Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: A Wedding Transpires On Mackinac Island by Cara Putman

Welcome to the CBRB, Cara! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Indiana with my husband and four children. I’m crazy defined as an attorney, teacher at my church and homeschool coop, and contract lecturer or adjunct faculty at a local community college and Big Ten University. I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a teen. In the way God works, that’s all been training for writing books. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, I love bringing history and romance to life. 

When did you first discover that you loved writing?


When I was about 14 and spent a lot of time writing short stories and trying my hand at novel writing. Then I started college at 16, married at 21, and went to law school while working full time. Writing took a back stage until 2005.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

I love the WWII time period. To me writing books that highlights the history of that time is a way to honor a generation I greatly admire. I also love to write contemporary romantic mystery/suspense, because I love stories that keep me guessing as a reader.

I love WWII stories! What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

My greatest obstacle was finding time to write. By the time I started again in 2005, I was a mom of two young kids who worked four days a week at a law firm. Not a lot of extra time, but I quickly learned that consistent writing eventually creates a book.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

Not really…the way it’s changed it most is that I get to reach more people with the truth and ideas that God gives me. I am so grateful for that opportunity.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
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I love Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. He’s shown me that as I chase Him, He will change my heart so my desires become His. There’s no other place I’d rather be.

Amen! What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Probably one of the quirkiest things was to attend the Indianapolis FBI citizen’s academy. I loved every minute of learning more about how the FBI works.

Please tell us about the featured book.

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island.

Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past.

But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then Secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.

For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.

Can you please give us the first page?

Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.
The refrain beat a steady tempo through Alanna Stone’s mind as she dragged up the gangplank to the ferry where it rocked in the early morning light at the St. Ignace’s dock. She avoided gazing to her right in the direction of Mackinac Island. A place of beauty and peace to many, it symbolized all the harshness that could shimmer beneath the surface in a small town. She’d sworn never to return and honored that vow for eleven years.
Now? Now she abandoned her firmly held avoidance to help her parents. A wave rocked the boat, and she bobbled as she struggled to stay steady on more than her feet.
A man in the green polo that bore the Arnold Transport Company logo steadied her with a smile. “You’ll find your sea legs in no time.”
“Good thing, since the trip’s so short.”
He laughed and nodded. “About fifteen minutes.”
How could she tell him she wished it lasted fifteen months or years? That time would freeze, and she’d stay on this side of the lake?
Seagulls cawed as they took to the air and swooped around the boat.
Fifteen minutes. That’s all it took to start a new life.
Diesel fumes rolled around her as the ferry’s engines roared into gear. With a grinding stop and jerk, the boat eased away from the dock and powered across the lake. Alanna sucked in a deep breath then coughed as fumes settled in her lungs. She clenched her jaw and pivoted until she faced east as the boat pushed through the water toward the sun. She needed to face her new reality and the hidden embarrassment. All represented by one tiny spot on the map.
Mackinac Island.
In the morning light, it looked like a deep emerald emerging from the lake with the Victorian cottages and Grand Hotel popping out like embellishments against the forest backdrop.
The wind blew across Alanna’s face, misting it with a fine spray as it tangled her hair. The strands whipped around her neck, but she let the wind do its worst. Even then, it couldn’t reflect the chaos churning inside her. Tension tightened her body again. It had been her constant companion during the Menendez murder trial. The case had faded from the front page of the newspapers, and the reporters had finally abandoned their posts at her home and the office. Not the first time media had hounded her, but at least this time it involved a client rather than her brother. She’d thought she had shed the constant headache, but now it roared back to full strength in her temples.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

Readers can connect with me all over the internet…and I love to hear from fellow book lovers!
Website: http://www.caraputman.com
Blog: http://blog.caraputman.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/caraputman
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cara_putman
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caraputman

Thank you again for being here, Cara. I enjoyed interviewing you!

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GIVEAWAY!
Cara has kindly offered to giveaway a print copy of A Wedding Transpires On Mackinac Island. Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to the U.S. only.
For extra entries: 
~Be a follower +1 
~Add my button to your blog +1
 ~Post about this giveaway +2
~Tweet/Post on Facebook +2
(please leave a separate comment for each extra entry)

Giveaway ends at midnight (Eastern time) on Friday May 11, 2012. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.

36 comments:

  1. A wedding story, I know I would enjoy this book!

    Thank you for offering it to one of us!

    Blessings,
    Denise
    ddjordan_sbg_0803@yahoo.com

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  2. This book looks good! I would love to enter into the draw.

    Ali
    Alibaby374@gmail.com

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  3. Love your books Cara and can't wait to read A Wedding Transpires On Mackinac Island. I already have on my wish list. Enjoyed your interview. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Follow and tweeted giveaway

    https://twitter.com/#!/misskallie2000/status/197926619065761792

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Old GFC follower (Brenda Hill)

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    earlier comment where I tweeted I don't think I follow you on twitter was thinking of GFC. I looked for you on twitter but could not find.

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  6. We have reservations at Cloghaun B&B on Mackinac Island next month to celebrate out 30th anniversary. Love any reason to go to the Island! Would love to read your book. :)
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  7. Tweeted and posted on FaceBook...this sounds like a great book!
    pat at ptbradley dot com

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  8. Mackinac Island sounds like a great setting for Cara's book. Plase enter me!
    Worthy2bpraised at Gmail dot com

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  9. I'm a follower via GFC.
    Worthy2bpraised at Gmail dot com

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  10. Great interview ... I have been looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway, Cara!

    iblog4books at gmail dot com

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  11. I'm a new GFC follower. Brooke (@ iblog4books)

    iblog4books at gmail dot com

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  12. This book sounds so good and one that I do want to read.

    I'm a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I posted about your giveaway on my blog today: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2012/05/freebies-winners-giveaways.html :)

    iblog4books at gmail dot com

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  14. This sounds like such a fun book to read! I would love to read and blog about it!
    aujus1969@yahoo.com
    http://cabinfeverreading.blogspot.com/

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  15. I would love to win and read Cara's book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com ) I never saw a place to share this to Facebook, as I had planned to do.

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  16. follow gfc, fb twitter, thanks for the chance. It's an area my parents have visited and I have not, so would be nice to read about it.

    Julie
    jbarrett5 at cox dot net

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  17. I am a follower of your blog. ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. I posted on twitter about your giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ladettek/status/200560132864753664

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  19. Your button is on my blog: www.pwnmom.blogspot.com

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  20. Would love to win this book. I've heard/seen about Mackinac Island, would love to read a novel based there. :) ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. We visited Mackinac Island a few years ago and it is a beautiful place. I would really enjoy reading this book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  22. I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  23. I love Cara's books!!sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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  24. Lovely review! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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  25. I'm a lifelong resident of Michigan and have spent numerous vacations on Mackinac Island. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the offer.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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  26. I am a follower of this blog.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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  27. This is a book I'd very much like to read.
    I'm an e-mail subscriber to this blog.
    Thanks for giving away a copy of Cara's book.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  28. Oops, guess I got confused. I'm a GFC follower of this blog, not by e-mail. Sorry.

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  29. Another great author......and sounds like another goood book to read..and I am a follower of your blog....
    Blessings Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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  30. Gee, I wonder something. Cara, you're not busy, are you?! ;) All the things you do, totally awesome. Very cool! Thank you for sharing with us, and being from MI - as well as loving Mac Island - I'd love to read this book! Wait. I think I'll add it to my Amazon wishlist so I know I'll read it! Thanks for the giveaway!
    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

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  31. Many new-to-me authors with great sounding
    books! I'm so happy!

    Pat Cochran
    p-cochran@juno.com

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  32. I love reading about Macinac Island! I have never been there and would love to visit there someday. Cara, how do you ever find time to write? You are a busy lady. I have read other books written by you and loved every one of them.
    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark
    debbiemcla[at]msn[dot]com

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  33. I just pinned your book to my Pinterest site. I also pinned Timeless Treasures. I have all of the Patchwork Mysteries books!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark
    debbiemcla[at]msn[dot]com

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  34. Having grown up in MI and visited Macinac I would love to read this book.

    I am a follower!
    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Wow, this book sounds good!

    Please enter me in your contest.

    Thanks,

    Becky Isaac

    ischu9@aol.com

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  36. just got the newlsetter for this giveaway as being current so i am going to leave my name. Looks like a great summer read, being on the island.

    thanks
    julie

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