Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Featurning Cara Putman's Deadly Exposure - Win a Free Copy!

This has been an exciting month for my friend, Cara Putman. She has seen the birth of two babies! The most important birth, of course, is the arrival of her third child, Rebecca, just two weeks ago. And the other birth was that of her second book to be published. Deadly Exposure is a mystery in Love Inspired's Romantic Supsense line.

Cara describes herself as “an attorney, wife, mom, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband, and my kids, that is.” In her "spare" time she serves as publicity officer for American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) and adviser to the ACFW Indiana chapter.

I had the privilege of meeting Cara several years ago in a mentoring group with ACFW. At the time she was just sticking her toe in the waters of fiction writing. While we were in that group she submitted for critiquing the manuscript that eventually became Deadly Exposure. It wasn't long before her writing career took off like a whirlwind. Within two years I watched as she was awarded her first book contract for Canteen Dreams from Barbour's Heartsong Presents imprint. It's been exciting to watch Cara's career blossom and grow.

Now I have another privilege! Being able to be a part of Cara's blog tour for Deadly Exposure. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed in this fast-paced mystery that takes place in Lincoln, Nebraska. Imagine attending an Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Cats and discovering after the first act that the woman in an adjoining box was murdered while you were entranced by the music on stage. That's what happens to television reporter, Dani Richards. Imagine when the police come to investigate the murder and the lead investigator is the same man you were romantically involved with ten years earlier. That's what happens to Dani Richards. Imagine that someone doesn't want you to find out who murdered the woman and will go to any extreme to make sure you are silenced. That's what happens to Dani Richards. The tension and excitement oozes from nearly every page of this story. A story you won't want to miss!

I'm very excited that Cara agreed to answer a few questions for Writer's Journey. So without further ado let's proceed. At the end you will find instructions for signing up for a drawing to receive a signed copy of Deadly Exposure from Cara. So be sure to read to the end!

  1. Where did you get the idea of the story?
    My husband and I were driving across the Midwest, brainstorming ideas for a book. I knew I wanted it to be suspense, and I was pretty sure I wanted it to be set in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then I also thought I wanted the heroine to be a television reporter. With that background, I tried to think of unusual places for a reporter to find a body. And the germ of an idea was born.

  1. How much as the story changed from the first inception?
    The original germ remained the same. However, the antagonist changed -- in the last 20 pages. I was praying about how to wrap up the story, and God whispered that it should go one direction. As I went back through the book, I realized many of the seeds had already been planted, and the change worked really well. I also had to cut a couple characters as it went from a stand-alone to Love Inspired Suspense size.

  1. How much does your legal experience as an attorney help in writing a romantic mystery?
    In this book it didn't necessarily hurt or really help. But if I get to write the next two books in this series, my background as an attorney will be critical, since both involve heroines who are attorneys. And my longer suspense ideas all involve the law in some facet.

  1. How much research did you have to do for this story?
    Because I lived in Lincoln while I went to college at UNL and still go through Lincoln a couple times a year, I didn't have to do hardly any setting research. I also worked at a TV station while I was in college, so didn't need much on that either. The research was more on details and the police in Lincoln. For example, detectives are called investigators.

  1. You use the play “Cats” as an integral part of this story. Was there a reason you chose that play over another? Did you have to get permission from the producers of “Cats” to use the play?
    I didn't because it's mentioned at the beginning and in a favorable light. I specifically chose the play because I didn't think there was anything that would offend most of my readers in the play. It's also one of my all-time favorites...kind of like Dani LOL

  1. Are you planning a sequel to this story?
    Yes. I'm just waiting to hear if Love Inspired Suspense likes it. And if I get to write book two, Tricia Jamison is the main character with Dani and Caleb back as strong supporting characters. And in book three Logan Collins will be back as the hero (can't wait to write his story!), and Dani and Caleb will have another subplot. It's been fun to see which characters resonate with readers. And they have definite opinions about who they want to see more of.

  1. Anything else in your writing arsenal unrelated to this story that we can look forward to?
    Book two in my Nebraska World War Two romances released in May as well. And I am getting ready to start book one in the Ohio World War Two series...both with Heartsong Presents.

  1. You’ve just welcomed a new baby to your family. How does a busy mom like yourself find time to write novels?
    I don't get much sleep :-) My writing has to occur after the older kids are in bed, so after 9 p.m. And I'm still figuring out the schedule with the new baby, so we're trying to be flexible as I write two books this summer!

Thank you, Cara. You are one busy and talented lady! And thank you for providing a signed book for the winner of my drawing.

If you want to be in on the drawing for Deadly Exposure please leave a comment to this post ALONG WITH YOUR CONTACT INFO SO I CAN CONTACT YOU.

The drawing will take place Wednesday, June 4, 2008.


stampedwithgrace said...

I'd love to win Cara's book!
it sounds great :)

Grateful Gramma said...

Sounds like my kind of book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

windycindy said...

Hi, I like the "Love Inspired" Suspense books and I think Cara is wonderful. A good suspense story line is one of my most favorites to read!
Please enter me in your book drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi

Pamela J said...
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luv2read said...

Enter me in the contest. Sounds like a good summer read. spowell01(at)bellsouth(dot)net

tetewa said...

I enjoy the Love Inspired line, and would love to be able to read this one! tWarner419@aol.com

Carolynn W. said...

Thanks for taking the time to do the interview for us! Congrats on your babies :)!
I would love to read your book, thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald at hotmail dot com

Courtney said...

I would love to read this book! Sounds wonderful! I'm not sure I still remember my blogger login, so my address is courtneyrwalsh@gmail.com if you need it! :) (And I hope you do!)

*Side note, Pam, I sent you an email about ACFW but it bounced back, do you mind emailing me when you get a chance? Thank you!! :)

Cara Putman said...

Thanks for commenting everyone. I wish I could give a copy to everyone. Good luck, and check your local Wal-Marts and grocery stores if you don't win.

petite said...

What a great giveaway. It would be wonderful to read this unique novel. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Pamela J said...

I wrote a comment earlier about this book, it said: "I've been excited about this book since the first time I saw it." but I deleted it because I won the book from another blog. Thanks to you, Pam and Cara for the time and work you put into these drawings. I can hardly wait to get the book!
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Naomi said...

Can aussies enter this comp or is it only for US and Canada?

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing.


Kathy Carlton Willis said...

Congrats to Cara on her two new babies! I'd love to "adopt" a copy of her book baby, so pick me for your contest! Thanks so much for all you do, Pam. If I win, contact me at: willisway at aol dot com.

Beth said...

Please enter me in the contest.

Susan Page Davis said...

I'd love to read this book! Please enter me in the drawing.

Stacey said...

Oooooh! Please count me in. Romance and suspense are my two favorites...


bigguysmama said...

I enjoyed your questions. They were different than most and gave a great perspective!

I'd love a chance to win Cara's book. Thanks!


mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! Please enter me in the drawing.


Karin said...

Would love to be entered in the drawing--thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great interview! I love romantic suspense books. Please enter me in the drawing.

Deborah Piccurelli

Carolynn W. said...

I love the cover of this book...can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Pam Meyers said...

Thanks to all of you who left a comment! I'll be drawing a name in a short while and will announce the winner.

Someone asked if Aussies can be in the contest. I wish I could say yes, but from what I've learned about postage costs to Australia and other far off places, I will have to restrict participants to US only. :-)

Cheryl Shryack said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds really great. Here is my email address shryackmom@charter.net Thank you for entering me.

Pam Meyers said...

Aw, shucks, Cheryl. I drew the winner's name this morning before you posted a comment. Guess you missed the announcement that was made this morning.

I'll be having other drawings, so please check back from time to time. Thanks for entering!