Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TIMELESS TREASURES - Cara Putman - Free Book

Welcome back to my blog, Cara. How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Patchwork Mysteries is a series from Guidepost. Because I’m one of six authors, my editors give me a general idea of what they want the mystery in the book to be, then I get to flesh that out and bring my personal take and touches to the story. This one involves a map that was created that leads to a World War II era treasure. It was a lot of fun to plot and write.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

I would love to host a party like this! Jenny Jones would top the list because I love her heart for God, her southern sass, and her amazing writing. Then I’d add Susan Meissner who writes life-changing stories that tie the past with the present. Rachel Hauck has an amazing heart of worship plus a great laugh, so I’d invite her along with her bud Susie May Warren. Add in Robin Caroll with her wonderful southern suspense and dear friend Colleen Coble, and it would be a full and delightful party.

I would really want to be a party crasher there, and you'd need me to even out the numbers. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

There’s no question I’d start with Tricia Goyer because I love her World War Two stories and heart for people. Then I’d have to invite Dan Walsh and his wife Cindy. I was so thrilled when he had double wins in the Carol Awards last week – well deserved! Then I’d invite Julie Klassen because she makes a time period I never thought I’d like (Regency) come to marvelous life. And can’t forget DeeAnne Gist—for her amazing books and awesome laugh. I’d also invite Bodie Thoene since she inspired me to write World War Two books, and I’d ask you to join us as well since I so enjoyed Love Finds You in Golden, NM.

Thank you. I'm glad you like it. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?

Writing proposals. I’m blessed to have several editors interested in working with me. The bane of my writing existence is actually crafting the proposals to turn my ideas into something tangible they can sell in house. I dread that process, but it’s a necessary step.

I'm not enamored with writing proposals either. Tell us about the featured book.

Patchwork Mysteries is a brand new series about a quilter who pieces together all kinds of mysteries. Set against the backdrop of a small New England town, these books will draw you in and keep you guessing all the way to the end. Timeless Treasures is the fourth installment in the series and focuses on Sarah Hart’s efforts to unravel the story behind an unusual quilt she buys at an auction. Could it lead to a treasure?

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter One

Sarah hurried onto her front porch outside, pulling her collar tight against the bite of the Massachusetts November wind. Her daughter-in-law Maggie stopped in her steps on the sidewalk. “Eager to leave?” Maggie asked.

“Hoping to keep you in the warmth of your truck,” Sarah said. A sliver of wind trickled down her neck, and Sarah shivered. Maybe today wasn’t the best day to head to an estate auction. A couple of days ago, Maggie had shown her the newspaper ad for the sale at the old Haber farm, and at the time, the sun had shone for five or six days and it seemed like a great idea. Now, she hoped she had enough layers on or there were enough people around her to block the wind. “Let me grab my bag from the trunk.”

Maggie must have been excited about the auction, because she could barely stand still as Sarah grabbed her purse.


“Be right there, Maggie.”

Her daughter-in-law bounced on her toes beside her red SUV. Clearly she wanted to be on the road. Sarah pulled her bag out of her car, slammed the trunk and hurried to the SUV. Maggie’s cargo area could hold lots of great finds. Add in the trailer, and if Maggie had her way, they would overflow on the return trip.

As she pulled her seatbelt on, she turned to Maggie. “Think you’ll find anything special for the store today?”

“Hope so.” Maggie shifted into drive and eased from the curb.

Sarah pasted a smile on her face as Maggie accelerated faster than necessary. “I’m sure we’ll arrive with plenty of time to scan the collection before bidding starts.” In fact, if they left too soon, they’d stand around awhile, and the cold November air could make that a bitter experience. But the weathercaster had suggested the wind would die late in the morning, leaving a perfect fall day in its wake. With Maggie’s twins at school and her husband Jason at his office, Sarah and Maggie could enjoy the sale.

“I can’t wait to find some good items today.” Maggie eased to a stop at a light, and rubbed her hands together as if already anticipating all the finds waiting for her. Sarah smiled. Days like this gave her the perfect opportunity to spend time with Maggie and get to know her better. Sarah loved this town, its people, and the pace of life, but when her son Jason and his family moved from Los Angeles earlier in the year, Maple Hill had evolved into something even more perfect for Sarah. Times like this morning, shared with her family, had transformed her life, adding a rich layer she hadn’t even realized was missing.

Maggie hummed a tune and tapped the steering wheel in time as she guided the vehicle down Maple Hill’s main street.

“Any special items you have your eye on?”

Maggie glanced at Sarah, before turning back to the road. “Why? You plan to out bid me?”

Sarah laughed. “My home is full enough. I just wondered if you had inside information.”

Maggie shook her head. “Nothing that wasn’t listed in the newspaper ad. Call it woman’s intuition. This will be a special sale.”

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They can fine me at my website and blog:, facebook at or twitter at

Thank you, Cara, for sharing on the blog today.

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Cindy W. said...

Great interview! I love Cara's work and would love to win a copy of Timeless Treasures. Thanks for the chance.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


apple blossom said...

I'd love to be included in Timeless Treasures' giveaway.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Annette W. said...

Timeless Treasures sounds great! Please include me in the giveaway!

Patsy said...

This book sounds great. Cover is so pretty. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Deborah said...

I love these Guideposts books although I wish they were available in stores and not just mail order. Hopefully I can win because otherwise I will probably never be able to read this book!

Anonymous said...

a great posting...please count me in..thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Robyn said...

Cara, this book sounds like one to puruse and cherish.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

grannyvon said...

Great interview I would love to win Timeless Treasures. Thanks for the chance to win it. The title just grabs you.

Casey said...

Oh, another book by Cara! I am working on reading all of them here pretty soon. :) Would love to be entered here, thank you!

Sue said...

Thank you for this chance to win this book. It is apprecaited.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read Timeless Treasures.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

cynthia said...

This sounds like a fun series of books to read. I love to read stories like these. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for having the book drawing.

Cara Putman said...

Thanks for all the comments. I hope the winner enjoys the book! It was fun to write.

Anonymous said...

I love her books...please enter me. Thanks!!!!

Janna said...

Please include me in the giveaway for this book - I still haven't gotten to read it yet :-)

Janna ryanx6 at msn dot com

Jolene said...

Would love to win a copy of Timeless Treasures

Theresa N. said...

Great party guest list.
Theresa N

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book, love quilts any way so it is great that a quilt holds the key to the puzzle.

Thank you for this opportunity.


Anonymous said...

I grew up with quilts and would love to read Timeless Treasures.
Kaye Whitney

kristen said...

What a great plot! Thanks for the interview:)

Julia M. Reffner said...

I love WWII era books. Count me in.


Maureen said...

Great interview! I loved the first page! Now I need to find out all that they buy at the auction! Please include me in this giveaway!

A J Hawke said...

First page is intriguing. Like their going on a treasure hunt. Need to read the book to find out what they find.

Please include me in the draw,

A J Hawke

Anne Payne said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Cara's book. Sounds like a great one!

Bakersdozen said...

I want to read this book.

rubynreba said...

Timless Treasures looks like a very enjoyable book.

Cara Putman said...

Just a couple notes. Cracks me up that my mom and sister dropped by since they hadn't seen the book yet. And it's not a WWII book, but I learned through writing this book and book ten in the series, that WWII tidbits will creep in to my writing. Happened with both books. :-)

Tammy G. said...

I lov Cara Putnam's work! Would like to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and great interviews!


Megan said...

What a fun series! Thanks Lena!


Melissa M. said...

Looks interesting! Please enter me.