Monday, August 22, 2011

Lisa Bergren's "Mercy Came Morning"

Title: Mercy Come Morning (previously released as Christmas Every Morning)

Publisher: WaterBrook

Cover blurb: Krista Mueller is in a good place. She’s got a successful career as a professor of history; she’s respected and well-liked; and she lives hundreds of miles from her hometown and the distant mother she could never please. It’s been more than a decade since Alzheimer’s disease first claimed Charlotte Mueller’s mind, but Krista has dutifully kept her mother in a first-class nursing home.

Now Charlotte is dying of heart failure and, surprised by her own emotions, Krista rushes to Taos, New Mexico, to sit at her estranged mother’s side as she slips away. Battling feelings of loss, abandonment, and relief, Krista is also unsettled by her proximity to Dane McConnell, director of the nursing home—and, once upon a time, her first love. Dane’s kind and gentle spirit—and a surprising discovery about her mother—make Krista wonder if she can at last close the distance between her and her mother … and open the part of her heart she thought was lost forever.

1) How did this story come to you?
I had two grandparents who died of Alzheimer’s. It’s a tragic situation, every time, and tragedy breeds good novel tension…I thought, “What would happen if you had issues with your loved one who has Alz, and never had the opportunity to talk them out?”

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Happily, I’ve been published for a while, and one contract leads to the next. Given how publishing is changing, I’m not sure how long that’ll last, but I appreciate it for now!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I was a ski bum/bartender for the winter after college; I’ve been in the tomb inside the Great Pyramid at Giza; my husband and I met on a blind date.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m in the midst of promoting a YA series called The River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent), about two teen girls who time travel back to medieval Italy. Lots of action and romance. Next up: An adult trilogy called The Grand Tour—beginning with Grand Illusions—about a group of young people traveling across Europe in search of cultural refinement, and an understanding of themselves.

5) Parting comments?
I love to connect with readers and hope your readers will check out one of my books!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
@LisaTBergren on Twitter
Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren and River of Time Series


  1. Karen Sweeney-RyallAugust 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    have worked with families dealing with dementia so I am sure will enjoy this book

  2. Thanks for the great interview. My mother had Dementia and I worked in a few nursing homes dealing with dementia and alzheimers. This book sounds like it is going to be very good. Please enter me.


  3. I have worked in a nursing home that had alot of alzheimer patients, and have seen how emotional it can be to deal with so I am sure this would be an interesting book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

  4. I think that Lisa's YA books are great. I am looking forward to the third one's release!!!

    I would love to win and read this book!

    lovenjoy16 (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I have worked with many Alzheimers pts and their families.This sounds very interesting.

  6. My Father has Alzheimer's Disease & my Mother as his primary career does it tough. I would love to read MERCY CAME MORNING.


  7. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


  8. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  9. I love Lisa's books. Sounds like another good one.

    Rachelle, Tampa, FL

    rysalias-anything @ yahoo DOT com

  10. I am one of my Mother's caregivers. She was diagnosed with Dementia over 1 1/2 years ago. It breaks my heart to see my Mom go through this. Mom's memory is quickly leaving her. It is like a slow death..we are losing her. Mom's Sister, (my Aunt) has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. She doesn't recognize any of her family. This is a horrible disease.

    I would love to win a cope of Mercy Came Morning.


  11. My husband was my mother in laws primary care giver, she passed away last fall. It was really hard because she had dementia and was legally blind. Really hard!

    Please enter me would love to get a copy of the book! dancealert at aol dot com

    Brenda from Michigan!

  12. Oh, I ache for all these families struggling with the Long Goodbye that is Alz. May the book be a comfort to those who read it...

  13. My uncle has alzheimer.
    It would be an honor to win this book.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  14. I'd love to read this book. We have our 3rd family member with Alz now, my dad. It's a tragic disease but it breeds incredible family opportunities as well.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  15. Sounds like a really great book. My best friends mother recently passed away from this disease at age 52, she was very young. Thanks for the chance to win!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  16. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Love to be entered thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Both my Grandfathers had Alzheimers - oh how tragic of a disease it is. It is so sad to think about, but I would be interested in reading your book about the account Charlotte Mueller’s case & what sounds like a nice love story. Please if you would consider me in the free book drawing. Thank you!!
    Daisy Adams