#BIR2011: Author Lisa T. Bergren Interview + Giveaway

Day 5 of #BIR2011 is upon us. I'm super excited for today's post. Before we continue just a reminder that you are checking out all 12 blogs including the main blog - Best I've Read. If you haven't been checking them out, you are missing quite a few features and giveaways.

Today featured on the Best I've Read blog: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Here is a full list of all the blogs participating:

Today visiting the blog is Author Lisa T. Bergren. Lisa is the author of the River of Time series. the series consist so far of Waterfall (book #1), Cascade (book #2), Torrent (book #3) and the not released Tributary (book#4). If you are not familiar with this series, I strongly suggest you pick it up. You can read my reviews for Waterfall HERE and Cascade HERE
Lisa T. Bergren Links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

OUaT: Why or how did you pick The River of Time as the name for the series?

There was an old song by Sam Phillips called "River of Love" that I always liked back in my college days. I just looked it up on YouTube. It's kind of depressing, but I like how she's saying that in the midst of doubt and despair, there's always hope. Here's the link to some old concert footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NE-AUen6s Then, somewhere, I heard the phrase "River of Time" and it stuck in my head.

OUaT: How long has the process been since you began writing Waterfall and our now currently writing Tributary?

I wrote all 3 River of Time books (WATERFALL, CASCADE and TORRENT) within one calendar year. I think I'll finish TRIBUTARY before we hit the two year mark.

OUaT: As a writer, I Imagine the number one fear must be what will the readers think of my novels, so what is the second fear?

What if no one buys them?

OUaT: I (Yara) can see these books turned into films, would you enjoying seeing your book become films as well and who would you cast?

Ooo, there's been some great suggestions among bloggers and my River Tribe on Facebook for the male leads--maybe Ben Barnes or Eduardo Verastegui for Marcello. But I've yet to see just the right Gabi...

OUaT: As a reader, I think each book has its own qualities that I fell for, as the author of the books, do you have a favorite from the bunch?

Mmm, I loved the wonder of WATERFALL--wonder, as in, trying to make sense of being thrown into a medieval world, fighting for your life, trying to save your sister, and falling in love with the totally wrong guy to boot...

OUaT: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I live in a fantasy world, in large part. Only the location and some historical aspects are real. :-) 

OUaT: Where are you from?

I was born in Montana and raised in Southern California.

OUaT: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A nurse. An astronaut. Indiana Jones. A teacher. A journalist. One of the Three Musketeers. Now I get to be anything I want to be through my fiction!

OUaT: What do you do to unwind and relax?

Movies. Funny or engaging TV shows (current favorites: Grimm, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, Iron Chef, Amazing Race). Long, yummy dinners with good conversation. Curling up in bed with a good book (currently reading Hand's UNEARTHLY and loving it).

OUaT: Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I'm working on two concurrently--TRIBUTARY (book 4 in the River of Time Series), which is really a continuation of the story of all the characters readers have come to love already, but with more emphasis on Lia, Luca and Lord Greco. I'm also working on the last edits of GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, the first in a New Adult trilogy about a group of young people on the Grand Tour of Europe, and a deeper discovery of themselves. GLAMOROUS releases in June 2012 and I'm still waiting to hear when we'll pub TRIBUTARY. 

Thank you Lisa for taking time out in your busy day of writing Tributary (can't wait to read it). All your answers were great. Now thanks to Lisa you have the chance to win a choice of book from the series and a $10 Starbucks card. Excellent! right?

To Enter: 
  • Fill out the FORM
  • Have you read River of Time series? 
  • Giveaway runs until December 22nd
  • US Only
  • No Po Boxes
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  • Use hashtag #BIR2011


  1. I haven't read the River of Times series. My New Year's resoultion is to expand my reading tastes so I've been hitting a lot of new (to me) blogs for ideas. Thanks for the suggestion.



  2. SO honored you picked my series as one of your favorites, Yara! Thank you so much!

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  4. #BIR2011

    I have to agree! My favorite series yet! (:

  5. I am very excited you chose the River of Time series as your favorite. I completely agree and cannot wait for the next installment.

  6. I love this books series! It's probably the best I've read this year! And I would love to see Ben Barnes as Marcello... perfect! :D

  7. Love love love this series! I just started reading Waterfall again today and can't wait to read Tributary! I can't wait to see what happens to the Fearsome Foursome. Thank you Lisa for such an awesome series. love it!

  8. this has to be one of my new favorite series! i can't wait until the next book comes out! thanks for writing such great books Ms.Bergren! :)

  9. Gosh, I am just amazed at how many new authors and books I'm being introduced to! I haven't read any of these books in this series, but I would love to get started on it! I'm adding it to my TBR list which is growing so very long thanks to you folks!
    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful authors, and for yet another fabulous giveaway opportunity!
    Happy Holidays!

    Gena Robertson

  10. Excellent interview! Who hasn't wanted to be Indian Jones? I have agree Ben Barnes would be perfect for Marcello! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  11. I love this series! I found the first book by accident one night on amazon and I bought it thinking i would read two or three chapters and go to sleep. Well needless to say i didn't sleep until i finished the book! These books are a great read and for all ages!
    I love them and have told many people about them, my church great women have love them also!
    Thanks Lisa for these books looking forward to more!!!

  12. I haven't read the River of Time series yet, but I've heard plenty of good things about this series! Hope I can get it for Christmas. :)

  13. I've read & re-read all three novels as well as recommended them to all my friends: the reading and non-reading kind. LOVE them! Could care less they were written for YA, they are definitely in my top favorite books :) Praying we soon get a release date on Tributary because Lord Greco was my favorite after Marcello :) Thanks for some amazing reads Lisa!

    (and Ben Barnes as Marcello? Brilliant! )


  14. Thank you for the giveaway! I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds good! #BIR2011

  15. Hey Lisa!! *waves wildly* So awesome to see you and your River of Time series popping up everywhere!!!!

    Yes, I am proud to say that I HAVE read the River of Time series. ALL of them. And can't wait to read more! This series is one you can NEVER get enough of!! :-)

  16. I have not read this series, but have heard that I should. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  17. I haven't started this series yet though I do have Waterfall. For some reason I had in my mind this was a trilogy so was waiting to read the books back to back.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  18. My brother just ordered me the series for Christmas! Can't wait for them to come in and start reading. I've heard so many great reviews for them.

  19. Wow! 3 books in one year, that's crazy. i could only dream of doing something like that.

  20. I am SO glad to hear that you are going to tell more of Lia and Luca's story!! I was really hoping there would be a fourth book and I'm doing my happy dance right now after reading this! Awesome news! Any time anyone asks me what my favorite book of 2011 was, I mention the whole River of Time series! I read the ebooks but would LOVE to have a print copy! Thanks so much for continuing the story, Lisa :)

  21. I am totally in love with this series. Waterfall was an amazing read. Being in medieval Italy was so cool I literally felt like I was there right along with Gabi. Wow can Lisa Bergren write a swoon worthy character. Marcello was wow. Lol I don't know what to say without totally gushing over him so WOW will sum it up. Luca and Lia were also great characters. Luca always had me laughing I totally fell in love with him too. Lia was just as brave as her sister even with everything she went through. Gabi was completely awesome. Very relatable and easy to get along with. Both her and Lia were great in the medieval times. I am currently reading Cascade and it is just as amazing. I can't wait to finish and continue on with Torrent. Truly awesome series.

  22. I haven't read this series yet, but It's been on my TBR list. I keep hearing great things about this series! :o)
    Great giveaway! Thank you!!
    Gabby @ What's Beyond Forks?

  23. I haven't read the River of Time series!

  24. I hate to admit this but I haven't read any of the River of Time series yet. I'd only recently learned about them, actually. Still, I would really like to read them.
    Thank you for the giveaway! #BIR2011


  25. Haven't read the River of Time series, but would really like to! Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Holidays!!!

  26. thanks for the giveaway! I also haven't read the series! I've heard good things about them so maybe I'll read them soon...

    -andrea b

  27. I haven't read them yet but they sound great and I've heard a lot of good things about the books. I have the first book and I plan on starting this series soon.


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