For new writers it can be tricky to know what to focus on. In a sea of rules and guidelines, what are the most important elements to perfect first? This week I’m teaching a continuing education session at ACFW, so I asked readers what they would tell new writers if they had the chance. This was a savvy group of responses. I hope you find it helpful! Want to write compelling #fiction? @cara_putman shares 11 tips from readers. #amwriting Click To Tweet Description: One thing that is a drawback for me is if I feel like the writer could say something very simply, but I can tell that they are trying to use more words or fancier words, than are necessary. It is one thing to paint an image or convey an idea with strong vocabulary, but another if you are trying to force something that isn’t really there… don’t try to just fill a page or use complicated vocabulary if that doesn’t come naturally to you. Think about your audience and think about how you would tell the...
Cherry Blossom Capers: A Novella Collection (January 2012) Four women encounter love, danger, and mystery beyond their neighborhood near Washington D.C. Tara Whitley, assistant chef at the White House, helps FBI agent Jack Courtland unmask a state-dinner saboteur. Attorney Ciara Turner and her nemesis Daniel Evans investigate a judge’s murder. Archeologist intern Samantha Steele almost loses her nerve and children when she and security guard Nick Porter investigate a forgery at Mount Vernon. Coffee shop owner Susan Holland and builder Vince Martini encounter danger in her late uncle’s mansion. Can these couples trust God with their lives and love as they track down killers and culprits? In this book I got to join three writing friends as we created a series of connected stories about four friends who live on the same cul-de-sac. The truly fun part was we based their neighborhood off of Fairlington Village in Arlington, VA, a place I lived for several years. My heroine just happens to live in my old townhouse! Publisher: Barbour A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island (April 2012) Can the truth set Alanna Stone free? Attorney Alanna Stone has never forgotten Jonathon Covington–or the pain of his betrayal. In fact, he’s...Read More
Fort Robinson remains a wonderful state park tucked in the far northwestern corner of Nebraska. If you ever have the chance to visit, take the detour and explore a base rich in history from the days Custer through World War Two. Many building are still standing, and the museum’s curator Thomas Bueckner is a wealth of knowledge about the history of the Fort. I’d love to hear from you, so email me your...Read More
Shadowed by Grace Readers looking for a glimpse into an unusual facet of World War II will especially enjoy Putman’s newest tale of love and history—about the Monuments Men, who crossed Europe seeking to preserve its artistic heritage in the wake of war’s devastation. –Publisher’s Weekly “With an authentic knowledge of World War II history, a gentle hand of artistry, and a heart for true love, Cara Putman has written a story that stole my heart.” —Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of The Winnowing Season Shadowed by Grace transports you into a story that will captivate you from the start. A masterful blend of history, fiction, and thrilling romance. –Jenny B. Jones, Award-winning author of Save the Date A WWII love story at its absolute best! Cara Putman artfully weaves real history and fiction with a deft pen, taking her readers on a journey not soon forgotten. —Tamera Alexander, best selling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression Set against the backdrop of World War II, this book is action-packed and fast paced but hugely romantic. Well researched and tightly written, Shadowed by Grace takes us right into the fray and doesn’t let go until the last kiss. Beautiful! —Lenora Worth—NY Times Bestselling...Read More
Shadowed by Grace “With an authentic knowledge of World War II history, a gentle hand of artistry, and a heart for true love, Cara Putman has written a story that stole my heart.” –Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of The Winnowing Season She found peace in a time of war. Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew, an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive at such a desperate time. In her quest, Rachel becomes involved with the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon she will find more than she ever imagined—in war, in love, and in God. Coming January...Read More
Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. The refrain beat a steady tempo through Alanna Stone’s mind as she dragged up the gangplank to the ferry where it rocked in the early morning light at the St. Ignace’s dock. She avoided gazing to her right in the direction of Mackinac Island. A place of beauty and peace to many, it symbolized all the harshness that could shimmer beneath the surface in a small town. She’d sworn never to return and honored that vow for eleven years. Now? Now she abandoned her firmly held avoidance to help her parents. A wave rocked the boat, and she bobbled as she struggled to stay steady on more than her feet. A man in the green polo that bore the Arnold Transport Company logo steadied her with a smile. “You’ll find your sea legs in no time.” “Good thing, since the trip’s so short.” He laughed and nodded. “About fifteen minutes.” How could she tell him she wished it lasted fifteen months or years? That time would freeze, and she’d stay on this side of the lake? Seagulls cawed as they took to the air and swooped around the boat. Fifteen...Read More
Shadowed by Grace
“I hope you know what you’re doing, Justice.”
“I do.” She put as much force behind the word as she could without shouting.
He leaned back in his chair, unlit cigar poised to punctuate a thought. “You’ve got talent. A way with that camera.”
She stroked the case, feeling as if it extended from her, a natural extension.
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