Cara Putman+Mackinac Island+Book Giveaway

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Happy Monday to you. I have all my advice giving out of my system, so let us move on to gentler topics.
Today I'm happy to have friend and wonder-woman Cara C. Putman on the blog. Cara is a wife, mom, ACFW board member, attorney, professor, author, blogger, and she makes Martha Stewart look lazy. She's also one of the most positive, encouraging people I know.

-1Cara has a new book out, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Stay tuned til the end of the post where I'll give you instructions on how to win a copy. Here is the back cover copy of the novel:

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?

J: I have never been to Mackinac Island, though I've heard wonderful things about it. I'm sure your book is like a mini-vacation there. Tell us about the setting and why you chose it.
C: Mackinac Island transports visitors back to a time that is slower-paced. Travel is by horse drawn carriage (what's more romantic?!), bike (a bike for 2 sounds pretty romantic to me!), or by foot (stroll quaint streets? Sign me up!) In my mind Mackinac is a perfect place to escape for a long weekend or second honeymoon, so it became a great setting for a novel.

J: Sounds very quaint indeed. So your main character, Alanna Stone, is an attorney, as are you. Tell us what you like about this character. How are you different?
C: She's working the big cases, and I'm working estate planning and adoptions. I love litigation, but it's just not a good fit at this stage of my life. I can't go to court at the whim of a judge and homeschool my kids. So I live trials vicariously through my characters like Alanna.

J: This novel is a love story involving old flames. I LOVE that plot–where the hero and heroine were once a couple long ago, it didn't end well, and years later are thrown together again. How does this play out in the book?
C: In Mackinac Island, they had a high school love that both thought would carry them into the future. Then a tragedy happens, and Alanna runs. When she's forced to come back, she moves into her childhood home–next door to Jonathan. This forces them to confront their mistakes. The question is whether their old love will ignite a new flame.

J: …whether an old love will ignite a new flame. That could totally be a Carrie Underwood song.
The book deals with the theme of escaping the past. Who can't relate to that to some degree?
C: Alanna has avoided the island for 11 years because of the fall-out of the past. Avoidance was her path to escape the pain. Now she's been forced home, and is faced with the choice of running…again…or seeking the truth. Like many of us, she thought running would spare her the pain. Instead, it just let it fester. Now she has to chose whether to let the truth set her free–a choice many of us face at least once in our lives.

J: Imagine that A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is a movie. Who would you cast?
C: Alanna Stone would be played by Reese Witherspoon. Jonathan Covington, her old flame, would be played by Josh Lucas. I love their look and chemistry in Sweet Home Alabama.

J: Oh, gosh, I love that movie. I could watch it again and again.
Sometimes being an author can one big sacrifice. Did you have to travel to Mackinac Island for research?
C: I did. I'd been there once about three years before the idea came to me. Then we returned while the story was really a germ of an idea. So while my husband and kids did fun things like visit Fort Mackinac, I was interviewing the chief of police to see what would happen if someone was murdered on the island.

J: Probably not every day they get tourists asking those kinds of questions. Cara, you're also doing some serious traveling this summer.
C: We've got the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip this summer. It means seven weeks of family togetherness. Pray for us!
But this trip is a kiss from heaven–and a reminder that God delights in giving His kids good gifts. It's been a heart-dream to do something like this with our kids, but I thought it was an impossibility. I can sense God smiling as I type that. He is so good!

J: You are an awesome contemporary writer, but I think historicals, specifically the WWII era, is where your heart is at. What's the draw of that era for you?
C: It's the romance of a time in our country where men honored women, women were stepping into new roles, and the country had pulled together in a way that affected every one. There was a clear black and white. And a generation gave it their all to fight for right. I just adore that time and those people who still insist they didn't do anything special. Seventy years later, history says something different.

J: I love that as well. There will never be another generation like that. Sadly.
So what's next for you?
C: I've got some ideas for more WWII stories, stories I can't wait to tell. I'm also working on new ideas. It's hard to go anywhere and not generate potential ideas. With three books releasing between January and May of this year, I'm also very busy spreading the word about my books.

Okay, speed round. This is where I stop being all friendly and ask the tough, hard-hitting questions your readers need to know.

1. Favorite ice cream?
French Vanilla

2. Favorite song this week?
“Alive” by Natalie Grant

3. Dream vacation?
Couple of week to tour Europe with no set itinerary

4. Your last meal would be…?
Eggplant Parmesan

5. (Let the record show she picked a VEGETABLE for her last meal) Moving on.
An object in your home that represents you?

My library of books

6. Your sister would say you are:
Nuts

7. Your husband would say you are:
An overachiever

8. Your best friend would say you are:
Committed and passionate

9. If you could travel back in time (and not to WWII), where would that be?
No fair taking out WWII! I would travel back to Queen Victoria's time. I'd love to talk to her.

10. Favorite movie?
Hard to pick one, but You've Got Mail would top the list.

11. Annoying habit?
Inability to say no.

12. Now that's a job interview answer! Well done. (Yet also true.)
Favorite TV show?
Castle, though Missing is a close second.

13. If you weren't a writer, lawyer, or teacher, you would be:
A politician. I've always had a problem with small dreams. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by, Cara! You can find this fab author at her WEBSITE.
Cara is giving away a copy of A Wedding Transpires in Mackinac Island.
Leave a comment on today's post which answers the question:
If YOU could travel back in time, where would you go and why.
You have until Sunday night at some vague time in the p.m.
Winner announced Monday, May 7th.
Can't wait to read your answers!


Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 39 comments
Suzanne Schaffer - April 30, 2012

I’d travel to the 40s. I’d love to wear the clothes, see the movies on the big screen, walk safely anywhere, and learn to do the jitterbug.

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Lynnet H. - April 30, 2012

I would travel back to the depression era so that I could spend time with my grandparents and learn more about them on their Kansas farm.

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Kristin - April 30, 2012

I’d also go back to the 1940s. =) I’m obsessed with the 30s-60s, but the 40s are my favorite. The music, the fashion, the films- it’s all perfection.

You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorites, too. =)

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Tammy - April 30, 2012

Thats a hard one…I would probably go back to Jane Austens time…Just something about all the balls and the gowns that gets my heart racing! And lets not forget about the handsome men either 😉

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Ronda - April 30, 2012

I would go back to the pre-Civil War South, as long as I didn’t have to stay long. I have a bit of a fascination with how it REALLY was. I’d like to see the Gone With the Wind time period without the gloss of fiction–both the life of a planter and the life of a slave, since both are beyond my comprehension.

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Jaquelle C. - April 30, 2012

I think I would go back to the early 20th century, the 1910s or early 20s (think Lucy Maud Montgomery). It’s just modern enough to hold some common conveniences, yet still early enough to be historic. Oh, and I would live in a big farm house that would have gables that are green and my hair would be red and there would be an extremely handsome boy at my school house who just happened to be in love with me … since of course this is an absolutely hypothetical situation 🙂

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Jess - April 30, 2012

I would be half tempted to join Cara and head off to hang out with Queen Victoria but I think I’d rather (just barely) hang out in the 60s with my then-teenage parents…what a hoot that would be!

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RivkaBelle - April 30, 2012

Hmm…While I’d dearly love to time-travel back to medieval Italy and find a hott knight (a`la Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series, hehe 😉 ), how about…WWI-ish. It’s a time that fascinates me, the clothes are awesome, and airplanes are starting to really appear. LOVE!

Also: Reese + Josh Lucas = SA-WOON!
I’d so see that movie, and I haven’t even read the book yet 😉 😀

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Abby - April 30, 2012

I’d probably pick England in the Regency Era. I don’t know much about it other than the books I’ve read, and I’d like to see whether or not life mirrors the books.

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Skyler K - April 30, 2012

I would travel to the 60s because that is when the Women’s movement and the civil rights movements were in full swing, and I would love to be amongst all of the changes that were taking place.

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jada-renee AKA cookie703 - April 30, 2012

If i could go anywhere back in time, i’d go the 1800s because i could wear big, puffy dresses without getting crazy looks from my friends, family, and strangers and mostly because i could write a book that could become a classic. it’s impossible now!

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Allison - April 30, 2012

I would also love to go to the late 1800s. I think it would be very interesting. I would also love to the 14th. My friends and I have been reading a series set in that time period, and it sounds awesome. Especially all of the chivalrous guys. 🙂

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Allie Smith - April 30, 2012

I would TOTALLY go back to the South before/during the Civil War. That is such an interesting and fascinating time period to me! I honestly can’t say enough about it. I wonder what those women went through…crying for your men out on the battlefield,trying to be brave and maintain Southern grace while yearning to see loved ones,retaining your loyalty to your family while being a Christian and understanding that slavery is wrong. If ever there was a time to take a stand no matter what the cost,that was it. I’d love to have been a part of it 🙂

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Kathy Beal - April 30, 2012

I would travel back to the time of Anne of Green Gables – late 19th century – to the time when our country (and Canada) were still agrarian, women wore gorgeous long gowns and sat in the parlor, and horses were still a large part of life. Sigh. It was a time when courtin’ was common,and men (such as Anne’s Gilbert Blythe) respected women.

Who wouldn’t want to try some Cherry Cordial? Yes – take me back – Calgon or anybody – to Matthew Cuthbert’s Green Gables farm of long ago. Please?

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Debbie K - May 1, 2012

WW2. I love the clothes, the movies and a slower life.

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Jenny - May 1, 2012

So many periods of time I’d like to go back to visit. In light of the interview and romance/love on the brain, I think I would choose the early 60s, when my parents met, started dating, and then married. They have a great marriage, so it would be fun to see how it all started. Maybe I should just rent Back to the Future 🙂

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Cara Putman - May 1, 2012

Ohhh! I loved reading your answers. Waving to the 1940s travelers. I used to think the Gone with the Wind era was terribly romantic until I realized there was no indoor plumbing. Love me a hot shower! Jess, if I figure out how to travel back to Queen Victoria, you can come with. Kathy, I still adore the Anne books! Read them so many times growing up. Over and over. I’m so much like Anne it’s kind of scary. Rivka, my daughter has read that series twice and ADORED it. And I’d love to see this book (hey, any of my books 🙂 ) as a movie. I think the WWII ones would make great Hallmark movies.

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Kate Meyer - May 1, 2012

I’d go back to early 1900’s 🙂 I’m going through a stage where I like the world and lifestyle of that time. 😀

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Brenda - May 1, 2012

As much as I love reading about other eras, I love the time in which I live. But if I could re-live my past with abating know today, I would love the chance to live life smarter and take more time to enjoy the important things in life.

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Bethany Ellis - May 1, 2012

Ah, the book sounds awesome!
I’d travel back to the Jane Austen era. I’ve always loved the idea of being in that time — well, as long as I’m one of the rich people 😉

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bookwyrm15 - May 1, 2012

I’d go to fourteenth century Italy, just because of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series! She made it sound so amazing! Except for the whole barely bathing, constant fighting, women viewed as objects thing) 🙂

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Cara Putman - May 1, 2012

I think there’s something about escaping to an earlier time. That’s what I love about Mackinac. I get to keep electricity and running water, but the pace of life slows down.

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jada-renee AKA cookie703 - May 1, 2012

during the 1800s, girls got to kick back and raise babies. i love kids and id have more time to write!!!

and Cara, i love electricity!!!!

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Heather - May 1, 2012

I would most definately go back to teh 50’s. I would love to go down the local burger joint in my poodle skirt and dance the jitterbug. Plus, everyone was so nice and fun loving then! 🙂

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Shelby - May 2, 2012

If I could go back in time (which would be pretty stinkin awesome) I would go to the late to mid 1800s (the Jane Austen-type period). The whole frilly dress/horse and carriage thing just fascinates me to no end. And maybe I would even meet a handsome young gent that would sweep me off my satin-slippered feet. *girly giggle*

Anyway, thanks for the giveaway, Jenny and Cara!
~Shelby

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Heather - May 3, 2012

I would love to go back to 1920s era England. I love the show Downton Abbey and am fascinated with English history. As a previous commenter pointed out, you would still have some modern conveniences without losing that would still be historic and give you that ‘old time’ sense.

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April - May 3, 2012

I wouldn’t go back very far – not only would I miss indoor plumbing, but also deodorant… and perhaps even bathing (shudder). I think it would be cool to travel back and witness my parents’ first date. Their story is romantic enough as it is, but to see it in person? Yeah, I’d love to be a fly on the wall.

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Amy - May 3, 2012

I would love to travel back in time to the early 1900s for many of the reasons you already. Its the era not only of Anne and Gilbert, but Betsy and Joe. Also I would have loved to participate in the women’s suffrage movement.

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Katie Steiner - May 3, 2012

If I could go anywhere I would go back to pioneer times. I want to see what it was like for those folks. I realize it would be hard but I also think in some ways it was simpler than. I want to be one of the first ones to experience new land that’s actually for sale. I want to churn butter and do some of the cooking they did back then. I’d like to use a smoke house and see an ice house.

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Marie - May 3, 2012

If it’s a long ago time, I totally agree with Katie Steiner. Pioneer time period has always amazed me. It was hard work but did seem so much more simple in day to day living.

If it’s a not so long ago time, I would choose 1970. That is when I gave birth to my son. I would be honored to repeat my life from that moment on, spending more precious time and making more wonderful memories with my sweet son and grandchildren and also with my loved ones that are no longer living. My last family member, my brother, joined the others in Heaven on Oct 09.

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Cindy Swanson - May 3, 2012

I would go back to the late 60’s/ early 70’s……I like the music from back then and life was simpler then. There are also modern conveniences. I was young then and remember that we didn’t have to worry so much back then. People cared about each other (neighbors) more than they do now.

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Leica McGill - May 3, 2012

I think I would want to travel back to about 1925. My grandparents would be a young couple. They were neat people and I think it would be very cool to meet them when they were young and starting their family. I would also get to meet their parents most of whom I really did not know because they died when I was very young. Cara sounds like another new author I need to read!!

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Laura - May 3, 2012

I would go back to 40s too. I just think that generation is amazing–grew up in Depression and fought WWII. Good people.

THe book looks cute! I’ve never read anything by Cara, so I’ll have to go amazon her…not a word, I know.

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Cara Putman - May 3, 2012

Time travel would be best if I could go a week or two at a time. Get to try out several times but always get to come back to modern conveniences!

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Rick Estep - May 3, 2012

I think going back to the Roaring ’20s and hearing all of the Big Bands would be neat.

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Cindy Huff - May 4, 2012

I would travel to the late 1800s to early 1900s southern Illinois and visit my grandparents. My grandmother died when my dad was 4 and that greatly impacted his life. I would love to know her. She was the only sibling of my great-grandparents who was born in America. She died at 34 leaving 6 children motherless.

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jada-renee AKA cookie703 - May 5, 2012

Cindy, that’s so sad. I can see why it impacted him.

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Dakota - May 7, 2012

I missed the contest deadline, but if I could go back in time, I would go to New York during the time that the Brooklyn Bridge was built. I would want to meet J. A. Roebling, who first instigated the building of the bridge

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Bailey - May 13, 2012

DUDE!!! I love Alive, that’s like my favorite song ever! Good pick!

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