Girls Write Out
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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, 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.

Cara Putman: A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac 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.

Colleen Coble  
posted at 5:59 AM  
  Comments (18)
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At 6:27 AM, Blogger valariemccoy said...

Sound Like great books!! Always wanted to visit there!!
valariemccoy at att dot net

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Veronica and Daniel said...

When my family visited when I was a kid, we rented bikes and had a ball cycling around the island :)

At 8:24 AM, Blogger cc said...

I loved visiting Mackinac Island years ago, and would love to win to go back!

Karen Schulz

At 8:24 AM, Blogger cc said...

forgot to leave email:

aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Biking around the island is one of my favorite activities. And it's such fun to see who's been. Thanks for playing along! and thanks for hosting us, Colleen and girls!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Judy said...

I love Mackinac Island. While there we walked it! We thought about renting bikes but then we also thought oh what great exercise! We were tired! :) Next visit, we will rent bikes!

This is a great tour and giveaway! Thanks!

Judy sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

At 11:21 AM, Blogger pol said...

Love that sign about bikes not speeding...
would be dream come true to visit island like this. so pretty.
thanks for your part in the tour.
Paula O(

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Nancee said...

I've lived in Michigan all my life and have been to Mackinac Island many times. That's part of what makes these two books so special to me. I like winning print books of Amish/Christian fiction. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Melanie Dobson said...

Thanks so much for hosting us, ladies! Like Cara, I loved biking around this beautiful island. It's such a peaceful, magical place.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Judy, we haven't walked the island. but if we ever go without our kids, I could see us doing that with a bag for a blanket, journals, drinks, and good books. There are so many places to stop and enjoy along the route.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Pam said...

This tour is such a terrific idea to promote these books set on Mackinac Island, a place I've always wanted to visit. Thanks for the chance to win the books and the fudge.


At 7:25 PM, Blogger Cherie Hamby Kasper said...

Hi Colleen, enjoyed your post. Wish I could still ride bicycles or horses, either one. Sounds like a lot of fun. If they have golf carts I'll be all set. Would love to do the tour.

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Laura Jackson said...

I wish I lived somewhere small enough to bike or walk around.

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Lane Hill House said...

Yes, no bike racing!!
I would like to be put in the drawing for Melanie's book. Kathleen
(I have Cara's book.)

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Thanks for all your comments, gals. Having a place to bike is key. Our neighborhood is kind of land locked. Wish it had a great path like Mackinac does.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Carol Gehringer said...

How wonderful to pair to books that take place at one of Michigan's finest spots -- Mackinac Island. I have found memories of it from frowing up in the Detroit area, though I now live in the South. Just thinking about it brings back the memories of those fudge samples! YMMM!

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I would so love to live there as well as visit. So far all I can do is dream! My husbands Grandma lives in Alpena, Michigan and we visited once and drove past Mackinac Island. That was 14 yrs ago.

At 11:54 PM, Blogger apple blossom said...

nice books thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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