Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SPECIAL POST!! Return to Mackinac Island (and special giveaway!)

Casey here!! I LOVED visiting Mackinac Island. Oh not in person, no, but within the pages of Cara's book and I'm eager to return within Melanie's novel as well. These ladies have teamed up for a fabulous prize and one I didn't think my readers would want to miss! Read the post carefully, check out the other tour dates and enter for the grand prize! Read ALL the way to the bottom for a chance to win one of their books from my blog AND be entered for the grand prize, just by commenting! Happy Tuesday. :-))

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Mackinac Island. It’s a magical place that allows you to step back in time from the moment you first step off the ferry. Authors Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson have teamed up for a tour of the island, now and then. Comment at each stop for a chance to win a copy of one of their books set on Mackinac Island. You’ll find the list of stops here. Share the tour on twitter, Facebook, pinterest and other places, and you’ll gain extra entries for the grand prize of a copy of each of their books and a 5 slice box of Murdick’s Fudge, straight from Mackinac Island. Just be sure to email Cara at cara@caraputman.com, so she can record your entries. The grand prize winner will be drawn August 27, 2012.

Today we're talking fudge. Who doesn't like the slightly gooey texture and sweetness of a slice of fudge. Mackinac Island is famous for its fudge. Here's more on this sweet delicacy.
One thing Mackinac Island is known for is its fudge.  As I evaluated what elements to add to the story, fudge had to be part of it. The island has many fudge shops. Lucky for us Murdick’s has donated a 5-slice package to the grand prize basket. Yummy!  One problem came as I incorporated fudge into my story…a key event in the mystery occurs there. My Facebook friends helped me come up with the perfect name for my fudge shop: I’m Not Sharing. And once you’ve walked into a shop, smelled the sweet scents and tasted a free sample, you’ll agree…the fudge is too good to share!

I’m with Cara—the fudge on Mackinac Island is amazing! The main island trade, locals like to say, has evolved over the years from fur (and fishing) to fudge. The tradition of making fudge on Mackinac began after the Civil War, and more than ten thousand pounds are now made on the island each year. I chose to feature Murdick’s Fudge in my novel because they’ve been making candy and fudge since 1887.  




A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island
 Join attorney Alanna Stone as she returns home despite her determination to never set foot on Mackinac Island again. Once again in close proximity to Jonathan Covington, her first love, she vows to protect her privacy and her heart from the man who still makes her pulse race. But when her worst fears are realized and history repeats itself—landing her in the midst of a murder investigation—Jonathan may be her only hope. Will they be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts, or will reconciliation come too late?  Read the first chapter here.

Love Finds You on Mackinac Island:
As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary. As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island's most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes' financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love. Read the first chapter here.


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So! Want to know how to win?

First leave a comment.

Second (in the same comment) answer one teensy little question for me...what giveaways do you like best from my blog? (genre, author, ebook?)

60 comments:

  1. Sound Like great books!! Always wanted to visit there!!
    valariemccoy at att dot net
    As far as contest I enjoy real books, not ebooks. There is something great about holding it in your hands, the feel of the pages, etc.

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  2. Yay!! I have been wanting to read BOTH of these books!! They look wonderful and everything I have ever heard about Mackinac Island has been good. I believe I have added it to my "Must Visit" bucket list. :)

    What giveaways?? Any that includes a BOOK. I don't care if it's Kindle or print, I just LOVE books!! :)

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I visited Mackinac a few years ago and loved it! It is a beautiful place and I'd love to be entered in this giveaway.

    I enjoy Amish fiction.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I'm reading Vanetta Chapman's Falling to Pieces. Really enjoying this Amish mystery.

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  4. Hi there! I'm visiting for the blog tour - your blog is so cute! I LOVED watching the people make fudge when my family visited Mackinac - almost as much as I loved eating the fudge :)

    I am a first time visitor so I dont know if I am qualified to answer your question about the giveaways, but this one is a great one :)

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    1. The aroma of fudge is so rich! My kids love it when we visit the fudge shops on the island.

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  5. Good morning, I'm glad I stopped by!
    Bless you for this post!
    Sounds soo good, congrats authors. And to answer your question, Casey, I look for romance books in giveaways. (Either historical or contemporary).

    Nice things happening here at Writing For Christ! Thank you, ladies!

    :-)

    Ganise

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    1. Ganise, I love a satisfying romance, too! Add some mystery and I'm in heaven.

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  6. I love Mackinac Island, and would love to win!

    As to your giveaways, I prefer Christian/Amish fiction, no blood or scary stuff!

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I bet you would love Vanetta Chapman's books, too.

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  7. Hey Casey! You know, I only live about 8 hours from Mackinac Island and I've never been there? Crazy. I loved reading Melanie Dobson's book -- and I can't wait to read Cara Putnam's book. I love all of your giveaways... I can't just choose one! :)

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    1. Dawn! You have to go. It's a ten hour drive for us and so worth it.

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  8. I would love to win becuase I LOVE anything Christian Fiction , so I am always looking for new authors ! I have been to Mackinac Island, so that would make this even more special.
    What giveaways do I like best? That's a hard one! I LOVE all your giveaways, because I love any Christian fiction, and I am always looking for new authors, so always anxious to see who you post. I have a kindle so I always look for ebooks too.

    I am a follower and subscriber.

    littlebird@hur.midco.net

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    1. I love finding new authors, too, such fun!

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  9. Love your blog! I like the ebook giveaways, especially romance books.

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  10. Thanks so much for hosting us, Casey. Can't wait to see who wins the fudge!

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  11. CASE!! Oh, what a FUN post!! Especially since my hubby and I will be bicycling on Mackinac Island VERY soon!!! So this is a very timely blog for me and both books sound like must reads!!

    Have never read Melanie before (have been wanting to!!), but LOVE Cara's work, so bring it on!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, you are too sweet! Thanks and have a great time on the island. We love riding bikes there. Now if I could just ignore the clock next time and not race around the island LOL

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  12. Great post. I'm partial to genre giveaways.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  13. Casey,

    I would love to go to Mackinac. It sounds like such a relaxing place. Are you really reading Love's Reckoning? I'm jealous! I'm not sure which kind of giveaways I prefer. If they're signed I want a hardcopy, but otherwise I prefer my kindle.

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  14. Oops, forgot email. julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  15. I loved Mackinac Island and have been itching to go back. Their fudge is heavenly and we brought lots home.

    I like your romance, amish fiction, and suspense book giveaways!

    I would be delighted to win these books. (and the fudge of course!!)

    Thanks for this wonderful tour and giveaway.

    Blessings!
    Judy sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. We always bring lots of fudge home, too. A tiny piece is rich enough for me!

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  16. Hi Casy thanks for being a part of the tour of this Island, I doubt I will ever see it in person but love to read so will go there by book.
    good to see some friendly faces..
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  17. Good morning, Casey,

    What is it about island settings that are so romantic? And then top it all off with fudge???? A promising story or two indeed!

    Would love to read these books - just discovered Cara's book on The Book Club Network and Melanie's book is already on my to-read list - yay!

    This may not really be what you asked, but I'm always drawn more to your book giveaways when you write about BOTH the book AND the author(s) - it makes me feel like I have a personal interest in the book having learned something about the author.

    beckydwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

    Blessings!
    Becky

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  18. I love Mackinac Island, but have not read either of this books. Would love to win a copy.
    Casey - I like all your give aways, but if I had to choose "the best" it would be historical books in paperback. That way I can donate them to my church library when I am finished.
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

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    1. I love to do the same thing, Sharon. I have three church libraries I donate books to.

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  19. I was actually thinking of A Wedding Transpires the other day because I remembered wanting to read it but could not remember the title :) thanks!
    BTW, I like genre giveaways.

    Clp1777(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. I've lived in Michigan all my life and have been to Mackinac Island many times. That's part of what makes these two books so special to me. I like winning print books of Amish/Christian fiction. Thanks for offering this giveaway.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  21. I've lived in Michigan all my life and have been to Mackinac Island many times. That's part of what makes these two books so special to me. I like winning print books of Amish/Christian fiction. Thanks for offering this giveaway.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  22. PLEASE enter me!!! amada_chavez@yahoo.com

    I LOVE when you giveaway the Christian Fiction physical books. Beverly Lewis, Karen Witemeyer, Shelley Shepard Gray, and/or Margaret Brownley. Excelent authors, I especially want the Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis when it comes out!!! :)

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  23. I would love to visit Mackinac island.
    I prefer ebooks.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  24. Would love to read both of these, so thank you for the giveaway! And I'm kind of partial to fudge, so WOW! Would love to be able to try that!

    I like all of your giveaways! I don't have a particular preference. : )

    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

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  25. I would love to read these books. They sound very good. I love romance and amish fiction. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  26. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway, Casey! Julie, I hope you have a wonderful bike ride around the island. I'm a bit jealous. :) We live in Oregon so it will be a long time before I get back again. I hope you get to enjoy the fudge while you're there as well!!

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  27. I love seeing all the enthusiasm for Mackinac Island. It is definitely worth adding to a bucket list!

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  28. It's the perfect place to add to a bucket list!

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  29. I would LOVE to win these books and the yummy fudge!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  30. These books sound delightful to read. The video about the fudge was fun to watch; those pieces are big! Chocolate is my downfall so it would be wonderful to not only win the books but a box of fudge as well! Thanks for having this fun tour.
    What giveaways on your blog do I like best? I like romance or suspense/mystery in actual book form, not ebooks.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  31. Loved hearing about the fudge, I love fudge, any shape, size, color, taste, etc. I love fudge. Hoping I can make it up there from N.W. Ohio soon. Thanks for your blog, enjoyed it all.

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  32. I love fudge, any fudge. I love all flavors, colors, tastes, etc. I love fudge. I can't wait to visit there, I live in NW Ohio now, not to terribly far from there, not as far as Kansas where I used to live. Thanks for the blog. Can't wait to read the new books.

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    1. If you love fudge, Mackinac is the place for you, Cherie.

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  33. Loved hearing about the fudge, I love fudge, any shape, size, color, taste, etc. I love fudge. Hoping I can make it up there from N.W. Ohio soon. Thanks for your blog, enjoyed it all.

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  34. That fudge looks amazing!

    I'm new to your blog (going to follow it after I comment), but I like Christian suspense or Chick Lit.

    laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

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  35. I would like to be put in the drawing for Melanie's book. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net
    (I have Cara's book.)

    The one's I win, in answer to your question, ha ha; but... my favorite is Historical Fiction.

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  36. I've never been to M.I. but have always wanted to go there. The books sound great..thanks for this giveaway. I like Christian fiction, romance, Amish fiction, Southern fiction or general fiction novels.
    lgm52(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. What a fun giveaway, thanks to the authors and to you Casey for this great opportunity! I enjoy the author giveaways the best, but any type of giveaway is a blessing :) Keep up the good work with the blog, Casey, I always like visiting!
    Blessings,
    Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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  38. I have only been to Michigan once and we thought that it was a beautiful state. We are planning on going back there next year for a event and taking a few extra days to explore.

    Your blog is always so interesting to read and I love the variety of books that you talk about.

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

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  39. I live on Mackinac Island year-round and enjoy historical fiction. There is also a great young adult book by Gloria Whelan set on Mackinac - Once Upon This Island. It's perfect to read now because it is set during the War of 1812.

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  40. I have only been to Michigan once and thought that it was such a beautiful state. We do plan to go back there next year and will be spending more time there this time. I love Christian fiction and always enjoy your blogs.

    Blessings,
    Jo

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  41. How wonderful to pair to books that take place at one of Michigan's finest spots -- Mackinac Island. I have found memories of it from frowing up in the Detroit area, though I now live in the South. Just thinking about it brings back the memories of those fudge samples! YMMM!

    I love ebooks first, then author, then genre -- but I love any giveaway! thanks!

    Carol crwg96(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. I love real books even though I wouldn't turn down an ebook if I was given one
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. Both of these books look fun. I've been eyeing them both!

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

    As long as it's for print books, I'm not picky when it comes to giveaways! ;) If I owned an e-reader, I probably wouldn't even mind e-book giveaways.

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  44. nice set of books and the fudge looks divine. yummy

    love romance books

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  45. Both of them look fun, esp. since I grew up in northern MI just 20-25 mins away from Mackinaw City and have been to the island a few times. I grew up in Cheboygan and a few years ago moved down here to east Texas but I try to get up there once a year to visit. I miss the Lakes and breezes. =) My dad worked at the Fort Fudge Shop for over thirty years. He's in the south now too.

    jesse(dot)berden(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Fun tour of the island.

    I follow via email.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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