WHOO-HOO … 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… 


I am SO EXCITED to host Deborah Raney—not only because Deb is an award-winning author whose very first book A Vow to Cherish was made into a movie that I absolutely LOVED — but Deb is one of the nicest human beings you will meet on the planet. Her books are emotionally powerful, thought-provoking, and truly inspiring, and you will fall in love with her both as a person and an author just as I did. Without further ado … I give you Deborah Raney. 

Haven’t heard of Deborah Raney before? Here’s an official bio:


Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired a World Wide Pictures film and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Deb’s newest novel, The Face of the Earth, released in May from Howard/Simon & Schuster. She and her husband have four children and four grandchildren, who all live much too far away. More about Deb at Deb’s Website, Deb’s Facebook Page and Deb’s Twitter Page.

Like Deb, I’m a visual person, so it’s really fun to get a glimpse at the pictures that inspired her as she wrote her current novel The Face of the Earth, so enjoy! 


by Deborah Raney 

My novel The Face of the Earth released this week from Howard/Simon & Schuster and I wanted to share some of the images that inspired me as I was writing the novel.

When Mitchell’s wife, Jill, kisses him goodbye, he has no idea that he may never see her again.

When she doesn’t return and the police can’t find her, Mitch asks his neighbor, Shelley, for help.

As months pass, Mitch and Shelley grow closer. How can he honor his vows to a woman who’s vanished?

Being a very visual person, I like to create an “ideaboard” for each of my novels. Before programs like Scrivener and Pinterest, I would make a literal bulletin board in my office with photos of my characters, maps of the setting, items that inspired my story, etc. Now my “bulletin boards” are virtual, but those images from my novel are still an important way for me to really get to know my characters as I write about them.

I love casting my novel as if it were a movie. Using real actors and actresses helps me to not merely “see” my characters, but to hear their voices, and visualize their movements and body language.

Though I almost always write about fictional towns, I always have a real spot on the planet in mind when I’m writing, and usually my fictional town is anchored by a real city. In the case of The Face of the Earth, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, and Springfield, Missouri; as well as Kansas City, Kansas, were cities that play a role in my story. 

Besides visuals for my character and settings, I go a step further and find images for my characters’ homes. I’m more apt to peruse real estate sites for a home for my character than I am for a home for myself! In fact, when my husband and I recently bought a new house, I often came across homes during our house search that didn’t suit us at all, but that I promptly saved the photos because they were perfect for one of my characters! Of course, I only use these images for my own inspiration, but if you happen to own the vacation cabin that I “stole” for the Brannons, or Shelley’s kitchen or the Brannons’ backyard, thank you! 🙂

I hope seeing the images that inspired me on my Pinterest page will make you want to read The Face of the Earth! And when you land on my post in this scavenger hunt, be sure to read to the end to find out how you can enter a drawing for the beautiful magnifying glass that played a special role in The Face of the Earth! 

Deborah Raney’s new release, The Face of the Earth is a heart-wrenching read that poses the question “How can a man honor his vows to a woman who’s disappeared from the face of the earth?” It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere.  


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Julie here, I’m giving away two copies of LOVE AT ANY COST in celebration of the April launch of my brand-new “Heart of San Francisco” series, in which I have three separate giveaways — TWO RANDOM DRAWINGS OF SIGNED COPIES of book 1 LOVE AT ANY COST (EVERY POINT GIVES YOU ANOTHER ENTRY FOR A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN) … PLUS the person with the MOST points wins the following:

  1. $50 Gift Card from Amazon, B&N, CBD, Starbucks — you name it!
  2. Your choice of one of any of my books including a printed spiral-bound copy of A Light in the Window or my January 2014 release Dare to Love Again— signed, sealed and delivered!
  3. Your choice of three top CBA books from my personal library (brand new!)

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!! PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL RESPOND TO ALL COMMENTS! 🙂a Rafflecopter giveaway