Y’all, I am SO EXCITED for today’s guest. I’ve been cheering on Cara Grandle in her writing journey since we met in 2016 & today she’s here to chat about her DEBUT NOVEL, The Rock – woohoo!!
Cara Grandle is an author, acquisitions editor, and publicist for WhiteFire Publishing. She is agented by Bob Hostetler with the Steve Laube Agency. She has several years of experience in the writing industry, enough to know it’s hard. It takes courage. She would say, “Don’t be afraid to do the hard things. There are people who need your words.”
SERIES: Sisters of the Porcelain Doll #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2021
After a whiskey still explosion destroys her home and nearly her life, Rebecca Packwood and her father must leave Missouri and her dear friends behind. After crossing The Oregon Trail, she sets out to discover her family’s secret history and to forge a home and community out of the raw farm land of Eagle Creek, Oregon Country, never suspecting a ruthless enemy is seeking to thwart her plans.
Hard-working banker’s son, Clark Sutherland, thought the toughest test he would face was getting out from underneath his father’s thumb. The last thing he expected was to be penniless, homeless, and smitten with a shy, dark-eyed stranger. With nothing to offer her, will he find a way to support himself and still pursue his dreams before they’re pulled apart?
When a man in shadows sets his eyes on their coveted prize, danger descends. Rebecca and Clark must act to protect the desires of their hearts before harm befalls them all. Will they learn to trust their future to the God who heals and sets the lonely in families?
Hi Cara! Welcome to the blog! YAY!
Cara: Summer, because that is when all the beautiful flowers and the gardens grow. Annnnd the Sun.
Carrie: If it wasn’t so dang hot in the summer I would like it more 😛
Cara: I’m a tea gal. I am super coffee sensitive. I might get a loooooot done but my heart will miss beats and race in turn. Definitely not my super power. Earl Grey is my favorite. We’ve had a running date for decades now.
Carrie: haha definitely sounds like you should stay exclusive with tea
Cara: Neither. Britbox for the win! I love a good mystery. My kids call them mom’s dead body shows.
Carrie: I haven’t done Britbox but I love the mysteries on Hallmark’s Movies & Mysteries channel.
Cara: Both, I live equal distance from Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast. Yeah for more beautiful things.
Carrie: i’m so jealous!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Cara: My super power would be… (To pick only one?) To slow time or to stop accidents before they happen…stop accidents it is.
Carrie: great choice 🙂
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately.
Cara: I’ll hold to one fiction and one non-fiction. Fiction-Joanna Davidson Politano’s A Rumored Fortune. It has adventure, a little mystery, and romance. Very satisfying. And Non-Fiction- How to Pray-A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Grieg. I read a lot of books on prayer and this one is my current favorite.
Carrie: ooo I love Joanna’s books & I’ll definitely have to check out the book on prayer
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Cara: This question made me smile. There are so many rabbit holes to fall down. Most current was learning the difference between a shiv and a shank. Slightly interchangeable stabbing words. A shiv you cut with like a knife, and a shank you stab with as in tapering from large to small. So you can shank with a shiv, but you can’t always shiv with a shank. Haha, I love my job. Future book…watch out for the chicken bone.
Carrie: hahaha! Well, now we know 🙂
Q: What surprised you about the story or your characters as you wrote The Rock?
Cara: This is a weird answer, but crying was what surprised me most. Every once in a while, when the magic is flowing I’ll make myself tear up, but it isn’t always sad tears. I have reunion tears, rooting-for-the-underdog tears, romance-high tears, and I’m-proud-of-you tears. Plus many more. After this last book, I’ve been making a study about what moves me. Innnnnteresting to understand.
Carrie: ooo i bet! (Also, I just love your tender heart ♥ )
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Rock?
Cara: I want them to be encouraged in a true escape from real life way. And I want them to know that not only does Jesus love them, but He wants to interact with them, talk with them, and help them live a rewarding life here on earth…and then heaven. Smile.
Carrie: Amen 🙂
Cara Grandle is offering a print or ebook copy (winner’s choice) of The Rock to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read The Rock by Cara Grandle?