Friday, February 03, 2012

Three books you should add to your reading lists...giveaways!

Yesterday, I was looking through my bookshelves and realized I ended up with multiple copies of a few books that I really enjoyed. Either the winner didn't claim them or I didn't realize I had multiple copies. So today...with cold winter nights perfect for reading and spring breaks coming up soon, I want to give you an opportunity to get some new reading material. These book are wonderful and a mix of genres. So comment, comment, comment -- but be sure to let me know which book you want to read!

Erin Healy writes books with a supernatural twist. The Baker's Wife is another great one. 
Before Audrey was the baker's wife, she was the pastor's wife.
Then a scandalous lie cost her husband a pastoral career. Now the two work side-by-side running a bakery, serving coffee, and baking fresh bread. But the hurt still pulls at Audrey.
Driving early one morning to the bakery, Audrey's car strikes something-or someone-at a fog-shrouded intersection. She finds a motor scooter belonging to a local teacher. Blood is everywhere, but there's no trace of a body.
Both the scooter and the blood belong to detective Jack Mansfield's wife, and he's certain that Audrey is behind Julie's disappearance.
But the case dead-ends and the detective spirals into madness. When he takes her family and some patrons hostage at the bakery, Audrey is left with a soul-damaged ex-con and a cynical teen to solve the mystery. And she'll never manage that unless she taps into something she would rather leave behind-her excruciating ability to feel other's pain.

Chasing Mona Lisa is an action packed novel set in France during World War II. My friend Tricia Goyer and her coauthor do a great job bringing this time period to life. August 1944. Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country and steal countless pieces of irreplaceable art. In fact, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all--the Mona Lisa--as a postwar bargaining chip.
But the woman with the mysterious smile has some very determined protectors. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?
With nonstop action and intrigue, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh Swiss chateau, the race is on--and the runners are playing for keeps.
"A ticket to a world of mystery, heroism, and adventure. You'll find yourself sinking into a story that leaves you longing for just one more page."--Cara Putman, award-winning author of Stars in the Night and Ohio Brides

A Lasting Impression is the latest form historical author Tamera Alexander. After reading this book you'll understand why she's won so many awards. Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee her home, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe, who shows her kindness by not turning her in to authorities. But when he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged him. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville society, Claire believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her past remains hidden.
The Federal Army destroyed Sutton's home, confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.
Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.


Anonymous said...

Wow,they all sound so good!

Erin Healy said...

Thanks for giving away my book, Cara!

Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

I know, they all DO sound good. But I think THE BAKER'S WIFE would be my pick. :)

Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

Rev. Kim Justice said...

Would love to add all three.. but at the moment I would really love to add A Lasting Impression by Author Tamera Alexander. .. But as I said.. Would Love to add any of the three..Thanks for the chance to do so..

wfnren said...

Thank you for sharing, I would love to read The Bakers Wife by Erin Healy.


Anonymous said...

How wonderful to give away books. I LOVE that. Reading is my passion, and all three sound great.'Blessings to you.

Judi Williams

Rick Barry said...

If I win, I'll be a hero to my wife. But of course I'm also interested in WW II and would enjoy checking out Tricia Goyer's Chasing Mona Lisa novel.

Blessings to you!

Janet said...

They all sound great! I would love to read any of these books, but The Bakers Wife sounds really great!


Marianne said...

i think all three sounds amazing, but would choose one of the last two novels if i won, Thanks for the opportunity!



Cara Putman said...

You know I loved each book but they are so different. Thanks for stopping by! Wish I could give away a book to each of you!

Deborah Dee Harper said...

Cara... what a generous gesture! They all sound intriguing, but if I had to make a choice, I'd love to read "The Baker's Wife."


Cara Putman said...

You know what, readers? If we reach 25 commenters, I'll add one of my books to the giveaway. So be sure to spread the word to your friends!

ihhcheryl said...

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway of great books! I have read the Baker's wife and loved it, so whoever wins that one will be in for a Erin Healy. I have not read the other 2 but they are both on my TBR list so either one would be a treat! Blessings to you and thanks!
Cheryl. ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

Terri said...

They all sound good, but I'd go with Tricia Goyer's Chasing Mona Lisa.
Terri, tlw131(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win and read CHASING MONA LISA. Thanks, Cara!


rubynreba said...

The Bakers Wife would be my first choice but I haven't read any of them and I'm sure I would enjoy any one of them! Thanks!

rose mccauley said...

These all sound great! I know I love Tamera and Tricia's books,and haven't read one my Erin yet, but I appreciated her class at ACFW last fall, so will pick her book if I win. Thanks, Cara! crmcc at setel dot com

Anonymous said...

Cara, I have not read any of your books but I must find one and do so I am always exited about coming across a new author I may not be familar with. I if had to choose one of the books above it would be hard because all of them sound so interesting so I guess I would like to read Tricia Goyer's book but any of them I would be tickled with.

Deborah Hardt said...

I wrote the message above but I pushed the wrong button so I thought I would try it again I would love to read all of them but if I had to choose it would be Tricia Goyer's book. Cara I was excited to come across this giveaway and I must confess you are a new author to my Library list and I will have to look someof your books up and read them.

Jackie said...

Hi, thanks for sharing this today. All the books sound good, but I thing Tricia Goyer's book would be my top choice.
Thanks so much!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Cara, I would love to read all 3but Tricia's, Chasing Mona Lisa, would be my first choice and it is on my wish list. I love WWII stories and this has romance, suspense and mystery. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskalllie2000 at yahoo dot com

Sandee61 said...

What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for the entry. I'd love a chance to win any of the books...they look really good! Have a blessed evening.



Name: Holly Bowne said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love a chance to read "Chasing Mona Lisa," by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey. Thanks again for the opportunity. :o)

Pam K. said...

All three of these are on my "want to read" list. I'd be happy to win any of these. Thanks for giving away your excess books.


If I absolutely have to choose, I'd pick "A Lasting Impression."

Judy said...

Oh wow! I'd love to have The Baker's Wife. That would make me happy!

Thanks for this giveaway!


karenk said...

i would love to read 'the baker's wife' i have the other 2 novels. thanks, cara :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

lorlyn63 said...

They all sound good, but I think The Baker's Wife would be my choice our of the three. Thank you for the opportunity!

God Bless,


by Pegg Thomas said...

They ALL look good and I haven't read any of them... but if I have to pick one... A Lasting Impression would be my first choice. :)
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Lynette Eason said...

Oh to read something besides my own stuff! Enter me, puleeezeeee! LOL.

Sherrinda said...

Oooo, what a wonderful giveaway! I've been wanting to read one of Tamara Alexander's books!


Cara Putman said...

It's official. I"m adding one of my books to the giveaway. So now it's a 4 book-travaganza!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. Please enter my name in the hat :)
Have a blessed weekend
Angelsofmyeye (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ginger said...

Wow four great books, by four wonderful authors. How exciting is that?

Enter me please. I'll take any of them.

Ginger in AL

Carol McClain said...

It's sad to say I've only read one book by Erin Healy. And the other three (including you, dear Cara), I've heard of but never had the opportunity to read. Four disparate genres--but I read all of them and have yet to decide on my favorite.

Thank you for advertising this.

Aly Logan said...

Count me in!


Barbara said...

Wow, four books now! I'd like to enter. My first choice would be yours, Cara. Second would be Tricia Goyer's WW2 book. But to win ANY one of them would be great!

Pattie said...

If I could choose, I'd prefer either Chasing Mona Lisa or Cara's book...I don't think I could read "The Baker's Wife" (No offense to the author, but I've been a pastor's wife and I'm very empathetic---not sure I could handle it because it sounds very intense!).

Adam Blumer said...

I'd love a copy of The Baker's Wife. Thanks. ablumerster at gmail dot com.

windycindy said...

I agree with the other people who left comments. All three of the books would be fabulous to read!
The book, A Lasting Impression would
be my first choice...
Many thanks to you!

Holly Magnuson said...

Thanks for being willing to share!!

Jo said...

They all sound great but right now "The Baker's Wife" is the one that I really want to read. It has grabbed my interest.


Cara Putman said...

random org selected Mae, Mairanne, Deborah Hardt, and Aly Logan as the winners. Please contact me, gals! cara @ caraputman dot com

Anita Yancey said...

All of the books sound wonderful. Please enter me for The Baker's Wife. Thanks for having this giveaway.



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