Friday, August 24, 2012

A trip to Mackinac Island with Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson

Today I get to share a couple of books about Mackinac Island, then and now. Cara Putman has written a book set in contemporary times, full of mystery, suspense and romance. Melanie Dobson has written a historical romance set in the same place. How fun! I have read A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island and I was thrilled at just how full of mystery it was, much more than just a contemporary romance - I loved it. I have been looking forward to reading Love Finds You in Mackinac Island and I hope to get it on my To Be Read pile soon! Enjoy!

Mackinac Island. It’s a magical place that allows you to step back in time from the moment you first step off the ferry. Authors Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson have teamed up for a tour of the island, now and then. Comment at each stop for a chance to win a copy of one of their books set on Mackinac Island. You’ll find the list of stops here. Share the tour on twitter, Facebook, pinterest and other places, and you’ll gain extra entries for the grand prize of a copy of each of their books and a 5 slice box of Murdick’s Fudge, straight from Mackinac Island. Just be sure to email Cara at, so she can record your entries. The grand prize winner will be drawn August 27, 2012.

Today we're talking fudge. Who doesn't like the slightly gooey texture and sweetness of a slice of fudge. Mackinac Island is famous for its fudge. Here's more on this sweet delicacy.

One thing Mackinac Island is known for is its fudge. As I evaluated what elements to add to the story, fudge had to be part of it. The island has many fudge shops. Lucky for us Murdick’s has donated a 5-slice package to the grand prize basket. Yummy! One problem came as I incorporated fudge into my story…a key event in the mystery occurs there. My Facebook friends helped me come up with the perfect name for my fudge shop: I’m Not Sharing. And once you’ve walked into a shop, smelled the sweet scents and tasted a free sample, you’ll agree…the fudge is too good to share!

I’m with Cara—the fudge on Mackinac Island is amazing! The main island trade, locals like to say, has evolved over the years from fur (and fishing) to fudge. The tradition of making fudge on Mackinac began after the Civil War, and more than ten thousand pounds are now made on the island each year. I chose to feature Murdick’s Fudge in my novel because they’ve been making candy and fudge since 1887.

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island:

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? Read the first chapter here.

Love Finds You on Mackinac Island:

As the Gilded Age comes to a
close, Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune. The
Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they
spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor.
Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends
her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets
Chase, a handsome laborer who invites her to watch the ships from an
abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to
solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary. As Elena falls
in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her
to Chester Darrington, the island's most eligible bachelor. Marriage to
the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes' financial woes, and
Elena is torn between duty and love. Read the first chapter here.


Cara Putman said...

Thanks for hosting us!

Anonymous said...

I visited Mackinac Island at age 11, and would love to return through these wonderful books!

Karen Schulz
aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

books sound cool and love fudge thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jennifer said...

My oh my! I was getting fat just by watching the video!

Cara Putman said...

Wait until you walk in a shop and smell the fudge!

Jennifer said...

I can just imagine! :)

Judy said...

I am drooling just thinking about the fudge! I must get back for a visit soon. I'm sure a lot has changed in 15 years.

I'm looking forward to reading both books. Great giveaway!


Pam K. said...

The fudge looks delicious. My dad makes fudge every Christmas. I wonder if Murdick's fudge tastes as good as his. I'd sure love to find out! Both these books look like ones I'd really enjoy reading. Thanks for the fun tour this week.


Cherie Hamby Kasper said...

My second favorite part of the gift, the fudge. Love, Love, Love fudge, after reading, of course, both together, pure delight.

Lane Hill House said...

Yum, Fudge, Fudge, Fudge! I would have to be careful and not smudge my pages of Melanie's book I hope to win! (I have Cara's!) Please enter me in the drawing to win a fabulous print book copy. Kathleen

bn100 said...

Nice video. Looks tasty.


Janna said...

The random winner from the comments here is Cherie Kasper. I will give her name to Cara ;-)