Cara Lynn James writes historical romances set during the Gilded Age. Her fourth book, A Path toward Love, will be released August 14th. Her previous novels are Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment and Love by the Book. Cara and her family have resided in northwest Florida for the past ten years. She’s also lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Virginia and Vermont. In her younger years she served in the military as a Naval officer along with her husband who’s a retired Navy pilot. Now Cara writes full time -- when she’s not playing with her five year old grandson or Sparky, the family Papillon.
Cara Lynn is giving away a copy of her new release. To be entered tell us what time period you'd like to visit and why .
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m sitting in bed in my pajamas. But it’s 8:44, still too early to get up. But in my defense, I’ve been at my computer since 6:00.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
During the Gilded Age the millionaires’ wives wore several different outfits every day and seldom if ever wore them more than once. Then they often gave their designer clothes to their maids! The amount of money the ladies spent each season was astronomical. Ironically, because of the tight corsets they wore, none of those beautiful outfits was comfortable.
If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
I thought about this for a while since I’m so dependent upon advanced technology even though I’m not much good at using it. I’d bring my computer and hope I could find an electric outlet to plug it in. Not everyone had electricity even during the end of the century. Typewriters were a novelty back then.
What is something that very few people know about you?
Even though my husband is a retired Navy pilot, I have a life-long fear of flying. I’m still trying to overcome it. However, in my younger more reckless days, I used to fly in Navy jets with wearing flight suit, boots, helmet, G suit, torso harness in case I needed to eject and oxygen mask. Not exactly luxurious! I was a Naval officer stationed at squadrons in Texas and California, so I often got to fly in the back seat of military jets.
I also avoid escalators.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My very favorite is my grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. After she passed away my mother wore the ring on her right hand. When I inherited it I had the diamond put on my wedding ring which is a woven type band. So the ring is really special to me. Years ago our house was robbed and all of my jewelry was stolen, including a diamond stick pin from my grandfather, 14 carat gold necklaces and charms from all over the world and two emeralds from Colombia. But since I was wearing my wedding ring I still had it! Since the break-in I’ve only bought cheap jewelry!
If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d like to live in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century, or during the Gilded Age as a rich lady from New York and Newport. I love to travel so the end of the nineteenth century would’ve been a fun time period for me – as long as I wasn’t a poor factory worker or a maid.
Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Since I’m an only child I’m both the first and the last. As the first in a family of one my parents strongly encouraged me to write, although they didn’t believe an ordinary person had much chance to get published. They thought writing would be a great hobby and means of self-expression.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
The first titles that come to mind are Past Her Prime and Out of Energy! Seriously, I’d choose Perseverance. That title would fit any writer.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I’d love to be a character in the novel One Night in Newport by Elizabeth Villars. It’s an older book, published in 1981 and one of the first novels I read about Newport. It’s a light romance and I really enjoyed it. Even though my Ladies of Summerhill series is very different, One Night in Newport inspired me to write a book with the same setting in the Gilded Age.
I’d love to be a character in the first season of Downton Abbey!
You can reach me at www.caralynnjames.com and www.seekerville.blogspot.com
Katherine came home to forget her past.
The last thing she expected is a hopeful future.
Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young.
Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.
Katherine has kept hidden the details of her unsuccessful marriage. When past sins come to light, she must turn to God for the courage to be honest. But how can she trust the God she feels has let her down? When she confides in Andrew, their relationship takes a dramatic turn into uncharted territory.
Amid impossible obstacles, two young people must learn to trust enough to walk the path that God has cleared for them. A path that leads to healing and restoration. A path toward love.
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