It's my pleasure to welcome Cara Putman to Ink Dots this week, and celebrate the upcoming release of her latest book, Shadowed By Grace. Cara's the award winning author of 17 novels. You can learn more about her and her books at www.caraputman.com. You can read the first chapters of all her books (including Captive Dreams) there. Her next novel, Shadowed by Grace, releases on January 1 ~ just in time for Christmas gift cards. You can connect with Cara on
Shadowed by Grace
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 what will become the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon enough she will find more than she ever imagined—in war, in love, and in God.
If I could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be...Florence! I am dying to go see so many of the places that I wrote about in Shadowed by Grace. While I’ve been to London, the French Rivera and Germany, I’ve yet to spend any time in Italy, and dream of traveling in Tuscany. Oh... can I carry your bags to Florence? Anywhere in Europe sounds wonderful to this far-away Aussie.
One thing I enjoyed today is...Spending time with my kiddos and husband. Our lives are very busy so being able to connect and have fun together is very important to me.
A secret pleasure of mine is...finding the perfect gift for my friends. I love finding something different and unique for them that lets me know I see them and what they love.
A moment that changed my life is...when my husband asked me to marry him. He’s been my staunchest cheerleader on each crazy adventure I undertake. Whether it’s writing, teaching at a major American university or going back to school for yet another degree, he supports me in all the ways he can.
When I was a child I wanted to...be a writer, but didn’t think it could happen. Along my journey several authors have encouraged me and God has opened some pretty amazing doors for me. I’m so grateful for the way He took a long-held dream and breathed life into it and blessed it.
I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but...I don’t like chocolate. Really. Well, at Christmas time I love the Hershey kisses that are white chocolate and peppermint, but my husband insists that’s not real chocolate! I'm sure there's enough choc-a-holics out there to take your share of the real stuff, Cara. :)
Whether you're a lover of chocolate, or not... I'm sure you'll love to sink your teeth into Cara's Shadowed by Grace, early in 2014. Tell us about your favourite Christmas treat in the comments below and you'll be in with a chance to win your own copy.
My all-time favourite is my mother's Christmas stollen. Loaded with aromatic spices and dried fruit, I wish she made it all year round.
Good luck and happy reading,