Monday, January 12, 2009

Dream, Dream, Dream with Cara Putman & WIN HER BOOK!

A big welcome to today's guest blogger, Cara Putman!

Dream, Dream,

As I started thinking about this post, I began hearing the Everly Brothers song. Dreaeaeaeam, dream ,dream, dream…

It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’ve been asking God what the next dream should be. At one time, my dream was to write books. Now I have. Four are out. Three more are written and releasing in 2009. I’ll write two more in the next six months. Then, I don’t know.

Hence, it’s time to dream.

But it doesn’t matter what you do. Dreams are critical. Solomon made it clear in Proverbs 29:18: without a vision the people perish. Then in Psalm 37:4: delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of you heart.

That last one is my life’s verse. As I chase God, I’ll draw closer to His heart. In the process my delights and dreams line up with His. I love that! And I’ve seen that.

Usually, I don’t have a problem dreaming. I’ve pushed myself with dreams throughout my life. I got the crazy idea I’d start college at 16. Then I did. I got the crazy idea that I’d go to law school and clerk for a federal judge. Then I did. I got the crazy idea I could actually write a book. Then I did. Each time, God birthed and/or blessed the dream. But each result started with that germ of a dream.

So what now? I sense a change coming, but I don’t know what it is. Anyone else there? Scary, but what a great opportunity to lean into God and hear His heart for me. Slow down and focus on His heartbeat.

Match my dream to His.

So sing with me….dreeeeaaaammm, dream, dream, dream…


Cara Putman is a multi-published author. She writes World War Two historical romance for Heartsong Presents and romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense. She lives with her family in Indiana, where she is an attorney and lecturer at Purdue University. You can learn more about Cara at her website:

ABOUT THE BOOK - Captive Dreams

Anna doesn’t know how to go on.

Anna Goodman’s mother is dead, her father has given up on life, and her brother, Brent, goes missing in action in World War II. Even though she has a full-time war job, she feels she must keep the family farm going so that Brent will have something to come home to. She won't let herself think that he might never return. Any dreams Anna has for her future are held captive by the responsibilities the war and life have thrust upon her.

If only Anna didn't have to rely on help from German prisoners -- or from Specialist Sid Chance, the cocky know-it-all who oversees the prisoners' work. In her heart, she knows she can't do everything demanded of her, but whom can she trust to carry the burden with her?


If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Captive Dreams just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on January 19th. (NOTE: Sorry, no international entries for this one.) Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!


Lisa Karon Richardson said...

Pick me! Pick me!. Okay yes I know it is a drawing so it doesn't matter how many times I yell that, but...

Cara, love the cover art on this one.


Anonymous said...

I have read some of her books but not this one!
please enter me for this!

Mary said...

I enjoy WWII settings, please include me. Thanks!

Donna said...

Jennifer I would love to win this novel. I have read the other's in the series and really enjoyed them. Please pick me!!


patti said...

Hello, Jennifer and Cara! As a fan of Canteen Dreams, don't enter me in the drawing; I want to BUY this book!

It was just worth the visit to "hear" this little ditty and to read more about this poignant story.


pennshawna said...

I am totally blind and I use a scanner to read books. I really think this one sounds good so please do enter me in the contest. Dana

ForstRose said...

Please enter me for Cara's book.


Crystal Laine Miller said...

I belong to the HP club so no need to put me into the drawing--but I just wanted to say that the verses you use here, Cara, are so powerful and speak to me.

And you are never too old to dream, I think. For a little while I started thinking that maybe windows had passed me by and that I was too old to dream.As soon as I thought that--I started dreaming dramatic dreams in my sleep! I mean, if you suppress that, God will smack you with it in your sleep! (Right before I woke this morning was particularly strong.)

You're such a good writer, Cara. Thanks Jen, for sharing here. Glad I stopped by.

traveler said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. The era and story appeals to me greatly.

Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Sandee61 said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing. I enjoyed Cara's interview, and I also enjoy WW II novels, so would love to read her book.



Becky C. said...

I loved reading Cara's interview, and the book sounds great!

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.


Jo said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in the drawing.


Martha A. said...

Sounds great! i love that era!

MJ said...

I'd love to read this!

Frank Creed said...

Cara and I both live in the same Indiana town and I had the pleasure of shaking her hand when she hosted an AFCW-Indiana Chapter meeting.
I'd love a copy to cart to her front door--I didn't realize she'd already cranked out four novels with three coming this year. She's fast!

Katie said...

I would Love to win!!! Please enter me...thanks

anne said...

I am enthralled with this wonderful novel of a time and place that I so appreciate. Thanks for this special giveaway.

Cara Putman said...

Thanks y'all. I love these book. I guess they're stories of my heart since it's my favorite time period and my favorite state :-)

Jennifer AlLee said...

The winner of Captive Dreams is... Sandy!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by :+}