Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mackinac Island books AND FUDGE!

Two writing buddies, Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson, are doing a blog tour, complete with prizes. And delicious FUDGE! Follow the instructions for several chances to win! And prepare for a delightful post!

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. The grand prize winner will be drawn August 27, 2012.

Today we're talking fudge. Who doesn't like the slightly gooey texture and sweetness of a slice of fudge. Mackinac Island is famous for its fudge. Here's more on this sweet delicacy.
One thing Mackinac Island is known for is its fudge.  As I evaluated what elements to add to the story, fudge had to be part of it. The island has many fudge shops. Lucky for us Murdick’s has donated a 5-slice package to the grand prize basket. Yummy!  One problem came as I incorporated fudge into my story…a key event in the mystery occurs there. My Facebook friends helped me come up with the perfect name for my fudge shop: I’m Not Sharing. And once you’ve walked into a shop, smelled the sweet scents and tasted a free sample, you’ll agree…the fudge is too good to share!

I’m with Cara—the fudge on Mackinac Island is amazing! The main island trade, locals like to say, has evolved over the years from fur (and fishing) to fudge. The tradition of making fudge on Mackinac began after the Civil War, and more than ten thousand pounds are now made on the island each year. I chose to feature Murdick’s Fudge in my novel because they’ve been making candy and fudge since 1887.  

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.


  1. I LOVE watching them make fudge...I think I gained a pound just watching that video :) Mackinac Island is a great place, and I would love to visit there again :)

  2. Thanks so much, Tamera. The fudge is incredible!

  3. 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!

  4. How fun! I'm totally in on any book with fudge in it! LOL I've been seeing these books around the blog and FB and would love to win them. They sound wonderful!

  5. I visited Mackinac Island at age 11, and all these years later, I still remember the delicious fudge! Mackinac Island is a truly special place, and I would love to return through these books.

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

  6. I had not heard the story of this fudge and how interesting ,almost as much as the island itself. I am definately going there in the book I will read soon. am enjoying the tour thanks guys...
    Paula O(

  7. This is probably why there are no cars on the island. This way you can work off the that great fudge! Hmmm!!

  8. Somehow I knew the fudge would be attractive :-) Melanie actually called and Murdick's is donating their package. Gotta love a shop willing to do that!

  9. Thank you so much for hosting us, Tamera! That's hilarious about the cars, Jennifer. Perhaps the fudge is why there are no cars on the island! :)

  10. Oooh...fudge...yum! : ) The books sound wonderful. I've wanted to go to Mackinac Island ever since I saw the movie, "Somewhere In Time". It looks so peaceful there!

  11. Thanks for hosting these two books, Tammy and the giveaway! I think I gained a couple pounds just looking at the fudge! Yum!

  12. Ouh! I'm part of it too! Saw it earlier at Writing For Christ

    Lovely :-)

  13. Oh to visit the Island would be grand! Get it...grand as in Hotel! :) I hope to go back again someday.

    The fudge is so divine! Yummy!

    Blessings! Thanks for this book giveaway. I would love to win.


  14. It was fun to watch the fudge being made. The pieces looks so big! Both of these books are ones I'll enjoy reading so it would be terrific to win copies on this tour. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  15. I love fudge, the only thing I might love more is reading, so would love to win any of it. Hope in the future that I can visit there myself.

  16. oh I love fudge thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. YUM!!! Fudge!
    I would like to be put in the drawing for Melanie's book. Thank you. Kathleen
    (I have Cara's book.)

  18. I love Fudge!!!
    I would love to win,Enter me!!
    God Bless!
    Sarah Richmond

  19. I'd never heard of Somewhere in Time until after we visited the first time. It always surprises me just what a following the movie has. But it definitely evokes the island.

  20. The fudge looks tasty.


  21. Loved that movie, Cara. What a fun blog and thanks to everyone for your comments and interest! Y'all are the best!


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