Hello, readers! Today I have the pleasure of joining Lisa T. Bergren’s scavenger hunt! As all scavenger hunts do, this one includes a fun article (on this stop) from Lisa on why we should read romance novels (not that I need more convincing, but still…I don’t mind the added incentives), and of course, prizes!
Before we move on further, here’s what Once Upon a Montana Summer is all about:
Once Upon a Montana Summer
Love is Never Best Played Out on TV…
Adalyn Stalling’s clients convinced her to be a contestant on their reality TV show, The One. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in each week to watch a group of bachelorettes try to win one bachelor’s heart, and then during the next season, watch bachelors do the same.
Adi appeared on the show twice-once as a potential love-match for the bachelor, once as the bachelorette. As a marketing executive for the firm who handles the show, Adi initially became a part of the cast in order to learn more from the “inside.” But as much as she wanted to stay professionally removed, she ended up giving her heart to both Adam and Connor.
Both times, the men broke it off.
Now America’s most famous “loser at love,” Adalyn is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Given the media frenzy and the paparazzi that chase her, she’s finding it difficult. And just as she learns she may have picked up a stalker, her childhood friend, Chase Rollins, tracks her down at last. He informs her that her beloved grandfather is ailing and needs her help, in more ways than one.
So begins an epic summer in which Adalyn needs to decide where she belongs, what she is supposed to do, and with whom she might find true love at last. All Once Upon a Montana Summer…
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Below you will find Lisa’s fun list, find details on the rest of the tour stops and you can read about the prize details. This scavenger hunt celebrates Lisa’s newest novel, Once Upon a Montana Summer! If you’re interested in learning more about this one you can find it on Amazon or add it to Goodreads. For now, join me in welcoming Lisa as we read on and learn all about the many reasons we should read romance novels.
7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels by Lisa T. Bergren | Lisa Bergren’s Scavenger Hunt!
Lo, long ago, in the dark ages of Christian fiction, I started my writing career by writing contemporary romance. At the time, the shelves were dominated by the Thoenes, Gilbert Morris, Janette Oke and repacks of George McDonald. So contemporary romance “felt” new in the marketplace. It helped me establish my career, and after I’d written six, I ventured into historical fiction, general fiction, medieval supernatural suspense, YA time travel, dystopians and then more historicals.
Last year, I picked up a few current contemporary Christian romances and remembered what I loved about them in the beginning and decided to return to the genre for the next year or two. Here are seven reasons you may enjoy reading them too.
#1 They’re reassuring. Girl meets boy. Boy and girl get together. Boy and girl break apart—or something breaks their bond. Girl and boy get back together. We all know what happens in a romance, right? Sometimes, in this crazy, dark world, we just need that comfort-factor.
#2 They remind us of what it was like to fall in love…or give us a hint of what’s to come. As a teen, I loved reading romances because I so desperately wanted to Have All Those Feelings. That spark. That connection. That pull. Now, as a middle-aged married person, it reminds me of falling in love with my husband, and kindles some of that spark from 28 years ago. J
#3 They inspire us to be our best selves. Oftentimes, heroes and heroines are rather idealized. They may well inspire us to be the best we can be in emulating them. But the best novels show characters that are imperfect/human too, so we can fully relate.
#4 They inform us about something. Maybe it’s about a career we haven’t really thought about before. Or they’re set in a place we haven’t had a chance to visit ourselves yet.
#5 They make us think. At least a little. Because we “experience” things along with the characters, we may learn something about ourselves. Mistakes we might make too, if we were in their shoes…and how to avoid them. Choices that we hope we’d make, no matter what the characters do.
#6 They remind us of the building blocks of any solid romance. Good communication, time, experience, chemistry, forgiveness and grace.
#7 They’re fun. Who doesn’t love love?
What is YOUR favorite reason to read a good love story?
Be sure to visit Lisa’s website FIRST for instructions for the hunt, and then each stop once they are live. Not only does each stop offer a daily giveaway, you will find all the clues you need to complete the hunt and enter to win the major prizes on Lisa’s website! The rest of the tour stops are as follows:
January 16: Faithfully Bookish; Why Montana?
January 17: Reading is My Superpower; Excerpt from Once Upon a Montana Summer
January 18: Wishful Endings; Q&A with Lisa
January 19: Relz Reviewz; Why Once Upon a Summer?
January 20: Lisa T. Bergren; The Final Stop and Major Prize Entry Form.
Enter by midnight on 1/21/19 USA Mountain time! Winners will be drawn on 1/22/19 and posted on the prize entry form page on Lisa’s site.Discover a fun guest post with @LisaTBergren (+ #giveaway information!) and discover all the reasons to read #romance novels. 7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels | Lisa Bergren's Scavenger Hunt! Click To Tweet
1st: $100 Amazon gift card
2nd: $30 Amazon gift card
3rd, 4th, 5th: 3 romance novels that Lisa wrote at the beginning of her career! (USA only; if an international wins one of these prizes, she will send them a $20USD Amazon gift card)
You can visit the next stop of the Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt now, by going to Beth Erin’s FAITHFULLY BOOKISH!
Also, you can enter to win one of the following novels by Lisa, thanks to Lisa!
Winner’s choice of one of her Montana-associated novels (print copy US only) – The Bridge, Glamorous Illusions, Firestorm or Once Upon a Montana Summer.
If the winner is outside of the United States, they will receive an e-copy of ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER.
*I’ll also draw a second name for any reader to win a Kindle copy one of the books mentioned above!