Friday, June 08, 2012

GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS - Lisa T Bergren - One Free Book Here and Much More

Welcome back, Lisa. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember; I’ve always loved God. But I made a significant turn from a very bad path post-college, when I was bartending and a ski bum. God used a couple of Frank Peretti novels and my old Michael W. Smith albums to reach me—to remind me how far I’d wandered, and how close he wanted me to be. Face-down on that apartment’s awful shag carpet, I wept out of regret and then out of joy as he entered, and called me to a new life. I went from there to Israel and Egypt and came home, knowing I wanted to serve in the industry that had changed my life: Christian publishing and music. That was 22 years ago!

God is so good to come to us where we are and call us to Himself. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Angela Hunt: Total craftswoman who has been after it for years.
James Scott Bell: Craftsman, and he’s funny too.
Trisha Goyer: She’s so versatile; she’s published a lot of varied books and has a good instinct for what might be hot, next.
Robin Gunn: I love her heart and would love to listen to her do devotions.

I love all four of those authors, too. I’d want to be a retreat crasher on that one. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I speak only once or twice a year. I prefer to write than stand up in front of people. But I’m finally over the fear that made it impossible, once.

Where are the three most unique places you’ve been?
#1 Inside the Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt: worst claustrophobic experience ever, but SO cool!
#2 Bio-luminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico: water glows with an neon-blue light when you swim at night!
#3 San Galgano, Italy: roofless abbey where some say the legend of the sword in the stone originated

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Start writing and keep writing; read Writer’s Digest; go to a writer’s conference; join a local critique group—and be OPEN to what everyone tells you so you can learn and get better; read obsessively in the genre you want to write in (romance, suspense, fantasy, historicals)

Tell us about the featured book.
GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS is about Cora Diehl Kensington, a girl who is halfway through teacher college in Montana, who comes home to the farm to find everything she’s ever known has changed. It’s the beginning of a discovery story about finding true identity in our relationship with God—not the world, family, career, money, or home…and it takes place on the Grand Tour of Europe. In this book, we follow Cora and the others from Montana to England and France. In the next two books, they’ll go from France to Switzerland, Austria, and Northern Italy. Book three is all-Italy (shocker). Because I adore Italia.

I must feature books two and three on this blog. They all sound wonderful. Please give us the first page of the book.

Likely just a bit late, I decided, making my way forward between the seats before we had fully stopped, then climbing down the steep steps to the wooden platform.

“Miss?” asked a man behind me.

I turned in surprise, holding my hand up to my old hat as I felt a pin slip, and then—embarrassed that I’d forgotten to even look for it—took my valise from the conductor’s hand. “Thank you.”

The railroad man looked beyond me to the vacant platform and street. “Someone comin’ for you, miss?”

I’m hooked. I have the book on my Kindle, and it will be the next one I read. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: @LisaTBergren

Win a $350 “Glam” Visa Card Prize Pack from @LisaTBegren and RSVP for 6/27 Facebook party!

What is our "true" identity? Join the conversation at Lisa Tawn Begren's Glamorous Illusions Author Chat Facebook Event Page. On the evening of 6/27 we'll gather to talk about our spiritual journey, share our stories and a few laughs.

In the meantime, celebrate with Lisa by entering her Glamorous Illusions Giveaway!

One "glamorous" winner will receive a "Glam Prize Pack":
  • A $350 Visa Cash Card (Oh ... think of what you could do: treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a fabulous new dress, dinner for two, or even a two-night escape in a lovely hotel - you're only limited by your imagination!)
  • Glamorous Illusions (by Lisa Tawn Begren)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 6/26/12. Winner will be announced at Lisa's "Glamorous Illusions" Facebook Party on  6/27 {Fun begins at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT}. Lisa will be hosting an evening of meaningful chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Lisa via video or phone.)

So grab a few of your friends and your copy of Glamorous Illusions and join Lisa on the evening of June 27th for an evening of fun.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your life with us and letting us be a part of the fun.

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Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Katie said...

Please enter me! I would love this book. I also love Italy! :) I'm from NC.

Judy said...

This book sounds like a great read. I would love to win a copy of it. I enjoyed a wonderful interview with Lisa!

Judy B from Indiana

Diana Gardner said...

Would love to win a copy. Portsmouth, VA

Cathy said...

Please enter me, I'd love to have a copy. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Cathy in BC

Jillian Kent said...

I love the concept of this series and the title of this first book. Can't wait to read it. And what a party and giveaway on the 26th. I hope to be there. Since I write novels set during the regency I'm looking forward to exploring England with you in the time period you've picked. Lot's of fun.

Merry said...

Going on a Grand Tour sounds like quite an adventure for Cora, I'd love to be entered for Glamorous Illusions.
Merry in TX

Ladette said...

This book looks so good! I love the cover!


Ladette in GA

Pam K. said...

This does look like a great book. It's good to know that the next books in the series continue the story and are not complete in themselves. That's always nice to know when beginning to read a series; I like to read the complete story, whether it is one book or many.
Thanks for giving away a copy of Glamorous Illusions.


Lourdes said...

Would love to win thanks for entering me.

Lourdes Huntington, NY

Liz R said...

If it's got Lisa T Bergen's name on it i'm going to read it and I've been super excited about this one! Isn't the cover gorgeous? Thanks for this great giveaway!

Liz R in Alabama

Unknown said...

Love Lisa's novels. i would absolutely LOVE to win it. Thanks for the awesome opportunity, Lena and Lisa. Thanks for the great interview, too.

Marianne from northern Alberta

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Lane Hill House said...

Turn the page, turn the page... I'm ready to read on!
Please add me to the drawing for Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren!

Lane Hill House said...

Forgot! I live in Missouri.

Mary Preston said...

A Grand Tour of Europe would have been a dream voyage. I'm certain it would have been done in style as well.

GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS sounds & looks like a beautiful read.

Mary P


Joanna Richmond said...

looks and sounds like a great book. Thanks for the Chance to win.
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Anonymous said...


Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Looks and sounds interesting!
Please enter me in the drawing!
God Bless!

Sarah Elisabeth said...

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

Sarah from Texas

Sharon said...

Please enter me. Thanks.
Sharon from Eagan, MN

apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Krista said...

I love Lisa's books and I am really looking forward to reading this one!

Please enter me!

Krista in Oregon

Anonymous said...

I love Lisa's books!! Cannot wait to read this one! Sign me up!

Lana from AZ

Abigail Mitchell said...

Please enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the Interview, I would love to go to Egypt one day, it is such an amazing Country.
Lisa you Book sounds so good, please add me to your Contest.

I live in S.Illinois


Amy C said...

This book has been added to my TBR list!!. Thanks
Amy Campbell from southwest VA

Meg./Ohio said...

Looking forward to this series.Meg.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

lovedandamazed said...

This book has caught my attention! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm in Missouri.

Shirley T. / Illinois said...

Would love to win this book. Thanks Shirley T.

Janet Kerr said...

"Glamorous Illusions" sounds very interesting. Great title! Please enter me in your draw.
Thank you,
Jan from B.C. CANADA