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Monday, May 28, 2012

Cara Putman and Free Books!

PhotobucketJoin a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with cautious Reagan and her quite different friends.

Today we're visiting again with novelist Cara Putman, whose latest novella is featured in the collection, Rainbow's End (Barbour, May 2012).

Tell us about yourself, Cara. Photobucket

I graduated from high school at sixteen, college at 20, and completed my law degree when I was 27. My writing journey started in 2005 when I decided to write my first novel. Now I have fourteen books published with more on the way.

People say I've accomplished a lot and that I must have life by the proverbial tail. Hardly! I grew up as a homeschooled kid when homeschoolers were misunderstood and oddities. I struggle with balancing my writing and law career, plus being a good mom and wife.

I often fear people won't like my books. I've walked through the deep pain of miscarriage. Really, I'm just like you – I don't have it all together and have gone through tough times. But in His strength, I've discovered a strength I never knew I had. A strength I want you to discover, too. In the end I'm just an ordinary mom who has seen God do some wonderful things as I've been obedient to step into the calling He's led me into.

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

--I’m on a grand adventure.

--My husband had enough vacation time to join us! Yippee!

--We spent the weekend in Frankfurt.

--I attended my first medieval tournament.

--And went to a recreation of Roman ruins that is older than many places in the U.S.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novella.

Photobucket Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with Lyssa, the reluctant volunteer whose former nemesis is now her chief sponsor; Madison, a city girl paired with an outdoorsy guy who gets on her very last nerve; Hadley, who doesn't know enough about guys to realize she's met a womanizer; and cautious Reagan, who meets an equally cautious guy.

Will they find the treasure they're looking for ... or something else entirely? '

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

Reagan is a woman who knows what she wants and then life throws her a curveball. As a result she has to adjust, and learns that her plans aren’t always the best after all. I think many of us have been in that place…one where we have to learn to let go and in a sense see if we can truly trust God with our now and future.

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

PhotobucketI’d cast Reagan as an Anne Hathaway. She’s pretty in a quiet way, with an intense air to her.

PhotobucketFor Colton…I think I’d go with Chris O’Donnell. Colton is a no-nonsense kind of guy who likes being outside but also wants to do something meaningful with his life.

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

The Zany Adventures of the Putman Clan.

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

I just finished the The Homesteader's Sweetheart by my friend Lacy Williams. It was a fun, engaging historical set in 1890s Wyoming. And I’m currently reading The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman, a contemporary with a ghost undertone. Very different, but equally good read.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m recharging my batteries and waiting to hear on a proposal that is at committee. Praying good things come for that WWII series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me many places:
My website: www.caraputman.com
My blog: blog.caraputman.com

I love interacting with readers on all of these platforms.

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

266868: Rainbow"s End: Missouri

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

What is your idea of a perfect escape or holiday with your family? Does it involve a nice hotel and pampering? Relaxed side trips to museums? Or do you like interacting with the outdoors?

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, June 7. 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.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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.


Cara Putman said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Trish. I always love stopping by!

Marvin and Teresa said...

Wow. That question could have so many potential answers. We love to be pampered(or maybe that is just me), go camping and have thrilling times at parks or museums. We love spending time with each other in all venues. I think just separating ourselves from the everyday makes us appreciate all that the Lord has provided. Thank you Cara for your time and God given talents. Teresa tmwarren4@gmail.com

Deborah M said...

Hi Cara,

I've read your books and have seen you around on the blogs. It is good to learn a little about you. Wow - you were on the fast track to a career. A lawyer and a writer, mom and wife. You really have a plate full in life.

My favorite place to visit is the mountains. Of course, I like to stay in a hotel, etc. One thing I've learned is that a lot of the state parks have really nice lodges so you can have a great place to stay and then you can go hiking or go outdoors.

Deborah Malone
debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

We moved three summers ago to be in the middle of our children in a long day's drive! Just getting together is so nice. They live in three states.

Nancee said...

One of my favorite vacations is visiting beautiful areas all throughout Michigan, both the lower and upper peninsulas, and Mackinac Island. I've lived here all my life, but I never tire of the beauty that our state has to offer, from the pristine sandy beaches of Lake Michigan to rocky cliffs above Lake Superior, Taquamenon Falls, Lake of the Clouds, the forests and the miles and miles of orchards. I could go on for hours, describing the beauty that I've shared with my family for so many years. I'm blessed to live in one of God's most beautiful creations!
Oh, by the way, thank you for the wonderful review and for offering this giveaway! I got carried away!!! LOL!

Nancee said...

I also forgot to leave my email address properly!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Trish for the opportunity to meet another author and the chance to read one of her books.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...

I forgot to answer cara's question. I love the birthdays and Holidays, which gives me the opportunity to see more of my family. I have 4 kids, 12 grandkids, and 15 greats, (soon to be 17. And, of cocurse they are all busy, so I'm thankful for any precious time we can gather as a family. I also have two stepkids. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Hi Cara! I am all about the nice hotels and pampering, and a beach is a plus. :-) I also love museums and historic sites. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your novella!


Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

What is your idea of a perfect escape or holiday with your family? Does it involve a nice hotel and pampering? Relaxed side trips to museums? Or do you like interacting with the outdoors?

I think the idea is a lot of family together time! I can't do the outdoorsy b/c of health issues, but do love outdoor dining alfresco w/ moon and stars above us :)
and hotels for the warmth and ease for me are pretty much a necessity rather than luxury :) but we do manage to enjoy being w/ ea other including shopping outlets or antiquing or charity shops.. along with activities that allow all of our participation. Great question!
A pleasure spending time with you, Cara and Trish!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

darn , sorry, missed this addon
faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

Abigail Richmond said...

My family and I don't go on Vacations very often, and when we do we don't usually stay in a Hotel.

Merry said...

I would love a family vacation (kids, grandkids, ect.) in a cabin in the mountains or at a beach cottage. It would be awesome to explore, play and relax!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

we love museums and hotels

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cara Putman said...

Love reading your posts. We're all so different in what we like. Love the diversity!

squiresj said...

This is an author I know and love and have reviewed books for. When I go visit my daughter and family in June, I look forward to a trip to the aquarium again. See I am taking her sister this time and she has not seen her baby. So time with family is best.

Carolyn Boyles said...

What is your idea of a perfect escape or holiday with your family? Does it involve a nice hotel and pampering? Relaxed side trips to museums? Or do you like interacting with the outdoors?

My husband and I are the "antiques, old houses, and museums" sort. We like visiting junk shops, famous old houses, and any kind of museum.

We like a nice hotel, but we're not the 5-star hotel types either.

It's the opportunity for a change of scene and the chance to spend time together that we love. We have been married for 29 years and we still want to be with each other as much as we did when we first met.

My husband has gone metal detecting, but we've never gone geocaching.

We live near the Ozarks so anything set in the Ozarks interests me.

authorboyles at swbell.net

authorboyles at swbell.net

Bethany said...

I love to visit the beach with my family-- some beach time, some down time to read, fun times with my cousins.. :)

I'd love to win this-- cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Thank you!

Ladette Kerr said...

Any of the above! We just love to be together as a family... especially when it's a trip away from home (we don't get those often enough!).



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