Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #1

Mar 13, 2024

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to collect the clues through all the stops, in order (beginning here at Stop #1), so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MDT right here on this page!
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MDT)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back here on my site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

Hi! My name’s Lisa Bergren and I’m a writer of many things—children’s books, gift books, nonfiction, and fiction in many genres. And I’m talkin’ MANY. YA time travel, spiritual suspense, women’s fiction, dystopian…you get the gist. You can learn more about me and all my books here on my site and on Facebook. But I always adore an epic story. My newest release is the second in my Oceans of Time Series—Rip Tide. Here’s what it’s about:

The trap is set, and time is slipping away…

After narrowly escaping arrest, time-traveler Luciana Betarrini hurtles back to medieval Italy. Once there, she and her brother, Domenico, must decide how far they’ll go to be part of the Forelli family, and if they’re willing risk their lives to hunt down an assassin.

Meanwhile, Lady Tiliani Forelli’s family has disappeared in enemy territory. Fearing for their lives–and secretly hoping to cross paths with the Fiorentini man she loves—Tiliani goes to Firenze intent on either rescue or seeing justice done. Yet a trap is closing around them all. Can they find their nemesis in time to save their loved ones from certain death?

MY IDEAL INTRO-TO-ITALY ITINERARY

Because I’ve placed so many of my books in Italy, I’ve been blessed to go six times! It all started with the Gifted Series (Begotten, Betrayed, Blessed), then it went on with the River of Time Series (Waterfall, etc.) and now the Oceans of Time Series (Estuary, Rip Tide and next year’s Fathoms)! Travel for research is a definite perk of being an author. Plus I’ve found it gives you details and the means to describe the locale in rich ways.

I often get questions about an ideal itinerary for seeing Italy for the first time. I usually beg people to take at least two weeks for this trip. You won’t regret it! Given the time it takes to travel, you need fourteen days to give each place a fair shake and really get a “sense of place.”

Here’s the overview:

—3 nights (2.5 days) in Rome
—2 nights in Florence
—6 nights in Tuscany
—3 nights in Venice

(1) Purchase an “open-jaw” ticket, flying into Rome and out of Venice to avoid covering the 6+ hour distance on your last day there. Taxi into Rome.
(2) Take a train from Rome to Florence and rent a car as you leave. You don’t want to drive IN Rome or Florence.
(3) Find your Tuscan villa (or just a room in a bigger one) on agriturismo.net or Booking.com and in a central location to the hill towns you want to see while there. (Consult your guide book, but we LOVE Montepulciano for a home base.)
(4) Explore a beautiful town by day and get home to your pretty villa for sunset and dinner!
(5) Drop your rental car back in Florence and take the train to Venice. You can’t drive in Venice anyway. 😉 But you can explore the whole lagoon via water bus! Don’t short-change this magical city. An extra couple of days gets you off what locals call “the elephant track” and you’ll find out why people fall in love.
(6) Take a water taxi to the airport…the perfect way to end your vacation.

Okay, okay, you only have 10 days? Cut out either Rome or Venice. Viaggi sicuri! (Safe travels!)

Here are the Stop #1 Basics:

If you’re interested, you can order Rip Tide on Amazon, ChristianBook, Barnes & Noble or at your local bookstore!

Clue to Write Down: Some

Link to Stop #2, the Next Stop on the Loop: Cara Putman’s site!

BUT WAIT!

Before you go, I’m offering three additional prizes—a copy of either Estuary or Rip Tide…or the entire Gifted Trilogy (Begotten, Betrayed, Blessed). Your choice! All you have to do is sign up to get my e-newsletter (blue box below, “Stay in the Loop!) or mark it off if you’re already a subscriber. Then fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Additional points for those who follow me as an author on BookBubFacebook or on Instagram! (USA only)