Sunday, June 17, 2012

Glamorous Illusions

Welcome to the launch of best-selling and award-winning author Lisa Tawn Bergren's brand new historicial fiction series, Grand Tour! The first book, Glamorous Illusions, releases this month! To celebrate, Lisa has teamed up with her publisher David C. Cook for a "Glamorous" Giveaway and fun Author Chat party on Facebook. Details below!

The Grand Tour Series details the life of Cora Diehl Kensington, a woman of the Montana plains, swept up into a life of riches and privilege. Belatedly finding out a terrible secret about her parentage, Cora struggles to find out who she really is as a child of God in the midst of an enlightening, as well as dangerous, trip across Europe.

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{More about Glamorous Illusions}

It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father's health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her.

Cora is invited to take the "Grand Tour" of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person's education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. 

As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she's never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning.

Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal.

{My Thoughts}

Wow, Lisa T. Bergren kicks off her new Grand Tour season with a captivating story! I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Cora to have her entire world upended as she discovers the truth behind the mysterious gifts she received each year on her birthday. Has her life only been an illusion thus far? Or is this new life, filled with a glamorous tour of Europe, the illusion? Vivid characters fill this novel as Cora tries to discover who she really is and what God expects of her among the cacophony of voices around her. Raised as an only child, she now must travel with her newly-discovered half-siblings, who are less-than-pleased about her appearance. Beautiful spiritual truths are deftly woven throughout the pages of this compelling novel, and the ending only left me eagerly anticipating the next books in this series! Put this one on your summer reading list!

{More about Lisa T. Bergren}

Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.

For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website.

{More about Lisa's "Glam" $350 Visa Cash Card Giveaway}

What is our "true" identity? Join the conversation at Lisa Tawn Bergren's 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 wo-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!

See what others on the Blog Tour are saying here

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook & Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

Thanks for the awesome review, Linda! I'm so glad you loved this first installment of the series!