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Monday, April 2, 2012

Cara Putman and Free Books!

PhotobucketHer worst fears are realized and history repeats itself—landing her in the midst of a murder investigation.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Echoes of Titanic, by Mindy and John Stark, is:

lgm52@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book 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 visit with Cara Putman, author of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island (Barbour, April 2012).

PhotobucketCara 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.

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

-- I’m headed on a grand adventure with my family this summer.

-- I grew up working in my family’s restaurants: we’ve owned six in the Runza chain at various times.

-- I swam the 200 m. butterfly several times in competition because no one else from my team would.

-- I’m the kind of mom who has to discipline my kids by taking the books away from them.

-- I’m a graduate of in the Indiana FBI’s Citizens’ Academy.

It will be exciting to see if your grand adventure shows up in any future stories!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island.

PhotobucketAttorney 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.

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

Alanna is forced to confront her past or turn her back on her family. She shows strength by going home and then having to make another decision that will have lasting effects on her family. She’s willing to do the right thing even when it hurts.

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

PhotobucketAlanna Stone would be played by Reese Witherspoon.

PhotobucketAnd Jonathan Covington would be played by Josh Lucas.

Oh! I just realized they played opposite each other in Sweet Home, Alabama! They do look nice together.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

Digging deeper. I’m in a season where I keep hearing that I need to go deeper. It’s work, but I’m committed to the process of becoming an ever better writer.

I hear you. I've been reading more classics lately, and I feel challenged to write a better novel than I have so far. What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 

Oh my! It’s always so hard to answer this question. I really enjoyed Janice Thompson’s Stars Collide – the humor was brilliant. I devoured Randy Singer’s The Last Plea Bargain. He is a MASTER at legal suspense. Absolutely brilliant.

What are you working on now?

Going deeper on a WWII proposal that starts with women pilots. From there the series would spin off to related stories. I love the research and development aspects, but am so eager to write this series!

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me all over the web ☺

Website: www.caraputman.com
Blog: blog.caraputman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/caraputman
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cara_putman
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/caraputman

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

265359: A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

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

You’re engrossed in a book and hear a siren sound. Do you keep reading just one more page, or toss the book to the side and dive for cover?

Thanks, 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 Monday, April 9. 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.

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Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


by Pegg Thomas said...

I toss and dive. Married to a police officer for too many years to ignore a siren. :)

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Nancye said...

Depends on what kind of siren & how close! Tornado-- duck & cover, far away police/EMS siren--keep reading, siren of any kind in front of my house--check it out! Thanks for he giveaway!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

lgm52 said...

I'd have to toss the book (temporarily) and see where the sound was coming from and what it was for!

Jackie S. said...

I think I would have to toss the book....but would get back to it as soon as possible. Love to read and am anxious to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Since we live in Tornado Alley, I definitely would lay the book down and run to the downstairs closet. That's our place for shelter from a tornado.

Your book sounds really interesting.

Thanks for having the drawing.


Jennifer said...

I would and have taken the book I'm reading with me! :)
Thanks for sharing your life and books with us and I hope you have a great adventure!

beemama said...

Like Nancye, if the siren is a tornado alert, I move. Living in the Deep South I have learned not to ignore weather sirens.
As to the other types of sirens, I stop and pray for those involved and then continue reading.

apple blossom said...

keep reading of course.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

Why the choice between tossing and continue reading? i'd take it with me and read while waiting for the siren to either go quiet, or for me to find out the emergency!

Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway, Trish. Fool Cara, and find her very interesting.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

squiresj said...

Hello Cara - a favorite author I like. I would not by any means toss the book aside. I could not dive for cover as I have no where to go in my house. But if I had to I would take the book with me and grab a flashlight. I would read while waiting for the all clear.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Abigail Richmond said...

Well I live in the country, so don't hear it much, but when I do I usually peek out the window to see what it is.

Pam K. said...

As others have mentioned, it would depend on what kind of siren sounded. If it was just an ambulance or police siren, I'd keep on reading. If it was a tornado siren, I'd take cover in the basement but take the book with me! If it was a great book, I sure wouldn't want to risk losing it.


Nancee said...

I hear so many sirens every day that I'd just keep on reading, especially if it was about a wedding on Mackinac Island!!! I live in Michigan and have spent many wonderful times on the island. Thank you for offering this contest!

Judy said...

No problem. Being the avid reader that I am and when reading a book I am so engrossed in it I can't even tell when my husband is talking to me. So, I would just keep right on reading siren or not!


Cara Putman said...

I love reading your reactions! Thanks for playing, ladies! I'd grab the book and read it while waiting out the storm.

Sarah's Thoughts said...

I love this interview what a fun way to learn about the person who writes the books I read thank you both

misskallie2000 said...

I would not throw my book down but take it with me. Depending on what kind of siren then act accordingly. Once calm/over would start reading again.
Great interview ladies.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Trish Perry said...

Yeah, other than my house alarm, most sirens wouldn't budge me right in the middle of a terrific book. But I'm a major scaredy cat about tornados and such, so if there were warnings to that effect, I wouldn't have picked the book up in the first place, except to bring it into the closet to distract myself!

Thanks for visiting, Cara! Looking forward to the drawing.

Lane Hill House said...



Brenda said...

Close the book and head for safety...but the book goes with me!

CarlybirdK said...

I think I would at least finish the paragraph, then run for cover. Taking the book with me, of course.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I would find the nearest "stopping point" and then dive for cover. Actually, I'd round up my five kids and find cover...taking the book with me! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


Gail said...

Thanks for sharing about the book! Cara, you sound like a very busy woman. If it is a tornado siren, I'd run for my closet, the closest I have to a shelter in my house. I'd probably toss the book and grab my dog.

bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

Cara Putman said...

I hope none of us experience one of these situations this year. Though if you have to wait out a storm, a good book, flashlight, and safe place are essentials.

Marla said...

I would dive for cover.

Angie Adair said...

Wow, lol. I should say that I would do the wise thing and hurry to safety......but if it's an awesome book...who knows until it happens! LOL Angie in IL

Anonymous said...

I love Mackinac Island and love the thought of a good mystery happening on the Island! Pam @ rnpbarry@juno.com

Anonymous said...

If the siren was a storm alert, I'd hold the book tightly and grab a flashlight as I ran for cover. Why not keep the mind occupied while the storm continues?

Patricia ONeal said...

If the siren was a storm alert, I'd hold the book tightly and grab a flashlight as I ran for cover. Why not keep the mind occupied while the storm continues?

My comment posted without a name. So...I am trying again.

Anonymous said...

I'd take the book with me. Books are good for more than just reading you know. You might use it as a pillow, a fan, or just something to ruffle through so your hands keep busy and keep you from stressing too much about the siren. If all else fails, read it. :)


Bethany said...

I'd read as I walked outside. My rule of thumb, always have a book in hand! Haha...

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Andi said...

I would take the book and go for cover! Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great!
radiantlyte at gmail dot com

Jo said...

Knowing me the book would come with me while I ran for cover. I don't go anywhere without a book.


Merry said...

If I felt I was in peril, I would grab the book and run. I always have a book wherever I go!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Jess said...

One more sentence, maybe. My rule-following self would not allow my book-loving self to have the pleasure of a whole page! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

jess dot lex9 at gmail dot come

Nyrays said...

accustomed to hearing sirens. I probably just keep reading.

sharyn@ sugarpyhuny@aol.com

Randi said...

I think the problem for me is whether or not I HEAR the siren. If I'm really engrossed in the story, I may not notice anything else! With that said, there have been too many devastating storms in recent times. If I do hear the siren, I'm definitely taking cover...but I'll probably have the book with me!


Anonymous said...

I would most likely keep reading for we have so many sirens blowing. And, when I check, it always finishes with, "This is only a test", This is only a test." Please enter me in the contest. Maxie ( mac262me.com )



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