Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. She started two historical novels as a teenager as part of English in her homeschool curriculum. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing books.

Heartsong Presents published a three book series of World War Two romances: Canteen Dreams (October 2007 – ACFW 2008 Book of the Year – Short Historical), Sandhill Dreams (May 2008), and Captive Dreams (September 2008). Love Inspired Suspense published her first romantic suspense Deadly Exposure in May 2008. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Law released in May 2009 with an Ohio World War Two series for Heartsong Presents, and Trial by Fire, the sequel to Deadly Exposure, releasing in 2009 and 2010.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. A second-generation homeschooler, she now homeschools her children who will be in 4/5 and 1/2 in the fall. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School. You can learn more about Cara at and

Cara' s Session will be: Developing Leadership In Your Teens
Building on her experience as a homeschooled teenager and several years teaching high school and college students how to be more involved in politics and leadership, Cara will share strategies to help you give your student opportunities to develop their leadership potential. God has a call on your child's life, no matter their age. They can start pursuing that call now. All it takes is a little creativity and motivation. Attend this session and leave with some concrete examples of young people God used to do mighty things for Him and a vision for your child/student.

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Books by Cara

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New Releases...

Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law

Designed for business law students, the Complete Idiots Guide is a plain English primer with all the basics and more. While each business law class is different in who teaches it and what that professor will emphasize, the general principles don't change. The driving philosophy behind this book is to give you the tools you need to understand the vocabulary and basic principles.
Topics Addressed: Financial regulations and environmental and corporate law, business torts, contracts, intellectual property law, employment and agency law, and more.

Publisher: Alpha Books

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A Promise Kept
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is with me. Psalm 56:8-9

Josie begins her newlywed life with excitement and love. Art Wilson is everything she hoped for in a husband. It seems her prayers have been answered as many dreams come true. But when one dream dies, Josie is not sure her wounded heart will ever heal.

Art Wilson adores his bride and can't spend enough time with her. But he never anticipated how challenging marriage could be, especially with the distraction of a new job in a strange city coupled with the arrival of a distant cousin seeking refuge from the bombings in London.

Josie and Art both wonder where God is when one dream dies and another is blessed. Can they keep the promises they made and build a love that will last a lifetime?

Publisher: Heartsong Presents

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Deadly Exposure
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6


How could a killer have struck in a crowded theater? That was the question plaguing TV news reporter Dani Richards. She'd been in the box next to the victim -- and hadn't heard or seen a thing. Now the very man who broke Dani's heart years ago is investigating the murder. And when her coverage of the story led the killer to stalk her, police officer and former flame Caleb Jamison insisted on protecting her. Dani was afraid to let Caleb close again. Yet she had no choice. The killer's sinister phone calls left no doubt that he'd come for Dani next.

Romantic Times gave this book four stars!!! Read the review on the reviews page.

Have an idea for a suspense novel? Want to know more about this book? Then, email me today. I love to hear from my readers!

Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense

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Captive Dreams
Deuteronomy 31:8: And the LORD, He is it that doth go before thee, neither forsake thee: Fear not, neither be dismayed.

With the war that rages in Europe landing at the Goodman fields with the arrival of German prisoners of war, Anna Goodman fears the war will destroy what’s left of her family.

Her mother is dead, her father has given up on life, and her brother, Brent, goes missing in action in World War II. Even though she has a full-time war job, she feels she must keep the family farm going so that Brent will have something to come home to. She won't let herself think that he might never return. Any dreams Anna has for her future are held captive by the responsibilities the war and life have thrust upon her.

If only Anna didn't have to rely on help from German prisoners -- or from Specialist Sid Chance, the cocky know-it-all who oversees the prinsoers' work. In her heart, she knows she can't do everything demanded of her, but whom can she trust to carry the burden with her?

Publisher: Heartsong Presents

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Sandhill Dreams
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43

In Sandhill Dreams, Lainie Gardner finds herself on a train to Crawford, NE, and Fort Robinson. It's the last place she wants to be, but if she wants to be part of the war effort she has no other options. Tom Hamilton enlisted to work with the thousands of horses at Fort Robinson, and finds himself assigned to the War Dog Training Camp.

From the moment Lainie and Tom meet, sparks hot enough to light the prairie on fire fly between the two. Tom is assigned to train the dogs that have been sent to the army by a patriotic public. The only problem is he's afraid of dogs after being bit by one as a child. Lainie travels to Fort Robinson to find a civilian job at the post after her plan to ship overseas with the Army Nurses Corp. is ended by illness. Join them in their adventure during the summer of 1943.

Publisher: Heartsong Presents

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Canteen Dreams
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -- John 15:13

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Audrey Stone wants to help in the war effort. But what's a young schoolteacher from Nebraska to do? When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey finds her place. She spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. Despite her busyness, Audrey does allow some time to get to know a handsome rancher.

Willard Johnson worries about his brother who joined the navy to get off the ranch and see the world. When Willard's worst fear is confirmed, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. But will his budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the many soldiers at the canteen steal her away from him?

Can two such determined people find their place in the war and with each other?

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Publisher: Heartsong Presents

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