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.
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...
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.
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.
gives us a fascinating look at one of the world’s most famous cities.
10 Things to Do
in Venice, Italy
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.
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!
you go to Venezia (and you must go), please do these things:
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.
a Vivaldi concert in an old church. They’re available every night, somewhere in
the city, and this was his home town. *sigh*
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:
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!
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.