Mackinac Island. It’s a magical place that allows you to step back in time from the moment you first step off the ferry. Authors Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson have teamed up for a tour of the island, now and then. Comment at each stop for a chance to win a copy of one of their books set on Mackinac Island. You’ll find the list of stops here. Share the tour on twitter, Facebook, pinterest and other places, and you’ll gain extra entries for the grand prize of a copy of each of their books and a 5 slice box of Murdick’s Fudge, straight from Mackinac Island. Just be sure to email Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org, so she can record your entries. Grand Prize winner will be drawn on August 27, 2012.
A great way to relax on Mackinac Island is to hop on a bike and circle the island.
The island is a little over 8 miles in diameter. Bike shops
dot the town from the docks to the area near the B&Bs. Each visit, we rent
bikes when we visit. The trips stay the same, the number of bikes grow. In the beginning it was two adult bikes
with a burley cart. Last month, we had three adult bikes, a burley cart, and a
tandem attached to my bike. What doesn’t change is the way I relax as we circle
the island, listening to the waves. Or the way I push to complete the loop in
an hour so we don’t have to pay more for rental. Maybe next time we’ll take our
own bikes and our time.
Even though “horseless” carriages are still banned on Mackinac Island, there are seventy miles of roads and trails to explore by bicycle, carriage, foot, or by renting one of the island’s six hundred horses. Like Cara, I chose to explore by bicycle (without the burley cart). The autumn day was perfect, and I loved being able to being able to pedal around the island’s perimeter without cars passing me as well as being able to park wherever I liked to hike up the cliffs. One of the signs along the road read “No Speeding.” I wasn’t sure exactly how fast incorporated speeding on a bicycle, but I can guarantee I was nowhere close to it.
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island:
Join attorney Alanna Stone as she returns home despite her determination to never set foot on Mackinac Island again. Once again in close proximity to Jonathan Covington, her first love, she vows to protect her privacy and her heart from the man who still makes her pulse race. But when her worst fears are realized and history repeats itself—landing her in the midst of a murder investigation—Jonathan may be her only hope. Will they be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts, or will reconciliation come too late? Read the first chapter here.
Love Finds You on Mackinac Island:
As the Gilded Age comes to a
close, Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune. The
Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they
spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor.
Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends
her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets
Chase, a handsome laborer who invites her to watch the ships from an
abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to
solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary. As Elena falls
in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her
to Chester Darrington, the island's most eligible bachelor. Marriage to
the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes' financial woes, and
Elena is torn between duty and love. Read the first chapter here.