New in Christian fiction! A visit to Mackinac Island! / Blog

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 selected August 27, 2012.

The night sky is breathtaking on Mackinac Island in large part because it is remote. If you visit, make sure you take the time to pause and look up. 


A significant part
of my novel takes place with my characters enjoying the beauty of the night
skies. Standing on Mackinac Island during the late-night hours, gazing at the
thousands of stars flickering in the sky, I reveled as well in the majesty of
the Milky Way far from the village lights. I’d never seen the splendor of our
galaxy— the masterpiece of our Creator—so clearly in my life. Away from the
city lights and headlights, the stars are magnificent.

Today, the island has many
places you can slip away and look up without the light pollution of the cities.
As a result, the stars seem to erupt from the velvet darkness. So many of us
spend our lives wondering if we matter? Can the God of the universe really care
about us? Yet when I stand on a place like Mackinac Island and stare into the
sky – and see it more clearly – the answer is a resounding yes. The night sky
seems to join the chorus that He sees me.

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

Mackinac Island is a wonderful place to visit! (Part of my home state.) If you can’t visit in person, novels are the next best thing!
Happy reading~
by Jill Eileen Smith at 8:00 am in


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