Monday, April 9, 2012

Giveaway! A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island by Cara Putman


Welcome to Writing for Christ Cara Putman, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?

Here’s a fun one. In the fall of 2010 I attended the FBI Citizens Academy in Indianapolis. It was a GREAT way to learn more about the FBI. We even had a day that our families could come and go to the range. My husband had a blast trying different weapons. I couldn’t though because I was pregnant with our youngest. Someday.

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?

I love a good historical romance or a strong romantic suspense/thriller. It’s rare that I find a straight romance that I can really dive into. Instead, I long for a book that has a fresh layer. It might be learning about a new time period and era. Or it might take the form of trying to figure out who’s behind everything before the author reveals the bad guy.

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?

Something that’s transformed the way I write? Hmmm….Michael Hague has a format he recommends for writing out the backcover blub. Using that has really helped me hone in on what a story is truly about. It helps me peel back all the layers I can envision and distill the essence of the story.

5 things you love?

1)      My husband…say it with me…ahhhh.
2)      My kiddos. I adore them!
3)      A really great book.
4)      God with a  passion I pray never diminishes
5)      Teaching people. I love watching the lightbulb go off.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

I love interacting with readers…especially when a story hits them in a place they’ve lived. There’s something so humbling about learning how God has used a story, characters and words I crafted to change a life or bring encouragement to someone. That’s when I remember writing really is a ministry.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I’m all over the web. I’d love for your readers to come interact with me at any of these places: Links:

Thank you for being with us today!
Thanks so much for having me, Casey!

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.
 
An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.  

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey.



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.


 Readers, here is your chance to enter to win Cara's latest book!

Please leave an email adddress! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
~Be a subscriber

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.


Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on April 20th.
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 

78 comments:

  1. We visited Mackinac Island a few years ago and loved it! I'd really enjoy this book. It sounds so good.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. We get to return later this summer and I can't wait!

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  4. I have heard so many great things about Mackinac Island, and so love this cover! Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to win!

    dianalflowers@aol.com

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    1. Mackinac Island is such a special place.

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  5. I am a follower via GFC

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  6. I am a follower via email!

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  7. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds great. I just love to read about islands and lighthouses. Will definitely put this book on my "to read list".

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  8. i have been trying to win this book since it first hit the blogs. Maybe i'll win it this time! i love Cara Putman. Now Cara... is having your husband try the weapons good enough experience to use in the novels? Thank you for your great interview and the opportunity to win.

    mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

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    1. Mitzi, I'll definitely have to try them myself sometime. Not a gun person, but do want to make sure I describe them accurately.

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  9. i follow via GFC as Marianne Barkman

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  10. i subscribe via email

    mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

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  11. i follow via GFC as Marianne Barkman

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  12. Thanks for the interview - what a busy woman. I especially like your #4 love "God with a passion I pray never diminishes"! I am a subscriber & follower. - Elaine rejordan79@msn.com

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. I hope that stays true of me!

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  13. I would love to win this book. I didn't get to be lawyer but I do still love reading about them. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  14. I am an email subscriber. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  15. I follow on Google Friend Connect. Thanks for all the entries. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  16. Wow! This sounds like a great book! And Cara the FBI Citizens Academy sounds like tons of fun. My husband will be jealous for sure. :)

    I'm a follower and subscriber.

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    1. The FBI Citizen's Academy was a great experience -- especially for a geek like me. I even took notes of the background and history!

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  17. Please add me to the giveaway!

    godsforlife AT gmail DOT com.

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  18. I am a follower.

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  19. Sound like my kind o book! I love a good mystery with a little romance thrown in!

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  20. Cara's book sounds fun, but even more, she seems like such a friendly, down-to-earth person.

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  21. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  22. GFC follower - Andrea Williams

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  23. This sounds like a great book! I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

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  27. I would like to read "A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island." Please add me to the drawing! I'd also be interested in reading the format for backcover blurbs to zero in on for reviews! Care to send it to me, Cara? Thanks.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hmm, not sure what you mean --- oh Michael Hague's? I got it at one of his classes so not sure I can share. I'll check.

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    2. Thank you. Sounds interesting to pull out the main points without becoming too wordy or giving away more than a reader would want to learn before reading the book, when the intent is to capture the interest in the story. Would be useful for reviews.

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  28. I am a follower of Writing for Christ~~The Audience of One.
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  29. I am an e-mail subscriber so I know when you have a new post ready for me to come over and read! Enjoy your writings.
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  30. I think I follow Cara everywhere, and I follow Casey via email (and on FB). I'd love to win a copy of this story. Summer's fast approaching when I'll have time to read and review more books. So please, include me and thanks for your generosity!

    I appreciated all Cara did for those of us who were newbies at the ACFW Conference last year. And I really enjoyed the class she taught with Tricia Goyer on research techniques. I'm amazed at how much both of them accomplish in one day! Blessings!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Renee, I hope you're able to come back to ACFW this fall. Tricia and I will co-teach a continuing ed session this year. I'm really excited to get to do that with her.

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  31. I told my husband I want to go to Mackinac island one day I have read about it in books and it seems like such and amazing place

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    1. It really is a special place, Sarah. If you can get there, I bet you'd enjoy it even if for a quick weekend.

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  32. I am so anxious to read Cara's book....thanks for the chance!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  33. I subscribe via Email.
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  34. I would love to visit Mackinac Island but have to be content now with reading about it. This sounds like a great book I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I noticed you are reading The Swan House. I loved this book! Be sure to read The Dwelling Place so you can continue the story.

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    1. whose the Swan House by? Sounds like you enjoyed it.

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  35. I'm a follower of the blog.

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  36. I'm an e-mail subscriber. Thanks for the extra entries!

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  37. Interesting...I know I'd enjoy this book
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  38. I'm a follower
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  40. Sounds like a great book. She is a new author in our church library, so would love to add her newest book to circulation.

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    1. Thanks so much for having me in your library! Really appreciate it.

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  41. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story...i'm a follower & email subscriber, too ;)

    karenk
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  42. I have many wonderful memories of family vacations on Mackinac Island. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "A Wedding Transpires".
    Sharon
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    1. My kids love visiting the island -- love the memories we're making, too.

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  43. Sounds like an awesome read. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  44. Mackinac Island sounds amazing! Looking forward to reading this latest book.

    Following and subscribed! Thanks.
    brendon8@bellsouth.net

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  45. Hi there, I am a follower and a subscriber and tried to enter my
    comment a couple of times and it wouldn't take. my email is
    authorkathyeberly@gmail.com

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  46. Thanks Casey for a great interview and giveaway, this book sounds wonderful! It was nice getting to know Cara, I especially love her list of favorite things :) I would love to win this book, best wishes to the other entrants! Blessings Casey and Cara :)
    Kara
    wman4jc@aol.com

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  47. Enjoyed the interview. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    chalainam@gmail.com

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  48. LOL Cara, love yours too :) We met on another blog giveaway, but I'm enjoying your interviews so much and looking forward to getting a copy of your book!

    How cool that we share the same name (one letter difference), a passion for writing/books, and an unquenchable love for Christ!! Thanks for this giveaway!
    (this is not an entry...only responding to my new writer friend, Cara)

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  49. I enjoyed Cara's comments and info about the book. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  50. I am an email subscriber.
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  51. I am a GFC follower.
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  52. oh, boy wouldn't want to miss a chance to win this book thanks

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  55. This looks like a fabulous read! I love romantic suspense.
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  56. GFC - Tressa
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  58. A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island sounds wonderful.Please add me to the drawing!thanks for the chance!augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  59. I am a GFC follower.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  60. I am an email subscriber.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  61. I'd love to be entered! cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

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  62. I am a follower! cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

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