Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Cara Lynn James to the Inspired Prompt. Cara writes romance, historical, and Christian fiction books.
Good morning, Cara.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Cara: I’m tenacious, loyal, and optimistic.
Great attributes for a writer. Next question . . .
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Cara: It’s hard to choose because there are several places I’d love to go to for a research trip. My favorite place is Newport, Rhode Island where three of my historical romances are set. But since I’ve been there many times it would be better to pick a place I’m interested in but not so familiar with. It’s a toss up between Paris and Tuscany. But I’ve been to France and Italy, so I’d pick England (or maybe Ireland) because I’ve never gone to either place. I’ve always wanted to see both countries. Also, and this is important, they speak English. That would make things so much easier for me.
How about a tour of Europe? I’ll pack my bags. Now for your last question.
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Cara: The theme song would definitely be “Time to Say Goodbye” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. In my lifetime I’ve said goodbye to many, many good friends from my home town and from college. I served as a Naval officer for eight years (a long time ago!) in Texas, California and Virginia. I had many wonderful friends, but after a few years I had to leave or they had to. Some I saw again, but some I didn’t. My husband and I also lived in Vermont for twenty years after he retired from the Navy. Leaving very close friends behind in Vermont was terribly difficult, just as it had been during our Naval careers.
But the song really resonates with me because when we were in the Navy I had to say goodbye to my husband just before he left on four long cruises on aircraft carriers. Those were very lonely days. Three years ago last March, my husband Jim passed away. That was our final farewell on this earth. Although I didn’t want to say goodbye, I knew I had to. I know we’ll meet again but the last goodbye was the hardest.
A touching song for a tribute to your husband and others. Cara, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…
Readers, Cara is offering a paperback copy of Love on a Dime to one person who leaves a comment!
In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.
Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons–dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.
But it’s not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that’s exactly what she does.
No one in Lilly’s social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company…and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.
But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family’s social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.
Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?
Cara Lynn James has written four inspirational historical romances, each with a touch of mystery. They are Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment, Love by the Book (all in the Ladies of Summerhill series) and A Path toward Love.
She lives in northwest Florida with her daughter, grandson and two grand dogs. Cara is at a tenth generation New Englander, mother of two grown children, three beautiful and talented grandchildren, the widow of a retired Naval officer, and a Navy veteran herself. Born and brought up in Connecticut, she’s lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Virginia, Vermont and now Florida. Cara hopes to never move again. She’d rather spend her time writing than moving.