Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #3




First, I'd like to say that this is my 1500th blog post!
How cool that such a landmark falls on such a fun event!
And now, on with the show...

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 25 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at LisaBergren’s site.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/22 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #25. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
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It’s my pleasure to introduce you today to Cara Putman! Cara was one of the first authors I met and spoke to when I joined the Christian writing scene—and she’s always been gracious, sweet, and energetic. Here’s a bit about her new release, Beyond Justice.



Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she's fired by a partner with a vendetta.



And now here's Cara!

Why Relationships Matter in Our Novels


This summer I had the opportunity to serve on a panel at a readers conference. Let’s just say the topic was way outside my comfort zone, and as my fellow panelists talked about positions, I talked about relationships. That experience reinforced to me the importance of having real relationships in our novels. As an avid reader, I know it’s often the characters that stay with me long after I close the book, not the intricate plots we spend so much time crafting.

That’s one reason I’ve spent so much time in my new series Hidden Justice, creating a web of characters that overlay each of the stories. Take a group of young women who became close in law school. Put them each in a different area of the law confronting different issues. Require them to lean on each other for friendship, help, and faith. Mix in some heroes and you have the ingredients for these books.

Typing the list, you’d think it didn't take me long to develop the idea. The reality is it took months of thinking. First I needed the group of women. I wanted them each to be unique and different. Then I needed jobs that weren’t cookie cutter. Fortunately, the law is a field that allows you to take on many different roles, so that will keep me and readers from getting bored. What I found interesting was how hard the heroes were to craft.

Yes, the heroes.

When I started writing Imperfect Justice, the book that releases in December, I realized I’d poured my effort in Beyond Justice into developing the relationship between the women. Readers love that, but it left Emilie woefully lacking of a potential hero. Shouldn’t be a problem to craft the perfect guy for her, right?

Wrong.

Emilie demanded a hero who strong, but I didn’t want a law enforcement hero, at least not yet. I’d asked my readers and they were looking for what I wanted to write: a hero who looked a lot like their husbands: an average guy living a big life. In many ways, I’d had years to develop Hayden’s hero Andrew Wesley, because I’d fleshed them out for an earlier proposal. But Emilie’s? Not a clue.

This conundrum reinforced the importance of having the right people in place for relationships. So whether it’s a group of girlfriends or it’s developing the perfect hero and heroine, I’ve learned the relationships are the heart of the story.



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Cara Putman is the author of over 25 books in WWII and romantic suspense genres. She lives in Indiana with her family, but spends most of her free time thinking about her characters and dreaming up trouble for them. For more info, see CaraPutman.com.



Be sure to pop by Cara’s post where she is giving away a set of the Hidden Justice series!







Here’s the Stop #3 Skinny:


You can order Cara’s book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 


Clue to Write Down: that
 

Link to Stop #4, the Next Stop on the Loop: Cara Putman’s own site!


BUT WAIT!


Before you go, I'm offering a giveaway! If you've already read about the library at Kensey Manor on Robin Lee Hatcher's site, then you'll know that libraries are a big theme in A Name Unknown. And they're the theme in this giveaway too!





I'll be offering one lucky winner with a US mailing address a signed copy of my novel PLUS a library card tote bag!  
 
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

250 comments:

  1. Love to win this great giveaway.

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  2. Thank you for the interview & giveaway opportunity. It's always fun knowing how an author puts it all together.
    perrianne(dot)askew(at)me(dot)com - no google account

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  3. Just a side note, as I was thinking that the combined work of both of you covers a wide swath of time periods and types of fiction. Enjoy both!

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  4. Hello ladies! I enjoyed BOTH of your stories and look forward to the next in the series!

    Thank you for the additional giveaway opportunity, Roseanna! Those tote bags are so cool!

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  5. I can't wait to read A Name Unknown; I am ordering today!

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  6. Love this scavenger hunt! I love books!!!

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  7. Enjoyed reading about the book and author.

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  8. I have heard so many good things about "A Name Unknown"; all this talk of books really makes me want to read it! :D

    CutePolarBear

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  9. Cara:I enjoyed reading your book Beyond Justice. I can't wait to read Imperfect Justice. I love the cover!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I'm racing to deadline on the third book, so your kind words are an encouragement I needed today!

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  10. I'm having lots of fun on this scavenger hunt!

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  11. I'm excited to start reading your books!

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  12. Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt!

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  13. Hi, Roseanna! Oh, I loved, " A Name Unknown"!
    I don't think I've any of this series by Cara Putnam.

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  14. Loved A Name Unknown... if I win, I'd be sure to pass along a copy to someone who is sure to love it as much as I did!

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  15. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. The tote bag and your book would be a great addition to my library. :)

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  16. Thanks for having the giveaway!!

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  17. I love both of y'all's books!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. I am about to start one of Cara's books. I've heard so many great things about them, I can't wait!

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    1. I love that you're hearing good things about them!

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  19. Love seeing all the bookcases and books. My family on both sides have been book lovers and collectors for years. There is the occasional odd one who doesn't read or own books, but we love them anyway and cannot understand them. I just want to close-ups of those books in your pictures to see which ones you own!

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  20. I loved reading this book and would love the bag!

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  21. the book sounds great and scavenger hunt is fun

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  22. A Name Unknown sounds like a great book!

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  23. Love this scavenger hunt and your book sounds great.

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  24. As a retired librarian, I love books and reading about new books.

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  25. Thanks for joining this scavenger hunt!! Love your books!

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  26. Thank you Cara and Roseanne for being a part of this fun hunt!

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  27. I'm enjoying this scavenger hunt!

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  28. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. It sounds interesting and would be a great chance to read an author I';m not yet familiar with. Thanks again.

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  29. Such a great opportunity -- thank you!

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  30. Just love this game and would love to read this book too!

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  31. I love this chance to win a book that sounds interesting. Reading is my favorite thing to do besides swimming and I'm always happy to find new authors to follow!

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  32. Hello! I absolutely loved A Name Unknown and looking forward to reading Beyond Justice!

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  33. Hello and thank you Roseanna and Cara for taking part in this scavenger hunt!

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  34. I have books on my kindle by both Cara & Roseanna, and look forward to reading them. And I LOVE their covers!!

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    1. We've both been fortunate to get some great covers!

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  35. Thanks for having the hunt. Would love to win more books
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. This is my first online scavenger hunt, so much fun!

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  37. I also love to read. I live in an apartment so most of my books are ebooks and my family talks about me all the time because I own over 600 ebooks. I tell them not to judges me all the time. Lol.

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  38. I am looking forward to reading some of your books...I love historical fiction!

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  39. Would love the tote bag. I already read the book and LOVED it but I can think of plenty of people I can give the book to enjoy.

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  40. Love your books and looking forward to the next one!

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  41. Your books seem really interesting

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  42. Thanks for the hunt and fun giveaways!

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  43. Roseanna, in answer to the question you asked on the last stop, I collect mason jars and antique kitchen gadgets, wall crosses, antique sewing stuff, and BOOKS. I have 4 bookshelves filled with Christian fiction and they look like you described. Books in double rows and stacked on top. The problem is I can't add another bookshelf. (Probably a good thing.)

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  44. Cara, I agree that characters and their relationships matter more than plot; it's what we relate to and connect with. But I can't wait to read the Hidden Justice series. Roseanna, I can't wait to read A Name Unknown, too. I've heard so many great things and am beyond intrigued.

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    1. Thanks, Chanel! It's a challenge getting them right.

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  45. Thanks to both of you for being a part of the scavenger hunt! Roseanna, the library card book bags are adorable!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  46. Thanks to all of you who started the scavenger hunt!!

    Strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. I love learning so much from all the authors. I love books and have a growing collection. I have to agree with Cara how the relationships are what readers remember. Great tip for anyone hoping to write a book to take extra time on all the relationships in a story. This scavenger hunt is so much fun!

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    1. Thanks, KA. It's fun to be part of it.

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  48. Love the library card bags Roseanna! How cute!

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  49. I just recently got a job as a librarian at an elementary school, so your new book, and the giveaway, really are perfect for me!

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  50. Those totes are too cute! Thanks for the chance!

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  51. Thanks for the scavenger hunt and giveaway!

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  52. Thank you for loving libraries! I can't wait to read the books!

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  53. Thank you for the chance to win! Darling tote bag. Love the library, and reading :) Love your books Cara and my first Roseanna book is on my TBR pile!

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  54. I think this would be a great give away to receive... I think the books sound super interesting I love historical fiction and suspense novels... especially when it speaks about our Lord Jesus Christ. I know that I am reading something with sustenance.

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  55. I have enjoyed both Roseanna and Cara's books. Right now I am reading Imperfect Justice and I am hungry for revenge then Justice.

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    1. Thanks for being on my street team, Sonnetta!

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  56. I've enjoyed your books before, but this is my first time doing a fic scavenger hunt. So fun! And great to get to know you a bit better thru your site.

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  57. I LOVED a name unknown!! And I haven’t read much by cara but what I have I liked

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  58. I've not yet read Cara Putman. Thank you for the introduction. And the entry ;) The tote is really cute!

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  59. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  60. Thanks to both of you for participating in the scavenger hunt! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  61. A Name Unknown is on my wish list, so I'd love to win it. Since I'm really into books, I'd love the tote bag as well. Thanks for the offer!

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  62. I've already gotten two copies of A Name Unknown, and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Cara, I'm glad that you take the time to make realistic characters! We might not always be able to relate to the exact details of a book's plot, but we can often sees similarities in a character's emotions and motives!

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    1. Exactly, Karen. And that's when I remember a story for a long time.

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  63. I love the topic of justice, in all its aspects. Whether it be the basic desire of God, for His people to love justice, or true crime books and shows, or fiction such as this.
    One pet peeve though is the idea of a perfect person for another person. The idea of loving one's " imperfections" has its point to make, but in our human weakness partners in life or in writing is much trickier!

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  64. I'm enjoying this scavenger hunt and finding new authors. "A Name Unknown" is on my "to read" list.

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  65. I just finished your book, Cara. I enjoyed it, but wasn't sure just where you were in Texas. :) I've loved all your books, so keep those stories coming.

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    1. Texas? Beyond Justice was in DC :-) I don't think I've written a book in Texas :-)

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    2. They were in Texas to visit the detention facility for illegal children coming into Texas. I didn't recognize the area you described and that confused me, but the story didn't. :)

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  66. Very cool giveaway and I'm excited to be part of the hunt!

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  67. Glad I found out about you. Can't wait to read some of your books. Very cute library card bag :)

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  68. Love the scavanger hunt and would love to win this book and bag

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  69. Really cute bag! Enjoyed finding out about you & Cara. Thanks for participating in this!

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  70. Thank you for sharing! I hope to check out your books soon!

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  71. I love your masses of books and bookshelves! I have 5 freestanding bookshelves and 3 tiers of whole wall shelves in our office. Love my books!

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  72. Love that a library is central in your novel ~ and your library tote is THE BEST! Mary Kay Moody

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  73. First scavenger hunt!

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  74. Thank you for the chance and also a print book chance love to read as i am home bound and then review on a few sites!

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  75. Your interview on Robin Hatcher's stop makes me ready to read A Name Unknown. I also love Cara Putman's books.

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  76. Love seeing you in the scavenger hunt!

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  77. I really would love to read these books. Oh yeah! I'm all about the library in the home. I do like mine neat though.

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  78. Thanks so much for being part of this Fun giveaway I'd be lucky to win any of the prizes
    Thank You :)

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  79. Thank you for the opportunity!!! I'm having fun here :)
    I wish everyone could win!

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  80. Thank you for hosting Carol. I love both of your books and hope someday to have all your books

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  81. You are so right relationships are everything in a book. People that pop out of who knows where always confuse me.

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  82. i want to thank both of you for giving us all a chance to win.

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  83. I look forward to reading both of you ladies' new books. As for what I collect, some minions, Legos, and books. Lots of books. :)

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  84. This is an awesome way to share and find new authors, books, and series! I can't wait to share the list with our local library so we can add to our Christian fiction section!

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  85. so exciting! thanks for participating. I have been wanting to read both you and Cara's books. I love it! Blessings to you both.

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  86. I never thought about how many bookshelves I owned. I definitely thought about all the books I owned. Consequently, I have five bookshelves. I love books. I enjoy the chance to fill my own bookshelves, but also, those that hold my children's books. Nevertheless, I have given some books away. Yet, there will always be books on my shelves that I hope to hand down to another book lover.

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    1. I won't tell you how many bookshelves we have at our house! ;-)

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  87. Cheri Schueller: Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt! I enjoyed reading about your new book.

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  88. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I've enjoyed books by you both. Have this one on top of my TBR list.

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  89. Would love the bag! It would be great to take to my local library book club! More authors to add to my goodreads reading list, Yay!!

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  90. Thanks for the scavenger hunt and giveaway. I would love to win!

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  91. Oh, the bag is so cool! :-) And your book sounds fun to read...I'm a book addict too. My hubby couldn't figure out why I would want to spend so much time organizing the wall of books he carved out for me in his basement study of our house. Books, books...so many to read!!! So many places to "go!"

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  92. I love your books and love the tote bag! Looking forward to your next book in this series!

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  93. I have not read Cara's new series. I will have to remedy that.

    I loved the way you incorporated a library into A Name Unknown!

    By the way I have 7 bookcases in my small house.

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  94. Loved Cara’s first book in this series, and I loved your book as well!!

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  95. Cara is a new-to-me author and I'm excited to give her novels a try after reading this post. I have her most recent release and her upcoming release in my shopping cart now. I love this scavenger hunt. It's introducing me to some new authors! =)

    I've already purchased A Name Unknown, but would be thrilled to win a signed copy and then give away my current copy. <3

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  96. I love books and Libraries are some of my favorite rooms. Love the smell of Books-a-million and Barnes and Noble. Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt. :)

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  97. Looking forward to reading your books. I love the tote bagQ

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  98. Love this scavenger hunt and I love books.

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your books!

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  100. Love this hunt and the books Thanks for the chance to win

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  101. As a group of talented authors, you all are some of the most generous people on the planet.

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  102. Your books look amazing! I cant wait to read them! :)

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  103. This is the first I've learned about you and your novels. I love historical fiction, especially Christian historical. I'm looking forward to reading your work.

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  104. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I just entered the giveaway for Imperfect Justice on Goodreads.

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  105. I volunteer in the church library and have for almost 40 years. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. Loved your interview! Excited to read your book as well!

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  107. Thank you for doing a giveaway! We all appreciate it!!

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  108. Loved reading about your bookshelves. Glad to know there are others too. I currently have 11 throughout the house and three waiting in boxes to be put together. I'm not sure that's going to be enough though!

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  109. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  110. Loved reading about your bookshelf love!!! And of course, the books you fill them with!! I'm currently reading A Name Unknown and am so ready for some time to just finish it! :) I've read Beyond Justice and thought it was so good!!! I'm ready for the next one !!

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    1. Imperfect Justice will be in bookstores soon!

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  111. I love the tote bag! I have a lot of books and my kids keep saying," Really Mom, another book?" (they say it with an eye roll). Have a great day!

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  112. I'm enjoying finding new authors to read. Thanks!

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  113. I'm loving this! Always looking for new authors I haven't read yet

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  114. Enjoyed the interview and the opportunity to win the giveaway.

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  115. Anne @ The FItly Spoken WordOctober 20, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    I really want to read this book!

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  116. I can't wait to read both Roseanna's and Cara's newest books! They both sound interesting.

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  117. Excited to be a part of this Hunt and to enter this giveaway! Nice to meet you!

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  118. Always great to learn about a new author! Thanks for sharing, Cara! And thank you, Roseanna for another opportunity to win your book. I think I've lost count of the giveaways I've entered trying to win this one. ;)

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  119. I read A Name Unknown and loved it. My library isn't as messy as Peter's but I can certainly relate to his love of books and to running out of space to put them.

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  120. Thank you for the opportunity for this giveaway. The tote bag looks awesome.

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  121. I am blessed to be our church librarian! I love to help other people find just the right book! That tote is so cute and I would love to add those books to our library!

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  122. This is my first hunt. I’m having a good time!

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  123. Librarian Thief - interesting combination

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  124. I love books and I can't wait to read your newest creation.....this is so fun!

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  125. Yay! I'm having fun with this scavenger hunt!

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  126. Ladies, I enjoy both of your writing...can't wait to read your newest offerings!

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  127. Thanks for being part of the Scavenger Hunt. I enjoy reading about authors.

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  128. Hey Roseanna and Cara! I'm so excited to read your new series! Thank you for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt!

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  129. Thanks for being part of this!! :)

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  130. Congratulations on your 1500th blog post!

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  131. Cara, did your students at Purdue provide any inspiration for the characters in your new series?

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  132. A Name Unknown sounds wonderful! I love the bag as well, being a librarian. :)

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  133. I am having a great time reading about all the authors!

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  134. Thanks for the giveaway. I remember the library cards like on the tote.

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  135. Love,love,love the tote bags!! :)

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  136. I cherish when I win/receive a book signed by the author. All of "you guys" are like a hero to me. I LOVE READING!

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  137. I love reading different christian genres. Thank you both for participating. This is a great way to connect with authors.
    Merry

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  138. So excited to discover your books! And those totes!! Sooo neat! :)

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  139. I love reading about different books and authors to read!

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  140. Roseanna your books are all so moving. I look forward to reading every book you write as you are at the top of my favorite author's list. Thank you.

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  141. I have only read one of your books so far,Roseanna, but I really like it. This new one sounds great!!

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  142. Hi Roseanna and Cara!
    Cara, I enjoyed your post and agree, character relationships in the story are important...for me anyway.
    Blessings, Tina

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  143. Roseanna and Cara-

    Hey ladies.

    Roseanna, I love how you tie in Celtic Traditions and bloodlines into your stories because I am part Irish. I have always loved the irish pub music and just listening to the crazy stories.

    Cara- you are somewhat of a newish author to me. I have heard of you but have never gotten the chance to read your stories. I am sure they are bound to be AMAZING though.

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    1. Halita, waving. It's nice to meet you!

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  144. You are a new author to me! I'm glad to "meet" you! :)

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  145. I love your books and look forward to each new release!

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  146. amy guillaume lindermanOctober 21, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    would love to read this! cute totebag!

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  147. I'm loving all of these new authors! Would love to add to my library <3

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  148. My house looks like a library too. :) I loved that aspect of your new book.

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  149. I'm not sure I've read any of your books but love Cara's!

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  150. You ROCK! Your books are amazing Roseanna White. You take time to do your research and I love that you wrote about my beloved celtic heritage.

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  151. I am new to both of you, but feel that won't be true soon!

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  152. A Name Unknown sounds like a great book, and I'd love to read it! I can totally relate to what you wrote about bookshelves--we have tons in our house! Not only do my sisters and I have lots of books, but two of us work at our local public library. I think I read somewhere once that there's no such thing as too many books--just not enough bookshelves!

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  153. I am a book hoarder too, Roseanna. LOL. But there could be worse addictions, right? LOVE your books! Thank you for the additional book giveaway!!!

    Cara, I am so enjoying your new Hidden Justice series. I have read Dying For Love (So good!), and just recently bought Beyond Justice! I am looking forward to Imperfect Justice :)

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