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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cara Putman and Free Books!

PhotobucketCherry Blossom Capers: Dig into mystery, murder, and mayhem in Washington, D.C., where cherry trees aren’t the only things blooming in the hearts and lives of four neighborhood women.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A The Secret Heiress, by Terri Reed, is:

katylee@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of my novel, Unforgettable, is:

lanehillhouse@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your books to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist Cara Putman, author of Dying for Love (in Cherry Blossom Capers, Barbour Publishing, January 2012).

PhotobucketCara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a ministry leader and teacher at her church. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara loves bringing history and romance to life.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I craved pad Thai when I was pregnant with my first child.

--I drove myself to the hospital with my fourth child because I was so sure I’d be sent home again.

--My oldest child is a level five gymnast and stronger than I ever hope to be.

--Novellas are a great break from the loneliness of writing.

--I would move back to D.C. in a heartbeat!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dying for Love:

PhotobucketAttorney Ciara Turner is horrified when she stumbles over a judge’s dead body in Alexandria. Will she be able to retain her composure and control when she joins her nemesis Daniel Evans in investigating the murder?

Constantly on the opposite side of domestic cases, they have to work together to find the murderer…just in case the police and marshals run out of luck.

As they are thrust back together, Ciara is reminded of how Daniel swept her off her feet as a clerk. Now she has to choose whether to risk her heart to love.

What is it about Ciara that will make your readers care about her?

Ciara is a young woman trying to balance a career with life. While she’s created a great community in her neighborhood with the three single gals around her, she still longs to find love. I think that longing exists in all of us. And because her first love has fallen off his white horse, she’s never risked her heart again.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketCiara Turner would be played by Katherine Hepburn.

PhotobucketAnd Daniel Evans would be played by Cary Grant.

Ciara has the moxie of Katherine’s roles along with the subtle vulnerability she often portrayed. And Daniel has the suave air, but the edge of uncertainty that tints many roles Cary Grant played.

Sigh. They just don't make like they used to, do they?

Complete this sentence: If I had known 20 years ago what I know today, I would have …

Skipped the day I went to high school. Because I started college at 16 after being homeschooled, I thought I should check out high school to see what I was missing. Turns out I wasn’t missing anything. ☺

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

This is a tough question! I read so much and for the most part have narrowed down to authors and genres I know I’ll enjoy. I’m reading Tamera Alexander’s A Lasting Impression and Colleen Coble’s Lonestar Angel. Both are excellent!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on marketing for the three books that release in spring 2012 while waiting to hear on two proposals under consideration at a publishing house.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love for readers to stop by my website where they can read first chapters for most of my books. www.caraputman.com and my blog Http://blog.caraputman.com">blog.caraputman.com. I’m also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cara.putman.

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

266462: Cherry Blossom Capers: Washington DC

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What facet of God’s character would you better like to understand? For me it’s that He is the King of the universe…and because of Christ His authority as King extends in part to me.

Thank you, Cara, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cara has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cara's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Joyce Magnin, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Also, stop by my New Year's blog to see how to enter the drawing for any four of my books.

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Lane Hill House said...

Thank you so much! I will have to get out the music to read by! Sounds like a great book!

by Pegg Thomas said...

You hooked me with Hepburn and Grant! Two of my all-time favorite actors. If they can play your characters, I'll love them. :)

I'd like to understand how God can see everything at once and not have a migraine. That whole aspect of God is something I can't grasp with my feeble, human gray matter.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Cheryl Barker said...

I would like to understand God's all-knowing wisdom and choices better.

Marianne said...

Understand God? oh my. I guess it would be how he can actually love ME as wretched as i am, and accept me. Even though i know He does. Just finished reading The Perfect Blend, Trish. Review coming soon.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, Cara and Trish


Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I would like to better understand how God stays so patient with this world! With so much evil in it and with so many pastors and other ministers falling into sin rather than remaining above reproach and leading their flocks, I don't know if I could keep from ending it all. But, of course, that's what makes God so wonderful!

igottawrite [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Bethany said...

I would love to understand how he is able to hear everyone's thoughts, prayers, etc. at the same time... I know he does but still...! :)


Abigail Richmond said...

Looks interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!
God Bless!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Judy said...

I would love to understand how/why God allows so much suffering. I know everything works together for God's perfect will but I struggle with the suffering part, especially little children and dying loved ones.


Wendy said...

The whole concept of 'I Am' has been hard for me to grasp. I still goint get it. It is mind blowing.

Lane Hill House said...

I can see Daniel and Ciara would come alive! Good choice of actors for them.
Thank you for the interview with Cara!
I would like to grasp God's mercy. His love for us is so great.
Happy New Year Blessings 2012.

squiresj said...

I would like to know God's goodness. Lord knows I experience his mercy on a continual basis.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

I would love to win your book

apple blossom said...

His being present everywhere.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Trish Perry said...

There's SO much about God I'm eager to know about--and I'm assuming we'll know it all when we join Him. Right now I think I'd most like to get a glimpse of how He sees the Big Picture. I mean, I think Judy touches on that, above. There are so many things in the world we simply can't understand--the sad things. Conversely, I'm amazed time and again by how often He gets me out of jams. So I guess I don't quite understand what seem like uneven blessings sometimes, too.

Marianne, thanks for reading The Perfect Blend. I hope you enjoyed it!

Jennifer said...

The trinity. I believe the three are one and would like to know them all more closely.



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