquerade
Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Message on the Quilt
Tracy Higley, So Shines the Night
Marta Perry, Lydia's Hope
Jill Williamson, Captives
Margaret Daley, Scorned Justice
MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams
R.J. Larson, King
Susan Sleeman, No Way Out
Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth
Winnie Griggs, The Bride Next Door
Sandra Robbins, Mountain Homecoming
Julie Lessman, Love at Any Cost
Leslie Gould, Adoring Addie
Vickie McDonough, Whispers on the Prairie
Carol Cox, Trouble in Store
Rachel Hauck, Once Upon a Prince
Terri Blackstock, Truth Stained Lies
Louise M. Gouge, A Lady of Quality
Missy Tippens, Georgia Sweethearts
Richard Mabry, Stress Test
Lynette Eason, When a Secret Kills
Patricia Hickman, Tiny Dancer
Lorna Seilstad, When Love Calls
Colleen Coble, Rosemary Cottage
Maureen Lang, All in Good Time
John Otte, Failstate: Legends
Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch

COME ALONG AND ENJOY THE FUN!!! See you on May 17 - 19!

Monday, April 1, 2013

My upcoming release!

I have a new release coming up in July. It's the third book in my Ladies in Waiting series. If you have read the first two books and can guess who my hero and heroine will be in A Lady of Quality, leave your answer in my comments section below, and I will enter you in a drawing for a copy of the new book.

I won't respond to your answers until I receive my author copies. Then I'll draw a winner. Be sure to leave your email with your comments so I can contact you.

As always, winners must reside in the U. S. or Canada. Entrants are also responsible for any laws or regulations in your home state or province.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt!

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO PAULA O FOR WINNING MY REGENCY SERIES!
 
If you can't make it to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the White House in Washington, D. C., then drop by the Easter Egg Hunt being hosted by the Christian Fiction Historical Society on Goodreads. Here's the url:

Drop by and leave a comment. Have fun and win prizes!

These are the authors who will be giving away prizes to the winners:

Thursday March 21st: Winnie Griggs and Christine Johnson
Friday, March 22nd: Janet Tronstad and Deborah Hale
Monday, March 25th: Noelle Marchand and Louise Gouge
Tuesday March 26th: Mary Moore and Renee Ryan
Wednesday March 27th: Regina Scott and Dorothy Clark
Thursday March 28th: Lyn Cote and Karen Kirst

I'll be posting on Monday, March 25. Be sure to come back and hunt for my "eggs"!

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Ahab's Legacy series has gone digital!

I am beyond excited to announce that the first two books in my Ahab's Legacy series are now available on Kindle and Nook! Just look at these gorgeous covers Melinda Cote designed for me.

Before Captain Ahab encounters Moby Dick, his heart is captured by Hannah Oldweiler, a woman who has a spirit and determination to match his own. But when he is wounded by the white whale, a tortured Ahab becomes obsessed with revenge against the beast, even to the point of defying God. Left to raise their son alone and praying for her husband’s safe return, Hannah begins her own quest for peace to fill the emptiness in her heart.

Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAN25JK




Winner, 2005 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award!

Captain Ahab is dead, the victim of his own pride. Hannah, his widow, and their son flee Nantucket to escape the infamy of his maniacal behavior that caused so the deaths of his entire crew. Visiting old friends in Boston, Hannah meets kind and warm Captain Lazarus and the dashing Captain Longwood. But before she can consider remarrying, Hannah has another encounter that shakes the very foundation of all she believes, slavery. Before she can go on with her life, Hannah must face her own convictions.