Cara Putnam

Cara graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), moved to the Washington, DC area, married the man of her dreams, worked in the non-profit world, went to George Mason Law School at night. Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Heartsong Presents is publishing her three book series of World War Two romances: Canteen Dreams (October 2007), Sandhill Dreams (May 2008), and Captive Dreams (September 2008). Love Inspired Suspense published her first romantic suspense in May 2008. Now she’s working on the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Law (don’t ask!) and the first book in an Ohio World War Two series.

2008 ACFW Book of the Year Contest 

I’m delighted to announce the winner’s of the 2008 Book of the Year contest. The winners were announced September 20th at the Awards Banquet held during the 2008 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Debut Author
Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)—Zondervan, Sue Brower
Bayou Justice (Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll)
In Between (Jenny B. Jones) 

Contemporary Novella
Finally Home (Deborah Raney)— Barbour Publishing, Susan Downs
Moonlight & Mistletoe (Carrie Turansky)
Remaking of Moe McKenna (Gloria Clover)

Historical Novella
Love Notes in Love Letters Anthology (Mary Davis)—Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany
Beyond the Memories (DiAnn Mills)
The Spinster & The Tycoon (Vickie McDonough)

Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh)—Multnomah Books, Julee Schwarzburg
Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)
One Little Secret (Allison Bottke) & The Book of Jane (Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt)

Long Contemporary
Within This Circle (Deborah Raney)—Steeple Hill Books, Krista Stroever
Like Always (Robert Elmer)
Autumn Blue (Karen Harter)

Long Historical
1. Veil of Fire (Marlo Schalesky) RiverOak, editors Jeff Dunn/Jon Woodhams
Where Willows Grow (Kim Vogel Sawyer) Bethany House, editor Charlene Patterson
2. Fancy Pants (Cathy Marie Hake) & Then Came Hope (Louise Gouge)
3. Courting Trouble (Deeanne Gist)

Your Chariot Awaits (Lorena McCourtney)—Thomas Nelson, Amanda Bostic
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie (Sharon Dunn)
Sticks and Stones (Susan Meissner)

Short Contemporary
The Heart of Grace (Linda Goodnight)—Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Allison Lyons
Heart of the Family (Margaret Daley)
Wedded Bliss (Kathleen Y’Barbo)

Short Contemporary Suspense
Caught Red-handed (Gayle Roper)—Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, Krista Stroever
Pursuit of Justice (Pamela Tracy)
Nowhere to Hide (Debby Giusti) & Her Christmas Protector (Terri Reed)

Short Historical
1. Canteen Dreams (Cara Putman) & Golden Days (Mary Connealy) —Barbour/Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons
A Wealth Beyond Riches (Vickie McDonough)
A Time to Keep (Kelly Eileen Hake)

The Restorer’s Son (Sharon Hinck)—NavPress, Reagan Reed
Demon: A Memoir (Tosca Lee)
DragonFire (Donita Paul)

Black Ice (Linda Hall)—WaterBrook Press, Traci DePree
Coral Moon (Brandilyn Collins)
Abomination (Colleen Coble)

Women’s Fiction
Remember to Forget (Deborah Raney)—Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, Philis Boultinghouse
Watercolored Pearls (Stacy Hawkins Adams)
A Promise to Remember (Kathryn Cushman)

Young Adult
In Between (Jenny B. Jones)—NavPress, Jamie Chavez
Sara Jane: Liberty’s Torch (Eleanor Clark)
Saving Sailor (Renee Riva)

I am pleased to announce the 2008 Genesis contest winners, which were also awarded on September 20th at the awards banquet!

Chick Lit, Mom Lit, Lady Lit
1st: Erica Vetsch, Pam on Rye
2nd: Lynda Schab, Mind Over Madi
3rd: Tiffany Kinerson, Stand on My Own Two Hands

Contemporary Fiction
1st: Dan Case, The Voice
2nd: Christina Berry, Undiscovered
3rd: Jim Rubart, Book of Days

Contemporary Romance
1st: Annalisa Daughety, Love Is a Battlefield
2nd: Kathleen Haynes, The Quarterback Club
3rd: Cara Slaughter, Joanna’s Treasure

Historical Fiction
1st: Mona Hodgson, A Thimble’s Worth
2nd: Rachel Moore, A Trail of Waves
3rd: Lori Benton, Trouble the Water

Historical Romance
1st: Patty Smith Hall, Flights of Freedom
2nd: Karen Witemeyer, Cloud by Day
3rd: Erica Vetsch, Marriage Masquerade

1st: Jane Thornton, Menace
2nd Donna Alice Patton, Wrestling Demons
3rd: Janice Olson, Don’t Look Back

Romantic Suspense
1st: Jenness Walker, Deja Vu
2nd: Dani Pettrey, Quest
3rd (tie): Kelly Ann Riley, A Cowboy’s Prayer
3rd (tie): Jane Thornton, Be Anxious

In the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory
1st: Chawna Schroeder, Metamorphosis
2nd: Lynda K. Arndt, The Song of Blood and Stone
3rd: Valerie Comer, The Girl Who Cried Squid

Women’s Fiction
1st: Heather Goodman, 50 Things to Do Before I Turn 30
2nd: Cynthia Ruchti, They Almost Always Come Home
3rd: Kristian Tolle, When Autumn Comes

Young Adult
1st: Carla Stewart, An Unexpected Journey
2nd: Stefanie Morris, The Dragon of Delarest
3rd: Kasey L. Heinly, Broken Glass

Thank you to all the entrants and judges who helped make the 2008 Genesis contest and Book of the Year such a success!