Let’s Chat! Author Caryl McAdoo

 

Welcome, Caryl McAdoo!

What an honor to pull back the curtain and announce, “Ta da! The one and only Caryl McAdoo!

First and foremost, Caryl prays her stories bring God glory. A quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. You see, she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her. So look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago. Now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. 

Now that you know a bit about Caryl, you’ll be excited she’s guest blogging this week. Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind. 🙂

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First off, THANK YOU, dear friend and sister, for the honor of visiting with you and your readers, today! Linda and I met in 2013 at our first AFCW Conference, sitting together at breakfast one morning and we’ve just loved each other since. Don’t you love how God does that?

INTRODUCTION

Now, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Caryl McAdoo, author of Christian fiction with thirty-four titles published! That still amazes me! Traditional publishers released the first ten from 2000 to 2014, and I’ve independently published the last twenty-four from 2014 until now. This makes me a hybrid author!

Texas Romance Family Saga

Readers who know me know of my Texas Romance Family Saga—my best-selling, award-winning series comprised of ten novels that covers from 1832 through 1951, five generations of Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—three families I know and love as well as my own real relatives!

They’re such good people—uh—the characters . . . Oh! And my family, too, of course! None, to be sure, are perfect—all have flaws, but down to earth folks who love God and each other.

Finally, at the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, the tenth and last Texas Romance, Sandy (Sandra Louise Harris Prescott) watches Buddy (Broderick Eversole Nightingale), the love of her life, walk away . . . from her and their son, David John Prescott. Yes, the one-year-old bears the name of his mom’s husband, not his biological father. That was 1951.

NEW RELEASE by CAROL MCADOO
Caryl McAdoo
Born in sin, but redeemed by the blood

Now, in my newest release JOHN DAVID’S CALLING, Book One of The Revivalist Trilogy, it’s 1967, before David graduates high school in 1968. Guess who else graduated that year? ME!  ✞♪♫• Laaaaaa! ✫♫♪ And my husband Ron! Isn’t that too much fun?

John David’s Background

David’s maternal grandparents—staunch Church of Christ—John and Miranda Harris reared him. Readers meet John in Texas Romance Book Nine, MIGHTY TO SAVE. David’s mother’s guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of Harry Prescott—mentally deranged after discovering her unfaithfulness.

So, the boy grows up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for. Mama visits as often as she can and his paternal grandfather lives only a county away—well-known from Book Eight, COVERING LOVE, and Nine, MIGHTY TO SAVE. Nathaniel Nightingale once held tent meetings around Texas with his wife Evelyn and their young son Buddy. He experienced a certain fame for the miraculous healings that took place in his ministry. 

Texas Hill Country Setting

But in his later years, he settles in the Texas Hill country, quitting the road to pastor a Holiness Church, so as David grows, he sees his grandfather occasionally when Buddy (David’s father, Nathaniel’s son) visits from Alabama. Plus, Gramps always comes to watch him play sports.

This book has been so much fun to write with its go-go boots, smock-smocks, and ratfinks.  All the way from over a century ago with the series Prelude VOW UNBROKEN (1832), I finally got to the best generation (in my humble opinion anyway!) 

WORK IN PROGRESS & WRITING

And I’m writing—we’re writing—HANNAH CLAIRE’S WILDERNESS now, book two in The Revivalist Trilogy for release next January. I say “we” because I write with my husband. Yes, ALL the books. But he’s fine on only my name on the covers as our New York agent and Simon & Schuster editor insisted. Y’all should know him well 😊All my heroes are fashioned after my strong, humble, silent-type sweetheart.

Our goal for 2018 is to write 500,000 words. That’s 1370 per day, day in day out, and we’re three days ahead right now with TWO two-week vacations coming up in June and July.

WRAP UP

Though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order beginning with its prelude, VOW UNBROKEN would bring readers the most enjoyment, each is written as a stand-alone! So, David’s book if it’s your first to read, you might want to go back and bask in all the family history, read all ten, plus the three (so far) “Companion Books.” I think you’re sure to love them all!

One thing that bothers me is that “genre guidelines” place JOHN DAVID’S CALLING in the historical category—yet, it is the era I lived in as a teen. My beloved and I celebrate our 50thWedding Anniversary THIS MONTH on the 22nd! We both graduated high school in May and married in June! Does this mean “I AM HISTORICAL”?

GIVEAWAY by CARYL MCADOO

It’s my blessing to offer a giveaway to one of Linda’s commenters! I’ll send CHOICE of all my titles as ebook OR a print copy of VOW UNBROKEN. Let me know in your comment what year you graduated high school and maybe what you did that summer. 😊

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Father God, source of all creativity …

First, I thank and praise You for our gifts and callings, that You chose Ron and I to write . . . to advance Your Kingdom in the earth, to present the principals of your Word to your children so they may better know Your Way.

As always, I pray our stories give You glory and that my readers will be drawn closer to You through each one. Your sweet blessings and favor continually astound me. Lord, bring peace to Jerusalem, heal the sick and comfort the brokenhearted. Shield all the families under attack with Your righteousness, Father. Rise up and show Yourself strong, make our enemies quake! Praise You! Bless You! Thank you, Father! I ask it all in the name of Yeshua!

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20 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Caryl McAdoo

  1. Penny

    You’re a joy Caryl, and I’ve never met you. I must say though, you have the most beautiful white hair! I graduated in 1964 from Port Jefferson, LI. Immediately, after graduation we moved away from my childhood home. Sigh. May God continue to bless you on all your creative writing abilities!

     
     
    1. Aww, thank you, Penny! I do believe my hair is a reward from the Lord as back in the eighties, I told Him I wanted to be satisfied to be exactly as He made me to. I quit cutting, curling, and coloring my hair, and make-up, too. So this is me as God made me. I saved my husband tons of money over the years! 🙂 Thank you for the blessings, too! I can’t think of where ” LI ” is . . . Blessings to you! 🙂

       
       
  2. I love Ann Ellison! Thank you, sweet lady! I finally got to meet her in person last summer and we sand a duet in the parking lot! HUGS, Ann! You are a special lady! <3

     
     
  3. Cynthia Smith

    I graduated in 1977 and went on a state sponsored trip for FBLA to Denver Colorado and many popular sites there in Colorado and New Mexico.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Cynthia. It’s wonderful to have you in our circle this week. I hope you’ll sign up on my Home page for this weekly blog and quarterly newsletter. You’re entered in Caryl’s drawing!

       
       
    2. Hi Cynthia! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been praying for you. Hope all went well this week 🙂 <3

       
       
  4. Rose Blackard

    Would love to have a Vow Unbroken, the book sounds awesome I graduated in 1965. I had a part time job with a local hairdresser, I worked for her, babysat her children and hung out with my friends. Great interview too.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Rose! So happy you’ve joined us 😊 I graduated in ‘64, so we know firsthand the turmoil of the ‘60s, don’t we? What a decade! Thank God for the peace in Jesus. Please come back.

       
       
    2. Thanks, Rose! Ron’s brother graduated in ’65. It’s sorta hard to believe that was fifty years + ago! 🙂 We met in 66 🙂 BLESSINGS!

       
       
  5. Kathy

    Linda, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful interview with Caryl. I just love her and her witness of God in her books.
    Caryl, thank you for telling us about your books, especially the “Texas Romance Family Saga”. I haven’t read the series and look forward to reading them. But, I’m not sure I can read the last one, your description of the end makes me cry already.
    I can tell your family comes first and you love them very much. It’s a blessing now days to have that.
    Blessings to both you and Linda
    Kathy

     
     
    1. Welcome, Kathy! Isn’t the Lord using Caryl in a mighty way? You’re entered in the drawing 😊

       
       
    2. Aww, Kathy . . . thank you. All of my books are so different. That’s attributed to Father God! It’s okay . . . I won’t tell you what happens, but you can read CHIEF . . . just be sure to read JOHN DAVID’S CALLING after 🙂 Thanks for coming by. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 and thank you for your kind words! Hugs and Blessings!

       
       
  6. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed Caryl’s post. Love her and love her books.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann. There’s a lot to love about Caryl, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping by, friend.

       
       
    2. I love Ann Ellison! Thank you, sweet lady! I finally got to meet her in person last summer and we sand a duet in the parking lot! HUGS, Ann! You are a special lady! <3

       
       
  7. I always love to read about Caryl, she is a wonderful example of how an author can bring God into literature. I love her books but still have not read Vow unbroken, how remiss of me!

     
     
    1. Thanks for dropping by, Margaret. Maybe you’ll win Vow Unbroken!

       
       
    2. My sister across the ocean! Thank you for your kind words, dear Margaret. Sure would love to be neighbors with you, but you’d have to move to Texas! 🙂 <3

       
       
  8. Linda, thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest at Let’s Chat. I’ve enjoyed sharing! Love and hugs and blessings! 🙂

     
     
    1. My joy and blessing, Caryl!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Caryl McAdoo

Welcome, Readers!

Do I ever have a treat for you this week! The fabulous Caryl McAdoo is guest blogging. I met Caryl at an ACFW conference a few years ago and knew at that moment I would never forget her. And love her, too.

I‘m tickled pink to hand the reins to this beautiful, blessed and highly favored author, woman of God, and inspirer extraordinaire!

**Check for Caryl’s giveaway below 🙂

**Congratulations to Rose Blackard, winner of the drawing for a print copy of Caryl’s wonderful historical novel, Vow Unbroken!**

Another First for Caryl McAdoo and at Sixty-seven!

Linda, first off, I want to thank you for inviting me to come to Let’s Chat! as a guest. I’ve loved you since that first morning we met back in 2013, sitting at the same table for breakfast with Joyce and Jim Hart! God joined our hearts that morning, and I’ve only come to love you more.

Well, there’s two ‘firsts’ in my ‘first’ paragraph! Tee hee hee. But the new first for me that I’m talking about is the TWO NEW stories launched in the month of January. I’ve never released two books in one month before! It surprised me how much work it was and when February got here, it was like “Time to rest!”

Son of Promise by Caryl McAdoo

On the fifteenth of January, SON OF PROMISE debuted. The second companion book written after the highly popular Texas Romance Family Saga series—ten full-length books strong—carries on the story of a dear couple readers met in Book TenCHIEF OF SINNERS!

Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, already married ten years in SON OF PROMISE, haven’t been blessed with a baby. Heartbroken, Emma keeps miscarrying, and that’s why Travis kept his secret—he didn’t want to hurt her with the fact that he has a son from a one night stand years before they married.

It’s been so hard to quit these families that I’ve come to love . . . what am I saying? I haven’t “quit” them at all! But how can I? God gave them and I do love them. When I write, I chuckle and I cry! But TEN BOOKS in a series seemed quite enough! SO I came up with “Companion books”! And while ALL my stories are written as stand alone, readers are sure to enjoy starting with Book One, VOW UNBROKEN.

Silent Harmony by Caryl McAdoo

The other book launched in January, the 23rd, is my first historic novella at about forty-five thousand words—half the size of my full-length novels. It’s called SILENT HARMONY and is the second book of my “first” collection ever, Lockets & Lace. The leader of the collection decided when it would be released, so I was along for the ride.

It’s the story of three sisters living together with the eldest’s four-year-old deaf daughter, Harmony. Both the sisters’ father and the baby’s daddy were killed in the Civil War, so they’re struggling to support themselves on a Northeast Texas family farm outside DeKalb in Red River County.

I love the complex relationships between the sisters, and when my preacher/teacher hero comes along to start a school for the deaf, they all swoon. I’m smiling as I write this blog post, remembering all the antics, and how the characters grow. There’s prophecy and lots of love in the story with a bit of a miracle or two. I think you’ll enjoy both!

Silent Harmony: God Uses All Things for Good

God uses all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Orphaned by the Civil War, three sisters struggle to keep the family farm solvent. Eldest, Lucinda must mother her deaf daughter, Harmony, and mediate between her dueling siblings, Servilia and Melody. The sisters’ fragile truce is shattered by the arrival of the handsome Ezekiel Sheffield, coming to establish a school for the deaf. Miracles, mayhem, and marriage ensue, but nothing ever comes easy.

Silent Harmony Excerpt 

“Uhhhn.” The baby stuck her hand out toward the bowl.

Her mother cocked her head, lifted one brow, and shot the little girl what Melody called ‘the look.’ A warning, but of love and disdain mixed with a tinge of mirth.

The four-year-old rocked her head side to side, lifted her chin a smidgen, and crossed her arms over her chest with a mischievous grin. Oh, how she loved that sparkle in Harmony’s sky blue eyes.

The baby moved one hand enough to pat over her heart.

“That’s better.” Her mother spooned on honey, stirred it in, then poured a little cream over the porridge. “And now you may have your breakfast.” Lucy slid the steaming bowl of oatmeal across the table then glanced toward Melody. “So, you really think sending her to that school might be worth the money?”

“Oh, yes. Absolutely. Of course I do.”

“Well, I don’t see how in the world you could ever justify it.” The sourpuss at the far end of the table always had to put her two negative cents in.

Silent Harmony Reviews  

Silent Harmony is a sweet Christian historical romance that will warm the reader’s heart. Set in the years following the American Civil War, people have lost so much but the love of the Lord remains. McAdoo has created some delightful characters that took up residence in my soul. Grown up sisters were realistically drawn with their sibling quibbles and their loyalty to each other. A perfectly delightful tale. Grab yourself a copy and enjoy it today.     –Julia Wilson, UK reader

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Three sisters, Lucy, Servilia, and Melody Parker, live together in unhappy disharmony. Lucy the peace keeper must constantly separate and discipline Servilia, the sour, and Melody, the sweet, even though they ought to know better. Harmony, Lucy’s daughter, can’t speak, but nothing’s wrong with her mind.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Sheffield loses his mother on his way to his new teaching post. Further along the road, he loses her locket to robbers. Zeke is particularly suited to teach the deaf.

Throw in a tornado, a split old tree, and fields of cotton needing to be picked, all prophesied before they happened, and the story takes off like lightning flashing through a storm. This tale captures the reader’s imagination. A body can almost feel the Texas dust and smell the rain. Caryl McAdoo’s story grips the heart and carries the reader along to the very end. This reviewer absolutely loved it!   ***** Five stars          –Reader       

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To purchase Silent Harmony: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078RT4W63 (eBook)

So here I am at sixty-seven years old …

Enjoying more FIRSTS. I am so blessed and highly favored and stand amazed at God’s mighty love for me! I’d love to bless one of you!

**I’ll send a FREE signed print copy of Book One VOW UNBROKEN to one commenter below who answers this question:

“How can an author quit a family she loves and has known since 1832 and it’s now 1970 in JOHN DAVID’S CALLING, my book #33 coming in May?” Tee hee hee   

Post Script

I also finished another book last Sunday titled I AM MY BELOVED which may be the most anointed and my favorite story of them all. It’s Abishag’s story, the virgin queen of my favorite Bible character, King David. I can hardly believe we wrote it . . . that God gave it to us. It’s amazing! Coming as soon as I can get it ready, hopefully before May.

Caryl McAdoo’s Bio

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. 

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     BookBub

     Simon & Schuster 

     BookGorilla 

     Southern Writers Magazine 

     Sweet Americana Sweethearts 

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Caryl McAdoo

  1. Rose Blackard

    I love getting to know new to me Christian authors. You book sounds great. Not sure I can answer your question though. Hope I am still entered in the drawing thank you

     
     
    1. Yes, you’re entered, Rose. Thanks for chatting with us. God bless you!

       
       
  2. Both books sound like they’re winners. Anything dealing with Texas has to be great. I love Civil War period history as I have heard many interesting stories about family members who fought in the war. My family has historical ties to lots of Texas’s great history. I can just imagine what it must have been like to live during that period. I enjoy reading your books.

     
     
    1. Hello Jane! I’ve lived in Texas all my life and love the Lone Star State! Fifty+ years in the Dallas area, then ten years ago God brought us to Red River County, called the “Gateway to Texas” because it’s where all the famous Texans from its history came in. SON OF PROMISE takes place in the Hill Country, Llano County about five or six hours from where I am now, but SILENT HARMONY is right up here by me. My son and his wife live in DeKalb which back then was Red River County which is now split into nine counties 🙂 Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoy the books!

       
       
  3. Tanja

    So good, to hear (and read😉) from you again. So encouraging for me, a newcomer in the writing business… I often remember the crave event last September. Such a blessing for me!
    Blessings and hug, Tanja (Switzerland)

     
     
    1. Wasn’t it wonderful that the CRAVE event was happening on your one “free” day? I loved taking you, Tanja, and introducing you to authors like Caryl and readers like Ann Ellison. That half-way-around-the-world connection was orchestrated by God.

       
       
      1. Amen! It was certainly a divine ap[pointment! SO glad you brought Tanja to CRAVE HIM! Linda!

         
         
    2. Tanja! Yes! How sweet to hear from you! So far away! I so enjoyed the very special chocolate! 🙂 What are you writing? Let’s be Facebook friends so we can keep up with each other. Are we already? 🙂 BLESSINGS!

       
       
  4. Ann Ellison

    I love Caryl’s books. I am so blessed to count her as a friend. I have a copy of Vow Unbroken so don’t enter me in the drawing.

     
     
    1. I was thinking of you today, Ann. We’ve just finished two more new titles—May’s JOHN DAVID’S CALLING–a Companion Trilogy to the Texas Romances and a very special, maybe my most favorite of all 34 titles I AM MY BELOVED, a Biblical fiction with Abishag as the heroine. I believe it’s SO ANOINTED. I would have to stop writing and worship all the way through, shedding lots of tears along the way. I love you, Ann! BLESSINGS!

       
       
  5. It’s just wonderful to have you here on Let’s Chat! this week, Caryl. Thank you. You’re a bright, shining star. May God continue to bless you with His favor and readers with many more of your stories of His love and grace. Love you!

     
     
    1. Oh to know you think I twinkle 🙂 Thank you again for having me, Linda! I’m honored to visit and hope to come back soon! Love and hugs!

       
       

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