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Book:  Lethal Intent

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Romantic Suspense


If they expected silence, they hired the wrong woman.

Caroline Bragg’s life has never been better. She and Brandon Lancaster are taking their relationship to the next level, and she has a new dream job as legal counsel for Praecursoria—a research lab that is making waves with its cutting-edge genetic therapies. The company’s leukemia treatments even promise to save desperately sick kids—kids like eleven-year-old Bethany, a critically ill foster child at Brandon’s foster home.

When Caroline’s enthusiastic boss wants to enroll Bethany in experimental trials prematurely, Caroline objects, putting her at odds with her colleagues. They claim the only goal at Praecursoria is to save lives. But does someone have another agenda?

Brandon faces his own crisis. As laws governing foster homes shift, he’s on the brink of losing the group home he’s worked so hard to build. When Caroline learns he’s a Praecursoria investor, it becomes legally impossible to confide in him. Will the secrets she keeps become a wedge that separates them forever? And can she save Bethany from the very treatments designed to heal her?

This latest romantic legal thriller by bestseller Cara Putman shines a light on the shadowy world of scientific secrets and corporate vendettas—and the ethical dilemmas that plague the place where science and commerce meet.

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cara-putman-LR-4As a preteen Cara Putman watched lawyers change legislative opinions at an important legislative hearing in Nebraska. At that time, she wondered if she became an attorney if people would give her words the same weight. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, George Mason University School of Law and Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Cara has turned her passion for words into award-winning stories that capture readers. Her legal experience makes its way into her stories where strong women confront real challenges.

An award-winning author of more than 30 books, Cara writes legal thrillers, WWII romances, and romantic suspense because she believes that no matter what happens hope is there, waiting for us to reach for it.

When she’s not writing, Cara is an over-educated attorney who lectures in law and communications at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and homeschools her children. She and her family live in Indiana, the land of seasons. You can read chapters for most of her books and connect with Cara at her website: http://caraputman.com.


Each novel has a unique genesis story. The spark that launches it into a journey of 90,000 words. For Lethal Intent, that journey began with a friend’s journey of childhood leukemia with her oldest. From watching their family wind through years of treatment including cutting edge therapy trials. Then it developed with the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack and the thought what would someone be willing to do if they believed they’d found the next strain of immortal cells. The lead characters made appearances in other books, but now would have their opportunity to step to center stage. The story morphed and changed, dictated by the vagaries of the law and changes.

Each story has a spark. For Caroline it was a brainstorming session with my writing buddies Rachel Hauck, Colleen Coble, and Denise Hunter. That was when her backstory developed, all the things that happened to her to form her into the adult she is on the pages. One who cares deeply about others but who is fundamentally scared, longing for a place she can relax and take a deep breath.

Each story has a spark. For Brandon, it was brainstorming with another writing friend Tricia Goyer that lead to a creative job for a hero that wasn’t the typical law enforcement. His role with the group foster home was set and the backstory filled in quickly. What would it be like to be separated from and lose a brother in the foster care system? Would that generate this need to keep sibling groups together? And then the law changes and the fabric of your professional identity and something so much deeper is threatened.

Each story has a spark. The pharmaceutical start-up where ethics collides with the desire to save children. The push to do whatever it takes overshadowing the guardrails of the law. If they expected silence, they hired the wrong woman. But does Caroline really have the strength to battle and does she need to?

Lethal Intent grew from each of these sparks and many more to develop into a story I can’t wait for you to read. In the process I learned immense amounts about CAR-T cell therapies and foster care law. Most of all, I hope you’ll fall into the pages and be engrossed in a story you can’t bring yourself to put down until the final page.


What historical fiction does to illustrate history, Ms. Putman has done with medical and legalese.  The author’s level of research is intense, providing authenticity in the story.

What courage Caroline possessed! To stand for what’s right in the face of such opposition speaks of character and integrity. Personable and compassionate.

Brandon has a heart as big and generous as his former NFL stature. Ms. Putman’s knowledge of the foster care system is as thorough as her knowledge of corporate law and medical research. He approached the legal challenges his foster care group home with persistence and aplomb, even grace. His devotion and attention to Bethany.

Ms. Putman tells a chilling story, medical researchers [SPOILER.] A page turner, I read with anticipation, trying to discover who was behind the hidden—and malevolent agenda.



I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.


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To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away  the grand prize package of a “Just one more chapter” pillow cover, a copy of the book, an Erin Condren journal, and a hand-stamped bracelet!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



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Author Interview – CARA PUTMAN



“Really, I’m just like you – I don’t have it all together and have gone through tough times. But in His strength, I’ve discovered a strength I never knew I had. A strength I want you to discover, too.”




“People say I’ve accomplished a lot and that I must have life by the proverbial tail. Hardly! I grew up as a homeschooled kid when homeschoolers were misunderstood and oddities.”


rem:  Welcome to my blog, Cara. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

CARA :  I’m the homeschooling mom of four who was a first generation homeschooler in Nebraska. Now I live in Indiana and teach at a Big Ten University while homeschooling, practicing a little law, and writing.

rem:  Ca we say busy? Tell us three things about yourself.

CARA :  I adore Runzas. Cats are my favorite pets. And I need to read like some people need to breathe.

rem:  I have to confess, I had to Google “Runzas.”  And you had me at yeast bread! What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? What’s your favorite cookie?

CARA : Hard one. I’d have to say peppermint for ice cream and Snickerdoodlees for cookies.

rem:  Yum on ice cream, and double yum on Snickerdoodles! (You had me a cinnamon!) If you could have any super power what would it be?

CARA : Elastigirl’s flexibility.  All moms need that!

rem:  I wouldn’t mind that one myself! Vacation: beach or mountains?

CARA :  Mountains. There’s something so relaxing about seeing the size of the mountains and knowing God has me.

rem:   Yes, ma’am, I totally agree on that! (You had me at mountains… ok, that’s getting old now) When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

CARA :  Characters. I want characters I can care about. And I hate stories that end without hope!

rem:  Character you not only care about, but miss when the book is done! Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

CARA :  Gosh, this is a hard one. I’ve reread the Thoenes Zion Covenant series and Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series multiple times each.

rem:  I have yet to read these authors, and methinks I need to correct this post haste! If you could chose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?

CARA :  Anne of Green Gables. I love her innocence and zest for life.

rem:   You do seem rather “Anne-ish” to me now. wink wink How long have you been an Alleycat? How did you become an Alleycat?

CARA :  I’ve been an Alleycat for a couple years. It was kind of mutual – I mentor several of the cats and loved getting more involved with each of them.

rem:  I love these gals, too, and am so enjoying getting to know each of you!  What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

CARA :  Routine? There’s supposed to be a routine? Most consistently I write at night when the kids are headed to bed. When that’s not enough I’ll also hide at one of my offices or a Panera to squeeze in more time.

rem:  I know right, routine? (What was I thinking?) What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

CARA :  I love watching the story come together. This latest one is banging my head against a wall, so I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

rem:  Sounds like you’re a Pantser like me, not knowing what happens til it happens!  What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

CARA :  That God never leaves us or forsakes us. That no matter what He is with us and He sees us.

rem:  So true, Cara, even when we can see Him or “feel” His presence. Thanks so much for joining us today, it’s been a pleasure having on my blog!


“Cara Putman is a truly gifted author who offers strong characterization and quality research in her fiction…”

Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of Song of Alaska series













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