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Cara Putman

Cara Putman is a woman living a dream. Barbour's Heartsong Presents has released six of her books, including Canteen Dreams, a WWII historical set in Nebraska that won the ACFW 2008 Book of the Year for Short Historical. She also has written romantic suspense for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, contemporary mysteries for Guidepost, a historical romantic suspense for Summerside, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law. Cara is an attorney, wife, mom to four, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, active at her church, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Visit her at

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2012 Carol Award Finalists

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Summer is for relaxing and reading a stack of great fiction. At the International Christian Retail Show, ACFW announced this year’s slate of finalists for the Carol Award, which highlights the best Christian fiction published in fifteen categories. If you’ve run out of books to read, this list is a great place to start! You’re sure to find something that meets your taste, whether it leans toward historical or thriller.

Debut Novel:
Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)
The Loom by Shella Gillus (Guideposts)
Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak (Sky Sail [Port Yonder Press])

Long Contemporary:
Lost Melody by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith (Zondervan)
The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell)
Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House Publishers)

Long Contemporary Romance:
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson)
Lilly’s Wedding Quilt by Kelly M. Long (Thomas Nelson)
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)

Long Historical:
Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis (Moody Publishers/River North)
Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)
Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)

Long Historical Romance:
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)
Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman (Multnomah Publishers)
To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers)

Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman (Zondervan)
Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig/Janelle Mowery (Barbour Publishing)
Yesterday’s Secrets by Kelly Ann Riley (Guideposts)

An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver (Barbour Publishing)
Reese: All Along from Smitten by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)
A Star in the Night from A Log Cabin Christmas by Liz Johnson (Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:
Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)
Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon (Revell)
Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig (Barbour Publishing)

Short Contemporary:
The Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray (Avon Inspire/Harper Collins)
Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan (Love Inspired)
Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe (Love Inspired)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Double Identity by Diane Burke (Love Inspired Suspense)
Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen (Love Inspired Suspense)
A Deadly Game by Virginia Smith (Love Inspired Suspense)

Short Historical (four finalists due to a tie):
Promise of Time by S. Dionne Moore (Heartsong Presents)
Revealing Fire by Connie Stevens (Heartsong Presents)
Light to My Path by Erica Vetsch (Heartsong Presents)
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (Revell)

Speculative Fiction:
The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson (Risen Books)
The Chair by James L. Rubart (B & H Fiction)
Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press)

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins (B & H Fiction)
Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky (B & H Fiction)
Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette (J.M.) Windle (Tyndale)

Women’s Fiction:
A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press)
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley (Multnomah Publishers)
Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate (Penguin Praise/Berkley)

Young Adult:
Wreath by Judy Christie (Barbour Publishing)
The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)
There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson)